Thursday May 13th 2021
The West Bench Neighborhood Association Board Meeting was brought to order by President Ronnie
Marler, Thursday May 13th at 7:15 PM. This meeting was conducted via ZOOM.
FINANCIAL REPORT was presented by Treasurer, Jonathan Melby. Year-to-date two deposits; January
15th for $40.00 and March 24th for $42.51. Current Bank Balances: Checking $607.39 and Savings
The Community Garden Committee is now formed and will be led by Ken Miller. The purpose of this
meeting is to explore a level of interest plus feasibility for the creation of a neighborhood garden located
at Cabarton Park. This park is located on Cabarton Road located in the Mountain View neighborhood.
The first meeting is to be held May 19th at 4:00 pm at the park’s location. This committee will also
pursue the City of Boise Community Garden Team, the BUZZ program thru Parks and Recreation plus the
Urban Garden School to learn pertinent details. The committee formed will update the Association for
its findings. Consulting with neighbors for their level interest will also take place.
ACHD – The West Bench Association is to carry the concern for traffic speed and violations at the
corners of Cole Road and Mountain View Drive also at the intersection at Glenwood Drive and Mountain
View Drive. A Task Force is now in place led by Rochelle Schaetten, Dan Sutton and Joan Wallace. The
Task Force intends to work with ACHD plus the Boise Police Department Traffic Representative
regarding these areas, plus create solutions to slow traffic thru the one-point-two mile stretch on
Mountain View between Ustick and Glenwood Drive. A Survey with request for completion will be hand
delivered to residents living in this stretch of the Drive. The option to complete this survey via email will
also be presented to residents.
BYLAW completion – The West Bench Neighborhood Association was presented the bylaw edits and the
vote by residents is now complete. The Energize Boise Team at the City of Boise will review and approve
the edits presented.
SIGN TOPPER completion has been finalized and all toppers were photographed by Ronnie Marler and
sent to the Energize Team at the City of Boise to confirm completion of this open order. Initial
discussion for the next step being the Entrance signs could be made thru a Capitol Project in time to
come. This signage will also identify the West Bench neighborhood by being placed at ‘key entrances’ to
PARK CLEAN UP led by Mary Margaret Draper who is in communication with Parks and Recreation to
coordinate the monthly park clean up at Fairmont Park, this to be the last Saturday of each month at
Discussion to begin in-person meetings took place, moving forward this is to be the goal.
The meeting concluded.
February 11, The Annual Meeting for the West Bench Neighborhood Association was called to order by
President Ronnie Marler.
This meeting was conducted via ZOOM, all attendees of the Zoom meeting were requested to add their
name and contact information to the chat stream, 33 neighbors were in attendance.
The annual Treasurer’s Report was made by Jonathan Melby. Jonathan reviewed the expenditures and
asset balance for the 2020 year.
Rochelle Schaetten 2021 nominating Committee Chairperson with the Assistance of Graham Paterson
worked ahead of this year’s annual meeting to provide names of interested candidates to be placed for
election. *This list of candidates included Officer and Board Member positions.
*All incumbent Officers plus incumbent Board Members retained positions by win of acclimation. In
addition, New Members were added to the 2021 Board.
President Ronnie Marler
Vice President Rochelle Schaetten
Secretary Annie Fuller
Treasurer Jonathan Melby
Jim Hull (Incumbent)
Graham Paterson (Incumbent)
Dave Shaw (Incumbent)
Gordon Simpson (Incumbent)
2020 year in Review – Presentation by President, Ronnie Marler
Sagebrush Planting – Five Hundred native plants were placed at Spaulding Ranch. Many of the West
Bench neighbors participated plus other Boise citizens who came to participate in this project. Spring of
2021 the planting of fruit trees to establish the Orchard is to take place. Due to COVID restrictions, this
will be a Parks and Recreation assignment, only. The build-out of Spaulding Ranch Park will continue, an
extended timeline for completion has been established. Zoning from residential to open space use was
presented to the City at a recent Public Hearing meeting held February 1, 2021.
**The Neighborhood Identity Kit was completed 2020. The West Bench Team worked with Nancy Jasper
of Jasper Advertising and Marketing who presented the design – layout for the Identity Kit which
includes signage, namely the Sign Toppers that were created to best reflect the West Bench
neighborhood. The Sign Toppers have been produced and placement has begun at designated locations
throughout the West Bench neighborhood. ACHD will make the sign installations. The locations for
placement were decided upon at a previous meeting.
**A meeting with Mayor McLean and Police Chief, Ryan Lee was also held during the 2020 year.
**Three Utility Box Wraps were funded and installed in the West Bench neighborhood.
**Community Building –
There were many plans for events in 2020 however due to COVID, these were postponed. Ideas for
virtual plus events that can take place with spacing in mind are in the works for the 2021 year.
**ADOPT A PARK – The West Bench Association has volunteered to clean up Mountain View Park the
last Saturday of the month for several years. This project is currently on hold. A new assignment at
Fairmont Park is likely to be in the future.
**Discussion for a community Garden at Cabarton Park be considered.
**Alexis Pickering, newly elected ACHD Commissioner was in attendance. Alexis requested that ideas
for areas of improvement throughout the district that she represents be sent to her by the 17th of
February. Alexis identified a five-year integration plan that she will be working with the ACHD Team for.
Additional Matters –
**A Board meeting was held January 11, 2021. Ideas to connect with neighbors 2021 were a Spring
cleanup, Virtual Garden Tour, Sign selfies to be shown with the newly installed West Bench signage and
front yard place making for neighbors to stop and take a break while walking thru the neighborhood.
The Annual Meeting is being requested to be moved to a designated date in the Fall of each year.
Change of this date would require an update to the bylaws of the West Bench Association, in addition
are other established By Laws that will also be reviewed for change and will be required to be adopted
by both the West Bench Neighborhood Association and the City of Boise.
Review of the Energize Boise Project – The conceptual lay out of the Linear Park has been prepared. City
of Boise Lawyers are currently working with the Settler Canal ownership for the plans presented. The
project is moving forward with a tentative start that is slated for the second quarter of 2021.
March 11th is the next scheduled Board Meeting. It will be held via ZOOM.
The meeting concluded.
Secretary: Annie Fuller
January Meeting 2021
February 14, 2021
Ronnie, Jeannette, Mary Margaret, Graham, Jonathan, Rochelle, Betty, Aaron England attended.
Jonathan gave the Treasurers update 649.90 in checking and $25 in savings.
Grants were explained by Jonathan. How to get them.
Signs are being made for the sign toppers of streets. Watch for them.
No money for Settlers yet and no news on it
No planting date for anything further at Spaulding Ranch
ACHD confirmed sign locations
Elections next month will be put on “Next Door” by Rochelle. Her and Graham will work together to get this going for the February meeting
Jonathan said he will stay the Treasurer unless someone else wants it
Suggestion to meet this spring and summer at Fairmont Park with social distance
Zoom February meeting – voted seconded
Sending out WBNA.org Postcard/My husband
Ron is sending out Annual Report / Web Form
Things we accomplished for 2020:4 Utility boxes done Spaulding Ranch sagebrush planted, goats put on the land, irrigation Settlers had the plans drawn up and okayed Toppers were designed and are now being made Mayor and Chief of Police were present at one meeting Trash pickup at Mountain View
Easter hunt canceled…holding the bunny suit for later
Participating building Energize
2021 meeting suggestions: Social distance gathering individual ice cream giving out June clean up day for all the neighborhood of WBNA Post garden tour – Pictures? Selfie with all the street topper signs Painted rock contest Color pictures colored for Easter / April 4Community Garden on Cabarton Street property discussed Do we want to get involved with zoning meetings
Pictures from stuff we did 2020
Sandwich boards for Annual meeting
Annual Meeting 2020
February 13, 2020
Ronnie Marlar welcomed a crowd of over 35 people to the annual meeting.
Jonathan gave the Treasurers report – Checking $438.70
Savings – $25.00
2020 Mini Grant – $2,000.00
Ronnie explained to the new-comers that we are an unincorporated non-profit. Jonathan added that he has investigated the 501C status and it is considerable paperwork, but feels that it can be accomplished.
Ronnie reviewed the associations accomplishments this past year.
Settlers Canal – we are working with the University of Idaho on landscaping and developing a linear park that is pedestrian friendly.
Capital Grants will help the association with an “identity kit” which includes a logo representing our neighborhood, sign toppers and other marketing information. The Community Building Committee has had several meetings on this subject as well as future plans for our association
Fairmont Park picnic shelter and additional walking path were celebrated with a potluck at the site
Planting at Spaulding Ranch – sage and bitter brush was planted in about 1/4 of the future park by WBNA members and volunteers
Yard Sale – the annual yard sale made just over $200.
Mountain View Park – the last Saturday of each month we clean up our adopted park and Mary Margaret reports our hours to the city. Any damaged trees, vandalism or concerns in the park are reported as well.
2020 plans for the coming year –
- Working with city as we are an “energize” area which means we get additional funds and help from the city to energize our neighborhood. Ronnie explained to the new comers about the work that was accomplished in the Vista Neighborhood several years ago with this program.
- Outreach events to make residents aware of projects
- Our first Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 11 at Fairmont Park
- Planting the orchard at Spaulding Ranch this fall
- A Fall Festival is in the planning stages, TBA
Rochelle suggested that we give more details on where Spaulding is and our plans for the park. Ronnie obliged with more details on where it is situated. The Barn, when restored, will be an events center, weddings – parties, farm to table gardens, walking paths and much more. BUGS will provide classes as well. The old Ranch House will be offices and smaller meeting spaces for our West Bench Neighborhood Association and other organizations. As it is completed there will be more and more partners and people using the space. The plans are on our WBNA website as well as Boise City Parks and Recreation website. Discussion followed.
Ronnie turned the meeting over to Rochelle to conduct the elections of officers.
Rochelle thanked all the officers for their hard work this last year.
New officers for 2020 are:
- President – Ronnie Marler
- Vice President – Jody Hull
- Secretary – Annie Fuller
- Treasurer- Jonathan Melby
- New board Members: Ken Miller, Aaron England, Diane Wilmore and Joe Gordon
Next regular meeting is March 12, 7:00 PM, Cole/Ustick Library
West Bench Neighborhood Association
Regular Meeting January 9, 2020
President Ronnie Marler called the meeting to order.
Johnathan presented the treasurer’s report of $555.45 in checking and $25.00 in savings. The 2020 mini grant of $2,000.00 is now available. Rochelle inquired about what the mini-grant funded. Discussion followed on ineligible uses as well as activities that have been planned.
Annual report – Ronnie will submit it by the end of the month.
The post card reminder for our annual meeting in February was discussed. Annie will make care of refreshments for that meeting. We will set up at 7:15. Meeting from 7:30 to 8:45. The agenda will be
- Treasurer’s report
- Annual report
- Election of officers/board
- In-house survey on “branding” for the attendees – with voting by the “dot” method
An on-line survey concerning the branding suggestions will be completed by February 20 so the artist, Nancy Jasper, can present ideas at the March meeting.
The Fall Interactive Meeting for all Neighborhood Associations will be held at Capital High School his fall. -It is a day of seminars and speakers that was very well attended last year at Borah High School.
It was suggested to invite the newly elected Mayor to our annual meeting or a future meeting with a tour of the Settlers Canal and Spaulding Ranch. Annie had visited with her on the phone during the campaign about our plans and hopes for the West Bench.
Ronnie reported that the ditch company and the city have decided on a plan to pipe part of the ditch and leave the trees intact and some areas of the ditch exposed. The wetlands area was discussed. Apples and pears trees will be planted in the orchard.
In addition to the postcard notice of our annual meeting. Rochelle will put a sandwich board with the announcement on Mountain View and we will have one at the library.