The Eugene City Council will vote soon to select a preferred design alternative for South Willamette Street to best accommodate driving, biking, walking, and transit on South Willamette Street between 24th and 32nd Avenues.
At the March meeting, Southeast Neighbors will host a discussion about what these designs could mean for our community. Ron Tyree and Scott Landfield will speak for 10 minutes representing the views of “4 Lanes 4 Willamette” and Clayton Stilwell and Kelsey Moore will speak for 10 minutes representing the views of “Willamette: A Place for Everyone.”A Q& A session will follow, moderated by Christopher C. Henry, Transportation Planning Engineer from the City of Eugene.
When: March 10, 2014 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Doors open for refreshments at 6:30pm.
Where: Good Samaritan, 3500 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR 97405
Date/Time: Monday , March 10 2014, 7:00pm Location: Good Samaritan Eugene Village 3500 Hilyard Street
Heather Sielicki, President: Lindsay Selser, Vice President Board Members: Emily Fox, Shelia Stigall, David Saul, Steve Chadick, Pavel Gubanikhan, Leonard Epstein, Deborah Noble Total attendance: 19
I. Arrivals/Greetings: Neighbors began gathering at 6:30, greeting, socializing and enjoying desserts provided by Pegasus Pizza, Metropole Bakery, David Saul, Steve Chadick, and Leonard Epstein. The meeting started shortly after 7:00 PM.
II. Agenda Items
- Public announcements:
- Lindsay Selser announced an upcoming work party at Tugman Park. Saturday March 15 9-12 am volunteers will work with Parks and Open Space to maintain the park landscape. Tools & snacks will be provided. RSVP to Carrie Karl, 541-682-4850 or email@example.com
- Heather Sielicki announced the upcoming meeting of the South Eugene CERT team on March 20. This month the the Churchill area CERT team will attend and share tactics for maintaining communications in a disaster situations. The South Eugene CERT team meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cell Phone Tower Report: David Saul gave an overview of the current status of the site review application for a cell tower installation at the Resthaven Cemetery. The public comment period ended on March 10 at 5 PM. The planning department is currently reviewing the application and a decision will be issued by March 31. There is a 12 day window to file appeals once the decision is issued. No application has been filed for the cell tower proposed at the Crossfire Ministry ( West Amazon & Fox Hollow) but the planning official has indicated that they expect the application to be filed soon.
- SEN Charter Revision: Heather has been working to revise the Southeast Neighbors charter document which dates from 1989 and includes several outdated provisions. The draft revision is intended to bring our charter up to date and is based in part on charters recently approved for other Eugene neighborhood associations. The revisions must be approved by the board and the general membership as well as the city of Eugene. Expect the membership to vote on this at the May meeting.
- Budget Report: Pavel Gubanikhan reported on the current status of the SEN budget. A summary spreadsheet was distributed. The remaining balance for the fiscal year (7/1/13 - 6/30/14) as of 3/10/14 is $5.666.23. The balance remaining from the cities annual allocation of $11,826.00 will be returned to the city if not spent by June 30. Pavel called for suggestions on how to best use the money.
- South Willamette Street Improvement Plan: Scott Landfield representing “4 Lanes 4 Willamette” and Josh Newman representing “Willamette: A Place for Everyone“ each gave a brief presentation. Christopher C. Henry, Transportation Planning Engineer from the City of Eugene and project manager for the street improvement plan addressed questions from the neighbors.
- Meeting Format & Schedule: Heather proposed that we meet monthly and eliminate the distinction between board meetings and general meetings. There was some discussion and several objections raised to the proposal. We agreed to continue with the current schedule. The April meeting will be a board meeting and May will be a general meeting.
- Spring 2014 Newsletter: We agreed to plan a publication to announce our May meeting and annual elections scheduled for May 12. The final draft will need to be delivered to Neighborhood Services by April 21 in order to get it delivered to neighbors in time to announce the meeting.
- Election Planning: Lindsay Selser and Shelia Stigall each announced that they will not seek re-election in May. Lindsay will be caring for her newborn and Shelia expects to be out of the country for about 6 months. Planning the nominating and election procedures will be on the agenda for the April board meeting.
- Neighborhood Outreach: Lindsay Selser suggested initiating a survey to be delivered to the entire neighborhood to gather feedback and suggestions to help us plan and direct our efforts going forward. David Saul moved that we form a committee to develop the survey. The motion was approved unanimously. David will begin to organize the committee via e-mail to the entire board.
IV. Adjourn: The meeting adjourned shortly after 8:45 PM.
River Spies Presentation
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 7:00pm Location: Good Samaritan Eugene Village 3500 Hilyard Street
Heather Sielicki, President: Board Members: Emily Fox, Shelia Stigall, David Saul, Steve Chadick, Pavel Gubanikhan, Leonard Epstein Total attendance of 85
I. Arrivals/Greetings: Neighbors began gathering at 6:30, greeting, socializing and enjoying desserts provided by Albertsons Supermarket, David Saul, and Leonard Epstein. The meeting started shortly after 7:00 PM.
II. Agenda Items:
- Edison Elementary School River Spies: An after school project led by Deb Rosenthal presented the findings [presentation link] of their study of water quality in Amazon Creek. The group has surveyed aquatic life and measured water quality at several points along the creek. They found that water quality and habitat deteriorates significantly as the creek moves from the undeveloped headwaters area to the urbanized environment downstream. They have concluded that residential development at the headwaters would result in increased water pollution, decreased habitat, and increased potential for flooding.
- Public announcements:
- Cindy Allen gave her objections to proposed cellphone tower project at Calvary Chapel/Crossfire Ministry (Fox Hollow & West Amazon)
- Toni Horodsky spoke about concerns with potential for drainage/flooding impacts on Edgewood West residents that could be caused by residential development in the area of Resthaven Cemetery recently re-designated R1 (low density residential).
- Barbara Corin introduced herself as a new member of the Eugene Historic Review Board and invited the neighbors to bring concerns and issues related to historic landmarks to the commission.
- Barbara Nugent spoke out against approval of cellphone towers due to fear of health impacts of radio wave emissions.
- LRAPA: Sally Markos with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency gave a presentation detailing the agency’s mission and programs to monitor and protect air quality in Lane county. She explained health risks associated with wood smoke and offered ways that residents can help reduce air pollution in our neighborhood.
- Sustainability Commission: Sasha Luftig and Sue Wolling on the Eugene Sustainability Commission gave a presentation on the commission’s work and efforts to promote sustainability in Eugene. The city has established a goal of reaching Carbon Neutrality in city operations by year 2020. They point out that we currently are not on track to meet that goal. The commission meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday and invites input from the public at each meeting.
- Resthaven: David Berg and Nate Simmons from the Edgewood West Park Association described the HOA position regarding residential development on the Resthaven property. Although they do not oppose development, they stressed the potential for impacts on Edgewood West due to increased traffic, noise, and increased run off from the steep slopes on the south border of the Resthaven property.
- Amazon Headwaters Preservation: Emily Fox reported on our continuing efforts to protect the headwaters. We are urging the city to take the lead in purchasing the Beverly Property which has recently been granted tentative approval for development of at least 47 lots.
III. Election of new board member The board unanimously elected Leonard Epstein to fill the vacancy recently opened by resignation of Kent Anderson.
IV. Adjourn: The meeting adjourned shortly after 8:45 PM.
Please join us Tuesday night at Good Samaritan ( 3500 Hilyard St ) for the first general meeting of the year. We have a few speakers of interest lined up beginning with a presentation on Amazon Creek water quality from Edison Elementary’s River Spies students and followed by a segment from the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) manager on what can be done to recognize air pollution problems and improve air quality in our neighborhood. We’ll conclude with a neighborhood issues discussion.
II. Public Announcements
III. River Spies Presentation
IV. LRAPA (Lane Regional Air Protection Agency)
V. Sustainability Commission
VI. Neighborhood Issues
- Cell Towers
- Amazon Creek Headwaters
Bring your family and neighbors. Doors open for refreshments at 6:30pm and we’ll start the presentations at 7:00pm.
Southeast Neighbors President
Yesterday (2/19/2014) the Eugene City Council met for a work session to discuss possible acquisition of the 26 acre Beverly property for open space parkland. Just before the session was convened Southeast Neighbors presented our petition to the mayor with over 2,000 signatures calling for the acquisition.
The council discussion which was continued from the February 10 council meetings was preceded by a presentation from the Public Works Dept providing the council with more detail regarding the status of the 2006 parks bond funds and Parks and Open Space plans for using the funds.
Councilor Taylor moved to direct the city manager to make an offer for the purchase of the Beverly property with financial considerations determined during the executive session. Councilor Brown spoke in favor of the motion. Councilors Poling and Clarke were opposed. Councilors Evans, Pryor, Syrett, and Zelenka expressed varying levels of support as well as some reservations about moving forward with the purchase.
Councilor Clarke moved to table the motion and this motion passed on a 4-5 vote.
City attorney Klein suggested a new motion directing the city manager to offer to engage in conversations with parties interested in making financial contributions to purchase the Beverly property and come back to council. This motion was made by councilor Evans and a friendly amendment added by councilor Zelenka requesting the city manager to explore options to purchase only part of the property and to provide information about the city’s SDC (System Development Charge) funds in relation to park property purchases. This motion was passed unanimously.
Please stay tuned for further developments.