After learning about the planned herbicide application neighbors contacted public works and a meeting with Parks and Open Space was arranged. Natural Resources specialist Ryan Turner met with Tom Titus , Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics, and David Saul of Southeast Neighbors at the park on April 16 . Ryan showed the group the proposed sites and explained the plans in detail.
The false brome spraying is for the plants on the hill, well above the bike path, well away from the wetland, in rocky conditions. This will amount to three small applications with a backpack sprayer using a glysophate product using a surfactant called “Agridex” . We all agreed that this was an appropriate way to proceed given the propensity of false brome to grow from rhizomes, the difficulty of removing all of those rhizomes in rocky habitat, the very small application, and the potential for a widespread infestation and disruption to native wildflowers and grasses down the road.
Herbicide application was also planned for two small patches of canada thistle on the landfill cap on the other side of the bike path. Southeast Neighbors offered to dig these as early as April 18, and Ryan was in agreement with this plan of action, along with monitoring. However, digging in a landfill cap is not permitted by DEQ. It was finally agreed to suppress the the thistles by covering with shade cloth. After 2 years, the cloth will be removed and grass seed spread on the bare areas. Parks and Open Space dept will supply shade cloth and stakes and Southeast Neighbors will volunteer the labor for the project. We also discussed the need for ongoing monitoring of the site and signage to inform the public of the city’s use of a non-toxic alternative to control the weeds.
We are grateful to Lisa Arkin, Tom Titus , and Ryan Turner for offering their expertise and for working with us to reduce and eventually eliminate toxic chemicals at Tugman.
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.
The City of Eugene sponsors CERT: Community Emergency Response Team training to citizens within the Eugene/Springfield metropolitan area. CERT trains citizens to be prepared to respond to emergency situations within their neighborhoods and community. Trained CERT members are able to give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members may also help with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of a community.
The Spring CERT Course is now open for enrollment. This session will be held at 1705 W 2nd Avenue on three Saturdays: 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10 from 8-5pm. To enroll, email CERT@ci.eugene.or.us or phone-541-682-5860. Please provide your email, phone, street address, and full name.
CERT volunteers are vital to our neighborhood’s ability to recover after a disaster. Please sign up today if you are interested. Seating is limited and this course fills up fast.
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.
- “Invasive grass called false brome, threatens Oregon native plant diversity”- Oregon State University Extension Office
- “Protecting Pisgah: False brome, an invasive grass, threatens what people love about the area” – Eugene Weekly
- Pesticide Fact Sheet: Glyphosate - Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Oregon State University
- City of Eugene Parks and Open Space (POS) Division’s program on Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
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.
You can sign up for the email list by filling out the short form on our facebook page. You do not have to be a member of facebook to use this sign up form and your information will not be shared with anyone else. You can unsubscribe from our list at any time by using the Manage Your Subscription link at the bottom of the eNewsletter.
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 email@example.com or 541.510.4040 for more information and subscribe to our email newsletter to receive notifications future opportunities.