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September 20, 2018 EHNA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

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September 20, 2018 EHNA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes
(5:45 pm social/snacks – 6:30 pm business meeting) at Spirit Lutheran, Eau Claire.

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

Members absent: Eric Anderson, Kim Cronk

Guests: Jeremy Gragert and Andrew Werthman from the City Council, Jodi Emerson-Assembly Candidate, Police Officer Phil Noland and Officer Breanna Montgomery, appx. 51 neighbors.

Booths: humanKind, City lead-abatement project, Connect- welcoming new Neighbors, Early Literacy Coalition of Chippewa Valley, Flynn PTA, Earthbound, Eau Claire City Police.

Welcome and Thanks to Spirit Lutheran hosting us and providing snacks.

Some Special Introductions:
* Andrew Werthman-Spring elections had double turn out. Listening session on affordable housing will be Sept. 24.
*Jeremy Gragert-as well as housing listening session there will be public input on gun control.
*Flynn PTA-Jen Stinnett – looking for volunteers for Flynn Fall Market.

Police Officers: Officers Phil Noland and Breanna Montgomery were introduced.
* There has been some negative activity at Boyd Park recently due to bathrooms open. Park closed at night so if you see any odd behavior call non-emergency number.
*Margaret Street – Squads patrolling more often due to school in session. If school buses are around, crossing guards, students walking, etc. speed limit is 15 mph.
* Neighbor asked about recent Memorial threat: Police are trained for incidents. New training is that the first officer at the scene goes in to control the situation. Police have badges that will allow access to school. Also it is the teacher’s decision whether to have the students hide out or get out.

Treasurer’s Report: $778.30 August balance
$309.08 Outgoing
$407.50 Incoming
$876.72 September balance

humanKind: $358.67 Balance EHNA savings $1,611.13 (held by City).

Annual Committee Reports: humanKind and Restorative Justice. Volunteer opportunities: Prairie work; Friends of Neighborhood.

Booth information:
1. Lane Berg – Utilities Manager-City of Eau Claire – discussed checking pipes for lead – can check yourself or call city. Andrew Werthman also mentioned website northvine.net/leadpipes.
2. Janie – Earthbound Environmental Solutions – composting garbage service available
3. Amy & Kathy – Connect – new residents can get welcome packet
4. Early Literacy Coalition of Chippewa Valley – yard signs and program set up to help parents read to children for developmental gains.
5. Neil – Skateboards Association – raising money for skatepark – the group also volunteered at the prairie

New Business Open: Dotters Books was welcomed to neighborhood.

American Phoenix update: Steve Knowlton has been working with the DNR and American Phoenix on the smell that comes from the plant.

Post Cards: Eastside Hill post cards are available to welcome new Neighbors.

Steering Committee Elections: The following were voted in:
* Chase Kunkel
* Bob Carr
* Mike Paulus
* Heidi Carter
* Ann Marie Gunderson
* Ben Julian (Ben was elected to the new Steering Committee but when the meeting realized we made a mistake, as explained below, Ben withdrew his name to be helpful to the group. Later, when there were resignations made, Ben was again placed on the new Steering Committee).

Explanation of Errors made in this election: (note that Mark is writing this and is personally involved) Mark who chaired the meeting made the mistake of not communicating that there were two members of the SC (Steering Committee) whose terms were up and who wanted to run for another term, Carey and Mark. Also, Eric had communicated that he would give up his remaining one-year position if another Neighbor would run who had more time to come to monthly meetings. Responsibility for the mistake ultimately falls on me; however, all attendees did not inform me of the mistake when it was in progress.

About 20 minutes after the mistake Carey informed us that we had not given her an opportunity, or myself, to be considered as candidates for the 7 open positions on the SC (6 new and 1 to replace the position created when Eric resigned). The Neighbors accepted Ben Julian’s willingness to “withdraw” his candidacy.

At this point in the meetings confusion a severe storm warning had been issued so many left the meeting in response. The remaining Neighbors appeared to trust that the SC could come up with a just resolution of the mistakes made (As of this time this issue has not been resolved). Due to my conflict of interest, I suggest that Chad chair our next meeting and send out an agenda for that meeting

Boyd Park Improvement – Boyd Park+ – Chris Buske discussed the city approval of the Memo of Understanding for changes to Boyd Park. Possible future projects include: Better access to river, new playground equipment, community garden and more. The MOU listed examples of possible improvements, not a rigid list of what could be done. SC efforts will be known as Boyd Park+.

Harding Hill construction update: Signage for pedestrian lights, for speed and other work is still being worked on. Neighbor Paul Kaljian will work with the City to monitor their progress on these safety issues.

Snowblowers: Winter is coming. Get your snowblowers ready – help your neighbors when you can.

Submitted by Sue Bauer and Mark Ruddy. Next meeting Oct 18, 6:30 PM, at Spirit Lutheran.

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