York Neighborhood Association General Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

at Garden Street United Methodist Church


I.    Welcome & Introductions (be sure to sign the sign-in sheet)


Several students attended the meeting as well as three new York Neighborhood residents.


II.  Bellingham School District Bond

                  Speakers:  Dr. Dale Kinsley, Superintendent, and Kelly Bashaw


Dr. Kinsley and Kelly Bashaw discussed the upcoming $67 million School Bond.  The bond would be for building new elementary schools, the modernization of Shuksan Middle School, seismic safety work for some of the District’s historic schools as well as other maintenance projects for older schools.  Kelly Bashaw passed around a sign up sheet for those interested in phone banking to remind voters to return their mail-in ballots. Dr. Kinsley also answered questions. 


III.  Franklin Park playground redesign

                  Speaker:  Jonathan Schilk, Parks Dept.


Jonathan Schilk discussed the playground equipment at Franklin Park and solicited information from neighbors regarding the equipment.  On display were pictures of potential equipment as well as an aerial photo of Franklin Park.  He also took down notes regarding the drainage of the playfield, the possibility of a walkway around the park and lighting concerns.  Jonathan Schilk suggested administering surveys to neighbors asking for their opinion regarding specific equipment and their needs as park users.  A YNA committee has been established, headed by Judy Bachman and Helen Jackson, to coordinate the Franklin Park renovation efforts between the Parks Department and the YNA.  


IV.  Election of YNA 2006 Board of Directors


2006 Board elections were held with the following motion:

MOTION:  It was moved and seconded to approve the following nominations for the 2006 YNA Board of Directors:  

1.      Tom Scott (Pres)

2.      Anne Mackie (VP)

3.      Libby Stark (Secretary)

4.      Helen Jackson (Treas.)

5.      Judy Bachman (Franklin Park Project Coordinator)

6.      Elliott Smith (student rep)

7.      Barbara Davenport (Historic Preservation Committee Coordinator)

8.      Amelia Lunde (Garden Club Coordinator)

9.      Jessica Bandstra (Newsletter Editor)

10.  Carolyn Mulder (At-large)

11.  David Wainwright (GSUMC/At-large)

12.  Greg Keeler (At-large)

13.  Oso Keeler (At-large)

14.  Robert Hand (student rep)

15.  George Liepart (At-large)


            The motion passed unanimously.


V.    2006 Small & Simple Grant ProposalAnne Mackie presented the proposal to submit a grant request for $2500 for the Small & Simple grant to fund clean-up and renovation of the street “island” in 1200 block of Franklin Street.  A photograph was provided of the island on Franklin. 


MOTION:  It was moved and seconded to approve the grant proposal for the 1200 block of Franklin project; and the YNA will contribute $500 to the project through fundraising.  The motion passed unanimously.


VI.             Other Issues, if time

There were no other concerns brought forward.


    VII.  Upcoming Meetings:         YNA Board, Wed. Feb. 22, 7:00 p.m., Nelson’s

                                                            Franklin Park Work Party, March 4, 9 to noon

                                                            Historic Preserv, March 8, 7:00 p.m., Nelson’s

                                                            Planning Cmte., March 12, 6:00 p.m., Nelson’s


The meeting adjourned at 8:05 followed by a social time coupled with cookies, brownies and milk.


Submitted by Libby Stark

YNA Secretary