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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

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

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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