Thursday, October 19, 2006

Woodburn Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 22

Dear Neighbors:
Our next Neighborhood meeting is this Sunday, Oct. 22 at 4 pm. I am making up the agenda now. Please let me know if you want to add something prior to the meeting. Our last meeting a speaker was invited and I was not aware of it and it really overloaded our meeting!

So far the agenda is as follows:
1. Final Presentation of "Neighborhood Guidelines" for approval- Anne Miller and Betsy Miller
(If approved, appoint a group to develop a slate of officers for the election.)
2. Comments on School Levy- Tamara Riegel
3. Neighborhood Watch info distributed- Susan Eason
4. Sign Update- Jamie Lester
5. Street Issues
- Blue Line Parking- Is there interest?
- Werner St.
- James St. drainage?
- Mirror on Monongalia?
- Other
6. Clean-up day?
7. Social Event?

Here are the minutes from our last meeting.
Meeting Minutes from September 17, 2006

The meeting was called to order by Susan Eason at 4:10 pm

Susan introduced Morgantown Police Officer Scott Carl who acts as a liason between the city police department and local Neighborhood Watch (NW) groups. “One of the oldest and best known crime prevention concepts in history, Neighborhood Watch was created to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a massive effort to reduce residential crime.”

Officer Carl provided an overview of the potential benefits of Neighborhood Watch for our community and explained how we might establish a Neighborhood Watch in our area.
He said that basically all we need are people willing to participate. Once a geographic region for the watch is defined, “block captains” and “Neighborhood Watch captains” are identified. These folks then attend city-wide organizational/training meetings and bring back to us strategies that we may implement to decrease crime in our neighborhood. Time commitments for block captains and NW captains range from 2 – 4 hours per month.
A Neighborhood Watch captain from Suncrest who was also in attendance spoke firsthand about the positive impact NW has had on that area. He emphasized that success depends upon neighbors taking an active role in looking out for one another and in calling the police “when something just doesn’t seem right.”

Attendees identified theft, vandalism, speeding, and drug-related activities as possible targets for a Woodburn Neighborhood Watch.

Also attending the meeting was Chet Parsons, Executive Director of the Morgantown Metropolitan Planning Organization. He presented an overview of the research that has gone into developing the 2030 regional transportation plan which was presented to the public on October 4, 2006.

Basically the plan recommends long-term improvements for roadway, transit and non-motorized systems in the greater Morgantown area. Details may be found at

Finally, careful attention was focused upon prior drafts of proposed bylaws for our neighborhood association, and the bylaws were finalized.

By majority vote, “Woodburn Association of Neighbors” was chosen to be our official title.
- Dues will be $5 per person per year.
- Our business year will run from February 1st though January 31st.
- A final draft of the bylaws will be submitted for approval at the next meeting.

A date for the next meeting was set for Sunday, October 22, 2006, at 4pm at Crosleys.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Betsy Miller.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Neighborhood Associations Meeting - Wed. Oct 18

In an effort to try to get the area neighborhood associations together to see how we might cooperate for the benefit of all-- a meeting has been planned for Wed., October 18 at 7:00 pm. The time and place is yet to be confirmed, and a summary is on the way. If you are interested in attending or have any questions e-mail Bill Kawecki.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Next Woodburn Meeting, Sunday October 22

Dear Neighbors,

Our next meeting will be at Crosley's, Sunday October 22 at 4:00 PM. Please mark your calendars!

Thanks to Ron Justice: You may have noticed construction on Werner Street between James and Richwood. On the agenda from our last meeting was to try to get a curb put in. Thank you Ron for facilitating this! Maybe in the future we could get some trees planted there to help cut down on the heat from the concrete parking lot.

Tree and Schrub Cutting: Thanks to calls from Woodburn folks to the City Street Department overgrown schrubs and trees on Monongalia have been cut and trimmed as well as the trees on an empty lot on Monongalia. Remember, you can submit requests by email, it works!

• We hope to get a flyer out: It's be great to create a flyer/newspage to distribute throughout the Woodburn Neighborhood with meeting minutes and a notice about our next meeting on it. Please help to spread the word and get involved. The more the merrier. Questions about this matter can be addressed to Julie Black.

• Also, listed below is an e-mail received from a local merchant on October 11th.

The downtown Morgantown businesses would like to do some advertising that is specific to customer testimonials. We need people who shop, dine and love downtown. I was hoping you could use your email list to put a request out. Throughout the Riverview/Kane Core stuff there were so many folks that wanted to save the qualities of our downtown. If we could get some of them to be a part of this testimonial campaign, we'd really appreciate it. Please have any interested parties contact Leisha at (304) 292-4699 or

If anyone can connect me with other neighborhood associations, that would be great.
We'd like to make an attempt to connect with the neighborhoods.



Jan Kiger, Owner - Adventure's Edge
"Outfitting Your Dreams" - Morgantown, WV
Phone: (304) 296-9007 &