Grant Park Neighborhood Association

The GPNA Meeting Minutes

Grant Park Neighborhood Association
General Meeting
Grant Park Church
Tuesday, December 4, 2006 7:00pm

The Meeting was chaired by Michael Kinney

In attendance: (not available)

Roll call was taken with Elizabeth, Ron, Geoff, Merryl, Katie, Liz and Mary Cal in attendance. Two neighbors were present so we were unable to approve Oct 2nd meeting minutes. Will hold approval until the General next meeting.

Agenda was approved unanimously. With no oppositions and no abstentions.

Elizabeth announced that Mike Heymann has stepped down as interim treasurer. Ron volunteered to take over the position as he is very familiar with the book keeping software until the position can be filled officially.

We still have not received payment from the NECN for the Cleanup. Liz and Merryl will contact the NECN and try and finalize the outstanding payment due to GPNA. May need to contact Kathy bang for receipts from the clean up.

Special Guest: Mary Tompkins from the NECN Crime Prevention came to inform the GPNA board members and neighbors about how to set up/start a Foot patrol to help reduce crime in the neighborhood. Foot patrols are sponsored by the city of Portland.

Crime in Grant Park and the neighborhood has declined with the change in the weather and the increase police patrols in the area after a recent incident in Grant Park.

Mary emphasized the need to have more that 1 primary volunteer coordinator for foot patrols, and not to "over-volunteer". Coordinator(s) would need to contact Ernie Smith to obtain Foot patrol equipment (ie vests, radios or cell phone, maps of the area etc). Need to coordinate a bit with the PP&R re: patrolling Grant Park property.

No dogs or small children (must be 18 yo) are allowed on Foot patrols (FP)! There will need to be more that one person on any given foot patrol. Usually one evening per week can be more or less. Will need to have a list of FP volunteers and need to notify NE police precinct re: time and area that FP will be actively walking at time.

FP are to "OBSERVE AND DOCUMENT ONLY!" not interfere or be vigilantes. Notice areas of illegal activity and document this information.

SAFETY is always the number one issue! City of PDX is not responsible for any injuries sustained while on FP!

All FP need to have a minimal amount of training which takes about 1.5 hours. Training sessions are easily scheduled and very flexible re: coordination of training times.

Committee Reports:

Tresurer report: unavailable as Mike Heymann has resigned and wasn't in attendance.

PICS-Liz Alexander gave a brief update on the incident last month in Grant Park. Otherwise things are going well. A suggestion was made to set up an annual meeting to keep neighbors informed.

Grant Park Development Review-Liz Beeghly reported that there continues to be no activity. The article in the Portland Tribune was incorrect.

Land Use: There were two new land use review requests. One on NE 31st to modify a garage to a 2 story studio and storage unit. The other one involves a double lot w/ a 37 ft strip where a developer wants to build a modern bldg in. This raised the question about the possibility of trying to work at getting GP neighborhood some sort of historic preservation district classification. This would protect the uniquness of the neighborhood. GPNA would need to create a "sub-committee" to explore and recruit members interested in working toward this neighborhood designation.

Land Use: There were two new land use review requests. One on NE 31st to modify a garage to a 2 story studio and storage unit. The other one involves a double lot w/ a 37 ft strip where a developer wants to build a modern bldg in. This raised the question about the possibility of trying to work at getting GP neighborhood some sort of historic preservation district classification. This would protect the uniquness of the neighborhood. GPNA would need to create a "sub-committee" to explore and recruit members interested in working toward this neighborhood designation.

NEW BUSINESS:

Boeing: planning on increasing pollutants expelled into the air at their plant near the airport rather than put "scrubbers" in to reduce these pollutants. This is not being a "good neighbor"! Robyn ________________ is a listed contact re: this issue. Should GPNA write a letter re: our concerns?

Web site development. Katie would like some help with this position. For development and/or updating the GPNA info.

Newsletter process: due to the fact that several neighbors didn't receive their November newsletter prior to this meeting is has been decided that how the newsletter is process and delivered will be changed. Liz B also mentioned that Hal has moved out of the neighbor hood, so Merryl has offered up her home as the new drop off site and staging area to coordinate getting the newsletter out to the delivery volunteers in a more timely manner.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOTTLE: Mayor Potters campaign to reduce the number of water bottles tossed around the city. This subject will be tabled until the next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45pm. Minutes submitted by Mary Cal Hanson (GPNA secretary)

Next Meeting:

General Meeting
Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 7pm
Grant Park Church

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