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Updates and Neighborhood News – May 2017

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Bluegrass on Badger: Thursday, May 25

Fantastic neighborhood event tomorrow night! “Bluegrass on Badger” will be held at 1903 Badger Ave. on Thursday, May 25 at 6pm. Details here!

Weeding the Boulevards of Eau Claire’s Margaret Street

BE A BOULEVARDIER. Work with our Neighborhood Association to maintain and improve the plantings in the boulevards of Margaret Street that are engineered to make the street safer. These plantings are “traffic calmers” by causing drivers to perceive the roadway as narrower, causing them to slowdown and proceed with more caution. These boulevards are part of our Neighborhood “Commons”, there to benefit us all. Start by pulling a weed. The boulevard volunteers help all of this happen. For more information contact this Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association project via markruddy55@yahoo.com; 839-7949. Learn more about our Association at eastsidehill.com.

Why Boulevardier? Pronounced “bulvardje”, this is the French word for a person who frequents a boulevard. The original meaning of boulevard is “a bulwark; a promenade or walkway at the top of ramparts that provide protection”. Boulevard is one of those words that is both singular and plural; so, weed together or as a group to provide us with protection. We have traffic cones and fluorescent vest to use when weeding close to the street.

Currently there are no boulevards with perennial plantings north of Highland Avenue. Especially if you have shabby grass/weeds in your boulevard, from Highland to Hogeboom Avenues, contact us about transforming your space. Margaret Street safety depends on all of us, from Valmont Avenue to the south and Main Street to the north, to throughout this Eastside hill.

Volunteer Options With Your Neighborhood Association

Join us to improve our Neighborhood. Here are projects you can join; consider championing a new improvement. Click here for options!

Having Faith in Our Neighborhood Association

Each year the Mission and Outreach Committee of Spirit Lutheran Church designates funds for local and international mission work. This spring that Committee gifted our Association with $250 as their recognition of Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association as a service provider while “simultaneously taking action to bring the brothers and sisters in the community together”, this from Jennifer Krueger who participated in this designation. We greatly value this tangible show of support. Read more!

Find out About Lead Water Pipes in Your Home!

Lead is a serious contaminant in drinking water. Because there are an estimated 1700 older homes that are thought to have lead pipes in their drinking water system in the City of Eau Claire, our older Neighborhood needs to be more aware of this issue. The City now has some state grant money that helps pay for some replacement of lead pipes, totaling about 400 homes. If the City has removed lead piping from their waterlines that go from the street’s water main to the water shut off valve at the sidewalk area, but the piping from there to the water meter in your home is lead, you are eligible for help. With this grant the goal is full replacement lines. If you have any questions about your specific situation, contact Scott at Public Utilites, 839-5045.

Margaret Street Resolutions Update!

The Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association is continuing to work with the City of Eau Claire to make Margaret Street safer for everyone – people walking, biking, riding the bus, or driving. While EHNA did work with the City on Margaret when the neighborhood plan was written in 2007 and when the street was redesigned and rebuilt in 2008 and 2009, work remained to make it safe for neighbors from age 8 to 80. Read more!

Taking Care of Margaret

One part of the “Taking Care of Margaret” project is planting trees and perennials in the 34 boulevard spaces that edge Margaret street, from Valmont to Hogeboom. When the street was redone in 2008 and 2009, our Neighborhood Association lobbied for these boulevard planting areas that would contain trees, perennial flowers and grasses to be “traffic calmers”: causing a driver to perceive the street as narrower and unconsciously slowing down, being more cautious, being more attentive. The boulevards were put in place, a few trees were planted within them, and many boulevards were filled with perennials. The Association agreed to maintain these plantings but failed to set up a sustaining procedure to carry out its commitment, resulting in some that have thrived but many that have gone back to grass and/or weeds, or a mix of the above. Read more!
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