Samish Neighborhood Association

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SNA minutes 2016-11

SNA BOD November 10, 2016


BOD called to order. Members present were Gary Vodopich, Tom Read, Steve Abell, Judy Brightman, Nikki Long, Dick Conoboy, and Joe Carpenter. Other present were BPD Officer Eric Osterkamp and residents Steve and Rita Spitzer.

Public Comments: Officer Osterkamp gave the board a report about issues in neighborhood. One topic was Homeless Camps, specifically the camp visited by Steve Abell off Bill McDonald PKWY.

Presentation: Lexi Brewer of Futurewise gave a presentation to the board on “Greenlink”. A NOAA project on environmental issues in Whatcom County.

Old Business: Treasure’s report noted a balance of $2,436.39. $115 in dues were deposited since our last meeting. October SNA meeting minutes approved.

New Business:

MNAC report by Dick noted potential changes to the Planning Commission Members. A draft ordinance was submitted by Councilman Terry Borneman bases on an ordinance out of the state of Oregon. Next meeting for MNAC is next Wednesday in the basement of the Public Library. The meeting will focus on “Smart Growth”. A ‘Third’ reading of Comprehensive Plan changes will occur next Monday. One of the contentious issues continues to be what type of ‘affordable housing’ language ought to be in plan.

Samish Hill logging will be done next year by Janicki Logging. Some members of SNA will be meeting with Janicki soon and have more information.

Our next annual meeting will be Thursday March 16th at the Elk’s Lodge from 7-9.

New Business:

Lucky Dog East & West needs a variance granted to eliminate requirement to develop a street that would hit the Spitzer house & property. Spitzer family needs the variance granted to make sure they don’t have to give up a piece of their carport.

Garey Vodopich resigned his position as a board member. Garey contributed to the Samish Neighborhood in many ways over many years. We thank him for his service and wish him well.

Meeting adjourned. Our next board meeting is January 12, 2017.

Posted in General 1 year, 9 months ago at 3:14 PM.

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