Edgemoor Neighborhood Association
Monthly Board Meeting
September 15, 2011
The ENA monthly meeting was called to order at approximately 7:01 pm on Thursday, September 15th by President Lylene Johnson. Lauri Grove recorded the minutes. The meeting was held in the Waldron Building meeting room.
The minutes from June and July were approved as submitted.
1st order of business was to officially elect Lylene Johnson as ENA president.
Treasurer's Report: (Diane MacLean)
Diane would be submitting our yearly expenses for reimbursement from the city. Several disbursements were paid out this summer. To mention a few; the parks dept. is charging $30/hr to use the Park Pavilion in 2012 so a check was sent for $420 to reserve the 1st half of next year, a check was issued for the blog, for the PO box… bringing the balance to $2596.06. A detailed report is on file.
MNAC Report: (John Erickson)
President's Report: (Lylene Johnson)
Lylene was contacted asking for help with expenses for the CSN hosted Candidates Forum. The amount was expected to be around $35 from each of the south-side neighborhoods.
CSN Candidates Forum
7-9pm on October 6th at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center on Harris Ave.
Candidates from both the county and the city were invited. Lylene ask that questions specific to an office be e-mailed to her or Vince. Lylene will be posting information and updates on the ENA blog. Also noted was another Candidate Forum hosted by the Silver Beach Neighborhood at the Bloedel Donovan Auditorium on October 13th. This forum would have an interesting format – each candidate would have their own table to meet with and address question from attendees.
Lylene continued her report mentioning that a representative from Sustainable Connections would be at our November meeting presenting information about home audits and the energy efficiency programs currently available. We went on to discuss locations for the December meeting since we are expecting a larger than usual crowd for the SSA take on the projected coal terminal. Lauri will check sites.
The Chamber of Commerce, Chambers Speakers Series, will be addressing several aspects of the Gateway Pacific Terminal (railroad impacts, bulk commodities…) at meetings. Check the Chamber website for information.
For the fourth year Bellingham has been included as a ‘count city’ in Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Project. WSDOT is enlisting volunteers to count the number of people bicycling and walking on paths, sidewalks and bike lanes in late September for more information go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike.
Communications: (Sandie Koplowitz)
Sandie was not at the meeting, but Lylene offered there had been a change in the website software. With the introduction of the new blog, the website would now focus on more static information. The blog, Edgemoor Conversations would spotlight current issues and information. Get acquainted, read and contribute to the blog.
The property has been purchased by the city and funding is still in discussion.
Bill Geyer and George Houston spoke to us to put a face to this project and to respond to specific details from a letter received from the Neighborhoods. Bill offered that the density had been cut 40% and would be developed using various styles of toolbox housing. There was a public hearing on October 6th and the project would be in front of council in Dec or Jan.
Business, Issues and Concerns:
Our Bylaws need amending. Lylene cited several problem areas that need attention. Lauri agreed to chair a committee to review and recommend changes.
How do we get more neighbors to get involved with the association? Not just to attend controversial meetings but to get actively involved? What interests the community? Time to brainstorm…
The meeting was adjourned at 8:53 pm.
The next Edgemoor Neighborhood Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 7-9pm at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion. Check the blog for the agenda. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Minutes are subject to approval