Grant Park Neighborhood Association

The GPNA Meeting Minutes

Grant Park Neighborhood Association
General Meeting
Grant Park Church
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 6:30pm

The Meeting was chaired by Elizabeth Beeghly

In attendance:

Board Members in attendance:
Merryl Mix
Geoff Hyde
Kate Davenport
Cori Jacobs
Mary Cal Hanson

Previous meeting minutes to approve: Oct 2009 & Feb 2010. Both minutes reviewed, motion made to approve minutes. All in favor, therefore minutes approved.
Agenda for meeting were unanimously approved.

Treasury Report:
balance = $4956.83.

Save Our Elms
Angela Ugusa from the local organization, "Save Our Elms" spoke. This group is trying to save the neighborhood elm trees from a devastating bark beetle infestation. The first inoculation was in 2007 and must be repeated every 3 years. There are 50 elms to try to inoculate this year. Working in conjunction with Friends of Trees to save or replace elms in the neighborhood. Cost is$160.00/tree and they are trying to raise $8,000.00. GPNA made a motion to donate $320.00. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

Grant High School:
Grant High School is having a block party Saturday May 29th.

Food Share Fund:
Food Share Fund NE representative Dave Sweet enlightened the neighbors with info regarding the "supplemental nutritional assoc. program". This group will help low income neighbors purchase food at the local farmers market (FM). They match $1.00 to $1.00 up to $5.00. This group of people make up5% of the total FM shoppers. This year the goal is to match up to $10.00/customer, for a total of $20,000/year. There are no admin fees for this program. GPNA made a motion to approve $500.00 donation at this time and to review this issue at an upcoming meeting to provide more funds for this group. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

Columbia River Crossing Project:
Ann Presintine from the Columbia River Crossing Project gave a very informative program on the developments and process for that project. The new bridge would be much wider, earthquake proof include bike lanes and a light rail option to Vancouver, Wa. Could provide 20,000 jobs over 5-7 of construction. The project would be funded with federal, states and tolling income for the project. NECN has recommended a "NO BUILD". Jim ____________from BWNA also had a handout and requested several pieces of the project be deleted at this time. Jesse Cornett is currently running for City Commissioner for the #3 seat that is currently held by Dan Saltzman.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Land Use:
the Land Use home office has given the group FGPA the okay to proceed with fund raising activities for the field improvements at Grant Park bowl.

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN)
Paige from NECN discussed several items referring to how a NA works, how to improve & coordinate projects. Encouraged meeting w/ other NS to develop ideas.

Clean-Up:
Cori reported a good turn out and will update the GPNA at the next meeting.

Elections:
we were unable to hold GPNA elections at this time. Current board members have chosen to continue in the currently held positions until the next general meeting. This was made as a motion, seconded and unanimously approved. Will try to get an announcement in the next newsletter.

New Business:
Mike Kinney, former GPNA president was in attendance and wanted to discuss the process for the Grant Park Bowl project.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55
Minutes submitted by Mary Cal Hanson

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