Edgemoor Neighborhood Association
Monthly Board Meeting
January 7, 2010
The ENA monthly meeting was called to order at approximately 7:05pm on Thursday, December 3rd by President Brad Rose. Lauri Grove recorded the minutes. A quorum of the Board was present.
Minutes from the December meeting were approved as submitted.
Reports of Officers
President's Report (Brad Rose):
Brad began the evening by introducing the two guest attendees, Michael Lilliquist (City Council Ward 6) and Richard Maneval (AOBN President). For the record, Michael Lilliquist offered his cell phone #920-1583 and e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brad offered notification that 6000 linear ft. of sewer pipe replacement was planned for two locations in Edgemoor. Service in specific areas would temporarily be interrupted, but not overnight. There might be some odor. For more information about this project and applicable road restrictions go to the Public Works Department on the COB website.
Linda Stewart sent notice seeking 16 neighborhood representatives for an upcoming community forum to examine and discuss “"Perceptions and Views of the Relationship between Activists, Law Enforcement, and the Community at Large". This prompted a general discussion questioning the forum’s mission.
The Block Watcher newsletter would be circulated to keep community informed and educated.
MNAC Report (John Erickson):
Therese Kelliher, former member of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and newly appointed to the Transportation Commission, talked about the role BPAC played and projects they had started before the merge. BPAC provided reports to see projects for each neighborhood, observed use of space and identified barriers to mobility. A project list was submitted to Public Works for inclusion in the next comp plan and the Transportation Commission would take over that work in some way. None of the projects listed were in Edgemoor. However, it was agreed that a continuation of the loop of sidewalk down Fieldston from Lairmont Manor to Willow would be a good requested for inclusion in the plan.
Kym Fedale (Environmental Educator) gave a storm water program overview presenting Project DX for Bellingham. Project DX is a web-based, one-stop resource providing property specific information that will enable residents to analyze and implement sustainable solutions that reduce environmental impacts on their property. What type of incentives would motivate you? (Lylene offered that many residents in Bellingham have water sitting underneath or around their homes). Kym has literature and is willing to present at neighborhood meetings.
2010 Census forms will be mailed in March. It’s very important to respond because the count has a direct impact on federal dollars that come back to the community. There are only 10 questions needing your response. Kiosks will go up around town to answer any questions. FYI - homeless need to be included in the count as do undocumented workers. Census is not to determine whether someone is citizen.
The city approved a 50% cut in funds allocated to neighborhoods. Neighborhoods will receive approximately $500 for 2010 and the city will continue to pay insurance at least through August 2011. There will be no ‘Small and Simple Grant’ program for 2010, but $10,000 from that program will be redirected to support community garden efforts. Details are still in development and more information will be provided when available.
Questions were brought up concerning how to encourage a vibrant neighborhood association and to share ideas for increased participation, funding and outreach - any ideas?
A motion was made and approved to continue reviewing comp plan amendments via a subcommittee and to use the same screening criteria used in 2009. John Erickson signed up for the review subcommittee.
Communication (Sandie Koplowitz)
Sandie questioned how to handle stuff from John and keep everything up-to-date
Richard Maneval (President of AOBN) is also on the board of the Whatcom Co. Law and Justice Council. He comes this evening to talk about a Neighborhood Crime Summit planned on February 2nd at Bloedel Donovan Park field house. He mentioned that shootings happen more often than we know and would like to get a group together for an opportunity to discuss firsthand what is going on in the community. There will be no new jail in the near future. The money that was supposed to be designated for that proposed project was being used to keep the existing jail operating. He would be happy to come to a neighborhood meeting to talk, inform and educate the community about this problem.
No meeting. Brad suggested a motion be introduced to request the city move forward with their review of the Fairhaven Neighbors updated plan. Fairhaven is the ‘city center’ of our urban village. It is important to get the plan adopted to preserve and protect our community interests. Many feel that introducing 10 story buildings to the area will ruin the character and nature of Fairhaven. This area developed naturally as a good, working model for an urban village. It is not just a retail center, but an integrated space used to work, live, walk, and enjoy.
A motion was made by Lylene Johnson for approval to start the process to signify ENA’s support for the City to proceed with their consideration of the Fairhaven Neighbors updated neighborhood plan.
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
We talked about the annual meeting scheduled in March. Lauri offered to contact Lairmont Manor to reserve the date. The positions of Vice-President and Treasurer would be up for nomination and election. Brad said he would talk with Whatcom Land Trust to arrange a possible speaker. Brad also updated us on some Horizon Bank/Fairhaven Highland activity.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm.
The next Edgemoor Neighborhood Monthly Board Meeting will be held on February 4th from 7-9pm at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Minutes are subject to approval