August 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

747 Boulevard Rd SE  7pm – 9pm
Monthly Board Meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Assocations
Board members in attendance:  Brian Brannies, Rita Sammons, Sherry Cillicut, Sam Green, Sheena Pietzold, Jim Sweeney, Charlotte Claybrook, Nathan Allan
Others:  Roger Horn
Absent:  Melissa Bluestein, Susan Herring

Annual Picnic

Will be on Aug. 20,  4 – 7pm, Lion’s Park
Brian submitted the application and insurance.
Nathan secured a donation from Michael at Eastside Big Tom’s. he is arranging pickup
Brian secured Ralph’s Thriftway, and the Olympia Food Co-op.
Food preparation plans and logistics for BBQs were made.
Brian was taking care of reminders on Nextdoor.

ENA Meeting Signs

A number of the signs have been stolen. So more will be ordered after an assessment of ENA finances after the picnic.

ENA Liaision with Madison Elementary

As our neighborhood school, Nathan wanted to explore a stronger tie between the ENA and the school. The board agreed and Nathan is exploring more with Mr DSK the Principal (and ENA Resident).

Ideas for closer ties included;

  • Help with the garden
  • Help with events
  • Holding meetings at the school.

Treasurer’s Report by Sherry Cillicut

 Ordered dog waste bags and just sent an inquiry b/c they should be here by now.

Water jug for annual picnic was $25 at Home Depot. Picking it up today.

  • Checking $697.87
  • Savings $1061.45
  • Neighborhood Signs $1298.56
  • Legion Way Trees $151.65
  • Community Beautification $506.16

Roundabout Cleanup

The roundabouts (around 8) will be cleaned up and replanted this fall.
Waivers and sign-up will be put out at the Annual Picnic.

CNA Update from Brian Brannies

Subarea Planning: ONNA Subarea Plan has been released on website. there is an opportunity for the Eastside to be the next area. There was discussion on whether we were ready as a neighborhood and board. Discussion said maybe next year, after asking at the Annual meeting for interested parties. To make this the 2017 project of the year.
Downtown Strategy has been released. Calls for 5000 more residents downtown, amongst many other things. Read about it on the Olympia City Web site here.
Sam offered to directly put his CNA report on the ENA web site. Thus making some of his announcements and findings more time relevant.

Eastside Crime and Safety Committee (ECSC) by Roger Horn

The motion to have the ECSC become a committee of the ENA was tabled. The feeling was the group is making progress and we do not want to reign that in. The board feels that they are also dealing with Olympia wide issues, not just Eastside.

Roger has agreed to continue to report to the ENA board and the ENA board will help where asked or needed. Roger was going to coordinate posting about the block parties on Nextdoor and cross post with the ENA Annual Picnic.

The ENA is aiding in the block parties that will be held on August 26th.

Minutes submitted by Nathan Allan

July 2016 Board Meeting Minutes


747 Boulevard Rd SE  7pm – 8:45pm
Monthly Board Meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Assoc.
Board members in attendance:  Brian Brannies, Rita Sammons, Sherry Cillicut, Sam Green, Sheena Pietzold, Susan Herring, Jim Sweeney, Charlotte Claybrook
Others:  Roger Horn
Absent:  Melissa Bluestein, Nathan Allan


Treasurer’s Report by Sherry Cillicut
   $692        Checking Account
~$1100      Savings
   $500       Community Beautification


Annual Picnic
Will be on Aug. 20,  4 – 7pm, Lion’s Park
Brian stated that the application and insurance fees will be approx $150.  Sam moved, seconded by Brian, to spend no more than $200 on fees.  Motion was approved.
Brian will explore potential donations from Michael at Big Tom’s, Ralph’s Thriftway, and the Olympia Food Co-op.  Brian moved, seconded by Charlotte, to approve a potential expenditure of $200 for food budget.  Motion was approved.
Food preparation plans will be finalized at the next Board Meeting on Aug. 17.


Garage Sale Update by Susan Herring
on July 23, 9 – 3pm.
Discussion of advertising strategies such as craigslist and Nextdoor
Google map created


Eastside Crime and Safety Committee (ECSC) by Roger Horn
Roger is a member of the newly-formed ECSC which is addressing crime and safety issues impacting the Eastside neighborhood. He along with Whitney Bowerman and a few other community members have met with Todd Cunningham (Code Enforcement) and will soon meet with Amy Stull (OPD), and Paul Simmons (Parks Dept.) to discuss these issues.
The concept of ECSC becoming an Ad-Hoc Subcommittee of the ENA was discussed.  It was decided to postpone that decision. Sam moved, seconded by Jim, to have an ENA representative attend the ECSC meetings and an ECSC representative attend the ENA meetings .   Motion was approved.  The next ECSC meeting will be held Aug. 4.
In an effort to promote community bonding, the ECSC is organizing Block Parties, scheduled for Aug. 26, 5 – 8pm.  There will be 4 locations, hosted by 4 neighborhood members.  Charlotte moved, seconded by Sherry, that the ECSC Block Parties be sanctioned by the ENA.  Motion was approved. Use of ENA signs to advertise the Block Parties was OK’d


Update on Nuisance Houses
The duplex on Central has an eviction notice effective September 19.
There is another possible nuisance house located at 715 Chambers.


Roundabout Cleanup
The roundabout at 9th and Sawyer will be cleaned up and replanted this fall.  More details to follow.


There has been discussion of a community rat problem on Nextdoor.


CNA Update from Sam Green
Cannabis shops – no concern from CNA over licensed shops, citizens are urged to report suspected unlicensed sellers
Opportunity for Olympia Initiative will likely go to a public vote in November (1.5% income tax)
Olympia Municipal Parks District will have hearings to set tax rate for parks levee
ONNA Subarea Plan has been released on website
Olympia 2016 Construction Projects have been announced and are ongoing



Minutes submitted by Rita Sammons

May 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1431 11th A15ve SE (corner of Central)
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 7:00PM – 9:15PM
Monthly Board meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Association
Board Members in Attendance: Brian Brannies,  Nathan Allan, Rita Sammons, , Susan Herring, Jim Sweeny, Sam Green, Sherry Cillicut.

Absent : Sheena Pietzold, Charlotte Claybrook, Melissa Bluestein


  • Neighborhood Garage Sale to be held week after Lakefair, Susan Herring taking charge of organizing. Date possibly July 23rd.
  • Crime and Safety
    • There is continued displeasure within the neighborhood about the Duplex on Central.
    • There was a spirited discussion on causes and frustration of a lack of perceived feedback from City Council and OPD.
    • A motion was  made by Jim to write a letter to city council regarding problem properties with possible actions, and for that letter to be presented at next Tuesday’s Council meeting by Brian. The motion was seconded by Sherry and unanimously passed.
    • Also tlak of helping neighbors formally with light
  • CNA Update from Sam Green
    • Discussion on Earthquake Preparedness and Disaster Plans at a neighborhood level.
    • Discussion on pathways and alleys being better lit
    • Discussion on Ne Neighborhood and their role in piloting subarea planning. The city has dragged its feet on this process and locked out other neighborhoods.
    • Push to covert septics to LOTT sewer. Very expensive and not many residences are doing it, cost is $30K+ per property. Run off from farms and landscaping causes huge nitrate problem in Henderson Inlet.
    • Arts Commission doing study on new Welcome Signs/Art for Olympia
    • Neighborhood Grants process, drawn out and inequitable.
  • Treasurers Report
    • Checking  $451.97
    • Savings  $1061.22
    • Signs $1298.30
    • Trees $151.59
    • Beautification  $506.01

Minutes submitted by Nathan Allan, Joint ENA Secretary

2016 Madison Plant Sale – Saturday, May 7th

Annual and perennial plant and vegetable starts professionally grown and affordably priced.  All proceeds benefit the school’s garden program.  This is a great one-stop spot for Mother’s Day gifts.  Ready made baskets and build your own for a special Mother’s Day!


Madison Elementary Parking Lot,

1225 Legion Way SE, Olympia


Your purchase directly supports the school’s garden enrichment programs including: the Giving Garden outdoor learning lab, all-school farmers market stands and a mobile classroom cooking cart.


Simply print out the PDF and post locally to your neighbors and friends.

PDF: Madison Plant Sale Flyer 2016