Edgemoor Neighborhood Association
Monthly Business Meeting
Call to Order: The Edgemoor Neighborhood Association meeting was called to order by Brien Thane at 7:05 at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Board members Brien, Brad, Sandie, Laurie and Lois were present to form a quorum.
Approval of Minutes: The minutes were approved as recorded.
Brien attended the Port
Commissioner’s Meeting on Tuesday,
The ENA received $360.00 from memberships during the previous month, and had no expenses. This leaves the balance of $2536.42 in the ENA checking account. Lois also reported that she has submitted a 501 C 3 application. A discussion followed regarding any limits that this might impose on the activities of our association. It was determined that since our organization is primarily informational and educational, this should not become an issue.
Brad updated us on some of the building activities which might affect our neighborhood. For those wishing to keep updated on this information, Brad suggested that members view the Bellingham City Web site, in the Mayor’s section, under the heading “Just so you are aware.”
Two new signs have been purchased to inform people about upcoming ENA meetings. They will be placed in front of Fairhaven Middle School prior to meetings, one will be used prior to business meetings and the other will be used prior to quarterly neighborhood meetings. The sign used for the quarterly meetings has a removable piece which specifies the meeting location.
The membership chair, Sandie Koplowitz, compiled a list of members who were interested in being a part of the Hospitality Committee. Laurie will use this list when assembling the next Hospitality Committee meeting and will begin planning the summer picnic.
Brad reported on several
issues affecting the area in and around the Edgemoor Neighborhood. The McKenzie
Square development is in progress in Fairhaven.
The Hearing Examiner will have a hearing on a request to build an accessory
building at 600 Briar Street. The owners
of Governor’s Point are exploring options for subdividing the property into
large(5-10 acre) building parcels. On Chuckanut Drive, development near Teddy
Bear Cove will not affect access to the Cove, but may affect parking. Everyone
should be aware of the Greenways levy on
There was no report from the Safety Committee or the Neighborhood Plan Update Committee.
CSN – Brad presented information about the Greenways Levy. A general discussion followed regarding a local group within Bellingham which is forming to suggest a Chuckanut Mountain Parks District to preserve the Chuckanut Mountains. This effort is designed to augment the Greenways levy. A preliminary draft of this proposal was read.
Brad also suggested that members located on the north slope of the Edgemoor neighborhood are encouraged to become involved in the Fairhaven Neighborhood meetings for information on developments near the Bellingham Ferry Terminal. The Port of Bellingham is working on an new Port Fairhaven Plan and expects to have a draft plan completed in Summer/Fall 2006.
A letter was presented to the ENA with a request for $30 donation to reimburse Sue Kahn for the cost of copying and compilation of the “1988,1989 City of Bellingham Agreements.” A discussion followed and it was generally agreed that the distribution of these agreements could benefit the Edgemoor Neighborhood. A motion to fund this request was moved, seconded and approved.
Speakers and Agenda for the May 4 General Membership Meeting:
Attendees entered into a general discussion about speakers for the May meeting and it was decided to have a speaker to clarify the Greenways Levy, and a 10-15 minute presentation from the film society. Speakers from Visions of Edgemoor and the group proposing the Chuckanut Parks District will be scheduled for the August General Membership Meeting.
Support for the Greenways Levy:
After a general discussion about the Greenways Levy, a motion was moved, seconded and approved. This motion specifies that the ENA Board endorses the Greenways Levy and encourages Edgemoor residents to vote.
Letter to the City of Bellingham:
Lois Miles and Sandie
Koplowitz will draft a letter to the City of Bellingham which supports the
Greenways Levy, but qualifies the endorsement with concerns that the funds will
be available to acquire the area of the Chuckanut Mountains scheduled for
Issues and Concerns:
Changes to ENA procedures:
Due to time constraints, it
was decided to draft requested changes to the ENA Bylaws at the June ENA
meeting. These changes are regarding the fiscal year, whether or not to
authorize phone and Internet votes, and how to handle Co-Chair votes. These
changes will be added as ‘Procedural
The meeting was adjourned at 8:55.
The next meeting scheduled on May 4 will be a business meeting held at Fairhaven Park Pavilion starting at 7:00 – everyone is welcome to attend.