The Westwood Neighborhood Association is looking for volunteers to help organize a neighborhood garage sale. Contact Michelle Akers @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also need folks to help organize the Movie in the Park event. Contact Cara Beer @ email@example.com.
Haven’t paid your Westwood Neighborhood Association dues yet? No problem! Send them to Richard Buchanan at 417 S Orchard, Stillwater, OK 74074. Dues increased this year to $35.
Meeting January 28th 7:00PM
At Westwood Elementary School In the Gym
This will be a big meeting. We have several speakers.
Our Neighbor John Price will be talking about the school board’s plans for Westwood Elementary. The neighborhood association has organized a reading/tutoring program in coordination with Westwood Elementary, which will be presented. Our Webmaster Andy Barth will be discussing our webpage, our Facebook page, and our Twitter. We will finish up with reports from committees and officers. There will be lots of information, we look forward to seeing you. Check us out at www.westwoodneighborhood.com, on Facebook at Westwood Neighborhood Association, or on Twitter @WWNeighborhood
Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM
This is an event that could be fun, educational, provide neighborhood improvement, or all three You and your family are welcome to join in the harvest of trash from our streets, or just walk along and enjoy the company. We will gather at the playground in Arrowhead Park at 2:30 PM and walk to Ingham Park. You may wear a costume; bring a broom and dustpan, gloves, your recycling cart, or other items that that be either useful or entertaining.
The parade routes will be determined by number of participants and the streets in need of assistance. After reassembling our group at Ingham Park at 3:30 PM, prizes may be awarded based on the weight or size of your bag, or maybe the most interesting item found in the street.
The event may be rescheduled if the weather is too harsh for comfort.
Westwood Neighborhood Association Meeting
October 8, 2013
President Mark Lambert welcomed all meeting attendees.
Very positive changes in the neighborhood are visible with more pedestrian culture, more biking, and walking.
Michelle Akers is taking over as Secretary for Nancy Beckstrom.
Bob Gralman is taking over as Treasurer for Richard Buchanan.
Parking and Code Enforcement
The parking consultant hired for the city has been working on city wide parking issues. Ron Beer has been sitting in on those meetings for the neighborhood association. Parking issues for the elementary school have been significantly better. Land development code was heavily addressed in these meetings, which doesn’t affect our neighborhood at this point. Lots of talk to better downtown parking. The police have been making a significant effort to address parking violations in our neighborhood. Other discussion on the committee involve events and the parking surrounding large events. There is going to be a push to emphasize the use of alternate forms of transportation, like the buses. Parking on the grass in front of homes is still an issue city wide. Is permit parking a dead issue? It is still an option, but needs to be seriously discussed, including all ramifications. The city is increasing the parking fines.
For parking and noise complaints call (405)372-0025 and tell the operator what you need. You can also call the police non-emergency number (405)372-4171.
There are code enforcement questions regarding several documented homes in the neighborhood, having an illegal number of occupants. “relatively swift action” is expected. If you have a home in question of compliance with the overlay, contact Mark and the officers will begin the process of documentation. You may report an address anonymously.
Westwood Elementary School may be moving?
Discussion is underway for multiple options regarding this question. Our board sat in on a meeting with Dr. Anne Cain, Stillwater public schools Superintendent. The understanding gleaned from that meeting is that nothing will be done for 5-7 years, and a 7th school will most likely be built prior to the Westwood renovations, rebuild, or relocation. Our group would like to show more support at the elementary as a neighborhood association by volunteering, tutoring, and organizing neighborhood activities. There was a question asking if it would be beneficial for the association to have a member sit in on school board meetings. Mark feels it is to early in the process to need a representative to attend school board meetings.
Richard Buchanan, current treasurer, suggests an increase in dues, possibly to $50.00. The years dues have gone to meeting facilities, website, “Summer on the Plaza” donations, administrative costs, beautification of common spaces. Suggestion were made to take donations at neighborhood events, to increase funds. There was also a suggestion to increase dues on returning members only.
The website needs to be more heavily used to increase community communication. Efficient communication is top goal. We would like to increase new membership. Our site is westwoodneighborhood.com, share it. Michelle Akers, the new interim secretary, will be setting up a Facebook page for better access to members.
Trash parades have been successful, in creating a better awareness of littering in our neighborhood. Last years were in the mornings, there was a suggestion for an afternoon parades. The tentative dates are mid afternoons the Sundays following the remaining home games. There was a suggestion for the neighborhood association putting trashcans in the parks.
Congratulations to Cara Beer for such a great job on beautification, and the placement of our neighborhood marker rock, just north of University, where Melrose and Monticello come together. A member has offered to donate monies to buy plantings for that island. Don Turton is taking over for Cara, on the beautification committee. A sign up sheet was circulated for volunteering on beautification projects.
We would like to have an appointed office of city council attendant, to keep our presence at meetings.
New/ Other Business
Friday night, October 18, for Walkarounds, the Lamberts are having their annual taco soup get together. All neighbors are welcome. It is first come first serve event. Stop by and visit.
“Our Stillwater” is a new initiative for Stillwater, the vote is November 12th. You can check the City of Stillwater Chamber of Commerce website, stilwaterchamber.org, to learn more. GO VOTE!
NEXT MEETING SCHEDULED–7:00 P.M., Tuesday October 8, Westwood School Gym
Please join us for the important first meeting of the new year.
Momentum continues in several areas that will be discussed at the
meeting, including enforcement, parking, beautification, recent
developments concerning Westwood School, and social activities such
as the ice cream social last weekend that drew such a nice crowd to
Arrowhead Park. More details about the agenda will follow. Please
come, bring your neighbors, and make sure to sign up if you are new
and/or bring a check for dues ($25) to help us get the year off to a
And be sure to talk up the upcoming concert in Ingham Park for the
high school orchestra, Sunday Sept. 29. We’d like to see the park
filled for that one, not just WNA residents, but community wide!
OrdinancesWelcome back neighbors!!
Please take a moment to review the Westwood Neighborhood ordinances.
Recently the association has been involved in two programs for our families and the OSU/Stillwater communities. In June, Ed Shaw and friends provided the film, Monsters Inc. for screening in Ingham Park. A nice crowd enjoyed the film and fellowship.
On June 20, we made a financial donation to the Student Union for “Summer on the Plaza,” helping provide music, games, and zumba dance instruction for participants. The Union director was very pleased with our help and indicated how much was added to the program as a result.
The social and beautification committees have also been working hard, led by Nancy Beckstrom, Cara Beer and Robin Anderson. Photographed here are some of the results, including shots of volunteer missionaries who pitched in to help. The results are outstanding!
Watch the website for news about upcoming meetings!!