Bike Corridor Pilot Project

Just in from the City of Olympia,  Michelle Swanson 

The project is going to begin construction in late April. We will be notifying affected property owners along the route, but I wanted to make sure you and your neighborhood association knew about it, too.  The route will go from Lions Park to Sylvester Park downtown.  We’ve updated our website to give people some quick information about the project.

You might recall that the project will be to add special signs and pavement markings to some quiet, small streets in the neighborhood. We will also be making some changes to three intersections – which are shown on the map – so it will be easier for people biking and walking to get across the streets.

We’ll be having an Open House about the project here at City Hall on March 30th from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. I am also hoping to have a Saturday meeting at Lions Park in early April. I’ll send separate, official invitations to both events as they draw closer.

hank you!

Michelle Swanson, AICP | Senior Program Specialist

City of Olympia Public Works |Transportation

360.753.8575

Bike Corridor Project

Thurston Transportation Oriented Development

This post is in reference to the property north of Boulevard, formerly known as the “Medela” site.

It was recently incorporated in to the City of Olympia, as it was an “island” of county. It was then rezoned by the city.

The Thurston Transportation Oriented Development (TTOD) came and spoke at our Annual General Meeting and promised to share more details on the proposed project.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to spend time with ENA last week, and the hospitality.

TTOD’s website has been updated with a Gardens at Indian Creek Project Page, and links to the UW Early Feasibility Analysis body of work.

http://www.ttod.org/the-gardens-at-indian-creek.html

We’ll keep you posted on progress.

Best,

Ron

Ron Niemi | Thurston Transportation Oriented Development | www.ttod.org

An Affordable Housing Nonprofit Organization

 

February 2016 Board Meeting

Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1431 11th Ave SE (corner of Central)
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Monthly Board meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Association.

Agenda

  • Welcome new board members
  • Election of Officers
  • Dog waste stations update
    • Can we afford to purchase more bags?
  • Traffic Circle Beautification
    • Nathan Reached out to Master Gardener, Penny Longwell, for suggestions on plantings. She needs to know the exact locations. 
    • Do we also want to be pollinator friendly? See what that means here.
  • Annual Summer Picnic
    • Neighborhood Match Grant. Do we apply again?
  • Annual Garage Sale
    • Shall we try to ramp this up again? Need a volunteer co-ordinator to do so.
  • CNA
    • Shall we try to represent here?
  • Treasurers Report
  • New business.

Please note you do not need to be a board member to attend. We start promptly at 6:30pm.

ENA Annual General Meeting Tomorrow

ENA postcard

Tomorrow evening is the neighborhood association general meeting.

The Agenda can be viewed here.

You may have received the postcard pictured above.

If you did not, it could mean a number of things;

  1. You gave us your email and we emailed you the meeting notice instead
  2. We do not have the correct address details for you. In that case please email us and let us know who and where to post to.
  3. You are a fan of the ENA yet do not live in our boundaries.

If you received and postcard and it was not addressed to the current occupier of your home;

  1. Contact us, and tell us your name, address and email (we prefer sending email as it is free!)

If you would like to save the ENA money;

  1. Contact us, and provide your name, address and email. Tell us you would rather get an email!

Notes about the Postcard Mailing:

  1. Eastside Big Toms was our postcard sponsor. They sponsored the entire thing!
  2. Our volunteer Board Members walked most of the neighborhood and verified addresses as best as possible.
  3. The Postcard was designed to get you to this web site. Hopefully you will opt-in for email and make future mailings cheaper.

ENA Annual General Meeting

Please help spread the word about this meeting.

Location: New Bridge Community Church

Time:  Wednesday January 27th 2016 at 7pm

Agenda:

  • Olympia School Superintendent talking in the proposed school levy.
  • TTOD talking on the Medela Development.
  • Food Bank Project.
  • Dog Waste Station Project.
  • Matching Grant Update – Traffic circles beautification.
  • Board elections as well.

December 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1431 11th Ave SE (corner of Central)
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Monthly Board meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Association
Board Members in Attendance: Nathan Allan, Brian Brannies, Sheena Pietzold, Rita Sammons, Sherry Cillicut, Susan Herring

Minutes

  • Dog waste bag stations update
    • Supplying bags will cost the ENA around $500 a year. This is not sustainable unless we have more dues-paying members. We have had a lull in members paying dues, so Nathan made laminated signs to attach to the dog waste bag stations to solicit members to pay dues.
  • Newsletter
    • We’ve had numerous comments regarding how long it has been since the ENA has put together a newsletter. One option is to do a postcard advertising our upcoming general meeting and perhaps things we have accomplished over the past year.
    • Brian will send the address spreadsheet we have to the group so we can check the addresses by foot. Each board member will claim an area of the neighborhood to walk and double check to see if actual houses match the street addresses in the spreadsheet. Hopefully this effort will increase the accuracy of the addresses and reduce mailing cost waste.
  • Matching grant update
    • Brian has a meeting set up with the City on Friday, December 18th to sign paperwork for the matching grant to improve traffic calming devices (round-abouts and bump-outs) throughout the neighborhood. The City will be paying for general liability insurance to protect the neighborhood association in the event of a lawsuit. All volunteers will need to sign an agreement with the City to protect the ENA. The City is allowing us to carry the funds over until the end of 2016.
  • General meeting
    • We’d like to try to have the general meeting January 27th. Topics could include Olympia School District Superintendent speaking about the proposed school levy (special election vote scheduled for February 9th), Thurston Transportation Oriented Development (TTOD) presentation, soliciting for volunteers to improve traffic calming devices for the matching grant, soliciting for new board members, and electing new board of directors.
  • Treasurers Report
    • $169.26 in Checking
    • $1360.83 in Savings
    • $1297.87 in Neighborhood Signs fund
    • $151.49 in Legion Way Trees fund
    • $505.76 in Community Beautification fund

 

Minutes submitted by Sheena Pietzold, Joint ENA Secretary

Candidate Forums

There are two upcoming forum opportunities for anyone interested in listening to the candidates in various races this November.
Thursday, October 15 @ 6 p.m.  South Sound Manor, 455 North Street SE (next to cemeteries).
Wednesday, October 21 7:30-8:45 pm Downtown Library

September Board Meeting Agenda

Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1431 11th Ave SE (corner of Central): Directions to the Swantown Inn..
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, 6:30PM – 7:30PM 
Monthly Board meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Association.

Agenda

  • Annual Picnic – How did it go?
  • Intersection problems – Fir and 7th
  • Fall General Meeting
    • Move it up to October to allow for candidates to discuss their platforms.
  • Treasurers Report
  • TTOD – Doug Deforest to present plans to the board (not public Q&A)
    • Plan for presentation to wider ENA possibility at General Meeting (with public Q&A)
  • New business.

Please note you do not need to be a board member to attend. We start promptly at 6:30pm.

August 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1431 11th Ave SE (corner of Central)
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Monthly Board meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Association
Board Members in Attendance: Nathan Allan, Brian Brannies, Sheena Pietzold, Rita Sammons, Sherry Cillicut

Minutes

  • June/July Minutes approved.
  • Annual Garage Sale
    • We heard from several people saying it didn’t go very well this year. Coordination was not great, so we should work on improving it next year.
    • We have a possible volunteer to help coordinate next year.
  • Annual Picnic Planning
    • Insurance ended up costing $101.
    • Reservation of Pavilion was $25.
    • OPD and OFD sending officers and Fire truck during the event.
    • Recycling and Organics to be provided (Nathan will pick-up).
    • Food and Drink: Burgers being provided completely byEastside Big Tom.
    • The Eastside Co-op donated $100 and Ralph’s donated $50 gift cards. Brian and Rita will shop and bring side dishes, deserts, etc. from these stores.
    • ENA will purchase hot dogs, buns, and beverages. Nathan will pick-up.
    • Entertainment: Live music confirmed. Donated by Brian Brannies and Sheena Pietzold
  • Treasurers Report
    • $367.15 in Checking
    • $1360.47 in Savings
    • $1297.53 in Neighborhood Signs fund
  • New business
    • Update on matching grant: working on finalizing agreements to be able to move forward. The City will be paying for general liability insurance to protect the neighborhood association in the event of a lawsuit. All volunteers will need to sign an agreement with the City to protect the ENA. The City will provide appropriate safety equipment necessary (with the main foreseeable hazard being traffic). The City is also working on provisions to allow us to carry the funds over to 2016 since this process has taken so long.
    • Medela rezone update: the city hearings examiner recommended to the city council to upzone the area. Next steps: city council will vote on whether to upzone. Doug Deforest (representing TTOD) would like to come to the September board meeting to talk about TTOD and their ideas for the future of the area.
    • Nathan met with Lt. Holmes from OPD about a house in the neighborhood that the neighbors have been complaining about. There are proposed changes to city ordinances to make it easier for OPD and code enforcement to take care of these kinds of issues. Until then, we should try talking with our neighbors and telling them our concerns.
  • Minutes submitted by Sheena Pietzold, Joint ENA Secretary

August Board Meeting Agenda

Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1431 11th Ave SE (corner of Central): Directions to the Swantown Inn..
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 6:30PM – 7:30PM 
Monthly Board meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Association.

Agenda

  • Approval of June/July Minutes.
  • Annual Garage Sale
    • How did it go?
    • We had a possible volunteer to help coordinate next year.
  • Annual Picnic
    • Planning
      • Insurance ended up costing $101.
      • Reservation of Pavilion was $25.
      • OPD and OFD sending officers and Fire truck during the event.
      • Recycling and Organics to be provided (Nathan will pick-up).
      • Any new items to add to event?
    • Food and Drink
      • Burgers being provided completely by Eastside Big Tom.
      • Other donation food items?
      • ENA will purchase hot dogs and buns (Nathan will pick-up).
    • Entertainment
      • Musician confirmed? What time?
      • Anyone have games?
  • Treasurers Report
  • New business.

Please note you do not need to be a board member to attend. We start promptly at 6:30pm.