NWSNA Meeting July 19, 2016
Present: Bill Baus, Olivia Dorfman, Cheryl Sweeney, Vernon Sweeney, Sandi Clothier, Carol Gulyas
– Meeting schedule set –
The quarterly meetings for the general membership will be held in January, April, July, and October at 7:00 PM in the Banneker Center. The Board will meet monthly, with the exception of December, when a party open to the neighborhood is held. We also plan to have a community picnic in the warmer months, possibly again in May. We discussed creating some sort of informational handout (such as a flyer, questionnaire or fact sheet) and making it available at the December party.
– Maintenance of uninhabited property –
Olivia stopped by the Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development office with questions about the derelict house at 825 West 8th St., and was informed that the owner of the property has been notified that they have until the end of the month to clean up the yard, secure the home, and stabilize the chimney, or the town will step in and perform these tasks and bill the owner for the work. Some cutting of the weeds has recently been done.
– Duke Energy update –
Sandy reported that Duke Energy asked the City Council for a postponement of their substation project, and now have asked for the substation plan to be put back on the agenda for the end of August because of their need to get back to their corporate headquarters on the issue.
– CONA meeting report –
Sandy attended the CONA meeting, where she heard a presentation from Bloomington Police Sgt. Pam Gladish suggesting neighborhood members should sign up for Nextdor.com, a social networking site that functions as a virtual block watch and allows the police to interact with neighborhoods online.
Sandy also heard Patty Mulvihill, Bloomington Assistant City Attorney, speaking about a proposal to regulate properties used for Airbnb rentals, and mentioned fines of $2,500 for first violation of the new regulations.
In response to questions about poor and food insecure members of our community, Sandy volunteered to share information about where we can refer people in need of food.