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

Meeting re: Crime in the Eastside – April 27, 7:00 pm, Methodist Church

Join neighbors, along with staff from the Olympia Police Department, to discuss neighborhood concerns regarding burglaries, drug houses, and general crime in the Eastside neighborhood. The meeting will include staff from the Olympia Police Department.

First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way SE (corner of Legion & Boundary)
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 7:00PM

March 2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1431 11th A15ve SE (corner of Central)
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 7:00PM – 8:15PM
Monthly Board meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Association
Board Members in Attendance: Brian Brannies, Sheena Pietzold, Nathan Allan, Rita Sammons, , Susan Herring, Jim Sweeny, Sam Green, Charlotte Claybrook.

Others: Roger Horn, LouEllyn Jones

Absent (Excused): Sherry Cillicut, Melissa Bluestein


  • Master Calendar updates
    • Agreed to keep board meetings on third Wednesday at 7pm. Also to keep them to an hour if possible.
    • Annual Picnic set to 20th August (unless another major event is found to fall on that day)
    • Neighborhood Garage Sale to be held week after Lakefair, Susan Herring taking charge of organizing
  • Nuisance Houses
    • There is continued displeasure within the neighborhood about the Duplex on Central, and a home on Sawyer.
    • The Sawyer street property appears to be more of a code enforcement issue and efforts have been made with OPD and Code Enforcement to make the property a better neighbor.
    • The Central Street Duplex is more of an OPD issue. OPD and Code Enforcement are both well aware of the problems. Activity is being tracked by officers. It is highly recommended that neighbors call in all suspicious activity to 911.
    • It has been suggested by members of other neighborhood groups that some or all of the following actions be undertaken;
      • reaching out to landlords
      • calling in every single little disturbance or illegal activity to 911
      • the addition of signage that notes “Neighborhood Watch” is in effect in the area
      • legal action against landlords to seize or penalize the property if problems are not fixed.
    • A number of board members noted similar problems in past residences. Board embers also offered assistance in undertaking the before-mentioned actions.
  • CNA Update from Sam Green
  • Treasurers Report
    • A motion was made by Nathan and seconded by Susan, to remove Luke Bowerman from the ENA Bank Account and to add Brian Brannies. Vote was taken and passed unanimously.
    • ACTION ITEM: Sherry to provide Brian with necessary documentation to facilitate this.
    • Checking $339.26
    • Savings $1061.00
    • Neighborhood signs $1298.05
    • Legion way trees $151.53
    • Community beautification $505.86

Minutes submitted by Nathan Allan, Joint ENA Secretary

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


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.


We’ll keep you posted on progress.



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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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