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When? Wednesday, November 15th, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Where? Elks Lodge on 4th Avenue by Ralphs.
Why? Have your voice heard by the Subarea Planning Committee, and ultimately the city.
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Swantown Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1431 11th Ave SE (corner of Central)
Wednesday, March 18th, 2014, 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Monthly Board meeting of the Eastside Neighborhood Association.
Board Members In Attendance: Nathan Allan, Susan Herring, Melissa Bluestein, Rita Sammons, Ira Silberlicht, Brian Brannies, Sheena Pietzold, Sherry Cillicut
Board Members Absent: Ted Braid (had volunteered at Annual meeting but did not show up), Mitch Dennis (we are confirming if he is continuing on as a board member)
Neighbors in Attendance: Roger Horn, Rhonda Davis, Josh Davis
Annual Garage Sale
- Welcome new board members
- Susan Herring, Melissa Bluestein, Rita Sammons, Ira Silberlicht
- Election of Officers
- Slate of Officers voted on and passed unanimously.
- President – Nathan Allan
- Vice-President – Brian Brannies
- Treasurer – Sherry Cillicut
- The position of Secretary was discussed and Sheena and Melissa may end up sharing the duties. This will be confirmed at the next meeting after they have had a chance to discuss.
- Adoption of updated By-Laws as discussed at the Annual Meeting.
- ENA Generic Business Cards
- Nathan proposed business cards for the ENA with a cost of $20.47 for 500 cards.
- Susan made a motion to approve 500 business cards at a cost of $20.47, Sherry seconded the motion and the motion passed unanimously.
- Dog waste stations update
- Call for volunteers to help on last installation.
- Ira is hosting one of the last two to be put in. Nathan is going to work with him to make his happen on 7th and Edison.
- The other has 811 approval and will also be organized by Nathan, with help from the home owner.
- Traffic Circle Beautification
- Neighborhood Match Grant applied for (by Brian Brannies on behalf of ENA)
- $1500 in donated labor and materials
- $500 has been asked for in the match
- Annual Summer Picnic Update
- Neighborhood Match Grant applied for (by Nathan Allan on behalf of ENA)
- Shelter reserved through Parks Department (we require insurance to cover this)
- We have a day insurance quote of $201 but Scott at Parks says there is a cheaper option for this. He is yet to fill us in on what this is.
- $7954 in donated labor, materials, food.
- $1480 has been asked for in matching grant funds.
CNA – Report from attending CNA meetings.
- Rhonda from New Bridge wants to have their Rummage Sale coincide with the Annual Garage Sale. The Rummage sale will have proceeds go to City Gate and their communbity outreach programs.
- Report from Tim Minarachi, who is representing the ENA until a board member can attend.
- There was talk about not fixing sidewalks, complaints about the Okympian’s involuntary insert delivery, other petty concerns. I have one bit of info I will forward later on from a woman who wanted to give a presentation to the ENA of a park or planting program she’s involved with, I just need to retrieve the paper with her info on it. The most interesting thing is subarea planning. Subarea A is the experiment, that’s the associations in the northeast area. They’re going to be working on it for a while longer before it goes online, but you should be advised we are subarea B- which leads me to believe we’re next. Subarea B is simply the current territory of the ENA with the addition of the corridor between Eastside and Plum. All we would have to collaborate with the DNA over would be the area between Eastside and Plum, and we’ve been doing that the last couple of years anyhow. I think it’s a good thing.
Checking account $679.82
Savings account $328.90
Neighborhood signs $1297.10
Legion way trees $151.31
Community beautification $505.31
Long-term savings $1030.89
Brian asked for cleaning supplies and equipment to clean the neighborhood signs up on Boulevard. A motion was made by Brian for $100 from the sign fund to be used to purchase supplies and equipment to clean the signs. It was seconded by Ira and passed unanimously.
Roger Horn let us know about a proposed Bike Boulevard that will head down through our neighborhood to downtown. There was concern that the ENA should be in on the conversation for the route. Nathan pointed out that Brittany Yunkers has reached out to the ENA about one segment on the disused part of 9th. It was suggested we reach out to Sophie Stimson in Transportation at the city and become part of the conversation.
In the absence of a Secretary, these minutes are submitted by Nathan Allan, President.
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- 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
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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.
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.
- 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
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- Board Members Present: Nathan Allan, Whitney Bowerman, Brian Brannies, Sandia Slaby, Pat Bayle, Jim Longley, Mitch Dennis, Sheena Pietzold, Katy Beattie
- Board Members Absent: Kara Randall
- Other Attendees: Roger Horn, Eddy
Dog waste stations
Church will help with dog waste stations; There are still troubles Getting a hold of people; Locations of sites were discussed;
Purchasing bags….biodegradable bags are they worth it? Cost effective? Sandia would like to look into the cost difference and what that means for ENA. Cost of bags (Nathan added to minutes when he found the details relevant);
$138.18 for 4000 Biodegradable bags (funny thing only considered so in 49 states not CA)
Shipping did cost.
What Aly found on Amazing is basically $31.38 for 1000 bags. So about the same.
Nathan searched around a little and did not find an alternative that works.
Future of the board
Join the ENA board! Four members are not continuing, possibly five. Become an active advocate for your neighborhood. Once a month meetings, and accomplishing tasks like the dog poop bag stations, food bank donations, etc.
February is goal for annual meeting.
- Some neighbors have said they miss it.
- Idea to send postcards directing people to read more at the website.
- Print a few newsletters for those who may request it.
- Brian is willing to print off postcards; ENA may still have credit at a local printshop.
- Brian is willing to spearhead getting this accomplished.
- We hope that mailing list is more accurate than in the past. A lot of effort has been put into verifying addresses.
It seems the focus of the CNA is less about working together and more about listening to presentations. ENA has been represented in some capacity at almost every meeting this year. Representatives are wondering about the effectiveness of the CNA and the overall purpose of it as it seems to be very much concerned with big picture issues like city planning. Our presence is valued at the CNA meetings is that our voice is then reported back to City Council. CNA can, and has been in the past, be an effective voice.
- Sherry was absent from the meeting but reported $750 in checking.
- Nathan still needs to get on the account as back-up.
Madison Holiday Store
Madison Elementary PTO Representative, Eddy, says they are looking for donations for kids to purchase for presents for their families.
Report from City Council
- Providing $250,000 for downtown plan
- Talk of changing code to work on creating neighborhood centers like Westside coop or San Francisco street bakery
- Putting money into hazard trees which would affect legion way