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Semi-Annual Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 15

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Semi-Annual Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 15

This is the big one! The Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association is holding its semi-annual neighborhood-wide meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6:30pm at Spirit Lutheran church (1310 Main St., basement). This will give the neighborhood the opportunity to review and discuss the events from this past year as well as plan for the future. Come out and meet your neighbors. After all, refreshments will be served.

Date and Time: Thursday, Sept. 15, 6:30pm
Place: Spirit Lutheran church • 1310 Main St. •
Eau Claire, WI (basement)

6:30 to 7pm – Check out Neighborhood resources on display at our EXPO (explained below)
7pm – Meeting start


Again we are welcoming Neighborhood providers of services to join us before the meeting to be part of an EXPO, using a provided table to advertise your services. The EXPO time will be from 6:30 to 7pm, with the doors open at 6pm to set up. In the past we have had groups like our community police, our City Council and County Board Supervisors, City/County Health Department, Earthbound Environmental, Affordable Solar, and so on. Come highlight what you have to offer.

Our official Meeting will start at 7pm. We will elect new Steering Committee members; Eau Claire’s Community Development staff will help us understand the Neighborhood Revitalization efforts and how they can benefit our area; we will make decisions about how to make Margaret Street safer; and more.

There are usually 6 of our Steering Committee’s 12 members elected in September. Because of two resignations, this time there will also be 2 single- year positions elected; this allows us to retain a goodly number of experienced Committee members after each election. Go to our web site to find current Committee members’ contact information so you can ask them what their experience has been with this position’s demands, opportunities and gifts.

Before the meeting, consider reading the Recommendations that the Neighborhood Revitalization project came up with (on the City ‘s website at: http://ci.eau-claire.wi.us/home/showdocument?id=14808).

Tempting snacks are provided by the Spirit Lutheran congregation.

We have had a very productive year! Come celebrate and support our work. Be a part of the solution.

New “Inclusion” Committee: Meeting Sept. 19

The Steering Committee of our Neighborhood has welcomed and authorized a new Committee/Awareness within our Association. This initiative has been spearheaded by Chauncey Street Neighbor Traci Ohlmann. In Traci’s words it is …

“Neighbor to Neighbor. Addressing the wonderful diversity of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood. We are hoping to bring neighbors together to address issues of diversity, celebrate culture, and create a welcoming, safe, and peaceful community. Our first Committee meeting will be held at 6:30 pm Monday, September 19 at Boyd Park. “Be the change you want to see in the world” starting in your own backyard. Contact Traci Ohlmann at sing.play.laugh@gmail.com for more information or just come to the meeting. All neighbors welcome.”

Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association “2016 Year in Review”

Submitted by Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association Steering Committee Member Chad Rowekamp

The past year has been an exciting and productive year for the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association. It was a year of bigger and better.

Starting with bigger, the association passed new bylaws which added 14 more household to our west boundary.

We had record participation in the neighborhood thrift sale in May with over 150 households taking part in welcoming thousands of people to our neighborhood for a large dose of lemonade, deals, and friendly faces.

Our Facebook page closing in on 1400 followers continues to assist in the safe return of countless cats and dogs to their families, along with providing times information about neighborhood events.

Working in cooperation with the city of Eau Claire parks department we coordinated a project to allow bathroom access in Boyd park. This was no small task as city policy was all pavilions in neighborhood parks were locked unless they were rented out for an event. We invited the department to our meeting and came up with the agreement to install security cameras and automatic locks and the steering committee would raise the 8050 dollars. Just as we were going to announce we secured the money someone vandalized the bathrooms and the parks dept took the automatic locks off the table. After some more hard negotiating we came up with a new plan to make the two bathrooms unisex and add a door on the outside of the bathroom so that one would be available to the public and one reserved for people renting the pavillion. This project should be rapping up any day now and after it is complete we are the only neighborhood that offers bathroom access in their neighborhood park. It’s the simple things in life.

Taking care of Margaret street. An movement to create a safer street was started. Residents were surveyed with 167 residents , the majority in favor of lower speed limits, stop signs at highland, more crosswalks and possible bike sharrows or lanes. This is still a work in progress with a vote on a resolution requesting the city to act on these issues coming at the September 15 th meeting. The second part of this initiative is the boulevard plantings. We are currently surveying residents on Margaret if they are open to improving the planting and caring for them or perhaps forming a group to care for the boulevards.
We assisted in the set up of The U.S. National Kubb Championship. It is largest and longest running kubb tournament outside of Europe. The two-day tournament continues to grow and had over 450 players this year. This tournament was founded by Easthill residents.

We had our annual picnic in Boyd park providing a hotdog lunch, Kubb tournament, and a great way to meet your neighbors.

The prairie at Boyd park continues to improve with work from a few for the enjoyment of all. We are always looking for people who love to spend time outside to work on the prairie.

We supported a scout project to add more bluebird boxes around the Forrest Hill Cemetery.

We also supported the creation of a diversity and welcoming committee.

We are having our third annual neighborhood photo contest.

501.c3 That’s right your neighborhood association is stepping up its status to 501.c3. In order to do this we need to raise a little over 400 dollars for the filing fee. We will be having a brat stand from 10 to 5 on September 17 at Gordys on birch street to accomplish this. Anyone willing to help work it or come support us would be greatly appreciated. You can email chadrowekamp@hotmail.com if you are interesting in working part or all of the shift. You may be asking why do we need this status? It will make it much easier to secure donations for the neighborhood picnic or future projects. For example if we wanted to build a splash pad or awesome playground at Boyd park this status makes businesses much easier to get donations from.

Perhaps you have ideas of your own that you would like to see happen in the neighborhood lucky for you the September 15 th meeting is your chance to get elected to the steering committee and help make the change you want to see and build on the great success of the last year.

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