Edgemoor Neighborhood Association
Monthly Board Meeting
October 7, 2010
The ENA monthly meeting was called to order at approximately 7:05pm on Thursday, October 7th by President Brad Rose. Lylene Johnson recorded the minutes.
Minutes from the September meeting were approved as submitted.
President's Report (Brad Rose):
portion of the
Post Point treatment plant was awarded a Golden Air Award by Northwest Air Quality
Fairhaven Merchants have asked for a donation to help provide a holiday display of trees and lights in the Village Green area. Motion to donate $75 by Joe Yaver, 2nd by Bob Gibb, amended by Sandie Koplowitz to $100, 2nd by John Erickson, passed.
Treasurer's Report (Diane MacLean):
Diane reported the account balance at $3555.14. The reimbursement check from the city for $407.82 has just been received and not yet deposited.
MNAC Report (John Erickson):
attended the last meeting and expressed concerns about Initiatives 1100 and
1105, which would privatize liquor sales in
There will be
a proposal on the ballot for a Transportation District within
MNAC is withholding comment on the waterfront plan until it is further developed.
ENA Planning Committee (Martin Nickerson & John Erickson)
A draft of the new
neighborhood plan is ready and will be posted on the ENA website. There was discussion over what is required to
move it into the city process. To be
approved within the next year, it must be submitted by December 1, 2010. Motion
made by Bob Gibb and 2nd by John Erickson to send a post card to all
members requesting their attendance at the November meeting to consider the new
plan. If it is approved, it will be sent
on to the city; if it is not approved, the decision will be made whether to
attempt changes and another meeting prior to Dec 1 or wait to submit in 2011.
Motion carried. Brad will get a mailing
list from the city; Lauri & Lylene will create the card and it will be
printed and sent through a mailing service in
Bill began with Clarks Point
open space history. Open space beginning
in 1971 to hold taxes down so that the property could remain undeveloped.
Caretakers House Update (Steve Wilson)
The house has a new roof and rewiring has been done. These were done by professionals (although volunteers removed the old roof) and the new gatehouse will be framed by Cascade Joinery. Volunteers are doing everything else; there is a work party every weekend and everyone is welcome. They are about to put up a fence, the primary purpose of which is to keep the deer out of the gardens. They are hoping to landscape it so that it will disappear in the plantings. The goal is to present a way to keep deer out and still garden in this neighborhood. The back fence will blend into the spruce tree line. There are raised bed gardens behind the hedge near the gazebo that have been developed by a private school, which is using the produce at the school. Volunteers are grafting starts from trees in the neighborhood that currently stand near sidewalks and produce fruit that is enjoyed by all. Many names are unknown, so they are being named as they are planted in the orchard on the property. Many changes will be seen over the next months.
Fairhaven Highlands Update (Brad, Bob, Joe)
Recent history: After the hearing on the original EIS, there were many comments and the city determined that additional information was needed, which would necessitate studies costing approx. $100,000. The property owners had until July 30, 2010 to deposit funds sufficient to cover the cost. In the meantime, Horizon Bank was closed and Washington Federal took over their interest in the property. The interim planning director, Jeff Thomas, granted a 3 month extension for deposit of the funds to cover additional studies. It is expected that WA Fed will ask for an additional 3 month extension. The board directed Brad to meet with the interim planning director to explain the neighborhood’s issues and concerns regarding the project and object to the extension of the existing permits under any conditions. This was passed after Martin’s motion and Lauri’s 2nd. Bob explained that the city made an offer for the property to WA Fed in March under the condition that it would negotiate with WA Fed only, and not with any partner in the property. It was also suggested to WA Fed that if they accept the city’s offer for a half interest in the property and make a charitable contribution of a half interest in the property to WWU at a value equal to the city’s offer, that could be of benefit to everyone involved. As yet there has been no response from WA Fed, and there is pressure to use the Greenways funds held for this purchase for other projects
Responsible Development (Joe Yaver)
actively defending the interests of 2 homeowners on
Brad, John and others attended the Fairhaven Neighborhood meeting where the proposed revisions to this project were presented by a representative of the developer. There will be another meeting 10/14/2010 in the Dome room at the Ferry Terminal to explain it again. Changes include pulling back further from Padden Creek, open courtyard, 2 levels of parking and lowering the height of each of the smaller buildings by 1 floor. The tower in the SE corner would remain at 85’, but the footprint may be smaller than the original proposal.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 pm.
The next Edgemoor Neighborhood Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 4th from 7-9 pm at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Minutes are subject to approval