Board Meeting Minutes: January 2013


Attending: Kevin Matthews, President; David Saul, Newsletter Editor; Heather Sielicki, Secretary/Web Site; Madronna Holden, At-Large; Alicia McGraw, At-Large; Kent Anderson, At-Large. Total attendance of 6.

Welcome, introductions:

The meeting started shortly after 7pm.

I.  February General Meeting: 2/12/13

Heather has reserved the classroom across from front desk at the Hilyard Center, which can hold up to 40 people, for the February 12 general neighborhood meeting. The group raised concern that we may need to find a bigger space. Heather will explore alternatives and get the final information to David in time for his 1/16/13 newsletter deadline.

Agenda items to include at the February meeting include:

  • S. Willamette Concept Plan: The South Willamette Area Draft Concept Plan is a study for compact urban development. The goal is to create a concept plan for how compact urban development can be integrated into an existing transportation corridor like the South Willamette district in a manner consistent with the Envision Eugene strategy for accommodating the city’s anticipated future growth. The concept plan’s study area is roughly between 24th and 32nd Avenues on the north and south, and Amazon Park and the base of College Hill on the east and west.For information, visit http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=1256.
  • Deerbrook PUD Update: The Eugene Planning Commission voted to overturn the Hearings Official denial of the Deerbrook PUD in the Amazon Headwater Keystone. The board voted to follow through with a LUBA appeal as a next step.
  • Laurel Ridge PUD: pending development plans for the 126 acres southwest of Laurel Hill Valley adjacent to 30th Avenue near Spring Boulevard.  The current site plan proposes 408 multi-family dwelling units (in apartment buildings or other multi-family configuration) and 200 single family dwellings. There are some real concerns about the possible incompatibility of the housing density represented by the multi-family units in this rural setting as well as its compatibility with existing housing in the area.  For information, visit the Laurel Hill Valley Citizens web site: http://www.lhvc.org/laurelridge.html.
  • Small Dog Park: 1/2 acre off-leash area exclusively for small dogs under 25 pounds located in the southeast corner of the Amazon Dog Park. The small dog area has been available since November of 2011. The original fence and gating construction as well as all improvements to the small dog park have been paid for by volunteer funds. The group is seeking $4,000 through a Neighborhood Matching Grant from the City of Eugene to build a 16 feet by 14 feet shelter over a picnic table in the middle of the park.
  • South Willamette Street Improvement Plan: The goal of the project is to make Willamette Street, which is used by thousands of cars daily, more friendly to bicyclists, pedestrians and bus riders while preserving vehicle access to businesses. For information, visit http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=2055. 
  • City Issues: Overview of key issues impacting Eugene in 2013.

The board decided to provide refreshments at the meeting. Alicia will pick up reusable dishware kit and solicit donations from our local Albertson’s, who provided a gift card for last year’s picnic. Madronna will ask for donations from Market of Choice and Hideaway Bakery. Alicia will also donate/coordinate beverages.

II.  Southeast Neighbors Newsletter

The deadline for submitting content for the upcoming newsletter is 1/16/13. Currently we are anticipating an issue of 4 pages in length.

III.  Southeast Neighbors Contact Information

Neighborhood Services is updating contact cards for our neighborhood. The board decided to keep the URL for our website the same but to use the wordpress site at https://southeastneighbors.wordpress.com/ as the new web site. Kevin will redirect the current website by the end of the month. Heather will get back to Cindy with the information for our cards.

IV.  Small Dog Park

The board discussed the proposal for a $4,000 Neighborhood Matching Grant from the City of Eugene to build a 16 feet by 14 feet shelter over a picnic table in the middle of the small dog park. Heather motioned to support “Little Dog Corner.” Kent seconded the motion. The motion passed with 6 votes.

V.  Deerbrook PUD

The Eugene Planning Commission voted to overturn the Hearings Official denial of the Deerbrook PUD in the Amazon Headwater Keystone. The board discussed the need to fund raise as much as $15-30,000 in order to pursue the LUBA appeal. Kent motioned to partner with the Be Noble Foundation and Friends of Eugene as fiscal sponsors to accept donations. Heather seconded the motion. The motion passed with 6 votes. Kevin will send verbage to David for the newsletter/web site instructing supporters on how to send donations.

VI.  Amazon Active Transportation Corridor

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) 2015-2018 – Amazon Active Transportation Corridor would fund a variety of multimodal improvements that would make it easier to walk, bike, and access transit in south Eugene.  The Amazon Active Transportation Corridor would reduce user conflicts by providing separated spaces for different transportation modes and increase access across the Amazon Creek. Lindsay Selser sent a draft of a letter recommending project funding to the board for review. Madronna motioned that the board accept it. Kent seconded the motion. The motion was passed with 6 votes for sending the letter.

VII.  Taxing Fuel Efficient Vehicles

The state Legislature is expected to consider a bill that would require drivers with a vehicle getting at least 55 miles per gallon of gasoline or equivalent to pay a tax per mile after 2015. Kevin recommended that SEN send a letter stating our collective objection to the proposal on the grounds that road damage is worse from vehicles powered by gasoline than by electric vehicles and that such a tax would be a significant hindrance to the mass adoption of hybrid and fully-electric vehicles. Heather motioned that the board accept it with any recommended changes by email. Alicia seconded the motion. The motion was passed with 6 votes for sending the letter.

VIII.  iContact

The next iContact annual subscription opportunity will take place in February. SEN can use grant funds available for that use (which means it won’t come out of the budget) if they choose to use the tool. The board decided to sign up for a free 30-day trial for the service. Heather will sign up for it and follow up to ensure that the city does not provide any oversight on content.

The meeting adjourned shortly after 9:05pm.