Edgemoor Neighborhood Association
Monthly Board Meeting
June 3rd, 2010
The ENA monthly meeting was called to order at approximately 7:15pm on Thursday, June 3rd by President Brad Rose. Lauri Grove recorded the minutes.
Minutes from the May meeting were approved as submitted.
President's Report (Brad Rose):
Brad just had a few items to offer this month. To start he mentioned a Sehome Arboretum celebration with planned activities for children and a new trail to dedicate as well. He continued with a list of park closures and restrictions as follows: there would be testing for contamination in the bay along Boulevard Park, the Paddle Point trestle would be closed for repair September through December, and drainage repairs were planned for the Village Green restrooms. Work at Woodstock Farms Inspiration Point would limit public access during the months of July through October and also close lanes on areas of Chuckanut Drive.
CSN (Brad Rose):
Brad attended a CSN meeting requested by Fairhaven Neighbors to discuss disagreements holding up the process of completing approval for updates to the Fairhaven plan. A second meeting planned on June 8th from 6-9 at Fairhaven Library would include all 3 Fairhaven Associations; Fairhaven Neighbors, Fairhaven Village, and old Fairhaven Association. Members of adjoining communities were invited to listen in on the discussion. Brad asked for and was granted permission to speak on behalf of ENA to request a voice, as a stakeholder in Fairhaven, on any proposed updates to the plan. What happens in Fairhaven impacts our community, traffic and views.
v A general discussion followed the announcement that Tim Stewart resigned as Planning Director for the City of Bellingham to take a job on Mercer Island. Joe offered that in his view, as well as others, the hiring process was flawed. The city has a history of making poor choices for planning directors – which is one of the most important jobs in this city. Joe suggested Edgemoor (neighborhoods) approach the city with a request to be allowed some advisory capacity in the selection of the next planning director. Brad recommended the best way to do that would be to have John bring up concerns at an MNAC meeting. That would be the place to question the process and find out how we can have a say in the selection.
MNAC Report (John Erickson):
To follow you will find the link to the draft minutes for the May MNAC meeting.
Treasurer's Report (Diane MacLean):
Diane reported the balance this month was $3877.96. A $25.00 check was sent to the AOBN and $60.00 was paid for annual renewal of the ENA PO Box.
AOBN (Martin Nickerson):
No report for AOBN. Martin attended the Transportation Improvement Program review and reported back with a quick overview of the meeting. Chris Como (transportation) and his assistant talked about the budget and how it affected funding for the 6 year transportation plan. The only items that would be addressed or considered were those that had federal or state funding or big pull such as Bellis Fair Mall and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Martin voiced concerns that sparked a general discussion about the safety of the 12th Street Bridge and the prospective 24th Street connector.
Fairhaven Highlands Update:
July 30th ends the extension period granted to the bank for a decision whether or not to continue with the EIS.
Park District (Bob Gibb):
Bob reported the Park District would have a table at the Ski to Sea event to collect signatures to determine interest in reviving the Park District in Whatcom Co. The plan is to keep it simple by considering natural boundaries in Whatcom. He asked our thoughts on the merit in going forward with the proposed district.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm.
The next Edgemoor Neighborhood Monthly Board Meeting will be held on July 1st from 7-9pm at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Minutes are subject to approval