If you are interested in becoming an Officially Recognized Neighborhood Organization, the City requires that you:
- Hold an organizational meeting where the purpose of being organized is discussed, bylaws are approved, members join, officers are elected, and a petition to be certified is signed by at least 20 property owners within the proposed neighborhood’s boundaries.
Provide written notice, by first class mail, of the meeting to all eligible property owners. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement will help you identify those entitled to notice and provide postage for mailing.
- Submit your completed application, the signed petition, bylaws and a list of current officers and your designated representatives to the Neighborhood Involvement Committee to Lee Husfeldt, ONI staff liason , who will forward your packet to the City Manager for recommendation for approval by City Council.
Eventually your neighborhood organization also will need to approve bylaws and we’ve provide a sample set of bylaws for you to work from. Make sure that all the requirements spelled out in the application are addressed in your bylaws. Items like:
- The method by which officers are chosen
- Membership and voting requirements
- A system through which the Neighborhood Organization will reasonably communicate with all eligible members on a regular basis. Eligible members shall include all residents, (including business occupants) and owners of property within the Neighborhood's boundaries
- Electing a representative and alternate to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Committee
- Guaranteeing that all meetings will be open and public and will permit, to the extent feasible, every person eligible for membership to participate in the conduct of business, deliberation and decision-making.