Board Meeting Minutes 2007-01-09


7:00 pm Meeting called to order by Gary Hampton, co-chair.
Present: Howie Bierbaum, Pauline Bradford, Jennifer Jako, Kirsten Jenkins, Clint Lundmark, Naomi Sacks (today’s recorder).
Neighbors: over 20 neighbors, see sign-in sheet.

Minutes from December meeting: Not reviewed yet.

1.2/17/07 Annual Gumbo dinner at Immaculate Heart church. Limited to 100 seats, dinner and drinks for $ 25. Call Pauline for tickets.
2.New Seasons CEO Brian Rooter announced they have purchased 3 pieces of property in Eliot (on N Williams) and will be moving their administrative offices there. Work will start in April with move anticipated for June. No structural changes planned. Work will be limited impact: paint, windows, landscaping and tear down of brick building for parking lot. Expected 65 people to work there. Email brianr@newseasonsmarket.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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3.Widmer Brothers announced expansion project to increase brewing capacity, will bring estimated 45 new jobs. They shared expansion plans with timelines. Neighbor impact: dump trucks, cranes, mostly more truck traffic through mid-July. Mississippi St. will be closed for 2 days for tank installation. They are also opening a banquet space upstairs over the restaurant 4-5 months from now. They expect employees leaving work will open parking spaces for the banquet events.

Community Policing: Officer not present.

Committee Reports:
1. Land Use-didn’t meet in December. Will meet next week, will vote on adding Clint to Land Use board.

2. NE Coalition-
a. Willie Brown & Ron Laster announced fundraiser for Youth Gangs Program. Youth Gang Program was established in 1980s, has outreach workers, just lost Multnomah County funding. Fundraiser is dinner and silent auction to benefit the program. They are asking NE neighborhood associations to support the event by purchasing 2 tickets at $ 99.00 each.
b. MOTION: by Pauline at 7:38pm. Eliot Neighborhood Board to buy 2 tickets to the Youth Gangs Program fundraiser. Seconded by Clint. Board voted, unanimous approval. Motion passed at 7:40pm.

Parking Permits Program:
Jim Rogers from Parking Permits Program explained rules for setting up an area for parking by permit only. Some businesses are interested as they are struggling with parking for their workers, feel that too many commuters are parking in Eliot to take advantage of being so close to the fair-less transit zone. Minimum area is 10 blocks, 8000 linear feet. Area in question is along Interstate, near Russell and Kerby, Paige, & Borthwick. Program supports itself by fees from those with permits, $ 35/year per permit. Businesses with permits can exceed posted parking limits. Limits proposed are 7AM-6PM, Monday-Friday, 2 hour limit. A committee would set up some of the parameters including a formula for how many permits per business based on a percentage of the business’ employees. Residents would be entitled to one permit for every car and must also purchase permits. Permit area is set up by a well defined process involving a petition of businesses and residents, then ballot (whoever has the physical address gets to vote). Fifty percent of the ballots must come back and sixty percent must be in favor for the permit area to be established. Eliot Neighborhood Board would chose 2-5 members to be the parking committee and make decisions. Enforcement: a patrol person to issue tickets is supported by part of the fees. Some commented that this could just push the parking problem up a few blocks. Others were concerned that not all businesses here present to comment and wanted to know if other options had been explored. A petition has already circulated so there may be a ballot coming. The permit area can be stopped through the same process: petition, ballot, vote.

Neighborhood Tours- Discussion for next meeting. Looking at zoning changes, at least a 3 year process. Follow up at Land Use meeting.

Portland Pensione Update- Problems continue. Resolutions NW was asked to step in and try to mediate. Celeste said the owner Alan did not go to training on landlord pitfalls. The Pensione could be designated a chronic nuisance. Once chronic nuisance letter is sent by police, landlord must comply. If landlord doesn’t comply, property can be closed for one year. Celeste will talk to the DA and share that neighbors will cooperate with what needs to be done for follow through. Jennifer announced there is a separate neighborhood meeting tomorrow for the neighbors immediately adjacent or surrounding the Pensione.

Concert Series- Gary is looking for volunteers to assist with fundraising for the series.

Motion to Adjourn by Jennifer, seconded by Clint & Howie. Unanimous approval. Adjourned at 8:15pm.