Minutes for 1/9/2023
Meeting started: 7:00pm
Total present: 14
Ted welcomed all to the meeting and wished everyone a happy new year. He then welcomed Lisa Larson to the meeting and asked her to join him up front. Larson addressed all present and shared the 3-5 year plan to make enough Pallet Homes available to house all that are homeless.
Ted reported that the bike club shared that they have a folder filled with incidents while riding on the trails. Bikers have reported trails obstructed by limbs and rocks and branches have been thrown at riders.
A neighbor spoke at the meeting sharing that if landlords would accept the housing vouchers it would help to provide affordable housing and get people in homes that are sitting vacant. It was expressed at the meeting that we need to keep affordable housing in North Lawrence.
Ted shared that a total of 15 families benefited from the donations collected from North Lawrence businesses. It was a record year with the total being $7200. Woodlawn identified families in need and Ted was able to find additional families in North Lawrence that were able to benefit from the support.
Additional topics that were brought up and discussed:
*Conditions of the roads including the need for pot holes to be filled.
*The loss of the tennis courts and the want to keep basketball and a variety of sports to be available to play in North Lawrence parks.
*When is the ground going to be broken to begin the construction of the Spray Park?
*Visitor’s bureau moving to Mass. Street making it hard for RV’s and visitors to find parking to access the services of the bureau.
*Chili Feed is cancelled
*Ted is working on a car show along with an art show by Stan Herd and other local artists at the Depot
*Dan Urhl is still planning on concerts at the Depot as soon as we move to warmer temperatures.
*NLIA is calling for volunteers to help with snacks and drinks at meetings including other events.
*Jennifer, neighbor, provided a print out to all present the Executive Summary of the neighborhood survey. Jennifer and Kirsty, neighbor, are going to post a link to the full survey report on the North Lawrence Website and Facebook by end of next week.
Meeting Adjourned: 8:40pm