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Edgemoor Neighborhood Association Monthly Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at Fairhaven Middle School in the Library (Unless otherwise noted in the monthly President's Letter below)
President's Letter - December 2013
Based on your posts on Nextdoor.Edgemoor, it has been an active month in the Neighborhood. What with shots being fired and sirens going off in the early morning hours and strange men knocking on doors and otherwise approaching houses, both sleep and our feelings of security have been disturbed. On the other hand, we have also bought Christmas wreaths and found people to help us with roofs, fences and those autumn leaves. We are a community.
The Chuckanut Community Forest Park District is moving toward their goal with a draft conservation easement and interlocal agreement now posted on their website at www.chuckanutcommunityforest.com as well as the city website. The proposals seem to be moving through the review process and may be finalized before the end of the year.
We will not be holding a meeting in January, so your last chance to attend an ENA meeting this year will be this Thursday, December 5th (did you catch that?), at Fairhaven Middle School Library from 7 to 9. In keeping with recent events, we will be discussing security issues – sharing our knowledge and experience about ways to “securitize” our surroundings. The conversation can cover anything from security systems and firms to experiences from which we have learned do’s and don’ts. If there is interest in having specialists talk with us, we can do that at a later date, but sometimes personal experiences are of the most value.
Also on the agenda will be discussion of the BPD Anti Crime Task Force and Nextdoor.
Remember the ENA is looking for voluntary contributions to help with our expenses this year, AND they are tax deductible! Send donations to ENA, PO Box 4420, Bellingham, WA 98225. Edgemoor residents are asked to include the annual membership form so we can keep our membership records up-to-date.
Lylene Johnson, ENA President, firstname.lastname@example.org
President's Letter - November 2013
The neighborhood seemed pretty quiet over the past month...is the way I started last month’s letter. By the time it went out in the newsletter, we were in the midst of a rash of home and car prowls and thefts. By the night of our meeting, the outbreak seemed to be over. Through Nextdoor, homeowners were informed of the outbreak, and we all became more vigilant and aware of how we secure our property.
Through the rest of October things were quiet, except for excitement over Halloween and elections. It looked as though there was good organizational effort going on for the trick or treaters, and I didn’t hear of any “tricks” that were too objectionable. By the time you read this, the elections may have been decided, although we may not know the results.
Chuckanut Community Forest
Park District now has a
website where you can view
agendas past and present,
meeting minutes after
approval and public comments
from the June Public
information will be posted
in the future as it is
completed, like the Policy
and Procedure manual and the
Interlocal Agreement and
Can’t get to the
Go to the website at
Our November meeting will be Thursday, November 7th, from 7 to 9 pm at the library of Fairhaven Middle School. It is easiest to park in the upper lot off Park Ridge and come in through the doors off that lot. We do not have a speaker planned, but if there is a topic you would like to discuss, let me know and I will get it on the agenda. You can reach me at email@example.com, or through Edgemoor.Nexdoor.
Remember the ENA is looking for voluntary contributions to help with our expenses this year, AND they are tax deductible!
Hope to see you Thursday!
Lylene Johnson, ENA President
President's Letter - October 2013
The neighborhood seemed pretty quiet in September, which is a good thing. I saw a homeowner willing to do some tree trimming and giving neighbors the opportunity for input, which is also a good thing. For those of you who missed the September meeting about views, Sandy Koplowitz posted a great summary of the information and discussion on the Edgemoor blog at www.edgemoorneighborhood.com/wordpress .
This month (October 3rd), we will be hosting Dr. Baker, Superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools, who will be talking about the proposed school levy which will be on the ballot in November. Mark Peterson, co-chair of the Bond Citizens' Advisory Committee, will also attend. I’ll bet if you have other questions about the schools, you could ask those as well.
Another topic raised at the September meeting regarded the diminishing financial resources of the ENA. It was first mentioned at the annual meeting in June, at which time a motion passed to encourage donations. At our meeting this week, we will be discussing ways to make donations convenient, as well as ways to cut our spending. For the past several years, our largest single expense has been the mailing for the annual meeting, followed by website costs, rental fees for meetings, post office box rental, etc. We get $500 per year from the city each year to reimburse us for the prior year’s costs. That amount used to be significantly higher, and we used to collect dues, so we had built up a tidy nest egg. That is nearly gone, so we have to either come up with a source of income or change our lifestyle. Your input is encouraged. By the way, since we are a non-profit organization, your donations are tax deductible.
Our meeting will be Thursday, October 3rd, from 7 to 9 pm at the library of Fairhaven Middle School. It is easiest to park in the upper lot off Park Ridge and come in through the doors off that lot.
Hope to see you there!
Lylene Johnson, ENA President
President's Letter - September 2013
What a beautiful summer…and how quickly it has passed! Let’s do a quick review, beginning with the Annual meeting in June.
We had a great representation of staff from the Bellingham Police Department, from Chief Cook and officers Jeremy Harper & Kevin Bear from the anti-crime task force to Michelle Thomas – one of the voices on the other end of the line when we call 911. The information they brought was interesting, informative, and definitely worth an evening. A few tips from Michelle:
1. Don’t let children play with old cell phones – they will still call 911, and that can delay response to a real emergency.
2. Call 911 only for an immediate emergency. They will ask you questions. Specific location: somewhere near Haggen doesn’t cut it. Vehicle description: license plate, make, model, color, age. Description of people: gender, age, height, outstanding features, clothing. The more effectively you answer the questions, the faster they can get someone there and the more likely they are to catch the bad people.
3. Call the station officer at 778-8804 when something has happened, but there is no imminent threat.
4. For low priority calls, dial 676-6911.
Elections were held for the board members whose terms were expiring – all agreed to serve again, and all were reelected, together with a new member, Bernell Walz. The board met June 24th and elected officers from among its members.
the summer board meeting, we
discussed Neighborhood Night
Out (there is one gathering
happening over the weekend –
hope there were others);
Bylaws (changes still in
The Edgemoor Neighborhood will basically be out of money by next summer if expenses remain at current levels. This was discussed at the annual meeting as well as the board meeting. At the annual meeting, a motion by Bob Gibb to encourage donations from the neighborhood passed on a voice vote. The board is therefore encouraging neighborhood members to donate, and reminding members that it is a tax-deductible contribution. If you wonder where the money goes, check the blog for the budget presented and passed in June.
The two major neighborhood discussion topics over the summer have been another rash of car prowls – if you don’t know about them, you aren’t on www.Edgemoor.Nextdoor.com – and trees, views and covenants. You must be a property owner or renter in neighborhood to join the Edgemoor Nextdoor…just go to the site and sign up. It could also help you sell a chair, find a painter, report a lost (or found) pet, get free plants for your yard…it’s a great resource.
September meeting will
feature local attorney Phil
Serka, who will explain how
CC&Rs (covenants, conditions
and restrictions) apply to
property, who they affect,
how they are enforced, how
they differ from city
requirements and whatever
else you want to ask him
If you want to see
what, if any, basic CC&Rs
apply to your portion of the
neighborhood (we don’t have
a one size fits all plan),
there will be information at
the meeting so you can look
John Erickson will be chairing the meeting in my absence – it should be a good one. I’ll see you in October!
Lylene Johnson, ENA President
Read past issues of the ENA President's Letter by visiting the ENA Newsletter Archive
ENA Blog - Edgemoor Conversations
A neighborhood blog titled "Edgemoor Conversations" has been created to provide a venue for dialog about local issue. Check it out at www.EdgemoorNeighborhood.com/wordpress
Egdemoor Nextdoor - The private social network for our neighborhood
Residents of Edgemoor neighborhood can post information on Edgemoor Nextdoor to let neighbors know about safety concerns, sell items, ask advice about services such as yard maintenance companies, painters, babysitters, etc. You must be a resident of Edgemoor Neighborhood to sign up for Edgemoor Nextdoor. Once registered, members can go into thier settings and establish how often they wish to be contacted with posts from Edgemoor Nextdoor...immediately, daily, weekly or not at all. So far over 350 residents have signed up on Edgemoor Nextdoor.
Sign up or log in at https://edgemoor.nextdoor.com/login/
Edgemoor Neighborhood Association Bylaws Update
The ENA Bylaws committee updated the bylaws which were developed in 2005 when ENA was formed. It become obvious that changes were necessary for ENA to be in compliance with requirements by the city and state and to better reflect the structure of the organization. The proposed changes to the ENA bylaws were presented at the ENA meeting in February of 2012 and were approved in March 2012. Here are links to the old bylaws, proposed bylaws and draft showing the old bylaws with proposed changes.
Edgemoor Neighborhood Plan Update
The Edgemoor Neighborhood Plan was updated in 2011 and approved by Edgemoor residents in 2012, but was not docketed by the City of Bellingham for review in 2013, due to the zoning changes outlined in the plan. Further plan review has been put on hold until the city is ready to address the need for zoning changes.
Committee Contacts: , and .
Links of Interest:
For a listing of current Public Notices, visit: http://www.cob.org/cob/Pubnot.nsf
Post Point Sewer Treatment Plant
Planning underway for wastewater facility improvements
Every day, people in Bellingham wash dishes, shower, brush teeth, and flush sending between 8 and 72 million gallons of wastewater mixed with some stormwater, through a complex system of pipes and pumps to the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
What arrives in the wastewater (called load) is as important as the quantity (or flow). Some days the amount of solid and dissolved, organic material or Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) touches or exceeds the rated capacity of the plant.
Treated wastewater entering Bellingham Bay from our plant consistently meets or exceeds all state and federal standards designed to protect public health and the environment. However, as the plant reaches capacity for both "load" and "flow", we must make improvements to be able to continue to meet wastewater requirements and serve our community safely and effectively in the future.
To address this need, a City-hired consultant team has prepared several improvement alternatives for review and consideration.
Read the full article at http://www.cob.org/issues/wastewater.aspx.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions document HERE