The Monthly Business Meeting
of Edgemoor Neighborhood Association was called to order at on April 5th at Fairhaven Pavilion.Brad Rose facilitated the meeting and
Lauri Grove recorded the minutes. A quorum was present.
The minutes of the March
meeting were approved as recorded with one change to the information about
Fairhaven Harbors found at the end of the Growth and Land Use report.
Report of Officers
Report – Brad briefly mentioned that the Neighborhood
Plan Update Committee had their kick-off meeting and a game plan was in
development.He went on to report the
city school district was determining new school boundaries for the neighborhoods.Edgemoor would most likely end up at LowellSchool.
(Presently Edgemoor neighborhood is split between Lowell and HappyValley
Report, - Lois Miles
reported that we had no disbursements this month and about 99 new members.
questioned, and it was clarified, that if both husband and wife pay the $15.00
ENA fee then each one would be allowed their individual vote.
MNACReport – Brad summarized several items covered at the
meeting as listed:
vHe reported that this month Greg Aucutt
clarified the neighborhood plan amendment process.
submitted ‘..sidewalks on Fieldston..’ as our choice for priority in the 6 year
TIP plan.However, that would most
likely not get priority attention from the city.
plans were updated, To keep informed visit the New Whatcom Master Plan site
found on the COB website.
Matsumoto, president of Sehome Neighborhood, offered ideas for how Sehome
Neighborhood was going about updating their plan.
parks director outlined plans for Squalicum Park.
concluded his report with a discussion about insurance for the ENA board.Apparently other neighborhoods have insurance
or are considering the need for insurance. Several thoughts were voiced and it
was decided that research was necessary to determine the cost and effectiveness
Reports of Committees
Communication – Kathy did not
have a report.
Membership – Sandie did
not have a report.
Safety – Lois reported that Don and Brad were now
registered with the city so any traffic/safety subject-matter would be emailed
directly to them.Don called to set up a
motorcycle cop to monitor speeding in the neighborhood.Attempts to have direction arrows marked on
the round-about at Hawthorn and Briar were passed off so Don would contact the
police dept. to see if it could be handled as a traffic safety issue.In conclusion, Don and Brad planned to post
their contact information on the website so neighbors could address them with
any safety concerns.
questioned if anyone had voiced concern about the 3 way intersection at
Hawthorn, Chuckanut and 12th
general discussion followed with concerns about the bridge, traffic, emergency
services, and problems involved in that area. John offered that he thought the
light was brilliant at that 3 way intersection
Chuckanut Mountain Park
District (CMPD) – Bob
Gibb reported that the petition had 2598 signatures to date and he did not yet
know how many additional were signed in Skagit Co. The petition must be
certified by the CountyAuditor and passed by
Boundary Review in both counties
before filing with the Auditor by August 14th. The Boundary Review process has been started. The CMPD will require
5 commissioners. Candidates will be able to file after the petition is filed.
Bob suggested that it would be a great opportunity for public work.
Neighborhood Plan Update -John
Erickson hosted the first meeting for the group. A
questionnaire was discussed with many different issues involved.It was decided it would be important to
formulate questions that are direct and meaningful to Edgemoor with yes/no
answers. The committee planned to have the questions together by the end of the
month and ready to go out the 1st or 2nd week in
May.The questionnaire would also be
posted on the website. In addition, John mentioned that he attended a
neighborhood planning meeting where he got some suggestions to help with the
updating process.Tim Stewart would
champion 1 proposal a year for the neighborhood.If we come forward with 2 proposals there
would be a fee. John stated he thought we could ‘bundle’ several ideas (with
continuity) together to submit as one proposal.Updating the neighborhood plan would continue to be the focus item on
the ENA agenda this year.
Growth and Land Use –It
was reported that the 9300 sq. ft house proposed on Clark’s
Point does have conditions that must be met before approval.One example mentioned was the installation of
a sprinkler system.Following a general
discussion about land conservation on Clark’s Point, housing size restrictions
and resistance to larger homes, Pam went on to mention the property next to
Fairhaven Library had been sold to Haggen.She proceeded with the fact that the city informed merchant’s in Fairhaven that they
belonged to a neighborhood association and must work through them as part of
the new “urban village” model.Pam
continued, clarifying that Fairhaven Neighbors (the official name for the
Fairhaven neighborhood association) has undertaken two major projects; a “Land
Use and Development Code Revision to
Fairhaven’s Design Review Codes,
Closing the Height Limit Loopholes” and a “Fairhaven Neighborhood Plan Update”.
These were docketed and must be complete by December 1, 2007. The association planned
revisions to the Design Review
Codes, changing it to better fit the original intent of the area, addressing
height limits, and tightening up loopholes.Working closely with the Planning Department, they have created a survey
to develop consensus and have circulated it to every single resident, property
owner, and business within Fairhaven
district There would be a series of meetings in coming months as the process
moved forward. They have created a remarkably welcoming and inclusive process,
reaching out to those who likely never before considered themselves as existing
within the confines of the neighborhood itself.
Residents within all neighborhoods
within the Coalition of Southside Neighborhoods were encouraged to attend April
26, 2007, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave., 7 to 9 PM,
regarding the Land Use and Development Code Revision
to Fairhaven’s Design Review Codes,
Closing the Height Limit Loopholes. Fairhaven Neighbors board members would
report on survey results and invite comments from all interested parties.
CSN –Pam reported that CSN was in the process of making
arrangements to Meet the Press. Steering committee members intend to meet with
the Herald, the Weekly, and the Indy in order to inform them of various recent
activities with the City and the Port and to clarify the role of CSN in the
ongoing process. In addition, CSN was considering sponsoring a forum for
candidates running for mayor and council seats.Also Pam mentioned that Sue Kahn submitted an invoice for her CSN
related expenses and ENA’s portion of the charges came to $41.30.As approved, a check would be sent to Sue
Kahn in that amount.
ABN –No representative.
Responsible Development – Visit the RD
Now website to keep informed of the organizations mission and activities.
vSandie requested ‘news’ – Please send any
information or reports to her for the newsletter.
vKathy did check out the labyrinth created on
the Village Green and emphasized that the organization would very much like the
community’s approval for their permanent labyrinth at Fairhaven Park.
vBrad was contacted by Seth Fleetwood.Seth would like to attend an ENA
meeting.It was agreed that we would
invite him, as well as other interested candidates, to the meetings.Also a representative for the Whatcom Land
Trust (Clark’s Point) would be a guest speaker at the May meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at .
The next meeting scheduled
will be an ENA Quarterly General Membership Meeting
to be held from 7-9 on May 3rd at
Fairhaven Park Pavilion.Meetings
are open to all residents and we welcome you to attend.