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February 2018 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

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February 15, 2018 EHNA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes
6:30 PM, at Eau Claire Music School, 1620 Ohm Avenue.
(Candidate Forum at 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.)

Members in attendance: Susan Bauer, Chris Buske, Kim Cronk, Carey Hoeft, Gina Keenan-Klages, Tania Mathews, Shannon Paulus, Michael Rasmussen, Chad Rowekamp, Mark Ruddy

Members absent: Eric Anderson, Meg Nord

Guests: Jeremy Gragert (City Council District 3 candidate), Kathy Mitchell (City Council District #3 incumbent candidate), Sarah Harless (Judge Candidate), Elizabeth Paulson and Tristan from Eau Claire City-County Health Department, Police Lieutenant Ben Frederick, PoliceOfficer Aaron Schiefelbein and neighbors.

New Business:

Police Report: Association members and guests welcomed Lieutenant Ben Frederick and Officer Aaron Schiefelbein. Ben has been the Lieutenant for the South District that we are in; Aaron is a patrol officer also assigned to the South District. There is a new crime map available to see where crime in being reported in Eau Claire; can be seen at CommunityCrimeMap.com. If there is a big incident in the city the police will do their best to keep the community informed.

City Housing Code: Elizabeth Paulson gave out information regarding the new city housing code. Every home whether rental or owner-occupied in Eau Claire will be looked at. Generally will be checked out from the sidewalk but interior inspections could also be done. Those checking out properties will have a badge or some sort of identification. Certain criteria will be looked at including if the property is older than 40 years old, contains rental units, has exterior visual problems, has been the source of tenant complaints. City landlords have a new fee to pay and to be registered so the County can better track owners.

Old Business:

Minutes: January minutes were approved after minor corrections.
Treasurer’s report:
Eastside Hill Association: January balance: $956.23. Outgoing: Mark Ruddy: Name badges and and annual state corporation filing: $21.77; Music school $40 for past use; renew P.O. Box $76. February total: $818.46

humanKIND January balance: $223.85. Incoming: $330 for welcome signs purchased by schools; Outgoing: $30 Marks Helpsmet for folk dancing/potluck; January total: $523.85;
Grand Total: $1,342.31

Upcoming expense: Renewal of domain/host: $104. Money in Park Fund: $1,611.13

Motion made to accept treasurer’s report.

humanKind: Our diversity committee is co-hosting a program at the downtown library: at L.E. Phillips Memorial Library March 7 at 7 PM: a Black Police Officer from Madison talks about the challenges he faces in today’s mixed attitude toward police.

Picnic/Airstream: Tabled possibility of using Visit Eau Claire Airstream at possible carnival/fund raiser in future.

Signs for April meeting: Shannon has signs for the April meeting.

Steering Committe annual goals: As a response to Committee member Chris Buske’s handout at our January meeting that suggested our Committee could be more organized, stategic and efficient if we annually examined our goals and priorities, as a way to drive our monthly agenda and guide us in what issues or opportunities we focus our attention on. Decision was made to devote 30 minutes of our March 15 meeting to do the above exercise. Also, a survey will go out to our Neighbors before our April, Neighborhood-wide Spring meeting to find out more about what our Neighbors want the Steering Committee and the Association to focus on.

New Business:

Frustration Regarding Timelines of our Newsletter: President Mark R. relunctantly stated his concern about our web master, Mike Paulus, not getting out info to our Neighborhood in a time line that would foster more partipants in our scheduled events and meetings, e.g., both the January humanKIND event and the candidate forum held before this February meeting were not announce before the event was over, or at the very last minute. Over the past few years Mark has held this concern and discussed it with Mike. This involves getting out info via our Newsletter, on facebook and at nextdoor.com. As a solution, Shannon Paulus volunteered to work logistically with Mike to get info out ahead of time. The goal has been to have most articles to Mike by the first Thursday of the month (send articles to Mark R so he can track what has been submitted), and Mike would get out the info by the second Thursday of the month. We acknowledge and greatly appreciate the valuable work the Paulus family has done for EHNA for many years. We hope this renewed involvement by Shannon will ease their workload.

Boyd Park Plus Project: UW-EC Management leadership class (4 students doing their Service Learning requirement) will look at proposed skateboard park and other elements at Boyd Park. They will gather info and make suggestions. Their project will end at the end of April. Hopefully they will inform us of realities and possibilities for the park and be a catalyst to guide the park’s improvements.
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Bluebird Project: Shelly Sutley is looking for volunteers to train on working with the bluebird project around Forest Hill Cemetery. Contact Shelly: hello@bluebirdexperience.com.

Eau Claire Music School: There will be a party on May 12 at the Eau Claire Music School to celebrate ther financing of their business.

Next Meeting: Thurs. March 15, at Spirit Lutheran, Main Street.

Submitted by Susan and Mark.

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