Minutes: September, 2015 SEN Board Meeting

September 8, 2015

Board Members Present: Heather Sielicki (Pres), Roberly Hearsch (VP), William Zwicker (Treas.), Duncan Rhodes (Sec.), Ken Beeson, Len Epstein, Emily Fox, Debbie Hebert, Jenny Oberst Lupton, Lealan Swanson
Board Members Absent: none Neighbors Present: brief visit by Juan Carlos Valle


Discussed the South Willamette Special Area Zone (SWSAZ), which will hold a meeting at Good Samaritan from 7 to 9 PM on Wednesday, September 16th. There will be a panel including representatives from the city and various neighborhood associations, which will also field questions from the attendees. More details…

The OURS campers (SLEEPS) camp at Hilyard Street and 31st Avenue was short-lived, closing within 48 hours, due to conflicts with city ordinances. In Eugene, about 3000 people are homeless. The board passed a resolution to bring up the homelessness issue at the picnic on the 12th, with a poster and Post-Its to solicit comments on concerns and potential solutions by the neighbors, and to continue the conversation at the next meeting. More details about homelessness in Eugene…

The Eugene community development staff is soliciting nominations for the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) review panel. Nominations are due no later than Friday, October 2nd. Please send your candidates for nominations to Heather.

Saturday’s annual picnic was discussed. Things appear to be well in hand.

Duncan will get a new SEN map from Neighborhood Services and have it mounted on board and laminated in time for the picnic.

National Preparedness Month was discussed. The City of Eugene, City of Springfield, and U/O are working together to build a culture of preparedness in our community. Increasing our overall disaster resilience is the responsibility of every community member. By providing tools and resources to our community members, we are working toward one goal – overall disaster preparedness. More details on upcoming meetings and educational opportunities…

Per Len: The Home Wood Heating (HWH) Advisory Season has now been extended and runs from October 1st through May 31st. Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) issues daily HWH advisories during this season which come in three colors, based upon levels of air pollution: green, yellow, and red. While wood burning is banned (unless you have an approved exemption letter from LRAPA) during a red advisory, and it is discouraged during yellow advisory days, during green advisories woodstoves or fireplaces still have a limit on how much smoke can be emitted. It is illegal to have thick smoke from chimney stacks, and residents are subject to fines if smoke is thicker than 40% opacity.

Duncan is to put together a November 1st print newsletter. Please submit articles to him by October 1st; since it will be sent to the printer on October 15th. This newsletter will be in preparation for the November General Meeting.