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Mar. 10, 2009 Meeting Minute
North Indian Trail
Neighborhood Council Meeting
March 10, 2009

John Dietzman’s opening remarks welcomed all in attendance. Special Introductions were made and details of our next meeting to take place on April 14th 2009 were discussed.

Clean Up Month: has been designated for Saturday April the 18th. Neighbors are asked to bring trash grabbers, rakes and gloves and to check in at the Clean Up Organizational table in front of the Indian Trail Church for their assignments. Plastic bags will be provided.

Election of Officers will take place at the May 12, 2009 meeting. Anyone interested in serving as an officer of the NITNC is asked to contact either John Dietzman or other officers to indicate interest.

Dennis Bergstrom, Branch Manager for Spokane Public libraries spoke of increased use at libraries during the economic downturn with increased need for library services at a time when people are less equipped to purchase reading material or buy personal computers. Job related inquiries have increased with 44% of companies offering jobs, doing so exclusively over the internet. FAFSA information, help with e-mail accounts, classes on computer use, free wireless use, genealogy, story times, DVD services all increased. Spelling Bees are held in the Fall. Matching funds with Public Library Foundation are available.

Dennis Bogensberger of “Signs for Success” spoke about the upcoming Proposed Sign Code and changes. Spokane Association of realtors, Home Builders and other retail associations will be impacted by these changes. Nancy McGlaughlin states that more discussion is needed to be accountable and design changes that will reflect the needs of various citizens and businesses. Height restrictions and flashing electronic message centers in neighborhoods and next to banks are to be affected by changes. Non-conforming signs would be requested changed within a 12 month time frame and up to 50% of current signs may be affected. Steve Corker revealed the current sign regulations were set in place 25 years ago. Foreign make signs which have no dimming or modification settings are most offensive. The heights of signs next to freeways impact businesses desiring to reach travelers through our city. See spokanecity.org for more information.

Jim Bakke mentioned the City of Spokane is requesting the removal of bus benches within our city which are currently sponsored by local advertisers. Call Spokane City council members with input. The 34th Annual Conference on Neighborhood concerns takes place here in Spokane May 20, 21 and 22 of 2009. First time in Spokane.

Terry Deno announced Dump Passes will be available at April’s NITNC meeting and will be in effect April 18 through May 3rd.

Dwayne Jantz reported a balance of $4894.42 in the NITNC account.

Walt Jones reports there were 2 Residential Burglaries, 2 Malicious Mischief incidents, 4 Vehicle Prowlings, 1 assault, 1 suspicious vehicle, 1 suspicious circumstance. Vehicle prowlings have increased in the Shadle Park and Emerson Garfield neighborhoods in recent weeks. Reports in the NW quadrant of town are unusually high so keep aware and supportive of the NOP (Neighborhood Observation Patrols). Volunteers re need here at Indian Trail NOP.


Respectfully Submitted by
Patty Shadden – NITNC Secretary

 
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