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 

Meeting Minutes – July 2021

College Hill Neighborhood Association

Minutes:  July 19, 2021


Attendees:  Christi Stewart (President), Tom Luellen (Treasurer),  Sue Fackler, K.O. Noonoo, Brian Adams, Dana Adams, Andy Fry, Debbie Pomeroy, Duane Pomeroy, Carol Christensen, John Christensen, Erin Snethen, Kat Shaw, Ben Alford

Zoom Meeting

  1. Introductions 
  2. Minutes – May minutes (amend to say March); motion from Sue, second from Tom. Minutes approved.
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    • Presented by Tom Luellen (Treasurer); see attached
    • Three grants are reflected – Kansas Leadership Center, Topeka Community Foundation, United Way
    • $300 for Pineapple Dream for July 4 expense
    • Andy moved, second from Carol. Report approved.
  4. Lightbulbs – Andy
    • We have all the lightbulbs and have developed a plan to distribute them.
    • Thanks to everyone
  5. Wifi Project – Andy
    • The Wifi is connected. They are working on yard signs to notify park users of the service.
    • Also working on a press release to notify the wider community.
    • Sue requested something for the church newsletter.
    • Carol asked about cost; Andy said we have funds for years to cover this. This is combination of KLC and United Way of Greater Topeka
  6. Traffic Calming
    • Andy is working with the traffic engineer to have signage by the end of the summer.
    • 15th and Jewell and 13th and College are the intersections.
  7. KLC Grant – Vaccinations
    • We also received dollars to encourage people to get vaccinated. We plan to set something up in the park
    • Andy was working with the health department. They used funds for barricades (8) to make safer places for kids to play and ride during the event.
    • This is half of what it takes to have the parade around the park.
    • Carol asked where they would be stored. Andy shared that they will be stored in a neighborhood garage.
  8. Recycling Drive – Carol Christensen
    • Carol shared that we had the drive last weekend (July 10).
    • We made $164 which is good with less than 10% of the people recycling. This added to $11 from neighborhood clean up to total $175.
    • Thanks to Kat for sharing in the newsletter and encouraging people to participate. Thanks to Debbie Pomeroy for helping this time.
  9. National Night Out
    • August 7 at Boswell Park 
    • Committee decided on a movie night. Andy has worked with the health department to give vaccines. We will close Jewell from 14th to 13th Streets.
    • Carol asked about food. We have a $75 stipend.
    • It will be early to be kid-friendly. 
    • We have equipment; Dillons donates water bottles.
    • July 29 is the Westminster movie night at 8:00pm. Andy asked about a Facebook event. Sue will share it out.
    • Flyers will be made by Safe Streets Coalition.
    • Carol asked to include September 11 recycling drive. Christi will share the annual meeting date and time on it as well.
  10. Overview of 4th of July
    • Thanks to everyone for helping with this event this year. It was scaled down and turnout was good.
    • Thanks to Westminster Church
    • Sue said that neighbors are hoping for full parade soon with the floats. The focus was on Collins Park this year as it was their 50th.
    • Debbie said that we want to share changes to the route prior to the parade.
    • Erin asked for feedback. She said it was great at the park and having events following the parade.
    • Carol shared that the slim turnout on the parade – some with a late start may have gone straight to the park.
    • Pastor K.O. of Westminster shared that the parade had great energy but it wasn’t clear what was free and what was for sale. Big signs would be helpful. We could have used a little more energy when giving awards.
    • John shared that a group of Mormon missionaries pulled weeds on the brick walk the day before the event.
    • Brian said it was the first parade for them and that they loved it. They met new neighbors.
    • Sue asked about the band. John said that they usually play for the Midland event. He said they would be back next year.
    • Andy said it was the largest gathering in his six years at the park for the events and that they stayed for a long time. Thanks to Zach for the music.
  11. Old Business
    • Proposals about the Neighborhood
      • Sue said that folks have worked on this. She wonders if the board has a position.
      • Christi said that the board told the group to keep working and that we would keep an eye on it. She received a letter from the city about a VRBO. This is the new city process according to Andy.
      • Christi is excited that Haus bought the place and are doing good things to it.
      • Debbie said that the owners have not taken possession of the place to the south.
      • Sue asked that the board reach out to Donna and Clark to ask what they want from the board.
      • Duane said they worked with the realtor about the property near them that has two kitchens that it cannot be a duplex.
      • Debbie shared that our involvement is important in the neighborhood with these issues.
    • Criminal Behavior 
      • Folks are keeping an eye out on those homes that are issues in the neighborhood.
      • Some neighbors have been threatened for calling the police.
      • Sue suggested that we include in the newsletter that we are looking for a new person to help with crime and reporting in the community.
    • College Hill Markers
      • John asked about the three markers left at the Duffy’s garden.
      • Andy said the Duffy’s are ok with us storing them there for now.
      • Christi said we are working on it. Andy shared that if anyone wants to take it on as a project, it is ready for that.
      • Kat shared that there is one on Mulvane that needs to be replaced.
      • Sue asked about a newsletter before the annual meeting. Maybe we can ask someone to take on this project.
  12. New Business
    • College Hill T-Shirts
      • Kat has worked on getting new shirts for CHNA. 
      • A lot of people asked about her shirt at the July 4 event. She worked with Go Blue on getting prices and a store put up. We can mark up items as a fundraiser for the neighborhood. We need to sell 25 to get the lower prices.
      • We need to decide on white or black ink. Erin suggested that white stands out well on all colors.
      • Kat suggested we mark them up to make some money for the neighborhood.
      • The store will be online and the shirts will be here by National Night Out. 
      • Erin asked if we could do this more than once. Kat said we can do a second order later in the year. Erin asked about tanks. Kat did not see it on the list.
      • vii.Carol asked about communication. Kat said it would go out through the neighborhood email and to Westminster. Sue feels like we are excluding those who are not online. Kat encouraged people to reach out to those who do not have access to add to their order. 
    • College Hill Bricks
      • Sue asked Tom about orders.
      • Tom and others are working on it. We can push it out during the annual meeting.
      • Debbie shared that there is a Boswell alumni event at the park on September 25.
      • Sue shared that the park agreed to look at improvements and possibly moving the bricks from the west to the center area.
      • Andy said that an online form would help. Kat can help with it and link it to the PayPal account.
  13. Our annual meeting will be September 20 at Westminster Church.
    • There was discussion about a special speaker from the city to present on the VRBO policies.
    • Andy will help secure a speaker.
    • Sue shared that free lunches are still available and are home-cooked on weekdays from 11-12 until August 12 for anyone 0-18 and their families.

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Brett J. Martin 

Meeting Minutes – May 2021

Attendees:  Christi Stewart (President), Tom Luellen (Treasurer), Brett Martin (Secretary), Gail Kennedy, Brian Adams, Dana Adams, Debra Stufflebean, Sue Fackler, K.O. Noonoo, Andy Fry, Debbie Pomeroy, Duane Pomeroy, Carol Christensen, Erin Snethen, Zach Snethen, Leo Cangiani

Zoom Meeting

  1. Introductions 
  2. Minutes – March minutes; motion from Andy, second from Zach. Minutes approved.
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    • Presented by Tom Luellen (Treasurer); see attached
    • Sue shared that we cleared over $1,500 for Blossoms; Zach asked about past revenue; Sue said it is usually around $2,000.
    • Sue moved, second from Gail. Report approved.
  4. Operation Food Secure – Brett
    • The program continues on Thursday nights. We have some volunteers but welcome more.
    • We have a variety of routes. We hope to get to know our neighbors better as the weather warms.
    • The program delivered its 100,000th box this week.
    • We deliver to 64 households. We serve outside College Hill if they don’t have a program in their neighborhoods.
    • Anyone interested in volunteering can contact anyone on the call who volunteers. You can also contact A special thanks to Zach who picks up every other week for us.
  5. House Lights Project Update – Andy
    • Andy shared that we made the initial purchase of light bulbs from Lowes. 
    • The lights have photo cell and will help illuminate the neighborhood and give a sense of safety and inclusiveness.
    • Neighbors will deliver and ask to help install the bulbs and get to know neighbors.
    • Light bulbs have a life of 3-4 years and an annual cost of $5.
    • Internet from Westminster Presbyterian Church – Wifi for students to use for school and other activities. There is funding to continue for a couple of years.
    • Traffic calming measures project – paint to help remind drivers to drive slowly through the neighborhood.
    • Susan shared about the purple lights that are throughout the neighborhood. These are failed lights from Evergy. They are working to resolve it.
    • Sue Bolley does the new neighbor baskets. Will lights be included? Andy will give some to her for the new neighbors; he is in contact with her to get lights to her.
    • Debra asked about a request for a “Children at Play” sign at 15th and Jewell. Andy can request that of traffic staff at the city.
  6. Recycling Drive – Carol Christensen
    • March drive brought in $112. The amount we are being paid now is less and accounts for the decrease from December. Since 1990, $14,115.08 has been raised for the neighborhood.
    • Sorting is necessary and helps with the volunteers. The next drive is July 10.
  7. Old Business
    • Neighborhood Clean Up Day 
      • Zach reported that we filled two dumpsters. We avoided a mess in the parking lot. Karl and Zach picked up some trash in the alleyways. They set aside the recycling.
    • Blossoms Sale 
      • Karl and Meredith were excellent volunteers. She appreciates the help of the younger residents. We will be back next year and hopefully with a breakfast inside the church. If you see good auction items, please set them aside for the sale. Debra shared several items. This is a partnership with Westminster for more than 20 years.
    • July 4  
      • Sue asked about the hot dog lunch. Westminster is willing to do the lunch if we decide to do the parade. Susan is not sure whether the city is issuing parade permits.
      • The barricades are $1,500-1,700 for the parade. This is a separate application.
      • There was discussion that the decision was made at the last meeting to have a 4th of July walk instead of a parade.
      • Debra shared that the lost her husband last month and that the parade was incredibly important to him and to their family.
      • Andy asked about the Music in the Park the night before the 4th of July. 
      • Sue shared that the church will be less enthused about the hot dog lunch if there is no parade and no other activities at the park.
      • Erin asked if we had the music after the walk in the morning with hotdogs, ice cream, etc. to get people together in the park. 
      • Debra asked about costumes and decorations for families. The awards for the houses, and costumes could be given in the park.
      • Andy moved that the 4th of July walk in College Hill like we had last year (separately) will be followed by music, hot dog lunch, and awards in the park. Sue seconded. Motion passed.
      • Susan will talk with Councilwoman Naeger about a proposal for barricades and parades.
    • College Hill Stones
    • Boswell Bricks
  8. Our next meeting will be July 19. We will meet on Zoom or at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Brett J. Martin

Meeting Minutes – January 2021


College Hill Neighborhood Association

Minutes:  January 11, 2020


Meeting ID: 895 1906 5947
Passcode: 889818

Attendees:  Christi Stewart (President), Tom Luellen (Treasurer), Brett Martin (Secretary), Brian Adams, Dana Adams, Carol Christensen, John Christensen, Sharon Dodd, Sue Fackler, Andy Fry, Ava Fry, Anna Fry, Karl Fundenberger, Emmett Hull, Patty Kane, Gail, Katrina Shaw, Benjamen Alford, Duane Pomeroy, Diane Pomeroy, G’Tobia Washington

Zoom Meeting

  1. Introductions 
  2. Minutes – Minutes from November meeting will be approved at the March meeting
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    1. Presented by Tom Luellen (Treasurer); see attached
    2. $4,600 in the general fund; $3,500 in grants
    3. Sue Fackler and Sarah Meadows oversee the Blossoms Fund (park improvements)
    4. Approval of the report; Patty Kane moved, Andy Fry second; report approved
  4. New Business – Introduction of any visitors 
    1. No visitors
  5. Operation Food Secure (OFS) in College Hill – Brett Martin
    1. Brett shared that volunteers over the last few months have continued to deliver food to our neighbors in College Hill and surrounding neighborhoods. Here are some details:
      1. More than 20 volunteers have been involved
      2. Food is delivered every other week to 77 households
      3. Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries sent a report of the impact in CHNA as of December 30, 2020
        1. 424 food boxes
        2. 424 gallons of milk
        3. 14,246 pounds of food
        4. 23,743 meals
    2. The federal Farmers to Families program through USDA officially ended on December 31, 2020
    3. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas has granted $350,000 to continue the program through the beginning of March. The boxes will not include precooked meat
    4. The White House announced on January 4 that they will re-start the program with an investment of $1.5 billion
  6. Trailer Purchase for CHNA – Brett Martin
    1. Brett shared that volunteers have been using borrowed trailers for OFS over the past few months
    2. Some residents have suggested that the purchase of a trailer might be useful for not only OFS but also for July 4 festivities, neighborhood clean-up, and the recycling drive
    3. Christi asked Carol if a trailer would be helpful with the recycling drive; Carol was unsure
    4. Tom asked about the duration of OFS; Brett was unsure of the timeline for the program
    5. No action taken; conversations will continue
  7. Topeka Community Acceptance Grant for Light Bulbs – Andy Fry
    1. Topeka Community Foundation grant ($4,000); CHNA contributed $500
    2. We will purchase light bulbs with photocells for houses in the neighborhood
    3. Some residents have had issues with bulbs, but Andy indicated there are more reliable options
    4. The purpose of this initiative is to help light the neighborhood for increased safety; individuals would use the bulbs in their front porch fixtures
    5. There is an opportunity to look at crime rates before and after the installation of the bulbs
  8. Recycling Drive Update – Carol Christensen  
    1. Carol reported that we made $135 during the December drive
    2. Midwest Salvage, the new company on Branner, requires us to separate the metals; we would like communication with the neighborhood to save their recyclables and to pre-sort them
      1. They only take metal; aluminum beverage cans are our best money-makers
      2. It would be helpful to let people know about the drives on a regular basis
      3. Carol has sent information to Erin when she develops communications; she can also send it to the group to share with everyone
    3. Carol is proposing that the next recycling drive be March 27 (after our next meeting)
  9. Traffic Calming Projects (action item) – Andy Fry
    1. At our past meeting, we looked at different options (15th and Jewell and 13th and College) to help calm traffic in the neighborhood
      1. Zach shared that these are longest stretches of road that have no stop signs and can contribute to faster car traffic
    2. When we sent out information a few months ago, some residents gave feedback and suggested other locations
    3. Carol shared that there was some concern about the historic nature of College Avenue as the old trolley car route
    4. Andy suggested that layers holding historic value are a few layers down; he reminded the group that these are temporary options to calm traffic 
    5. Zach shared that this is a temporary opportunity that can serve as a test case for the city
    6. Christi suggested that it’s a great idea and that we have nothing to lose
    7. Motion: Traffic calming project at 13th and College and at 15th and Jewell at no cost to CHNA. Andy moved; Zach second 
      1. Andy shared that there will be signage posted to share about the project and provide an opportunity to share feedback
  1. Kansas Leadership Center COVID-19 Grant – Andy Fry
    1. As part of the Kansas Leadership Center’s (KLC) “Kansas Beats the Virus” initiative, Andy gathered five residents to look at ways to help families during COVID-19 pandemic
    2. The group decided to look at a public access WiFi network in Boswell Square Park for students as they are remote in school
    3. CHNA has procured other dollars as well
    4. Andy has communicated with Parks and Rec and Westminster Presbyterian about housing the hardware
    5. The group is looking at a one-year contract
    6. The group also decorated the gazebo with Christmas lights to bring some light and joy to the neighborhood
    7. Karl mentioned that the Topeka Spits group also received a KLC grant. Individuals who have posted selfies with #TopekaSpits and are practicing COVID-safe behaviors will be entered to win a $20 gift card.
  2. Old Business 
    1. Carol asked about the bricks
      1. Christi reminded the group that Sue is working on this and that she is working with Bill Riphahn
      2. Carol shared that Sue is working with Bill on bricks that are longer lasting
    2. Andy has organized the ideas that Zach gathered from the chili feed on a spreadsheet to share at the next meeting 
  3. New Business 
    1. None
  4. Our next meeting will be March 15, 2021. We will meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church or on Zoom.

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Brett J. Martin 

Meeting Minutes – September 2020

Meeting was held via Zoom.

Persons in attendance follow:  Brian Adams, Dana Adams, Ben Alford, Carol Christensen, Susan Duffy, Andy Fry, Gail Kennedy, Tom Luellen, Brett Martin, Debbie Pomeroy, Duane Pomeroy, Katrina Shaw, Christi Stewart, Ardith Woertz, Emmett.

Treasurer’s Report – Treasurer’s Report was approved as presented.

    • Tom Luellen provided a recap of income and expenses for the past year.
    • A brief discussion related to College Hill Neighborhood Association (CHNA) dues and forms of payment ensued.
      • Currently, dues may be paid at various in-person CHNA sponsored events or by mail or drop-off to Tom at 1619 Plass.
      • Annual Dues are $20 per family.
      • Some form of electronic payment and/or Pay Pal were discussed as possible future payment methods to explore.

Minutes of last meeting – Minutes were approved with the noted change.

    • Ardith Woertz reviewed the Minutes from the July 2020.
    • A change to correct the spelling of Debbie Pomeroy’s name was presented.
      • Note – while reviewing past minutes it was discovered that two other names were misspelled – Andy Fry and Carol Christensen.  The spelling of these names has been corrected as well.

New Business – Introduction of any visitors –

    • No visitors.  Item not discussed.

Information regarding traffic calming, safety and speed reduction in College Hill –

    • Andy Fry provided an update on project, including talks with City Traffic Engineer.
    • Goal of Project is to make neighborhood safer.  Project is seen as having several stages or iterations.
    • A diagram showing potential use of road markings that are designed to help slow down traffic was displayed.
      • Drawing highlighted 13th and College and 15th and Jewell.
    • No decisions have been finalized.
    • Feedback was asked for – concept, locations, etc.
    • Comments and suggestions should be sent to Andy Fry at

Lighting the Neighborhood project update –

    • Andy Fry provided an update.
    • Andy is working with Cynthia Naeger and they are looking at applying for a Community Grant to provide a dusk to dawn light bulb to each house in College Hill.
    • Goal is safety related and to lighting up the neighborhood.
    • Light bulb offering is an initial phase of what is seen as a multi-phase project.   
    • Light bulb type and where to purchase were talked about as was soliciting donations or cost reductions/savings from store bulbs would be purchased from to help offset costs and demonstrate outside support in grant submission.

Update on recycling and next scheduled pick up December 12th – 

    • Carol Christensen talked about recycling efforts and issues related to former recycling vendor, Jim Starkey.
    • Starkey has applied for and is waiting to receive a new license.
    • Discussion focused on most recently used vendor and that we need to make participating in recycling program easy for neighbors.
    • Next recycling drive is in November 2020.
    • More updates to follow as more is learned with respect to vendors.

Election of new officers – Outcome:  Slate of officers was approved as submitted with Vice President position to be determined at a later date.

Slate presented – President Christi Stewart

Vice President – to be determined later

Treasurer – Tom Luellen

Secretary – Brett Martin

    • Slate of officers was presented and request for additional nominations was made.
    • No additional nominations were submitted.
    • Vote was taken.
      • Congratulations to Christi Stewart, Tom Luellen, and Brett Martin!

Request for Volunteers – 4th of July parade coordinator needed –

    • Role of the 4th of July Parade Coordinator was discussed.
    • Ardith said she would help.
    • No volunteers were identified.
    • Erin Snethen will coordinate the July 3rd activities.

Other Business – No Other Business was presented or discussed.

Next Round Table Meeting on November 16th

Close of Business – thank you for this opportunity to serve our neighborhood.  Thank Gail Kennedy for your excellent work as the secretary for the last two years!!

Added Note from Gail – thank you for the opportunity to serve as Secretary of the CHNA.  College Hill is a great community and the CHNA is a vibrant and active organization.  I have enjoyed my time on the board and meeting all the wonderful people that I have encountered.

Minutes Respectfully Submitted by Gail L. Kennedy

Meeting Minutes – July 2020

College Hill Neighborhood Association

Round Table Agenda and Minutes – July 20, 2020

Persons in Attendance: Cynthia Naeger (guest), Gail Kennedy, Ardith Woertz, Tom Luellen, Deb Pomeroy, Duane Pomeroy, Christi Stewart, Andy Fry, Zach Snethen, Erin Snethen, Brett Martin, Carol Christiansen, Patricia Kane.

    1. Introductions – Meeting held via Zoom
    2. Minutes — Approved as submitted
    3. Treasurer’s Report – Report Submitted and approved as submitted
    4. Guest – Cynthia Naeger regarding grant proposal
    5. Lighting Project – Andy Fry in conjunction with Cynthia Naeger
      • Andy and Cynthia have been working on grant proposal for dusk to dawn lights for distribution to new neighbors. Neighborhood Safety is key motivator.
      • Partnering with other community action groups to make it happen have been explored.  Have looked into several grants: Hand R Block, Topeka Community Foundation – Greater Topeka Community Fund, Evergy to name a few.  Most grant possibilities have shifted funds at this time to COVID related activities.
      • Also working with Community Resource Center (CRC) to become a member organization so we can qualify for 501c3 grants.  Membership fee is $100.
      • Lights and costs were discussed, and question was asked if we would be providing matching or some funds to try and Improve grant search.
      • Yard/Sidewalk Lights were also discussed.  This project is more costly and was seen as a possible next step.  Need for more data and how yard lights have helped the crime rate in other neighborhoods was discussed. Participants indicated desire to continue work on this and to talk with Evergy about.
      • Ardith will seek a letter of support from Safe Streets to help with grant applications.
      • Motion presents by Andy and seconded by Carol:  spend $100 to obtain membership with CRC and put up $500 of unencumbered funds as match for grant for light bulb project.  Motion unanimously approved. AS Cynthia was dropped off the Zoom call, Andy will get back with Cynthia.
    6. Porch fest/music event — Andy Fry and Lauren Neuer –
      • Event will involve having several different smaller music gatherings in front yards or on porches.
      • Participates would socially distance and wear masks.
      • Event date could coincide with or be related to National Night Out activity.   People could walk by and enjoy music from sidewalk.
      • It was mentioned that Porch fest could possibly build into something that replaces house tours without going inside as it will be featuring the neighborhood and the talent in the neighborhood. It was mentioned that we could pick a date, put information out, and let it organically grow over time.
      • October 10th was identified as event date to coincide with National Night Out.   Day Light hours were discussed as a way to encourage people to walk neighborhood. Different ideas were mentioned, and an initial planning team was formed.  It was also mentioned that it would possibly be up to the individual host to plan the entertainment.  An August 2nd planning meeting was set.
    7. Recycling Drive – update by Carol Christiansen
      • Jim Starkey has applied for registration with Kansas State Department of Revenue and has not heard back.
      • After a discussion on options, it was decided that as we have a long-term relationship with Jim Starkey, we will wait until he is in business.
      • Information will be put out to let neighborhood know we still plan on doing recycling and they will be asked to hang on to their recyclables.
    8. Neighborhood Cleanup – Ben Alford is coordinating this event and it is being rescheduled to the fall.
      • This may be cancelled.  The Keep America Beautiful Activity has been cancelled for the year. No decisions made at this time.
    9. 4th of July – Independence Walk recap.  Good coverage for independence walk.  Great participation. Event was declared a success.
    10. National Night Out – see Porch fest — item b. above.
    11. Old Business – Park projects.  Have money from Blossoms.  Project will be discussed at the Annual meeting in September.  — explore grant projects.  Some ideas have been generated.  There are no cost estimates currently.
    12. New Business – nominating committee for officers.  Ardith will gather.
    13. Added item:  – meeting with City Traffic Engineer to discuss traffic flow and how to slow traffic down.
      • Safety is the focus.
      • Diagrams were reviewed and discussed.
      • City Traffic Engineer will be invited to Annual Meeting in September to make a presentation.
    14. Annual Meeting will take place the 3rd Monday in September – September 21st – at 7:00 pm, hopefully in person, at Westminster Church located at 13th & Boswell.

Respectfully submitted by Gail L. Kennedy