York Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Minutes
Sunday, March 19,
7:05 – 8:55 pm
Present: Tom Scott,
Helen Jackson, Anne Mackie, Judy Bachman, Jessica Bandstra, Elliott Smith,
Amelia Lunde and Libby Stark
Lisa McShane was present to deliver the Planning Committee’s
report. Three WWU students also
attended the meeting.
Committee Chair: Lisa gave the background
information on the York Neighborhood for the WWU students and described how
we have asked for a change in zoning.
The Sehome Neighborhood has gone through the process before so
apparently there is precedent. On
Monday, May 1 at 7 pm the City Council will be voting on whether to move
our Area 5 Rezone Request forward.
This vote will take place at Council Chambers and Board members are
encouraged to attend. If the
Council votes to docket the Rezone Request, the next steps are outreach,
education and a timeline. Elliott
is taking a GIS mapping course and offered to help design a map for
neighbor education. Tom will email
the whole YNA list with information after the May 1 vote.
Preservation Committee Chair: Barbara gave background information on the
history of the neighborhood and our process for local historic designation
for the WWU students. There are
anthropology interns from WWU surveying neighborhood homes. Three committee members went to the
Whatcom Museum and met with Jeff Jewel to review old photos. The committee’s phrasing of our
neighborhood characteristics needed for designation was mentioned. There is a workshop at the Whatcom
Museum on Saturday, April 22 on researching your home. Several board members will be in
attendance. Anne and Carol Dixon
attended a photo display on Gingerbread homes and heard that 78% of homes
in the York Neighborhood were built before 1955. The recent collaboration to archive homes by the Museum and
the Library was mentioned. In
terms of accessing future volunteers to research homes, the Whatcom
Volunteer Center only works with 501(c) (3)s and the Norway Hall is “interested.” Anne has names of those who have lived
or currently live in the neighborhood and can give oral histories.
Park Renovation Chair: Judy
provided handouts on what help was needed, a map for vendors of spaces
available and instructions for vendors.
board members and others are encouraged to email Judy or Helen if
we can assist with the planning of the Market. Tom will put the information on the website. Helen offered garage space for anybody
who wants to donate items now.
Street Island: We received the
$2500 Small and Simple Grant from the City. Anne has signed the paperwork and will review the contract
and then sign with Judy. The York
Neighborhood does not get reimbursed until the end of the year. Bear Creek Nursery and Garden Spot
Nursery were helpful and offered good deals. The first Saturday of every month from 9 – 12 is dedicated
to cleaning up Franklin Park and the Island. The hill at Franklin Park is almost completed and this
summer they will move to the Island.
There is a sign put up at the Park to generate volunteers and
publicity. The Master Gardeners
have been helping and will need at least two people to go through their
Master Gardener program.
Hill Park Steward: Anne weeded at
Rock Hill for 5 hours. The Park is
ready for mulch and then to begin planting the plants that are in Anne’s
backyard. The clover has got to go
and the Parks Department and the Department of Transportation are working
on it. We will need butterfly
larvae for the Butterfly Habitat.
Anne is going to write a history of the two parks and put it on the
website. The YNA can use the
swimming pool at the Best Western Lakeway Inn as a result of a lawsuit
brought by the Association against Best Western regarding traffic lanes.
- Treasurer: Helen provided a handout indicating we
have $191.02 in our checking account and $99.13 in our savings
account. Fundraising is critical.
Committee Chair: Anne reported she
had mailed out letters to neighborhood businesses asking for
donations. With a $100 donation
businesses get four free business card-sized ads in The Yorker. Libby said she was still working on
going through the lists of past donors to see who has and has not donated
recently in order to send out donation renewal letters. Anne will email the list of
neighborhood businesses plus the letter she has written to board members
so we can mail a letter if needed.
Club Chair: Amelia said they are
currently trying to find a home to host the May Garden Club. The Garden Club will be meeting on
Sunday to do some planting at Rock Hill Park.
duties and descriptions of board positions: The board reviewed and edited the President, Vice President,
Secretary and Treasurer job descriptions.
Other positions will be discussed at the May meeting.
Tom indicated he needed an alternate for the MNAC meetings,
which are held the second Wednesday of the month. Summertime is most important for coverage. Elliott volunteered.
Topics for next board meeting: continuation of the job
The meeting adjourned at 8:55.
Submitted by Libby Stark