Grant Park Neighborhood Association

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Grant Park Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting
Grant Park Church
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 6:30pm

In attendance:

Board Members in attendance:
Geoff Hyde
Merryl Mix
Kate Davenport
Mary Cal Hanson
Cori Jacobs
Ron Laster
Liz Alexander
Greg Sneller

Agenda: moved to approve, seconded and unanimously approved.
Minutes from the November 2008 and February 2009 general meetings were unanimously approved.


3/17/09 balance: $4,533.58, Income: $115.00, Expenses: $505.96, balance as of4/26/09: $4142.62.

Land Use:
Geoff requests delayed to later in agenda

28th and US Grant: Owner cant afford the house payment, wants to divide into 3 lots, house stays on one, build on other 2. Many neighbors are protesting, questions to city. Seems to fit city code even if neighbors dont like it. Probably will happen. Geoff has lots of information, refer to him if any questions

May 7th, Open House re: the schools and park. The schools and parks want to change Land Use Rules and let schools and parks make their own rules; Geoff has the postcard that was mailed and there is a web site.

Notice of a Home Business with Mental Health Client 2622 NE 30th

Web site:
New neighbor, Trenton Lipscomb, expressed interest in being the Web-Master. Katie is requesting that after we meet Trenton, that there be Board discussion about what we would WANT on the Web site.

Fund Raising:
Ron: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) of which we are a member, will be losing approximately 18% of budget in next fiscal year. This is due to significant reduction in city budget. The NECN has distributed the Small Grants (which will be cut) and acts as an incubator for programs such as the Tool Library. To fill in the gap, NECN is promoting Our Community Savings Card. Program is similar to a Local Merchant Coupon book, but a card rather than coupons. Cost is $29.00. NECNs share is $14.50.
Geoff: Motion to provide free advertisement in newsletter for this Fund Raiser Second by Katie, Unanimously Approved
There will also be an article in the next newsletter

North East Portland Tool Library:
Tom - NEPTL: In one car garage behind Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church, 20th and Killingsworth; have out grown location and hope to move to new space soon All kinds of tools available; also seed Library
Open: 9:00-2:00 on Saturdays
Just signed up their 300th person.
To be a member, you need to show ID and some bill (electric, gas etc.) to show residency.
Received 'Small Grant' from NECN. Money will be used for classes, some include: rain barrel, compost, building a workbench
Would like an article in the newsletter. Need volunteers, need donations of tools, donation of money

Slate of GPNA Officers:

  • President: Geoff Hyde
  • Vice President: Ron Laster
  • Secretary: Mary Cal
  • Treasurer: Merryl Mix

Not able to hold election because there is not a quorum of neighbors. We will accept the slate of officers tonight and will do neighborhood business accordingly. At the next general meeting we will ask for acceptance of the slate. Will proceed in best interest of organization.

Cori has been getting lots of email interest. Mailing of Clean ups came out, will also get posters to hang in neighborhood
Food for AM has been donated by Starbucks. Is there a budget for PM food? Look for donations, QFC, Blind Onion; spend what is necessary to feed the volunteers
Volunteers: between 8:30 1:00
Needs: Nametags, cash for change, table, tarp, vests (volunteer), Cori has signs for Clean up, please take and put into lawns

Next Board meeting rescheduled for May 27th, 6:30; will schedule further meetings then.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55pm
Minutes taken by Merryl Mix


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