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Spring 2018 Update: New Board, Chipper Trucks, & Calendar

posted May 8, 2018, 1:54 PM by Mat Slater   [ updated May 8, 2018, 2:05 PM ]

CFNA Spring Newsletter 2018

Hello Central Foothillers!

Hope you've all been busy enjoying a beautiful Spring in our neighborhood. Whether it's hiking Hillside to the Hollow, pulling weeds, or dusting off your To Do list things are in motion and on that note it's high time for our Spring Newsletter...

Meet the 2018 Board

CFNA held board elections in late January and we bid adieu to the outgoing board and honored our Guatemala-bound emeritus President Joanie Fauci. Endless thanks for your service, Joanie!
Our newly elected President is Mat Slater who you may have met out on the trails with his dog or tending to the neighbor's garden at the end of Terrace Way where he's lived for 19 years.

CFNA Board Members:
Mat Slater, President
Michelle Cooper, Vice President
Mike Wabst, Treasurer
Dorothy Finaldi, Firewise Coordinator
Helen Thorensen, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
Eric Lecht, Neighborhood Subdistrict Coordinator
Sharon Hayhurst, Neighborhood Subdistrict Coordinator

Chipper Trucks & FireWise

The CFNA inbox regularly gets questions about the Chipper Trucks & FireWise. We've been blessed for the past several years however we did not receive our FireWise grant this year to fund them.
Last year our grant was around $25,000 and although we have $4156 left in the FireWise grant funds they can only be spent on chipper trucks.

Dorothy is keeping in touch with the City and is checking whether the funds can be used for fire prevention related cleanups or planting vegetation to prevent erosion.

Trails

We've gotten reports of kids working on old dirt jumps in Ussery Gulch again. It appears they are trying to restore a route previously closed off by Ridge to Rivers staff per the City of Boise. Please contact Sara Arkle with Boise Parks & Rec at (208) 493-2533 if you know anything about this illegal activity.

Spring weather brings more trail users as well as wildlife. If you or anyone you know needs to brush up on trail etiquette (in general, Ridge to Rivers has published a guide you can download & print.

Upcoming Events

Firewise Training
Wednesday, May 16th 6pm @ Bown Crossing Library

All are welcome to attend - learn more how to keep your property safe from fire risks.

Lancaster Trailhead Nat'l Trails Day Project
Saturday, June 2nd 9am - 1pm

This year’s National Trails Day project will be relocation of the neighborhood access trail into the Hillside to the Hollow Reserve from the end of Lancaster Street. We need volunteers! For more info or to sign up: https://bit.ly/2w7YRjn

Thank You

What makes a neighborhood thrive is its residents and we want to hear from you. Please share your concerns, suggestions, and ideas. And thank you...whether it's turning out to a community event, helping clear a Mutt Mitt station, or protecting our trail system all those small acts of care and kindness coalesce to continue making our neighborhood a great place to live. Thank you!

2018 CFNA Annual Meeting

posted Jan 10, 2018, 1:25 PM by Mat Slater

Happy New Year! 

Hello everyone! We wanted to let you know that we will be having the Central Foothills Neighborhood Association annual meeting next Wednesday, January 17th. The meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Library! at Collister, 4724 W State Street. 

We have will a guest speaker and Board elections. We are in need of new board members! Most board members have served for multiple terms, and are not able to continue next year in this role. Please consider joining the Board. We would love to have some new people, with new energy on the CFNA Board. It doesn’t involve too much of your time and much of what we do is done via email.

Thanks for your consideration, we hope to see you Wednesday!
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Agenda

Welcome 
by Joanie Fauci, current President

 
Guest Speaker:
Leon Letson – City of Boise, Planning & Development Services, Planner
 
Elections:  Thanks to all 2017 Board members! We accomplished a lot: the chipper truck twice, a neighborhood Firewise project, a trail closure project, and a full moon party. We would love to have new volunteers join the Board.  Here are most of the things we do, the Board members share these tasks.
 
Tasks:

  • Holding general meetings (and all that’s involved)
  • Respond to email, website, Nextdoor, maintain website
  • Maintain contact information of residents
  • Produce the annual report (take photos throughout the year)
  • Apply for grants and complete grant actions
  • Communicate with the mayor & city council & ACHD – email and/or hearings
  • Ensure there are pedestrian flags at Lancaster & Hill
  • Ensure mutt mitts stations are operating correctly
  • Serve as an ambassador for CFNA!
 
Officers:
President:
Vice President:
Secretary/Treasurer:
Firewise Coordinator:
Neighborhood Watch Coordinator:
Sub district Coordinators:
 
Updates:
  • Firewise
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant Application
  • Boise Bike Boulevard Coalition (BBBC)
  • Boise Neighborhood Association Network (BNAN)

Thanks to Collister Library for allowing us to meet here.
Adjourn

Fall Update

posted Sep 27, 2017, 2:51 PM by Mat Slater   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 3:10 PM ]

Hello Neighbors!


Cool weather is back in the air! So it’s time for our neighborhood party!

Everyone should have received a flyer on their doorstep. The signs at the end of the streets will be out soon. So, we hope you will be able to attend! Wednesday, October 4, 6:30pm, at the top of Terrace Way. It should be a fun time!

On Saturday, October 14 the City of Boise is hosting a neighborhood focused event. It is called Boise Interactive. Everyone is encouraged to attend. The registration fee is $10 (early bird, until they run out) then $15. If you attend, CFNA will reimburse this fee! Send an email with your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and how much you paid to centralfoothillsna@gmail.com. We will get a check to you but it may take a little while, please be patient with us. To register, please go to http://bit.ly/2x8y7Pn. For more information, please visit www.EnergizeOurNeighborhoods.org

   

The chipper truck will be back. Expect pickups early Monday morning on October 16 & 23. If your yard debris is not out when the truck comes by, you will have to take care of it yourself, we do not have the funds to send them around a second time. It would be best to have it out on Sunday evening. Since this is part of our Firewise program, any photos and hours worked would be greatly appreciated. Please send all information to centralfoothillsna@gmail.com .

 

Several neighborhood associations, but especially the North End Neighborhood Association, will be hosting a City Council Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 24. Three of the six seats on the Boise City Council will be on the November ballot. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
 

That’s all for now. We hope to see you at several of these events. Hopefully the local construction work is not too bothersome.

 

Summer Update

posted Aug 11, 2017, 12:20 PM by Mat Slater

Hope you're all having a wonderful Summer, and that you have some fun plans for viewing the eclipse! We have a few announcements and Save-the-Dates for you:

• COMPASS is accepting comments on their 2040 plan through August 15th.The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) is requesting YOUR feedback on transportation plans and projects in Ada and Canyon Counties. Please take a moment to review the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which includes projects proposed for the next five years, as well as proposed changes to the regional long-range transportation plan. Communities in Motion 2040, which looks 20+ years into the future. Comments may be submitted through August 15, 2017. Learn more at www.compassidaho.org.

• ACHD is accepting comments on their Five-Year Plan through August 21st. The FY2018-2022 Integrated Five-Year Work Plan (IFYWP) Initial Draft is available for public comment through August 21, 2017. The draft Plan can be found at: bit.ly/ifywp2018. The IFYWP is ACHD’s five-year capital program identifying all planned projects in the areas of roadway maintenance, bridge replacement, storm water infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle enhancements, and road and intersection widening. All comments received on the initial draft will be reviewed with the ACHD Commission for direction on specific changes to incorporate into the final draft that will be out later this summer.

• The City of Boise is accepting nominations for Good Neighbor Awards through September 1st.
Do you know a great neighbor who deserves recognition for his or her contributions to our community? Is there a neighbor who keeps an eye on the neighborhood during a morning stroll or secures grants to improve the neighborhood park? Perhaps someone who organizes block parties or welcomes new neighbors to the neighborhood? Whatever their contributions, here’s a chance to thank them by nominating them for the Mayor's Awards for Good Neighbors! Nominations for residents, businesses and organizations will be accepted through September 1st. For more information on the Good Neighbor program or to nominate a good neighbor, please go to http://energize.cityofboise.org/pressrelease/2016/07/good-neighbor-nominations/  Thank you to all those who make Boise a great place to live!

• The Central Foothills Neighborhood Association is having its National Night Out/Full Moon Party on October 4th. Located in the cul-de-sac at the top of Terrace Way (off of Hillway Drive). More details as the date approaches.

Boise Neighborhood Interactive. On October 14th at the Grove Hotel, enjoy a day of speakers and breakout sessions focused on community topics most important to you and your neighborhood. More details will be available in September, but in the meantime, see EnergizeOurNeighborhoods.org.

• The North End Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a City Council Candidate Forum on October 24th. Three of our City Council seats will be up for a vote in November.

• The Suez Water Boring Project on North Mountain is nearing completion. A similar project on Hillway Drive will start in the near future.

• The Magal Subdivision at the end of Lancaster Drive will begin the road grading phase imminently. Expect the trail to be closed. If you have any questions or concerns about the project (i.e.,dust issues, etc.) contact Andy Long of the City of Boise, at 208-794-8996 or Steve Sears of Conger Management Group, at 208-870-1272.

• To maintain our Firewise certification, neighbors need to help neighbors clear out combustible materials on or around their property. Look for an announcement in the Fall of where and when the project will take place. We hope you will choose to volunteer for this community effort!

• We expect to be scheduling the Chipper truck again this fall, likely in late October, to help residents clear their yards of overgrowth (junipers, etc.). Any materials larger than the compost bins can handle will be appropriate for this service.

• To reiterate some posts from Nextdoor.com, there have been multiple thefts of bicycles and vehicle contents in our area this summer. Take extra precautions to secure your property; keep your cars locked. If you haven't already, please register your bicycle on the Boise Police Department website to aid in its recovery should it be stolen: https://police.cityofboise.org/home/downloads-online-services/bicycle-registration-form/






Various City News Updates

posted May 10, 2017, 2:43 PM by Mat Slater

Various City News Updates 

 "The Era of Megafires" movie will be playing at the Egyptian Theater on Tuesday, May 16th.
http://nrfirescience.org/event/era-megafires-multi-media-presentation-dr-paul-hessburg-boise

• On Wednesday, May 17th, Captain Jerry McAdams from the Boise Fire Department, Brett Van Paepeghem from Idaho Firewise, and Martha Brabec from the City of Boise, will join together at the Library! at Collister to provide all the latest information about becoming a Firewise Community.  They will present the newest information Firewise has to offer.  Captain McAdams also expressed a willingness to work with any of the neighborhood associations to survey, advise, and support you in taking action now! Although CFNA is already an established Firewise community, you may find this talk informative.
 
What:  Firewise Communities
When: Wednesday, May 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Library! at Collister, in the Sycamore Room
4724 W. State St., Boise ID  83703
(208) 972-8320

 Spurge Blisters - A message from a master gardener neighbor:  Donkey Tail Spurge (botanical name Euphorbia myrsinites) is blooming everywhere right now: (in the median strips on 15th Street), on hillsides (above Harrison Hollow + all along Tablerock Road), and in every last neighborhood... all over Boise. THE SAP CAN CAUSE BLISTERS ON YOUR SKIN and has the potential to blind you. I have at least three wretched incidents to relate where children were hurt or an adult ended up in the ER. The kids, seeing the milky white sap, spread it all over their arms and legs, playing "sunscreen," with it. They ended up in the ER with blisters where they "applied" the sap. Another report of kids rolling on a bank and goofing off, and breaking the stems and getting sap all over themselves, again resulted in ER visits for blisters. And a friend was pulling weeds at the Idaho Botanical Garden, snapped a stem and got some sap in his eyes, which almost blinded him. I'd love to see it all removed, but if you attempt it, wear safety glasses, long sleeves, long pants and gloves. Then throw it in a plastic bag and seal it securely before tossing it in the trash.


• If you know CPR or are in emergency need of CPR, you should have this app: https://adacountyparamedics.com/2017/03/27/saving-lives-with-a-phone-app-yes-really/

 
• Sign up for CodeRed to be notified of emergencies in your area: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF01DC4DD213

 
• Sign up to receive the City’s "Energize" Newsletter, which contains information about many neighborly events: http://cityofboise.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4886390703eebc1df0152bba8&id=6ff6e3f5f7

 
• F-35 Update:  Joanie Fauci, CFNA President, has been attending meetings and keeping abreast of information about the F-35s potentially coming to Gowen Field. She has asked the Air Force to provide demonstration flights so we can hear how loud they truly are. No flights are confirmed at this time.


• Bedard Hearing Update:  The City vs. Bedard Musser case was heard at the Idaho Supreme Court on May 3rd. No judgement has yet been made about Bedard’s easement access to his 63 acres of private property above Hillside Jr High.


• Hillway Drive trailhead work is still planned for this spring. We are waiting on supplies. Contact centralfoothillsna@gmail.com if you wish to help.
 

• The CFNA Neighborhood Party will be held on October 4th. We will provide additional details closer to the date.


• There will be a City-sponsored Neighborhood Summit on SaturdayOctober 14th. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be many lectures, panels, and roundtable discussions about issues related to neighborhoods. Again, additional details will be provided closer to the date.

Chipper Truck Reminder

posted May 10, 2017, 1:53 PM by Mat Slater

The Chipper Truck is Coming!

This MondayMay 15 and Tuesday, May 16, then again the following week, May 22 & 23 the chipper truck will be cruising through our neighborhood. See the information below for the City’s guidelines. Thanks to all who participate and help keep our neighborhood “Firewise”.
 
Guidance for Firewise Chipper Services in Boise’s Neighborhoods:

Please pile brush on your property until the Saturday / Sunday before scheduled chipper services. 

Please pile brush as neatly and compactly as possible. 

Several smaller piles are preferable to high piles which might topple.

Please do not block access to mailboxes or sanitation bins at any time.

Respect your neighbors' driveways or other access points to their property.

Enjoy the brush cleanup and consider helping other residents.

Thank-you messages to Mayor Bieter and Boise City Council are always appreciated: mayor@cityofboise.org.  citycouncil@cityofboise.org.  

The City funds chipper services in our area through grants awarded annually. Central Foothills Neighborhood Association has frequently been awarded these grants to help keep our area safer from wildfire.

If you have questions please feel free to contact centralfoothillsna@gmail.com.

Spurge blisters

posted Apr 30, 2017, 9:54 AM by Mat Slater   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 9:57 AM ]

A message from a Master Gardener neighbor:
See this plant? It is blooming everywhere right now: (in the median strips on 15th Street), on hillsides (above Harrison Hollow + all along Tablerock Road), and in every last neighborhood. All over Boise.

It is called donkey tail spurge or goes by the botanical name Euphorbia myrsinites.

IT CAN CAUSE BLISTERS ON YOUR SKIN and has the potential to blind you.

I have at least three wretched incidents to relate where children were hurt or an adult ended up in the ER. The kids, seeing the milky white sap, spread it all over their arms and legs, playing "sunscreen," with it. They ended up in the ER with blisters where they "applied" the sap. Another report of kids rolling on a bank and goofing off, and breaking the stems and getting sap all over themselves. Again, the ER and blisters. And a friend was pulling weeds at the Idaho Botanical Garden, snapped a stem and got some in his eyes. Almost blinded him.

I'd love to see it all removed, but if you attempt it, wear safety glasses, long sleeves, long pants and gloves. And throw it in a plastic bag and seal it before tossing it in the trash.

Spring 2017 Update

posted Apr 27, 2017, 2:45 PM by Mat Slater

Cheerful Spring Greetings, Neighbors!

We just wanted to give you a brief update on a few upcoming events.

• On Wednesday, May third, there is a hearing at the Idaho Supreme Court at 451 W. State Street, at 8:50 a.m. This hearing is about the Bedard property, above Hillside Junior High School. See the flyer for more information: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzMTg2fuptrldVQ1empWVUhVZHc 

• The chipper truck will be making its rounds throughout the neighborhood again this Spring! The dates are: May 15 and 16, and May 22 and 23 (Mondays and Tuesdays).

The Central Foothills Neighborhood Association has secured a grant through the City of Boise Community Reinvestment Grant program for a "fire fuels reduction" program. Two chipper trucks will cruise through the neighborhood collecting and chipping debris.
 
The chipper trucks will pick up any woody debris (brush, branches etc.) from the curbside in front of your house. They will only collect landscape waste — no root balls or grass clippings. Materials can be any length, but the trunks can be no more than ten inches (10") in diameter. The landscape waste does not need to be bagged or roped together, but does need to assembled at the end of your driveway for easy pick up. 

• The trailheads on Hillway Drive will be modified soon. The steep trail near the fire hydrant will be closed. The trail near the Mutt-Mitts station will have steps installed. Dates for these changes are uncertain, but should occur in May. If you'd like to volunteer to assist, please contact:centralfoothillsna@gmail.com.

• We are pursuing a neighborhood reinvestment grant in cooperation with the Highlands Neighborhood Association to install a rest room near the end of North Harrison Hollow Lane (near Healthwise). Wouldn't that be great?

January 2017 CFNA Annual Meeting Minutes

posted Feb 7, 2017, 10:57 AM by Mat Slater

2/1/17 CFNA Annual Meeting Minutes

Welcome by Joanie Fauci, current CFNA President

Guest Speakers:

Troy Rohn—Trustee, Boise School Board—needs our help.

Over one half of our schools were built before 1960, and need over 300 million dollars in repairs.

Having to use portables to relieve overcrowding. Boise police have deemed these to be unsafe.

Hillside to get new cafeteria and gym.

No increase in property taxes due to the expiration of the 1996 bond and 2012 levy—this will replace them.

CFNA voted to support the Boise School Bond.

The vote for the school bond will happen on March 14th.

Go to yesforboiseschools.com for more information or to find out about making donations.


Evan Carpenter — Public Works, Composting Service—Curb it Boise will be adding compost year-round service.

Ada County did study and found 45% of waste is organic. Very expensive for landfill.

Most customers will have an estimated monthly increase of $3.40 depending on level of service chosen.

Information regarding this program will come out in next utility bill notice in February or March.

More information can be found on curbitboise.org.


Julie Hulvey and Natalie Nation—The Library! At Collister—talked to us about how the library wants the facility to help us and find out issues and goals for our neighborhood.

The Library offers many services and classes. Many classes included are computer classes.

There also is a book club held at Highlands Hollow.

More information about the library is available online.


Elections:

Joanie thanked all the board members for their help in 2016 and opened up the vote for 2017 CFNA new board members. Joanie gave a description of obligations from board members and responsibilities. This includes helping with grants. At this time, we have two pending grants which include a communications Mini-Grant and also a grant for Firewise Chipper Truck.

Welcome the 2017 Board:

Joanie Fauci – President

Tim Breuer – Vice President

Lani Gallimore – Secretary/Treasurer

Dorothy Finaldi – Firewise

Helen Thorensen – Neighborhood Watch


Subdistrict Coordinators:

Angela Wickham

Brandon Beagles

Jack Van Valkenburgh

Michelle Cooper

Old Business:

            View the 2016 CFNA Annual Report              https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzMTg2fuptrlOUtzTjlpUE5laVk/view?usp=sharing

            and the photos https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzMTg2fuptrlbVlqZGV6cDFEX2M/view?usp=sharing


Lancaster Drive: lawsuit by is pending by Tim Kesinger (we have since learned this was rejected/declined); road should go in this spring.


Eyrie Canyon: nothing new, development progresses.


Bedard Property: awaiting lawsuit results, Emily will reach out.


Hill Rd. Townhouses: being built currently, 2 duplexes near the roundabout have maintained the pathway to the street above as required by the Conditional Use Permit.


H2H trails: The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, Ridge to Rivers, and neighbors will work to improve our neighborhood access points.


36th St Roundabout: seems to be working well, art potential on hold pending landscaping beautification.


New Business:

  1. Town Hall meetings with Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb and Representatives Matt Erpelding and Melissa Wintrow at Warm Springs Golf Course on 2/8 at 6:30 and Shadow Hills Elementary on 2/22 at 6:30.

  1. Many Boise residents value Freak Alley in downtown Boise. Check out this survey at http://livboise.org/alleys) to comment on proposed improvements to Freak alley between 8th and 9th Streets, and to the Union Block Alley between 8th and Capitol Blvd. Residents are invited to participate now through February 7th. Thank you! This is a great opportunity to shape the look and feel of our city and participate in Placemaking downtown.

  1. March 14th VOTE in the Boise School Bond election.

  1. Emergency Preparedness workshop, including wildfire evacuation, presented by the City of Boise in May.

  1. A new group was recently created in NextDoor.com as a follow up to the Women’s March.

  1. The City has a new Energize Newsletter. Sign up for it here: http://energize.cityofboise.org/

  1. The City has another survey out right now. You are encouraged to take the City’s Citizen Survey, as all replies are valued. They want to hear from you! It is their mission to better serve #Boise residents by understanding how they can best meet your needs. To help accomplish this, you are invited to take this survey: www.experienceboisesurvey.com



Meeting Reminder and Agenda

posted Jan 31, 2017, 9:33 AM by Mat Slater

Hello everyone!

We want to remind you that we will be having the Central Foothills Neighborhood Association annual meeting this Wednesday, February 1st. The meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Library! at Collister, 4724 W State Street. 

We have will several guest speakers and Board elections. We are in need of new board members! Several board members have served for multiple terms, and several are not able to continue to contribute this next year in this role. Please consider joining the Board. We would love to have some new people, with new energy on the CFNA Board. It doesn’t involve too much of your time and much of what we do is done via email.

Thanks for your consideration, we hope to see you Wednesday!

 

Agenda

Guest Speakers:

Julie Hulvey – The Library! At Collister

Troy Rohn – Trustee, Boise School Board

Evan Carpenter – Public Works, Composting Service

 

Elections:  Thanks to all 2016 Board members! We accomplished a lot. Please see the 2016 annual report & photos on the website (boisecentralfoothills.org). We would love to have new volunteers join the Board.  Here are most of the things we do, with Board members sharing these tasks.

 

Tasks:

  • Holding general meetings (and all that’s involved)

  • Respond to email, website, Nextdoor, maintain website

  • Maintain contact information of residents

  • Produce the annual report (take photos throughout the year)

  • Apply for grants and complete grant actions

  • Communicate with the mayor & city council & ACHD – email and/or hearings

  • Ensure there are pedestrian flags at Lancaster & Hill

  • Ensure mutt mitts stations are operating correctly

  • Serve as an ambassador for CFNA!

 

Officers:

President:

                Vice President:

                Secretary/Treasurer:

                Firewise Coordinator:

                Neighborhood Watch Coordinator:

Sub district Coordinators:

 

Old Business: Lancaster Drive, Eyrie Canyon, Beddard Property, Hill Rd Townhouses, H2H Trails, 36th St Roundabout

 

Grants for 2017: 

  1. Communications Mini-Grant $2000 – pending but likely approved

  2. Firewise Chipper Truck $25000 – pending

     

New Business: 

  1. Town Hall meetings with Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb and Representatives Mat Erpelding and Melissa Wintrow at Warm Springs Golf Course on 2/8 at 6:30 and Shadow Hills Elementary on 2/22 at 6:30

     

  2. Many Boise residents value Freak Alley in downtown Boise. Check out this survey (http://livboise.org/alleys) to comment on proposed improvements to Freak Alley, between 8th / 9th , and to the Union Block Alley between 8th and Capitol Blvd. Residents are invited to participate now through February 7. Thank you!   This is a great opportunity to shape the look and feel of our city and participate in Placemaking in the downtown.

     

  3. Questions/Comments/Concerns?

     

 

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