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 |

An Affordable Housing Nonprofit Organization


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.

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

2015 ENA Annual Meeting Minutes

Facilitated by ENA President  Nathan Allan

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Meeting started at 6:30 pm at the New Bridge Community Church


  • Board Members Present:  Sandia Slaby, Nathan Allan,  Whitney Bowerman, Sherry Chilcutt, Whitney Bowerman, Kara Randall, Mitch Dennis,Sheena Pietzold, Brian Brannies
  • Board Members Absent: Katy Beattie
  • Others Present: Around fifty neighbors in attendance.


The meeting was opened and it was noted that minutes of the last years meetings are available on this web site.

Report of President

Dog Poop Bag Stations

Nathan talked about how the ENA had successfully installed most of the Dog Poop Bag Stations around the neighborhood. Still waiting on a couple of volunteers to come through on following up with 811 before placing the stations. There is also one spare station that is felt best suited to the upper part of the neighborhood that currently does not host any.

If you would like to host a station contact the ENA. The ENA provides all the equipment, pole and bags. You simply call 811 to have the site checked for utilities. Then you agree to maintain the station.

ENA vs. NextDoor

As comes up often on the Nextdoor website for our neighborhood. Nathan discussed the difference as follows;

  • The ENA is your recognized (by the City of Olympia) official neighborhood association. As such it can advocate for the neighborhood and gets a seat at the Coalition of Neighborhood Associations. All residents of the ENA are members of the ENA.
  • Nextdoor, is owned by an independent for profit entity. It is a tool used by the ENA for communication. Only 20% of the neighborhood are members of Nextdoor.

To help stop this confusion the ENA board voted to change the Nextdoor name to “Eastside”. This would bring it in line with other neighborhoods. Our lead with Nextdoor, Whitney Bowerman, will contact Nextdoor to make the appropriate name change.

What do you want the ENA to achieve in 2015?

Nathan asked those in attendance what they wanted for 2015. Nothing was brought forward at this point, but once a later topic of Neighborhood Matching Grants was discussed we had some ideas discussed (noted in that section).

Report of Treasurer

Treasurer, Sherry Chilcutt, noted the current balances in the ENA accounts.


  • Savings $328.87
  • Checking $549.82
  • ENA Sign Maintenance Fund $1297.02
  • Legion Way Trees $151.29
  • Community Beautification $504.27
  • CD $1030.71

She noted online payment on this web site has aided in keeping the ENA solvent.

Election of Board Members

Nathan called for nominations for new board members. It was noted that officer positions are voted on by the new board the following month. It is also noted the board will need a board member to act as Secretary.

Four of the most wonderful neighbors you could hope for stepped up and forward to lend their enthusiasm for our great neighborhood to the ENA. They were elected unanimously, with great fan fare and praise. (it should be noted  others voiced their consideration and are welcome to attend the next board meeting as well). The new board members are;

  • Susan Herring
  • Ted Braid
  • Melissa Bluestein
  • Rita Sammons

Bread and Roses

Meta Hogan of Bread and Roses presented information on the new format Bread and Roses has taken. They have been in our neighborhood since the 1980’s and it is noted that a few people in attendance voiced their experiences with the organization. Many had volunteered  in work parties and the like to help.

Meta has provided more information in the form of this Bread and Roses newsletter. Which mimics the information found here.

Food Project – Update

Whitney Bowerman, Neighborhood Coordinator for the Thurston County Food Bank gave us an update on the success of this project in our neighborhood. There was a call for more Neighborhood Coordinators and neighbors who wanted to participate.

More information and how to sign up can be found here.

Change the Bylaws for the Board

Nathan discussed how in May of 2014 a subcommittee was formed and met to discuss updating the By-Laws of the ENA for the first time since 1992. The current and proposed By-Laws can be found on this web site here.

The changes made were mainly to reflect changes in technology (the Internet was not even really around  in 1992), they are as follows;

  • The expansion of the definition of membership to be inclusive of businesses , not for profits and religious organizations.
  • The requirement for a membership vote to changes dues (which are voluntary anyway),
  • Some tightening of the wording and methods for replacing an Officer who is no longer doing their duties
  • The removal of the requirement to actually submit and register yourself with the association (by default you’re a member if you live int he neighborhood).

It is not a requirement to show the membership the proposed changes, as the board can approve them. However the committee and board felt it was the right thing to do before doing so.

It was noted that “Churches” should be changed to “Religious Establishments”.

It was also suggested to lower the number of board members required. The committee had felt this would make it too easy to not actively recruit new board members each year.

City of Olympia Matching Grant Program

Brian Brannies, Vice President, discussed the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program. Opportunities exist to fund projects within our neighborhood. Suggested projects included;

  • The beautification of traffic circles and bump outs int he upper part of the neighborhood. Brian will take the lead on this.
  • The expansion of the Annual Picnic. There was some discussion on this. The possibilities included adding live music, a bounce house, and vendors. Also there was the possibility of moving the start time to 4pm. All in attendance seemed to be quite excited at this prospect. Nathan and Brian will work on the project together.

January 2015 Board Minutes


  • Board Members Present:  Nathan Allan,   Brian Brannies,  Sandia Slaby,  , Katy Beattie
  • Board Members Absent: Kara Randall, Whitney Bowerman, Mitch Dennis, Sheena Pietzold, Sherry Cillicut

February Annual Meeting

Time: Wednesday 18th, 6:30pm

Location: New Bridge? Brian will look into location, asking the churches for use of their location

Agenda for Annual Meeting:

  • Food Project will be on the agenda
  • Pest control; guest speaker to educate?
  • Bread and Roses; information on new format?
  • ENA vs. NextDoor
  • Change the Bylaws for the Board
  • Dog Poop Bag Stations
  • City of Olympia Matching Grant Program
  • Elections will take place; Board members, Vice President, Secretary

Become a Board Member!

Your voice is your power to affect change in your community. Please join the board and help us accomplish items that are good for our neighborhood! We accomplish, at least, one big project a year. We appreciate a wide representation of our neighborhood being represented on the board so that the many voices, from many areas of our vast neighborhood are heard. For more info on joining the board check this informational page.

Dog Bag Stations

One more has been installed and there is only one to go. One has been requested up towards Lyons Park, but there is one in the park already.

City of Olympia Matching Grant Program

Brian has located two areas that he will pursue a matching grant for. We will also look into obtaining the matching grant for our Annual Summer Picnic.

CNA Meetings

Nathan can no longer attend on Mondays, so we need another member to attend so that we can maintain a presence. Brian can go. We would like to have another member who is able to back Brian up with this, in case he can’t attend.

Annual Calendar:

  • Nathan to create calendar of meetings and events for the 2015 year
  • Flag football event on Thanksgiving morning – Katy and Andrew will set up the day of @ 6:30-8