2016 brought about change for CANNDU with four new board members joining the Council through the election process and getting up to speed on all things Council related.
Old and new board members alike were thanked by United Gospel Outreach for the Neighborhood Purposes Grant they received from the board in 2015 which enabled them to buy five new freezers that they use to feed the hungry. This added food storage capacity allowed them to expand their relationship with food banks and increase the amount of people they can regularly feed in our community. CANNDU is proud to be part of the solution.
CANNDU was also able to serve the community this summer through a Neighborhood Purposes Grant to the Fremont Pool expanding family swim times and swim lessons for our community.
In the fall, we conducted outreach at the Peace Chapel annual Fall Festival and resource fair, meeting attendees and inviting them to get involved with our Council. Thanksgiving was another opportunity we took to work with Councilmember Price to provide turkeys to 10 needy families.
Periodically land use issues come up and at our meetings in July and August we provided stakeholders an opportunity to hear about a proposed project for 900-918 E. Florence to convert the lots into 19 small lots. Stakeholders were concerned about sufficient parking, security fencing, and play areas. CANNDU took the community’s concerns to the City Planning Hearing for this property on July 27. The subdivision into 19 lots was approved by City Planning in September, but the development is still up for discussion.
Moving into the New Year, CANNDU has a vision to clean up the community. We are planning several community clean ups and even more importantly we plan to investigate the street cleaning schedule for our major thoroughfares and evaluate their effectiveness. CANNDU President Stephanie Campbell shares, “Cleanliness is the beginning of our mission to improving our neighborhood. We want a clean community that we can be proud of. Join us!”
Community members are welcome at all of our meetings. Our board meeting is on the first Thursday and our community meeting is on the fourth Thursday, both at 6pm at the Ascot Public Library.