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November 2, 2012 Volume 5, Issue 4

Alabama Hill
Association Newsletter

Chairman: Dean Haskins 733-2800 Vice Chair: Doug Bestle 734-2271 Secretary: - vacant Treasurer: Jim McLeod 734-5127 Past Chairman: Larry Nicholas 647-2315

Next Association Meeting!
Tuesday – November 13th – Bloedel-Donovan Pavilion – 7 PM
Our next quarterly neighborhood meeting is being scheduled a week later than usual (first Tuesday) due to the very important national election. We didn’t want to put our neighbors in conflict with our meeting and the important news of the election. For this next meeting Chairman Dean has arranged for a special presentation by Christopher Comeau, AICP, Transportation Planner for the city of Bellingham. Christopher will be talking about the Alabama Street Corridor Multimodal Safety Improvement Feasibility Study. You’ve heard and read some of the aspects of this project, and now you have an opportunity to speak to the city planner about how this effort will affect your lives. Bring your questions and learn more about where this is all going. You can find lots of information right now online at the following address: http://www.cob.org/services/neighborhoods/communityplanning/transportation/alabama-corridor-study.aspx We look forward to a good turnout of our neighbors to hear about this traffic plan and to share in other matters pertinent to our neighborhood. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

MNAC Rep:
Jimmy Kelsey 715-3053 AHA Area A (NW) Rep Brian Walker 671-8258 AHA Area B (NE) Rep Michael Eisenberg 734-3615 AHA Area C (SW) Rep vacant AHA Area D (SE) Rep Richard Maneval 671-9559

Alabama Street Corridor Multimodal Safety Improvements

Special Interest Articles:
• November Meeting Announcement • Best Brownie ever • City beat

MNAC News – October, 2012
– Jimmy Kelsey, our Rep

Mayor Kelli Linville has been discussing ways to improve the effectiveness of communications between neighborhood associations and her office through the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission. At our October Individual Highlights: 17th meeting she offered a suggested revision to the Bellingham Municipal MNAC Report Code changing MNAC role in the project and neighborhood plan review process in an attempt to avoid duplication by MNAC of work done in the AHA Membership Form Planning Department. I have a copy of her suggested revision and if anyone is interested in discussing it further please call or email. Next AHA Qtly
Meeting is Tues Nov 13th 7 PM BloedelDonovan

Parks Director James King provided information on plans for work on Arne Hanna Aquatic Center and replacing the field turf for Civic Stadium. He also described plans to trim the trees in the view from the view platform near the top of the Arboretum to allow views of the city. *** continued on page 2

Fall Recipe
Best Brownies Ever
provided by Alyson Batchelder-Bestle

Alabama Hill Association
MNAC News (continued from page 1)

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During the upcoming holidays there are going to be many opportunities to provide a great dessert item to an event. Here’s a terrific brownie recipe you might like to bring along.

INGREDIENTS: • 1 cube Butter (1/4 lb) • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate or • 6 Tablespoons Cocoa and 3 Tablespoons butter • ¼ Teaspoon Salt • 3-4 eggs (3 large/extra large or 4 small/medium) – room temperature
(the more egg the fluffier and more cake like the brownie)

• • •

1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract (use real vanilla) 1 Cup flour – sifted 1 Cup chopped pecans

PREPARATION: 1. Melt butter and cocoa (or chocolate) together. Let cool. Cream in sugar. Beat in the egg, salt and vanilla, fold in flour, add nuts. 2. Pour mixture into greased and floured 8-inch baking pan. Bake 35 minutes in preheated oven at 350 ° F. 3. Chill thoroughly before cutting

Another project will be to replace the failing retaining wall in Bloedel Donovan with a gravel beach. Another project will be to clean up old concrete rip rap along the shoreline towards town from Boulevard Park and rebuild the shoreline to reduce erosion. Another presentation was made by staff from Bellingham Airport about expansion there. Several MNAC members voiced concerns about increased noise from the higher number of flights and some specific older aircraft. Commercial traffic has been increasing at something near 25% per year and has only recently slowed growth to the 12-15% per year range. Some expansion of the private aviation area is planned and passenger facilities are being expanded to handle the rising numbers of passenger flights. One proposal for a transportation change involves the portion of Alabama Street between James Street and Cornwall. One option is to reduce the present 4 lanes to 2 and lower speed limit to 25 mph. Bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements are also included. I cannot see how the restriction down to only 2 lanes would offer any improvement in our transport options. Consider busses stopping in the one available lane to pick up or drop off passengers. Other vehicle traffic would be stopped behind the bus. Personally, I cannot yet see the wisdom in such a plan and am waiting to see whether such proposals are formally proposed. Watch for announcements of specific transportation plan proposals and let the city know of your reaction. It could be useful to invite Chris Comeau, Transportation Planner, to the next Alabama Hill Association Quarterly meeting for a report on transportation issues and Alabama Street specifically. If you have not recently been on Cordata north of Whatcom Community College it was suggested as a grand display of fall colors and how planning can beautify an area. Get to it before the fall winds strip those leaves away.

J. W. Kelsey

Recent home sales in our Neighborhood…
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Address 3700 Alabama#302) 2801 Sylvan St 2601 Sylvan St 2501 Crestline Dr 2420 Vista Dr 3221 Heights Dr 2713 Erie St 3605 Seeley St 2425 Erie Terrace 2736 Niagara 3140 St Clair St 2103 Evening Star Ln 2211 Evening Star Ln 2305 St Clair St 2614 Huron St 3617 Illinois Lane 2626 Ontario St 2729 St Clair St 2411 Erie Terrace 3605 Illinois Lane 3700 Alabama #109 2184 E Birch St #9B 2308 Birch St 2422 Vining St 2174 E Birch St #6A 2534 Vining St 2221 E Birch St 2726 E Illinois St 2644 W Crestline Dr 3430 Crestline Pl 2601 Erie St 2704 St. Clair Place 2815 W Crestline Dr 2017 Niagara Dr 3027 Crest Ct 2608 Lakeridge Lane 3007 Mossop Dr 2731 Niagara St 2216 Huron St 2933 W Crestline Dr 2701 Lakeridge Lane 3608 Seeley St 3005 Windtree Ct 2011 Evening Star Ln List/Sell $ $118,000 $249,900 $269,900 $284,500 $329,500 $339,000 $364,000 $384,500 $409,900 $425,000 $450,000 $535,000 $649,900 $230,000 $239,000 $389,000 $389,900 $230,000 $310,000 $395,000 $122,500 $185,000 $198,000 $200,000 $219,000 $225,000 $225,000 $232,500 $235,000 $253,000 $259,000 $263,500 $270,000 $270,000 $275,000 $297,000 $297,900 $299,000 $300,000 $300,000 $315,000 $334,500 $353,500 $375,000 2 4 63 43 5 89 408 CDOM 37 513 15 84 151 101 7 70 60 157 84 150 123 73 119 65 58 178 9 109 18 87 20 69 7 7 6 17 52 76 3 3 4 25 3 4 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 3 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 2 3 3 Bd 1 3 3 4 3 5 4 4 3 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 6 3 Bth 1 2 1 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 1 2 3 3 1 SF 718 1474 1388 2140 2266 2136 2525 2320 3850 2181 3950 3790 3843 1128 2308 3532 3241 1162 1648 2668 895 2100 1048 1430 1700 1816 1617 1516 1752 1532 1976 1784 2300 1765 1497 1956 2552 2064 2101 2176 1828 2070 2700 2497 Stat Date 09/27/12 09/03/12 10/25/12 08/10/12 09/11/12 07/24/12 10/26/12 08/24/12 09/03/12 05/29/12 08/10/12 06/05/12 07/02/12 10/22/12 10/02/12 10/31/12 10/17/12 10/09/12 07/24/12 10/19/12 09/25/12 10/26/12 10/11/12 09/14/12 08/28/12 09/19/12 10/05/12 06/28/12 10/03/12 06/29/12 07/27/12 08/28/12 08/06/12 10/25/12 09/14/12 10/03/12 07/11/12 08/17/12 07/26/12 10/25/12 06/04/12 06/06/12 06/21/12 10/25/12

Page 3 of 4 City Beat… Water Metering Program
State law requires that all water service connections be metered by January 2017. To meet that requirement, the City must install meters and convert billing for 15,000 single-family residential water customers beginning June 1, 2012 and working into 2017

Anticipated Meter Installation Timeline
Meters will be installed according to the schedule below developed by staff and approved by City Council. Staff analyzed meter reading routes, billing cycles, and installation processes to develop a cost-effective and efficient schedule for both the water utility and customers

2012-2013: Silver Beach, Alabama Hill, Barkley, Irongate, King Mountain, Roosevelt

More Information
For questions about metering, email watermeter@cob.org or call 7787700.

ALABAMA HILL ASSOCIATION
PO Box 29902 Bellingham, 98228

NEXT Meeting Tues, Nov 13th 7:00 PM Bloedel-Donovan Bring a neighbor & join us!

The Alabama Hill Association is a neighborhood association open to all residents within the boundaries of “Alabama Hill”. If you are receiving this newsletter, you are a member. An annual $20 donation per family is suggested. The year of your last donation appears after your name on your address label. The monies collected are used to pay for mailings and the entrée at the annual picnic held in August. Those of you who have attended know it is a good deal! Meetings are held quarterly starting at 7:00 PM. (1 Tuesday - Feb, May, Aug, Nov) Come join us and meet your neighbors.
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