General Membership Meeting Minutes 2011-04-11

Eliot Neighborhood Association

Board Meeting: April 11, 2011

Board Members Present: Angela Kremer, Mike Doherty, Maria Roselle , Julie Woelfer, Barry Joe Stull, Jim Hlava, Tamille Lundmark, Clint Lundmark, Laurie Simpson, Joan Ivan, Alan Sanchez, Kristen Yates, Pauline Bradford, Pamela Weatherspoon, Allan Rudwick, Kirsten Jenkins

Community Members Present: Owen Wise-Pierik, Anastasya Raichart, Stephen Green, Norman Haugen, Mary Bennett, Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, Willie Groshell, Kevin Card, David Lomax, David Karlin, Joan Thompson, Sharri Miller Regan, Lee Perlman

7:03:    Meeting called to order by Chair, followed by introductions

-Members paired off to discuss intro question

7:12:    March Board Meeting minutes read

-Pauline Bradford notes that the African Dinner will be held at “Immaculate Heart” Church, not “Central Heart” as noted

-Barry Joe Stull moves to approve minutes with correction

-Mike Doherty seconds

-Motion passes

7:21:    March minutes approved by Board

7:22:    Postal Carriers Presentation (Willie Groshell)

-2006 mandate required the prepayment of 75 years of healthcare for employees over a span of 10 years. This has caused budget shortfalls and cuts to services are being threatened.

-Postal Carriers are seeking community support to put this 2006 mandate on hold to ensure that regular services can continue.

-Petitions were supplied for interested community members.

7:27:    City Projects – Dawson Park and Heritage Marker/Park

-Dawson Park Master Plan Implementation Input (Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong)

-Shared proposed improvements to Dawson Park.

-Seeking input from Eliot community on what they would like to see added and changed within the park that would increase their usage and enjoyment of the space.

7:45:    Triangle Landscape Design Plan (Stephen Green)

-PDC will finance improvements to the Gateway Site, but not maintenance. There is $500,000 allotted for the project.

-Pedestrian traffic will be routed through the triangular green space to avoid dangerous street traffic and direct pedestrians toward a safe crosswalk

-Residents expressed concern about proposed wall being more of a barrier than a “gateway” and about the area not being well lit.

-Original flags are being stored at NECN.

-More information can be found at pdc.us/ura

8:02:    Committee Updates

Julie Woelfer gave May Clean Up update: Clean Up will take place May 14 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. New Seasons agreed to sponsor. Volunteers are still needed, especially those with trucks and/or experience at past clean ups. Residents will be receiving flyers soon.

-Tamille Lundmark gave July Dawson Park Concert Series Update: There will be a total of 4 concerts, one every Wednesday in July. Line up has been finalized.

-NECN update: There is a new Economic Development Committee. Interested members should contact Paige Coleman. Kristen Yates attended the last SALT meeting—concerns were raised about the Alberta Street Fair no longer being an event that has neighborhood ownership.

-Owen and Anastasya gave Oral History Project update: There will be an increased focus on community outreach. Interviews will be taking place every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks. Suggestions and questions can be sent to alliesofeliot@gmail.com or by mail to NECN, 4815 NE 7th, c/o ENA Oral History Project. Information at eliotoralhistories.com

-Allan Rudwick gave Central City Plan (I-5 Charette) update: Three day process taking place April 11-13 (Mon, Tues, Wed). All are invited to take part. More information can be found at the Central City Plan website.

-Allan Rudwick gave Vancouver/Williams update: There has been a proposed narrowing of Williams to one lane of car traffic. There will be a meeting at Immaculate Heart to discuss this on Saturday, April 14 from 1:30-4:00 pm.

-Barry Joe Stull attended meeting to discuss the Mural Project.

8:36:    Loaves and Fishes presentation (David Lomax)

-Located at Killingsworth and MLK, Loaves and Fishes provides 300 meals a day to those in need.

-Will be hosting a Jambalaya feeding event and fundraiser in Dawson Park on September 10 from noon to six.

-Seeking ENA support

-Pauline Bradford moves to endorse event

-Pamela Weatherspoon seconds

-All in favor, motion passes

8:42: Board Round Table Topic: Economic Development in Eliot

-Residents discussed their desire for a grocery store and possibilities for future development.

8:50: Fantasy Video Update (Kristen Yates)

-Meeting will take place Wednesday, April 13, at 2:30 with property owner.

8:53: Public Comment

-Anyone who would like to contribute to Eliot welcome baskets or help put them together can contact Kirsten Jenkins.

-Mississippi Mural Project is being funded through graffiti abatement money. Questions can be directed to spencerburtonforportland@gmail.com

-Mike Doherty invites those interested to the Legacy Emanuel Garden Grant meetings, 1st and 3rd Fridays at 3:30.

8:58: Meeting adjourned

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