BHCA April 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Maureen Neeley, President, at 7:08 p.m.

Attendance

Maureen introduced the board members who were present as well as special guest: Jack Cunningham, 3rd District Field Office.

Maureen reviewed the agenda for this evening which is a departure from our usual meetings. The focus will be a review of the community survey results and a brainstorming session on the top 4 concerns identified by the community. She highlighted the following goals:

  • Get to Know Each Other Better
  • Have Fun
  • Enjoy Good Food
  • Review Neighborhood Survey Results
  • Brainstorm Solutions to Top Ranked Problems

 

Business Meeting

Thanks to John Shisko

Maureen thanked John Shisko, who stepped down from the Board this year, for his many years of service to the community. John will continue to organize newsletter delivery as well as other projects he’s working on.

Logo

Dianne Sundstrom reviewed the 2 proposed logo designs. A final decision will be made in the next 2 months. Thanks to Doug Walker and Carolyn Yamaoka for their work on the design.

BHCA Monthly Meeting May 11, 2016

Maureen announced that the May meeting will include a presentation on the new design of the Belmont Plaza Pool.

Community Survey Results

Linda Pemberton reviewed results of the community survey done in March. It was sent out to the 516 people on our email list on March 23rd. We had an 18% return which, by survey standards, is considered "good". Thanks to all 92 neighbors who took the opportunity to provide their valuable opinions and information. 

We will use the survey results to focus our activities for the next year to ensure we are working to resolve the issues the community deems most important. Our survey responders gave many more comments on why we love to live in Belmont Heights (reflecting on the pride we feel in our community, and the friendliness of our neighbors) than the other questions we asked, but they also pointed out the things we need to work on to improve the quality of our everyday lives.

According to our survey, the top four issues vexing our neighbors are: Traffic, Parking, Crime and Noise.

Complete results of the survey can be viewed by clicking on this link:

http://mybelmontheights.org/bhca/assets/File/Survey%20PDF%20for%20Website.pdf

All responder comments can be found here:

http://mybelmontheights.org/bhca/assets/File/All%20Survey%20Comments%202016.pdf

Maureen thanked Linda for designing, completing, and analyzing the survey.

Brainstorming Session

Ashley Waugh, a member of the BHCA with a background in facilitating groups, organized attendees into 4 groups – traffic, parking, crime and noise. Under Ashley’s tutelage, the groups brainstormed various ideas for solving high priority issues. All comments were noted, will be organized and brought to a follow-up meeting for action. Stay tuned!

The meeting was adjourned at 9 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Dianne Sundstrom, Secretary
May 13, 2016

 

 

 

 

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