Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Woodburn Signs Complete-Plus Other News

Jamie Lester is done with the signs and we'll be installing them soon. Dear Neighbors:
I wanted to let you know of a few things that have transpired since our meeting.

1. Woodburn Signs: The Woodburn signs are finished as you know. Jamie Lester has met with the city and identified the spot where the sign on Richwood and Monongalia will be located. After the utility check, we can begin to install the sign. This will probably be done by next Monday. We would like to try for an evening time next week or the following week (to beat the heat and to catch folks after work!) We will need lots of laborers and equipment (shovels, spot bar, wheel barrow, etc.) I'll send out a note on the specific time, but I hope you will try to clear your schedule when the date is planned. Many thanks to Jamie for his good work, He has been doing this for over a year now!

2. Letters Sent Out on Behalf of Woodburn Assoc.: There are two letters that have been sent out based on discussions at our meeting. The first to Woodburn principal, Mrs. Nakaishi and the other to BoParc Staff and Commissioners. It looks like Mrs. Nakaishi and the BOE are not going to pursue closing Parsons St. The building will be put behind the Kindergarten classes. Parking may still be an issue that we may want to address in the future with the BOE.

3. MUB is wanting to do an educational event with Woodburn Neighborhood some time this summer or early fall: With residents, they want to mark the storm drains that dump directly into the creeks and rivers in our area. I'll keep you posted on further developments. This could be an educational event for us all, but especially the teens and children.

4. Woodburn Party in Whitemore Park is set for September: We will be looking for people to help coordinate the event- music, food, activities for teens, children, adults, etc. If you want to help, please let me know. THANKS.

STAY COOL. I'll be in touch about the sign installation party!


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Next Meeting - MONDAY, May 21, 7:00 pm

Dear Woodburn Neighbors:

The Woodburn Association of Neighbors will hold its next meeting on MONDAY, May 21 at 7:00 pm. We plan to meet at Crosley's as usual. I want to thank all the folks who came out to help clean-up Woodburn. Twenty-six people pitched in to fill up Paul Miller's pick-up truck with 27 bags of garbage!

Folks hit Whitemore Park, Charles Ave. (especially the house with TONS of garbage in the front yard) and lots of streets in between. A special thank you to those who were there: Cub Scout Pack 49, Den 2; Paul, Betsy, and Griffin Miller; Lori, Joel, Andi and Seth Halverson; Karen Woodfork and Julian VanDyke; Julie Black, Paul Atkins, Anne Miller; Cheryl Torsney and Eric Hansman; Steve and Ian Gunno; Logan, Amelia, and Chris Haddox and Susan Eason. (If I missed someone, please let me know.)

Some interesting things will be on our agenda for the May MONDAY Meeting:

1. BoParc is developing a new master plan and would like input from neighborhoods about ideas they have for parks in their neighborhood. We will plan to give some thought to what you would envision for Whitemore Park and any other areas you might hope for in our neighborhood, like a nice entry way into Woodburn up Prospect Street perhaps?

2. Woodburn signage is nearly complete! I have seen the large one and it is gorgeous. Jamie Lester is working on the logistics of getting it installed. We will have a sign-up sheet for people who are interested in helping.

3. The Morgantown Neighborhood Coordinating Council (Joel Halverson and I have attend those meetings as we could) has proposed that neighborhoods submit "a vision of what they want their neighborhood to be" to City Council. Dates for a gathering of folks from across the city neighborhoods to do that kind of work will be forth coming.

4. Blueline Parking- with the Condos on Richwood taking buyers, we are confronted again with whether to install Blueline parking permits. Joel Halverson will be checking on that.

5. Did you know that the two houses for sale on Richwood up from Mario's just before the intersection with James and Charles are zoned B-1? What would that corner look like if more apartments and/or retail went in? We may want to look at this zoning before someone wants to build on this site. It may not be a concern, but then again, it may if we want to keep a certain character in the neighborhood.

6. Set a date for a fall social event.

Do you have something you want to add to the agenda? Let us know. If you know of someone who should be added to this email list, PLEASE ask them to send me an email. We need to be in touch with more people in the neighborhood and your help spreading the word is essential! Hope to see you on MONDAY (yes, that's Monday!), May 21 at 7:00 pm

Susan Eason