BANA members will be the first in Bend to help Bethlehem Inn collect food for the winter via its Blue Bag Program. Courtney Gallant will bring a supply of Blue Bags to the November 12 membership meeting for all of us to take home and fill. Each person filling a bag is invited to bring it to Bethlehem Inn and see the new facility.
For those who are new to Bend, Bethlehem Inn is a family shelter for those experiencing homelessness. It recently opened a new building on Third Street on the site of its original shelter.
Join the board in helping fill the pantry with wholesome food by taking a Blue Bag home and filling it with staple food items.
The City of Bend has launched the public survey for the 2020-2025 Consolidated Plan, which gives the community an opportunity to comment on needs and priorities for affordable housing and community development programs. The anonymous survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is open to the public through Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.
Work will begin on Empire Blvd improvements on September 10 with a closure of the street from the 18th St. roundabout to Purcell. Phase i of the Empire Extension project will upgrade the street to full arterial standards including pavement, curbs, sidewalk on the south side of the road, drainage control and landscaping. It will include construction of the west half of the new roundabout at Empire and Purcell. City engineer Sinclair Burr debuted the project at the BANA meeting Aug. 13. He said a hotline for neighborhood questions and concerns is 541-200-6939.
The rocky vertical lots at the corner of High Desert Lane and Lower Meadow could be transformed into a modern athletic facility for rope free climbing, yoga and children's activities. Andrew Coleman, owner of The Circuit, bouldering gymnasiums in Portland has applied for a permit to construct the new facility. The is challenging for its rocky terrain and drastic aspect. Architect Rebecca Kerr shared plans with BANA and adjacent property owners at an August 2 meeting. The firm hopes to break ground next spring.
The City's Business Economic Development Advisory Board has recommended the City Council create a separate management body to plan for and promote the development of Juniper Ridge. Saying the City Council should relinquish control of the area, the board suggests bringing in professional real estate developers and marketing staff to identify opportunities for developing the parcels off of Cooley Road.
New developments, new residents and increasing numbers of visitors mean more cars and trucks in our town. What are the transportation agencies and services doing to tackle the congestion problem and move people and goods? Let's find out at the September 10 general membership meeting.
Our thanks to Larry Kierulff, past chair of BANA, for his leadership the past several years. He is not relinquishing his board seat after single handedly holding the association together for some time.
Larry, our institutional memory, will continue to support BANA on the Communications Committee
Attendees unanimously elected the following board members: Chair Joette Storm, Vice Chair Cindy King, At large Jeff Silverman, Jim Beauchemin, Matt Bryant, Greta Turillo, and Sara Miller. Welcome to our two newest members, Sara and Greta, who both bring a wealth of experience to BANA. We look forward to another great year in the "hood".
The bylaws were amended to acknowledge the change in boundaries due to expansion of the City's Urban Growth boundary.
BANA will amend its bylaws to comply with the new Urban Growth Boundary. Members to vote on the change:
Section 2: The BANA is generally located in north/north central Bend, easterly of the Deschutes River and northerly of the Oregon Irrigation Districtís North Unit Canal. The Deschutes River defines the western boundary. The southern boundary is defined by Mount Washington Drive from the Deschutes River eastward to US 97, then along Butler Market Road from US 97 to the North Unit Canal, following the North Unit Canal eastward to its intersection of the cityís boundary. The eastern boundary is defined by the extent of the cityís boundary limits to its northern terminus. The northern boundary is defined by the extent of the cityís boundary limits to its intersection with the Deschutes River. The eastern and northern boundaries of BANA are further defined to include new land parcels (from the UGB) as they are officially annexed into the cityís boundary.
BANA recognizes that assumed boundaries, including any changes, must adhere to conditions and requirements stated in City of Bend Code, Chapter 1.70, Neighborhood Associations, 1.70.030 Recognition of New Neighborhood Associations. Any boundary changes constitute a modification to BANA Bylaws and must be an agenda item and approved, by a majority of membership present, by vote at a BANA General Membership Meeting or Special Membership Meeting. Any boundary changes resulting from such a vote will be promptly submitted to the City of Bend staff liaison to BANA for review and official recognition.
BANA will conduct an election at the June 18 annual meeting to fill two board vacancies and to amend the bylaws to recognize new boundaries. As a result of the city's Urban Boundary Expansion BANA will expand. The amendment brings the association in compliance with City Code. New candidates are Greta Turillo and Sara Miller.