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SNA Minutes 2013-11

Samish Neighborhood Association Meeting

November 14, 2013, Community Baptist Church

Meeting called to order by President Carpenter.
Board members present: Joe Carpenter, Tom Roehl, Steve Abell, Garey Vodopich, Dick Conoboy, Don Hale, Brian Benjamin, Kevin Probasco
Board members absent: Christopher Morrison, Junga Subedar, Edward Alexander, Suneeta Eisenberg
Guests: Hannah Johnson, Mirabelle Blech (WWU students)

Public Comments: none

President’s Announcements: none

Old business:

Meeting minutes from August and October were approved.

Treasurer’s report: ending checkbook balance $1,629.33. checks payable or outstanding $40. SNA dues collected $27. Available funds as of 11/14/2013 $1,616.33. Treasurer’s report was approved.

MNAC update from D. Conoboy:  Large October meeting included an update from Police Chief Cook and Mayor Linville on the WWU off-campus riot. About 10 people have been arrested so far, may be more arrests as faces and criminal actions appearing in the many official and unofficial videos are identified.  Steve Swan from WWU was present also. The extent of this riot came as a surprise to police. A large number of non-students were involved in the violent behavior. Chief Cook indicated some additional training would be provided to police officers in order to better control future events like this one.

Ambling and Fred Meyer development update: The Meyer/Lincoln property development will be significant competition for University Ridge, and is likely to open earlier. The effects of this development on Ambling are not readily apparent, but may give Ambling pause in the pursuit of their project. Ambling petitioned the Bellingham Hearing Examiner to reconsider her ruling on the legality of 4-bedroom units, the classification of University Ridge as a boarding/rooming house, and renting exclusively to college students. The city attorney backed up the HE and the HE rejected Ambling’s petition for reconsideration. Documentation is available on The attorneys at Responsible Development were quite willing to work with the neighborhood in preparing a legal case to respond to the HE’s decision, and several issues were identified as viable arguments. Although concerned residents pledged about $15,000 in donations, the effort came up short of the funds needed to support the legal work. Time ran out for filing an appeal, and the effort was abandoned.

Nevertheless, Ambling has a lot to think about regarding pushing forward on its project. They are going to be constrained by the HE’s decision in ways that they are not likely to be pleased with – no 4-bedroom units, fewer total allowable residents, height requirements relative to Puget Street, and non-exclusive student use. They also must file several new documents prior to applying for permits. The end result of this process remains unknown.

The Meyer/Lincoln Street development has cleared ground on the initial development plan. The developer is convening a neighborhood meeting to discuss details at 6 PM on Thursday, Nov 21, at Carl Cozier Elementary School.

Revision of Samish Neighborhood Association by-laws:  After discussion of the changes and after 30-day availability to residents of the changes on the Samish website, a motion was made and seconded to accept all changes. The motion passed 8-0. The revised by-law document will be posted on the website. The secretary will ask the city if it needs a copy, and will forward it if necessary.

New business:

The Annual General Business Meeting of the membership was set for March 20, pending availability of the Elk’s Club on that date. The secretary will call the Club and fix the date. The board anticipates doing another “phone bank” to personally invite members to attend the March meeting and to pay their dues on the new schedule. Joe will ask Greg McCracken if he is willing to edit the Spring 2014 Newsletter. We will need to provide copy to him in plenty of time, and announce the date for the General Meeting at least 30 days in advance.

We had a brief discussion of election of new officers for 2014. Joe has served out his initial two-year commitment, and does not wish to extend. We should think about other possibilities, as well as recruiting new Association members and Board members between now and March 2014.

To avoid conflicts with holiday scheduling a motion was made to cancel the December board meeting. The motion was seconded and passed 8-0. Therefore the next board meeting will be January 9, 2014.

Meeting adjourned.

Steve Abell


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