Samish Neighborhood Association

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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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