Thursday, October 23, 2008

2008 Halloween Festivities


Ah, October... The leaves are beginning to change colors, the days are getting shorter and soon Grandview Hills will be overrun with little ghosts and goblins.
Carol Austin and Rachel Wheeler planned a great Halloween themed neighborhood block party on Saturday, October 25th. It was held on Staats between Grandview and Post from 2:30-4.
It was great to see lots of kids in their Halloween best. We decorated cupcakes and had cookies and cider (and ice water) and other treats brought along. There were also games and crafts; we lined up the kids for a neighborhood Halloween costume parade around 3:30.
Many thanks to Carol and Rachel for putting together this event.

Neighborhood communication workshop


Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) and Information Technology Services (ITS) will present a free workshop featuring tools neighborhoods can use in communicating with the residents of their community.
Jon Lawrence and Anne Hedin from Bryan Park, Chris Eller from Grandview Hills and Kevin Polk from Green Acres will be sharing their methods of communication in their perspective neighborhoods.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
City Hall, City Council Chambers 401 N Morton St, Bloomington
The purpose of this workshop is to; 1) share communication tools being used by our Bloomington neighborhoods

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

INDOT Project: Pete Ellis to Russell Rd


Please note there will be a public meeting on the Indiana Dept. of Transportation's (INDOT) plan to upgrade 10th St. (State Rd. 45) from Pete Ellis Dr. east to Russell Rd near Smith Rd. The meeting will take place at University Elementary School Sept 18th at 6:00pm.
I will post more advance info on this meeting as I get it, if I get it.
Mike

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Why so quiet?

You may have noticed that the Council meetings broadcast of late on CATS seem to repeat themselves a lot. While some may believe this is all that ever happens at Council meetings the truth is that we are in recess. The summer break for the Bloomington Common Council runs through most of the month of August. We will resume regular sessions this year on September 3rd.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Home improvement fraud


Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Gaal issued a press release this past week concerning home improvement fraud. This press release along with others from the our Prosecutors office may be downloaded from:http://www.co.monroe.in.us/prosecutor/Press%20Release.html
This press release announces a new video produced by the Elder Crimes Task Force and made available to members of our community. I've received and reviewed the video and I must applaud the Prosecutors office for initiatives such as these. The video is appropriately paced and it covers key areas such as "Talking to Contractors", "Red Flags", and "Contracts" just to name a few.
A couple of areas of interest are the Home Improvement Contract law that requires contracts for work in excess of $150. That's right -- $150. Another area discussed is surprise lien notices. The video uses local officials, contractors and scenery.
I will loan my copy of the video to any club or organization in District 3. Organizations who need their own copies of the video may contact the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney's office through the link above. Organizations may also request a speaker on Crimes Against the Elderly through the same office.

Building community


What is the GHNA all about? We are very lucky to live in a neighborhood that has very few problems and issues. So I was thinking about the difference between the GHNA and some of the neighborhood associations downtown. Here's what I think makes our neighborhood association different:
Building Community rather than Defending Community
While the GHNA does address issues within Grandview Hills, there are thankfully few so we as a neighborhood can spend more time building our community, getting to know each other, and fostering relationships. A lot of other neighborhood associations don't have as much luxury to do that because they are trying to defend their community from some problem - students, traffic, etc.
I think being able to spend our time becoming true neighbors has a bonus. By getting to know each other through the annual block party, garage sales, ice cream social, etc, we create an environment where it is much easier to talk to neighbors if there is an issue and we also think about how our actions will affect those around us. By working to build our community, we also defend it.
Hopefully as we continue to grow, we will become a model of a truly well functioning neighborhood.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

pedicabs - schmedicabs


One of the new and interesting topics on the Council landscape is "pedicabs". This term may elicit questions such as:
* Is it something for my feet?
* Is it a taxi service for children by children?
* Does it involve child labor?
* Are you serious?
Seriously speaking, I'm not fond of the name but I think the concept has merit. Frankly, its not a new concept but it may be new to our community. So that I don't have to re-create a lot of detail and definition, do a (search engine of choice) search on "pedicab". You should find a Wikipedia entry for "Cycle Rickshaw". Wikipedia provides a good overview on the subject.
So, why not have pedicabs (I'll use velotaxi from here on) here in Bloomington? To date, I can't think of a reason not to allow them. This is not to say the City of Bloomington is ready to issue permits on such entrepreneurial adventures. There are two key areas in our Municipal Code that provide model language for velotaxis. One section is Chapter 4.24 governing Taxicabs and Chapter 4.30 governing Horse-Drawn Vehicles for Hire. Each of these chapters contains a section concerning complaints. Those sections are 4.24.150 and 4.30.130 respectively. In essence, these sections define complaints being directed to the Board of Public Works with potential for license suspension or revocation. In short, the City is partly responsible for public's safety on velotaxis.
We will be working with the petitioner and others concerned to define appropriate rules for velotaxis. Some of the concerns I will work through are safe operating times, inspection criteria, adequate insurance, parking, advertising, bonding, driver licensing, visibility, and safe operating streets. As council members work through the process, I suspect more issues will arise. Overall, I have a positive outlook on this topic and I'm glad that at least one entrepreneur is giving it a look.
There will be more to come on this I am sure.

Mike Satterfield
City Council Rep

Thursday, July 10, 2008

City Life


I'm starting with the entry 'City Life' to kick-off a new section to the GHNA blogs. Allow me a moment to introduce myself -- I'm Mike Satterfield, I live on Staats Drive. I'm also fortunate to be the City Council representative for this district. District 3 extends in the south roughly from State Rd 446 and Moore's Pike, west to College Mall Road then north along the 45 / 46 Bypass and north again to North Dunn and Old State Road 37. The IU Golf Course, Tammeron and Eastern Heights neighborhoods are also included in this district. District maps in Bloomington may be found at:
http://bloomington.in.gov/sections/viewSection.php?section_id=383
I hope to use this blog for as information exchange in our neighborhood and provide information on broader issuses facing our city.
Thanks for listening,
Mike

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Outdoors and Yards links

City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation
Monroe County Parks and Recreation
Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District
National Wildlife Federation: Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Indiana links

State of Indiana
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Voter information
Indiana Unclaimed Property
Indiana Sex Offender Registry

Bloomington and Southern Indiana links

Indiana University
Ivy Tech Community College
Brown County CVB
Columbus Indiana
Bloomingpedia
Bedford-Bloomington, IN Freecycle
Historic Bloomington aerial photos

Monroe County links

Monroe County
Monroe County Community School Corporation
County Cooperative Extension
Monroe County GIS information site

City of Bloomington Links

City of Bloomington
Fire Department
Police Department
Bloomington Hospital
City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Bloomington Weather
Bloomington Transit
Grandview Hills Neighborhood Association email list
Housing and Neighborhood Development
Council of Neighborhood Associations

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Neighborhood Watch


Luckily we live in one of the safest neighborhoods in Bloomington, but we do have a NW. The principle behind the NW is to be aware of who belongs in the neighborhood and what is going on.
Non-emergency problems can be reported to a primary contact who will forward information to the police department.
Emergencies should still be reported to 911; the NW does not take the place of emergency response. Please contact our NW volunteers, Jeanne Novotny and Chris Haynes.

Neighborhood email list


Please contact Meagan Eller if you would like to join the list or if you need help updating your email address. The email list is a great way to keep up with what is going on in the neighborhood. Approximately half of neighborhood households are on the list.
Anyone on the email list may send a message to the entire list by using the email address grandviewhillsna@yahoogroups.com. The list is restricted to members and approval is required to join the list to keep spammers off the list.

Aluminum can recycling

Our aluminum can recycling fundraiser continues to be very successful. It helps fund GHNA activities such as the Neighborhood Block Party/Summer Picnic. Plastic bags of aluminum cans can be left in the trailer on the Eller's driveway.

Bylaws


Bylaws as adopted July 2007, readopted June 21, 2008. Read below for the full text of the Bylaws of the GHNA.
Article I – Name and Purpose
The Grandview Hills Neighborhood Association (GHNA) is a non-profit, non-commercial, non-partisan, all volunteer association formed to promote interaction with neighbors, provide an organization to undertake projects to benefit the neighborhood at large, represent the neighborhood to the City of Bloomington and work together on issues of common concern.
Article II - Membership and Dues
The membership of the GHNA must come from residents of the Grandview Hills neighborhood, defined as follows: residential property with an address on - Grandview Drive, Hollywood Drive, Kerry Drive, Meadowlark Lane, Post Road, or Staats Drive.
Membership is voluntary. The annual membership fee is $1 per household. Membership grants a vote during GHNA meetings (one vote per household, referred to as a Vote hereafter), eligibility to run for Steering Committee positions and eligibility to serve as a sub-committee chair. Any member of the household may sit in a GHNA meeting as the Vote for their household.
Those residents who choose not to become members of the GHNA are encouraged to attend the GHNA meetings and activities, however they shall not have a vote. Non-members may serve on sub-committees, but may not serve as the chair of a sub-committee.
Article III - Organization Structure and Officers
The GHNA shall conduct business under Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Procedure. The GHNA will be maintained in a legal state of activity and solvency by a Steering Committee comprised of the following positions:
• President - Duties include guiding the Steering Committee, signing official instruments of business, scheduling and running meetings. Executive member.
• Secretary - Duties include taking meeting minutes and maintaining communications within GHNA (including but not limited to: electronic, paper and phone communications), maintaining the Roster of GHNA members. Executive member.
• Treasurer - Duties include collecting the GHNA membership fee and maintaining the GHNA ledger and annual budget, processing payments outgoing, signing official instruments of fiscal business.
• Member-At-Large - Duties include providing a voice for the non-committee members of the GHNA.
• Member-At-Large - Duties include providing a voice for the non-committee members of the GHNA.
• Webmaster - Duties include maintaining the GHNA presence online as well as maintain electronic documents, the webmaster is not a member of the Steering Committee. The webmaster is appointed by the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee shall conduct business as needed and in a timely manner. Quorum of the Steering Committee shall be one Executive member (President or Secretary) and at least three other members. Steering Committee meetings shall be open to all.
Article IV - Officer elections
Steering Committee position terms shall coincide with the GHNA fiscal year. These terms shall last two years on a staggered basis such that the President and one Member-At-Large share a term while the Secretary, Treasurer and the second Member-At-Large have the alternate term; there shall be no term limit for any position. Elections shall happen at the last GHNA meeting of the fiscal year; positions shall be elected by a simple majority of Votes present. New Steering Committee members shall take office at the beginning of the new fiscal year.
If a Committee position is vacated before the end of the term, the Steering Committee President shall appoint a temporary position holder to complete the normal term. If the President is vacated, the Steering Committee shall reach a majority vote on appointing a temporary President to complete the term.
Article V - GHNA operations
GHNA meetings must be called to order by the President, or the Secretary in the absence of the President. The GHNA must hold a minimum of one meeting per fiscal year. GHNA meetings shall have quorum when at least ten (10) Votes are present.
Sub-committees shall be created by the President as the need arises to work on projects for the GHNA. These Sub-committees shall have a volunteer chair appointed by the President and confirmed by the Steering Committee as a whole. These sub-committees shall dissolve after completion or dissolution of the particular project.
The fiscal year of the GHNA shall begin on July 1st and end on June 30th of each calendar year. The Treasurer shall be charged with collecting the membership fees in a timely manner at the beginning of each fiscal year. The Secretary shall be charged with maintaining the Roster of Votes as verified by the Treasurer.
Residents may join the GHNA at any time during the year; a household must still pay the $1 membership fee to join.
Article VI - Bylaws procedures
The Bylaws of the GHNA shall be reviewed and re-adopted at the last meeting of each fiscal year. Proposed Bylaw amendments shall be distributed via e-mail at least 1 day before the last meeting of the fiscal year. Amendments must be made permanent at this time. Temporary amendments shall expire at the end of the last meeting unless voted into the bylaws. All votes regarding bylaws amendments shall pass by a 2/3 majority of total Votes present. The Secretary shall ensure that a copy of the by-laws is made available to all members by the first meeting of each fiscal year.
Article VII - Amendments
Article VI was amended on June 3, 2006.
Article VIII was amended on June 3, 2006.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

2008-06-21 Annual Meeting


The meeting took place on Staats Dr before the Neighborhood Block Party/Summer Picnic. Three offices were up for election (2 year terms): Secretary, Treasurer and 1 Member-At-Large. New officers were elected to the three positions.