BHNA General Meeting - April 9, 2019

Meeting started 6:40 pm
Attending: Bob Peller, Melissa Allen, Cindy Gaddis, Mark Crosson, Jason Walker, Angie
Warner-Rein, Greg Kaszinski, Pastor Bruce, KP

Welcome: Melissa passed out maps from the Coalition of Neighborhood Association
meeting: new housing projects in downtown Olympia. Angie spotted something new in our
neighborhood. “FIG,” on State St.

Neighborhood Variety Show: Saturday, June 1 from 3:00 to 5:00. This will be Eastside
Neighborhood Association’s second annual, first time collaborating with BHNA. They are
still looking for acts. Bob and Mark offered to help set up on the day of the event.

Block Watch: there is new graffiti in the neighborhood. Angie monitors by taking photos.
Block watch has kits for cleaning up the graffiti. Pressure washing works well on stone
walls. Touchstone Group Home was helping out. Anyone is welcome to help clean up. It
would be great to have a volunteer to take charge of monitoring new appearance of graffiti.

Angie reminded everyone about the three new neighborhood liaison officers working in the
neighborhoods. Mark’s bike was recently stolen out of his garage when he was in the
backyard. Mark spoke with Rebecca from the City of Olympia, but Olympia PD is not
interested in trying something like City of Portland where police planted a GPS device on a
bike and were able to track where it was getting chopped up and sold for parts.

Jason reminded everyone that you can register any camera you have at home with Olympia
PD so you can share video footage with the police. He says it’s a huge help for prosecution
of crimes. Instructions are on the Olympia PD website.

Thurston County Food Project: Bob finds this to be a really easy to get food to people in the
community. If you want to join, Bob or Angie will bring you a green bag.

Block party: We voted to have the party on Bethel Street at Mitchell, right by Bigelow Park.
This way we can use the bathrooms at Bigelow.
Music – Dylan and Stephanie from Thurston Ave at Puget St are checking the date. Melissa
also has a friend in the Righteous Mothers.
Food – let’s work on finding volunteers to grill food items (food would already be
purchased). But realistically, Board members should be prepared to staff the grill.
Set up/break down - Greg will help if he’s in town.

Project ideas: Cider/fruit press - another neighborhood association has one. We should
check in with that neighborhood to see how much use it gets. We can rent one and host an
event to see how people like it. We will plan an event for Saturday, September 21. Vote
taken to spend BHNA funds on the rental.

Little Free Libraries: Bob will look for a design plan and see what materials it would take.
Melissa will ask Amy Ramsey if she would like one in front of her house. Bob would like one
in front of his house. We can ask people at the Block Party if anyone else is interested.
Tool Library: this may be a longer-term project. We would need someone with knowledge
on how to set this up to take charge.

Whimsical map: Tom Bucher makes maps. We looked at a map for the Wildwood
Neighborhood. Melissa will gather more info on these.
Working Man’s Hill: Bob is wondering if we can track down copies of this book. We can post
something in the next newsletter to see if anyone has one.
Street Mandala: Melissa will try to find out what permits are needed to paint an
intersection.

Board Vacancies: there are still open positions. Best chances of recruiting new Board
members may be the Block Party. We can look to the October General Meeting for changes
to Board membership.

Missing Middle Plan: the Growth Management Hearings Board ruled last month that the
City adopted the plan without looking closely enough about negative effects on the
environment. There will be another hearing in May 2019.

Disaster Preparedness: Capital Vision is already a designated warming center. Anyone
interested in developing a plan for our neighborhood can come to an hour-long meeting
4/24/19 at 9:30 am.

Melissa shared City of Olympia’s invitation to join conversations on homelessness 4/20/19
and 5/4/19. She also reminded us of the last chance to give input on City of Olympia dog
parks: http://olympiawa.gov/dogparks.

Next BHNA General Meeting: Block Party 8/6/19 from 5:30 – 7:30
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