Grant Park Neighborhood Association

The GPNA Meeting Minutes

Grant Park Neighborhood Association
General Meeting
Grant Park Church
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 7:00pm

In attendance:

Board Members in attendance:
Kate Davenport
Raj Dubey
Chris Hyde
MaryCal Hanson
Guests in attendance:
Gregg Sneller
Merryl Mix
Katie Asher (NECN)
Imani Muhammed (NECN)
Police officers: Tony Hill and Ryan Reagan.

There is not a quorum of officers/public in attendance therefore minutes from the May 3rd General meeting can’t be approved at this time. Minutes will be postponed until next general meeting.

The agenda was handed out, written on the chalk board, reviewed and approved.

Police:
Tony Hill and Ryan Reagan gave a quick overview of police issues in the GP neighborhood. Not a lot of criminal activity at this time. Although bike thefts have been increasing as neighbors leave their garages open. There is now an online bike registry. This may help in recovering stolen bikes. There is also a new dispatching system for the 911 and nonemergency calls. Calls are now coded and placed into a queue which should cut down on the holds. Police also have GPS to assist in better/quicker incident location.

Treasury Report:
Ending balance is $6,208.03 with two outstanding accounts that need to be paid from the last newsletter.

Previous business:
The business “Qush” which is a hookah lounge that contacted GPNA re: noise complaints. Ron Laster contacted the business owner re: the noise complaint and never received any response. The matter is considered closed at this time.

Grant HS Environmental Club:
no representative was available to explain this project.

Donation request form:
Chris Hyde was unavailable at this meeting to provide info on the most current form.

Leaf removal:
Katie contacted the City which had no extra reps to attend this meeting. So Katie reminded all in attendance about the leaf removal program. There is a website on the city @ www.portlandonline.com/transportation/leafremoval.

Postal letter:
Katie provided a draft of a letter of support for the upcoming House Bill for the Postal workers issues which was discussed at the last board meeting. The letter was read by the board members in attendance, agreed upon by the board members present and will be send onto Rep. Earl Blumenauer. Mary Cal will sign the letter and send it to Mr. Blumenauer.

Newsletters:
looks like the 8 page issue will be our new standard size for a newsletter due to increase advertisement. There are still some coordinating issues. Katie will work on ending out a pres established schedule for the upcoming newsletters to Gregg and Marianne to assist in streamlining the newsletter process. Ron Laster wanted us to know that he and his neighbors did not get their newsletter this month.

Land Use:
there were no updates available at this time. Grant Park Baptist Church (GPBC): a revised Good Neighbor agreement (GNA) re: the new preschool that is now in the church. Gregg delivered copies of the GNA to the 60 households that had been designated from a previous GNA. The preschool should be up and running by November 1st, 2011. Gregg also wanted to let us know that the churches new solar panels are up and running.

NECN:
Katie Asher and Imani Muhammed (Imani@necoalition.org) wanted to remind us about the neighborhood small grants which range from $1000.00 to $4,000.00. The deadline for the application is November 1st, 2011. Katie Asher informed the group of upcoming events/meetings that are available on the NECN website. There is also a speaker series coming to the area. The speakers will be focusing on community economic development projects. There will be 4 speakers for the 2011-2011 season.

New business:
Mary Cal wanted everyone to know that the Multnomah historical society sent an email out to see if the GPNA knew of anyone in the neighborhood who would like to share the GPN history. Mary Cal will contact the society and request a short article for the next newsletter. Friends of Trees need a NE Portland coordinator for their upcoming tree planting in the neighborhood.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05pm
Minutes by MaryCal Hanson

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