Grant Park Neighborhood Association

The GPNA Meeting Minutes

Grant Park Neighborhood Association
Special Meeting
Grant Park Church
Tuesday, June 8, 2006 7:00pm

The Meeting was chaired by Michael Kinney

In attendance:

Board Members:
Michael Kinney
Ron Laster
Elizabeth Beeghly
KC Davenport
Richard Larson
At Large:
Mary Cal Hanson
Geoff Hyde
Total Atteandance Count: 13


Board Members:
Andy Mones
Kathy Bang
Mike Heymann
Cliff Gibbs
Karen Plemons
Karen Lewis
Merryl Mix
  • Web Site - Katie will add a link so that the website has info on Title 33- Land Use issues.
  • Previous Meeting - Liz brought in two citizen letters. These were read in full. The two citizens were concerned about how they felt the May 9th general meeting was run. Therefore at future meetings board members will assist the president to establish and maintain control over the presenters time period and the question and comment time.

    Liz and Ron will draft letters of reply. Michael will review the letters prior to posting.

    Question about posting citizens letters on our website? Agreed that they could be posted if the committee okays it. (contact sender to see if ok to post, edit for content etc).

    At future public neighborhood meetings the board members will set and monitor the time limits on presentations and the Q & A section. Michael will be the lead person at all meetings unless he is unavailable, then either Ron or Liz will be in charge. This info will be announced at each meeting and listed in the rules of meeting etiquette.

    Time allotments will be set at the onset of the meeting and strictly enforced by the board members. Establish "Roberts Rule." Pens and paper will be provided for the Q & A which can't be handled due to time limits.

    These rules will be printed on the back of each agenda sheet as a reminder to community. This info re: establishing the rules and time allotments will go into the newsletter.
  • Grant Bowl Open House - we'd like to have another open house which should coincide with the FGP Bowl project final application. GPNA will need one month to set this up upon receiving the final proposal from the FGPB project.

    We'd also like a few board members to try and attend adjacent neighborhood association meetings in the future in conjunction w/ FGPB to have them hear both side. Several board members did make it to the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association meeting, Ron spoke and FGPB didn't make this meeting. We need to draft a letter to these Neighborhood Association to let them know how we're proceeding with the process. These Neighborhood Associations include: Alameda, Cully, Rose City, Irvington, Beaumont-Wilshire and Sullivan's Gulch.
  • Parks meeting: Re: FGPB Land Use application. This group has not submitted their final proposal to the City. The review process falls under a Title 33, chpt 815. One of FGPB requests is to try to improve the school site waiver, Grant Park is a city park and therefore doesn't fall under that option. Portland Parks mentioned that the artificial turf won't need a conditional review. The application will need to go through the Bureau of Developmental Service (including fire and transportation issues/concerns) before the process can proceed. Liz thinks this may take more than 1 yr to get through all the different departments involved.

    Board members wanted to be reassured that the FGPB proposal wasn't being placed on the fast-track approval process. Since nothing has been finalized and board members are keeping a close eye on the goings on, so far things seem to be at a bit of a stand still. And that public employees are made aware that GPNA is not going to let the process be undermined.

    GNPA discussed writing letters to the mayor office, city counsel members, Park management about the GPNA concerns with the FGPB proposal and review process. We'll hold off on these letters until further into the process. We'll need to limit the number of people we contact and time it appropriately.
  • Meeting adjourned at 9:30pm Minutes taken by Mary Cal Hanson

Next Meeting:

General Meeting
Thursday, May 9, 2006 at 7pm
Grant Park Church


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