Minutes: Southeast Neighbors May 2015 General Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Good Samaritan Eugene Village, 3500 Hilyard St Eugene, OR


  • Heather Sielicki, Chair, Board Members:  Len Epstein, Emily Fox, Debbie Hebert, David Saul, Lealan Swanson, Bill Zwicker,  Deborah Noble

Total attendance of  23

I. Snacks & Open Discussion started around  6:30

  • Neighbors snacked on organic chips cheese and dip provided by Roberly Hearsh and  yummy fresh peach cake with yogurt frosting that Heather made in honor of David Saul’s last day on the SEN board.

II.  Announcements

  • Duncan Rhodes has a standard bulletin Board suitable for a park kiosk and would like to recruit neighbors to form a committee to work with the city to get the  bulletin board  installed at Tugman Park. Contact Duncan via email @  Duncan.Rhodes@cerrillos.net to get involved.
  • May 29 is Trot De France (formerly known as the Jog-a-thon) at Charlemagne School. Watch out for kids jogging in the vicinity.
  • Crossfire Ministries Cell Tower Public Hearing before the Eugene Hearings Official is on May 27
  • May 30 is our next work party at Tugman Park (9am – noon). We’ll be addressing several issues  to keep the park looking great. Tools and gloves are provided  by Parks & Open Space.
  • Our local CERT group  is  planning  a Fire Safety event at the Safeway on 40th Ave at Donald St on May 30th.  Time still to be determined.

III. Neighborhood Update

Heather summarized  Southeast Neighbors current status and  accomplishments for the past year

Meetings and Events

  • 4 general meetings (including the annual picnic) and 7 board meetings
    • Board retreat last May we agreed to focus on
      • Outreach
      • Land Use
      • Tugman Park Adoption
      • Emergency preparedness
  • 4 work parties at Tugman
  • Attended neighborhood applicant meetings to monitor development
  • CERT, Fire Preparedness
  • Amazon Headwaters fundraising
  • Recycling competition and Neighborhood art workshop
  • SE Parent Leaders, Safe Routes to School, 4j candidate debate
  • neighborhood leaders council, City Club participation, outreach committee


Publications delivery via USPS–  6,274 addresses

  • 3 meeting notification postcards – $4,500
  • 1 newsletter – $3,000

Web Site Traffic – Southeastneighbors.org $50/year

  • 2013 – 7,000 views, 71 news items posted
  • 2014 – 10,000 views, 61 news items posted
  • 2015 – 5,000 views, 32 news items posted

Facebook – free

  • 221 likes, up 60 from last year

iContact Listserv – paid via grant

  • 532 subscribers

Amazon Headwaters fundraising for legal debts is ongoing. Over $5,000 has been raised to date but we still need to raise additional $29,000.

IV.  Annual Board Elections

Election Results

  • Chair – Heather Sielicki  – 21
  • Vice Chair – Roberly Hearsh – 19
  • At Large (4 open positions)
  • Deborah Noble  13
  • Emily Fox 18
  • Duncan Rhodes 19
  • Jenny Oberst  19
  • Ken Beeson  8
  • Shelly Linbarger  2
  • New Board Roster: Chair: Heather  Vice Chair: Roberly Hearsch, Len Epstein, Emily Fox, Deborah Hebert, Deborah Noble, Jenny Oberst, Duncan Rhodes, Lealan Swanson, and  Bill Zwicker

V.  South Willamette Street Concept Plan  Update

PSW PC Open House 10Jennifer Knapp, Urban Designer leading the South Willamette Concept Plan project, gave a brief overview of the Concept Plan and the design code currently being developed  for the South Willamette Special Area Zone to implement the concept plan. She shared some upcoming dates for project milestones and opportunities for public input.

  • 5/18 – Planning Commission Work Session
  • 5/20 – South Willamette Design Code Open House
  • 6/2 – Planning Commission Public Hearing
  • The Planing Commission recommendation  is expected to go to the City Council by fall of  this year and there will be work sessions and another public hearing before the city council will vote to adopt  the  Design Code.

Visit the South Willamette Special Area Zone page on the city website to get more detailed information.

Contact info: Jennifer Knapp
Urban Designer
99 W. 10th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Ph: 541-682-5445    email: Jennifer.L.Knapp@ci.eugene.or.us


VI.  South Willamette Street Improvement  Plan  Update

33Chris Henry, Transportation Planning Engineer leading the project gave a brief presentation on the status of the project that will be making some major changes on Willamette Street between 24th and 32nd avenues.  Construction to prepare for a 1 year pilot test of the 3 lane street design will start in July 2015.  A  permanent traffic signal will be installed at the Woodfield Station driveway on Willamette and Willamette street will be widened  north of 29th Ave to  tie in to the existing bikeway system and leave enough space for a left-turn lane for southbound traffic on Willamette at 24th. Willamette will then be temporarily re-striped  with two southbound travel lanes, a center turn-lane, one northbound travel lane, and bicycle lanes on both sides of the street. North of the 29th Avenue area, the test re-striping will include one travel lane in each direction, a center turn-lane, and bicycle lanes on both sides of the street. The pilot test period is preceded by a 3 month adjustment period and will last 12 months.

More information is available on the project web site.

Contact Info:  Chris Henry
Transportation Planning Engineer

99 East Broadway
Suite 400
Eugene, OR  97401
ph. 541-682-8472   email:  chris.c.henry@ci.eugene.or.us

Jennifer and Chris fielded a number of questions from the group after their presentations.

The meeting adjourned at  8:30 PM.