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8/21/19 Swantown Inn 7-8:30 pm
Board members – Jim Sweeney, Jim Rioux, Roger
Horn, Brian Brannies, Sheena Pietzold, Nathan Allan, Sherry Chilcutt, Amy Hill
Others – Cheryl Bayle, Stephanie Johnson (City
Parks, Arts, and Recreation), Dave Marty and Koshare Eagle (Indian Creek
Board approved minutes from the July meeting.
Art Crossing – 2 years ago the city started a
master plan for art crossings (called gateways in the comprehensive plan). It
explored 8 gateways, or transitions between neighborhoods and the city core. It
also explored grand boulevards. The goal is to work on place making and
expressing neighborhood identities. The art should be reflective of the neighborhoods
and also work to connect the neighborhoods to the city and each other. The
first area looked at was Harrison and Division, but the limited space available
in that area makes the project very complicated. West Bay Drive was moved to the
top of the list. Working through the process with the West Bay area really
helped develop the process, create templates, and work out some kinks. West Bay
is almost at the installation part of the process and Eastside St will be next.
The process include reaching out to the neighborhoods at 3 separate points throughout.
There is also a workshop for artists which really seemed to help emerging artists
learn what they need to do to be public artists for this project. There is a jury
to help decide which artists to move forward with and it included neighborhood
association president(s), a landscape architect, and city arts commissioner(s).
In all, the process for West Bay Drive took about a year. For budget, there is
$50,000 for artists to create art, and another $25,000 as a separate
installation budget. Stephanie Johnson would like to come to the ENA picnic on
Sunday (8/25) to talk to the neighbors for about 20 minutes to gain feedback
that will inform the artists’ work. She will also go to Indian Creek
Neighborhood picnic at beginning of September. Stephanie will provide a survey
monkey survey link with the 4 questions she plans to discuss at the picnic so
we can help others not able to attend the picnic still be able to provide input.
We will promote through Nextdoor and our website with a 2 week deadline. She
will do the same again later for the Indian Creek Neighborhood closer to their
Candidate Forum – Set for Wednesday, October. 9th
at 6:30-8 at Elks Lodge. All 6 candidates for City Council have said they will
attend. Not sure if it should include any other political race candidates. Representatives
from each of the neighborhoods involved will meet next week on the 28th to
coordinate and talk about format, etc. The Elks Lodge will just be taking
donations, not charging an official fee. We think we donated $25 per
neighborhood at the candidate forum two years ago, but not sure about that. The
CNA has been very involved and is supportive. The neighborhoods involved
include ENA, Indian Creek, South Capital, Carlyon North, Wildwood, CRANA, and Nottingham.
There will probably be another forum on the west side at some point.
- Checking: $465.74
- Savings: $1059.77
- Signs: $1302.49
- Trees: $152.48
- Community Beautification: $408.12
Picnic – Ralph’s is donating again. There is a
$50 gift card waiting to be picked up. The Eastside Co-op is also donating
again, but we haven’t heard back from Big Tom’s yet. Nathan will follow up with
them, but if we don’t hear back, we will need to buy the burger stuff ourselves.
The board passed a vote to spend up to $400 on the picnic. Anyone who wants to
help prep sides and burger toppings, come by Brian’s place to help prep around
noon on Sunday. Everyone should make sure their signs are out. Roger will
follow up on possibly inviting the Lions Club members – they had mentioned being
interested in being a part of their namesake park.
Discussed purchasing new/more signs or perhaps having
a build party to make a bunch of wooden sandwich board signs. They’d probably
be about $20 a piece and we could make a template and spray paint our logo on
them. Tabled the discussion for now.
Sub area plan – It was scheduled for Planning Commission
review on Monday, but the City wanted to slow the process a little bit because
of a couple of action items added later in the draft development. We’re still
trying to keep a tight timeline, but perhaps this gives us a chance to give the
neighborhood a chance to review the draft before going to the Planning Commission
(which will now likely be in September). We discussed putting a description of
the process so far and upcoming as well as the draft plan on the website and
advertising it on Nextdoor as well. The Core Team will send a draft version to
the Board on Monday (8/26), the Board will provide any comments and/or their approval
by email by Friday (8/30). The Core team will then have a draft ready for the Planning
Commission in early September.
CNA special meetings – In August, the CNA had a
facilitated training on communications. The goal was learning ways to
communicate amongst themselves better and in more meaningful ways. There will
be a second special meeting on September 28th at the Salvation Army designed for
the Neighborhood Association Boards. It will also be related to how we can
improve communications amongst ourselves and the city. These are funded through
Map Your Neighborhood – Trainings coming up on
Aug. 28th (city, Fire Station 1 on Eastside), Sept. 10th (county, Thurston
County Emergency Services Building on Pacific). If someone attends, maybe we
could get the materials and provide them on our website.
Armory – The Military Department really wants to
sell the building. The Boys and Girls Club has turned it down, but Jim S. still
talking with the new president to convince them. Perhaps we can help get it
listed as a historic building. We discussed that the best approach would
probably to get it registered at the state level. To get it listed, it would
need a sponsor. The Board voted to approve being the sponsor and Jim S. will complete
the proper paperwork to make the request. We’ll need to move quickly on this.
Plum Street Village – Nathan attended the second Citizen
Advisory Committee meeting. They’re still kind of trying to figure out what
they’re trying to accomplish with these meetings. The village is at capacity and
have successfully transitioned 7 people. The committee suggested looking into
how to get them internet (currently using a hot spot). When folks are
transitioned out of the village, they are provided very minimal essentials. Committee
discussed things they could do to help connect them with more furniture,
kitchen ware, etc. Several of the churches around the city are looking at
hosting a few tiny houses. LIHI is helping one church on Boulevard with such an
effort. It seems to be going very well still, and there have been no issues
with neighbors or the neighboring businesses.