The West Bench Neighborhood Association committee focusing on traffic safety had a busy year. Some of our activities included:
Worked with our ACHD rep, Alexis Pickering to reduce the speed limit on Mountain View Dr to 25 MPH west of Cole. She is also working on additional long-term changes to encourage safety on neighborhood streets.
Created awareness of the speed limit by posting signs in the spring and again in the fall up and down Mountain View Dr urging drivers to slow down. Fifty signs were posted in front of resident’s homes (with homeowner permission). ? Held a neighborhood meet and greet when the signs first went up and dropped off notices so neighbors would understand the scope and timeframes for the sign project.
Met with our police department community officer and ACHD to encourage patrols on the street. They conducted a traffic study and scheduled patrols. We plan to continue our efforts promoting safe streets and sidewalks for walkers, cyclists, and cars.
The West Bench Neighborhood Association Board Meeting was brought to order
by President Jonathan Melby at 6:30 at Ustick Library. Attendance taken.
Treasurer Report presented by Joan Wallace.
An addition of $199.90 which is an ACT Mini Grant reimbursement brought the
December 31st, 2022, ending balance to $859.78.
The next ACT mini-Grant submission is due January 15, 2023. Submission will be
for the following: $500.00 for the Spring Easter Egg event plus a WBNA-branded
tablecloth and a WBNA-designed banner, the total request for submission of
these two items is $425.00. A motion was made, and all agreed to submit the
event banner and tablecloth.
The Public Agency Committee was discussed; interest and involvement were
requested. The Committee will explore and investigate opportunities to learn
more about what can enhance and bring businesses to the West Bench
community. Additional committee structuring could include the following:
establishing HOAs, identifying the West Bench neighborhood as a historical
neighborhood, meeting with developers, rezoning within the neighborhood, and
what this means to the West Bench neighborhood.
A motion was made to request $400.00 to establish this Committee with the use
of social media and communication support. All agreed and this will be
submitted to the Spring ACT- Mini-Grant.
The Master Plan for the Goddard Linear Park is to be presented at Boise City
Hall, on January 19th at 4:00 pm. A motion was made and passed that the
WBNA is to represent the West Bench neighborhood and accept the Master
Plan as it is currently presented. Ronnie Marler is selected to speak to City
Representatives on behalf of those in attendance from the West Bench
The WBNA will meet at the Ustick Library thru March 2023 at the same time.
Discussion for a different location and time to be investigated as there is a
scheduling conflict with another weekly event. President Melby is to
investigate this item.
The meeting adjourned.
We are pleased to announce the FIRST ANNUAL West Bench Harvest Festival to be held at Mountain View Park on September 24th from 1:00-4:00 pm. Although modest, we look forward to bringing the West Bench neighbors together to say farewell to summer and enjoy the harvest this neighborhood is known for, this side of town. To bring this event to its neighbors, we are looking for funding either as a financial contribution or an in-kind donation that would be a prize for contests held at the event. The ‘signature’ Zucc Zoom Race is to be held annually, who would have thought?
Additional activities to look forward to: Live Music ~ Bake Sale ~ Starter Plant Sale ~ Coloring Table ~ Cookie Decorating ~ Yard Games ~ Fall Photo Booth featuring the West Bench Scarecrow ~
A donation of any amount to the WBNABoise.org site would be so appreciated. All proceeds are to be used to sponsor this event plus additional events held by the WBNA. The site is prepared to accept funds from either PayPal or credit card, checks are also accepted. In addition, a donated toy or game to be given as a prize for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years of age is also requested. For questions regarding these options, please contact Annie Fuller at 208-860-5577 or Jeannette Marler at 208-376-0606. *Toys and prizes can be picked up by the WBNA Team.
Company names of donors will be mentioned during the event, in addition, recognition will be on the WBNABoise.org site post the event. Sponsorships are also available.
With Our Thanks, Annie Fuller and the West Bench Team
West Bench Neighborhood Association Officer and Board meeting was held April 29th . This meeting was conducted via ZOOM and brought to order by President, Ronnie Marler. This meeting was held with the primary purpose to review edits previously requested for the By Law revisions currently taking place; this ahead of the cumulative vote to be presented to all WBNA residents. The City of Boise will make the final review and acceptance of the By Laws once the final vote has taken place. Discussion for topics at the next meeting to be held May, were presented: *Community Garden at Cabarton Park *Follow up to Traffic Meeting *Settlers Canal update – Energize Boise Project/Linear Park. *Monthly Park Cleanup schedule and Park location *Future activities to bring the WBNA together during the 2021 year. Brief discussion for ACHD involvement to assist with areas in the Mountain View neighborhood in addition, Christine Street which brings concern for congestion plus vehicle access, this based on proposed multiple housing that is currently being considered. Rochelle Schaetten to coordinate a ZOOM Meeting for attendees to be held Thursday May 6 at 7:00 PM. Follow up to this meeting to be presented at the May Board Meeting. The meeting concluded.
This meeting took place via ZOOM and was brought to order by President Ronnie Marler.
Bylaw input and revision request from the previous meeting were discussed at this meeting. Recommendations provided were reviewed and discussion for additional time to make revision requests was established. A particular item discussed was Article 3- Section 3 to include meetings via ZOOM to be considered standard. The extension to provide input for changes to the bylaws will be thru the third week of April. The Board and Officers will vote on the final edits, this ahead of presenting the updated By Laws delivered to the Neighborhood Association in total to review and vote, this to be May 2021.
*An interim meeting if required to finalize the items revised, could be put into place. The City of Boise will make the final approval of the revisions.
Discussion for the change in Annual Meeting date for the best month of each year took place. The group consensus will be to hold this meeting the month of October each year.
ACHD Commissioner Alexis Pickering was in attendance to explain the onset of the five-year integration plan that is being formed by ACHD; IFYWP. Alexis presented the ACHD website for all in attendance to view and pointed out the links to access where the West Bench Association can come together to make requests for intersection plus high traffic areas where it is deemed that assistance from ACHD might be requested.