[NLC] April Neighborhood Reports
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Mon Apr 27 20:02:03 PDT 2009
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Neighborhood Reports 4.28.09
West University Neighbors
Jefferson Westside Neighbors
South University Neighborhood Association
Santa Clara Neighborhood Association
Cal Young Neighbors
River Road Community Organization
Downtown Neighborhood Association
*West University Neighbors (WUN)*
Our March meeting was very thorough with approximately 30 people in
attendance. Items on the agenda included neighborhood safety concerns,
infill compatibility reports, a food security presentation by Jan Spencer,
and a MUPTE request for 14th and High.
We are currently working with the parks department to plan our grand
opening. This will take place on Saturday May 16th from noon-3pm. Mayor
Kitty Piercy is expected to attend and speak.
A movie night in the park was held on Sunday, April 19th at 8PM.
Approximately 60 people came to the park for various amounts of time. Ferris
Bueller's Day Off was a great hit and there was positive feedback. The
CommUniversity assistants and Jackson will work on planning another event
for mid-late May.
*Jefferson Westside Neighbors (JWN)*
1. We held board elections on April 14th. New board members are:
· Chair: Della Perry
· Vice Chair: Ilona Koleszar
· At Large: Rene Kane (returning board member)
· At Large: Garrick Mishaga (returning board member)
· Carol Defazio (returning board member)
· At Large: Sue Cummings
· At Large: Tony Rosta
2. Upcoming Special Event:
· Annual Neighborhood Cleanup
· Saturday May 30th / 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. / at 15th and Jefferson
3. Upcoming general meeting:
· Tuesday, May 12th
· Potluck Spring Dessert & Sustainability Brainstorm “meeting our
needs closer to home”
*South University Neighborhood Association (SUNA)*
*Formed Natural Resources and Parking committees
*Planning group is working on zoning and density issues
*Summer event planned for University Park
*Letters were sent to rental owners and property managers
*SUNA's website has launched: sunaeugene.org
Fairmount Neighborhood Association (FNA)*
Fairmount Neighbors held a crime prevention and public safety meeting at the
end of March. Tod Schneider a crime prevention specialist from the Eugene
Police Department gave a very informative presentation and answered all of
Fairmount Neighbors recently held a work party in Fairmount Park where we
planted new native plants, mulched existing landscape beds, and tidied up
the entire park area. A matching grant was recently awarded to Fairmount
Neighbors to have several benches installed in the park. The benches are to
be installed by the end of this week.
Various members from the board of Fairmount Neighbors continue their effort
to update our charter and bylaws in time for our next general meeting.
Our next general meeting is scheduled for May 5th and this will be our
annual election meeting and potluck dinner.
Santa Clara Community Organization*
Spring Creek Gardens project (a recipient of nhood matching grants)
continues its work to restore and revegetate Spring Creek in sections owned
publicily and inform and inspire private landowners along the creek to do
the same. Workparties, volunteer activities, and coordinated work with
Spring Creek elementary school continue to be the focus.
Friends of the East Santa Clara Waterway continue to meet every other
Saturday to reforest the banks of the ESCW, remove invasive species and
raise awareness about the importance of a healthy functioning waterway for
stormwater conveyance, flood control, and continuous natural habitat value.
There is interest in forming a community garden site in Santa Clara that is
disconnected from the city of Eugene's program. A local church has offered
a site for use and the organization of this effort slowly progresses.
We have experienced a slow-down in residential building, but have new
commercial buildings going in at Irving and River Road.
We may yet join the information superhighway and have a web site in the near
future thanks to a generous member of the neighborhood who understands how
to create and maintain these things.
*Cal Young Neighborhood Association (CYNA)*
Our spring general meeting April 23 drew 44 attendees with an interesting
program. Speakers were Carolyn Weiss, Metro and Community Planning, City of
Eugene, on “The New Model for Neighborhood Planning” and Brian Smith, acting
district chief, Eugene Fire and EMS, on “Ambulance Services and Emergency
Preparedness.” At the business meeting, Councilors Mike Clark and George
Poling reported on city budget, police auditor, city hall, and police
headquarters. Three Eugene 4J School Board candidates spoke briefly. We
heard a report on the Delta Ponds Pedestrian/Bike Overpass funded with
federal stimulus funds.
A CYNA survey on Neighborhood Priorities, Needs, and Concerns was included
in the Courier newsletter that was published April 11. As of April 27 we had
received 78 postage paid responses. Deadline for return is May 15, so that
we can have a summary of results to review at our Executive Committee
meeting June 2. We will discuss next steps for use of the data to address
River Road Community Organization (RRCO)*
Our last meeting was a public discussion about the Rasor Mixed Use Study
Area. There were maps, Ken Guzowski from the city, a good number of
neighbors and representatives from Whiteaker, which has a particular
interest in the study and possible project. All agree, any redevelopment
should be green and neighborhood scale and preserve open spaces for possible
community gardens and habitat.
A number of RRCO board members and citizen members have attended various
meetings about the proposed Seneca electric generation scheme. Impressions
so far from RRCO range between not supportive to very opposed.
One RRCO board member attended a public breakfast in the past week with
State rep Nancy Nathanson.
A neighborhood potluck mix and mingle is planned for Rosetta Park on Friday,
May 29 at 6 PM. Neighbors are keeping up with the weeds in Rosetta Park,
part of the agreement for the park to be a member of the city's herbicide
free park program.
River Road Green Team is planning a construction of a chicken coop work
party, May 9.
*Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA)*
The DNA is actively involved in the following issues:
1) The purchase and relocation of Lord Leebrick Theatre Company to West
2) Reforming the parking system in the Downtown Core
3) The proposal to the EPD station to Country Club Road.
John Ruiz will be at our July meeting.
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