King Neighborhood Association
Minutes from Board Meeting
List of attendees (at end of minutes)
Agenda (Exhibit 1)
Minutes from September meeting
The minutes from
Public safety action committee meetings
Charles Boardman reported that the committee discussed the theft of catalytic converters, and will be working with vendors and muffler shops which will provide free welds to prevent theft.
Planned Parenthood is closing on land with the Portland Development Commission, and will hold a ground breaking on 10/22. David Greenberg, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, provided images of the building designs for new construction at MLK and Beech. The building will include clinics for health care facilities as well as administrative offices for the regional office. PP is looking for retail tenants such as a day care provider on the ground floor.
There was a brief discussion of confidentiality of the clinic clients. There will be private areas for checking in and out of clinics, and the retail, daycare, and administrative functions will also provide anonymity. Individuals will have many possible reasons for entering the facility including participating in education programs and other community meetings as well as for healthcare reasons. PP’s general experience is that protests die down once the building has been constructed. They are looking to be a good neighbor, and are talking with local pastors and businesses. There will be 24/7 security and good lighting throughout the construction phase, which should assist the neighborhood. Increased usage in the area should also help reduce ongoing drug dealing and homelessness. Dr. Greenberg described the plans for parking – they are not anticipating spill-over onto neighborhood streets.
Planned Parenthood has committed to 30% minority, women and/or small business participation in the project. The building will be certified as LEED Silver and possibly Gold. PDC rules do not apply, but these are voluntary commitments. Dr. Greenberg can be reached at email@example.com.
Neighborhood proposal for
Kristen McKee coordinates Inside Out School House, which is a new neighborhood-based business offering child care, school assistance, and lifelong learning. They provide support for families looking for alternatives to school.
One current goal is to plant trees along the block to make the street safer and more livable, in partnership with nearby businesses such as churches, Friends of Trees, and Albina Head Start. The organization would like to apply for a NECN small grant and would like support from King Neighborhood Association. They would use the grant to pay for trees and also will ask to see if the paving can be removed from the sidewalk strip so that more trees can be planted. One of their preliminary efforts is to figure out how many trees are needed so they can scale their proposal accordingly.
The proposal to offer KNA support to Kristen McKee to
seek a small grant from ONI to plant trees on
NECN small grant application process/ideas
Allyson Spencer attended a workshop about the small grant process, and described a proposal that focuses on volunteer work. One proposal would establish a bank of volunteers who would meet monthly to help with yard work for elderly and disabled or single parent householders. A range of volunteers would be included, from a project manager to the workers. The grant would also cover costs for tools and yard debris disposal. Some of the organizing aspects could include a web page and a data base of volunteers. Allyson hopes to use the community center as a meeting point.
One of the requirements of the project is that when
someone is helped, they should give back to the community (e.g., go to
The proposal to offer KNA support for the Blue Door project was APPROVED.
Lauren McCartney is grants administrator and can help applications. She can be reached at Lauren@necoaliton.org or 503-823-4135.
Bioswale stormwater project at King School
Trace Salmon summarized the
proposal to rehab the
OLCC - Should someone from the Association be a rep?
Charles Boardman reported that no one is interested, so there will not be a KNA rep. Currently renewals are looked at every year, but there is a proposal to reduce oversight to look at renewals every two years. This is potentially a concern for the neighborhoods.
John Tyler described his new appointment to this committee and his desire to make sure that KNA concerns are addressed. PDC is the development arm of local government and has a budget for targeted development in the community.
The committee provides public input on best uses or proposals, such as the proposed street car. Most ideas will be proposed by PDC which will then ask the neighborhood what they think of it. KNA can participate in planning process as well as specific proposals. Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
MLK Planning Committee meeting
Allyson Spencer reported that she is on a subcommittee
of the committee that John Tyler reported on (OCC URAC) which focuses on MLK
and includes the
The subcommittee will have
access to funding to discuss strategies.
For example, a recent PSU student study looked at different community
models, such as the
MLK Gateway Heritage Marker Project – is an opportunity for identifying historical markers along MLK. What should be placed between Fremont and Killingsworth in the King neighborhood?
MLK action plan – PDC will look at how to promote their programs along MLK. For example, there might be an ambassador program to market programs.
Lauren McCartney, transportation and land use coordinator for NECN, will be meeting to discuss how to navigate rules and processes for development. She can be reached at Lauren@necoaliton.org or 503-823-4135 if you want to be involved.
Survey of need for a clean up day for the neighborhood?
The Board would like to target a late spring clean-up day, and will need a volunteer chairman. NECN can help figure out how to make it work.
Charles Boardman will talk with Concordia neighborhood to learn how their process went. ACTION
Process issue: amend the bylaws to make the majority of KNA meetings general meetings
Trace Salmon raised an issue about the structure of neighborhood meetings as outlined in the current bylaws. The Board would like more opportunities for all to participate by holding 9 general meetings and 3 or 4 board meetings. This suggestion could be discussed at the general meeting in November and voted on at the next Board meeting after that.
Charles Boardman will
talk with a rep from the
B. General Membership Meetings: There shall be at least four (4) general membership
meetings yearly. General Membership Meetings shall take place in February, May,
August and November.
I. Board Meetings
1. Board Meetings: Board Meetings will be scheduled by the Board. All board
meetings are open to the public, except when the Board is in Executive Session.
The Board may go into Executive Session to discuss confidential personnel or legal
matters, consistent with law. Any binding action of the Board must be taken in open
session following the Executive Session.
There was a brief discussion of commitment and attendance and responsibilities of being a rep on the board.
There was also a brief outreach discussion – KNA needs more ways to contact neighbors and involve them in the association and the board.
PDC - is 24 hour Fitness still planned for Vanport?
John Tyler reported that developers are interested but the current market is difficult for investors. There is no major commitment yet but parties are still negotiating commitments and agreements.
Four other tenants will be invited once the anchor tenant is committed. The fitness center would be located at the north end of the project, along with a parking garage.
Treasurer’s report: Balance $8620.
Land use issues – Maureen Mimiaga is the KNA rep to _____________________________
Communication – Charles Boardman attended NECN communications roundtable with Tammy Paladeni
Issue of 9th and
Paul Green raised
concerns about the store at the corner of NE 9th and
One clear need is for better lighting, now that trees have grown up and are blocking the street lights. One idea is to work with Celeste Carey, crime prevention specialist, to look at issues for better lighting. Trees that block light are the responsibility of the owner. Can KNA/NECN raise money to help the owner trim trees? Could the urban forester help the owner? [Note: After the meeting, Leslie Cormier reported that she called Pacific Power asking them to check the trees for pruning. The trees are growing up through the power lines and it is possible that Pacific Power will want to trim them back.]
Since the problems arise from the store patrons, it is appropriate to work with the store owners. A Good Neighbor Agreement is an opportunity to work with store owner to address issues of hours of operations, sales, etc. to see if there is anything that contributes to the problem. KNA could look at the existing GNA to see how it is working. Are there OLCC issues that need to be addressed?
Neighbors could help by forming a block watch. It is also important to call the police every time inappropriate behavior occurs to keep the statistics active even if the police can’t come right away. Compiling statistics will help them respond.
will review the Good Neighbor Agreement for the store at 9th and
Future agenda topics: Next meeting
NE Going as a
Proposal to amend the bylaws to make the majority of KNA meetings general meetings
NECN’s communication initiatives, Tammy Paladeni
PDC Gateway Heritage Marker Program – update on process
Discussion of organizing a clean up day
Charles Boardman, resident (Chair)
Daniel Capuia, resident
Leslie Cormier, resident (At-Large Rep #1)
Gabrielle Foulkes, resident (Secretary)
Thomas Glenn, resident
Ingrid Gjestvang, resident (Co-chair)
Betty Green, resident
Paul Green, resident
David Greenberg, Planned Parenthood
Misha Hashitani, resident
Janice Lucas, resident (At-Large Rep #5)
Benno Lyon, resident
Lauren McCartney, Northeast Coalition
Kristen McKee, resident
Maureen Mimiaga, resident
Gwendolyn Moreland, resident
Alisha Moreland-Capuia, resident
James Reddick, resident
Trace Salmon, resident (Treasurer)
Andrew Solomon, resident
Allyson Spencer, resident (At-Large Rep #2)
John Tyler, resident
Shirley Vidal, resident