OWN meetings back at West

       Concerned that some residents feel the Gold Hill Police Substation is too far away, the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) voted unanimously Sept. 27 to go back to holding all its meetings at the West Intergenerational Center.
       The change will be in effect for the Thursday, Nov. 8 Spirit Awards/membership meeting, which had been scheduled for Gold Hill and was even announced as such in OWN's current Westside Story newsletter (printed before Sept. 27).
       When the substation opened last year on Moreno Street (just west of Eighth), the OWN board had decided to hold its membership meetings there (four per ear) because of the size, comfort and inexpensiveness (no charge) of its community room. OWN continued to hold its monthly board meetings at West, where the room- rental cost is $40 a time.
       However, membership-meeting attendance appears to have dwindled at Gold Hill, which is in the extreme southeast corner of the Neighborhood Strategy Area that OWN represents. I feel like we're losing Westside residents, board member Dick Strauch said at the Sept. 27 board meeting.
       After some discussion on costs - the $40 is not paid by OWN, but by its overseeing city office - the group agreed that the cost is worth it if people find it easier to attend meetings at the more centrally located West.

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