Samish Neighborhood Association

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March 2014 Annual Meeting

Samish Neighborhood Association Meeting
March 20, 2014, Elks Lodge

 Annual Association business meeting called to order by President Carpenter at 7:07PM.

Board members present: Joe Carpenter, Tom Roehl, Steve Abell, Garey Vodopich, Don Hale, Brian Benjamin, Suneeta Eisenberg, Kevin Probasco

Board members absent: Dick Conoboy, Christopher Morrison, Junga Subedar, Edward Alexander

Guests: 44 individuals signed in to this meeting. Guests included Mr. Dan Robbins, Port Commissioner, and Mr. Randy Vanderheiden, Interim Emergency Management Director for the Bellingham Fire Department.

Public Comments: A representative of Sustainable Connections gave a short presentation on the Community Energy Challenge, which offers Bellingham residents an opportunity to get en energy audit of their homes at a greatly reduced price. If the homeowner desires, this could be followed by help from the Challenge to implement some or all of the energy efficient modifications developed in the audit.

Mr. Robbins outlined current status and plans for the Waterfront Development Project ongoing in the city. Mr. Vanderheiden provided suggestions for how to prepare our homes and families for a catastrophic emergency, such as an earthquake or other natural disaster. More advice and specific recommendations are available at Perhaps the item that most people underestimate their need for is water. The guideline is a gallon of potable water per person per day, with enough to last at least three days.

President’s Announcements: Joe made a few respectful comments about the passing of Glen Hallman. Glen served Samish Neighborhood over many years on the Board of Directors and provided strong support to neighborhood projects and goals.

Old business: With participation of several board members in the audience, Joe gave a brief summary of the status of the Ambling University Ridge project (seems to be dead at this time) and the Lincoln St. development for students and families that is ongoing. Ground has been cleared, but no construction has begun. Details are available in the Spring Newsletter, and can be viewed on the website.

New business: A quorum of members in good standing was present. Election of board members was conducted. Board members whose terms were expiring at the general meeting, including Don Hale, Suneeta Eisenberg, Dick Conoboy, Garey Vodopich, and Steve Abell, were nominated and re-elected to two-year terms by unanimous vote of the membership. Joe made a plea to all attendees to think seriously about joining the board. Unfortunately there were no nominations from the floor. We now have ten board members, and would benefit greatly by having several more, up to a maximum of 15.

Refreshments paid for by the Association were available before the meeting. We are grateful to the Elks Lodge for allowing us to use their meeting room at no cost to us. They are good neighbors indeed.

Meeting adjourned.

Steve Abell


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