The West Bench Neighborhood Association Board Meeting was brought to order by President Melby at 6:30 PM at the Ustick Library, on April 13, 2023. Attendance was taken and a quorum established to conduct the meeting. Officer and Board introductions were made to new attendees. Treasurer’s Report made by Joan Wallace thru the date of March 31, 2023. The ending bank balance posted is $665.06 post expenditures/purchases made in the first quarter of this year. A brief review of the Easter Egg Hunt at Fairmont Park was discussed. The hunt was rescheduled due to the weather conditions from April 1st to April 8th in addition the start time for the event was moved to 1:00 pm. An approximate number of 220 attendees was a combination of children and adults. A meeting to debrief and document the event with final notes is to be scheduled. The Summer ACT Mini-Grant Applications are due May 1st. The WBNA will request funds that will apply to the Fall Festival to be held September 2023. A brief discussion was made regarding capital expenditures plus the actual dollar amount that could be allowed. A motion was made and then approved to request up to $1,000.00 from the City of Boise. The budget meeting to decide what is to be specifically requested and which category it falls within is to be held on April 18th at 5:00 PM at Ustick Library. The Boise City Zoning Rewrite is underway, offering a 611-page draft – 2022-02-27. The Planning and Zoning Commission is to hold public hearings between the dates of April 24-27th. The public at this time will be given the opportunity to present concerns and sentiments for the proposed zoning changes. The City Council hearings will be held June 2023 and the City Council Reading to be July/August 2023. At this time a possible vote could be taken. The WBNA Public Agency will prepare a draft-statement regarding the proposed zoning revision. Individual citizens are free to testify personally at these hearings. The WBNA to adopt a position as an organization; the bylaws of the WBNA are to be followed requiring a majority vote of members. Due to the timeline of April Planning and Zoning hearings, the WBNA will not have sufficient time to establish and adopt a position however, it is likely that the WBNA membership could choose to adopt a position ahead of the city council hearings to be held June 2023. The Morrison Center will organize a free-to-all music concert at Mountain View Park to be held on July 26th. Local bands will be a featured at this event. The WBNA has been asked to promote and participate in this event. A vendor booth will be provided to the WBNA and discussion for an opportunity to create a fundraiser is likely in future meetings. The meeting adjourned.
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