January 6, 2005
monthly meeting of
Sue Tercek opened the meeting and Brian Thane presided as Meeting
Facilitator. Interim Secretary,
The Minutes of the December 2nd Monthly Meeting were approved as recorded.
Interim President, Sue Tercek presented important details from
the December meeting of the Association of Bellingham Neighborhoods and the
City Council. She informed us of Council decisions to approve the Grimes
Opening Balance $1171.36
Closing Balance $1171.32
A detailed report was presented to the President and the Secretary to file.
Lois also presented a proposal for the 2005 ENA Annual Budget. This report detailed income and expenses to date, anticipated operational expenses for 2005, and funds to be allocated for each committee. A copy was presented to the Secretary to file.
Motion by Nancy Joseph, to request that ENA approve the proposed 2005 budget and release the allocated committee funds with receipts.
Motion amended to add that ENA would review the budget in 6 months and reallocate funds as needed.
Motion amended to add that ENA would allocate additional funds to the Communication Committee in the amount of $110.35 to renew the website in May 2005.
The Bylaws Committee report was presented by Chair,
v One point in question is whether to use a fiscal or calendar year.
The View Committee report was presented by Chair, Paul Stephenson. He pointed out the committee considered their work done and proposed they disband. In short term, peer mediation was introduced to the membership and Nancy Joseph volunteered to attend the January training sessions. A speaker on covenants was proposed for a future meeting. In long term, they recommended ENA associate itself with Citizens View and work toward changes in the municipal codes. This was determined a difficult process that will require a citywide effort to protect views.
“Thank you Paul and the View Committee for your time
and contributions to the
The Safety Committee report was presented by Sue Tercek. There was no news – just a reminder that the Neighborhood Watch Program overview is on January 10th from 7-9:00pm at the Fairhaven Library.
The Growth and Land Use
was presented by Chair, Brad
Motion by Sue Tercek to request ENA approval for the proposed agenda for presentation at the February ENA meeting.
Motion amended to add a representative from SEPA to the agenda.
Motion passed unanimously.
The Communication Committee agreed to hold their proposal for website advertising and did not present a report.
1. To greet and welcome new residents to the neighborhood as a representative of ENA.
2. To plan and organize annual social events.
3. To offer assistance to families in emergency situations.
This new committee was approved unanimously.
Several members expressed concern with traffic/parking issues, safety, and the continued development in Fairhaven with no apparent plan to address these matters. It was suggested ENA take a stand against the request for a Parking District at McKenzie and 10th Street which would allow the developers to provide less parking than required elsewhere in Bellingham. Members are also hesitant about the rush to infill without a comprehensive plan for the entire area.
Motion by Paul Stephenson to allow ENA to go on record seeking elimination of Fairhaven Parking Districts (at McKenzie and 10th Street) and opposing any waiver of the existing standard parking requirements for the City of Bellingham. He also moved to authorize the Growth and Land Use Committee to speak on behalf of ENA in this matter.
Motion passed unanimously.
SueTercek brought up one other point covered in her President’s Update that she omitted earlier in the meeting. The Southside Coalition has been tentatively formed and will meet on Jan. 12th at the Fairhaven Library. She asked the members for permission to allow 4/5 members to represent ENA at the meeting.
Permission was granted.
ENA meetings are held from 7-9:00pm at the Fairhaven Pavilion in Fairhaven Park on the 1st Thursday of each month. All residents are welcome to attend.
v The next meeting is on February 3rd from 7-9:00pm.
Meeting adjourned by general consent at 9:15.
Thank you for attending