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April 2018 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

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April 19, 2018 EHNA Steering Committee Meeting & Spaghetti Feed Potluck
6:30 PM at Spirit Lutheran, Eau Claire

Members in attendance: Susan Bauer, Chris Buske, Kim Cronk, Gina Keenan-Klages, Tania Mathews, Michael Rasmussen, Chad Rowekamp, Mark Ruddy, Meg Nord

Members absent: Eric Anderson, Carey Hoeft, Shannon Paulus

Booths: (displayed before meeting) Blue Bird Experience, humanKind

Guests: Eastside Hill neighbors, four Eau Claire police officers, City Council members: Andrew Werthman, Jeremy Gragert, District 28 Supervisor-Kim Kronk, Jodi Emerson – State Assembly Candidate, Bluebird Experience – Shelley Sutley and James Cerutti-Boy Scout Troop 90, UW-EC Service Learning Students: Neil Miller, Luis De La Pena, Joey Sahr, Brett St. Aubin.

Welcome: by Mark Ruddy, Eastside Hill president and Pastor Jim Uhlquist-Spirit Lutheran.

Steering Committee Introductions

Thank you:
* Kathy Mitchell for her years of service on City Council. Thank you card sent around to sign.
* Michael Rasmussen for cooking the spaghetti.
* Spirit Lutheran for use of facilities and choosing EHNA for local mission funding.

Police Report:
* Reminder to keep cars locked and not to leave valuables inside vehicle whether outside or in the garage. This is the time when break-ins start increasing.
* Officers were thanked for getting predators off the street as well as for patrolling and enforcing signage on Margaret Street.

Volume 1 2018 Award: Mark Ruddy showed the plaque the neighborhood received for being nominated as 2018 Best Neighborhood.

Old Business:
*Bluebird Experience: Shelley Sutley and James Cerutti were introduced. Shelley told neighbors about the project James is doing to help keep predators away from the bluebird nests. Eau Claire’s Bluebird Experience now has 112 nest boxes and is in its 11th year. The Eau Claire area is working with the national scientists on bluebird research. There are 10 Bluebird houses for 2nd year around Forest Hill Cemetery.
*humanKIND has two events. The first is this evening when it celebrates Hmong Heritage Month at Tangeled Up In Hue focusing on Hmong fiber arts. On April 21st humanKIND is having a Hmong fibers workshop at the CV Historical Museum.

New Business:
*Neighborhood thrift sale is May 19. Sign up begins April 21.
* 501(c)(3) status – Mark Ruddy explained how the 501(c)(3 status would help the neighborhood. Before applying for the status, changes need to be done to the Association’s bylaws. Eric Anderson did the application paperwork. It will cost $275 to apply, approximately $325 annually for liability insurance costs if we decide we want that coverage. Neighbors asked questions regarding receiving the 501c3 status. This will help the neighborhood get grants, local companies will more likely be willing to donate, UW-EC students will be able to participate by using neighborhood with their service learning projects. Neighbors then asked questions and expressed concerns about voting on the addendum to the bylaws. The vast majority of Neighbors approved both the application for 501(c)(3) and the change of by-laws. The by- law change will be an addendum to our current by-laws, using the wording required in the application process.

*Neighborhood Cleanup moved to May 5 due to snowstorm.

*Boyd Park Plus Project: Presentation from UW-EC Service Learning Students: Students discussed their roles in the Boyd Park Plus project. They are:

Moving community garden to increase visibility and make handicap accessible. Suggested next to the path next to prairie.
Tackle invasive species
Work on river access
Place identification plant markers around the park
Fairway/Summer Street – concerns about safety coming into the park parking lot.
Bike riders – place signage especially on bridge to encourage bike riders to slow down and be aware of people using the area between the Shelter and the Pavilion.
Survey will be open to the end of May to get feedback from neighbors on suggestions they would like to see for the park. Survey can be found by pavilion in paper format, facebook & on EHNA website.
Working on sign up for UW-EC students for volunteer projects at the park.

Neighbors questions & Concerns:
* Archery Park – How can it be utilized? Possible dog park, may be part of trail connection to Altoona’s Prairie Plaza area; another use could be Frisbee Golf.
* Trail from Boyd to Archery Park. Can the path be upgraded to make safer?
*Address parking problems next to Regis High School. Problems with snow, construction. Officers suggested taking photos when problem occurs and to sign petition to change parking.
* Welcome Packet – When new neighbors move in, hand out welcome cards, letter about Association. Make packets available to realtors to hand out. Tania and Gina will work on this.
* Harding/Jefferson cement wall: Possible mural done by Flynn students. There is an art ordinance that would first have to be addressed. Neighbor suggested tiles instead of paint which make easier to maintain. Gina will check with Flynn School interest in this possible project

Submitted by Sue Bauer and Mark Ruddy.
Next meeting: May 17, 6:30 p.m. Location: Boyd Park Shelter

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