Thursday, April 8, 2021

WECAN Board [DRAFT] Meeting Minutes April 1, 2021

 WECAN Board Meeting Minutes April 1, 2021 meeting on Zoom @ 6:30 pm


Board Members present: Byron Ballard, Joe Fioccola, Mike Kenton, Rebecca Lance, and Pattiy Torno.


Board Members not present: Sherrod Barnes-Ginifer, Katherine de Vos Devine, Rachel Larson, Stephanie El-Hajj, and Rich Peterson. 


Also Present: JP Chalarca and Diane Miller


CALL TO ORDER: Rebecca called the meeting to order at 6:30


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Rebecca moved, and Byron seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the March 4, 2021 meeting as distributed. The motion passed.


APD/CRO UPDATE: Pattiy noted from the RADBA meeting that crime stats for this area were good. The police are down 75 officers now and can’t do so many community interactions. Morale is low and we encounter officers we should thank them and let them know they are appreciated. Mike asked about the Citizens Police Academy which he recommends was still offered. Joe thinks COVID is delaying the next offering. Rebecca noted that the WECAN neighborhood has done a fantastic job appreciating our CRO Justin Wilson and Lt Sams when they came. It has been a year since anyone from APD attended one of our meetings and she misses them at our meetings. Pattiy observed that we have been very fortunate to have the amount of attention that we did.


BLOCK JESSIE UPDATESPATTIY observed some beautiful mature plantings on Park Square. MIKE noted that the house next to his old house was listed and sold over the list price in 1 day for over $510,000. PATTIY noticed that David Heetderks was re-mulching the Park-Jefferson Trail and she thanked Royce Tree Service for providing wood chip mulch. REBECCA helped Pete and Pat with property tax discount info. Pat is struggling with grief, home repair, maintenance, and yard work. JP offered to help. Habitat and MFO have emergency home repair programs. Byron will talk to Pat. Facebook will come through maybe with an army of elves to help. JoAnne is also doing okay and has some good family support. PATTIY noted that 91-year-old Mr. Matt Bacoate was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine-the highest civilian honor offered by the state of North Carolina. MIKE looks for an annual congress of honeybees at Pete’s porch. PATTIY reported that RADBA raised money and donated 16 trees to be planted at the greenway in RADTIP. The brewery project at 176 Clingman is on hold, no other info available at this time.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Pattiy reported no activity and the balance remained at $1702.45. 


SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS:


COMMUNITY GARDEN: Terrible weather with rain and wind but Carline is enthusiastic. Clara painted the beautiful new sign. Byron is very happy to have young people involved.

CAN UPDATE: Byron reported that CAN is struggling with internal issues. Joe added that April is their annual meeting and they are focusing on a membership drive and looking for more volunteers.

ASHEVILLE REDEFINES TRANSIT: Lee Lance will conduct a Doodle poll for the best time for a spring meeting.

OWENS-BELL PARK SIGNAGE: No activity. Pattiy plans on getting a graphic representation of what the signs should look like. Then a cost estimate from a professional sign company will help when applying for future grants. In the meantime, the city will replace the old photo signs which should last until grants are found.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: Rebecca is beginning to plan. She noted that good attendance has happened at in-person activities such as the Halloween potluck or community garden events. She suggested the field behind the community garden would allow space for distancing. Pattiy noted food should be individually portioned and she has a lot of paper products. JP offered to produce a draft save-the-date flyer for Saturday, July 1 with potluck and COVID guidelines to be finalized in June.

ADOPT A HIGHWAY: The next litter pickup was set for Tuesday, April 13 starting at 9 am starting at the sign garden.

CHALK ART: Katherine sent the following in an email: Application was submitted but no response yet. Proposed Dates: May 1 or 2. neighbors who would like to help: - Joshua Martin - Miriam Salloum - Lynn Player. She requested a response if you want to help plan or participate. She plans to: 1) draw out a [provisional] map; 2) make a schedule sign-up to organize volunteers; 3) buy chalk; 4) confer with the kids about other needs.

NCDOT AGREEMENTS: Pattiy and Joe had a productive meeting with Ken Putnam, McCray Coates, Chris Medlin, and Chad Bandy which clarified responsibilities. For RIGHT OF WAY areas, an Encroachment Agreement is needed. These include Clingman Avenue Streetscape, Sign Garden, Kudzu Hill, Edible Triangle, and Melk property. The City makes an agreement with NCDOT and WECAN then makes a maintenance agreement with the City. The agreement automatically renews unless either side chooses to terminate. The other type of agreement is for Real Property which involves usage such as planting rather than just maintenance. The Urban Trail between Park and Jefferson and Melk may fall in this category and would be an agreement with the City and not NCDOT. We asked for a blanket agreement for all NCDOT properties in WECAN but they prefer standalone agreements. Chad will dig up the Streetscape agreement and Ken will forward the Melk agreement and Pattiy will map out the specific areas we want to maintain. It may be possible to combine all these into a single amendment to the existing agreements which would still have to be approved by City Council. Still to discuss are agreements between WECAN and the City for the Community Garden and Owens-Bell Park.


ADJOURN: Meeting adjourned at 7:53          


Next WECAN Board meeting May 6, 2021     


Minutes submitted by Joe Fioccola


Monday, March 29, 2021

WECAN Board Meeting Agenda Location: Virtual Meeting, via Zoom link

April 1, 2021


      6:30 - Call Meeting to Order

Welcome! - Introductions

Approve March Minutes

APD Update

Neighbor/Block Jessie Reports

Treasurer’s Report and discussion of WECAN budgetary practices/giving

Subcommittee reports: Community Garden, Welcome Wagon, ART, Coalition of Asheville                           Neighborhoods (CAN) with Byron

Project: Updating Owens Bell Signage

Buncombe County Covid-19 Response and Resource

Board Health - At Large Members and General Membership Meeting in June

Updates on ongoing concerns: 

    • Right-of-way gardening,
    • Underhoused neighbors,
    • RADTIP,
    • NO TRUCKS signs, 
    • Scheduling the next Adopt A Highway litter pickup

Report: Sign Garden/DOT/City Agreements meeting with Ken Putnam March 30--Pattiy/Joe

Project:Sidewalk Chalk-Art Celebration

Adjourn

Upcoming Events of Interest:

Upcoming Meetings of Interest:

Community Garden weekly workday, Thursdays @ 6pm

Riverfront Leadership Roundtable Virtual Meeting

Garden Club Work Days 

  • Asheville City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. The meeting agenda is posted at 3 p.m. the Friday before the meeting date. Current Meeting Agenda. Meetings of Asheville City Council are televised live on the Asheville City Channel at the time of the meeting.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

WECAN Board Meeting [DRAFT] Minutes March 4, 2021

 WECAN Board Meeting [DRAFT] Minutes March 4, 2021 Meeting on Zoom @ 6:30 pm


Board Members present: Byron Ballard, Sherrod Barnes-Ginifer, Katherine de Vos Devine, Joe Fioccola, 

Rebecca Lance, Rachel Larson, and Pattiy Torno. Board Members not present: Mike Kenton and Rich Peterson. 

Also Present: Brenda Mills and Jeremy Lett.


CALL TO ORDER: Rebecca called the meeting to order at 6:33.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Rebecca moved, and Byron seconded a motion to approve the minutes of the

February 4, 2021 meeting as distributed. The motion passed.


CAN Update: Byron shared her impressions of the CAN Board Meeting of February 25. Discussed were expected levels of Board member participation, a call for volunteers, county projects’ involvement, an unpleasant discussion of panhandling, littering, and homelessness. CAN is planning a panel discussion to include APD, Homeless Initiative, Homeward Bound, Beloved Community, and “affected communities.” They are meeting with musicians about revisions to the Noise Ordinance. They were introduced to Brenda and Jeremy Lett and heard a presentation on 

climate change political action.


APD/CRO UPDATE: Pattiy shared a PowerPoint presentation given by Lt Mike Lamb from the APD Community Engagement Division to RADBA. In brief, APD is down 67 officers or 35% of sworn staff, and violent crime is up in the last 5 years. There is a new transparency dashboard at policedata.ashevillenc.gov, new ways to engage (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and an anonymous tip line text TIP2APD to 847411. Rebecca heard that when a Girdwood resident reported a car break-in, they were fussed at for calling. Brenda asked for specific details also copied to neighborhood@ashevillenc.gov. Katherine pointed out that there is some dispute about exactly what constitutes breaking and entering a vehicle. (i.e., whether the vehicle was locked). 


NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES: Jeremy Lett was introduced as the new Neighborhood Specialist. Brenda offered two links: neighborhoods@ashevillenc.gov, neighborhood services, and ashevillenc.gov/neighborhood services. She and Jeremy are responsible for community-oriented problem solving and community engagement. The Reimaging Public Safety effort brought $700,000 to alternative departments, and $110,000 went to Community and Public Engagement. Jeremy was chosen from a field of 120 applicants. Both Brenda and Jeremy will attend the monthly meetings of the  APD Community Engagement Division. Jeremy moved from Georgia 8 years ago. He attended Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University. He will work proactively on issues such as noise, homelessness, and solving community issues before getting other departments involved. 


CITY BUDGET: Brenda explained that the city was ramping up the budget engagement process with a meeting next Tuesday at 1 pm (no public comment allowed.) Planned are two rounds of meetings. The first will be on March 18and the second sometime in April. The consultants will return to review what we heard in a 5-minute video and launch a survey. The results will go to City Council and then review the next set of ideas. Three rounds will happen in April, and the City Manager’s budget is expected by the end of May with equity-focused budget engagement ideas such as neighborhood grants. She encouraged WECAN to think about what is important to the neighborhood. Pattiy asked about the Owens-Bell Park signage.  


OTHER ISSUES: Pattiy asked about a half marathon planned for March 20, which will have some closures on Clingman Avenue and other streets down to the Amboy Road Bridge. She shared the Neighborhood Web Map where WECAN is shown but not RAD explaining that in the past, Marsha informed us about events planned for or impacting our neighborhood and asking how to get back in the loop. Brenda explained that the map was a communications tool designed to notify neighborhoods and the biweekly City news for general announcements and explained that anyone can sign up to receive it. Once filled by Sarah Henry, the position has been posted and is expected to be filled in the next 2 months to work with business districts. Brenda also noted that Jeremy will be handling notices of outdoor events and putting out the biweekly newsletter. 


BLOCK JESSIE UPDATES:  RACHEL noted the ongoing problem of long trucks getting stuck blocking the road and cutting up yards. Rachel heard from Ken Putnam that he will respond after the loss of the Traffic Engineer.  PATTIY observed that the city seems to be unaware of any agreements with neighborhoods. Parks and Rec were not aware when they ignored the 2007 Owens-Bell Park agreement and cleared and mulched over the sunny cultural garden that had preserved contributions from many different neighbors. It is a symptom of a bigger problem. WECAN has several agreements, but with city staff turnover, there is no institutional memory. There was an unwritten agreement to reserve 2000 linear feet of granite curbstones harvested from Jefferson Drive for use in WECAN, of which 200 feet have been used so far. Brenda noted that Tom Downing is the city person to keep up with agreements. Brenda asked for a list of agreements and who made them. Pattiy and Joe will follow up and provide that list. Not on that list was the WECAN sign planting at the corner of Clingman and Hilliard. Someone has removed all the bushes and plants and even dug up some brick edging. Katherine witnessed an older white male with grey hair, a baseball cap, garden gloves, and a shovel digging up bricks on Sunday at 5 pm. Pattiy thought it might be someone from Parks and Rec. Brenda affirmed that Mark Foster denied such work there. Brenda will follow up with Susannah Horton with Parks and Rec. Joe heard from NCDOT that they also denied the removal. Over the last twenty years, WECAN has maintained the community garden, Owens-Bell Park, Clingman Edible garden, Melk, Sign garden, kudzu hill, end of Jefferson, Park to Jefferson trail, Roberts Street. RACHEL’s property taxes went up by 50%, and her neighbor’s 2 bedroom house on Park Square was just listed for $500,000. REBECCA: offered to help Pete and Pat apply for property tax exemption.


TREASURER’S REPORT: Pattiy reported the balance remained $1702.45. Responding to the ideas that “we should give to…” need to focus on the mission of WECAN.


 From the WECAN Website:

West End/Clingman Avenue Neighborhood, Inc, (WECAN) is a non-profit neighborhood association formed to promote and guide the process of revitalization of this historic neighborhood located on the edge of downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The major purpose of our organization is to preserve, protect and promote our neighborhood as a safe place to live and raise a family, with respect for our collective history and reverence for the natural surroundings.  In pursuit of this goal, we engage in a number of classes of activities: Neighborhood Involvement, Neighborhood Improvement, Neighborhood Preservation & Celebration and Neighborhood Futuring.   

Pattiy noted that RADBA also felt the effort to raise funds for other groups quarterly. We can raise funds for a purpose if it serves our mission. Do we need to be proactive with our funds or encourage donations to others? Pattiy shared that RADBA promoted “Buy a Tree for the Greenway” to fund a dozen additional trees for the city to plant along the greenway. Byron observed that in our community, we don’t know a lot of our neighbors. In the past, we held community-building events such as sending valentines, or holiday cards. It might behoove us to interact with our neighbors. We see fewer people involved.  People come to social events like Halloween, ice cream social, or moveable feasts, but not meetings. Eventually, it will be possible to resume socially distant gatherings. Food would be a great use of funds. Suggestions are to use Owens-Bell Park (with no alcohol) or Pattiy’s lot on Jefferson or even establish a progressive. National Night Out didn’t get many people. Maybe a dog event would get more people out. Katherine offered a list of projects from other neighborhoods such as murals, neighborhood art, a chalk project. She finds it interesting that there are few art-centered ideas, such as partnering with RADA to present a united front for a work-live neighborhood, integrating the Labyrinth, or curating street art to the Smoky Park Bridge. Pattiy suggested sponsoring a chalk drawing event for the RADTIP celebration. Pattiy noted the March 25 deadline for inclusion in official promotions. What is needed is a crew to organize and run it more than funds to pay for it. Back to the topic, Pattiy suggested setting priorities and a process to bring requests to the board. It was noted that board approval is not necessary, board does intend at this time to plan something as a group, but individuals may proceed. Katherine offered to begin the process. 

144-159 RIVERSIDE DRIVE: Planned are suggestions for 150-170 apartments with retail and parking. They are looking for feedback for ideas for the parking lot on the west side of Riverside Drive, suggestions for historic naming possibilities, and ideas to incorporate the smokestack. Pattiy sees the need for adequate parking as an overwhelming challenge. She sees it as an underdeveloped concept now, and it goes to the TRC in the next two weeks. Public input can be offered at TRC and P&Z, and City Council. We need to consider the worst-case scenario, such as when the next flood arrives, where will the 170 cars go? Rebecca asked if WECAN wants to take a stand. Pattiy suggested waiting until there are technical drawings. She offered to keep up with it and bring suggestions to the next WECAN meeting. Do we need to survey the neighborhood?  Not if we are open and inclusive in our discussion and publish our concerns, any opposing views will have time to offer their input in the public meetings.

ADJOURN: Meeting adjourned at 8:36 Next WECAN Board meeting April 1, 2021-no fooling!

Minutes submitted by Joe Fioccola

Monday, March 1, 2021

  WECAN Board Meeting Location: Virtual Meeting, via Zoom link

March 4, 2021




  • Welcome! - Introductions

  • Approve January Minutes

  • APD Update, Pattiy from RADBA and Joe from CAN

  • Neighbor/Block Jessie Reports

  • Treasurer’s Report and discussion of WECAN budgetary practices/giving

  • NO TRUCKS signage

  • 144-159 Riverside Drive Meeting

  • Buncombe County Property Value and Taxes

  • Subcommittee reports: Community Garden, Welcome Wagon, ART, Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods (CAN)

  • Project: Updating Owens Bell Signage

  • Buncombe County Covid-19 Response and Resources

  • Board Health - At Large Members and General Membership Meeting in June

  • Updates on ongoing concerns:  Right-of-way gardening, Underhoused neighbors, RADTIP

  • Neighborhood Leaders Round Table - meeting rescheduled?

  • Adjourn

  • Upcoming Events of Interest:

  • Upcoming Meetings of Interest:

  • Community Garden weekly workday, Thursdays @ 5pm

  • Riverfront Leadership Roundtable Virtual Meeting

  • Garden Club Work Days

Asheville City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. The meeting agenda is posted at 3 p.m. the Friday before the meeting date.Current Meeting Agenda. Meetings of Asheville City Council are televised live on the Asheville City Channel at the time of the meeti

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

WECAN Board Meeting (DRAFT) Minutes - February 4, 2021

WECAN Board Meeting Minutes February 4, 2021 meeting on Zoom @ 6:30 pm 

Board Members present: Byron Ballard, Katherine DeVos Devine, Joe Fioccola, Rebecca Lance and Pattiy Torno. Board Members not present: Sherrod Barnes-Ginifer, Rachel Larson and Rich Peterson. Also Present: J.P. Chalarca, Robert Lemey and Shelly Schenker.

 

CALL TO ORDER: Rebecca called the meeting to order at 6:32 with a round of introductions.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Byron moved and Pattiy seconded a motion to approve the minutes as distributed. The motion passed. The correct date was January 7, 2021.

 

APD/CRO UPDATE: None

 

HOMEWARD BOUND: Byron spoke with Robert Stevenson at Homeward Bound. She volunteered there several years ago and noted that it is part of a national group: Pathways to Housing which uses the ‘Housing First’ model. That is that the way to fix homelessness is to put people in houses with support to give a real chance to be housed.  Locally there is the Beloved Community with Amy Cantrell who has taken on the street medic role-- on-call at night with blankets, soup, etc.—among other things.  The Haywood Street Congregation under Brian Combs focuses on feeding people. Room at the Inn a project of AHOPE housed women in rotating church fellowship halls but was staffed by elderly volunteers and was discontinued in part due to COVID. Currently the Red Roof Inn in Enka is used for elders and those with chronic health issues.


Brian Huskey is the Community Development Analyst and Homeless Lead for the city. In January 2017 the city adopted a 5 Year Strategic Plan on Homelessness in Buncombe County. He spoke at the WECAN meeting of November 1, 2018. There is also a plan for an ‘edible mile’ along the greenway on the west bank of the French Broad River between Haywood Road and the French Broad River Park. The elaborate camps there now will be removed at some point later this year. There is also a regular Coordinated Assessment Meeting listed on the City website (www.ashevillenc.gov) that is open to everyone. Byron also observed that Asheville is a high-barrier shelter city. That means that shelters (such as WNC Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, etc.) restrict access to those intoxicated on drugs or alcohol except when ‘code purple’ is declared. This closes doors to some with addiction problems.  Other cities have low-barrier level shelters that accept anyone in any condition.


Robert Stevenson acts with Homeward Bound as the direct liaison to the homeless. That means when you see any who are homeless in your neighborhood you can call him. (828) 768-3435. He is good to know and easy to approach and will talk to them and help them with information and advice. You can also give them his number to liaise with.  Calling the police just moves the problem to another neighborhood and it doesn’t solve the problem. We should be better than that.


Homeward Bound works with Asheville Housing Authority, HUD, private landlords and Section 8. They accepts donations of money and furniture but not clothing. They work on issues with a support team to help clients be successful at living in a house. Madeline Wadley (mwadley@homewardboundwnc.org) is the person to contact for donations. Homeward Bound and A-Hope offer access to mental health, addiction, shopping and other kinds of support.


Pattiy posted an article on Face Book about the development on Asheland Ave which affects the South French Broad Avenue Neighborhood. The property was taken by the city in the 1960’s as part of ‘Urban Renewal” and deeded as open space. Now, it is being considered for a huge ‘affordable housing’ development and taken out of the ‘reparations’ considerations. There are good intentions on both sides. It’s not perfect but maybe the right thing to do. It is very complicated. The city is constricted by the state in what it can do about many things. It has used affordable housing as an incentive for development but has no policy.

 

NEW BUSINESS IN WECAN: Shelley Schenker announced plans for a beer garden--a small boutique brewery with a tasting room environment on her property at 176 Clingman Avenue (Carolina Stone Works). Plans are to restore an old barn which has stone masonry from Biltmore Estate building time and some equipment imported from Italy. She invited anyone to walk around the site if the gate is open. It backs onto the Bacoate Branch Greenway and has some very old trees.  Not so olds cinderblock buildings of a shed and workshop will be coming down. The plans are for an outdoor seating area with murals and a walking trail circuit with outdoor art. She may request a variance for multiple-site mobile businesses such as food trucks, mobile cigar bar and retail art pods. She introduced Robert Lemey--a local brew master who worked at Wicked Weed and Brooklyn Brewery. He has experience dealing with environmental impacts such as noise (Modest taproom with normal hours) and odor (sealing must in bins for animal feed).

 

He intends to work with neighbors and abide by city noise guidelines and do right by neighbors—we are all in this together. For a ‘forest camp vibe’ he is aware that noise spills uphill as well as down. Pattiy suggested developing a plan b and a 2.0 based on the Wedge Brewery experience. The timeline is expecting to begin pouring by August or September.

 

BLOCK JESSIE UPDATES: REBECCA signed up for the city’s pilot bear-proof trash can program. She expects delivery in the next two weeks.    PATTIY has some heart chocolate boxes and asked for help delivering some to our older residents such as Mr. Bacoate (who will be 91 on Wednesday), JoAnne Skinner, Pat Crisp and Jessie Coleman she will sign the card from WECAN neighbors.    JP and wife Diana moved to WECAN in the last month on Clingman Place. He has non-profit and risk management experience was involved in a ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ program in Tennessee performing such helps as food bank, elderly assistance such as changing light bulbs, air filters re-hanging doors anything not requiring professional electric or plumbing. They worked from a message board driving to the doctor fixing a ceiling fan setting up a webcam all with COVID precautions mostly outdoor tasks like trimming a tree limb.    PATTIY announced her One Stop Sweetheart Pop-Up Shop at Curve on Saturday February 13 from 10-5 with Chocolates, pastries, pottery and botanicals. ALSO that New Belgium was raising food and money for Manna Food Bank from February 1 to 14. If you bring donations to the brewery from 12-6 daily they will have some free swag.   BYRON is launching a new book online at Malaprop’s at 6 pm on Monday February 8.    REBECCA is keeping contact with Pat Crisp and her daughter.    JOE announced that Alton Altheimer was having a dancing fundraiser for Evergreen Charter Dancefit which is a fun, healthy fundraiser where students will complete 30 to 35 Minutes Danced. Click this link to donate: https://funrun.com/v3/dash/JinoMaZF through February 11. ALSO the quadrennial tax revaluations (i.e. increases!) have begun. Pattiy noted Riverlink’s building is now on the market for over a million and gentrification is having serious impacts in the RAD.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT: Pattiy reported the balance is 1702.45. There was one payment to Lesa for Welcome Wagon expenses.  She also explained that the annual 990 filing was having problem recovering the password but should be filed on time by the May 15 deadline.

 

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS:

COMMUNITY GARDEN: Byron has been in touch with Isa from Bountiful Cities and Angie at Sow True for seed donations. And will post on FaceBook and the garden page. Pattiy noted a surplus of carrot seeds she has.

 

COALITION OF ASHEVILLE NEIGHBORHOODS: Byron reported that CAN is supporting four issues: Charlotte Street, S French Broad/Asheland, Enka Village and Cottages of Sunset Valley in Woodfin. The immediate focus is on the revisions to the Noise Ordinance and the need for live public input at Boards and Commissions meetings. Please email any questions to Byron.

 

OWENS-BELL SIGNAGE: Pattiy showed Suzanne Hacket a rough concept proposal for narrative text and pictures at the bus stop. Joe is concerned about the risk for tagging. Some of the bus stop already has been tagged but there was none on the photo panels in the garden. She was told it would have been a good option for one of the equity grants—maybe if there is another round. She is not sure what the city will support but that there will be a negotiation.

 

COVID: Rebecca noted a water/sewer bill assistance program call 251-1122. Also vaccine info at findmygroupnc.gov.

 

BOARD HEALTH: Joe reminded that the by-laws call for two general membership meetings in June and December. We should begin to think about publicizing and planning the June meeting. Also At-Large Board members represent non-resident property owners in WECAN.

 

RADTIP CELEBRATION: Rebecca asked about what groups can do. Pattiy explained that the celebration would be virtual and the city was asking for community generated input to post in one place and spread out over the month from April to May. Examples are a socially distant bike ride, a tour with QR codes and for May 2 Second Saturday RADA is considering free-art Fridays and an art library.

 

ADJOURN: meeting adjourned at 7:57

Minutes submitted by Joe Fioccola

Monday, February 1, 2021

 

WECAN Neighborhood
Meeting Agenda 


The West End / Clingman Avenue Neighborhood Association meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm, currently via Zoom. Use this link:
 
February 4, 2020


  • 6:30 - Call Meeting to Order

  • Welcome! - Introductions

  • Approve January Minutes

  • APD Update, Lt. Sams

  • Robert Stevenson, Homeward Bound

  • Shelley Schenker, New Business in WECAN

  • Neighbor/Block Jessie Reports

  • Treasurer’s Report and discussion of WECAN budgetary practices/giving

  • Subcommittee reports: Community Garden, Welcome Wagon, ART, Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods (CAN)

  • Project: Updating Owens Bell Signage

  • Buncombe County Covid-19 Response and Resources

  • Board Health - At Large Members and General Membership Meeting in June

  • Updates on ongoing concerns:  Right-of-way gardening, Underhoused neighbors, RADTIP

  • Neighborhood Leaders Round Table

  • Adjourn
     

Upcoming Events of Interest:



New Belgium Fundraiser for Manna Food Bank
Food Drive February 1-14
drop off @ 21 Craven St










Curve Second Saturday Special Event:
One Stop Sweetheart Pop-up Shop,
February 13, 10-5pm











Upcoming Meetings of Interest:
  • Community Garden weekly workday, Thursdays @ 6p
  • Riverfront Leadership Roundtable Virtual Meeting
  • Garden Club Work Days
  • Asheville City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. The meeting agenda is posted at 3 p.m. the Friday before the meeting date. Current Meeting Agenda. Meetings of Asheville City Council are televised live on the Asheville City Channel at the time of the meeting.

WECAN Board [DRAFT] Meeting Minutes April 1, 2021

  WECAN Board Meeting Minutes April 1, 2021 meeting on Zoom @ 6:30 pm Board Members present: Byron Ballard, Joe Fioccola, Mike Kenton, R eb...