WOODLAWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – 7:00 – 8:00 PM
CLASSIC FOODS, 817 NE MADRONA
Approved agenda for tonight & minutes for 10/7
7:09 Police officer hadn’t arrived so we opened the floor to concerns regarding crime in Woodlawn.
A neighbor who had been out of there home due to a fire spoke about things being stolen from her home while she was away.
Andree has found that one person has been going to constructions sites and talking to the workers and asking for raw materials. She once spotted them at this house. She had a confrontation with him about being on the property and taking materials. Very concerned that he was getting rights to be on the property. He’s using his property to sell things. Andree is telling construction workers about him. Shirley also knows him.
Another neighbor spoke about her neighbor’s children’s bikes were stolen today.
7:15 Police Officer Arrived
There has been no big rash of burglaries lately.
Often when bikes and scooters are stolen it’s by people who are just walking down the street
He hasn’t heard anything about shots fired from this past weekend. Says that means nothing was hit.
Woodlawn is an area where various gang members live. Shooting are often drug related but also about territory.
Last month’s shooting was drug related.
Neighbor asked if there’s any correlation between dispensaries opening and rise in shootings. Officer didn’t believe so. Said it’s too early to say but hopefully drug related crime will go down with new marijuana laws.
There has only been one dispensary robbing that he’s heard of
Neighbor asked about police recruitment issues: Officer said we’d have to ask the mayor’s office. They are losing more people to retirement than they can hire. There was a hiring freeze in Portland a few years ago so we are behind the curve.
7:25 Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN) Updates (10 min total):
– Just after 6pm City Council passed a resolution about fossil fuels.
- He has not appealed for quiet zone yet. Apologized and said he plans to work on that.
- If you made comments on map app for the Comp Plan you should be getting letters
- Nov 19 is the day to testify about the Comp Plan
- As of right now, our requested changes haven’t been made to the Comp Plan
- Over passes have more to do with trains and ODOT than the city so we haven’t gotten answers about it
- We need to make sure that we’re chiming in and letting the city know what we want as citizens.
- Neighbor asked exactly what work we had done regarding airplane noises. Byron said it was mostly connecting citizens with the correct people. We plan to repost that number on social media.
– The amount of people involved with SALT in both Woodlawn and NECN is small. Please consider joining.
Wanted to know if people were interested in having Rebecca Miller from Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services Division to come speak about aging in place. NE Portland is a very popular place for older members of the community to move. We decided to put it to a vote. Jana motioned, a neighbor seconded, all in favor.
Luke & Shirley: They did not have much to report regarding NECN. It is now fully staffed
– We spend as much as we take in.
– NECN Communications was spent on the new mic and speakers
– $1,200 for discretionary funding.
– We have received a one dollar donation
– Andree motioned to pass the report, Shirley Seconded, Passed
– Thanked Jennifer Coughlin for all her hard work.
– Has receipts for Luke.
– *Addendum: We came in a little under budget.
Event was successful despite the poor weather.
Read off comment cards from businesses.. All the businesses had fun and enjoyed it. They hope to do more as a business community
– Last farmers market was cancelled due to wind and rain, but they had a great lunch at Bushwackers with the vendors.
– All vendors had great a year. They all want to come back next year, with the exception of Soup Cycle – There will be a holiday market on December 13th from 1:30-4:30 pm. It will have both craft and farm vendors. They are still looking for craft vendors. Setup time is 12:30 and they need to be out by 5:00. There will beer and lots of fun things.
– There is a grant opportunity with East Multnomah Soil and Water conservation that deals with neighborhood gardens. The market could use the money to help set up a program with Woodlawn Elementary. She wanted to know if WNA would be a fiscal sponsor for the grant.
- Martin made a motion that the WNA is a fiscal sponsor for any and all grants in the upcoming year for the Farmers Market. Andree Seconded. The board passed it unanimously
Plans for Upcoming Year:
Want to start an official Events Committee. Passed around sign up sheet.
Demolitions and Construction
A home at 12th and Holland will be demolished as well as a home at 14th and Junior.
The lot at 15th and Bryant is going to be made into three skinny homes. Andree addressed concerns about it being made into three and would prefer it was two. .
The developer for the homes on NE Grand developer plans to visit
Another development on NE Grand was mentioned. We can always email or invite developer. There will also be a Type II review of this property so we can make comments to the city
Danya from Solterra said to please talk to Solterra if there’s any properties or developments you’ve heard about want Solterra to be on board. Said they are company who is interested in both conservation and working with the neighborhood.
-Shannon from Greater Solid Rock Church did not show up. Will try to get info out about that
- Owner of Upcycles hosted grand re opening this Friday Nov 6th
- The small building on Dekum is going to be turned into The Garage and will be a place local artisans to show their wares
8:00 Meeting Adjourned