Meeting was called to order at 7:04 PM by President Patrick Ormond
Motion was passed to accept Dec. 2016 minutes.
Treasury report by Jeff Stewart reported that there is $16,786 balance in the EEAC account and all current bills are paid.
School Report: Charlene reported that the Riverview East Academy is seeking Advanced Education Credit. This will require a site visit. They need local support to advocate for this initiative which will occur on Feb. 27thand 28th– when the site visit is planned. Please contact school for you interest in assisting.
Police Report: Officer Kevin Butler reported a yearly summary of crimes in our area and reported overall better results, with crime going down.
Health Center Report: Dr. Shomo reported the clinic is collecting winter clothes for all ages and they still need donations. You can leave them at the school, or Le Blond. Both the flu and pneumonia vaccine shots are still available at the clinic. The clinic is open 8-4:00 Mon.- Friday.
Hillside Committee: Mr. Sieler has asked the City to install Inclinometers in the areas most recently involved in the excessive landslides, and the city has agreed to install more monitoring devices. The location of these devices will be determined by the City Engineering Dept. A question from the audience requested information about the possibility that tree removals in the area have impacted the landslides that our area has experienced. No one knew of any studies on this issue.
Community Grant Application: Patrick Ormond explained that we missed key ingredients in the application this year, and that the city will require several area approvals, and surveys before moving forward with our application for next year. This application was to consider the need and location of an area fresh food bank for citizens.
Garden district Plan: James Weaver of the City Planning Dept. presented for vote the Summary and recommendations of the 3 year study and proposal for future planning in the East End Garden District. Parking and traffic flow became the major issues that local citizens prioritized at several previous meetings and votes. There was a motion and a second motion to hold a vote, when a New Petition, reportedly signed by approximately 50+ Garden area residents, property owners, or renters, was presented to the council at the meeting.
A Discussion began about the differences in the petition requests and the Garden District plan started and centered on the issues of: a request that the Garden Plan be stopped; a desire to include parking and traffic surveys using private funds; and need for signage throughout the Garden District. Mr. Ormond stopped the discussion and requested that the Executive EEAC Board meet to determine and clarify any discrepancies between the two proposals and that the Board would get back to the Council by the latest of the March EEAC meeting to take a vote on passage of either documents, or a combination of the two. A motion that the vote be delayed up to the March EEAC meeting date was made and seconded.
Gotham Place Development: Sarah Kokenge owns property on Gotham Place with the Schroder family, as co-owners. They want to swap partials of their land for city property, that includes the now land covered end of Gotham Place Road. The city is in approval of this request as in the exchange the city will gain partials of land that would protect their desire to consider a bike path in the future, on land now owned by Abundance, LLC., lots 251 and 253. A motion was made to approve this exchange of land and the development for Gotham Place for residential use by Abundance LLC and was seconded and approved at the meeting.
NSP Funds: Barbara Rider wanted a meeting to discuss the need to submit to the City a plan for the use of the NSP funds available to EEAC of $7,700. This plan has to be to the City by Feb 6th, at 4:00 PM before the next EEAC meeting. Mr. Ormond requested the Executive Board would meet quickly to plan the usage of these funds using proposals previously agreed upon throughout the Fall EEAC meetings of 2016.
Meeting was adjourned close to 8:00 PM.
Secretary: Jane Sites