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WEIGENT-HOGAN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

WHNA
July 2021 WHNA General Meeting Canceled
 
Please see the announcement below as we are asking for YOUR help in our ongoing quest to replace the Weigent Park shelter.  Attendance at the meeting described below can be in person or virtual-as you choose. 

 

CALL TO ACTION

 

The 7/12 General Meeting for WHNA has been canceled in an effort to support a CIP funding request.
 

WHNA is asking for your help to secure additional CIP dollars for the Weigent Park Shelter.  The city had $400,000 budgeted to build the shelter this year and the bids all came in over $600,000.  We are asking the Council to budget an additional $200,000 in the 2022 CIP budget so the shelter can be built.

The Parks Department advised WHNA that they will wait and rebid the park shelter project in the spring anticipating that construction costs will go down.  The previous 5-year Parks Department Plan (2016-2020) had included a new Weigent Park shelter in their plan at a cost of $600,000.  The WHNA Board believes this is a more accurate description of what a new shelter will cost.

This project has been postponed twice and we don't want to see it postponed again.  The park is heavily used by neighbors within Weigent-Hogan as well as others in the city.  Aquinas uses it for their PE classes (paying nothing for its use) and the Parks Department uses it for programming. 

Help us garner the additional funding needed to build a new shelter at Weigent Park.  You can help the Weigent-Hogan neighborhood by:
  • Attending the meeting in person OR online at 6 PM on 7/12.
Southside Neighborhood Center 1300 6th Street South, LaCrosse, WI
OR ONLINE
at:  
https://stream.lifesizecloud.com/extension/9794361/0d016062-5436-4221-a814-2adab70cb22e
  • Write a letter of support for the additional money and send it before the meeting to Tim Acklin at acklint@cityoflacrosse.org

Help us get a new shelter built at Weigent Park!
ATTENTION WHNA MEMBERS
 
NOTE: Members eligible to vote have been sent a link to vote virtually in July 2021.  The link in the email enables you to vote for any or all changes.  Thank you for participating.

The pandemic has pointed out several issues with our current Association bylaws.  We no longer always meet in person so voting needs to change as does the way one becomes a member.  Board recruitment has been challenging and committee membership has plummeted.
 
Because of these issues the WHNA Board is recommending the following 4 by-law changes
 
Change #1-Membership: 
 
Remove the requirement to sign the meeting roster to become a member.  If meeting in person is not possible, attendance at a virtual meeting is sufficient.
  
Change #2:  Governance
 
Rather than have members elect Officers and 3 Members at Large we propose to elect a 7-person Board who then will assign roles to its members.  We are recommending combining the Secretary and Treasurer’s duties and adding a Communications Officer to improve communication with members and residents living within association boundaries.
 
At the first meeting of the new Board, the new Board will elect officers: President, Vice-President, a Secretary/Treasurer and a Communications Officer.  This is being recommended as we believe it will provide a more equitable distribution of Board work.
 
Change #3:  Committees
 
It has been challenging to recruit members to serve on on-going committees.  We are proposing to move to an ad-hoc committee structure if membership in current committees is small.  These ad-hoc committees would be task oriented.
 
Change #4:  Amendments
 
This change allows voting virtually on bylaw changes if the Association cannot meet in person.
 
 
             
The 2021 Hogan Victory Garden continues!   Some cabbage is ready for harvest and beans should be ready soon.  Watch for announcements of harvests on  FaceBook and NextDoor.  If you would like to help on this important project for our neighbors, we would certainly appreciate some weeding when you go to harvest.  Many hands make light work!  For any other questions contact Linda Lee at llee9279@gmail.com or Sue Bulk at suebee4147@gmail.com.  We will need help planting, weeding, and harvesting. This is our second year and we hope to make it even more successful!
We need your input!
 
 Below are the topics for the  remaining 2021 General Meetings.  All meetings will be via ZOOM until further notice.

June: Library Services 
July:  CANCELED: Solar and Alternative Energy Sources
August:  LaCrosse Historical Society, Heritage Center
September:  Shelter Update
October:  New Mayor
November:  Downtown Mainstreet and holiday plans

Are there other topics you would like to learn more about? Are there issues you’d like to see WHNA address? Let us know your preferences by sending us an email (llee9279@gmail.com) or a message on the WHNA FaceBook page
Tell Us Your Thoughts!
Every year the City of La Crosse designates CIP (Community Improvement Program) funds for various improvements throughout the city. These funds are designated for projects that improve the City's infrastructure, safety, beautification, etc. CIP funds are being used to replace the Weigent Park shelter and have been designated in the past to help neighborhood associations realize infrastructure improvements within their boundaries (think the new play structure in Weigent Park, boulevard trees and the rapid flashing beacon on Cass and 21st St).
The WHNA Board is interested in learning what other improvements you would like to see within the WHNA boundaries. Don't hold back, let us know your top five concerns or desires for Weigent-Hogan by completing the survey on our web site. Go to https://whnalax.org/landing/surveys/survey-cipfunding/ to complete the survey.
Thanks!
The WHNA Board

General Meeting Address and Time

WHNA meetings are held the second Monday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Building (401 West Ave.)

For minutes of the previous General Meetings, please consult: http://whnalax.org/minutes/

Please use all or our forums to keep in touch with WHNA.  WHNALAX.org has city and neighborhood information and links as well as meeting minutes to keep you abreast.  Weigent-Hogan Neighborhood Association Facebook page will have up-to-date announcements.  Weigent Hogan is also accesible through NextDoor.com.  Announcements are usually copied there in addition to citywide topics.
 

Committee Reports

 
Treasurer's Report:  $320.71

Environment:  (Chair: Bob Fisher)  The pollinator garden on the corner of 19th and Mississippi Sts. has been enlarged and is ready for next seasons butterflies and bees.  Kudos to the Environment committee and all the volunteers! A fence and commemorative stone have been placed at the garden.

Infrastructure:  (Chair: Linda Lee) The committee will be working with Jim Flottmeyer (P&R) and HSR on design for the new Weigent park shelter.

Membership:  (Chair: Kathy Sims)  The committee is focusing on building participation and getting out meeting information.

Executive Board Meeting will be July 19th

Any WHNA member may listen to the Executive Board meetings.  They are held the third Monday of the month from 6:00-7:45 PM virtually via Go to Meeting.  To listen to the meeting contact Linda Lee at llee9279@gmail.com to get the meeting link.  The agenda for the Executive Board is published after the monthly General Meeting at http://whnalax.org
 

The 2021 WHNA Officers
President: Linda Lee  | Vice-President: Greg Clark
Secretary/Treasurer:Sue Bulk 
Member-at-Large: Bob Fisher, Travis Stinar

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