Attendees: Joette Storm, Cindy King, Matt Bryant, Jim Beauchemin, and Jeffrey Silverman
Absent: Greta Turillo, Sara Miller
Members: Kathy Roche, Cricket Campbell
Minutes of November meeting – in the absence of our secretary a review of the November minutes was postponed until next month.
Welcome Card Review – The board made several changes to the BANA Welcome card including substituting Boyd Acres specific facts for the general Bend facts. A new larger map will replace the initial map. Joette Storm will prepare a new version and submit to the board for review. QR codes will be added to the card and a new logo once adopted.
Land Use – Jim Beauchemin
Jim attended pre-permit meeting on the proposal to build a marijuana cultivation and processing operation on High Desert Lane in the Brinson Business Park. The owner did not provide information about the activities to occur but kept to site plan details. Board members and adjacent business owners have concerns about volatile substances and odors from the processing. A second pre-permit meeting is set for December 19, 4:30 at Sun country Engineering, 9th and Armour.
Jim is serving on the “sounding board” for Hwy 97 improvements. ODOT intends to study three sections of the road through Bend to improve efficiency. Although Hwy 97 was originally designed as a freight route, a high percentage of trips are Bend drivers using it to cross the city. ODOT is considering ideas for creating bicycle and pedestrian routes parallel to the highway and for redesigning intersections.
Mountain View NA is spearheading a Slow Down IT’s Our Town campaign to reduce traffic accidents by reducing driving speeds on neighborhood streets. They obtained a grant for an educational video aimed at changing driving culture. An information meeting is open to BANA residents on Dec. 12 at the Jamison Street Fire Station.
The Bicycle sounding board met to discuss a proposed map of bike trails that will identify gaps in bicycle routes across town. Such a map will rate bike routes for their safety, difficulty and quality of experience. Jim is serving on that committee.
Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (NLA) Matt Bryant
Matt Bryant, BANA’s rep on the NLA committee, reported the committee is developing procedures and policies and a communications campaign aimed at informing residents about the NA mission and how it differs from Homeowners Associations. NLA will propose an increase in NA budgets for increasing communications. It was suggested the City provide guidance on a website platform that all associations can use that will be consistent in the of information displayed.
Jim Beauchemin expressed how important it will be for the NLA to have continuous communications with the NA boards to ensure any position taken is done with the full consideration of the NAs.
Neighborhood Association Round Table (NART) Joette Storm
Ten representatives of NAs met on Dec. 1 to discuss whether the Round Table should continue and how it might benefit the associations. Consensus was that sharing ideas and procedures can be beneficial and that the roundtable could be a forum for discussing issues.
The Round Table is not a City affiliated committee so it would not be affected by City code. However, NART representatives should not be the same person as the NLA rep in order to avoid any conflict with City code.
The group intends to meet on January 12, 10 a.m. at the Elks Lodge for further strategizing.
Member Comments Crickett Campbell said she was surprised by the Fire Department’s trip through the neighborhood to collect food. She had not seen any announcement and was a bit concerned at first hearing the sirens. The board will ask the Fire Department to improve coordination with BANA so we might promote the charity event.
BANA Meet and Greet
Cindy King and Jeff Silverman will host a coffee klatsch, “Meet and Greet “ on Friday, December 14 at 10 a.m. at Black Rock Bar in the Robal Village mall.
Next meeting schedule
Monday, January 14, 6 p.m. Cassie Lacy, City Climate Action Committee staff
Monday, February 11, 6 p.m. To be announced.