Committee Information

History and Archives Committee

Chair: Mary Daniel Cooper

The History and Archives Committee meets monthly at the Brooks Landing Diner. The committee continues to be engaged in a wide variety of projects and initiatives.  The History Display Project at the library continues to evolve. For 2015 we are assembling new programs to highlight all the Anniversary events. The committee again supported and documented the wonderful work of John Curran who with other partners presented inclusive, diverse historical re-enactments at Camp Fitz-John Porter on River Romance weekend in October 2014. We collaborated with other neighborhood associations on city projects and advocated for input on the Brooks Landing and Thurston Road projects. We hope to get support for the inventory, processing and preservation of our archives. We are presently collecting materials for our archives and we will be interviewing residents. Please share your thoughts, materials and ideas with us.

Schools Committee

Chair:  John Laing

Our goal is that the 19th ward neighborhood offer residents the opportunity for their children to attend high quality neighborhood public schools that provide a clear, stable educational path from early pre-kindergarten through comprehensive high school. The renovation of School 16 is in progress and it is planned to re-open in September 2018.  It will include a gymnasium and cafeteria in an area which can be used as a community center for after school activities.  A similar partitioning of school 10 is being planned for the renovation of that school.

In the 2017-18 school year we will partner with the  Community  Foundation,  U of R, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the Arnett library and RCSD to sponsor the eighth annual 19th Ward Spelling Bee.  All four 19th Ward schools, plus School 19 participate.  This has become one or our favorite annual activities and we encourage more community participation.

Last but not least, we are working to improve student outcomes through recruiting and placing volunteers to work with the students in our elementary schools.  If you want to read with a child, please contact one of the committee members or the association office, 328-6571.  Alternatively, on-line volunteer application forms can be found on the RCSD website.

Membership Committee

Chair: Angie Burch

The Membership Committee’s goal is to represent the 19WCA at neighborhood events and spread the word about the 19WCA, the community-building activities we sponsor, and our mission to continuously improve upon the quality of life in the 19th Ward and the surrounding southwest neighborhoods. We are looking for a few 19th Warders who would be willing to attend community events as representatives of the 19WCA with no commitment to attend regular meetings. Contact Angie Burch at or 338-2621 if you would be interested in supporting the Membership Committee in this way.

Zoning Committee

Chair: Adrienne Kllc

The Zoning Committee is a standing committee of the 19th Ward Community Association, approved at Delegates’ Council April 16, 1986. We are charged with looking after the long-term interests of our neighborhood, insisting on strict adherence to the standards of the Zoning Ordinance. Some of our considerations in 2014 were opposition to legalize signs of businesses not in keeping with the character of the neighborhood, opposition to installation of front-yard parking, opposition to a second-floor kitchen in a one-family house, and several other issues. The committee meets when an issue that impacts our neighborhood comes before the Planning Commission, or Zoning Board of Appeals, or other City department.  A letter of support or a request for denial is sent to the City and is included in the packet of information the board considers in their deliberations. If you would like to attend a meeting or would like to consider joining our committee, please call the office at 328-6571.

Housing Committee

Chair:  Deb Leary

The 19th Ward Housing Committee focuses on code violations, housing preservation, and other issues that the community can impact in order to protect the housing stock in our wonderfully diverse community.  We encourage residents and landlords to be good neighbors by keeping their properties attractive and current with City code. In 2014, the Housing Committee chose to begin with six properties that have particularly egregious violations.  As these are dealt with, more will be added.  We have reached out to the University of Rochester to discuss student housing in neighborhood single-family homes.  We have created “thank you” postcards for all 19th Ward neighbors to hand out if we notice someone who has made noticeable improvements to their properties.  We meet monthly, on the second Thursday morning, and work closely with the Association’s Zoning Committee and with the Neighborhood Service Center.  If you would like to join us call 328-6571.

Public Safety Committee

Chair:  John Borek

The 19th Ward Public Safety Committee meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 PM at the Rochester Presbyterian Home, 256 Thurston Road.  The committee provides a forum to review public safety challenges. Discussions are usually centered around specific monthly topics.  We frequently invite experts in various public safety fields to meet with us and discuss effective approaches to public safety issues.  We have hosted the District Attorney and City Court judges as well as representatives from Animal Control, the City’s Legal Department and the City’s Traffic Specialist. We also discuss new proposed legislation as it is presented to City Council