Edgemoor Neighborhood Association
Monthly Board Meeting
January 3, 2008
The Monthly Board Meeting of Edgemoor Neighborhood Association was called to order at 7:00 on January 3rd at Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Brad Rose facilitated the meeting, Lauri Grove recorded the minutes and a quorum was present.
The minutes of the December meeting were approved as recorded.
Reports of Officers
President’s report – In lieu of a report, Brad gave the floor to Larry Horowitz and Joe Yaver after a brief reminder about the CSN meeting scheduled for Monday, January 7th at the Fairhaven Library. Anyone interested in contributing to the letter CSN would compose for public comment on the scope of the Fairhaven Highlands EIS should attend.
Joe began by emphasizing that the Fairhaven Highlands venture was moving forward. Surveyors and such have been seen on the property. Responsible Development/CSN had been working to put together a case for preservation of the woods and Larry was instrumental in engineering that project. Larry continued by pointing out the critical issues from the hand-outs he distributed and headed a general discussion about protecting Chuckanut Ridge from pending development. Many excellent observations were brought up. The GMA was not all about building houses, but instead was adopted to protect cities from uncoordinated growth that might pose a threat to the environment and quality of life.
Two very important meetings scheduled:
1) Mon., January 7th at 6:30 at the Fairhaven Library – Draft statement for public comment on the scope of EIS
2) Weds., January 16th at 6:30 at the Bellingham Municipal Court (2014 C St) - Public Hearing on the scope of EIS
Treasurer’s report – Lois reported that there was no activity in the ENA account this month leaving the $3121.72 balance unchanged. She offered that she did bill the City for the expenses Martin and John incurred associated with updating the Neighborhood Plan. Lois also stated that she would like to step down as Treasurer of ENA to spend more time with Disaster Preparedness. The Treasurer’s position on the Board would be up for election at the March meeting – if interested please contact a board member.
MNAC – The Small and Simple Grant application would be due on Feb. 15th. A few ideas mentioned for use of that grant included benches on the ‘Briza’ beach, trail to the Edgemoor Lagoon, and landscaping at the Willow entrance to Edgemoor. Brad informed us that ‘option 1’ won for the format to replace the Just So You Are Aware newsletter. He also briefly touched on the subject of branch libraries at Barkley Village and Whatcom Community College. Renovation/preservation of the Fairhaven Library was in the planning stages. He mentioned that the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program once again requested our 3 top traffic/safety priorities for consideration. Neighborhood Safety would be soliciting ideas and submitting those priorities. He reported that there would be increased police patrol on the south side. Mayor pike attended the MNAC meeting and planned to be more involved. As a reminder, MNAC is a vehicle to get neighborhood concerns to the Mayor - any questions, comments, or concerns should be directed to Brad so he could make the Mayor aware of our community issues. One last point brought up by Brad was the fact that ENA doesn’t have a representative at the AOBN meetings. As a member of the AOBN we would be able to receive bulk rate on mailings – any volunteers?
Chuckanut Mountain Park District (CMPD) – Bob Gibb reported a lawsuit had been filed against the auditors of both Whatcom and Skagit counties. Several protestors want to remove signatures from the petitions and had been pestering the auditors to invalidate signatures. The CMPD advisory committee would meet to decide whether to join the suit. The biggest complaint was in the wording, especially the inclusion of ‘eminent domain’. The Boundary Review was put on hold until those glitches could be settled. Bob was not sure where it was going to end up. Possibly with another petition drive.
Communication – Sandie passed out a draft of the flier to be used in the Neighborhood mailing to review for advice on the contents. If all the reports were submitted by next week, the flier would be ready to assemble at the February meeting. She also mentioned that she updated the website, added a Chuckanut Ridge Blog, and asked that we look it over to help her keep the information relevant and up-to-date.
Disaster Preparedness – Since the Map your Neighborhood meeting had been cancelled, Pam Bakke had no report.
Growth and Land Use – no report - Pam Went questioned her continued effectiveness in growth issues since her reports often overlap with Brad’s President and MNAC reports – but never-the-less Pam brings much appreciated knowledge to the table.
Membership – no report
Neighborhood Plan Update – no report
Neighborhood Safety - no report - Lois offered that Don had talked with neighbors about their traffic/safety concerns for consideration as priorities for the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program. Joe suggested a crosswalk across Willow to the community pool.
CSN- no report – just a reminder about the scoping meetings mentioned earlier.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:00pm.
The next meeting scheduled will be an Edgemoor Neighborhood Association Monthly Board Meeting to be held from 7-9 on February 7th at Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Meetings are open to all residents and we encourage you to attend.