Saturday, June 23, 2012

2012 Annual Meeting and Block Party

Saturday was our annual meeting and block party. After a brief delay, we reached quorum and were able to call the meeting to order.

In attendance were Meagan Eller, Chris Eller, Julie Fox, Bruce Lockwood, Sonya Bystrom, Jessica Savarese, Gillian Field, Bonnie Fisher, Jeff Morris, Anne Haynes, Donna Jaques, Kevin Jaques, Jill Terhune-Andrews, Jeanne Novotny

1st order of business was elections. Three offices were up for election, for 2-year terms running July 2012-June 2014. Anne Haynes was unanimously elected Secretary. Jeff Morris was unanimously re-elected as Treasurer. Jessica Savarese was unanimously re-elected Member-at-Large. They will join Meagan Eller, President, and Gillian Field, Member-at-Large, on the Steering Committee.

2nd order of business was readoption of the Bylaws. A change to quorum was proposed. Quorum is currently defined as 10 Votes present. Proposed change is

"GHNA meetings shall have quorum of either 10 Votes or a majority of Voting households present, whichever is fewer".

The temporary amendment was approved unanimously. It will become permanent if approved at the 2013 annual meeting. The Bylaws were readopted unanimously with the temporary amendment.

Officer and committee reports:

  • Jeff Morris reports that the treasury has $199.16, including dues and reimbursements submitted on Saturday. $100 of that is from receiving the HAND Team of the Year award. We opened a bank account in order to cash the check and to handle GHNA funds in the future.
  • Chris Eller reports that we are still collecting cans. We earn about $30/trip; we've collected fewer cans lately. 
  • Julie Fox organized the collection of gifts a family the neighborhood sponsored at Christmas time. She would like to continue this project each year.
  • Gillian Field organized the ice cream social last fall in conjunction with Mark Trotter's kids' games. All were in agreement that it is worth doing again; she will coordinate with Mark to pick a date this fall.
  • Jeff Morris organized our annual pizza party. It went well and everyone enjoyed the event.
  • Jessica Savarese organized a neighborhood clean-up. Neighbors volunteered to pick up litter on each of the streets in the neighborhood. There was little trash this year, an improvement over previous years.
  • Meagan Eller organized the neighborhood yard sales. About 10 families participated. 


New business:
GHNA received the HAND Team of the Year award at the Blooming Neighborhoods Celebration. Part of the award was $100, as already reported by Jeff Morris.

Concern has been expressed regarding some properties recently sold or currently for sale in the neighborhood:

  • Of concern are the empty lots for sale by the Staats family. Two of those lots were purchased by neighbors with adjoining properties. There are still several for sale. Meagan Eller contacted the Parks and Rec department about the possibility that some of the space could be retained as green space, as a city park, either with or without a playground. Many neighbors have expressed interest in seeing more trees planted on those large lots. 
  • Also of concern were 2 houses along North Grandview which were apparently bought by the owner of Bell Trace. According to Darlene Meyer, she and other property owners were approached privately. She did not sell, but the houses on either side of her did. Meagan Eller contacted the city Planning Department to find out if any plans had been submitted and what the process is if there is a request for a zoning change. Properties in the neighborhood are currently zoned as single family residential. Planning dept reports that no plans have as yet been filed. If plans were submitted, Bell Trace would have to contact us to set up a neighborhood meeting about the plans. A Planning dept staff member would also attend. Adjacent properties and properties adjacent to the adjacent properties would also receive notices in the mail about any upcoming hearings. In short, it appears that there is nothing currently being planned and that we should receive notice if that changes.


In regards to the $100 as noted above, we now have money to decide how to spend.

  • Jule Fox proposed a banner, possibly 2'x4', which could be used at future Blooming Neighborhoods celebrations to decorate our table. She noted that most other neighborhoods had such banners. Estimated cost could be $75. 
  • Jessica Savarese thought that seemed expensive for something we would only use once a year. She prefers the idea of using the money toward dog poop bag dispensers, as has previously been discussed. Since we have funding, we could skip the grant application process, although we would still need approval from Public Works to attach dispensers to street sign posts. (Previous estimate of cost to make 6, using the Bryan Park neighborhood design, would be ~$160.)
  • Bonnie Fisher proposed that everyone think about ideas to use the $100 and submit them to the officers so the officers can then decide how to use it, with a September 30th deadline. Bonnie's motion was approved.
In regards to dog poop problems in the neighborhood, it may be due to the increasing number of college students and others living in the apartments surrounding the neighborhood. They may not realize they need to clean up after their dogs. 

Gillian Field brought up the idea of requesting traffic calmers in the neighborhood, possibly just speed bumps at the 2 neighborhood entrances, rather than throughout the neighborhood. She has noticed a number of unfamiliar cars driving fairly fast. It was noted that the speed limit is currently listed as 30 mph, although that should decrease to 25 mph once new signs are posted (http://bloomington.in.gov/media/media/application/pdf/9862.pdf). Pros: Traffic calmers might reduce people using the neighborhood as a cut-through. Cons: we would end up punishing ourselves by having to go over speed bumps daily. Due to a lack of sidewalks, bump-outs or chicanes could make the streets more dangerous for pedestrians by forcing them into the line of traffic. Jeanne Novotny will check with the police department if they are the ones who do the mobile speed sign and if we can have it in the neighborhood at some point. (If they are not the right department, we will try to find out who does administer those and make the same request.) 

On that note, the meeting was adjourned so we could enjoy the block party on such a beautiful Saturday.

Friday, June 15, 2012

10th Street closure update

10th Street is still closed between Pete Ellis & Bypass and from Bypass west toward Tulip Tree. However, the traffic pattern did change today. The new entrance to the IU properties at 10th and Bypass moved so access is now from Pete Ellis (but you can't get to Bypass through there!).

Completion of the 10th Street/Bypass intersection is supposed to be done by July 16th, so we have another month of inconvenience.

Also, the access to Range Road from Bypass, via Wruble, will be changing. A new 14th Street entrance is being constructed.

2012 Block Party and Annual Meeting

Come on out and enjoy a cookout with your neighbors! Our annual meeting and block party will take place next Saturday.

What: Annual meeting and block party
When: Saturday, June 23rd, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Staats Drive between Post Road and Grandview Drive

The neighborhood association will provide plates, cups, drinks and such as usual. Please bring a dish to pass and something to toss on the grill for your family. Please also bring a chair or two. We will have our grill out, plus several tables. 

Important information on the annual meeting:

To achieve quorum and hold the annual meeting, we need 10 voting members present. Voting membership is granted to any household that pays $1 in annual dues. Dues are voluntary and are not required to participate in GHNA activities. 

We currently have 12 households who have paid dues for 2011-2012. If you have paid dues, you should have received an email from me this morning. Hopefully all of our voting members will be able to attend the meeting this year. Please try to attend the meeting, which will take place ~5 p.m.

If you would like to be a voting member, there is still time. Please pay your $1 to Jeff Morris - you can even pay $1 toward next year at the same time! Dues are accepted at the annual meeting, which will take place ~5 p.m. 

We have had years where we had to call voting members to come, delaying the meeting. The sooner we reach quorum, the sooner we can take care of business and get back to the party.

Three offices are up for election this year:
Secretary - This office is currently held by Erin Wager-Miller. She is unable to continue in this office, so please consider taking on this office and getting more involved with the neighborhood. The secretary keeps meeting notes and plans one event or project each year. 
Treasurer - Our current treasurer is Jeff Morris. Treasurer keeps books for the association and plans one event or project each year. 
Member at Large - There are two member at large positions. The one currently held by Jessica Savarese is up for election. A member at large plans one event or project each year.

All offices are for a 2-year term, so these would be for July 2012-June 2014. We generally hold an organizational meeting in July to choose events or projects for the year, a meeting in May or June to plan the block party/annual meeting, and the annual meeting at the block party. Meetings are usually under 1 hour in duration.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Blooming Neighborhoods HAND Team of the Year

This past Saturday, Jeff Morris and I accepted the HAND Team of the Year Award at the Blooming Neighborhoods Celebration.

Jeff Morris and Meagan Eller accepting the award from Vickie Provine of HAND

HAND Team of the Year award
Thanks to all the neighbors who came to the celebration. We wouldn't have received this award without everyone in the neighborhood doing their part.