ENA Board Meeting
Attendees: Sherry Chilcutt, Roger Horn, Cheryl Bayle, Nathan Allen, Jim Rioux, Jim Sweeney,
There may be an invoice from the mural project that was double paid. We may need to reconcile with the City. At this time the City says we are ok.
Homes First is trying to raise $500 to start work on five houses. Sherry will keep in touch with them and see if they need ENA support.
Taxes have been filed. Sherry will change our tax status to a non-political non-profit. This will make us eligible for significant cost savings that political non-profits are not eligible for.
Sherry had some concern about the fact that we were unable to back up Karen for the last CNA meeting. The consensus was that this will likely be rare and its OK if ENA is not in attendance once in a while.
The board discussed the City’s proposal for a Regional Fire Authority. The significant increase in property tax with no clear benefit to Olympia citizens was frustrating.
Talent Show – Salvation Army
Roger has three acts for sure and one more poet will be asked. He wondered if we should we ask for others from the northeast or any other neighborhoods? Jim Sweeney suggested downtown.
Nathan suggested reaching out to the ODA.
Sherry will check in with Andy a professional trumpeter.
Nathan suggested putting up a flier in capital guitar.
Roger has a few other leads he will contact including reaching out to Avanti high school. The date and time is set for Saturday October 22, 3-5 pm.
Jim R was successful in splitting the data so that we can sort by street name. He will try to do some further breakdown to group houses into zones.
Member List Status and Levels Discussion
The board decided to form a small group to come up with a proposal. The group will consist of Dan, Jim R, and Nathan.
Nathan reminded the board that the basic reason for the change is to have a database of active people in the neighborhood. Our current system can’t do that for us. The intent is to encourage donations but not require it. The business level will give us a way to promote neighborhood businesses.
November General Meeting
Sherry asked what date worked better for everyone, November 3rd, or 9th. Roger pointed out that we had already set the date for November 3rd. The board decided to stick with November 3rd.
There was some discussion about the location. Newbridge and the Armory were mentioned. The Armory seemed a better choice. Sherry will contact Stephanie about the Armory.
We will plan to start at 5:30 pm with snacks and start the meeting at 6:00 pm.
The board discussed the following topics for an agenda. Nathan pointed out that we should pick something that will bring people out and we need to give people a positive reason to attend.
- Nathan– Quince St. village
- Jim Sweeney – Citywide homeless plan.
- Jim R -Lions Park improvements and other parks issue
- Jim S – Emergency Management
- Sherry -City events
Jim reminded the board that we will need to nominate new board members so that we can choose officers in January.
Nathan agreed to contact old officers to see if they have interest.
Jim R will send message to e-mail list from last annual meeting.
Art Crossing Meeting at the Armory
How can we best support attendance?
The meeting is scheduled September 29 at 6:30 am.
Sherry is looking for messaging to get people to attend. Jim will help Sherry write something.
Jim will get pictures of artwork that the chosen artist created to Nathan.
3900 Boulevard Rd Meeting at ORLA
Jim Sweeney shared that people from LiHi spoke well about homeless community in Olympia.
Roger said that he also attended and didn’t hear any opposition. Some important issues were highlighted.
Sherry said the issues raised were traffic and stormwater.
The concerns from people from the Newcastle neighborhood were parking, flooding, transportation, access to LBA, and loss of open space.
Interpretive Sign at Armory – $50,000 Contract
Jim S volunteered to serve on the committee that will give input on the content and design of the sign.
Sherry mentioned that the Armory received $1 million grant for Heritage Capital Project Grant.