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.
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. 2021 Officers: President Ronnie Marler Vice President Rochelle Schaetten Secretary Annie Fuller Treasurer Jonathan Melby Board Members Aaron England Joshua Hibbard Jim Hull (Incumbent) Jody Hull Maridee Lemieux Jeanette Marler Graham Paterson (Incumbent) Dave Shaw (Incumbent) Gordon Simpson (Incumbent)
2020 year in Review – Presentation by President, Ronnie Marler Spaulding Ranch 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. ACHD **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.
West Bench Neighborhood Association – NEEDING Board Members! PLease Consider. One positive and constructive way to make a difference in local government is to be a part of your local neighborhood association. In the West Bench we are making improvements to our public lands (Mountain View/Fairmont Parks, Spaulding Ranch, and the strip north of Capital HS). Speakers in 2020 included Mayor McLean and BPD Chief Lee and planned but cancelled were an Easter Egg Hunt and Fall Festival. West Bench Neighborhood IS A DIFFERENCE MAKER in our community!
These things happen because of people just like yourself being willing to attend monthly meetings and signing up for a project or two! Please consider giving a few hours a month to make your neighborhood a better place to live! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or would like to know more. PS Mark your calendar for the Annual Meeting and elections on Feb 11th at 7pm. You should be receiving a post card in the mail regarding the upcoming meeting.