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SNA minutes 2017-01

SNA BOD January 12, 2017

BOD called to order. Members present were Tom Read, Steve Abell, Judy Brightman, Kevin Probasco, Joy Hale, Don Hale, and Joe Carpenter. Other present were BPD Officer Eric Osterkamp and residents Questen Inghram, Atalie Chan, and Nathan Matsushima.

Public Comments: Officer Osterkamp asked for board feedback on what types of issues we would like more information on from him.

Old Business: Treasurer’s report noted a balance of $2425.39. $42 in dues were deposited since our last meeting. Refund of $43 for ½ of Yorky’s PO Box. New PO Box fees of $86 and Non-Profit Filing Fee of $10.

November SNA meeting minutes approved.

Samish Logging Update: Steve, Tom, Nikki, and Dick met with Mr. Janicki of Janicki Logging. He seemed to understand our concerns about safety. He expects logging to start in July 2017. He expects 5-6 Trucks per day 5 Days a week for approximately 6 weeks. Not to exceed 250 trips total.

Planning Commission Members Update: A new change for the (7) member commission will prevent (3) or more members being from the same industry.

ADU changes were made in the Comprehensive Plan but do not as of yet have the force of law due to them not being in COB ordinance yet.

New Business:

March Annual Meeting is March 16 from 7-9PM. Judy has been discussing a possible presentation by some local disaster preparedness experts. She will reach back out to them and set it up for the meeting.

Possible table presentations in the lobby of the Elks Lodge would be Jannicki Logging and Bellingham Police.

A motion was made and approved for a ‘Cheesecake Bar’ at our meeting. A budget of approximately $200 was approved. Judy will organize it.

Spring Newsletter deadline to get info to Greg McCracken is February 22.

Topics include, Disaster Preparedness Presentation Notification (Judy), Cheesecake Bar (Judy), Samish Hill Logging (Tom), Samish Crime Stats (Officer Osterkamp), Treasurers Report (Tom), and Presidents Letter (Steve).

Meeting Adjourned

 

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SNA minutes 2016-11

SNA BOD November 10, 2016

Minutes

BOD called to order. Members present were Gary Vodopich, Tom Read, Steve Abell, Judy Brightman, Nikki Long, Dick Conoboy, and Joe Carpenter. Other present were BPD Officer Eric Osterkamp and residents Steve and Rita Spitzer.

Public Comments: Officer Osterkamp gave the board a report about issues in neighborhood. One topic was Homeless Camps, specifically the camp visited by Steve Abell off Bill McDonald PKWY.

Presentation: Lexi Brewer of Futurewise gave a presentation to the board on “Greenlink”. A NOAA project on environmental issues in Whatcom County.

Old Business: Treasure’s report noted a balance of $2,436.39. $115 in dues were deposited since our last meeting. October SNA meeting minutes approved.

New Business:

MNAC report by Dick noted potential changes to the Planning Commission Members. A draft ordinance was submitted by Councilman Terry Borneman bases on an ordinance out of the state of Oregon. Next meeting for MNAC is next Wednesday in the basement of the Public Library. The meeting will focus on “Smart Growth”. A ‘Third’ reading of Comprehensive Plan changes will occur next Monday. One of the contentious issues continues to be what type of ‘affordable housing’ language ought to be in plan.

Samish Hill logging will be done next year by Janicki Logging. Some members of SNA will be meeting with Janicki soon and have more information.

Our next annual meeting will be Thursday March 16th at the Elk’s Lodge from 7-9.

New Business:

Lucky Dog East & West needs a variance granted to eliminate requirement to develop a street that would hit the Spitzer house & property. Spitzer family needs the variance granted to make sure they don’t have to give up a piece of their carport.

Garey Vodopich resigned his position as a board member. Garey contributed to the Samish Neighborhood in many ways over many years. We thank him for his service and wish him well.

Meeting adjourned. Our next board meeting is January 12, 2017.

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SNA minutes 2016-10

SNA Meeting Minutes October 14, 2016

Meeting called to order by Steve Abell. BOD members present: Steve Abell, Garey Vodopich, Judy Brightman, Junga Subedar, Kevin Probasco, Nikki Long, and Joe Carpenter. Others attending were Councilman Michael Lilliquist, BPD Officer Eric Osterkamp, Erica Wonk (EMS Levy) and residents Ryan Provedrer, Dan Angble, Kay Anolle, Jim Long, Steve Swan, Barbara and Craig Bessire, and Julia Burns.

Councilman Lilliquist talked about Comprehensive Plan changes. Noted accessory dwelling units current regulation, and future changes.

Erica talked about the forthcoming EMS Levy vote (Proposition 1). They are planning on adding a 4th paramedic.

Officer Ostercamp talked about the new ‘Body Camera’ police officers are wearing.

Treasurer’s Report: We have 139 paid members. The cost for the picnic was $228.70. Recent newsletter cost was $856. We have a checking balance of $2003.00

MNAC Update: Agenda for meeting comes out over a week before meeting, thus allowing preparation for meeting. Planning Director is expected to give a Comprehensive Plan presentation at the November MNAC.

SNA BOD discussed draft letter proposal to Bellingham City Council regarding Comprehensive Plan changes. Various issues were discussed without being agreed upon. Another letter will be drafted by Junga for the BOD to review.

SNA BOD Adjourned.

 

 

 

 

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SNA minutes 2016-06

Samish Neighborhood Association Meeting
June 9, 2016, Community Baptist Church

Meeting called to order by President Abell.

Board members present: Steve Abell, Dick Conoboy, Don Hale, Joy Hale, Tom Read, Junga Subedar, Nikki Long, Judy Brightman, Kevin Probasco

Board members absent: Garey Vodopich, Joe Carpenter

Visitors: Samish residents Shirley Forslof, Barbara Bessire

Public Comments: Shirley Forslof expressed concern about changes in the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations which might allow detached ADU’s in single family residential zoned areas. She asked if the Board would take a position opposing this change. Barbara Bessire also expressed her concerns about the same issue.

BPD police report (NPO Eric Osterkamp): Officer Ostercamp was unavailable but sent information about the new Safe Outdoor Program. This program is a joint project of BPD, Public Works, Parks, Conservation Corp, and Opportunity Council. It is aimed at cleaning up illegal camps in the city and connecting the camp occupants with available resources to give them some place to go after they leave the camps. With no place to go, the camps will just relocate and the problem will persist.

President’s Announcements: none.

Old business:

Meeting minutes from May 12 were approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s report: Account balance is $2,799.58. We paid bills to renew our website and have a new book of NCCU deposit slips printed. Tom pointed out that while about 90 members have renewed their memberships by paying dues, about 70 have not. This led us into a discussion of whether we should change our dues policy. Items discussed included charging half dues at the picnic for renewals or new memberships, standardizing all dues at $15 (no senior discount) payable at any time during the year but good only until the following April 1, and conducting a telephone membership drive just prior to the March 2017 general meeting. A motion was made to standardize dues but was tabled pending future discussion.

MNAC report: MNAC continues to discuss Comp Plan revisions. It’s been a bit of a struggle to provide input to city personnel who, at first, wanted only to discuss process rather than specific details. The new Comp Plan draft will be reviewed by the Council’s Planning Committee in several sessions to be held between now and early August. One of the big issues is changes to ADU ordinances, which was the subject of Ms. Forslof’s comment. We had a spirited discussion of what the Board’s position should be. There are many competing interests including neighborhood character, afforable housing, individual property rights, residents’ responsibility to neighbors, parking, and occupancy. No conclusions or recommendations for action were reached.

The discussion of attendance of Board members continued. There is in our by-laws a provision for removal of a Board member if he/she has three unexcused absences in a 12-month period. Steve suggested that this provision should not be needed or used. He would rather ask Board members who, for whatever reason (loss of interest, change in personal priorities), find that they cannot meet their attendance commitment that they made by accepting nomination and election to the Board to simply resign from the Board.

New business:

The deadline for submission of articles to go into our Fall Newsletter will come up in August. Dick will write a piece on the Comp Plan revisions. Steve will write the traditional President’s Letter. We also decided to include in the newsletter, on the back of the membership form (we expect our editor, Greg McCracken, to be able to do this), a short questionnaire (maybe just one or two questions) to solicit residents’ input on what issues they would like the Board to direct attention to. The objective here is to get from Samish residents more input and, hopefully, more interest in neighborhood affairs.

Don asked to include an announcement for the Ridgemont garage sale with possibly an open invitation to all Samish residents to participate in the sale.

A motion was made and seconded to cancel the July Board meeting due to interference from summer vacations and activities. The motion passed unanimously. The next meeting is therefore August 11th.

Meeting adjourned.

Steve Abell, acting secretary

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SNA minutes 2016-05

SNA Meeting May 12, 2016

SNA called to order. Directors present, Dick, Garey, Judy, Nikki, Kevin and Joe

Visitors Anders Papritz from Parks Dept. Advisory Council. Anders is serving as a liason between the neighborhoods, Parks Department, and the Mayor’s office.

BPD Officer Eric is in Colorado at a Conference and thus wasn’t able to give us an update from COB Police Department.

Unanimous approval of April Meeting Minutes.

Treasurers report: Tom was absent but we did get the $500 reimbursement from COB.

MNAC Update: Dick brought Bellingham Comprehensive Plan up at last meeting, and wanted to talk about the actual Comp Plan, not the process of Comp plan. Next MNAC, third Wednesday of the month, Rick Sepler will give presentation on the Comp Plan. Dick also went to a recent retreat that was open to the public where he viewed this presentation. Rick will be giving same briefing to City Council this coming Monday.

Reservation for Picnic is September 11th, from 11-3 at Lake Padden. Kin will cook and Joe will bring BBQ again.

Attendance Requirement for BOD for meeting: Bylaws state that “three meetings per calendar year without prior notice” is grounds for the BOD to vote for board of director removal. We discussed, and will bring issue up with Steve in the future.

Letter to Pacific Harbor Psychology, Judy has some editions and will forward to Steve for final approval and signature.

Donation of food left over from Picnic: Past years Salmon was sold to members, but most years there are not any left overs.

Our next meeting is June 9th.

Meeting adjourned.

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SNA minutes 2016-04

SNA Minutes April 14th 2016

Board Meeting was called to order by President Steve Abell.

Board Members present were Kevin Probasco, Garey Vodopich, Nikki Long, Don Hale, Joy Hale, Dick Conoboy, Judy Brightman, Tom Read and Joe Carpenter. Others in attendance were BPD Officer Eric Osterkamp, Carmen Rasmussen, Alysia Noriega, and Janet Simpson.

Alysia from Compass USA gave a presentation on the need for volunteer host families for Chinese students age 13-17 for the period July 7-21. She may be contacted at 425-328-5713

Janet Simpson from Bellingham At Home, a division of the Whatcom Council on Aging, gave a presentation on their new program. This new program is a ‘village of members’ that will coordinate services for those members age 50+ that live at home. Membership fees are $350. Janet may be reached at 746-3462 for more information.

President announcements were that rental inspections will start this summer. SNA will be in the first phase.

Minutes for February and March meetings were approved without any corrections.

Steve presented the Treasurer’s report. We have a current checking balance of $2,158.73.

Discussion was held on splitting the SNA in to two separate areas. We all agreed that there could be both positives and negatives that could make the neighborhood weaker and stronger.

Tom Read was nominated for Treasurer. Joe Carpenter was nominated for Secretary. Steve Abell was nominated as President. Dick Conoboy was nominated as Vice President. All nominations were seconded and all officers were elected by unanimous vote of the Board.

By unanimous vote the following signature authority changes are made to the North Coast Credit Union Account #32118002:
Added to signature authority for the account is Thomas Read.
Steven Abell and Richard Conoboy continue as signature authorities for the same account.

Annual SNA picnic was scheduled for Sunday September 11th between 12-3PM at Lake Padden. We all agreed it would be a good year to bring Salmon back to the Potluck menu and we could afford $150.

Meeting Adjourned

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SNA minutes 2016-03

Samish Neighborhood Association General Business Meeting
March 15, 2016 at Elk’s Lodge, Game Room

Meeting called to order by President Abell at 7:10.

Board members present: Steve Abell, Garey Vodopich, Dick Conoboy, Don Hale, Joy Hale, Tom Read, Nikki Long, Judy Brightman, Kevin Probasco

Board members absent: Joe Carpenter (unexcused), Junga Subedar (unexcused)

Guest speakers: BPD Chief Cliff Cook, NPO Eric Osterkamp, Bellingham City Emergency Manager Paul Gazdik

Forty people signed in for this annual general membership business meeting. The total attendance was higher by a small but unknown amount. Quorum (minimum 25 active members) was present.

Steve recognized and thanked Greg McCracken for his many years of service as our newsletter editor. He also thanked the Elk’s Club for allowing us to use the venue without charge.

Chief Cook reviewed a list of eight questions from residents and elaborated on all but the last one which was skipped due to time constraints. The questions concerned marijuana-related crime issues, control of homeless camps, 9-1-1 calls, police priority in answering calls, excessive speed of cars through our neighborhood, police manpower, the yet-to-be-implemented crime prediction program, and the Chief’s career path (which we did not get to).

Officer Osterkamp showed two slides out of his presentation (time constraints again) showing crime statistics for Samish Neighborhood. One slide showed Samish trends in crime from 2011 through 2015. There was a whopping peak in liquor law violations in 2011, but other than that Samish has been fairly calm. Another slide compared Samish stats to York, Sehome, City Center, Happy Valley, and Puget neighborhoods. Happily, Samish showed the lowest occurrence of crime in 15 out of 21 categories. Steve will post the entire presentation on samishneighborhood.org.

Paul Gazdik reviewed many of the potential emergency situations that might occur in our area including earthquake, flood, tsunami, and fire. He also described how the city’s Emergency Management Office coordinates activities with the Whatcom Unified Emergency Management Team. He stressed preparedness as the key to getting through a disaster and the importance for households to create and maintain an emergency kit (food, water, first aid, medicine, etc.) to ensure survival from disaster occurrence through re-establishment of public and private services. He also recommended neighborhood participation in Map Your Neighborhood, a nationwide disaster preparedness program. Information on this program is available at www.whatcomready.org.

The annual treasurer’s report showed annual income of $2,094 comprising dues and the annual $500 reimbursement from the city. Annual expenses were $2,048 with publication of two newsletters accounting for about three-fourths of this amount. Balance in the checking account stands at $1,326 so we’re in good shape pending receipt of the next round of dues payments.

Dick Conoboy, our current representative on MNAC (Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission), gave a brief overview of the ongoing revision to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. He emphasized the importance of monitoring any changes or additions to the plan because the revised Comp Plan will be used to guide development for the next 8-10 years. The board of directors will review the revised plan prior to consideration by the City Council. We welcome comments or suggestions from interested Samish residents.

Last on the agenda was nomination and election of board members for standard two-year terms. There are eleven current board members with four open positions. Steve briefly reviewed the duties and responsibilities of board members. The terms of six board members (Carpenter, Joy Hale, Read, Subedar, Brightman, and Probasco) run for another year. The terms of five board members (Don Hale, Conoboy, Vodopich, Long, and Abell) are expiring. These five individuals were nominated as a group for re-election to the board. Steve invited nominations from the floor but none were forthcoming. He pointed out that nominations could be made at future board meetings and up to four new members of the board could be added. The five re-nominated board members were elected unanimously by raising of hands by all active members present.

Steve thanked the speakers and attendees, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:50.

Steve Abell
Acting Secretary

 

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SNA Minutes 2016-02

Samish Neighborhood Association Meeting
February 11, 2016, Community Baptist Church

Meeting called to order by President Abell.

Board members present: Steve Abell, Garey Vodopich, Dick Conoboy, Tom Read, Junga Subedar, Nikki Long (quorum present)

Board members absent: Joe Carpenter (unexcused), Don Hale (excused), Joy Hale (excused), Judy Brightman (excused), Kevin Probasco (excused)

Visitors: none

Public Comments: none

BPD police report (NPO Eric Osterkamp): Osterkamp unable to attend.

President’s Announcements: none

MNAC report (Dick Conoboy)

Planning Director Sepler will be coordinating with WWU. Rental inspections set to start soon. Kevin will be our new MNAC representative and Dick will be the alternate. New term starts May 1.

Old business:

Meeting minutes from January 14 were approved.

Treasurer’s report: No activity in the last month. The outstanding checks (6 @ $10) to Community Baptist Church are over a year old and have been cancelled and re-credited to our NCCU account. Checking balance is now $2,158.73. An announcement in upcoming newsletter will invite all members to pay annual dues either by mail or in person at the March meeting. Seven members have paid dues through April 1, 2017 and they will be notified not to pay at this time.

Spring newsletter will be printed and mailed by Speedy Automated Mailers as usual. Articles include summary of the last 3 years of board activity, president’s comments, Campus Community Coalition, and LED streetlights. Greg McCracken will be our editor again. Expected mailing date is March 3 or 4.

Guest speakers for March business meeting are Police Chief Cliff Cook, NPO Eric Osterkamp, B’ham emergency Manager Paul Gazdik. Some help will be needed to set up the Elk’s Lodge Game Room for our meeting: table for sign-in and dues collection. Nikki and Tom will man this table for dues payment, cash or check only (no credit cards). Round tables in the Game Room will need to be moved closer together and then restored to original locations at conclusion of the meeting. We will offer water and cookies as refreshments, to be purchased by Steve.

New business:

Dick brought up the idea of dividing Samish Neighborhood into two separate neighborhoods. We have a large and diverse neighborhood, both geographically and population-wise. Two smaller neighborhoods might be easier to manage. There’s a question about whether smaller neighborhoods would have enough interest and active members to support activities. No conclusions were reached and we’re not sure how the city would view such a proposal. We felt the idea was worth more discussion.

The board will elect association officers at the April meeting. Current officers Abell and Conoboy would accept renomination for president and vice-president, respectively. Tom Read has offered to accept nomination for Treasurer. We will need to nominate and elect someone to be secretary.

We discussed doing another evening phone bank to call and encourage members and non-members to attend the March meeting but decided not to do this for the March meeting. We’ll reconsider it for the September picnic. In the past not all board members have been willing to participate in this activity. Unless we have at least half a dozen callers it becomes too difficult to do this.

Meeting adjourned.

Steve Abell, Acting Secretary

 

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SNA minutes 2016-01

Samish Neighborhood Association Meeting
January 14, 2016, Community Baptist Church

Meeting called to order by President Abell.

Board members present: Joe Carpenter, Steve Abell, Garey Vodopich, Dick Conoboy, Joy Hale, Tom Read, Nikki Long, Judy Brightman, Kevin Probasco

Board members absent: Don Hale (excused), Junga Subedar (excused)

Visitors: Carmen Rasmussen, Coordinator for the Campus Community Coalition

Public Comments: Carmen gave us a summary of Coalition projects, including the Off-Campus Living project, which has a Project Vision Statement: We envision neighborhoods throughout Whatcom County with strong and open senses of identity, where all neighbors are able to actively contribute to and benefit from a climate of inclusion and respect. The current goal is to encourage safe, positive off-campus living experiences for students, and promoting a collaborative, connected relationship between students and their non-student neighbors. Permanent neighborhood residents and student renters move in very different orbits, but Carmen believes the Coalition is making progress. Other projects include the Tenant Waste Task Force (to head off orphaned furniture out on the street) and Tenant Safety.

BPD police report: (NPO Eric Osterkamp was unable to attend tonight)

President’s Announcements:

In place of the BPD report, Steve gave a summary of a law enforcement incident that occurred January 4-5 in Samish neighborhood. The incident, which started outside the city, ended on 37th Street north of Mill Avenue, and brought out the Whatcom County Sheriff’s SWAT Team as well as officers from the Bellingham Police Dept. An arrest was made without violence but not without an intense situation on the 1100 block that played out for about four hours.

Old business:

Meeting minutes from November 12, 2015 were approved. (The December meeting was cancelled.)

Treasurer’s report: Paid $153.71 reimbursement to Kevin Probasco for September picnic purchases of food, drink, and ice. Paid $10.00 annual non-profit registration fee to the WA Secretary of State. Collected $24.00 in dues. Checkbook balance stands at $2,098.73. We currently have 151 paid members.

The board reviewed the data collected from five other neigborhoods on management practices of their boards of directors. One common theme running through all the practices is the need for good communication between boards and their respective neighborhood residents. No surprise there. The Nextdoor.com website is being actively used by several neighborhoods, including Samish. We observed that using this site is likely to have value for many of our own residents. Some are already members, but to expand communication we decided to send a broadcast email containing directions for how to join SamishHill.Nextdoor.com (membership is free) to all Samish addresses on our email list. We’ll leave the decision to join or pass up to individual residents.

New business:

We discussed plans for the upcoming general business meeting on March 15, and publication of the Spring newsletter. Steve will write the President’s Comments. Tom felt we need to do a more thorough job informing Samish residents what the board does for the neighborhood with the goal of getting more people interested in joining our Association. Dick volunteered to write an article comprising descriptions of issues and projects we’ve been involved in for the past several years. We still need a couple more short articles to fill out the 4-page newsletter. Final drafts will need to be ready by about February 22.

We discussed what speakers we might invite to the March meeting. We hope to get BPD Police Chief Cliff Cook along with NPO Eric Osterkamp, plus Paul Gazdik, the city Emergency Manager. Carmen will forward Paul’s contact information and Steve will issue the invitations.

Board members whose two-year terms will expire on April 1 are Don, Steve, Dick, Garey, and Nikki. All five are open to accepting re-nomination for another term. Other board members’ terms run for another year. That will give us the current 11-member board with room for four additional members. We hope to get at least a few new nominations at the March meeting, and current board members should try to recruit Samish neighbors if possible. Board members must be members in good standing.

Dick Conoboy is not eligible to accept another term as our MNAC respresentative having max’ed out on terms served. Kevin, our current MNAC Alternate, expressed interest in becoming the representative. Nikki expressed interest in becoming the alternate. Election of officers occurs at the April meeting. Election of secretary, treasurer, and vice president will occur before election of president. Steve and Dick expressed interest in extending their terms as president and vice president, respectively. We will need board members to accept nomination for the other two offices. Our by-laws allow for one person to be secretary/treasurer.

Meeting adjourned.

Steve Abell
Acting Secretary

 

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SNA Minutes 2015-11

Samish Neighborhood Association Meeting
November 12, 2015, Community Baptist Church

Meeting called to order by President Abell.

Board members present: Steve Abell, Garey Vodopich, Dick Conoboy, Don Hale, Joy Hale, Tom Read, Junga Subedar, Nikki Long, Judy Brightman, Kevin Probasco

Board member absent: Joe Carpenter (excused)

Visitors: Lisa Broussard & Jason Davis (WA Dept of Social & Health Services), Seth Palmer (WWU), BPD Officer Eric Osterkamp

Public Comments: Officer Osterkamp gave us an update on police activities. The Aloha Motel is finally being demolished, and the property will be sold by the city for new development. Eric noted that the amount of criminal activity in the area around the motel has noticeably fallen and is not showing up elsewhere. This is taken as evidence that at least some troublemakers have left Bellingham. However, there has been an uptick in the number of illegal homeless camps. Over the last seven years the number of camps in the city has risen from about ten to 80-100. It’s common for the proliferation of camps to correlate with a rise in crime. There’s also an issue with homeless persons who are mentally ill and unable to get care. Eric suggested that a separate meeting about homelessness in Bellingham would be worthwhile. We’ll keep this in mind for a future meeting, and we’ll consider inviting a speaker on this issue to our general business meeting in March, 2016. Eric also commented that package thieves are always more active in the holiday season. Sometimes they follow Fedex or UPS or USPS delivery trucks and pounce on packages left on front porches while the homeowner is out. We should all be alert for situations that look suspicious and call 9-1-1 if we see something like this. The delivery services can be contacted and will often honor a request to put the package in a safer place or make other specific arangements for delivery.

President’s Announcements: none

Old business:

Meeting minutes from August 13, September 13 picnic, and October 8 were approved.

Treasurer’s report: The only financial transaction for the last month was reimbursing Kevin $153.71 for food purchased for the picnic. This leaves us with a checkbook balance of $2,084.73. We still have $60 in outstanding room rent checks not cashed by the church. So far the church has not responded to requests to address this.

We spoke briefly about the new apartment complex being built by CA Ventures just south of Fred Meyer in Puget Neighborhood. Don told us that the vacancy rate for rental housing in Bellingham is 1.6%, which is very low. A healthy rate would be about 6%. These apartments, while appearing to be large, represent but a small increase in availability. Representatives from CA Ventures will answer questions at a meeting of Puget Neighborhood on November 17, 7PM, at Carl Cozier Elementary School.

The new owner of the church property at 801 Samish Way, Pacific Harbor Psychology, said that it expects to begin remodeling of the building interior before the end of the year with the expectation of moving in around June.

The date for our spring general meeting is set for March 15, 2016, at the Elk’s Lodge. Scheduling this year is trickier because the Moose are now also meeting in the same building. We will be in the “Game Room” on the lower level. There are also about ten round tables and chairs with a total capacity of about 50 people, so it should work well for our meeting. There are extra folding chairs if needed.

New business:

We briefly discussed possibly changing our dues policy for residents who want to become new members at our picnic by charging half normal dues ($7.50 or $6 senior) for their first half year of membership. Members renewing their memberships (if, say, they forgot to renew in March) would pay a full year’s dues at the picnic. No decision was made, but we need to decide in time to put a notification in next year’s newsletter if changes are made.

Steve sent a list of 9 questions on neighborhood association practices to York, Sehome, Puget, Fairhaven, Edgemoor, and Happy Valley presidents. The response from the presidents was gratifying. A spreadsheet summarizing the answers that came back was distributed to board members, and discussion will occur at the January meeting. There may be some practices we can adopt to improve our association. The response also suggests that inter-neighborhood communication (something beyond what may occur at MNAC meetings) is underutilized.

Garey spoke about remarks recently appearing in the Bellingham Business Journal attributed to Councilman Lilliquist. He was quoted as saying that only 45% of the city’s housing is single family and this indicates that city residents prefer multi-family housing. Garey found this to be grossly inaccurate. When asked by Garey, Lilliquist said that he had been misquoted and, in fact, while there is a demand for affordable rental housing in the city, the desirability of single family homes in single family neighborhoods like Samish remains strong. We hope Mr. Lilliquist remembers this when he votes on future rezoning requests.

We also discussed the conversion of single family homes in Samish into rentals often with student tenants. Such conversions can become problematic not only in Samish but also in other neighborhoods. They can also violate a city restriction that no more than three unrelated people may occupy a single family house in an area zoned single family. These conversions don’t have to be problems, however. Garey reported with pleasure that new renters at 1212 34th Street, a recent conversion just down the street from his house, showed recently that they know how to keep parties under control. In spite of many cars parked on the street and a sizeable party going on within the house, no excess noise was heard. Garey thought enough of this to stop in and thank the students for being good neighbors. We can only hope that more student renters will recognize the value of being good neighbors to long term residents.

After last month’s unexpected lack of quorum, Steve made a strong request to all board members that they notify the board by phone or email when they will be absent. There are many acceptable reasons for missing a meeting, but failure to notify the rest of the board of an impending absence is not acceptable.

A motion was made and seconded to cancel the December board meeting. Holiday activities tend to keep people busy, and we do not expect any pressing issues to come up that might require a meeting. The motion passed unanimously. The next board meeting is January 14, 2016.

Meeting adjourned.

Steve Abell, Acting Secretary

 

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