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Annual Picnic on Oliver Drive – Sunday, Sept. 14, 4:30 PM

Mark your calendars to come chat and break bread with your neighbors. The BRNA provides the meat (BBQ pork and chicken), drinks, tables and chairs. Each neighbor is asked to bring their own table service plus a covered dish or dessert to share. If you’re new to the neighborhood and want to feel more connected to the Blue Ridge community, please join us.

This is also a great volunteer opportunity. We could use a few helping hands to set up and tear down the tables and chairs beforehand and afterwards. Or maybe you have a beverage tub, large cooler, or trash receptacle to loan for the event. Please send a message to Amy Henn, amyyhenn@netzero.net or leave a message at 336-6450 to express your interest in helping make this event a success. Regardless of your level of participation, we look forward to seeing you there! 

Note: East Oliver Dr will be closed to traffic from 3-8pm that day for this event.

 

The Road Repair Continues

The following City of Bloomington Utilities project will impact the Blue Ridge Neighborhood during the week of September 7 through September 13, weather permitting.

Project Type: ROAD REPAIR
Project Manager: Kevin Housel
Dates: September 8 through September 12 (these dates are weather permitting)
Location: East Blue Ridge Road between North Walnut Street and North Blue Ridge Drive, will be restricted to one lane of traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Signage and traffic control personnel will be in place. Questions concerning this project are to be directed to Public Affairs Specialist Jon Callahan at 812-349-3940.

Road Repair Project Next Week

The following City of Bloomington Utilities project will impact the Blueridge Neighborhood during the week of August 31 through September 6, weather permitting.

Project Type: ROAD REPAIR

Project Manager:  Kevin Housel

Dates:  September 3 through September 5 (these dates are weather permitting)

Location:  East Blue Ridge Road between North Walnut Street and North Blue Ridge Drive, will be restricted to one lane of traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Signage and traffic control personnel will be in place.  Questions concerning this project are to be directed to Public Affairs Specialist Jon Callahan at 812-349-3940.

Road Repair Project This Week

The following City of Bloomington Utilities project will impact the Blue Ridge Neighborhood during the week of August 24 through August 30, weather permitting

Project Type: ROAD REPAIR

Project Manager: Kevin Housel

Dates: August 25 through August 29 (these dates are weather permitting)

Location: East Blue Ridge Road between North Walnut Street and North Blue Ridge Drive, will be restricted to one lane of traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Signage and traffic control personnel will be in place. Questions concerning this project are to be directed to Public Affairs Specialist Jon Callahan at 812-349-3940.

Stormwater & Road Repair Projects This Week

The following City of Bloomington Utilities projects will impact the Blue Ridge Neighborhood during the week of August 17 through August 23, weather permitting.

Project Type: STORMWATER
Project Manager:  Tony Eads
Dates:  August 18 through August 19 (these dates are weather permitting)
Location:  East Blue Ridge Road at North Walnut Street, will be restricted to one lane of traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Signage and traffic control personnel will be in place.  Questions concerning this project are to be directed to Public Affairs Specialist Jon Callahan at 812-349-3940.

Project Type: ROAD REPAIR
Project Manager:  Kevin Housel
Dates:  August 18 through August 22 (these dates are weather permitting)
Location:  East Blue Ridge Road at North Walnut Street, will be restricted to one lane of traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Signage and traffic control personnel will be in place.  Questions concerning this project are to be directed to Public Affairs Specialist Jon Callahan at 812-349-3940.

 

From the Annual Meeting: Emerald Ash Borer Links

Thanks to Lee Huss from the city of Bloomington and Seth Inman from Turf ‘n Tree MD for their talk on the Emerald Ash Borer. Here are some links for more information:

The City of Bloomington: Emerald Ash Borer in Bloomington

The City of Bloomington: Street Trees and Landscaping

International Society of Arboriculture: Trees Are Good

Purdue Entomology Extension: Emerald Ash Borer in Indiana

Turf ‘n Tree MD

2014 Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting will be held on August 12th at 7:00 PM at the Holiday Inn (1710 N Kinser Pike). This is a great chance to meet your fellow neighbors, board members, and get useful information from our guest speakers.

This year’s guest speakers are:

Seth Inman

His educational and professional experience is based in natural resources and environmental interpretation. He is constantly researching plants and organic solutions to provide the most sustainable landscape for our local climate. He specializes in natural stone construction, ecosystem implementation for water and soil, themed landscape design and providing rare conifers and Japanese maples.

He collaborates with homeowners, municipalities, and government agencies regarding tree risk assessment. He specializes in tree injection, with focus towards battling the Emerald Ash Borer.

From February 2007 to present he has been co-owner of Bloomington Valley Nursery, where he and his partner work with a specialized staff to create a destination garden center that provides the best selection of unique plants, exclusive garden decor, and quality hard goods in our area.

Lee Huss

  • Urban Forester for the City of Bloomington

Lee Huss received his BSF from Purdue University, is an ISA Certified Arborist, and has been the Urban Forester for the City of Bloomington for 30 years.

Lee oversees the Urban Forestry program that is responsible for arboriculture practices on all public land in Bloomington. He also oversees a Parks & Recreation Department lumber recovery program that he humorously refers to as “No Log Left Behind.” Instead of sending usable logs to landfills or chopping them up for firewood, the department has them sawn and locally kiln dried.

Blue Ridge is now on Twitter

If you like to get notified of new posts to the Blue Ridge website you can now follow @BlueRidge_Bloom on Twitter. Any new posts to the site will be announced here. Just look for the Twitter “Follow” button on the website’s front page or simply follow @BlueRidge_Bloom in your favorite Twitter client.

As a reminder, you can also receive notifications of new posts via our RSS feed. Look for the “Subscribe to Blue Ridge News Posts” link in the upper right corner of the website.

City of Bloomington Utilities project impacting the Blue Ridge Neighborhood during the week of August 3 through August 9, weather permitting

Project Type: STORMWATER

Project Manager:  Tony Eads

Dates:  August 4 through August 8 (these dates are weather permitting)

Location:  East Blue Ridge Road at North Walnut Street, will be restricted to one lane of traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Signage and traffic control personnel will be in place.  Questions concerning this project are to be directed to Public Affairs Specialist Jon Callahan at 812-349-3940.

 

July 2014 Board Meeting Minutes

Blue Ridge Neighborhood Association Board

Minutes of Meeting on July 15, 2014 at the Holiday Inn

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm. There were seven board members present: Jo Basey, (president), Don Granbois (vice president), Shirley Watkins (treasurer), Amy Henn (secretary), and directors-at-large John Grigutis, Rex Tayloe and Von Welch.

Von moved to approve the minutes from the June Board meeting as written. The motion was seconded. All those present were in favor and the motion carried.

Old business

  1.  Annual meeting
    1. Guest speakers
      i.     Jo contacted Seth Inman of Mother Nature Landscaping/ Bloomington Valley Nursery/Turf ‘n Tree MD.
      ii.    We will also invite city arborist, Lee Huss, to co-present.

    2.  Thank Rex Tayloe and Jerry Fenner for their efforts with the cleanup
    3.  Replace at-large board member Kristi Hopf for a one-year term
    4.  Authorize expenditure for next year’s cleanup
    5.  Discussion on where to hold next year’s annual meeting
    i.      Contact possible venues to see if they’re willing to host
    1.  Cyber Infrastructure Building (CIB) – does not rent/loan meeting rooms to outside groups
    2.  Cyclotron – ISAT Hall does not rent/loan meeting rooms to outside groups
    3.  Unitarian Universalist – For members, the rate for renting a room big enough for our meeting for three hours would be $115 plus a $150 refundable deposit. (It’s half price for members, so it would $230 to the general public.) Setting up chairs could be negotiated.
    4.  North Central Church of Christ at the SW corner of Dunn St & the bypass meeting room is free of charge. Call 812-332-2248 or email (office@nc3family.org) with additional questions if we’d like to pursue this option further.

  1. Neighborhood signs
    1. Check with Everywhere Signs on whereabouts of proofs

New business

  1. How to make announcements without mailing out another newsletter
  2. Website update provided by John Grigutis
    1. BRNA logo
    2. BRNA Twitter account will be used to notify residents of new items posted to the website.
    3. Retirement of announcement mailing list
      i.      Utilize plug-ins to notify tenants of new posts to the website via RSS, Twitter, or email. If a new post is made, a tweet or email will be sent.                      1.  Tweets are public. There are probably certain things (thefts, burglary, etc.) that we want to be private. Set up Twitter to be a private feed. Only the followers will be able to see them.
    4. There is a side bar on front page for neighbor link. It’s something the city set up to enable residents to be able to communicate with city. The link no longer works. It’s been replaced by the uReport system. John will rewrite the page on neighbor link and replace it with uReport.
    5. John asked the board whether it would be interested in Igloo (a service similar to Sharepoint) for board business. Igloo is free for up to 10 users. It can be used for planning, storing documents, keeping action lists for projects, etc. Igloo’s strengh is collaboration outside email. What we have as far as renters is from the city. We might be able to keep an updated list of residents or owners by getting data through the city moving forward. John will look into it further. The board agreed to try Igloo.

 

  1. Theft
    1. Canfields’ mulch
    2. Hose reels at front gate

There being no other issues, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy Henn