General Membership Meeting
May 3, 2007
The ENA General Membership
Meeting was held on May 3, 2007 at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Brad Rose,
the ENA President, facilitated the meeting and Kathy
Kaiser recorded the minutes for Lauri Grove, our ENA
secretary who was unable to attend the meeting. A quorum was present.
The minutes of the April 5,
2007 Business Meeting were approved as recorded.
Report of the Officers
President’s Report – Brad presented a letter addressed to Tim
Stewart of the Bellingham Planning Department in support of the proposed
changes to the Fairhaven Design Code brought forward by the Fairhaven Neighbors
for the ENA to consider supporting. A lengthy discussion followed concerning
the reason for the letter, whether or not there was time to present the letter
to the entire ENA by e-mail, whether or not those present should be responsible
for representing the neighborhood and whether or not the letter represented
accurately the intent of the our neighborhood if approved? A motion was
eventually made, after discussing the concerns and questions of those present,
to approve the letter as amended eliminating “the members of” in the first
sentence and correcting “it’s to its” in the 3rd paragraph. (Copies
of the original draft and the approved letter are attached.) Brad then
encouraged individuals to write and send their own personal letters stating
their opinions on this issue to the Planning Department.
Treasurer’s Report – Lois Miles
reported as follows:
Disbursements $91.30 to Sue
MNAC Report – Brad welcomed Kathryn Hanowell, who
organizes and facilitates the MNAC meetings, and introduced her to the
membership. At their recent meeting it was decided to conserve paper by
abbreviating the informational packets available at each meeting. After brief
neighborhood reports were given, Malcolm Fleming, Chief Administrative Officer
of the city, discussed the issues related to the development of the Georgia
Pacific site. Issues of concern are the allocation of park versus commercial
land use, height restrictions, clean-up, and cost of the project. The
Bellingham Police Department then presented a disaster preparation project
where neighborhoods would be organized into pods versus neighborhoods. An
Emergency Preparedness Committee is being formed by the city and the city has
requested that the Edgemoor Neighborhood be represented. Brad wondered whether
or not we should add an “Emergency Preparedness Committee” to our Edgemoor Neighborhood
Committees and if there was anyone willing to serve as a representative from
our neighborhood to the city wide committee which will meet for the first time
on May 22, 2007? Brad also announced that the Silver Beach Neighborhood
Association was holding a “History of Silver Beach” meeting in the
multi-purpose room at Bloedel Donovan Park on May 10th.
Kathryn Hanowell then
commented that our neighborhood has a wonderful newsletter. She asked Sandie if
pictures could be added to the newsletter and was told that digital pictures
can easily be incorporated into the newsletter.
Several members asked Ms.
Hanowell about the Fairhaven Bridge as they had noticed during an inspection
that the bridge is not built to earthquake standards and some erosion has occurred
to the north support pillars. Complaints have been sent to the city but so far
the bridge hasn’t been treated as a major concern. Discussion continued as to
which neighborhood the bridge is part of and whether the city or state is
responsible for maintaining the bridge? It was suggested that perhaps a South
Side Coalition Meeting could address this situation.
Membership- Sandie noted that
we have 2 new members.
Safety – Lois Miles reported for the committee that the
sidewalk proposal discussed at the last meeting was submitted to the city for
consideration. Also the committee chairs spoke to the city engineer regarding
the circular planting on Briar/Hawthorne Roads
and the city declined to become involved. Lois reminded us that routine
markings to locate gas, phone and cable lines have been occurring recently in
Chuckanut Mountain Park
District (CMPD) – Dr Gibb reported that the CMPD committee has gathered over
3,000 signatures and that there were over 2,300 approved signatures, enough to
place the issue on the November ballot. However, there are still a few elements
to address before the issue can be placed on the ballot. Kathy Mohebbi is
assisting with the Boundary Review
process. It takes 45 days for the Boundary Review
to be completed, so the committee is targeting an August 15th
deadline for submitting their materials.
Growth and Land Use – Brad Rose reported that there are
several issues and building projects in various stages in the Fairhaven
Neighborhood which we should all be aware of as they will impact our
surroundings. Pam Went then
mentioned that the Coalition of Southside Neighborhoods is organizing a few
informative events. One will be held May 15th to look over the
comprehensive scheme proposed for the use of the Port property in Fairhaven.
The CSN is also in the planning stages of hosting either one or two forums this
summer to allow candidates for city offices to address the Southside
Neighborhoods. In the near future CSN will be meeting with the local press to
inform them about the Coalition and their goals.
Association of Bellingham Neighborhoods – No Report
Other Business –
Brad announced that the
Whatcom Land Trust was unavailable to speak at our meeting due to another
commitment, a fund-raiser for their group. The Land Trust is tentatively
scheduled for our General Membership Meeting in August.
Brad then introduced Seth
Fleetwood, presently one of our County Council Representatives,
who is running for the position of mayor. Mr. Fleetwood presented information
concerning his background growing up in Bellingham, some insight into his goals
for the city if he were to become our mayor, and fielded questions from the
Neighborhood Plan Update –
The co-chairs, Martin Nickerson and John Erickson, reported that their committee had
held 3-4 meetings concentrating on compiling a neighborhood survey. They then
distributed the preliminary survey packet and asked for comments on the
questionnaire which can be used in formulating a final survey packet. The goal of
the survey is to gather information on our neighborhood priorities so that the
Neighborhood Plan can be updated. Surveys will be sent, by about May 15th,
to everyone who lives or owns property in Edgemoor. The goal is to compile the
information gathered from the survey by the end of June. The committee may need
assistance with the mailing of the surveys.
Ralph Thacker then addressed the group to
announce that he has written a booklet on Dan Harris. He plans to donate 10% of
his proceeds to a neighborhood project which may involve preserving a portion
of Gordy Tweit’s historical collection. He suggested that perhaps the
commercial entities and the neighborhoods working together could come up with a
location and funds to create a permanent display of Gordy’s memorabilia. Ralph is organizing an 81st birthday
party for Gordy, who helped immensely with the writing of his book, on June 4th
at Lairmont Manor. Everyone who wishes to help Gordy celebrate is welcome to
participate in this celebration.
The meeting was the
The next meeting scheduled
will be an ENA Business Meeting to be held from 7-9 p.m. on June 7th
at Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Meetings are open to all residents and we welcome
you to attend.