Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bag of goodies

Everyone should have received a bag of goodies today. The bags contained some information from the city (sorry we are late getting these out; we got them last fall) plus a nifty Grandview Hills magnet to remind us all of the URL for this site and the email address for the list.
Please keep the magnet handy so you can check the website often for updates. Or, you can subscribe to the RSS feed. Also, any neighbor can request an account on the website and be able to post comments, blog info, participate in the forums, etc. Just make sure to put enough information in so we know it is someone who should have an account (name, address). Occasionally, spammers request accounts, which we remove.
As for the email list, anyone on the list can send a message to it and it will reach all the neighbors who are on the list. The list is secured so people need approval to join. If you are not already on the email list or need to update your email, please send me a message (you can click on my name at the top of this post and then contact me.) And spread the word to new neighbors who may not be on the list. This is the easiest, most efficient way to keep the majority of the neighborhood in contact.
From the city, there were a few flyers, including last year's waste program information and the lower the boom ordinance. Once again, we apologize for not getting these out last fall. Life was hectic and it just didn't happen.
We hope to see lot of folks at the upcoming block party and meeting on June 13. Also, we'd love for anyone stopping by the farmer's market on June 6 to come by our table at the Blooming Neighborhood Celebration. Don't forget to send me a brief bit about why you live in Grandview Hills!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Poison ivy

Hi neighbors,
Sunday was a great day to get out into the yard and pull some weeds and clip a few hedges. With all the rain, everything had grown and we weren't able to get into the yard to do the work before now.
Since we are allergic, I'm always on the lookout for the early sprigs of poison ivy and I found a couple along the fence line. I have a great, eco-friendly way to kill it. No chemicals. No damage to nearby plants. This method works best while the plant is still small and less than 12" high with a thin stem. I've used this method for over 25 years.
Fill a tea kettle with water and bring it to a boil. Take the kettle out to the plant and slowly dribble the boiling water over the leaves and up and down the stem. Continue pouring the whole kettle of boiling water over the plant and stem and around the base of the plant. The leaves should be wilting by now and the soil at the base of the plant will be steaming. You have cooked the ivy. The plant will shrivel, die, and the remains will blow away in a couple of days.
We call it a "vine" so find a stick and use it to pick through the grass and weeds to see if the poison ivy has "vined". Treat anything along that vine with a new pot of water.
I have found that the poison ivy never comes back. When I used a commercial killer, often it killed the leaves but the root was still there and it re-emerged later in the season. Catch it early. After the vine has grown thick and woody, you may need to resort to chemical brush killer or professional help.
If you are not sure that the 3 leafed plant in your yard is poison ivy, I would be happy to come and take a look.
The boiling water method also works well on grass and weeds that grow in the cracks of your sidewalk and driveway.
Judy Wagner

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Sidewalk interrupted

A summary:
The story of "Sidewalk Interrupted" begins with a plan to dramatically change 10th St. in the Bypass to Pete Ellis Dr. area. The City though Parks, Planning, and Engineering departments asked IDOT to move the trees along the west side of Pete Ellis Dr. and North of the Indiana Railroad tracks. Prior to moving the trees however and due to their size, the roots had to be pruned and the sidewalk had to be removed to allow pruning.
Both City and state moved forward with this plan until street designs became less certain. It was no longer clear that the trees needed to be moved. So, the sidewalk remains torn up. The City is unwilling to pay (an estimated $50K) to move trees that may indeed not need to be moved.
I've asked our Planning group to place this project back on a schedule. In particular, I'm asking them to move the trees if it is likely they will be in the way of the state's plans. Assuming the trees need to be moved, they won't be moved earlier than this fall when trees enter their dormant season. This is as far as I can see this project at this time. After the trees are moved then, I'll work on the sidewalk. If it is clear the trees won't be moved then, I'll urge a speedy replacement of the sidewalk.
Mike Satterfield
Bloomington Common Council
District 3 Representative

Monday, May 4, 2009

Neighborhood Yard sales

Each spring, and sometimes in summer, the neighborhood association sponsors a yard sale. Anyone in the neighborhood is welcome to participate. The association pays for an ad in the newspaper and provides a map of participants to each location to help steer traffic. This has been a fun and successful event each year.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

2009-05-02 GHNA Steering Committee Meeting

The meeting was held at the home of Chris and Meagan Eller. Present were: Chris Eller, President and Meagan his assistant, Jeff Morris, Treasurer, Judy Wagner and Lori Garriaghty, members at large, and Claudia Lindman, Secretary.
Jeff reported that there is $107.46 in our account. This represents dues of $1 per household per year as well as money raised from recycled aluminum cans, which Chris turns in periodically. To participate, just leave your bagged cans in the trailer in Chris’s driveway.
Neighborhood Clean-up: Meagan and Lori reported that 7 adults plus some children met last Saturday (April 25) to pick up trash. They filled 9 plastic bags. Another clean-up is planned for early November. Next Spring the event will be held after Little 500.
E-mail List: Meagan reported that 49 of the 88 households in the neighborhood are now on the e-mail list. Anyone can send a message to the entire list by using the following address:
Chris is updating the Web site. Please visit often to see what is going on in our neighborhood. That address is: http://
Upcoming Events: Yard Sale May 16 from 8-1. Call Meagan if you want to be included on a map noting all the sale sites that day. Meagan will put an advertisement in the paper.
Meagan signed us up to participate in the HAND project which promotes strengthening neighborhoods. There will be a GHNA booth at the Farmer’s Market June 6. Call Meagan if you can help with the booth.
June Block Party: Lori will coordinate this event to be held June 13 from 3 to 6 PM. Traffic on Staats will be blocked. We will set up grills and supply napkins, plates, plastic ware, ice and beverage. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass and whatever you wish to grill.
Ice Cream Social: This annual event will again be hosted by Gillian Fields'. The date is August 16. More details to follow.
Annual Meeting: The annual meeting will be held from 2-3 on June 13, prior to the Block party. We need to elect two officers, the president and one member at large. These are two year terms. Please contact the current officers for more information if you are interested in participating in our neighborhood in this way. Annual dues of $1 per household will be collected at this meeting.
Claudia Lindman , Secretary