Minutes for June 7, 2011
Wilkes Community Group
Margaret Scott Elementary School Library - 14700 NE Sacramento Street, Portland, OR
This general meeting of the Wilkes Community Group (WCG) was called to order at 6:30 pm by Alice Blatt.
Those in attendance included board members Carolyn Clark, Alice Blatt, and Joyce Ley. Others attending included Linda Allison, Sue Taylor, Dan Breckel, Judy Lenhart, VerNae McCarthy, Carrie Goble, Larry Blatt, James Blatt, Portland (East Precinct) Police Officer Louis Seals, and Eliza Lindsay with East Portland Neighborhood Office.
Dan Breckel moved that the minutes from the May 3, 2011 special meeting be approved as corrected. Carolyn Clark seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Officer Seals emphasized that immediate calls are important even with non-emergencies. He encouraged reporting all small things, even bikes, wheelbarrows, etc. that go missing. This helps to alert the police where activities are taking place. Officer Seals reported that incidents of car prowls are up.
Free lunch and summer activity programs for young people up to age 18 will be available in Wilkes Park from about noon to 2:00 pm on Monday through Friday beginning in mid-June and through August.
Movies in the Park will take place in Wilkes Park on August 10. The movie is Secretariat and will begin about dusk. Bobby Torres Trio will perform beginning at 6:30 pm. Free popcorn and door prizes will be offered. There was general consensus among those present at the meeting to invite Commissioner Nick Fish to participate in the movie night festivities.
Canoe and Kayak launch site at 16500 NE Airport Way is scheduled to be rebuilt and functioning by early summer.
On Sunday, July 31 the Columbia Slough Watershed Canoe and Kayak Regatta will take place on the upper Slough (east of cross dike at NE 143rd Street). NE Mason and 150th Ct. will be the launch site.
Mary Tompkins presented information on establishing “Neighborhood Watch” programs at the May 3 special meeting of the WCG. Carolyn Clark reported that an initial meeting and training to establish this program took place on June 1 in her immediate neighborhood. Alice indicated that WCG will purchase six Neighborhood Watch signs for neighborhoods that do the training.
The East Portland Clean-up that took place on May 14 was successful. Alice reminded everyone that WCG will also have a clean-up event on Saturday, November 5 at Margaret Scott School.
A brief update on the Wilkes Creek Headwaters property reported that all structures will be removed, and the existing dam will be removed. This is part of “stabilization” work that is under the leadership of Metro.
Shirley Craddick, our Metro Councilor for District 1, was introduced as our special guest speaker for this meeting. Her address to WCG provided updates on Metro Council projects: urban growth boundary considerations, Metro connections and climate smart communities, community investment strategies, and “Optin,” an online polling panel for the Portland-Vancouver area. Handouts with more detailed information regarding these topics were made available to those in attendance.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Margaret Scott Elementary School at 6:30 pm.
C: Alice Blatt, Chair
East Portland Neighborhood Office - Richard Bixby