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Sept. 16 Annual Meeting Minutes

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On the evening of Thursday, Sept. 28th, 2014, the Eastside Hill Steering Committee met at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

Mike Paulus opened the meeting and welcomed the group at 7:00 PM.  He suggested that everyone should visit and take advantage of our new neighborhood garden stand and mentioned that the latest edition of Volume One is the Neighborhood Issue.

Tim Laubach, a neighbor and Asst. Store Manager at Mega Foods East, invited the crowd to enjoy the Bike and Brat Bonanza Event, Saturday, September 27th from 11:00 – 2:00.  Everyone that arrives on a bike will receive a free brat.  A group will gather at Boyd Park at 10:30 AM and ride to Mega together.  Mike asked that we join him in thanking Tim and Mega Foods for their generous donations to the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Picnic that was held in August.

Leah Ness, Transportation Engineer for the City of Eau Claire made a presentation on Bike Boulevard locations and concepts.  She showed on a map the location of the proposed vacation of Valmont Ave. to allow an alternative bike route to the arterial auto traffic route.

Kenzie from Visit Eau Claire spoke to us and shared photos of ideas for signage for the bike boulevards and routes.  The majority of the examples were community artist ideas from Portland, OR.

Jack Corey asked the purpose of the bike boulevards?  Leah responded that the home owners near the Marquardt car wash have agreed to allow easements for a bike path that would connect Valmont to Brackett Ave. Hill as a designated bike route.  She added that options for closing the Jefferson St. and Lee St. entrances to Bracket Ave. are being considered.  (Lee St. entrance might become a cul-de-sac.)The Brackett Ave. Hill portion of the project is slated to be part of the City’s 2019 Capital Improvement Plan.

Another neighbor suggested that the idea of a multi-use trail to downtown with an improved grade should be investigated.

Mark Wesenberg asked Kenzie if she was looking for feedback on the signage ideas.  Chris C. (?) offered that designs should be solicited from local artists.  William added that perhaps kids could be involved.

In addition to signage there are traffic calming measures under discussion.  Please give comments and feedback to Leah.

The intersection at Talmadge and Main was the next topic.  Leah observed the location prior to the meeting and plans a traffic study.  Dangerous intersection signage was proposed.  Leah explained “vision triangles and agreed that the sight distance required for drivers to react to traffic flow is poor in all directions.  Main St. is set for mill and overlay in 2016.

Other troubling traffic spots were added to the list of concerns; the blind corner near the Boyd Park pavilion where Fairway intersects with Summer St.; the excessive speed on Badger Ave. to Huebsch; the need for a stop sign at the corner of Emery and Huebsch (the cemetery fence makes it difficult to see to the west).

Chris Johnson of Passion Board Shop, and Gabe Brummert both of the Eau Claire shared their vision of building a skate park in Boyd Park.  They would like to see another skate park located close to the bike trail, and are hoping to find a site that will allow them to build a park about double the size of the Lakeshore park.  They fielded questions about the size of the park and whether or not other viable locations were being considered.  A site off Runway Ave. and Fairfax were mentioned.

The neighborhood would have input on the location, size and design in the park.  It was reported that the YMCA park was unsuccessful because of the fees charged.  Kids couldn’t afford the daily cost.  The abandoned equipment is unsafe and not reusable.  Neighbors expressed concerns about noise and drainage.  When asked how the success of Lakeshore was measured, Chris and Gabe felt that it was it was a vibrant improvement to the Lakeshore neighborhood and was well used and attended.

Gina Keenan spoke about the Street Murals that are planned at the intersection of Hoover & Lee St.  It is considered a traffic calming, community building effort that students can buy into.  It should last 3-5 years with tough ups.  A concern was voiced about the potential slipperiness that other intersections and crosswalks have suffered.  It was agreed that it would be prudent to contact communities that have undertaken similar projects to see how they dealt with the issue.  Interest in additional intersections being painted was expressed.  A street mural ordinance is in the works.

Mark Ruddy reported the successes of the Prairie Project.  He introduced Sue Fiore and Judy Nehring, Master Gardeners who have offered to assist us with the perennial garden at Boyd Park.  He also spoke to the group about the opportunities for assistance and literature from Americorps to expand the Community gardens in Boyd Park.

William Kampf is our representative to the City’s Comprehensive Plan Committee.  He will attend meetings for about the next 10 months, and will keep us apprised.

Six spots on the Steering Committee were open.  Positions were vacated by Sara & Joe Thielen, Jaime Kampf.  William Kampf and Mark Ruddy agreed to serve another term.  Mike & Shannon Paulus will share a position.  Mark Wesenberg, Laura Miller, Sally Broker, Jason Anhorn and Lynn Gautsche have a year remaining in their terms.  Jason Duba, Jen and Tim Laubach, and Gina Keenan offered to fill the last three vacancies.  Elections for officers will occur at the October meeting.

Shannon Paulus moved that the meeting adjourn and Linda Corey seconded.  The motioned carried unanimously.

A brief Steering Committee meeting followed.  Mark Wesenberg moved that we accept the August Meeting Minutes.  William seconded and the motion carried.

Shannon gave the Treasurer’s Report.  We received $78.91 From the City, and a check will be made to Mark Ruddy in that amount as reimbursement for expenses.  We have $154.33 in checking and $107.47 in petty cash for a total of $261.80.  We received donations at the picnic of $51.00 that bring our balance to $312.80.  Sally has expenses from the picnic that will need to be reimbursed.  Mark R. has expenses for the bulletin board and nametags to submit.  Shannon moved and Sally seconded that Mark’s costs be reimbursed.  The vote carried.

Sally asked whether or not we were having thank you cards made with our logo on them.  Mark offered to get pricing from Digicopy and report to the group.

Shannon suggested and it was agreed that Laura should communicate feedback to Chris and Gabe about their presentation.  We would like to see more visual images and have a more precise scale for the size of the site.  It was also mentioned that noise levels could be measured and reported with a phone app.

Respectfully submitted,
Lynn Gautsche

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