Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Deer task force

The Deer Task Force will be holding a series of meetings to discuss concerns and talk about what has been learned so far. We certainly have plenty of deer in the neighborhood, so learning to coexist isn't a bad idea. If anyone is interested in attending any of the upcoming meetings, the schedule is listed below.

Community Outreach Meetings
The Deer Task Force will be holding a series of meetings around the community to talk to citizens about what it has learned so far and to learn more about residents' concerns.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 6:00 pm
    Templeton Elementary School (Cafeteria/Auditorium)
    1400 South Brenda Lane (Henderson & Hillside)
  • Monday, July 11, 6:00 pm
    University Elementary School (Cafeteria/Auditorium)
    1111 N. Russell Road
  • Thursday, July 14, 6:00 pm
    Bloomington North High School (Large Group Room)
    3901 North Kinser Pike
  • Thursday, July 21, 6:00 pm
    Grandview Elementary School (Cafeteria/Auditorium)
    2300 S. Endwright Road
  • Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am
    Council Chambers, Suite 115 of City Hall, 401 N. Morton

Monday, June 13, 2011

Elections 2011 and Block Party review

This past Saturday was our block party and annual meeting. Thanks to all the neighbors who came out. We had gorgeous weather for a cookout on the street.

This was our lowest attended block party. It seems many people were on vacation after the extra long school year. We did manage to get quorum for elections. So, here's what happened at the brief meeting, which lasted approximately 10 minutes.

First order of business was elections. Two offices were up for election: President and one Member-at-Large. Meagan Eller was re-elected President. Gillian Field was elected Member-at-Large. Both were unanimous.

The by-laws were readopted by unanimous vote.

Treasurer's report: Our current balance at the time of the meeting was $99.40, including $28.30 collected Saturday by redeeming aluminum cans.

Julie's report: She started a new activity in the fall and hopes it continues. The neighborhood sponsored 3 children through Shalom Center, purchasing Christmas presents for them. About half a dozen neighbors participated.

President's report: We had 9 or 10 families participate in the garage sales in May. This seems to be a popular event.

General comments: The ice cream social and pizza party are both very popular events that people would like to see continue. Gillian will organize the ice cream social again this year, in either August or September.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Real estate report 6/2/11

There are currently 3 houses for sale in our neighborhood.

The newest is 665 Meadowlark, for $98,000.

3404 Grandview is still for sale, for $164,900.

And 623 Kerry is still listed as well, for $150,000.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bypass closing at tracks

Bypass will be closed between 3rd and 10th for 2 weeks starting June 13th. During that time the Indiana Railroad will be working on the crossing. The detours are via Pete Ellis for south-bound traffic and via Smith for north-bound traffic. A temporary 3-way stop light will be installed at 10th and Smith during construction. (HT article available with subscription)

I imagine the major impact for our neighborhood will be the increased traffic on 10th and on Smith, making it more difficult to get out of the neighborhood during those two weeks. We all might want to leave a little additional time getting places.

Alternative transportation to downtown and campus is available via the #6 bus, which stops on Smith just south of the tracks and on 10th by Barrington Place. The #8 bus is also available at those stops and will take you to College Mall and to Kroger.

If you enjoy walking or biking, I would guess the bike trail may not be a good option, although I haven't heard if it will be closed at Bypass during this time.