Southeast Neighbors General Meeting Minutes (DRAFT) Date: 11/10/16

Board Members Present: Heather Sielicki (Pres), Lealan Swanson (VP), Ken Beeson (Treas.), Duncan Rhodes (Sec.), Len Epstein, Deborah Noble, Dennis Hebert, Emily Fox, Jenny Oberst Lupton
Board Members Absent: David Monk
Neighbors Present: 50 – 60

Public Forum

  • Laurel Burke wants to start a Waldorf High School in Eugene & is asking for volunteers to help. The next meeting of this group will be 11/21, 6:30-8:30 pm at Eugene Waldorf School, 1350 McLean Blvd. 7th grade classroom. Email or join the facebook group.
  • Jeannine Parisi from EWEB  announced that a workshop on electric vehicles will be held 11/16 6:00-7:30 at U/O Lillis Bldg., Room 175, and 11/28 6:00-7:30 at EWEB, 500 E 4th Ave. Register at Attendees can get a $15,000 credit towards the cost of a Nissan LEAF.
  • Jenny Oberst Lupton spoke about a house with suspected drug activity near Spencer Butte MS.  There will be a noon meeting Monday, 11/14 at SBMS on this issue
  • Heather spoke about some of the projects emerging from the Vulnerable Population Working Group. SEN and two other Neighborhood Associations have applied for matching grants to build 3 Tiny Homes. These Tiny Homes will be co-located in one spot, and they are searching for a property owner to host them. A meeting is scheduled for 11/28 7:00-8:30 pm at the Hilyard Center.

Featured Presentations

Lane Regional Air Protection

Jo Niehaus & Laticia Comer spoke about issues with wood smoke, the primary air pollutant in Lane County.  From 10/1 to 5/31 the wood heating advisory program is in effect.  Residents must check to see whether there is a restriction in effect at or 541-746-4328.  You can sign up for burning ban text alerts by texting LRAPAHWH to 313131.

Parks and Open Space

Lorna Baldwin, Ken Wolford, and Jesse Carey Hobbs spoke about the department’s use of Integrated Pest Management and discussed pesticide free parks.  In general, pesticides are only used as a last resort, when other methods of weed control have failed.  Eugene has nine pesticide free neighbor neighborhood parks.  Due to lack of Parks personnel, Parks Department now requires a signed community agreement for park maintenance to be signed before a pesticide free park is added.

Milton Park, located south of E. 32nd Ave. at University and Potter Streets was nominated as a pesticide free park. By show of hands the measure was approved.With this SEN approval of the Milton nomination, SEN agrees to sign agreement with City whereby SEN will commit to maintain the park (4 work parties per year); Jarrell Moore will be responsible for that maintenance on behalf of the neighborhood. She has already lead a work party of over 40 people there. Parks Department requires a signed waiver before work is done by any group in the parks.  This provides liability coverage for the group

The other pesticide free park in the neighborhood is Shadow Wood located in the South East neighborhood at Shadow Wood and Barber Drives.