POWELLHURST-GILBERT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association
Minutes for June 13th, 7:00 p.m. General Meeting
Ron Russell School, 3955 S.E. 112th Avenue
Call to Order:
The Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association Meeting was held at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Avenue. Mark White called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.
Police Liaison Report:
Officer Rick Doran from East Precinct will be working in this area from Division to Holgate out to 136th on a permanent basis. Some of the crimes he has been involved in include a heroin bust; arresting felons with stolen weapons, and car break ins. He felt a lot of crimes go unreported, especially if theft is not reported for insurance purposes. It is important for people to call the police, eventually it may be cause to put more officers in the area. Officer Doran works nights until 2 a.m. Friday through Monday, his direct phone number is 503-572-8856, precinct number is 503-823-4800 and his email is Gdoran@portlandpolice.org.
Approval of May 9th, 2011 General Meeting Minutes:
Motion was made to approve the minutes, was seconded and passed.
Judith Glad reported that some of the expenses were used for refreshments; the printing and mailing of the brochures and surveys. As of 6/13/11 there is $4800.89 in savings and $4029.34 in checking.
Recognition of Accomplishments:
Mark presented a toast to members for some of PGN accomplishments for this past year, these included: grants for sidewalks; funding for zoning along 122nd; inclusion of W. Powellhurst, Gilbert and Ed Benedict Parks in the E205 initiative; Spirit of Portland awarded to Tom Barnes for emerging community leader; awards of several grants for graffiti abatement, NNO and EXPO; participation in the 82nd Avenue parade three years in a row; opening of our third community garden and support effort at Zenger Farm on the Furey property; EXPO is the largest multicultural event in Portland, possibly Oregon; successful launch of the can and bottle drive; successful NNO; neighborhood wide mailing of 11,000 households along with a community survey; successful fall clean up; launched a new Urban Agriculture committee; donated $500.00 to West Powellhurst School; participated in Powell Boulevard working group effort; tree plantings; and three cleanups and plantings on Springwater Corridor. Good job everyone!
· Can and Bottle drive the next two dates are 6/19 and 7/3. Drop off is in front of Sears on 122nd and Division.
· Jim Labbe from the Audubon Society discussed the satellite operation at Leach Botanical Garden. They are working with the community to identify areas with access to nature and opportunities to expand access that would improve quality of life. Additionally, there is a bike ride on September 24th to tour these potential projects.
· Mark took a poll to see if members like the idea of having food at the meetings. More than half indicated yes. We will do another poll at the end of the calendar year.
· Mark needs someone to look through the City of Portland’s neighborhood development strategy plan to see if there are areas where PGN could take advantage of the URA. The PDC has changed its strategy and is focusing more on neighborhoods as opposed to the URA. Terrie Casey and Valerie Runyan volunteered to review the plan.
· There have been several position changes in the DDSD. Cherie-Anne May was promoted to Principal of Gilbert Heights following the retirement of Kevin Fordney; Stacey Moncrief will become Principal of Gilbert Park replacing George Bryson who is retiring; Andy Long who was the Principal at Menlo Park will become Principal of Ron Russell Middle School following the transfer of Charlene Bassine to DDHS to become the Assistant Principal. Charlene Bassine was the prior principal at Ron Russell.
· There is a USDA grant opportunities to start a farmers market. Mark is applying for $100,000.00. The farmers market would be set up in front of Ron Russell School.
· On June 19th, 2011 Mercy and Wisdom will be having a Holistic Community Health Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7411 SE Powell Blvd. There is a flyer on the back table.
· On June 20th, 2011 Public Hearing on the Outer Powell Blvd Conceptual Design Plant from 5 to 8 p.m with a special presentation at 6:00. at Earl Boyles School, 10822 SE Bush Street.
· This is the last general meeting until September. Still need volunteers for EXPO and NNO be sure and talk to Mark or Tom.
· Someone is needed to attend the steering committee Foster Green Eco District meetings that are held once a month. This person would need to make sure PGN interests are being met and addressed. If interested talk to Mark.
· International Homes needs people to host international teenage or college students for the summer. See Mark if interested.
· C’D’s are still on sale. All of the $9.50 proceeds goes back to DDHS music department.
· Greening – Dolores is working on getting her project “Neighbors helping Neighbors” up and running. If we know of anyone or would like to participate there is a sign up sheet on the front table.
· Outreach and Membership – the new brochures and surveys have been mailed. We need volunteers to help with the EXPO handing out flyers, answering questions and at the NNO, which is on August 2nd. The next NNO meeting is Tuesday, June 21st, at Renaissance Café at 1710 SE 122nd, from noon to 3pm.
· Urban Agriculture – did not meet.
· Public Safety – As a result of the last shooting at Raymond Park, three police officers came to support a foot patrol that is going to be organized. Rose Ann Lee has a sign up sheet for anyone that is interested. There is some training involved. The foot patrol would only be responsible for walking around, not talking to anyone, just being the eyes and ears for the neighborhood. It was also suggested that we ask Parks to close the park at 10:00 p.m. instead of midnight.
· Motion was made to request Parks to close Raymond Park at 10:00 p.m.instead of midnight. Motion was made and seconded. Majority was against closing the park early with two abstentions, so motion was not passed.
· Motion was made to instead of closing the Raymond Park early, to send a letter to Parks recommending that improvements with the lighting of the park and other safety issues be expedited, motion was seconded and passed.
Tom Barnes and Donna Dionne wrote a letter to all of the East Portland Neighborhood Association Board members informing that the Citizens Working Group that had been working with ODOT and PBOT for over a year has endorsed the current plan for Powell Blvd. The letter stressed how important it is that members and neighbors attend the open house meeting on Monday, June 20th from 5 to 8 p.m. at Earl Boyles School, 10822 SE Bush, to voice your opinions about this plan. Otherwise ODOT will revert back to the old plan, which is outdated.
Portland Parks: Elizabeth Kennedy Wong talked about Commissioner Nick Fish’s plan E205. This came about due to east Portland had the largest gap in service areas. $500,000.00 in extra funding has been allocated for parks east of 205. Additionally Commissioner Fish has committed to raising another one million over the next 18 months. They identified projects by looking at Doug Brenner’s list of parks, making most impact. Cost would be not more than $250,000.00 for each project.
The E205 Plan’s list of potential improvements are at East Holladay Park, East Portland Community Center, Parklane, Gilbert Primary, Ed Benedict and Lynchwood Park. Improvements would include anywhere to adding new playgrounds, replace play equipment, add a soft-surface path, seating, new community garden, benches and picnic tables. For individual plans including proposed improvements by individual parks and cost see Parks draft of May 2, 1011 at www.portlandparks.org.
Additional sites for potential amenities are: Argay; Cherry, Midland, West Powellhurst Park, and Columbia Slough property. The too would include improvements such as adding benches, drinking fountains, dog off leash areas, picnic tables, and soft surface paths. There is a comment sheet online at www.portlandparks.org to give our comments on what parks need improvements.
PBOT: Was a no show due to illness.
Members would like to thank Mark for all the meetings you attend, committees you are a member of, and everything you do for this neighborhood. A list of Mark’s chair report for June 2011 is on the back table.
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted by Barbara Klinger, PGNA Secretary.