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

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