Monday January 24th, 2005
Called to order at 6:02pm
1. Secretary – no report
a. Renewal Notice for
Incorporation requires us to submit an annual report in addition to the
$50. We were able to receive an extension in order to complete the
annual report. (Completed form during meeting)
b. The Bank also requires an
annual report when the chair and treasurer change. (Completed during
c. New balance $987.43
d. Requests that creating an
annual report be included in our standard process (post-elections).
a. Portland Dept. of
Transportation is giving free classes on Urban Renewal Areas,
Development and Land use. It is a 10 week course. There will also be
another class on Traffic and Transportation sometime in the future.
Signup sheets are available.
b. Feb. 17th there is a meeting
regarding noise and the airport. It will be held at the Jantzen Beach
Double Tree Hotel from 6:30 to 8:30.
c. Feb. 19th is the Art on the
Peninsula Art Supply Swap and Sale. It will be held at the Kenton
Firehouse. You can sign up to sell your used art supplies or simply
donate them to schools. Contact Mary at 503-823-4099.
d. Graffiti – We have info about
free graffiti removal. If your property has graffiti on it you are
required to remove it within 10 days. There is a hotline to report
graffiti and request its removal – 503-823-4824.
e. North Portland Online
Neighborhood Watch Website. Variety of info for North Portland
residents including bulletin boards, contact info, business offers and
more. Website = www.portlandonline.com/northportland
f. University Park is now
eligible to participate in the North Portland Tool Library. The tools
are located in the basement of the Kenton firehouse and can be checked
out my residents of University Park and other North Portland
neighborhoods. Visit the website for a list of tools available.
4. Info from Tom from NPNS:
a. The North Portland Trust Fund
application will be available Feb. 1st. The fund has a total of $30,000
to be given out as small grants. Grants requesting $500- $1500 are most
likely to be awarded and the only requirement is that the money
involves doing something for the community. The deadline will be March
1st and the money will be awarded in April.
b. The neighborhood cleanup day
is coming up, the 3rd Sat in April (the same day as Earth Day). We will
need to advertise the cleanup and find volunteers.
5. Committee Chairs Reports:
a. Bylaws: Will review updated
copies of the bylaws at the General meeting.
b. Communications: No report.
After meeting will arrange a time to meet with committee members this
month. Note – If anyone would like something to be posted on the
website email or call the Secretary and she will add it to the site.
c. Environmental & Open Spaces:
Cathy is absent. Fletcher: Friends of Trees next planting is March
16th. Call 503-282-8846 or go to their website, www.friendsoftrees.org
to request a tree and volunteer to help plant trees in your
d. Land Use: There will be a
regional land use quarterly meeting coming up but the date is not yet
known. Will contact Secretary when date is known to be added to the
website. There will also be a St. Johns /Lombard St. Plan meeting soon.
e. Livability: (Fletcher)
i. There will be a Farmers Market coming to North
Portland starting on May 18th. It will be every Wednesday at the Kaiser
Permanente on Interstate. The exact location is still being worked out.
We will keep you posted.
ii. There is a meeting to view the possible
Community Campus as part of the New Columbia Villa. January 29th at
Portsmouth Middle School from 10am to 1pm.
i. There was a community sponsored speed bump
program where the city helps to pay for the addition of speed bumps (in
addition to the neighbors). The deadline is past but it is something to
consider for the future. There were 3 locations in our neighborhood, 1)
Woolsey between Lombard & Willamette 2) Wall between Lombard &
Willamette 3) Van Houten between Lombard & Willamette.
ii. The University of Portland is discussing with
FlexCar to have a car located on campus. If people are interested we
could have a speaker come and talk with us about their program (yes).
Scott will coordinate the speaker for March.
g. Public Safety: At the
monthly meeting the increasing number of car burglaries was discussed
as well as the continued drinking problem in St. Johns.
i. Brian met with Jim Kuffner from U of P to discuss
an annual meeting with the President of UP and the board members of
UPNA. Would like to have the meeting after the elections and goal
setting each year, either in October or November. But they would also
like the current board to meet with the President so Brian proposes
having the February Board meeting with the President and the General
Meeting on campus at UP (but not the same location as the board meeting
ii. Brain motions to vote on holding the Feb.
meeting at UP. Seconded by Judy. Discussion:
1. Paul is
concerned that UP is not the only business in UPNA and that other
neighborhoods have a disconnect between the businesses and the
neighborhood association. He doesn’t want to see that happen.
states that his focus is to build a stronger relationship with the
school and expanding our relationships with businesses is important
that is not what he is focusing on. Working with businesses can be
discussed at a later time.
comments that UP has been involved with UPNA for a long time and this
is an offer from them that we should accept.
adds that it is in our goals to improve our relationship with UP and
that she has personally been contacting the businesses in the area and
giving them her info.
comments that dealing with the businesses in our area is more of a
livability issue and should be addressed by them.
6. Karen adds
that indeed UP is the biggest employer in our area but also has a big
effect on the neighborhood.
7. It is
stated that UPNA will advertise the new location of the Board and
General Meetings for Feb. The Board meeting will start at 5:30 and the
General Meeting at 7:00.
8. Vote: 7 in
favor. Motion passed.
6. Old or New Business? None.
Meeting Adjourned at 7:01pm
Called to Order 7:09pm
1. Introductions of Board Members
2. Crime & Safety Update (
from Officer Jason Christensen)
a. Map Handout of neighborhood with
crimes from Dec. 24th to Jan. 23rd.
b. There was a car chase on Portsmouth.
It started with a routine traffic stop but escalated. The car drove
down Portsmouth and crashed into a fire hydrant at UP. The 2 men in the
car ran down to the river but were caught by the police. There was a
large amount of crack in the car, approx. $15,000 worth. The men will
go to jail and can serve up to 20-25 years.
c. There has been a suspicious car
seen on N. Yale street early in the mornings, it is a beige Toyota
Camry. Has anyone seen him? (No). Often drug deals happen quickly when
they agree to meet at a certain location. People usually drive up go to
a door or window and then drive off.
d. The vehicle thefts tend to be of
Honda or Toyotas and the thief uses filed down keys to start the car
(does not have to break windows). There are not a lot of arrests or
jail time with vehicle thefts.
3. University of Portland Update from
a. Thank Brian for meeting and will
arrange the location of the February meeting to be held at UP.
b. Update that the URA (for Swan
Island) did not include the Zeidel property. UP is still discussing
purchasing the property from Zeidel. Will continue to give us updates
on the status.
c. Neighbor Night, Jan. 13th was very
d. Will be working with UPNA to update
the link to UP's website to link to the community or calendar pages.
4. Bylaws Presentation -
Review of changes to bylaws prior to approval
a. The bylaws have been updated
to follow current practices and laws. Will review each section, the
handout states the old text, the suggested updated text and a summary
of the main items changed for each section. A majority of the changes
were to the layout, fixing grammatical problems, or clarifying
definitions. The items listed below are in addition to the changes in
II, section 3, change wording from months to meetings.
the approval of minutes. Comments requesting that the minutes be made
available to the minutes. No one in particular has approved them in the
past, it's been up to each chair. Should the minutes be approved before
being posted? No, we will post them but add "DRAFT" so that they can be
reviewed and then approved at the next meeting (or updated if errors
are found). Also, all minutes, agendas and handouts from previous
meetings are available from the Chair or Secretary. Note- the board
meeting minutes are approved by the board and the general meeting
minutes are approved by the general attendees.
Discussion of the methods for agendas to be distributed to members. It
is up to each member to request a certain method from the Chair (mail,
email, phone etc...).
wording for the definition of the Grievance Committee needs to be
clarified. The Chair is elected at the annual elections (same as other
committee chairs) but the other members are not appointed until a
grievance is filed.
a. Question from George: Does a general
member have a right to know who the grievance is filed by and if they
seek legal counsel? How are the rights of the members protected? Will
they be able to request their own legal counsel? Answer: Yes, the
general membership will be alerted to a grievance if it is filed and
who has filed it. It is not likely that we (UPNA) is able to demand
that the grievant tell us if s/he has sought legal counsel (unless they
tell us). But a general member does not have the right to be a part of
the grievance procedure. It is up to the committee and the person who
filed the complaint to come to an agreement and if they cannot it would
go to mediation. There should never be a need for other members of the
association to require legal counsel. Brian will do more research to
see if there is more info available on grievance procedures and the
issues regarding hiring attorneys and report to us next month.
members have an opportunity to review the bylaws and the updates. If
anyone has suggestions for amending the bylaws give a written update
to Brian prior to the next meeting. The bylaws will be voted on at the
5. Old Business? None.
6. New Business:
a. Judy: Received a letter
from the Peninsula Optimist Club thanking us for our dedication to the
i. Friends of
Trees next planting is March 16th. Call 503-282-8846 or go
to their website, www.friendsoftrees.org to request a tree and
volunteer to help plant trees in your neighborhood.
ii. There will be a
Farmers Market coming to North Portland starting on
May 18th. It will be every Wednesday at the Kaiser Permanente on
Interstate. The exact location is still being worked out. We will keep
iii. There is a
meeting to view the possible Community Campus as part of the
New Columbia Villa. January 29th at Portsmouth Middle School from 10am
c. Brian: (schools)
i. Governor is considering
lowering the slot machine rates from 29 to 25% (cost & maint. =
10-15%). Currently 10% of lottery money goes to schools.
ii. The new budget has not
been announced yet, will let you know about the school funding soon.
iii. Requests help from
members on information, history and stories about the schools in the
area to add to the UPNA website.
iv. Chalkboard Project is
an independent group collecting data from the community to give to the
local government regarding schools. They have a questionnaire about how
to improve schools. Visit their website, www.chalkboardproject.org
v. Will announce to the
community and call individual members of the location for the February
meeting that will be held at UP.
d. Shelley: University Park is
now eligible to participate in the North Portland
Tool Library. The tools are located in the basement of the Kenton
firehouse and can be checked out my residents of University Park and
other North Portland neighborhoods. Visit the website for a list of
tools available. www.northportlandtoollibrary.org. Also, there will be
a speaker at the March meeting from FlexCar. If members have other
interests and would like to discuss possible speakers, please let
Shelley know. Rep. Hansen has expressed interest in coming back to talk
to us if people are interested (yes).
e. Mark (general member): Was
on the committee for the Bureau of Environmental Services to choose an
engineering firm for construction of the Big Pipe through North
Portland. Learned that there are 4 options for where to place the pipe:
1) Around the bluff. 2) Under the University of Portland 3) Under
Willamette Blvd. 4) Under Princeton / Amherst. The 4th option seems
more likely. If they run the pipe at a shallower depth then they will
have to close off blocks one at a time to run the pipe. Part of the
contract states including the neighborhood and community in the
discussion and planning process.
f. Dennis (general member):
Lives in the neighborhood and also is responsible for cleaning up the
neighborhood of trash and removing graffiti. Currently covers all of
the peninsula from I-5 west. Drives the golf cart each day from 3-6am.
In the past Union 76 matched funds donated from the Peninsula Optimist
Club but they no longer do that. Gets grants from Metro for chemicals
but needs money to pay for gas and upkeep of the carts. Wonders about
the finances of UPNA and if there is a possibility that they could
donate money for gasoline. UPNA requests a written request from Dennis
stating what he does, and the amount of money needed. Will be addressed
at the next meeting. (It is possible that if UPNA receives a grant from
the N. Portland Trust fund, some of the money could go to Dennis).
Meeting Adjourned at 9:00pm