Sunday, February 24, 2008

BPNA Meeting and Blog Demo, 2/26/08

This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will be held TUESDAY, February 26th at the Free Methodist Church, corner of Lincoln & Grimes at 7:00 p.m. NOTE: we will meet in a different room so we can demonstrate the NEW blog on the internet. There will be a sign on the door to direct you. As always I'd like to start on time and keep the meeting to no more than 1 hour.

If you would like to submit topics to be considered for the agenda, please email me at

See you Tuesday,
Jan Sorby
Vice President Bryan Park Neighborhood Association

Bryan Park Neighborhood Association
Meeting Agenda
February 26, 2008
Free Methodist Church
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Call to Order, Introductions and sign up sheet

Old Business
  1. CONA report – Jon Lawrence
    • Small and Simple Grant
    • Update on dog bag dispensers – Liz Brown/Jon Lawrence (show prototype)
    • Sign up to help construct
    • Neighborhood signage for meeting – Jan Sorby
  2. Sidewalk Update – Jan Sorby / Jane Walters
    • BPNA sent formal request to Traffic Commission for multi-way stop with walkway at Allen and Henderson – Hearing Wednesday Feb. 27th at 5:30 City Council Chambers
  3. Reuse of Church on Washington?
    • Update on Washington Street Church meeting with developers
  4. BPNA Elections in 2nd quarter

New Business
  1. Introduction and Demo of NEW Neighborhood Blog!!!!! -Sarah Reeder, Mary Miller and Anne Hedin
  2. Ways to improve our neighborhood???? Adjournment

Friday, February 15, 2008

Dog Leash Laws in Bryan Park

This article was published in the Herald Times Hotline column yesterday (2/14/08). Be aware that dogs are required to be on leash at all times. The article follows:

Dogs gone wild vs. the leash and collar set

QUESTION: Our family has a complaint. For several years, there seems to have been an unwritten relaxing of the leash requirement for dogs at Bryan Park. When we try to walk our dog, the loose dogs often charge at our dog (sometimes in aggression, sometimes because they want to play), making it very difficult to control our dog. The dog owners often act as if their unrestrained pets are a completely normal situation, and we’re the crankpots. Recently we counted 13 dogs running loose. The situation has gotten so bad that our kids can’t safely walk the dog. How can we get the leash ordinance enforced at Bryan Park?

K.C., Bloomington

ANSWER: Hotline contacted Mick Renneisen, director of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, and Laurie Ringquist, Bloomington Animal Care and Control officer. The city has posted signs reminding park visitors that dogs are required to be on a leash, and animal control officers patrol the park at random times, issuing warnings and tickets as appropriate.

Ringquist said if you see an unleashed dog, call Animal Control at 349-3492 and “we will do our best to get there as soon as possible.” Often, by the time an officer arrives, the animal is leashed or gone. But if there seems to be a pattern as to days or times, please report it to Animal Control so the park can be patrolled more frequently at those times.

Friday, February 8, 2008

2008 Officers

PresidentJan Sorby
Vice PresidentScott O'Bryan
TreasurerLillie Aydt
SecretaryMary Lou Mitchell
CONA RepresentativesEve Corrigan, Jon Lawrence

Contact Information

Inquiries about the BPNA are welcome at 812-339-2628.

Call Dick or Mary Lou Mitchell, 339-5096, for Neighborhood Watch issues affecting the safety of quality of life in the neighborhood. Your concern will be presented to the appropriate city office and your identity will be kept confidential.

To share an idea for a History article, contact Mary Lou Mitchell at the pnone number above or by email at