April 5, 2016 Neighborhood Association Meeting Summary

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More than 30 residents from Spicewood and Spicewood II attended the meeting in the Fireside Room in the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. The meeting started at 7:00 PM with an introduction of executive committee members. John Kennedy summarized some committee activities in the past few months including information about the Spicewood sign landscaping and the Little Free Library. The Library has been named the Eric M. Detwiler Memorial Library. The Spicewood yard sale will be held on June 11 and the picnic will be held late August or early September.

Tim Hemke gave a presentation on the development of The Lakes neighborhood at the corner of Sare and Rogers. He described the mix of housing and retail that will be built, the internal amenities, and the long term development plan. He expects that about 250 housing units will be built over the next 10 years.

Mayor John Hamilton gave a short presentation on some changes coming to the City but most of the meeting time was a Q&A with the mayor. Traffic issues on Sare Rd were discussed in depth. Spicewood residents raised concerns about the traffic conditions both for vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Many residents suggested that a sidewalk on the west side of Sare Rd from Spicewood to Buttonwood help alleviate the pedestrian problems. Many expressed concern that the continued growth south of Rogers, the plans for the County to significantly improve Fullerton Pike to Rhorer and Sare Rds, and the new hospital traffic would create more traffic problems on Sare Rd that would affect Spicewood residents.

The other major issue raised with the mayor was the need for more enforcement of the weed ordinance. One resident pointed out that the City has different ordinances for residential lots and for the tree plot that borders the street. A request was made to the mayor to more strictly enforce the ordinance related to the maintenance of the tree plot.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05.


Spicewood Neighborhood Association Winter Meeting Summary

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Spicewood Neighborhood Association Winter Meeting

December 8, 7:00 PM

Sherwood Oaks Christian Church

Attendance: 23 residents of Spicewood I and Spicewood II

 Meeting Summary

  1. Carmela Garcia from ReStore gave a short presentation about ReStore’s services and their need for materials and volunteers, especially when students are not in town. Call 812 331 2660 for more information.
  2. Update on Spicewood Signs: The sign installation has been delayed by changes in the City’s contracting procedures. Currently, the funds for the signs and landscaping are encumbered for the next fiscal year. In January, the signs and installation will be on the Board of Public Works agenda for its approval. Assuming all goes as expected, the signs should be installed in spring.
  3. Update on the Little Free Library: The Library is ready for installation but the site chosen for the Library had too many tree roots to install the Library post. The executive committee will discuss alternate locations when it meets early next year.
  4. Update on The Lakes Neighborhood: The developers are working with the County Plan Commission on approval for the overall design. More information is available on their website – http://lakesneighborhood.com/.
  5. Online communications: There was a fairly extensive discussion about setting up and maintaining a NextDoor website for Spicewood. NextDoor is a password-protected neighborhood website that is limited to Spicewood residents only. The Bloomington City Police Department will use Nextdoor to communicate with neighborhoods. There was unanimous agreement that Spicewood should have Spicewood Nextdoor site and that all neighborhood residents should be invited to join it. Information about NextDoor can be found at https://help.nextdoor.com/ and in this document – Info about Nextdoor.
  6. Update on Spicewood finances: Early next year, the executive committee will open a checking account for the Association. The EIN needed for the account has been obtained. The funds donated at the picnic will be deposited in the account. The Association is part of the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) which allows use of the CONA 501c3 status. Future purchases can be made tax-free and donations to theAssociation will be eligible for tax deductions.
  7. Executive Committee – the current executive committee members (John Kennedy, Sandy Sabbagh, Mark Webb, Shirley Megnin, and Amy Anderson) were selected for another term.

The meeting adjourned at 8 PM.