Notes from July 11th meeting: Editor briefed board on proposed smaller-format Viewpoint

Viewpoint editor Dennis Cusick reported that our neighborhood newspaper might soon have a new look, with even more content. Herburger Publications, which also prints the Land Park News among other local papers, contacted the Viewpoint production staff regarding the change, explaining that the presses have to be reset to print our newspaper because of its unusual paper size. This limits our flexibility with deadlines and content.

Reducing the paper size would save money, plus we could add a page and a half more content. There was spirited debate among board members, including acknowledgment that change is hard, and most love the traditional-style newspaper. However, the board realizes there are real opportunities to serve the neighborhood with an updated style, which may include a pullout calendar of local events.

Executive Director

Planning has started for the Oct. 6 wine tasting event. Artwork is being designed and all of the popular major components, including the beer garden, will be up and running. Local food blogger Kristy Harris has been helping to connect with restaurants.

A record number of 77 vendors signed up for Curtis Fest. Heather Hogan organized the artists, Terri organized the food trucks and musicians for the Aug. 26 event.

Heather and Katie Byram have submitted a grant application to the county for design costs of a dedicated room for the Learnery.

Neighborhood Concerns

John Mathews will submit a letter of support plus recommendations to the Broadway Complete Streets project Phase 2. The comments will include requesting a traffic study of how residential streets in Curtis Park will be impacted from the new road design, and a recommendation for trees and landscaping for a more pedestrian-friendly Broadway. John Mathews, Andi Liebenbaum and Bruce Pierini will collaborate on the letter.

John reported that an email was sent to the Planning Commission from President Eric Johnson asking for clarification of whether there will be an 8 foot pedestrian/bike path through Crocker Village per the 2010 Curtis Park Village Resolution. SCNA seeks an answer to how the city will enforce the agreement, because the current plans do not show the pedestrian/bike path.

President

Eric Johnson discussed the development of the Del Rio Trail from Land Park to Meadowview, which will create a pedestrian and bike lane along abandoned railroad tracks. SCNA supports the project.

Facilities

The committee has researched historical data on maintenance and upkeep for upcoming lease negotiations with the city. A first draft of the lease should be ready for board approval in September.

Development

Kat Haro reported there were more than 200 responses received to the board’s survey seeking neighbors’ interests and input on how the board can meet the community’s needs, many online from the Viewpoint. From the responses received, the board will finalize its strategic plan.

Senior Center

Angela Mia reported that the center is running smoothly and attendance is strong.

Action Item

The board unanimously approved the resolution to terminate the SEP Plan for Sierra 2 employees and establish a 403b Thrift plan.

— Submitted by Kate Van Buren, board secretary

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