King Neighborhood Association
Minutes from General Meeting
List of attendees (at end of minutes)
Agenda (Exhibit 1)
Minutes from October meeting
The minutes from
Officer Brian Sims summarized several areas that he’s focusing on in the neighborhood.
Shootings at 9th and
Increase in pedestrian robberies, especially
near 9th and Sumner and 9th and
Trees blocking streetlights on 9th – it is the responsibility of the homeowner to keep them trimmed., Contact city commissioner or Jane Ames, public safety contact.
If neighbors have concerns about junk left out in front of houses, these could be building code violation – call Bureau of Development Services.
Please email Officer Sims directly with specific questions and incidents (for example, give addresses, dates, or other information that he can research): email@example.com or call the police non-emergency number at 503-823-5833.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods – no update
Public safety action committee meetings
Charles Boardman reported that he is the liaison from KNA to the committee which looks at specific issues. They are currently working on a Police Appreciation Dinner.
Last Thursday (Exhibit 2, notes from 9/29 steering committee meeting)
Rick Sills is concerned that impacts from Last Thursday are occurring
ACTION – Rick Sills will draft a letter with concerns that could offer ideas for conditions to the permit for Last Thursday. The Board will consider signing/endorsing the letter.
Fara and Chris Heath have opened Sound Roots, a new music school at MLK and Beech. The school will match students with teachers specific to their particular learning style and musical interests. They offer private lessons and group classes for all ages as well as camps and birthday parties for kids. www.soundrootsmusic.com, 503-282-9999.
NE Going as a
Emily Gardner of the Bicycle
Transportation Alliance described the goal to increase the number of bicycle
A bike boulevard is a shared roadway that has a low traffic count, with markings, traffic diverters and maintainers, and traffic calming (e.g., speed bumps, traffic circles). Funding is available. BTA is holding open houses to gather input. Emily acknowledged that there will be a specific way to address the intersection at MLK and Going.
Letters of support and suggestions should be sent to City Council.
Move to offer KNA support for a bicycle
KNA position on streetcar route on MLK
Maureen Mimiaga is on the Land Use
and Transportation Committee. A streetcar
has been proposed for MLK/Sandy/Broadway-Weidler - the proposed MLK line would
run from Broadway to
One goal is to get freight traffic back to the freeways to lighten up the traffic load on MLK which could become more of a “main street,” since a streetcar shares a travel lane with autos. This would be a long term project that should help with new developments along MLK that are not required to offer parking. One approach is to use the streetcar as a local option, with light triggers to force green light. Clearly the planning would coordinate with TriMet and the #6 bus which might work for longer trips, especially into downtown. It was acknowledged that parking could be an issue.
Move to offer KNA support development of a streetcar along MLK. MOTION APPROVED
NECN’s communication initiatives – no update
Friends of Trees (Exhibit 5)
Boardman described the availability of a grant from the Metro Regional Council
to spruce up Killingsworth. Phase 1 has
been completed and now they are working on phase 2 which will bring improvements
Competition for funding means that your input is needed. Public comments are due 12/1 – http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id/28702/section=detail&project_id=1300&include_content=false
Farmers market pilot committee
Boardman described a Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods proposal to have a
farmers market at
Spring clean-up working committee
Charles Boardman announced that KNA is interested in holding a spring clean up, and collected names of people who would be interested in serving on that committee. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Process issue: amend the bylaws to make the majority of KNA meetings general meetings
Charles Boardman introduced a proposal to change the number of General Membership meetings from four to eight each year, and reduce the number of Board Meetings from eight to four to encourage more neighborhood participation. Since this is a change to the bylaws, it was introduced at the general membership meeting and will be voted on at the next general meeting (currently scheduled for February).
B. General Membership Meetings: There shall be at least eight (8) general membership meetings yearly. General Membership Meetings shall take place in January, February, April, May, July, August, October, and November.
I. Board Meetings
1. Board Meetings: Board Meetings will be held in March, June, September, and December. 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.
PDC Gateway Heritage Marker Program – John Tyler: No update
PDC - is 24 hour Fitness still planned for Vanport? – John Tyler reported that the Vanport Project Advisory Committee meeting was meeting in November, and Phase III, which includes a discussion of the fitness center, is on the agenda, along with issues of noise and dust mitigation.
Store at 9th and
MLK Liquor Store – Good Neighbor Agreement - No update.
Bioswale stormwater project at
Play structures in Irving Park - Ingrid Gjestvang reported that the parks department wants input into new children’s play structures in Irving Park.
Small grants program – Allyson Spencer submitted a proposal. She commented that 44 proposals were submitted for ONI funding. The selection will be in December, and projects start in January.
Architectural Heritage Center – Francene Grewe will be attending a meeting to learn more about a grant on what to preserve in the neighborhood.
Fountain at police station - Nicole Leaper inquired whether it can be fixed up.
Stop signs on 9th near Killingworth at Sumner – Nicole Leaper voiced concern about traffic speed, and would like to know if traffic calming is feasible.
Standing committee reports
Treasurer’s report: Balance update not available.
Land use issues – addressed earlier.
Communication – Charles Boardman is talking with the NECN about a quarterly print newsletter. The committee also hopes to improve the website.
Future agenda topics:
NECN’s communication initiatives – Tammy Paladeni
Fixing the fountain at the police station
Update from Miracles Club
Discussion of community gardens
Grant writing workshop – Allyson Spencer
Rick Sills will draft a letter with concerns that could offer ideas for conditions to the permit for Last Thursday. The Board will consider signing/endorsing the letter.
Deborah Abele, resident
Benjamin Adrian, resident
Mark Berrettini, resident
Charles Boardman, resident (Chair)
Scott Breon, resident
Leslie Cormier, resident (At-Large Rep #1)
Lou Crawford, resident
Robin Epstein, resident
Matthew Ford, resident
Windy Ford, resident
Gabrielle Foulkes, resident (Secretary)
Emily Gardner, Bicycle
Ingrid Gjestvang, resident (Co-chair)
Jennifer Gonnella, resident
Francene Grewe, resident
Jamey Harris, resident
Fara Heath, resident
Deek Heykamp, resident
Molly Hiro, resident
Lisa Hovey, resident
Ernest Jones, resident
David Kurushima, resident
Michael Laus, resident
Janice Lucas, resident (At-Large Rep #5)
Maggie Michaels, resident
Maureen Mimiaga, resident
Ross Moran, resident
Laura Ohm, resident
Jonah Perez, resident
Maureen Raad, resident
Jake Reid, resident
Sarah Retzer, resident
Karen Searcy, resident
Rick Sills, resident
Officer Brian Sims,
Maria Simon, resident
Allyson Spencer, resident (At-Large Rep #2)
Ben Tackett, resident
Tricia Tillman, resident
John Tyler, resident
Shirley Vidal, resident
James Weter, resident
Irek Wielgosz, resident (At-Large Rep #4)
Brent Wilson, resident