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September 2017 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

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September 21, 2017  EHNA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes as part of our September Annual Meeting

6:30 PM Meeting, Spirit Lutheran Church, Eau Claire
Submitted by Susan and Mark

Members in attendance: Susan Bauer, Gina Keenan-Klages, Shannon Paulus, Michael Rasmussen, Chad Rowekamp, Mark Ruddy (one less than needed for a quorum).

Members absent: Eric Anderson, Chris Buske, Cortney Draxler, Tania Mathews,  Traci Ohlmann,  Luke Stordahl

Guests: Lieutenant Dahlgren of Police Department; Kathy Mitchell, City Council Person for the southeast section of our Neighborhood; Leah Ness, City Engineer’s Department; Kim Cronk, County Supervisor for most of our Neighborhood; Shelly Sutley-Bluebird Experience and her volunteers; and members of Eastside Hill.

Presenters available at 6 PM were our elected officials, police, city engineers and Blue Bird Project

Welcome: Mark Ruddy welcomed guests and neighbors.

Steering Committee Introductions: The Steering Committee was introduced. Thanks to Spirit or snacks.

Guest Speakers:

1. Lieutenant Dahlgren:

Extra patrols have been used around Doty/Dodge Streets in marked and unmarked cars.  Multiple arrests relating to Meth were made.  This is in part due to neighbors keeping police up to date on their neighborhood. Statistically, there is no significant change from past years crime level. Contact Police via 911 emergency # if crime is in process. Use non-emergency # as soon after witnessing a crime as you can. Once again keep doors locked to prevent crimes.  Most are crimes of opportunity.

2. Kathy Mitchell:

Kathy Mitchell gave us some city council updates. City Council approved a petanque court at Wilson Park. This was initiated by Ann Marie Bittner-a member of the Eastside Hill.  Everyone is welcome to come try it out.  Club meets on Sundays at 2 p.m. And, a public arts process was passed. Google Public Arts Council for more information. Council approved a new tax incremental financing district, TIF #12.  This will give money to help bike trail, expand public parking, $2 million for Randall Park neighborhood. Tiff money can be used within a ½ mile radius from the district.  Part of the Eastside Hill is within that and could potentially get funds for Neighborhood Revitalization, (as far east as about Boyd Park).

3. Leah Ness:

City engineer gave us updates, including Harding Avenue.  City engineers are collecting survey data through September to determine how to make it more safe for walkers and bicycles..  End of October information will be available and can meet with neighbors to give feedback.  So far over 360 surveys were filled out. And, Emery Street construction: Isabell Street to be completed this year.  Alleys are being ranked similar to roads when deciding which ones are to be worked on.

4. Bluebird Experience:

A report about new bluebird houses around Forrest Hill Cemetery: have housed 36 song birds this year (13 bluebirds, 11 wren, 12 chickadees).  Volunteers are always welcome.  A video hello and thank you was given by Andrew Schlitz, who did this as his Eagle Scout project.

5. Kim Cronk:

County Board Supervisor for part of our Neighborhood highlighted improved Meals on Wheels program, now moved to Fall Creek Nursing Home building. This will open up more opportunities.  Human Services board is creating a mental health clinic. Was supportive of using Restorative Justice whenever possible.

Eastside Hill Accomplishments:

Michael Rasmussen talked about all the accomplishments the Eastside Hill has made this year. This document will be sent separately.

Treasurer’s Report:

Shannon Paulus gave this treasurer’s report:

August Total: $1224.48
In: $45.39 (CDBG grant)
In: $133.00 (HumanKIND signs)
Out: $-81.42 (Mark Ruddy for reimbursemets)
Out: (-$208.62 (Neighborhood picnic)
September Total: $112.73 (of which HumanKIND: $172.85)
Community Parks Association: $1611.13

+$18.22 (Picnic return)
+$124.50 (Picnic donations)
-$? (Michael R for picnic supply reimbursement)

In: $45.39 (CDBG grant)
In: $133.00 (HumanKIND signs)
Out: -$81.42 (Mark Ruddy for reimbursements)
Out: -$208.62 (Neighborhood picnic)

September Total: $1112.73 (of which, HumanKIND: 173.85)
Community Parks Association: $1611.13

+$18.22 (Picnic returns)
+$124.50 (Picnic donations)
-$? (Michael R. for picnic supply reimbursement)

Elections: Two of the Committee resigned after completing one- year of their two-year terms (Traci

Ohlmann and Cortney Draxler. (Traci resigned to devote more time as chair of humanKIND. Cortney’s work schedule has become greater). Luke Stordahl completed his two-year term and does not have time to continue on the Committee.

Six others had completed their terms and were re-elected to serve two-year terms (Tania Matthews, Chad Rowekamp, Chris Buske, Eric Andereson, Michael Rasmussen and Shannon Paulus.

Three on the Committee have one more year to serve (Gina Klages-Keenan, Mark Ruddy and Susan Bauer)

Meg Nord was elected for a new, one-year term. All of this leaves us with two vacant seats for one-year terms. Spread the word and work to find others to volunteer.

(Post Meeting Update on openings: Carey Hoeft of Chauncey Street will present herself as a candidate in Oct., leaving one, one-year vacancy on the Committee).

River Access and Prairie Maintenance: Chris Buske has started cleaning up the river near the former suspension bridge with volunteer help.  Xcel Energy has volunteered to clear Chris’s site as well as removing dozens of trees that are north of the Prairie (mainly Black Locust and Siberian Elms that constantly send invasive seeds or underground rhizomes into the Prairie). These projects have been approved by the Park’s Department and now must be approved by the Parks and Waterways commission; looks promising.

501c3 Status: Eric Anderson and Mark Ruddy are working with John Hibbard Law Office on Eastside Hill getting 501c3 Status.  Cost would be about $400. Having this status will help with fundraising & grants. Due to lack of quorum, this plan will be forward to the October Meeting of the Steering Committee.

Margaret Street Update: There is still work being on done on safety issues on Margaret; city will plant 5 more boulevard trees this fall. Speed Limit has been taken care of but we need to decide if we want to move forward on other issues, e.g., possible 4-way stop at Highland Avenue, more painted crosswalks, speed bumps.

Open Discussion: Skate Park organization have $40,000, need $75,000. City will donate $25,000.  Neighbors expressed positives and negatives relating to having a skate park built.

Other Notes: About 35 neighbors attended this meeting; the meeting felt successful.

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