Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting Minutes: 12/8/15


by Duncan Rhodes, Board Secretary

Agenda
7:00pm: Public Announcements
7:15pm: Neighborhood Response to Homelessness
7:45pm: Council of South Eugene Neighborhood Update/SW-SAZ
8:00pm: Budget Update
8:15pm: Next Meeting/Publication

Board Members Present: Heather Sielicki (Pres), William Zwicker (Treas), Duncan Rhodes (Sec’y), Ken Beeson, Emily Fox, Debbie Hebert, Jenny Oberst, Lealan Swanson

Board Members Absent: Roberly Hearsch (VP), Len Epstein

Neighbors Present:  David Saul, David Gerber, Dennis Casady, Mike Kinnison, Rene Kane, Seth Sadowsky

Neighborhood Response to Homelessness
Mike Kinnison & Rene Kane discussed homelessness issues and the legal camping options for the City of Eugene.  Last year, the homeless population in Eugene was 1700.  This year is is about 1500, of which 700-800 are unhoused. Many shelter options are full with waiting lists weeks, months or years long. This includes the new rest stops. The dusk to dawn camps will only hold 40 more people. The Mission cannot accommodate those who cannot feed, bathe and clothe themselves, any boys above age 8, and only 5 children at one time. First Place can only take 10 families at one time in their night shelter program. All the emergency motel vouchers for families were used in one week because the need is so great. The domestic violence shelter is full with a waiting list. Community members are working to secure emergency safe shelter for homeless families and individuals in their neighborhoods through participation in the overnight parking program and Egan Warming Center. Nearly 800 people have signed a petition asking for a public shelter option [http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/public-homeless-shelter] in Lane County.

Heather shared information about an upcoming Neighborhood Ambassador Training on Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Good Samaritan Society Eugene Village, 3500 Hilyard St, Eugene. The neighborhood ambassador program goals are to educate neighbors about homelessness in their local community; provide support to social service organizations who provide safe shelter options; and connect faith communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, schools, and government offices with opportunities to help. This training is for people who would like to learn more about the program and the different opportunities for neighborhood level involvement. More information at http://www.thriveugene.org/ambassador-program.

Council of South Eugene Neighborhoods
Friendly Area Neighbors, Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association, Southeast Neighbors, and Amazon Neighbors have joined together in a “Council of South Eugene Neighborhoods” to collaborate on matters of common concern related to land use, zoning, parks, open space and recreation, annexation, housing, community facilities, transportation and traffic, public health, public safety, sanitation, and community services in South Eugene.

The Council is advisory to the neighborhood organizations (decision-making power will rest with each recognized neighborhood association) and will operate with the same philosophy as neighborhood associations; respectful of our community diversity and where all points of view are received with courtesy and goodwill.

The board discussed and then approved Council of South Eugene Neighborhoods (CSEN) Draft Charter with 1 abstention.  [CSEN Draft Charter].

South Willamette Special Area Zone (SW-SAZ)
City Council action related to the SW-SAZ has been delayed several months due to neighbor concerns. The Council of South Eugene Neighborhoods have formed a working group to participate in developing shared goals, objectives and implementation recommendations for the community. The working group includes members from each of the four associations. Current SEN working group members include Lealan Swanson, Deborah Noble, Marty Wilde, Seth Sadofsky and Joyce Eaton. Please contact us if you would like to participate on the SW-SAZ working group.

South Willamette Neighbors an independent citizen organization with no official connection to Neighborhood Associations opposes the plan as currently written. They are responsible for the campaign signs “No Forced Rezoning” you may have seen in the area. Most of its members reside in the area southwest of 29th and Willamette, which was a late addition to the territory where extensive rezoning was proposed by City Staff. Several members of the South Willamette Neighbors group are very active in the Neighborhood Association serving that area, Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) formerly known as Crest Drive, and are members of the SW-SAZ working group.

Budget Update
Due to other commitments, William Zwicker resigned as Treasurer.  Ken Beeson was approved as Treasurer in his place & will coordinate the transfer of records.

Ken is working with ENI (Eugene Neighbors, Inc., a 501c3 organization) to use them as a vehicle to request tax-deductible donations to SEN, both for operating funds and to defray outstanding legal obligations for the Amazon Headwaters lawsuit. 

The board discussed and then approved continued SEN membership in ENI (an annual requirement).

Next Meeting/Publication
The next SEN meeting is a board member meeting on 1/12/2016. Heather requested that each Board member submit an article for the SEN newsletter by 1/20/16. The next SEN meeting will be a general meeting.

Our newsletters are produced by neighborhood volunteers and are free to residents and businesses of the neighborhood. Space is available for letters to the editor and editorial comments from neighbors. All signed letters will be published as space permits. Editorials express the author’s views, not the position of the Neighborhood Association, the City’s elected officials, or City staff. Send comments, articles, or letters to the editor to southeastneighbors@gmail.com for the next publication by January 20, 2016.