MEETING MINUTES— 9.08.2016
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska – The Pizza Ranch -84th & Lexington | 11:30am-1:00pm
Present: 19 in attendance
Members: Joanne Bartles, Barb Tyler, Sydney Stanard, Tim Kirkpatrick, Carl Tesch, Amy Fish, Casey French, Bill Niemann, Kevin Harrington, Peggy Green, Sherri Recker, Steve Sheridan, Kyle Kurdron, Pat Borer, Steve Maly, Diana Schilf
Guests: Betty Tesch, Carl Eskridge, Cyndi Lamm
The July minutes were approved by Barb
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Current Member- Tim Kirkpatrick
Tim does consulting for small and medium size businesses and corporations. Consultants are there to advise organization on some practices that will help improve their business.
Social Chair Update:
Member Appreciation FAC – Friday, October 21st at Ploughshare at 4:30pm- Tour of the Brewery!!! Come a little early as to not miss the tour!! Member Appreciation night!! (That means Free Drinks!!)
PLEASE RSVP TO DIANA SCHILF
Holiday Party Tuesday, December, 13th 2016 at 5:00pm. Sherri is looking for Volunteers to help organize the event!
The Checking account now has $1,905.21
$3000 in CD’s
Pat Borer wanted to address the Citizens Academy Program. Tim Kirkpatrick was involved with this recently as a matter of fact!
Call volume increased over the last couple of years, but no real reason as to why. This year it has not increased, a large part of the calls are medical calls. 70-82% is emergency medical services (Cardiac arrests, falls in home, car accident, etc.) Pat has a new boss that recently retired from a department in California. He has already gotten off to a great start so far! Pat is still looking for land for 4 new fire stations. They are getting close on a couple.
Q: Carl Eskridge: One location you are looking at is just right over in this area. More of a statement: Does anybody here in NLBA know anybody looking to sell some land for a new fire station?
A: 84th and Holdrege is the ideal location as to better service emergency calls. They are looking at residential land value and not finding much available unfortunately.
Q: Concerned with noise?
A: Yes. People worry land value goes down. But studies don’t necessarily show that.
Q: 24th and superior, is south of superior, south of Campbell school, Correct? There is a care facility right there as well as townhouses. Will you run into the same problems?
A: Yes, we will be close to those residences and we tend to make noise and have colorful lights. However, should you ever need us, having us close is better than having us far away!
Q: How is Pulsepoint going?
A: Very well! Lots of folks are downloading the app! The app is meant to help educate as well as inform the community of accidents and issues in the area.
Q: What about the QuikShop incident on Adams?
A: Have not located the suspect. But have taken some extra measures to help provide more security, with lighting and fences.
Q: Why do you send a fire truck to a medical call.
A: Consider the tasks involved with a fire, gas leak etc. We determine how many people it requires to do that task. It requires 6 people minimum to handle a cardiac arrest call. They send the fire truck and the ambulance to make sure there are enough people to help.
Q: Talks about sending a smaller vehicle instead of a large fire engine?
A: They understand some calls only require a small vehicle, and looked at other communities that do this. However, the labor group does not like this idea so much. Since the big vehicle has all of their tools, they would rather not take the risk in the event the call is bigger than what was expected.
Carl Eskridge and Cyndi Lamm- City Council
Construction projects starting up on N 10th Street and N 14th crossing cornhusker. In 2020, the construction on the East Beltway should begin.
Green Light Lincoln: Supposed to help traffic become more efficient by getting the lights timed correctly. So far they have picked 9 different roads to begin addressing.
Star Tran changes happening: October 2016 there will be some new routes put in place and new extended hours. This was in response to businesses for their employees and patrons. Still no Sunday service yet, but are considering it.
Water issues coming up: NE treatment plant will be improved and enlarged to handle capacity from Steven’s Creek
There are a number of cities facing issues with their water mains. Will PVC solve this problem? Maybe. But older pipes have also held up better that were put in 50 or so years ago
Last winter there was a scare with Arsenic readings in the water. This had to do with the horizontal wells in the Platte River. Testing is now showing that the levels have come down, it never exceeded the threshold but it came very close.
Belmont issues: There have been 3 or 4 meetings in NE Lincoln. The evening of Sept 19th there will be another meeting. The idea is to help the citizens address needs of feeling more safe by working closer with Law enforcement.
Applied for a federal grant called the safer grant, received the grant, however it came through when council was involved with budget discussion. So the council declined to take it, which sadly this could have done some good things
Coming up: LES is under the city council, so they have to get their rates approved with city council.
Transportation and growth; New apartments with 1st floor retail units coming in. Price point housing coming in for empty nesters and young professionals in NE Lincoln. Builders are specifically committed to North Lincoln.
Transportation: StarTran extended two routes, one out to 84th street beginning October 3rd. Havelock route will begin going later as well. During the whole month of October, people can RIDE FOR FREE!
There is a new app out there that can track your bus and find out if there are any delays or issues!
Concerns about Dino Storage going up on 84th street. Permit was granted and Mr. Paladino is committed to being a good community partner. Even allowing folks use their meeting area.
Q: City Ventures, is that the 28th and Leighton area? Is this where the Retail/apartments/condos etc. will go?
A: Yes. First ground will be broken on the south part of the lot on Leighton Street, there is a 5 story building with 1st floor building. These are new additional buildings, so they will not be disrupting the old buildings.
Q: Between the council and the mayor’s office.. did both sides learn anything and will it be better 2 years from now?
A: As far as what will be taken forward, the procedure will be changed some for future budgets. We are not at the end yet. There have not been hateful or angry exchanges between council members. Everyone is very respectful of one another, it has been a grueling process but it has been a good process. They went to a biannual budget because the process is so grueling.
Q: Do you foresee any development on N 27th St between Folkways and Fletcher? It is a big empty space that backs up to Northstar.
A: Have not heard anything yet. At one point there was talk about a movie theater, and could come back up in the next few months.