NENA Meetings happen twice a year, generally once in the spring and once in the fall. Meetings may be in person or virtual. In addition to the NENA Meetings, NENA hosts Virtual Townhalls that focus on certain objectives.  If you are interested in helping with the meetings please email 

Monday, May 13, 2024, 5:45 - 8:00 PM  
NENA Spring Meeting & Potluck at the Beall Park Center


Potluck starts at 5:45: bring a dish to share, and a plate and utensils if you can!
eeting starts at 6:00 pm


  • Welcome, overview of the meeting agenda/brief staff intros 
  • Officer nominations and elections 
  • Safety/Police Update (Chief Jim Veltkamp)
  • Water Conservation Update (Water Conservation Manager Jessica Ahlstrom) 
  • UDC Update (Commissioner Jennifer Madgic)
  • Potential NEHMU Changes
  • Neighborhood Zone Map Amendment 
  • Closing, additional questions 

Meeting ends at 8 pm; help with clean-up appreciated!


Previous Meetings and Agendas

July 21, 2022 6:00 - 7:30 PM - Virtual Meeting 
NENA Summer Meeting​​

  • 2022 NENA Summer Meeting Agenda

    • Welcome
    • Meeting Minutes
    • Update from the NENA Treasurer
      • David Chambers, NENA Treasurer
    • NENA January Survey Summary​​
    • Idaho Pole Developer & EPA Update
      • Roger Hoogerheide, EPA & Beth Archer, Community Involvement Coordinator, EPA 
        • Brief summary and update on the potential for airborne contaminants, including dioxins, and what the plan is for mitigating the risks associated with them
        • How will the neighborhood stay informed as the EPA moves forward with the remediation? 
        • Will the EPA stay involved if remediation takes place and then development takes place? 
        • At some point, the City Of Bozeman might be responsible for making important decisions like what to do with stormwater drainage. Will the EPA still be involved in those decisions? 
        • Discuss the in-situ amendments presented in the fact sheet. 
      • Casey Tippens, Developer
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    • ​Wallace Works Developer Update
    • Safety Center Update
    • Construction Noise Ordinance Update
      • Chuck Winn, City Of Bozeman Assistant City Manager
      • 73% of NENA residents that participated in a Jan. 2022 Survey support and endorse a revised Construction Noise Ordinance.
      • ​​The current ordinance states:“operating equipment or performing any construction or repair work as defined in section 16.06.060 will be authorized between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. from October 1 through March 30 and between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. from April 1 through September 30.”
      • NENA is requesting that the city consider construction noise to be limited to the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekends all year. 
  • Safe & Quiet Rails Update & Fundraiser Concept
    • 82% of the NENA Residents that participated in the Jan. 2022 Survey support and endorse Safe and Quiet Rail Crossings at the Rouse Ave. and Wallace Avenue Crossings.
    • ​The City continues its work on completing the final design for the Rouse Ave. and Wallace Ave. quiet crossings. MDT comments were extensive enough that they are requiring resubmission, so the city needs to go through another review cycle. The city assures us that completing design of this crossing remains a priority. This is just the speed that the interagency process moves. Contact David Fine with questions or comments for the city. 
  • NENA Trees Update
    • Total Trees Planted as of May 20, 2022: 9
      90% of the 220 Active Community Members who participated in the January 2022 NENA Survey supported the launch of the NENA Trees Program.
      NENA will plant two trees a year, at a minimum, if NENA has greater than $500 in the bank.  
      The NENA Trees program is a great reason to donate to NENA. 
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  • Vision NE Committee Update
  • NENA Officer Nominations and Election Process
  • Comments & Questions
  • Closing
    • Thanks go out to Tinworks Art for sponsoring the most recent newsletter

NENA 2022 January Meeting

Thursday, January 16
Webex Meeting Recording 

  • Introduction from NENA President: Reno Walsh
  • Meeting Minutes 
  • Update from the NENA Treasurer: David Chambers​​​​
  • Is noise pollution related to the trains, the interstate, airline traffic, and construction noise an issue in Bozeman's Northeast Neighborhood? 
    • Summary​
  • Should NENA support and endorse a study to see if a reduced speed limit on I90 from Main Street Exit to 7th Street Exit will improve traffic safety and maybe reduce noise pollution?
    • MDT plays a key role by conducting the speed study, which the Transportation Commission reviews in conjunction with local comments. Speed studies must start at the local level and are requested by local governments or associations like NENA. Local governments often make requests on behalf of resident concerns. If NENA supports a study, a good place for it to start would be contacting Gallatin County Commissioners. Gallatin County can then submit a request to MDT. MDT will conduct the study, which involves gathering and analyzing speed, crash data, and considering the context of the roadway (rural, suburban, urban) and adjacent land uses such as residential, commercial, or undeveloped land. The study recommendations are presented to the local government for a 60-day review and comment period. After addressing any comments from the local government, MDT places the speed limit proposal on the Transportation Commission’s agenda for a final decision. This study only focuses on speed. Reducing speed may or may not result in less noise pollution. 
  • Should NENA support and endorse Safe and Quite Rail Crossings at L Street and Rouse Ave.? 
    • Questions or comments can be directed to David Fine, Economic Development Program Manager, City of Bozeman, 
  • Would NENA support and endorse a Construction Noise Ordinance that would change the time of day that noise related to construction can take place?
  • Noise Pollution Comments & Questions: 10 min
  • Survey
  • Should NENA support and endorse addressing traffic issues related to rail traffic? 
    • Solutions might include asking Montana Rail Link to run shorter trains that would not block intersections when loading or unloading at the rail spur or the Montana Department of Transportation could be asked to install a railroad under or overpass on Griffin Drive. 
    • Comments & Questions: 3 min
    • Survey
  • Parking Commission and Transportation Analysis Update
    • Update on the occupancy study done over the summer and information about what is being considered in the parking/transportation space for the city.
    • Michael Veselik mveselik@BOZEMAN.NET Economic Development Specialist, City Of Bozeman 
    • Comments & Questions: 3 min
  • Vision NE Committee Update
    • Summary & Call To Action - Karen Filipovich
    • Wildlands Development Perspective Update from an Active NENA Member
      • Comments & Questions: 3 min
  • Parks & Rec Update
    • Summary - Addi Jadin - City Parks & Rec
  • E. Aspen Bridge Update
    • Questions or comments can be directed to David Fine, Economic Development Program Manager, City of Bozeman,
  • Should NENA support and endorse the idea of promoting and creating a Pocket Park north of Tamarack along Bozeman Creek to the 
    junction with Juniper Street?
    • There may be an opportunity to preserve and enjoy a section of Bozeman Creek’s west bank north of Tamarack St. where  Church Street continues north and intersects with Juniper Street. This is the area outlined on red in the map. The city owns the majority of the land. Kenyon Noble owns a sliver of land immediately adjacent to the creek on its west shore. This space is maintained as an unofficial Pocket Park. The park features mature Willow Trees, large stones, hand-cut benches, and Bozeman Creek. NENA is communicating with adjacent landowners, the City of Bozeman, GVLT, Upper Missouri Water Keeper, and the Gallatin Watershed Council about this opportunity. 
    • Comments & Questions: 3 min
    • Survey
  • Should NENA support and endorse the idea of promoting and creating a pocket park at the west end of the Bozeman City Shop along the 800 block of N. Bozeman Ave.?
    • This green space, outlined in red on the image, features mature trees and a watered lawn. The City Shop has a fence that goes down the center of it from north to south. This fence could be moved to the east so that it was on the west end of the parking lot. Making this a park changes the management from the City Shop to City Parks. With a relatively small investment, this could be a nice 'pocket park' in Bozeman's Northeast Neighborhood. 
    • Comments & Questions: 3 min
    • Survey
  • Should NENA launch a program called NENA Trees and invest in planting trees in the Northeast Neighborhood? 
    • NENA will plant two trees a year, at a minimum, if NENA has greater than $500 in the bank.  
    • If NENA has more than $1000 then they commit to planting three trees; >= $1500 four trees; >=$2000 five trees. NENA will not plant more than five trees in one year. 
    • Exceptions to these guidelines may be made in exceptional circumstances. For example, if NENA received a $5000 Donation and the doner asks that the money be put towards trees. 
    • NENA will purchase the trees at a reduced rate from the City of Bozeman Cost Share Program. Prices can fluctuate. Trees were $90 in 2021 and $75 in 2020. 
    • The city will plant the trees on boulevards in the Northeast Neighborhood. Planting will include stakes, mulch, trunk guard, and water bags. 
    • Active NENA Members can contact NENA to make suggestions for tree locations. Residents will need to agree to the tree planting and agree to care for the tree including watering. 
    • NENA will continue to work with the city to plant additional trees at no cost each spring. In 2021 NENA and the City Of Bozeman planted three trees along the boulevard on the south side of Centennial Park. In 2022 we are looking at planting more trees in the interior of Centennial Park. 
    • Comments & Questions: 3 min
    • Survey
  • Upcoming NENA Townhall: Idaho Pole
    • We were recently informed by the EPA and the state DEQ that information regarding the property will be made available in the early to mid-part of April this year. The NENA Town Hall meeting that was scheduled for January 20 will be moved to the end of April so we can have a meaningful discussion specific to their findings on the matter. Questions or comments can be directed to Brian Caldwell Thinktank
  • Newsletter Summary
  • Closing

NENA 2021 Spring Meeting

Thursday, May 13 6:00 to 7:30 PM

NENA 2021 Spring Update Meeting Minutes _5.13.21.pdf

Watch and listen to the 2021 Spring Meeting here:



  • 2 Min: Welcome & WebEx Intro

  • 1 Min: Treasurer Report   

  • 5 Min: Treasurer and Secretary Election   

  • 5 Min: Idaho Pole Update

    •   Contact: Roger Hoogerheide, EPA,

  • 15 Min: North Central Development Update ​

    •   Contact: Lindsay Pittard, Home Base Partners,

  • 5 Min: Wildlands - The Wild Crumb Building and surrounding area's redevelopment

    • Contact: Jeff Lusin, 45 Architecture, ​

  • 2 Min: Brewery Site and Tinworks Development Update

    • ​Contact: Erik Nelson, Think Tank,

  • 5 Min: Vision NE Committee Update

    • Contact: Karen Flipovich, Vision NE Committee Director, 

  • 10 Min: Community Solar Arrays 

    • Presenter: Kevin Cray, Mountain West Regional Director 
      Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) Contact: Dani Hess, Neighborhoods Program Coordinator, dhess@BOZEMAN.NET

  • 2 Min: Building Heights Code Update 

    •  Contact: Jacob Miller, City Of Bozeman Planning, 

  • 5 Min: Affordable Housing Fund Raiser 

  • 2 Min: Front Street Connector Update

    • Contact: Matt Marcinek, GVLT,    

  • 3 Min: Indreland Audubon Wetland Preserve Update  

    • Contact: Chris Nixon,

  • 2 Min: Rouse/Peach Intersection; Bikes/ Bike Lanes

    • Contact: Jason Delmue,  Acting Chair, Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board,

  • 3 Min: Forestry Update on The Trees of Bozeman's Northeast Neighborhood     

    • Contact: Alex Nordquest, City Forester, 

  • 3 Min: Aspen Bridge Update   

    • Contact: David Fine, City of Bozeman Economic Development, 

  • 5 Min: Quiet Safe Rail Crossings 

    • Contact: David Fine, City of Bozeman Economic Development, 

  • 3 Min: Membership & Committees    

  • 5 Min:  Misc. Items  

NENA 2020 Virtual Winter Meeting

THURSDAY, DECEMBER  17, 6 - 7 pm


  1. Welcome
    1. Minutes
  2. Treasurer Report
  3. Idaho Pole Q&A
    1. The following questions & concerns from NENA Idaho Pole Committee Director, Amy Hoitsma have been shared with the panelists. Amy will restate the questions during the meeting and the panelists will respond to each one at a time.  If time allows, additional questions from meeting participants will be accepted. 
      1. Questions for The City of Bozeman 
        1. The potential developer's first concept plan had envisioned a large development in 3 phases—Phase 1 of which would require 680 parking spaces. How would L Street have to change in order to accommodate that level of traffic wanting to go south to Main St? How would traffic wanting to go east be routed? Would the railroad crossing remain a grade-level crossing? You told us at our last meeting that in order for development like that to move forward, the City Engineering Department would require full development of Front Street, so that the pedestrian trail the City Commission just approved would be replaced with a road. Do you still see that in the future?
        2. Significant infrastructure will be needed before development can occur, yet no tax increment financing will be available until development is completed. How does that work?
        3. How will the City keep the neighborhood informed—in real-time—of all the decisions being considered going forward? Will we have a weighted seat at the table? How and when?
      2. Questions for the EPA
        1. We put our trust in federal, state, and local government agencies to protect our health and the health of the environment, including wetlands and wildlife. In your expert opinion, what type and scale of development—if any—would you consider safe and appropriate for the Idaho Pole site?
        2. I believe you’ve seen the development concept that the potential buyer put together: Would you categorize it as low, medium, or high risk? Who is liable and whose responsibility is it to contain the risk?
        3. Are you aware of any instances where EPA institutional controls failed? What could failure look like for the Idaho Pole site—in other words, what is the worst-case scenario that we need to prepare for?
      3. Questions for the panel
        1. How was Idaho Pole able to leave contamination behind and is there a risk that it could happen again with new owners?
          Could taxpayers end up on the hook?
    2. Panelists
      1. David Fine, Economic Development, City Of Bozeman
      2. Beth Archer, Community Involvement Coordinator, EPA
      3. Roger Hoogerheide, Environmental Protection Specialist, EPA
    3. Additional Questions & Comments from Meeting Participants if time allows.  
      1. Questions and concerns can also be sent to the presenters via email.
      2. The EPA will host a meeting on this subject on Jan. 13. ​​​
  4. Brewery Site and Tinworks Development Update with Erik Nelson of ThinkTank
  5. Building Heights with Chris Saunders, Community Development Manager, City Of Bozeman
  6. Historic Structures Survey with Chris Saunders, Community Development Manager, City Of Bozeman
  7. Rouse/Peach Intersection Bike Lanes with Jason Delmue, Acting Chair, Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board
  8. Northeast Neighborhood Parks & Rec Update with information provided by Addi Jadin, Parks and Recreation Department, City Of Bozeman AJadin@BOZEMAN.NET
    1. Ice rinks are traditionally flooded by Christmas. We need more snow to cover the ground first. Learn more at or call 582-2905 for the most up to date information
    2. Pop-up art event at Story Mill Community Park: "Menagerie of the Imaginary" This event is being planned by Random Acts of Silliness and the Recreation Division in January. For about two-three weeks depending on weather, temporary artwork will be installed at the Story Mill Community Park Great Lawn
    3. Update on the Front Street project: Sanderson Stewart is finishing designs and will be submitting the project for environmental permits and infrastructure reviews by the City and County within the next few weeks.  The asphalt trail location southeast of the bridge has been realigned to be in a location that would still accommodate a future road if that ever comes forward. We expect the project will go out for bid by early February for construction in 2021!
  9. Trust and Community Engagement with Dani Hess, Neighborhoods Program Coordinator, City Of Bozeman
  10. NENA Membership & Committees with Reno Walsh, NENA President
  11. Good Neighbors with Jeremy Mistretta, NENA Vice President
    1. Our neighbors are a big part of the reason the NE Neighborhood might just be The Last Best Neighborhood. NENA sincerely thanks everyone for being such good neighbors.    
  12. Misc. Items
    1. Will start taking nominations for the Secretary and Treasurer Positions at anytime. There will be an election for these positions in the spring. If you are interested or know someone who might be please email 
    2. We want to thank David Viciedo of for his time and patience with us as we work with him to try to improve the NENA Database & NENA site that he also hosts. David is a friend and a good neighbor. 
    3. We are planning for the April 24 Spring Clean Up Day Event and will have more details as the date nears. Let us know if you want to get involved by emailing us at or update your profile.  
    4. MSU Students are helping NENA describe and protect our neighborhood character. You can help. Please fill out this survey to help us understand what you care about in the North East neighborhood. 
      1. We are looking for someone to help us update the NENA Vision NE Objective Page. If someone is interested in helping out, please contact us at 
    5. Tinworks & Brewery Project Townhall: Thursday, January 14: Virtual Townhall with Erik Nelson of Think Tank; 6:00 to 7:00PM; Login information at 
    6. EPA/ DEQ Virtual Meeting; Wednesday January 13, from 6:30 to 8:00PM; Login information at   
    7. The city will print and mail two newsletters for NENA next year. This is a $1300 Value! NENA will only need to cover the difference in cost between a postcard and a newsletter which comes to around $300. We want to thank the City of Bozeman for helping us make the newsletter possible and for helping us distribute the NENA News safely and efficiently. 
    8. Donations: over $600 in Donations since November 1 - Thank you! 
      1. Kenyon Noble sponsored the recent newsletter. Their generous donation covered the cost of mailing the letter which got them out faster and in a safe way. Thank you! 
      2. We are looking for a sponsor of the 2021 Spring and Fall Newsletters. These sponsorships are $450 apiece. Sponsorship includes ad space in the newsletter, facebook campaign, inclusion in Newsletter Email Campaign, and a thank you during the bi-annual meetings. Businesses can combine their marketing dollars to co-sponsor a newsletter. Email for more info.
  13. Closing


NENA Virtual Summer 2020 Meeting



1.    Welcome (Amy Kelley Hoitsma)
2.    Intro to Webex and Election Process
3.    Officer Nominations for President and Vice President (Vickie Backus)
4.    Treasurer Report (Jeanne Wesley-Weise)
5.    Parking Ordinance 2033 (Ed Meece, Bozeman Parking Program Manager)
6.    Quiet Rail Crossings (David Fine, Bozeman Economic Development Specialist)
7.    Cottonwood/Ida Update (Erik Nelson, ThinkTank) 
8.    Front St. Trail/Idaho Pole Update (Addi JadinParks Planner and Development Manager)
9.    INC Update (Dani Hess, Neighborhoods Coordinator)
10.  Parade of Sheds 20th Anniversary (Amy Kelley Hoitsma)
11.  PhotoVoices Recap & Update (Cathy Costakis)