January General Meeting Minutes

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Meeting type: 
General

PHAN General Meeting Minutes

1/26/10

The meeting was called to order by President Carol Williams at 7:07pm.
 
Present: Carol / John / Andi / Becky / Eric
 
Absent: AJ / Stephanie
 
Guests:
Officer Brandon Cox
Teri Poppino – Crime Prevention Coordinator
Jefferson Smith, State of Oregon Representative for House District 47
Joe Smith – Citizens Noise Advisory Committee (and Rep Smith’s father)
Shirley Craddick – Gresham City Council / Candidate for open seat on Metro
The September General Meeting minutes were approved as read.
 
Treasurer’s Report - John
Balance of $2770.10 as of 12/31/2009 including income of $520.00, most of which was generated from Parkrose Height’s participation in the last neighborhood cleanup project.
 
Guest Speakers
 
Brandon Cox – Portland Police Officer
Officer Cox reviewed recent crime statistics for Parkrose Heights. For detailed information on current statistics, neighbors can call City of Portland Information and Referral, 503-823-4000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or look up information online at http://www.portlandonline.com/Police/crimestats/.
 
Officer Cox also addressed neighbor concerns regarding:

  • recent increase in graffiti – Has not definitely been linked to gang activity
  • homeless people sleeping in doorways – Unless property owner objects or criminal activity is in progress, police cannot take action to remove them
  • police response time to calls

Teri Poppino – Crime Prevention Coordinator (CPC) for Parkrose Heights
 
 Parkrose Heights welcomes Teri in taking on Angela Wagnon’s role as CPC for PH. In response to Officer Cox’s input on dealing with homeless persons, Teri noted that her office can provide the names of property owners where homeless people are hanging out. The property owner can then be contacted to see if he/she will sign a trespass agreement with the police precinct, which gives police the authority to remove homeless persons from that property. Residents can self-report low level crimes using an online form found at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/.

Rep Jefferson Smith – House District 47
 
Those present were treated to an in-person update from Rep Smith. Having grown up in the area, Rep Smith has first-hand knowledge of the neighborhood’s history as well as what is happening here in today’s world. After bringing the group up to date on his accomplishments during his first term as our representative, he provided information about what he hopes to accomplish going forward. Afterward, he provided ample time to personally answer questions and concerns from those present.
 
Rep Smith noted that there is a crisis of confidence in government. He recommended taking an online look at http://www.oregon.gov/transparency/. He stressed that PH neighbors need to become very involved in interacting with the Portland City Council.
Rep Smith welcomes hearing from his constituents. He can be reached several ways:
 
For Constituent and District questions, email Jeff at rep.jeffersonsmith@state.or.us
For Campaign questions, contact Alex Tinker at alex.repsmith@gmail.com
To schedule a meeting with Jeff, contact Mollie Ruskin at mollie.repsmith@gmail.com
 
PTLD: (503) 736-2555
SALEM: (503) 986-1447 / 900 Court St. NE, H-486 / Salem, OR 97301

For further information, visit http://www.jeffersonsmith.com/
 
The meeting adjourned at 8:42 pm.

Reminders:

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Fix-It Fair

January 30, 2010

Parkrose High School

12003 NE Shaver St


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Next Board Meeting

February 16, 2010 @ 7pm

Next General Meeting

 

March 23, 2010 @ 7pm

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings held at:

Parkrose Heights United Methodist Church

NE 111th and Knott

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Respectfully submitted by: Becky Hartsfield, PHAN Recording Secretary

 

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