ENA Board Meeting minutes March 18, 2019
St. Philip Deacon Episcopal Church
NE 120 Knott St.
Meeting called to order at 6:40pm. Introductions to follow.
Presentation for Oasis of Change (Kathryn and Dov)
- opening community based urban farm, restaurant, teaching kitchen, community center, live music… relax and enjoy. Body work (massage, acupuncture). Subscription model, a place for families, child-care on site. ($20 date night!)
- Fully open April 20… first dinner on April 19
- Property on the west side of Williams at Tillamook (by Elk’s Lodge)
Treasurer – Jim
- Not a ton of activity to report, just a few deposits from newsletter ads. More updates next moth
Community Relations – Jimmy
- PSAC meeting – attended by: Boise Chair (David), Overlook, Humboldt, Eliot, Piedmont…
- initiated effort for all to come together, to work together
- wants to collaborate with at least 10 neighborhood associations (Eliot, Boise, Lloyd, Irvington, Sabin, Woodlawn, Humboldt, King, Overlook, Vernon
- Coined the acronym TURN: Togetherness, Uniting, Reaching, Neighborhood
- Next meeting (info offered by Linda):
- April 11 4415 NE 87th Ave (6-8pm)
- July 11 @ 449 NE Emerson
- Oct 10 and 4415 NE 87th Ave
- Chief Outlaw presentation at Emmanuel Church, April 2
- goal to actually get input from community, true involvement. Efforts are gaining traction.
Newsletter – Sue
- Spring newsletter went to print this morning!
- Need submissions for next issue by June 1
- Gained Meyer Memorial Trust as new advertiser for full year
- Green Drop Garage also wants to get involved
- new advertisers always welcome
LUTC – Brad/Jonathan
- no real updates this time… attempt to get Boise (David) here next time
- Jimmy wants to keep this a priority, light the fire under the feet of this topic
- Jonathan to email maps to board with our decision of the solution we propose
- goal to have this meeting in the next week or two
SEAT – Brad
- Neighborhood watch training scheduled for the end of April, for neighbors in the immediate area
- Thursday has an idea for other training to add to that
Livability – Jere
- Litter pickup on April 20 (Earth Day) meet at BreadWinner Cafe. Event is posted on SOLV’s website
- Jodi Guth is the new Block Adopt lead
- 3 separate tree plantings are also underway
NECN – Jere
- NECN budget has been slashed
- they asked us to NOT take money for communication that was once promised ($500), as their belts are tight. We usually use this for newsletter, but confident we can do without
- Larger conversation about how Community and Civic Life office wants to get rid of neighborhood associations
- We question why these groups are mutually exclusive? Why not both affinity groups and geographic groups be present under Community and Civic Life?
- ONI and PSAC say its our job to communicate with our neighbors – this is our biggest value.
- We need to re-assess our methods of community. Maybe we need another Community Conversation Feedback night to find out how best to serve. Consider for April meeting.
Website – Thursday
- Overall transition to take over administration of site has gone smoothly. What next?
- add advertising?
- what additional content can we provide?
- Suggest a survey to help understand our audience – to be done for April meeting
- Intention to do a full website audit, and potential revamp of content in general. Larger conversation for another time.
ENA Grant Committee – Jere
- no updates
Mural on MLK –
- Overall project process has been established. Will need much more info to proceed.
- a subcommittee will guide process of choosing artists. Would like to invite 3 artists to submit a prospectus. We offer to pay each artist $300 for their submission.
7th Avenue Greenway – Sue
- Nick Falbo led a meeting, discussed that City is leaning toward doing greenway on 9th, but no road improvements there. Cyclists ride through Irving park, no re-direct.
- City will do improvements on 7th; adding speedbumps, crosswalks, stop signs, etc.
- Decision made because major destinations better served by 9th greenway
- Jere unable to do April meal. Anyone else want to lead it?
- Sue potentially lead for April 19th, will follow up with Jere separately
- Jimmy proposed board fund April meal up to $150. Sue seconds. Board votes in favor.
- proposal to have group cooking session for meal in May or June
- Jere propose to nominate Jimmy as Co-Chair of board with her. Jimmy desires a stronger foundation for his outreach efforts. Jere will maintain central communications. Maggie to 2nd the nomination. Vote to approve passes.
- Shireen shows interest in Outreach position. Sue proposes to nominate Shireen for Community Outreach position, starting this month, with the understanding that more specific duties of the role are to be outlined in April. Brad to second. Board votes in favor.
- I-5 freeway expansion – visit website to make your voice heard!
- January minutes edited
- February minutes approved
meeting adjourned at 8:55p
Board Attendance: Jere Fitterman, Jimmy Wilson, Sue Stringer, Brad Baker, Jonathan Konkol, Maggie Gardner, Jim Hlava, Shireen Hasan, Darren Holcomb.
Guests: Thursday Graham, Catherine and Dove (Oasis of Change), Linda Kuhen, Adam Baker