POWELLHURST-GILBERT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association
Minutes for September 12th, 2011, 7:00p.m. General Meeting
Ron Russell School, 3955 SE 112th Avenue
Call to Order:
The Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association Meetings was held at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Avenue. Mark White called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Police Liaison: was a no show.
Approval of June 12th, 2011 General Meeting Minutes:
Motion was made to approve the minutes, was seconded and passed.
Mark reported that there is approximately $4,000.00 in savings, $5,793.84 in checking; PGNA made around $3,000.00 in income, can and bottle drive made $800.00; there is still $750.00 left in allotment money; NNO made $300.00 on the raffle; total $11,500.00
· Nick Christiansen, the Chair of Lents Neighborhood Association brought up the decision of PGNA’s Board Meeting that was held in June to involve the two associations into mediation regarding the PGNA and Lents overlap. The overlap area covers N. of Powell to I-205 to Boise to 104th and Holgate to 111th and back up. This area is mostly residential and includes two parks, Ed Benedict and Earl Boyles that could be used for events and community gatherings. If the overlap were turned over to PGNA we would gain the parks and be able to provide outreach and membership to the people who live there. There are also issues with the URA. Mr. Christiansen stated that Lents Association had no interest in giving the overlap area to PGNA. PGNA members decided to make a list of pros and cons and bring it up at the next meeting.
· The Powell Boulevard Committee Group – Jim Chasse reported that the committee is seeking members who would be interested in sitting on a city advisory committee or a community group to let Jim know. These highway projects include from I-205 to the city line and there will also be a new safety project regarding Powell Boulevard, from 122nd to 136th.
· The Foster Green Eco District – Roberta who has sat on the Foster Green ECO District URAC committee for the past two years in which this committee reviews grants on URAC livability. They had $437,000.00 to distribute and so far have given out only $130,000 of that due to the grants were not prepared properly or were not very well organized. The grants they did award included $30,000.00 to the memory garden for raised beds; $26,240.00 to Friends of Leach for cottage, restrooms; $50,000 Native Wellness Committee for a free health care clinic at Marshall High School; and $24,000 to Portland Youth Builders for an outdoor classroom. This committee is in the beginning stages of trying to figure out how it will work. Last meeting they elected 5 government committee members. Some of the organizations represented by the ECO district include – Foster Area Business Association, Audubon Society, Lents, Leach Garden, Mt. Scott Neighborhood Association, Portland Youth Builders, ROSE and PGNA. The committee is asking organizations to sign a Memo Of Understanding (MOU) which would be a commitment of support for The Foster Green Eco committee. It was decided that Roberta would send members a copy of a MOU to look over and discuss at next months meeting and to vote on.
· Can & Bottle Drive – the next two dates are 9/25/11 and 10/9/11 at 122nd by Division in the Sears parking lot from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
· State Redistricting – The house and senate districts for PGNA have changed to include 4 house districts and 3 senate districts which means PGNA has 7 different legislators to deal with. So if anyone is interested in politics and would like to try find a representative that would be willing to take on some of the issues that are important to us.
· DDHS C/D’s – still have some left for $9.50, all proceeds go back to DDHS music program.
· NNO was a success. Thank you to the NNO Committee, Tom Barnes, Donna Dionne, Anthony Pham, Debby Smith, Barb Klinger and all the other volunteers who helped make this event a success.
· EXPO – made $1,300.00 at the food booth. There were approximately 6,000 to 7,000 people in attendance. Next year, Mark is thinking of moving it to Earl Boyles Park and have the event for only one day. By moving it to Earl Boyles there would not be a fee to hold the event there and it would be much easier to manage. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped and to Terry who donated the snow cone syrup, which ended up saving the event money.
· Gallon Milk Jugs – Mark asked members to save gallon milk jugs so that they may be filled with sand and used at the EXPO to secure the canopies.
· Holiday Potluck – will be held on December 12th, 2011 starting at 6:00 p.m. PGNA will provide some food and beverage. Debby would like to put together some arts and crafts for children to do during the potluck.
· Mailing Surveys – Out of the 11,000 surveys we mailed we got back 245 responses. Out of those 245 responses – 137 people wanted to be notified of events in the neighborhood; 6 people came to this meeting because of the mailing; 42 people indicated they would be interested in URAC; 49 indicated interest in Public Safety; 28 for Outreach and Membership; and 55 for Greening. Additionally, some of the questions asked regarding where they would shop and their responses were:
-Trader Joes (Sears building) 182 answered yes, 26 probably, 52 volunteered with emphasis.
- Grocery Outlet (122nd & Foster) 120 answered yes, 48 probably, 14 volunteered with emphasis.
- International Market – 95 answered yes, 72 probably,8 volunteered with emphasis.
- Farmers Market (Ron Russell Middle School) 149 answered yes, 58 probably, 21 with emphasis.
Other comments included 13-showed interest in volunteering to get rid of the strip clubs, 55 showed interest for more fast food and/or higher end restaurants. With the information from the survey it will give the businesses and the owners of the prospective properties an idea how much interest there actually is from the neighbors in PGN.
· Mark brought up some ideas for different ways we can volunteer, such as calling members to remind them of meetings, especially those who do not have computers; be a safe house for the foot patrol; or picking up garbage.
· Friends of Trees – Jessie reported that on Saturday, September 17th, Friends of Trees will be canvassing the neighborhood passing out flyers in order to try and get interest in planting of more trees within the neighborhood. If you would like to volunteer, meet in the parking lot by Pizza Baron by 10:00 a.m. On January 14th, 2012 Friends of Trees will be doing the planting. Volunteers are needed for the planting and for donating food to feed the volunteers. If you need more information refer to www.friendsoftrees.org.
Every year PGNA donates money to one of the schools in the neighborhood. Last two years we donated $500.00 each to Gilbert Heights and to W. Powellhurst. This year the neighborhood would like to donate $750.00 to Ron Russell Middle School, especially since we hold are meetings there for free. Motion was made to donate to Ron Russell, was seconded and passed.
· Greening Committee – there had been some discussion about disbanding the Greening committee but due to the responses received from the surveys over 50 people showed interest. Decision will be made at Wednesday’s committee meeting on 9/14/11.
· Outreach and Membership – Debby needs help with distribution of the flyers. Please attend the committee meeting.
· Public Safety – Tom needs volunteers for the foot patrol in Raymond Park. Hopefully this will go well so that we can expand to other parks.
· Urban Agriculture – Will be planning on what to accomplish next year.
· Land Use – There is currently three members interested in the land use committee.
Portland Water Bureau was a no show.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m. Respectfully submitted by Barbara Klinger, PGNA Secretary.