Date/Time: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 7:00pm Location: Good Samaritan Eugene Village 3500 Hilyard Street
Attending: Heather Sielicki, President: Board Members: Shelia Stigall, David Saul, Pavel Gubanikhan, Leonard Epstein, Deborah Noble Neighbors: William Zwicker. Total Attendance: 7
I. Meeting Convened : 7:00 pm
Pavel announced that will not be running for re-election to the board in May.
II. Discussion Items:
- Charter Revision: Reached a consensus on 1 change to the draft revised charter. President Vice President will serve a two year term and be limited to 2 consecutive terms. Heather will update the draft accordingly.
- Annual Election: President and Vice president and 9 board positions are up for election at the May general meeting. David will prepare ballots listing candidates for the election.
- General Meeting: Discussed the agenda for the general meeting on May 12. In addition the election , decided to have adopt the theme “Building Community” Will contact local organizations about tabling and/or making presentations
- Neighborhood Survey: Discussed format and content for the proposed survey but unable to reach a consensus on the approach to take. Leonard advocated for a more scientific survey that would provide a representative sample of neighborhood attitudes, Shelia mentioned that the city published a detailed neighborhood survey in 2011 and the we might be unnecessarily duplicating their work.
- Potential Signage Purchases: Discussed possible purchase of signs that could be used on an ongoing basis such as signs announcing Tugman work parties that might encourage more people to participate. Also mentioned possibility of buying newspaper advertising.
- Eugene Neighbors Inc: Heather suggested that participation in ENI could accomplish our stated goal of getting non-profit status, enabling us to accept tax-deductible donations. Heather will attend their monthly meeting on 4/16 at the Davis restaurant.
III. Neighborhood Projects & Committees
- Tugman Park: The last work party was a success and we will plan to have another in June.
- South Eugene CERT Team: The team participated in the Emergency Preparedness Cook-off and won “best presentation” for their dish. They will host a CERT participant from the Churchill area CERT team at their next meeting on Thursday 4/17 at 7PM and discuss ways to grow participation in the CERT team.
- 2014 Picnic: Some discussion around the date for this years picnic but no conclusion reached. Planning to form a committee to start picnic planning at the May general meeting.
- Land Use: Deborah reported that negotiations with the city council and staff about purchase of the Deerbrook property are ongoing. David reported that the planning department was still reviewing the Resthaven Cell Tower application and that no application has been submitted yet for the Crossfire Church cell tower proposal. David proposed that the board consider submitting a statement to the City Council regarding including protections for existing homeowners in the Edgewood West development who are concerned about the potential impacts of redesignating part of the Resthaven property for residential development.
IV. Adjourn: The meeting adjourned shortly after 8:30 PM.
Our neighbor Kim Wollter alerted us to signage in Tugman Park announcing a planned application of herbicide on the grassy hill along the path that leads up to 39th Ave. Next week (4/14 to 4/18) glyphosate will be applied in an attempt to control the invasive bunch grass called false brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum).
The sign says that a blue dye will be mixed with the herbicide so that park users and staff will be able to tell where it has been applied. Neighbors can contact John Clark with Public Works for more information @ (541) 682-4826.
We released another edition of the Southeast Neighbors Newsletter this morning, our 22nd edition since May of last year. Since that time, our subscriber list has grown from 76 subscribers to over 400, about 7% of the homes in the neighborhood. It’s a great trend, but with the fast pace of developments on the crime and city planning/development scenes, school and local business front, we need to expand our reach so that more people can get announcements and news promptly.
Over the past 20 years, our association has mailed printed postcards and newsletters to all the residents of the city-defined Southeast Eugene neighborhood, about 3,000 homes. Any resident, property owner, or business owner, 18 years of age or older, within those boundaries is a voting member of the association and has received these publications. Funding for these paper mail notices and newsletters is expected to be cut back dramatically over the next year. Email has become a major communication channel for the neighborhood and will continue to be so in the years ahead.
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We will continue to use our email distribution list to send alerts if there is danger in the neighborhood, and to share events, opportunities and news. Our board is committed to communication and keeping neighbors informed. We welcome your participation.
If you have an event you would like to submit for our newsletter or web site calendar, please contact us and we will share it. The strength of our neighborhood depends on our active community members and it is up to all of us to get involved. Thank you for keeping in touch with your neighborhood.
We had 15 neighborhood volunteers help us at today’s work party at Southeast Neighbors’ adopted neighborhood city park. Together, we weeded the circle bed, removed invasive blackberry, and raked the sand beds to make the park safer for kids. Our community can play a significant role in contributing to the health and care of our neighborhood parks by volunteering. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.510.4040 for more information and subscribe to our email newsletter to receive notifications future opportunities.