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SNA minutes 2019-01 DRAFT

Samish Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

7 PM, Thursday, January 10, 2019 – Community Baptist Church

The board meeting was called to order @ ~7:08 pm

SNA Board Members Present:  Steve A, Tom R, Nikki L, Dick C, Joe C, and Tom D.

  • Public Members Present:  Barb Beshire

Public Comment

  • No public comments received

BPD Report (Eric Osterkamp – not present)

  • Eric notified the SNA President and the public (via Nextdoor.com) of his promotion to Patrol Sergeant.  He is no longer an NPO; presently the South Bellingham area (includes Samish) is without an official NPO.  Since the departure of NPOs (Dante Alexander & Eric Osterkamp), a single NPO has been assigned – Jon Knutsen.   We are awaiting news of another NPO assignment and ID of the specific officer dedicated to South Bellingham.

Minutes Review & Approval

  • Approved minutes from November 8, 2018 BOD meeting
  • Meeting minutes were approved unanimously

Treasurer’s Report

  • Tom Read presented his report on current finances (recent expenses, dues paid since November 8, 2018 SNA meeting):

Checking Balance on 11/08/2018                          $2781.28

Expenses & Deposits

Sec of State Registration (2019)                               ($10.00)

P.O. Box Rental (USPS)                                          ($96.00)

Squarespace Website payment                                ($156.24)

Dues for 2018-2019                                                $120.00

Checking Balance on 1/10/2019                            $2639.04

Current paid members (2018-19)                          141 members

Old Business

Progress report on NEW SNA website development (Neville / Dohman)

  • Tom D gave an onscreen “tour” of the in-progress Squarespace SNA website
  • Much of the info was carried over from the current website, new photos have been incorporated as banners on landing pages, ease of modification emphasized
  • Discussion of potential E-Commerce upgrade ensued; more detail needed on E-payments
  • Request was made by BOD members to receive screen shots of current new website for review in advance of launching the new website (in process)

Progress on Ridgemont Park renovation (Dohman)

  • Significant progress has been made on the park renovation (new play equipment, new sidewalk, grading of the surrounding park areas
  • Park is currently fenced off during renovation but work is expected to be completed by February 1, 2019
  • Updates of progress including photos have periodically been posted on Nextdoor.com

Update on San Juan Blvd and Samish Hill development (Abell)

  • No detailed updates to report; 120-day period for input to City Planners expires on or about February 1, 2019.
  • Jepson & Associates have yet to submit a detailed development plan related to potential removal of SJB Connector from Samish Neighborhood plan and Comprehensive Plan

Change in WTA bus routing in Samish (Read / Abell)

  • WTA received, acknowledged and responded to the content of the letter from SNA describing the need to preserve a bus route to serve interested Samish neighborhood residents; comments received at a recent public meeting also helped sway WTA plans
  • WTA has proposed reinstating the “old” 44 bus route (out Lakeway Dr. to Lincoln St. to Samish Way to Yew St. to Lakeway Dr.)
  • Upcoming WTA BOD meeting to be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the Whatcom County Council Chambers beginning at 8:00 a.m. to finalize such route plans (among other WTA business)

Revisit renovation of our “Welcome to Samish Neighborhood” signs (Conoboy)

  • Dick C. discussed the possibility of paying a sign painter to refresh / refurbish our neighborhood signs, assuming the cost is not deemed prohibitive
  • A motion was made by Dick C, seconded by Joe C and approved by a 6-0 in-favor vote to seek a bid for a painter to potentially improve the appearance of these aging signs

New Business

New logging project on Samish Hill (Abell / Dohman)

  • A new logging project on Samish Hill has been initiated by the Samish Heights, Inc. ownership group; this is a Type 3 process that is being administered by WA State DNR
  • The project entails creation of a 2,000 ft. gravel-paved access road (off Wildwood Dr.) – which began in December 2018
  • The DNR-approved Forest Practices permit allows logging of 95% of timber in their land parcel (68.3 acres), with replanting of a prescribed density of various tree seedlings
  • The logging process is expected to begin in Spring 2019 (sometime in March – June timeframe) and is expected to take 2-3 weeks (per Janicki Logging response)

Discuss possible use of a new debit card for some SNA purchases

  • Much discussion ensued about the pros & cons of seeking issuance of a debit card for making approved purchases related to SNA business needs
  • General agreement was not achievable, given differing opinions about benefits / risks & perceived complexities
  • A compromise was finally reached for very limited use of such a payment card
  • A motion was proposed (Joe C), seconded by Tom D and approved by a 4 Yes, 2 Abstentions vote, that was worded as follows:
  • SNA will seek a debit card from the North Coast Credit Union, the firm that maintains our checking account.
  • This card will be limited to use only for payment of an annually recurring (auto-renewal) charge for our new SNA website (a Squarespace Personal plan) – unless additional debit uses or other website plans are approved by the SNA BOD.
  • Once acquired, the debit card will be maintained in the Treasurer’s possession.
  • Tom R, as current Treasurer, will relay card information to Jon N in order to update the billing information on our Squarespace account.
  • All other approved SNA charges / purchases will continue to be processed via receipts and reimbursement requests, as they have in the past.

Need to Line-Up Guest Speakers for the March 20th Spring General Meeting

  • Potential for having the new NPO for South Bellingham meet the group (if one is appointed & identified in time for an invitation to go out
  • Present NEW SNA Website to assembled members / guests (Neville / Dohman)

Need for informative articles for the Spring Newsletter; article drafts need to be sent to Greg McCracken (gregmccracken@comcast.net) No Later Than February 25, 2019

–        Letter from the SNA President (Abell)

  • Article on the current logging project on Samish Hill (Abell / Dohman)
  • Article on the San Juan Blvd connector situation (Carpenter)
  • Article on the WTA Bus line proposal to maintain service to Samish (Read)
  • Article on the launch of our new website (Neville / Dohman)
  • Article on Ridgemont Park renovation (Dohman)

Kevin Probasco (Board Member & MNAC Representative) has resigned from the SNA board. We thank him for his service to the neighborhood and wish him well in his future pursuits.

Next Board Meeting

  • Our next SNA board meeting is scheduled on Thursday, February 14, 2019

Meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.

***REMINDER***   Wednesday, March 20, 2019; 7:00-9:00 pm; Elks/Moose Lodgeconfirmed date for the SNA Spring General Meeting

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SNA minutes 2018-11

Samish Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

7 PM, Thursday, November 8, 2018 – Community Baptist Church

 

 

The board meeting was called to order @ ~7:05 pm

 

SNA Board Members Present:  Steve A, Tom R, Nikki L, Jon N, Dick C, Joy H, Joe C, Tom D.

  • WWU Journalism student, Giovanni Roverso (present)

 

Public Comment

  • no public representatives present to solicit comments

 

BPD Report (Eric Osterkamp – not present)

  • ID & Reporting on Suspected Criminal Houses in Samish neighborhood
  • Eric sent SNA an email regarding the value of submitting reports / comments of suspected criminal activity in Samish neighborhood
  • Eric provided written comments about the facets of related criminal activities and a list of items / specific behaviors that could indicate a criminal operation; multiple items & behaviors need to be observed before resorting to making a police report

 

Treasurer’s Report

  • Tom Read presented his report on current finances (recent expenses, dues paid since October 11, 2018 SNA meeting):

Checking Balance on 10/11/18                             $2766.28

 

Expenses & Deposits

None

 

Checking Balance on 11/8/18                              $2766.28

 

Current paid members (2018-19)                           133 members

2017-18 members not renewed                              42 past members

 

Old Business

Approved minutes from October 11 BOD meeting

  • Meeting minutes were approved unanimously

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019; 7:00-9:00 pm; Elks/Moose Lodge – confirmed date for the SNA Spring General Meeting

 

Update on San Juan Blvd revision & Comp Plan – related to Samish Hill development  (Steve Abell)

  • City is awaiting further detailed input from Ron Jepson & Associates (consultant) regarding the proposed development on Samish Hill and suggested road access
  • 120-day period for input to City Planners expires on or about February 1, 2019

 

Proposal for new SNA website (Neville / Dohman)

  • proposal made to renovate / replace the current SNA website
  • multiple goals of achieving a more contemporary & appealing design for users, increased functionalities, use of assembly templates and intuitive design features for ease of making changes without professional assistance (future additional capabilities possible)
  • decision to move forward & allow project designers (Neville / Dohman) to make a selection between Squarespace and Wix website designs (large & popular web platforms)
  • general guidance: deliver a new website that utilizes our current domain name, is easy-to-use & manipulate changes, has an appealing design and includes a single dedicate email for conducting association business
  • cost guidance: not to exceed $250 per year maintenance costs (ad-free design)
  • initial website design parameters to be presented at the next scheduled SNA board meeting (January 10, 2019)

 

Expanded Communication Plan for Dues Collection

  • discussion on whether to add e-commerce feature to the new website design that would allow dues payments to be made from the site; decided to wait and add later if desired
  • in the interim, Steve A & Tom R to collaborate on executing more direct communication to members (via e-mail or phone) regarding the status of their membership
  • in particular, the SNA board wants to notify those members who may have overpaid so they don’t send in yet another check

 

New Business

Discussion of WTA Proposal to Curtail Bus Service to Samish Neighborhood

  • discussion clarifying the details of the WTA proposal and timeline regarding Route 533
  • proposed elimination of bus service on Samish Way between Governor Rd and Lincoln Park & Ride
  • proposed changes are slated to take effect in June 2019
  • decision was made to compose a letter (Read / Abell) to the WTA, Bellingham City Council and Whatcom County Council
  • draft letter will be emailed to all board members for review & solicitation of comments before sending out as feedback from the Samish Neighborhood Association

 

Next Board Meeting:  It was agreed that the SNA board would not plan to meet on December 13 (unless the need arises & a communication email is sent); otherwise our next board meeting will occur as scheduled on January 10, 2019

 

The board meeting was adjourned @ ~8:35 pm

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SNA minutes 2018-10

Samish Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

7 PM, Thursday, October 11, 2018  –  Community Baptist Church

The board meeting was called to order @ ~7:00 pm

SNA Board Members Present:  Steve A, Tom R, Nikki L, Jon N, Dick C, Kevin P, Joy H and Tom D.

  • Samish neighbors (Lois Schneeberg, Gayle Larson) in attendance / signed in

Planned Presentation by Mr. Warren Sheay

“Rising Tide and Smoky Haze: The Lowdown on Climate Change”

Warren’s presentation regarding the impacts & implications of global climate change were informed by his own interests and readings as well as his recent training at the Al Gore Climate Reality program.  Warren’s presentation focused on 3 major questions about Global Warning:  1) Must we change? 2) Can we change? 3) Will we change?  Warren’s presentation was complemented by photos of current Whatcom County landmarks and what they may look like 50 years from now if the world fails to take decisive actions.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Tom Read presented his report on current finances (recent expenses, dues paid since August 2018 SNA meeting):

Checking Balance on 8/9/18                               $3371.64

Expenses

Minuteman Press (Aug newsletter)                         -$597.37

Coolers for future picnics & salmon (Steve A)         -$269.88

Picnic supplies (Kevin P)                                      -$78.00

Picnic supplies – drinks (Tom D)                           -$41.11

Deposits

Dues                                                                 +$381.00

Checking Balance on 10/11/18                           $2766.28

Current paid members (2018-19)                          133 members

2017-18 members not renewed                             38 past members

Old Business

Approved minutes from August 9 BOD meeting

  • Meeting minutes were approved unanimously

Brief report on incidents of car prowls & car break-ins – Joy H

Update on city activity on homeless shelter ordinance – Joy H & Tom D

City of Bellingham had a discussion on the evening of 9/24 on a “Draft Ordinance Establishing Regulations for Temporary Homeless Shelters”

  • Regulations are expected to include aspects governing 1) tent encampments, 2) existing buildings, 3) safe vehicle parking encampments, 4) tiny homes encampments.
  • More discussion to come before an ordinance containing regulations is finalized & approved

Update on potential San Juan Blvd revision of Comp Plan – Steve A

  • this issue has been docketed (June 2018) and city is awaiting plan input from developers
  • neighborhood interest was solicited with a list of people generated who want to be actively involved on this neighborhood issue

Samish Neighborhood Picnic Review – How Did We Do?

  • attendance was likely negatively impacted by the unpredictable weather
  • low attendance led to an overage of food & beverages purchased
  • some discussion ensued about how to possibly increase attendance: discussed the possibility of moving the event date to the Sunday in August before Labor Day weekend
  • suggestion was made to reduce the overall complexity of planning & costs involved with a “full meal” and consider making the event an ice cream social

New Business

Potential change in SNA dues collection schedule

  • Tom R has proposed that the SNA board consider adopting a different schedule that would correspond with the calendar year to more clearly define timing for dues payment.
  • No decision was reached; further discussion leading to a vote could be raised at the November SNA board meeting

Jon N has suggested that the SNA board might want to consider updating the Samish Neighborhood website (www.samishneighborhood.org) to make it more aesthetic, user-friendly and perhaps more functional as (e.g. able to process membership applications & payments).  Jon N & Tom D will work on a presentation of alternate web-hosting options to review at an upcoming SNA board meeting

A date needs to be selected & confirmed for the March 2019 General Business meeting (annual meeting).  Potential date could be Thursday, March 14; Steve A will check with management at the Elks / Moose Lodge to attempt to lock up a workable date around this timeframe for our March meeting.  He will inform the SNA BOD members regarding any tentative date for the March meeting before committing us to a meeting date.

The board meeting was adjourned @ ~8:20 pm

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SNA minutes 2018-08

Samish Neighborhood Association Board Meeting
7 PM, Thursday, August 9, 2018  –  Community Baptist Church

The board meeting was called to order @ ~7:10 pm

SNA Board Members Present:  Steve A, Tom R, Nikki L, Jon N. and Tom D.

  • Eric Osterkamp (NPO) in attendance for first 20 minutes of meeting
  • 1 Samish neighbor (Barb Bessire / non-board member) in attendance

Neighborhood Police Officer Report – Eric Osterkamp

  • Made mention of increased car prowls in Samish and nearby neighborhoods
  • Mentioned recent Bellingham events that displayed the BPD Bearcat (armored vehicle) and offered to bring the Bearcat to the Samish Neighborhood picnic gathering

Motion was then made by Tom R to request that BPD display the Bearcat at the upcoming Samish Neighborhood picnic; seconded by Jon N; 5 Yea votes, 0 No votes.

Approve minutes from June 14 BOD meeting

  • Meeting minutes were approved unanimously

Public Comments:  Samish neighbor (Barb Bessire) made mention of a loud, speeding vehicle on Samish Way; discussion ensued about reporting such incidents to the BPD traffic patrol.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Tom Read presented his report on current finances (1 recent expense, several new dues paid since June 2018 SNA meeting):

Checking Balance on 6/14/18                             $3320.04

Expenses (internet site maintenance fee)                  –$95.40

Deposits                                                             +$147.00

Checking Balance on 8/9/18                               $3371.64

Current paid members (2018-19)                          118 members

2017-18 members not renewed                             42 past members

Old Business

MNAC Report:  Steve A. attended the July 18 MNAC meeting – given absence of both the SNA delegate and alternate.  Discussions centered on transportation, parking and land use.  There is an MNAC link on the Samish Neighborhood website that leads to the City of Bellingham website where detailed minutes from all past MNAC meetings can be found.

 

New Business

Fall Newsletter:  Final drafts of articles (Dohman, Read, Conoboy, Abell) for the upcoming newsletter are due to Steve A. by 8/20; due to editor (Greg M.) by 8/21; to Minuteman Press by 8/28; to Post Office by 9/4; arrive in Samish residents’ mailboxes by ~9/11.

 

Short Term Rentals:  Proposal to regulate Short Term Rentals (Airbnb, VRBO, FlipKey, etc.) has solicited public comments from citizens; Planning Commission has made their recommendations to the City Council, which is now holding work sessions to finalize the ordinance language before they vote on the final ordinance.

 

Steve A. offered to pick-up 2 60-qt coolers to utilize at our annual SNA picnics.  A motion was made by Tom R to purchase 2 such coolers; seconded by Jon N; 5 Yea votes, 0 No votes.

 

Jon N suggested that the SNA board might want to consider updating the Samish Neighborhood website (www.samishneighborhood.org) to make it more aesthetic, user-friendly and perhaps more functional as (e.g. able to process membership applications & payments).  Jon solicited other interested parties (Tom D has volunteered) who would like to provide input and help critique potential improvements.  The goal in the near term would be to craft a website presentation to the entire board to demonstrate what might be possible.  No motion was proposed nor funds provided at this very preliminary stage.

 

September 16 SNA Picnic Plans:  Lake Padden Park Pavilion, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

The picnic plan includes a menu of salmon filets, burgers and brats plus picnic supplies and beverages; side dishes to be provided by attendees in a pot luck style.

The picnic event replaces the normal board meeting for September.  The next SNA board is scheduled for Thursday, October 11.

 

The board meeting was adjourned @ ~8:20 pm

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SNA minutes 2018-06

Samish Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

7 PM, Thursday, June 14, 2018  –  Community Baptist Church

Meeting was called to order @ ~7:10 pm

BOD Members Present:  Steve A, Tom R, Nikki L, Dick C, Joe C, Kevin P, Jon N. and Joy H.

  • 20 residents signed, additional ~10 neighbors were present including several residents from the Puget Neighborhood
  • Samish residents had been previously informed – both at the May 2018 SNA meeting as well as via a Nextdoor Samish Hill notice – that additional details about the Samish Neighborhood Docketing Proposal would be presented by Ron Jepson (Jepson & Associates) who represents the property owners involved with the Docketing Proposal.
  • Public Comment period was skipped to allow more Q&A time after the presentation

Approved minutes from May 10 BOD meeting

  • Meeting minutes were approved unanimously

Treasurer’s Report

  • Tom Read presented his report on current finances (no new expenses, no new dues paid since May 2018 SNA meeting):

Checking Balance on 5/10/18                             $3320.04

Expenses                                                                 $0.00

Deposits                                                                  $0.00

Checking Balance on 6/14/18                             $3320.04

Current paid members (2018-19)                          110 members

2017-18 members not renewed                             47 past members

Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO) Presentation – Eric Osterkamp

  • Eric gave an overview of the Neighborhood Police Officer program
  • Discussed plans for Move Out Madness event re: WWU students
  • Provided advice to keep firearms locked up at home
  • Described his personal experience with the BearCat armored vehicle (protection from shooters)

Noted the availability of safe drug drop-off programs sponsored by BPD:  1) unused prescription medications can be dropped off at several local pharmacies, 2) prescription narcotics can only be dropped off at the BPD station @ 505 Grand Ave, M-F, 8 am–5 pm  (see link to program details www.cob.org/medreturn )

Samish Neighborhood Docketing Proposal – Presented by Ron Jepson

  • Ron Jepson distributed map handouts, presented a summary of the Samish Neighborhood Docketing Proposal (REZ2018-0004) and fielded related questions.
  • A spirited discussion took place between Ron and the neighbors in attendance which lasted ~75 minutes
  • There was general agreement that abandonment of the San Juan Blvd extension would degrade the traffic situation if no other East-West arterial is identified and built
  • There was much concern and resistance to simply allowing future increased pass-through traffic on existing neighborhood streets
  • Bellingham City Council public hearing on docketing REZ2018-0004 is on July 9
  • While the council is expected to approve the docketing proposal, concerned residents were advised to make their concerns known via written comments to CCmail@cob.org as well as personal contacts with council members
  • The point was made that it’s important to register our concerns prior to Public Hearings since council members are likely to make up their minds early on these issues
  • Consideration of amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Samish Neighborhood Plan will come up for discussion & debate in the Fall/Winter 2018/2019 in a Type VI process.
  • Long term council members (Knutson and Borneman) are likely to be sympathetic to the neighborhood concerns; newer council members are likely to push growth regardless of expressed neighborhood concerns
  • Dick C. cited upcomingcity deliberations on a subdivision ordinance and the infill toolkit as potential threats to single family home zoning, including any new development(s) on Samish Hill
  • Separate consideration of multiple items (ADUs, STRs, Subdivisions, Toolkits) is likely to lead to shortsighted decisions and will tend to mask possible overall detrimental impacts / effects on existing residential neighborhoods and their character

Old Business

MNAC Report:  Kevin P. was part of a group that toured the new Waterfront Park (under construction & not yet open to the public); there is no opening date available yet

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance:  Nothing new since the ordinance was passed by the City Council in May 2018

Short Term Rentals (STR):  Council reviews the proposed ordinance on June 18 with a Public Hearing.  It is important to note that the proposed ordinance prohibits Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (D-ADUs) from being used as Short Term Rentals (STRs)

New Business

Fall Newsletter:  There is a need for articles for the upcoming newsletter; articles will be due to the editor (Greg M.) no later than August 20, 2018

Steve A. will solicit board members to write suitable articles and coordinate the process

September 16 SNA Picnic Plans:  Lake Padden Park Pavilion, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Joe C. has again offered the use of his barbecue grill; the picnic plan includes a menu of salmon filets and brats plus trimmings

Meeting was adjourned @ ~8:45 pm

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SNA minutes 2018-05

Samish Neighborhood Association Board Meeting
7 PM, Thursday, May 10, 2018  –  Community Baptist Church

Meeting was called to order @ ~7:00 pm

BOD Members Present:  Steve A, Tom R, Tom D, Nikki L, Dick C, Joe C, Kevin P, and Joy H.

  • Approximately 20-25 neighbors attended, primarily to learn more details about the Samish Neighborhood Docketing Proposal
  • Michael Lilliquist, Ward 6 City Council Member, was also in attendance

Approved minutes from April 12 BOD meeting

  • Meeting minutes were approved unanimously

Treasurer’s Report

  • Tom Read presented his report on current finances:

Checking Balance on 4/12/18                             $3179.09

Expenses (reimbursement for Mar 15 items)          ($266.05)

Deposits (from Dues Paid)                                    $407.00

Checking Balance on 4/12/18                             $3320.04

Current paid members (2018-19)  110 members

         2017-18 members not renewed      47 past members

Annual Samish Neighborhood Picnic – Sunday, September 16; 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.

  • Lake Padden Playground Pavilion has been reserved from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Upcoming Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) Workshop

  • Workshop particulars presented by Tom Dohman
  • Title:          Comfort with Conflict
  • Date / Time: Thursday, May 24; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Location:          Community Baptist Church

Samish Neighborhood Docketing Proposal Discussion

  • Steve A. outlined the city process involved in a Docketing Proposal
  • Focus of Samish Neighborhood Docketing Proposal (REZ2018-0004) includes proposed amendments to the Comprehensive / Neighborhood Plan
  • Amendments are related to the east-west Yew-Samish Arterial Connector (San Juan Blvd extension) and the north-south arterial (Governor Road extension); both are parts of the circulation map from the Samish Neighborhood Plan
  • Much spirited discussion ensued during which concerns were expressed about the potential negative impacts related to any abandonment of the San Juan Blvd extension without any consideration of a solid alternative plan for an east-west connector
  • Additional discussion focused on concerns related to water run-off (related to new home and street construction) and other infrastructure considerations
  • Samish neighbors present were encouraged to attend the May 17 Public Hearing with the Bellingham Planning Commission – during which 4 Docketing Proposals would be reviewed, including the Samish Neighborhood Docketing Proposal (REZ2018-0004)
  • Samish neighbors present were also encouraged to write letters to the Planning Commission before May 15 to express their general concerns, despite the fact that decisions about Docketing do not require detailed planning at this current stage
  • Samish neighbors present were also encouraged to remain engaged in this lengthy process, emphasizing the importance of many steps and decisions yet to be made

Old Business

MNAC Report

  • Brief description of the MNAC involvement by Samish Board members (Representative and Alternate) was described; topics included Code Compliance and Homeless Encampment Cleanups, Urban Villages updates and Neighborhood Roundtable updates
  • For further details of recent MNAC meeting minutes, neighbors present were directed to the MNAC meeting minutes link on the SNA website

DADU / ADU Update

  • During the Bellingham City Council meeting on May 7, 2018, they voted 5-2 to approve a 1st & 2nd reading of a city-wide ordinance amending Bellingham’s ADU Regulations (aimed at making DADUs legal in all neighborhoods – subject to pertinent guidelines)
  • The 3rd & Final reading & passage of the ordinance is on the meeting docket for 5/21/18.

New Business

Discussed possible projects to support (using a portion of SNA funds) – comments added

  • Refurbish neighborhood welcome signs ($2,350); new ($2,650) – deemed too expensive
  • Potential pump track (for bicycles) being considered near the corner of 40th St & Dumas Ave – design ideas are very preliminary, additional city / neighborhood feedback will be sought, concerns raised about preserving open space and walking trails through property

(For more info, check web link at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_RUkPH6Ako)

Date for the next SNA board meeting is set for Thursday, June 14, 2018

  • Plans have been made to have Ron Jepson (Jepson & Associates) speak to the meeting attendees about the Docketing Proposal (REZ2018-0004)
  • Ron represents the property owners as clients who want to develop properties and want to make amendments to the current Comprehensive / Neighborhood Plan

A Samish resident living near the top of Samish Crest Way raised serious behavior concerns

  • Non-residents have been parking vehicles and utilizing the roadside with behaviors including under-age drinking, illicit drug use and other potentially criminal behavior
  • Board members encouraged the resident to continue her efforts with neighbors & police

Meeting was adjourned @ 8:45 pm

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SNA minutes 2018-04

Samish Neighborhood Association Board meeting

7 PM, Thursday, April 12, 2018 Community Baptist Church

Called to Order @ 7:15 pm (delayed as the church building was not unlocked)

BOD Members Present:  Steve A, Tom R, Joy H, Dick C, Joe C, Jon N, and Tom D.

Public comment period (limit to 3 minutes each, please)

  • No attendees present from the neighborhood (outside of BOD members)

BPD police report – NPO Eric Osterkamp

  • Eric O was not present

Approve minutes from March meeting

  • Annual Meeting (3/15/18) minutes were approved unanimously

Treasurer’s report

  • Tom Read presented his report on current finances:

Checking Balance on 3/15/18           $2,168.09

Expenses (none)

Deposits (from Dues Paid)                $1011.00

Checking Balance on 4/12/18           $3179.09

Current paid members (2018-19)        80 members (20 new)

         2017-18 members not renewed  70 past members

MNAC report

Old business

Review of March 15th General Business Meeting & newsletter

  • Feedback from several SNA members in attendance was positive
  • Guest speakers & topics were of good general interest to attendees

ADU update – Council meeting April 9th

  • 1st Hearing completed on 4/9
  • Both supporters of the city-wide DADU proposal and concerned citizens who are against a city-wide adoption of DADUs (as opposed to one that is considered on a neighborhood basis) spoke at the council meeting

New business

Election of officers for 2018-19

Current slate of nominated officers: Steve Abell (President), Dick Conoboy (Vice-President), Tom Dohman (Secretary), Tom Read (Treasurer) – all were approved unanimously

Also, new 2-year terms were extended for Kevin Probasco (as MNAC representative) & Dick Conoboy (as MNAC alternate)

Reviewed contact needs for board members

  • An updated list of contact info for board members (for internal board use) was reviewed for accuracy
  • All board members have submitted contact info – for use by Samish neighbors – that is published on the neighborhood website https://samishneighborhood.org/

Expressed a desire to determine interest in Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center 2-hr class

  • Workshop is offered at no cost by the WDRC
  • “Comfort with Conflict: Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills for Your Home and Your Community”
  • BOD will solicit interest level among Samish neighbors in order to justify scheduling such a class

Discussed possible projects to support (using a portion of SNA funds) – comments added

  • Refurbish neighborhood welcome signs ($2,350); new ($2,650) – deemed quite expensive; thoughts of considering a less expensive approach
  • Improve house number visibility – individual numbers quite expensive; painted curbs not practical given the lack of curbs in many parts of Samish neighborhood
  • Scholarship award – funneling neighborhood association funds to individual recipients considered inappropriate; preference is for donations to be targeted for a broader community benefit
  • Potential pump track being considered near the corner of 40th St & Dumas Ave – design ideas are very preliminary, additional city / neighborhood feedback will be sought, concerns raised about preserving open space and walking trails through this property

(for info check web link at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_RUkPH6Ako)

  • Others?

Sept 16, 2018 – tentative date for the 2018 SNA summer picnic

Meeting was adjourned @ 8:20 pm

 

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SNA minutes 2018-03 General Meeting

SNA BOD Minutes – Annual Meeting, March 15, 2018

Meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm.  Board members present included Steve Abell, Tom Read, Tom Dohman, Kevin Probasco, Nikki Long, Joy Hale and Dick Conoboy.  Numerous additional members and non-members (44 people signed in) were present as this was the SNA Annual March meeting which was advertised in the Spring 2018 Newsletter, on folding A-frame curb signs and via phone notification of most members the previous week.

Addie Candib, staff member from the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center or WDRC (which is the designated dispute resolution agency for all of Whatcom County) provided an overview of their services.  She provided several examples of the effectiveness of efforts made by WDRC as well as the cost-saving nature of their services – in terms of money saved, court services potentially avoided and client-centered interventions that achieved amicable resolutions.  Free training in Dispute Resolution for neighborhood groups is available as a result of grants received.

Bellingham Police Chief Dave Doll, our new chief of police since late October, provided an animated presentation of his police career and his vision for the police department.  Dave is a lifetime employee of the BPD, having joined as a Police Cadet in 1980 and hired as a commissioned police officer in 1984.  He has served as Deputy Chief since 2005 and in numerous police department capacities and leadership roles in his now nearly 34 years of service to Bellingham.  Given Chief Doll’s involvement in developing and supporting many BPD programs, he does not envision significant changes from the core emphasis on community policing and adherence to an overall BPD Strategic Plan.

Steve Abell, SNA President, announced the re-nomination of 3 board members (Steve Abell, Dick Conoboy & Nikki Long) for another 2-year term.  Also, a new member (Jon Neville) was nominated to join the SNA Board.  All 4 nominated board members were approved by a hand raise / voice vote.  Tom Dohman, Joy Hale, Tom Read, Joe Carpenter & Kevin Probasco will continue in the 2nd of their 2-year terms as SNA board members.  This brings the grand total to 9 SNA board members in 2018.  Officers will be elected at the April 2018 BOD meeting.  Steve also thanked Greg McCracken for his continued assistance in publishing the Spring & Fall SNA Newsletters.

Tom Read, SNA Treasurer, provided the Treasurer’s Annual Report.  From April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018; Beginning Checking Balance of $1703.92, Total Income of $2325.00, Expenditures of $1860.83, Current Checking Balance of $2168.09  These figures do not include new Income from recent membership renewals.

Tom Dohman provided a brief update on the status of the Ridgemont Park Project, involving new playground equipment and pedestrian amenities.  The new playground equipment and site improvements (essentially covering the same existing playground footprint) will then meet accessibility and safety requirements mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The site renovation is expected to begin in July 2018 and be completed by November 2018 or possibly sooner.

The annual meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:35 pm.

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SNA minutes 2018-01

SNA BOD Minutes January 18, 2018

Meeting called to order. Board members present include Steve Abell, Tom Read, Tom Dohman, Kevin Probasco, Nikki Long, Joe Carpenter, Joy Hale, and Dick Conoboy. Others present were Robin Dexter, Mary Wilson, Chris Koch, Sara McCauley, Julia Howard, Gary Coye, Ryan Wilson, Carmen Gilmore, Seth Fleetwood, Anne Mackie, Garey Vodopich, and Eric Osterkamp.

Agenda Change: Steve moved Officer Osterkamp presentation to the start of the meeting.

Bellingham Neighborhood Police Officer Eric Osterkamp gave a BPD update to board. Chief Doll will be at our annual meeting on March 15th to give a presentation. There have been some recent arrests for burglaries. In our neighborhood there have been break-ins to outdoor garden sheds and shops. Some of these have been during the day, which is more unusual. He recommended increasing security by locking gates, increasing lighting, and even adding cameras. Eric also noted a steady decline in party noise complaints. This may be due to increased proactive outreach and coordination between WWU and BPD. Residents that were problems in the past have been visited as a follow up to prevent future problems.

Chris Koch from the COB’s Planning and Community Development Dept. gave a presentation on the forthcoming proposal to update local zoning laws to allow both Attached and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units.

Anne Mackie, one of the founding members of the Bellingham Neighborhood Coalition, gave a presentation on why  her group was formed to oppose changes to the COB’s zoning changes of Attached and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units.

March Newsletter: Steve asked each board member to write 100 word article on an issue in the SNA for the Spring Newsletter. Deadline is early February.

SNA General Meeting: Meeting is scheduled for March 15th 2018 at 7PM at the Elks Lodge on Samish Way.

Adjourned

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SNA minutes 2017-10

SNA Minutes October 12, 2017 Meeting

Meeting called to order. Board members present include Steve Abell, Tom Read, Tom Dohman, Kevin Probasco, Nikki Long, and Joe Carpenter. Don Hale, Joy Hale, and Dick Conoboy notified the board of their absence at this meeting. Others present include Shirley Forslof, Izzy Juell, Craig & Barbara Bessire, and Garey Vodopich.

Public Comment: Shirley said she agreed with current proposals allowing Attached Dwelling Units as long as the main residence was owner occupied. She said she was against ‘detached’ units.

ReStore Presentation: Izzy has been meeting with neighborhoods to educate them on the services provided by the ReStore. They engage in deconstruction, job training, accept donations, and re-sell construction material.

BPD Police Report: Officer Eric Osterkamp is in a class on Thursdays and cannot attend meetings at this time.

MNAC Report: Kevin reported a presentation by Bellingham Schools Superintendent Greg Baker. The new ‘Options’ High School is open. There is a new School Bond up for election soon that would fund (4) School Remodels.

Old Business

No minutes for approval for August meeting

Treasurer’s Report: Tom reported a Checking Account Balance of $2,849.04. We currently have 126 paid members. There are, however, 51 members that did not yet renew from the previous year.

Update on Samish Logging: The last logging should be done by October 20th. Tom D. and Steve informed the BOD about the number of trucks exceeding what was previously reported by Janicki Logging. Trucks were freely using 40th & Elwood to get to southbound I-5 despite our request and Janicki’s written commitment to minimize the use of this route. Tom and Steve reached out to Janicki and did not get any information on why these two issues occurred.

September Picnic Review: Low turnout due to poor weather. Try to ensure picnics occur the 1st weekend after Labor Day.

New Business

Our next general meeting will be held Thursday March 15, 2018 at the Elks Lodge on Samish Way. The next board meeting will be November 9 with discussion of STRs (Short Term Rentals) on the agenda.

BOD discussed ADU ordinance and letter to city. Reviewed South Hill Letter, which was similar to our own concerns. Steve will review and edit a letter for BOD to discuss.

Meeting adjourned

 

 

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