Meeting Minutes – May 2023

College Hill Neighborhood Association

Minutes– Monday, May 15, 2023

Attendance: Christi Stewart (President), Debbie Pomeroy (Treasurer), Carol Christensen (Vice President), Jasmine Puderbaugh (Secretary), Annie Buckland, Gail Kennedy, Sue Fackler, Charles Bates, Bryan Stricklin, Erin Snethen, Andy Fry (and Ava and Anna Fry)

  1. Christi Stewart called the meeting to order at 7:03pm
  2. Minutes from the March 20, 2023 meeting
    1. Annie moved to approve the minutes, Gail seconded, motion passed
  3. Officer Stricklin report 
    1. 3 incidents since 4/15- 1 aggravated assault, 1 burglary from motor vehicle, 1 theft
    2. Call 785-861-0197 if you want to talk to Officer Stricklin
    3. Email if you want police eyes on an issue
  4. Treasurer’s Report  
    1. Began with $9,696.90 and ended with $12,376.41
    2. Grant fund itemizing will continue to be part of treasurer’s report until grant fund balance is depleted.
    3. Blossoms Report: revenue of $2,493.47
    4. Jasmine moved to approve the treasurer’s report and Erin seconded, motion passed
  5. Recycling drive – update by Carol Christensen 
    1. April 1 date brought in $261
    2. $24 brought in during neighborhood cleanup
    3. Next collection is July 15
  6. Fourth of July – appoint chairman, discuss need for volunteers to help move barricades and at the event, gazebo grand opening
    1. Maria Carr, Raylynn Schmidt, and Tricia Waggoner are joint chairs
    2. Barricades: still need to rent some barricades, need volunteers to move, waiting to hear back on Topeka Community Foundation grant application for more barricades
    3. Need volunteers to man the barricades
    4.  Request Washburn President participate as grand marshal (Erin will ask)
    5. Westminster Presbyterian Church would like to set up games in the park (frisbee golf, corn hole)
    6.  Promote that we’re back to the traditional full route- need floats and participants to participate in the parade
      • Prizes for float- Jasmine will judge, ask Laura Burton to make buttons
    7. Gazebo dedication will happen before prizes/ awards announced
  7. Old Business – Boswell Park update
    1. Improvements yet to be made: adding barriers to gazebo, moving bricks
  8. New Business – National Night Out plans, new officers for 2024
    1. National Night Out is Saturday, Aug. 5
    2. Westminster Presbyterian Church will be hosting Christmas in July on July 30- program of Christmas music 
  9. Meeting adjourned at 8:40pm

Our next meeting is 7 p.m., Monday, July 17, 2023 at Westminster Church

Mark your calendars – 

Saturday Recycling dates are July 15, September 9 and December 9

College Hill Garage Sale – June 8, 9, 10

National Night Out – August 5

Meeting Minutes – March 2023

College Hill Neighborhood Association
Minutes – Monday, March 20, 2023

Attendees: Brian and Dana Adams, Jenith Hoover, Gail Kennedy, Annie Buckland, Laura Burton, Andy Fry, Charlie Bates, Carol Christensen (Vice President), Jasmine Puderbaugh (secretary), Duane and Debbie Pomeroy (Treasurer), Diane Pomeroy, Bruce Emmert, Susan Duffy, Shamecha King Simms (Citizen’s Advisory Council), Sue Fackler

1. Carol Christensen (Vice President) called the meeting to order at 7:00.

2. Introductions

3. Minutes from the January 23, 2023 meeting
a. Carol Christensen made a correction- her name was listed twice in attendance.
b. Laura Burton moved we accept the minutes as amended and Andy Fry seconded; motion

4. Treasurer’s Report
a. Began with $8,577.41 and ended with $9,696.90.
b. Grant funds have not changed, and grant funds continue to be included in the general funds.
c. 3 memberships were paid through Paypal (of 22 memberships purchased).
d. Carol Christensen requested that we investigate the option of an interest-bearing account for checking. Debbie Pomeroy will look into it.

e. Andy Fry moved and Annie Buckland seconded that that treasurer’s report be approved as presented; motion passed.

5. Recycling drive – update by Carol Christensen
a. Next recycling drive is April 1.

6. Gazebo grand opening – Consider an event to celebrate the completion of the gazebo
a. Andy Fry reports that gazebo project is not completed due to staffing issues- there are
still additional parts to be added (picnic tables, railings, electrical not turned on, lighting,
sidewalk). Need to talk to county to follow up.
b. Susan Duffy wants to confirm with county that all the money we budgeted for the project
was used for the project.
c. Laura Burton will follow up with Parks and Recreation with the neighborhood’s
d. Tentatively plan ribbon cutting for 4 th of July after the parade.

7. Fourth of July – Determine parade route, Chairman
a. Purchased 8 barricades and 4 road closed signs to use, but depending on the route we will
need to rent more.
b. Need 2 volunteers to move barricades at each street.
c. General consensus is to keep original parade route- involves more of the community and
keeps more interest in parade.
d. Could apply for more community grants to try to get more barricades- Topeka
Community Foundation, Community Development Block Grant.
e. Chairman will request event permit- must be done 90 days before.
f. Debbie Pomeroy proposed that each year we designate a number of barricades to purchase in order to eventually get all the barricades needed. Susan Duffy moved that we designate approximately $2000 of College Hill funds to purchase as many level 3 barricades as we can for that money for the 2023 year and further authorize College Hill to apply for any grant money to purchase additional level 3 barricades for College Hill activities. Debbie Pomeroy seconded. Motion passed.
g. Ralynn Schmidt and Tricia Waggoner volunteered to help with 4 th of July via signup at the chili feed. Maria Carr currently has the notebook with all the guiding information for 4th of July. Contact Maria Carr first to see if she’s interested in being chairperson; if not, contact Ralynn and Tricia to co-chair.
h. Need to call the fire department as soon as possible if we want them to participate in the parade. Annie Buckland will contact.

8. Old Business – Gauge interest in neighborhood-wide historic district designation
a. Neighborhood does not qualify for the register and it was suggested that individuals or blocks look into designation by individual house or by block.
b. Would like to publish list of houses in the neighborhood which already have historic designation along with information about how to look up whether your house qualifies on the survey and to start that process.
c. Susan Duffy brought up the idea of improving sidewalks and potentially gauging interest in a vote to increase local property taxes to fund sidewalk improvements.

9. New Business – Set dates for CH Cleanup Day, communication strategies to keep neighbors informed, neighborhood service ideas to share with Westminster Presbyterian Church
a. Waiting to hear from county to find out date for CH cleanup day- tentatively May 6.
b. Issues with communication- things being sent to spam, Facebook hard to find, website not always updated- concerns that people who aren’t involved might just not know about events. Sue Fackler suggested going back to an email list to share community happenings. Debbie Pomeroy shared that she appreciates the physical newsletter delivered to each house. Some of the issues with communication and delivery of newsletters could be improved by having a block leader on each block. Need to talk to Erin Snethan about current workload and needs and Cindy McGinnis about how she previously handled things. Need individuals to write their own articles/ content and send to Erin Snethan by a set deadline. Consider developing a communications committee to spread the workload. Consider a neighborhood physical bulletin board to post neighborhood information. Conversation to be continued at the next meeting.
c. Westminster Church is planning to host a health night or series of nights- workshops on financial health, spiritual health, physical health, etc.
d. College Hill Blossoms update: Sue Bolley and Sue Fackler went out to Jackson’s to create planters- 15 pots and at least 20-25 hanging baskets. Plan to come buy plants, eat breakfast, and bid in the silent auction.
e. Andy Fry reports that we did apply for another mural grant with intention to put it on the side of Blooms on Boswell. There are several other houses interested and ultimately would like to develop a walking tour.
f. Would like to request community police officer attend next meeting for neighborhood concerns and updates.
g. If you have gently used or new board books, Westminster Church is taking donations to have on hand for the children to read when summer meals are served. Donations can be taken to Carol Hines house or Westminster Church Monday- Thursday 9-2.

10. Our next meeting is 7 p.m., Monday, May 15, 2023 at Westminster Church.

11. Mark your calendars –
a. Saturday Recycling dates are April 1, July 8, September 9 and December 9
b. Ladies Night Out at Blooms on Boswell 4-7 p.m., April 20
c. Blossoms 8-11 a.m., April 29

12. Gail Kennedy moved to adjourn and Laura Burton seconded to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 8:43 pm.

Meeting Minutes – March 2022

College Hill Neighborhood Association
Meeting Minutes – March 21, 2022

Attending: Dana Adams, Officer Caviness (community police officer), John Christensen, Carol Christensen (vice-president), Susan Duffy, Sue Fackler, Andy Fry, Emmett Hull, Gail Kennedy, Tom Luellen (treasurer), Sara O’Keeffe, Duane Pomeroy, Katrina Shaw, Erin and Zach Snethen, Christi Stewart (president)

President Christi Stewart called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.

Community Policing Report—by Officer Caviness (
1419 Boswell—Dorian Tetuan, who was connected to many illegal activities at the house, recently died. Officer Caviness hopes that we will see a decrease in illegal activity in the neighborhood because of his passing. (Susan had recently seen an unfamiliar vehicle in the driveway—a silver pickup—but Andy said he thought it belonged to Dorian’s grandmother, who owns the house.)

    • 1500 Mulvane, Apt. 2 or 3 (the ground-floor apartment on the south)—it was associated with Tetuan.
    • 1527 Mulvane—Police are aware of narcotics activity and lots of traffic there.
    • 1522 Mulvane—A porch pirate from 1527 Mulvane stole a package but, after being confronted about the theft, returned it. The victim did not file a report on the theft.
    • 1411 MacVicar—aggravated assault overnight
    • 1200 block of Washburn—simple battery
    • 1300 block of College—fraud, identity theft
    • 17th and Washburn—forgery
    • 15th and Garfield—drug paraphernalia
    • 1400 block of MacVicar and 15th and Garfield (apartment complex)—residential burglaries
    • Mulvane (no more specific address given)—theft from motor vehicle
    • Officer Caviness warned about vehicular burglaries and residential burglaries, which had gone down earlier during the pandemic. Call if you see prowlers. (911 for time-sensitive matters; 785-368-9200 for non-emergencies)
    • Susan Duffy said that a bicycle had been stolen from the four-plex at 15th and Boswell. She encouraged the victim to report the theft, but the victim may not have done so.

Treasurer’s Report—by Tom Luellen

    • Recent financial activity: $90 received for College Hill brick orders; $100 donated, as approved by the board in January, to the GoFundMe fundraiser to help the family of Alexander Cervantes, who was killed in the fire at 15th and MacVicar. General fund balance is about $2600. Wall of Fame account is about $11,000. Blossoms account is about $23,000. (See attached Treasurer’s Report for more details.)
    • Andy moved to accept the report, and Gail seconded. Motion passed.

Minutes from the January meeting

    • Carol said that Debbie Pomeroy’s comments about the house on her block that had been purchased with the intent of making it an AirBnB should indicate in the minutes (under “Old Business—Rentals and multi-family houses in College Hill) that the house is on Jewell, not Plass.
    • Duane moved to accept the minutes as amended. Gail seconded. Motion passed.

Recycling drive – update by Carol Christensen

    • Carol reminded everyone that the next recycling drive would be that coming Saturday, March 25. Since the neighborhood began recycling in 1990, it has brought in almost $14,500. Carol hopes that this year’s recycling drives will bring that total to over $15,000.

Community resources—Carol Christensen

    • Carol mentioned that the City of Topeka offers free classes in such things as grant-writing and board training. She asked if anyone knew of any resources for repairing damaged stairs and porches, which many College Hill houses have. Susan said that the City has a program to help repair steps if someone with a disability lives there. It was suggested that Matt Benaka, a College Hill neighbor who is on the board of Habitat for Humanity, might know of other resources for helping neighbors with stair problems.

Project updates; murals and food trucks in the neighborhood – Andy Fry

    • The project to mark designated crosswalks in order to slow down traffic is currently on hold, since the city traffic engineer who was working on the project no longer works for the City. Andy has applied for an AARP grant to fund some of the desired street safety improvements. There is no funding match needed to receive the grant.
    • Andy said that we can apply for funding from ArtsConnect for murals on neighborhood garages. If we have a sizable number of garages with murals, we could promote an art tour of the neighborhood and put information about the garages online. He has talked with artists to get estimated costs. If we get the grant, he suggested that we start with four murals. He wondered if CHNA and/or some homeowners would pay for some of the other murals. Blooms on Boswell is interested in having a mural.
    • Andy suggested that we invite food trucks to come several times to Boswell Park. We could publicize them via email and Facebook. He said that we had asked that a bigger amp plug be installed in the park so it could accommodate the food trucks. Andy will ask Zach Snethen if he knows if the plug has been installed.

Old Business and Updates

  • T-shirts—Katrina said there will be a new round of orders for the shirts. She’ll publicize them on our Facebook page.
  • CHNA Stones—Christi said that Lardner will move them where we want them to go. CHNA has money to pay Lardner so we don’t have to rely on (and possibly hurt!) neighbors’ vehicles and backs. The cost would be about $300 per stone. The group discussed landscaping around the stones and the expectations for the homeowners on whose property the stones will be placed. There was no consensus, but everyone agreed that we want the stones to look nice or they will detract from the neighborhood. Susan will talk to some Master Gardeners for landscaping and maintenance ideas. John wondered if a local Boy Scout troop might be willing to help with maintenance.
  • Andy moved that we commit up to $3000 for the project: about $1500 for moving the stones and about $1500 for landscaping and related costs. Susan seconded.
  • Emmett, Susan, Zach, and John volunteered to be on a committee to work out details about stone placement, movement, landscaping, maintenance, etc. Emmett offered to head up the committee.
  • Before a vote on the motion, Tom pointed out that we don’t have $3000 in our General Fund. Susan asked Sue Fackler if the money could come from the Blossoms Fund. Sue said that there is no real Blossoms Committee now and said that the Board could decide how to use the money in that fund.
  • Andy amended his motion, moving that we use up to $3000 from the Blossoms Fund for the project. Susan seconded. Motion passed.
  • Sara suggested that the broken CHNA stones could be used in the natural play area that is planned for Boswell Park.

Lightbulb distribution—

    • Andy reported that not all of the lightbulbs were delivered to neighbors before winter. He will encourage the volunteers who offered to deliver them to finish distributing them. One person has been assigned to handle each block. Zach noted a significant difference at night for one block that now has the installed new light bulbs. Andy may be able to find out if crime has gone down in areas that have and keep on the new lights. Susan offered to distribute light bulbs in the 1500 block of Boswell.

Calendar for 2022 – Events for this spring and summer

    • Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.—Easter Egg Hunt in the Park
    • Saturday, April 30—College Hill Blossoms (sale of hanging baskets, herbs, potted plants; breakfast in Westminster Presbyterian Church). Susan suggested that we give Jackson’s a free ad in the next College Hill newsletter since it helps us a lot with Blossoms.
    • Saturday, April 30—Cleanup in the Park Kat could use some volunteers for the event.  People can volunteer or email questions about the cleanup by writing
    • Monday, July 4—Fourth of July festivities. Maria Carr will coordinate. Christi has the big flag used in the parade (part of the things the CHNA president gets to keep!)
    • September—next newsletter


    • Sue said that an outside contractor pulled out about 30 bricks from Boswell Park so there would be room to add about that many new ones that have been ordered.

Boswell Park improvements—

    • Neighbors at the meeting said they were happy with the new fencing and lights that the County has put in.

Tragic fire at 15th and MacVicar—

    • Christi said that some neighbors on Plass complained to her because there was very little cleanup going on at the house. Susan thought that the slow pace is attributable to problems with the insurance company. Family members don’t intend to return to the house but hope the cleanup will speed up. There have been some break-ins to the house.


    • Susan said that food trucks have become very popular in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where one of her daughters lives. That city started with a few trucks and now has many trucks, plus music, every Monday. She likes the idea of having food trucks come to our neighborhood.
    • Andy said that he thinks that the owners of 1625 Jewell, who originally wanted to make the house an AirBnB, now plan to rent it, since city code prevents them from having an AirBnB so close to another one in the neighborhood.
    • Susan suggested that someone from the City talk about the City’s sidewalk program at our annual meeting. Andy offered to find out what the current sidewalk program is. Sue asked that that information go in the next newsletter. Christi suggested that we could also give contact information for other, cheaper contractors. Susan asked if a City employee still needs to inspect and OK sidewalks replaced by other contractors. No one knew.
    • Zach said that the new shelterhouse in Boswell Park, which we had hoped would be installed by July 4, won’t be installed until later, hopefully, by Labor Day. Supply chain problems and worker shortages are to blame for the delay.

Our next meeting is 7 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2022. We will meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church or on Zoom.

With no further business, Christi adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully prepared by Carol Christensen, substitute for Brett Martin, who couldn’t attend that night.

Meeting Minutes – November 2021

College Hill Neighborhood Association

Minutes:  November 15, 2021

Zoom Meeting

Attendees:  Christi Stewart (President), Carol Christensen (Vice President), Tom Luellen (Treasurer), Brett Martin (Secretary), Susan Duffy, Debbie Pomeroy, Duane Pomeroy, John Christensen, Erin Snethen, Kat Shaw, Ben Alford, Gail Kennedy, Laura Alford, Zach Snethen, Chris, Sara O’Keeffe, Karl Fundenberger, John Boyd (Guest from SNCO Parks and Recreation), Chris Curtis (SNCO Park Planner)

  1. Introductions 
  2. Boswell Park – John Boyd, Parks and Recreation
    • Several things in the works now including additional lighting and new fencing to replace existing (4’ black vinyl coated instead of 6’); new swings coming as well as part of a larger package for 22 parks; a dome climber doesn’t comply with current safety standards so it will be coming out; existing play rubber will be replaced with concrete accessed sidewalks with outlying benches on pads with picnic tables (for accessibility purposes)
    • There is an issue with the west brick path; take it out and make it another path; use the existing bricks into the east path
    • Natural play area among the trees on the east of the gazebo with sidewalk access to the east perimeter of the park; not sure what it will look like but could have mulch, wood, boulder climbing structures
    • Zach suggested dirt with mounds and replicate the berm and bushes area where kids already play which would be integrated among the trees; perhaps the neighborhood could add to it as the years go by
    • Chris Curtis verified that the fence bids will come back later this week
    • John suggested that there is dirt access at the zoo if we can decide on the berms for the natural play area
    • These are 2021 monies; $108,000 dedicated to Boswell Square Park (fence, lighting, gazebo, surfacing for playground equipment, possibly resurfacing the basketball court, benches and picnic tables
    • The lights will match the existing period lighting
    • The bids have been coming in a little higher than they have anticipated; the money allocated will be utilized quickly on these projects
    • The money has been allocated; there is some wiggle room if the bids come in high; lights were $30,000, and the budget was $25,000 or $27,000
    • John suggested that there is ARPA money that has not been allocated
    • Ben asked about power at the light poles; John suggested that the proposed gazebo would have lights and some outlets
    • Power could be available at the parking lot for a food truck
    • Gazebo
      • Christi shared that we have an existing wooden gazebo; the proposed structure would be much appreciated
      • John – the existing gazebo is small and weak; it can only hold 8-10 people; he has received enough feedback on the gazebo that they can keep it; if he were living in the neighborhood, he would want something that would hold 30-40 people for an event; he would call on an engineer to evaluate the gazebo and see if it is safe and useful
      • Zach – assume that this is our opportunity to make an improvement
      • John said there are over 110 parks; it will be 10-15 years before the opportunity comes around again
      • Ben asked if lighting and power could be integrated into the existing structure; John explained that it could; there’s not much opportunity for expansion; he would like to open the floor to see what is underneath the existing structure
      • Karl asked if we keep the wood one can we have the new structure; John said no. This is just a neighborhood park. The city overbuilt their parks and there is not much room to play. There are new standards what constitutes a neighborhood park, regional park, etc.
      • Susan shared that there is an emotional attachment to the structure; she also recognizes that our needs are changing; Susan asked how long we could have to make a decision; John shared that there are supply chain issues and that we would not receive the structure until July
      • viii.Zach shared photos of a potential structure that is not a typical square structure
      • Susan shared that the cupola on one of the structures reminded her the architectural detail on Randolph Elementary
      • John shared that the railing could be incorporated and that the CH logo could be incorporated in certain areas
      • Susan asked about keeping the trees; Zach said the intention would be to keep all the trees; Susan shared that The Nautilus Club has money to maybe do something for the wood gazebo
      • Susan asked about making a decision by December 15 to communicate to SNCO Parks & Recreation
      • xiii.Christi asked why we need to delay the vote; Susan said she could move the date to December 1
      • xiv.Ben made a motion to vote on the package
      • Carol asked for clarification on whether there could be two structures
      • xvi.Diane shared that though they were in favor of keeping the old gazebo, but are now convinced that we need to move forward with a new gazebo after seeing these designs; they like the blue one as well
      • xvii.Sara shared that in February of 2019 at the Chili Feed we ranked the top four priorities: natural play area, lighting, new shelter structure, gazebo improvements; she shared that she appreciated the planned improvements to the basketball court
      • xviii.Laura seconded the motion
      • xix.Susan shared that she spoke to Sue; she is not opposed to a new gazebo but would like to have the old one relocated somewhere in the park; she shared that it does not fall within the new guidelines for neighborhood parks; she shared that those who were rallying for support of the gazebo are members of the Nautilus Club
      • Sue shared that the bagpiper who lives across the street from the park on Boswell was concerned about a large structure in front of his house
      • xxi.Ben asked if the price included the concrete pad; John said it is turnkey; we will not know until the bid is received. Zach shared that if we go into the new year the price will increase 10-15%
      • xxii.Carol shared that she was in favor of the new gazebo but wants to inform people we are going to vote
      • xxiii.Susan shared that the vote needs to be transparent
      • xxiv.Ben said that his motion was to move forward with the park improvement package and gazebo and then later decide on the gazebo design
      • xxv.There was confusion on what was being decided or to be voted on right now
      • xxvi.Susan offered a friendly amendment to hold a special meeting of CHNA on November 22 at 7:00pm to discuss and vote on the gazebo with dimensions and details or vote to keep the existing gazebo
      • xxvii.John shared that he likes that we want to get everyone’s input; he does not want someone coming to a commission meeting accusing them of stealing their gazebo in the dark of night
      • xxviii.Zach has John’s email address if we have questions
      • xxix.Called for the question – the motion and amendment passed unanimously
      • xxx.There was discussion about whether the meeting needs to be in person, zoom, or hybrid; it was determined that we have an in-person meeting; people can vote via email before the meeting (one vote per household, include address and name on the email)
      • xxxi.There was discussion about how many and which images; Zach said he can collect a few images and say that we are voted on a gazebo that is in the spirit of the gazebos shown; he can present and talk through it with folks so that they are fully informed; he will use images and posters to share with the neighbors
      • xxxii.Susan shared that we need to share what can be done with the existing improvements
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    • Please see attached report for details
    • Brett moved to accept the report; Diane seconded. Treasurer’s report was approved
  4. Minutes
    • Susan moved; Ben seconded. Minutes were approved
  5. Recycling Drive
    • We made $86 on the most recent drive; the total is $14,000+ since 1990; next drive is December 11.
    • If we distribute a flyer, we can include the results of the vote on park improvements
  6. Old Business
    • After Mike shared on AirBnB’s, the house on Plass was denied because the house at 17th and MacVicar had been approved, so it was denied because it is within 500’. Diane can share where other AirBnB’s are within the neighborhood. Christi will share.
    • Chili Feed – do we have it? Christi asked whether or not we should have it
      • Ben shared that a food-sharing event wasn’t desirable
      • After the holidays, it will not be a good idea
    • Light bulb delivery is slow; they are supposed to be delivered to front porches, and we can share a flyer; there has been some conflicting information about whether we are to install
    • The house on Boswell seems to be quiet.
  7. New Business
  8. Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be January 17, 2022. The special meeting will be held on Monday, November 22 at 7:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Brett J. Martin 

Meeting Minutes – January 2022

College Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes:  January 24, 2022

Zoom Meeting

Attendees:  Christi Stewart (President), Tom Luellen (Treasurer), Brett Martin (Secretary), Dana Adams, Brian Adams, Kat Shaw, Andy Fry, Ardith Smith-Woertz, Kristi Eriksen (City of Topeka), Debbie Pomeroy, Sue Fackler, Zach Snethen, Carol Christensen (Vice-President), Commander Cassandra Caviness (TPD), John Christensen, Gail Kennedy

  1. Introductions 
    • Kristi Eriksen, City of Topeka traffic engineer
    • Commander Caviness, Topeka Police Department
  2. Treasurer’s Report
    • Tom shared the Treasurer’s report with balances. See as submitted
    • Report was approved
  3. Minutes from the November meeting
    • Minutes were approved
  4. Recycling drive – update by Carol Christensen 
    • December drive brought in $115.
  5. Cross walk at 15th and MacVicar – Andy Fry
    • Kristi looked at an enhanced crossing at 15th and MacVicar
    • There is currently a school speed zone and a crosswalk
    • They completed an investigation; there are many accidents from people running stop signs; they looked options and may potentially narrow 15th Street at MacVicar; Kristi shared a drawing of paint on the roadway (proposed bulbouts) on 15th to narrow the roadway at MacVicar to keep drivers from running the stop sign; she asked for questions
    • Kat shared that Theo walks to and from Randolph (from 15th and Mulvane west along 15th and crosses MacVicar). She observes that none of the traffic stops for people in the crosswalk on MacVicar.
    • Kristi asked Officer Caviness if there has been any enforcement there. She said this is the first she has heard of it. She will pass along to the motorcycle unit. If she knows times, she can join as well.
    • They are reserving lights for 4-5 lane arterial roadways. They have difficulty with drivers respecting them in those roadways.  She said they will continue the investigation. 
    • Andy said TPD did enforcement in August-September before the speed study. He would like to see longer term change in design for safety. There is a history among neighbors about seeking out solutions.
    • October 6 speed study (85% of traffic is traveling at 33mph or below). There are some outliers, but this indicates that there is not a design issue. This was taken outside of school time. They will work with law enforcement on making this an area of speed enforcement.
    • A discussion followed between Kristi and Andy related to potential solutions at this intersection
    • Commander Caviness said she will help with enforcement as much as possible; TPD receives many requests.
      • She shared crime stats for College Hill Neighborhood
        • Burglaries to houses – 3; Burglaries to vehicles – 4; 1 stolen vehicle; 1 assault; 1 DUI
        • Burglaries continue in the west side of town; keep cars clean and items out of plain view 
        • Andy asked about 1523 SW Washburn and if it had changed hands; Commander Caviness didn’t have additional information; she will follow up
        • 1419 Boswell resident has been in and out of incarceration; they are affiliated with an apartment in the area (15th and Mulvane – split into three apts); her unit is being stretched thin as they are losing officers to promotions
        • She shared her email; her work cell is 785.312.4037.
  6. Old Business and Updates
    • CHNA Stones – need volunteers and a plan to move the stones
      • A neighbor, Emmett, is interested. He is happy to help with relocation. Christensen’s have developed a map of where they could be relocated.
      • Carol said we might want some uniformity in placement; do they need a base? We need to ask for permission from homeowners to relocate them; do we need procedures for placing them and maintaining them?
      • Kat said we could talk to Lardner about bases and relocation
      • Zach shared that they need to be cleaned and repainted; Emmett is interested in getting them cleaned up and relocated
      • Christi will call Lardner to get a new bid; she will also distribute the map
    • Lightbulb distribution
      • This is a long-term distribution to do when people have time
    • Calendar for 2022 – Events to plan this spring and summer
      • Blossoms is being planned for April 30. Sue has reached out to Jackson’s, and they are willing to help again – some pots, baskets, herb plugs; she will reach out to Meredith for help as well
      • We need a 4th of July chair.
      • Do we want a clean up day? Kat will ask Ben. Zach will help
      • June for a potential time for a College Hill yard sale; looking at June 4-5
      • August 6, 2022 for National Night Out
      • Upcoming recycling dates – March 26, July 9
    • Neighborhood communications – newsletter, adding names to email list and increase readership on Facebook, bring back block captains or the calling tree….
      • Carol shared that Kat does a great job keeping us informed with FB, email, and Erin does a great job with the newsletter; we have talked about block captains; keep people informed; she suggested a communications plan – when to use flyers, when to use email, social media, etc. to communicate with neighbors about different events
      • Sue suggested putting together a calendar; she said some prefer having it written down; older residents don’t use social media
      • Kat is pessimistic; she said we send out a lot of information, and people are just busy; many don’t want to attend meetings or volunteer, but they do want to come to major events; she likes the idea of a calendar for communication
      • Carol will talk to Erin
    • Boswell Park improvements
      • The fence is in; Zach has communicated with John; he said he would get with Zach when he was ready; Zach will follow up as we would like the gazebo in by July 4
      • Andy shared that the slides have been replaced
      • Sue would like to push the bricks one more time; Tom said there were 15 being printed
    • Tragic fire at 15th and MacVicar
      • A 7-year-old boy, Alexander Cervantes, died in the fire; his grandmother and uncle survived; they plan to fix the house and sell it; they are living in south Topeka right now
      • The house did not have working smoke detectors; we shared information about the American Red Cross program
      • Kat shared the GoFundMe link to support the family
      • Brett moved that we donate $100 to the family; Sue second. Motion passed
    • Rentals and multi-family houses in College Hill
      • Christi asked for a status update on where we are on this issue
      • Carol shared that she was troubled by multi-family homes on her block
      • Debbie shared that nothing has happened with the house on Boswell that was purchased; the owners applied to be an Airbnb; there are three houses on her block
      • Discussion continued regarding Potwin and other neighborhoods
  7. New Business
  8. Our next meeting is 7 p.m., Monday, March 21, 2022. We will meet at Westminster Church or on Zoom.

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Brett J. Martin