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Oct. 16 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

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On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 16th, 2014, the Eastside Hill Steering Committee met at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

Members Attending:  Mark Wesenberg, Gina Keenan-Klages, Lynn Gautsche, William Kampf, Sally Broker, Mark Ruddy, Shannon Paulus, Jason Anhorn, Jason Duba, Tim Laubach, Jen Williams

Members Absent:  Laura Miller

Guests:  Chris Johnson, Eau Claire Skaters Assn. and Joel Mickelson, Representative for the Historic Randall Park Neighborhood Assn.

As steering committee members arrived an informal a conversation began about the proposed skate park.  When it appeared that all the members able to attend were there Shannon moved that we approve the minutes of the September Semi-Annual Meeting.  Sally was the second and the vote carried unopposed.

Shannon reported that the balance in the checking account was $154.33 less $12.85 (for reimbursement of Mark Ruddy’s expenses) for a total of $141.48.  We have Petty Cash of $158.47 for a grand total of $299.95.  Sally will need to be reimbursed for some picnic related expense.  It was moved (Shannon) and seconded (Mark W.) that we reimburse Mark R’s expenses for ordering nametags for new committee members.

Status of the By-Laws

Mark W., Mark R. and William agreed to meet and present the proposed changes to the committee for the next meeting.  We will need to post the proposed changes to the website prior to the April Semi-Annual Meeting.

Skate Park

(The following notes aim to capture the spirit and content of the conversation, but are not necessarily direct quotes.)

Jason A. said that he thinks the park is a “great idea”.  Jason D. asked, “what is our role?”  Shannon said, “I see our job as presenting the project to the neighborhood for comment.”  Mark W. asked, “Can we take an informal vote tonight?”, and suggested another neighborhood meeting.

Mark W. asked Chris if the proposed size of the park (4-5000 sq. ft.) includes the berm or not?  Chris answered that “it can, but it doesn’t have to.”  William asked Chris if there was a size limit that would make the ECSA decide to look for space elsewhere.  Chris responded that since Lakeshore is not big enough at only 2000 sq. ft., that would be a deterring number.

Shannon suggested that an online poll to follow the neighborhood panel discussion would be a next step and gauge support.  Mark W. thought perhaps the panel could take place at the park so that people could visualize the space.  Mark R. offered that areas could be roped off to show possible locations.  Conversation regarding an invitation to the Parks Dept. to participate in the discussion ensued.

Joel Mickelson, the District 6 representative to the Historic Randall Park Neighborhood Assn. was present and joined the discussion.  He stated that the neighborhood has only positive feedback to share on the skate park addition at Lakeshore.  He sais he supports the idea of a panel discussion and wishes that they had done it.  Mark Ruddy offered to be a liaison to the Parks Dept. for the committee.

There was a flurry of motions, retractions and ultimately Shannon moved to vote to schedule a panel from ECSA and the Parks Dept. to meet with neighbors, so they might have their questions answered.  We would post the photos of park locations on the website in advance.  Lynn was the second.  The vote was unanimous.

The informational panel discussion was tentatively set for Thursday, November 13th.  Neighbors in close proximity to the park need to be invited – Mark W. will handle that.  The steering committee will meet in advance.  Gina will check on the availability of the church.  Mark W. will contact the Parks Dept. to invite them.  Facebook groups will help answer questions and invite people.  Paper ballots will be available at the panel discussion to assist in gauging support.

Time Bank

At his request, we authorized Mark Ruddy to represent EHNA in informal discussions with other Neighborhood Associations and Eau Claire’s Volunteer Coordinator to extend or improve our access to volunteers through the Chippewa Valley Time Bank.

Election Results:

President – Mark Ruddy

Vice President – Jason Anhorn

Treasurer – Shannon Paulus

Secretary – Lynn Gautsche

It was moved (Lynn ) and seconded (Sally) that we accept the slate of officers. The vote carried.


William offered to meet with Mike Paulus to learn to back him up on website posting.

It was moved (Mark W) and seconded (Sally) that the meeting adjourn. The vote was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted
Lynn Gautsche

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