Wilkes Community Group Minutes

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Meeting type: 


Minutes for September 6, 2011
Wilkes Community Group
Board Meeting
Margaret Scott Elementary School Library
14700 NE Sacramento Street Portland, OR


This board 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, Ed Clark, Kathi Holmes, and Joyce Ley. Others attending included Linda Allison, Sue Taylor, Kim Breckel, Carrie Goble, Joanne Kraft, Shirley Larson, Dennis Schultz, and Eliza Lindsay with East Portland Neighborhood Office.

The Treasurer’s report indicated a balance of $5,168.78 as of last month. Allotment of $1355 has been allocated for outreach.

Shirley Larson moved that the minutes from the June 7, 2011 general meeting be approved as corrected. Motion was seconded, and carried by vote.

Kathi Holmes, Wilkes Community Group representative on the East Portland Neighbors Board (EPN), reported that an alternate board member is needed along with a representative on the editorial board for the EPN newspaper. Interested parties can contact Kathi. Kim Breckel agreed to take on the role as the alternate EPN board member.

Alice Blatt reported that new signs for Wilkes Community Group have been ordered as only nine of the original 40 signs remain. The logo will be compressed and the signs will include information for East Portland Neighborhood Office along with designation of our meeting site at Margaret Scott School. The signs will feature a plastic slide for placing announcements of programs and meetings. Volunteers who are willing to assist with placing the slides should contact Alice to share with this task.

Alice reported on the August 1, 2011 meeting conducted by Metro at Glendoveer Golf Course regarding future plans for the facility. The majority of the citizens in attendance indicated their wishes to leave things essentially as they are now. A letter was presented to Metro objecting to their proposed changes.

“Movies in the Park” evaluation forms were given to those who participated in the event on August 10. Eliza Lindsay announced that there will be an event in October for all the East Portland Neighbors to share their stories of success and lessons learned about what to avoid in the future. Alice reported that grant applications for 2012 summer park activity/projects are due on November 1. Discussion followed on what options might be for use of these funds. Kim Breckel agreed to write the movie grant application and she will work with Kathi on the project. Ed Clark asked if advertisement of the event was required, to which the response was that Portland Parks and Recreation include the events in their city-wide event advertising.

Kim Breckel reported on activities involving the Graffiti Task Force. She indicated that any graffiti should be reported immediately to the Graffiti Abatement Office (Marsha Dennis handles this) which is available on the Portland Police website. When reports are made, Tom Barnes will prepare a graffiti kit for those who will remove the graffiti. Tom is a volunteer who helps with all graffiti cleanup in east Portland. Alice reported that the Wilkes Community Group sign advertising the Movies in the Park event had been vandalized with graffiti two days before the event. Tom cleaned the sign and restored it sufficiently to place it back in the park.

Joyce Ley provided a brief update on events involving the Wilkes Creek Headwaters property which was purchased earlier this year by Metro, Portland Parks and Recreation and Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.

Dennis Schultz spoke as spokesperson for the Green Street Project, which is aimed at correcting a traffic problem on Fremont Street. Part of Fremont is subjected to use as a speed zone, so residents have made requests for speed bumps. The city does not have money for such projects, and the Police Department is not anxious to have speed bump. Exploration of options may include bio swales and discussion at future WCG meetings.

Concern was expressed about over grown blackberries on 162nd Avenue near the intersection with Stanton Street which creates a hazard while trying to turn onto 162nd from Stanton. The City has been contacted two months ago with nothing yet done to resolve the problem. Issues along 162nd Avenue should be reported to the non-emergency contact with Gresham police.


  • A police precinct boundary change involves our neighborhood. Sometime during the next year, all of Wilkes Community will be in East Precinct. Currently, Wilkes is divided between East Precinct and North Precinct.

  • Monday, September 12 at 5:00 pm is the deadline for submission of articles for East Portland Neighborhood Association News (EPNAN). Articles can be submitted using epnan@epno.org.

  • There will be an “Open House” special meeting on the Wilkes Creek Headwaters property on October 4, 2011

  • Neighborhood Clean-up will take place on Saturday morning, November 5 (from 9:00 until 1:00 unless drop boxes are filled earlier) at Margaret Scott School parking lot (14700 NE Sacramento). Four police cadets will be working with WCG to assist with downloading things into the drop boxes.

  • At the November 1 meeting Shirley Larson and Kim Breckel will face election to the Wilkes Community Group Board.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm. The next meeting will be a special open house on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Margaret Scott Elementary School at 6:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joyce Ley


C: Alice Blatt, Chair
Carolyn Clark
Ed Clark
Kathy Holmes
Ed Zarins
East Portland Neighborhood Office
Richard Bixby





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