Southeast Neighbors General Meeting Minutes 11/10/15


 

 

Board Members Present: Heather Sielicki (Pres), Roberly Hearsch (VP), William Zwicker (Treas.), Duncan Rhodes (Sec.), Ken Beeson, Len Epstein, Debbie Hebert, Lealan Swanson

Board Members Absent: Emily Fox, Jenny Oberst

Neighbors Present:  Beth ? Cindy Allen Karen Love Baisinger, Alan Basinger, Melinda Beane, Barbara Bochnovic, Chotu Carlson, Bob Cassidy, Nancy Classen, Judy Clemmons, William Collinge, Laticia Conner, Windy Dayton, Maggie Donahue, Joyce Eaton, David Gerber, Pavel Gubanilden, Brittany Hinchcliffe, Gwyneth Iredale, Deb Jones, Maurya Kaarhus, Allene Kaiser, Jerry Kaiser, Jess Lambright, Jennette LeConte, Diana Mardane, John Marshall, René Minz, Jo Niehaus, Louis Noble, Karena Norton, Louis Nosce, Heather O’Donnell, Jeannine Parisi, Andy Peara, Lance Carl Richards, Ron Rini, Ruth Rini, Seth Sadofsky, David Saul, Lindsay Selser, John Stapleton, Dean Tanner, Lucy Vinis, Brent Was

Topics:

There were nine topical tables: 90×30, Air Quality, Emergency Preparedness, EWEB, Fostering Connections, Homeless Support, Land Use, School Safety, & Traffic. Participants circulated around the tables.

Some collected comments were as follow:

90 x 30

  • “The 90by30 Eugene Regional Leadership Team wants to have a team that is diverse and broad reaching. Do you think a representative from each Eugene Neighborhood Association would be a good fit as we build our team?” All participants that evening responded yes to this question.
  • 90by30 and Lane County community members will be bringing in primary prevention strategies to Lane County that make sense for each of the 7 Regional Leadership Teams and their unique communities. Event Participants brought up ideas and concerns for what type of prevention strategies/programs would be offered and were they evidence based/promising practice based.
  • Learn more about 90by30 at http://90by30.uoregon.edu/home.

Air Quality

  • We have lots of wood burning stoves in the area. When the air quality gets bad enough, it can be declared a no-burn day, and those using wood stoves could get fined.
  • Learn more about protecting the air quality at http://www.lrapa.org/.

Emergency Preparedness

  • Map Your Neighborhood program is available for neighbors who want to organize their block in the event of a disaster.
  • A neighborhood disaster plan has been drafted, implementation begins 2016.
  • Rene discussed the CERT program, and mentioned that anyone interested should pick up flyers.
  • Learn more at https://eugeneorcert.samariteam.com/

EWEB

  • Discussion about criticized rate restructuring proposal, need for greater communication and citizen involvement on these issues.
  • The rate restructuring board meeting is December 1st. If you have interest in this topic, come to the meeting. Details and times at http://www.eweb.org/boardmeetings_.

Fostering Connections

  • Map your neighborhood: Emergency preparedness on a neighborhood level
  • Crime watch groups [see https://www.eugene-or.gov/FAQ.aspx?QID=328 for how to form one]
  • Follow the Register-Guard community events calendar and participate in neighborhood events
  • Ways of welcoming new neighbors:
    • Neighborhood newcomer welcome meetings:
    • Neighborhood welcome packet is sent to new EWEB customers establishing accounts in Southeast Neighbors area or based on USPS new postal customer address change forms.
    • Can get new address changes from the post office or EWEB to get notification of new arrivals to the neighborhood?
    • Quarterly meet-ups for new SEN neighbors to get introduced to the neighborhood.
    • Facebook groups for immediate neighbors in 3-4 block radius.
    • Summer potlucks/ welcome students to the neighborhood Fall event (perhaps combined with the SEN Fall picnic at Tugman Park).
  • Create ways for newcomers to connect with neighbors.
    • Sponsor a clothes exchange.
    • Build connections and partnerships with the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, and their respective student bodies.
    • Work parties at neighborhood parks, with signs posted throughout the neighborhood.
    • A SEN neighborhood 5K run along the Amazon trail to meet up with neighbors and U/O students.
    • More community service events for students: Sororities and fraternities have volunteer / community service requirements for their members.
    • Communicate directly with immediate neighbors about concerns, such as noise, parking, public safety, etc.
    • Neighborhood garage sales or free swaps/ clothes exchanges.
    • Neighborhood parties and ice cream socials.
    • Involve local businesses, e.g. Tsunami Books or grocery stores, in organizing neighborhood events.
    • Front yard or block parties:
    • Hold a bunch of block parties around the neighborhoods on the same weekend.
    • Apply for street vacation permit(s) from the City to block selected streets for neighborhood parties.
    • Meet neighbors while walking the dog.
  • Create physical spaces in the neighborhood that facilitate human interaction, e.g. front yard benches, gazebos, etc.
    • Build new features in neighborhood parks to facilitate people spending more time socializing with neighbors (e.g. canopies, benches and tables, etc.).
    • Work with the City and a private vendor to establish a walk-up coffee kiosk at Tugman Park.
    • A neighborhood art project(s) for kids and parents (e.g. paint fire hydrants or sidewalks).
    • Create new neighborhood orchards or community gardens.
  • Yes, we can do all of these things with your support! Contact us to get involved.

Homeless Support

  • Help needed with Egan warming center at 39th & Hilyard. (They also have the best labyrinth in town, and it is open to the public.)
  • South Eugene Egan Warming Center Training: Tue, December 1, 6pm–8pm. For more information, visit eganwarmingcenter.com or contact the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection at (541) 686-8462 or office@resurrectioneugene.org.

Land Use

  • Need longer lead times for meetings and forums, along with more diverse meeting times.
  • It was suggested that there should be a homeless neighborhood association.
  • Post-card announcements were meaningless–language was not impactful, minimized the significance of the issue. Make initial notifications more impactful by using stronger language about possible changes and consequences–e.g., more “alarming” will get more interest.
  • More official-looking mailings and announcements.
  • Expand the radius of notification, as many more residents are affected or concerned in a much wider area of a neighborhood than just those in the immediate vicinity of a proposed change that are currently notified.
  • Have a planning committee that includes local residents.
  • Use questionnaires more widely and frequently for feedback.
  • Use Neighborhood Associations more proactively to disseminate information and to engage residents in planning.
  • Have some way to show that input by residents was actually heard and considered.
  • Make meeting announcements more visible
  • Make meeting locations more convenient, such as in the neighborhood of the proposed changes rather than downtown.

Schools

  • Neighborhood Involvement with Schools
    • Schools used to be the center of our community but we’ve gotten away from that.
    • Desire to reconnect, support our community’s children and families.
    • Need more school communication to neighborhood group.
    • Could school leaders attend meetings and give reports?
    • No community input or involvement when Charlemagne moved, where is the communication from 4J?
    • Sore feelings still about closures, distrust in District.
  • Village School
  • Moving – 2 weeks away from closing on the Dunn Property (3411 Willamette, south of the post office between Donald and Willamette).
    • They will open for students in fall of 2016 at this new location.
    • Concerns about traffic safety with both Willamette and Donald being busier, faster paced streets.
    • Sound like they will recommend access on Donald/35th for drop off and pick up (it appears the parking lot is off Willamette).
    • Would like a speed study done on Willamette St. Sounds like they have asked for this a couple of times before and would like more info on how to move it forward.
    • Crossing both Donald at 35th and Willamette St at 34th are major concerns/areas of interest.
    • Working with Shane MacRhodes as they develop their site and traffic/transportation plans.
  • Ridgeline Montessori
    • Major concerns from residents at the Wild Oaks townhomes about the “illegal” gate that the school opens and allows their parents and students access from the school onto the private Wild Oaks driveway called Rosewood, a private road. This is apparently creating a hazard in the minds of the property owners.  They want to know what the next steps might be on how to proceed.  They have tried talking to the school and say that they haven’t had any luck.  They don’t want to build a “wall”, and would like to be good neighbors but this is very concerning to them.  They also have concerns that parents park and block their driveway at drop off and pick up (blocking both the driveway and the view by parking too close to the driveway).  They wonder if a larger yellow curb area might help this.

Traffic

  • Fox Hollow
    • General concern about high speeds, curves and kids crossing for Spencer Butte and Edgewood. Need better crossings.
  • Potter/E. Amazon
    • Enhanced crossing for people going E/W. Important for school access and because speeds are so high and there are so few gaps.
    • Stop sign is a potential.
    • Wanting to know where we are on this.
  • Better Pedestrian Access
    • At new developments, making sure that they are filling sidewalk gaps and not creating new ones.
  • Can we just eliminate right on red arrow? Seems to lead to lots of conflicts.
  • 29th and Willamette
    • Very confusing traffic signal for peds. Concern that cars have a green at the same time peds have a walk.  Person is going to go out and video her concern and email it to Lindsay Selser.
    • Make Willamette for everyone. Peds should be a priority.

General Comments:

  • What worked Best – really enjoyed the desert potluck theme and the format of World Café
  • Could be Better – It would be great if the “rounds” could be 15 min instead of 10.