Woodlawn Neighborhood Association General Meeting Minutes
April 4, 2023 7pm
In Person at Classic Foods: 817 NE Madrona
Welcome and Vision: “In the future, Woodlawn will be a place where people live harmoniously, respectfully, and in support of one another. The neighborhood will be a clean and thriving community… All Woodlawn residents will share and pursue the common values of health, efficiency, beauty, equity, and justice.”
7:00 – 7:10 Introductions
- Please share name, pronouns, & what brought you to tonight’s meeting.
- Board members present: Barbara England, Anjala Ehelebe, Shirley Minor, Thelma Diggs, Aimee Pedretti, Dennis Kennedy, Krista Reynolds
- Neighbors present: Liz Kennedy, Dan Pedretti, Ike Harris (Concordia Neighborhood Association), Brian, Nicole
- Board members absent: Melody Randolph, Nancy Flynn, Rick Reynolds, Keith Baich
7:10 – 8:00 General Business
- Approve March meeting notes
- Presentation by the owner(s) of Firehouse restaurant
- Due to illness, the co-owner was not able to attend. The co-owner says thank you to those who posted on PDXreporter about the folks camping near the restaurant. The people in the camper have moved on.
- Presentation by a representative from the Portland Street Response team
- They serve about 700 people a month. The vans have an EMT and social worker.
- The police have their own crisis response team. There is also a county crisis line.
- There are definitely repeat callers. Follow up care can help with long term mental health support.
- They work closely with Street Roots vendors.
- Need volunteer for secretary position as well as Facebook page monitoring
- Woodlawn Neighborhood Association of Portland, Oregon
- Facebook Group – Woodlawn Neighborhood Portland, Oregon
- Seeking folks with some tech skills to take on these duties.
- Report from Neighborhood Associations Summit (March 9th) (Aimee and Barbara)
- The event was organized by two neighborhood associations
- 60 associations were represented by attendees
- Three priorities were identified. Committees will form to address priorities.
- Improving neighborhood association and city government relations
- Healthy neighborhoods
- Ike Harris from the Concordia Neighborhood Association (CNA) proposed a community center for the neighborhood to help combat loneliness and spark creativity
- There will be a meeting at April 10th 5:30 St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (6700 NE 29th) to discuss the idea.
- The proposed location for the center is on 42nd, at Fernhill Park, the former school site – currently owned by PPS
- PPS has a long-term facility plan
- The CNA would like a WNA representative to be present at the meeting
- Update on Easter Egg Hunt Event – Saturday, April 8th
- Liz solicited for volunteers for the day of the event
- Volunteers needed 10 – 11 for set up (hiding eggs, setting up booths and tables)
- Especially need volunteers 11 – 12 (during the event)
- Nicole has been helping to organize the event with Liz and Barbara
- There will be two zones – one for kids zero through five years old and one zone for ages 6 and up
- 1,500 eggs are stuffed!
- The event will be on the south side of the park, on the Dekum side
- There will be a craft booth
- Liz solicited for volunteers for the day of the event
- Update on Neighborhood cleanup planning – date and next steps
- Dennis has emailed the forms; he never received a response they were received
- June 10th had already been taken
- Barbara will get in touch with Rick for additional info
8:00 – 8:20 Board Business
- Treasurer’s Report (Dennis)
- The WNA has essentially the same amount of money as last month
- Renewed with the Secretary of State – $50 expense
- Kudos to Shirley for paying for a portion of the Easter Egg hunt
- NECN Report (Anjala)
- Executive search is underway for new director
- Business owners on Broadway are considering adding decorative lights similar to ones in downtown Portland; lights might be installed on N. Mississippi also
- Would be funded by the Lloyd business district
- Land Use and Transportation (Anjala)
- There is a two-story office building planned to be built on the corner of Buffalo and MLK. Anjala has been checking for a notice about this but has not seen one yet. Will notify the association so we can discuss and approve or disapprove of the plans.
- Slowing traffic on Dekum – a neighbor sees near misses almost every day – Anjala connected the person with someone from Sullivan’s Gulch where they implemented traffic calming
- Brian mentioned there is a way to get in touch with the city to advocate for traffic slowing; the more people who request, the more attention it will get
- The city may not pay attention until people are injured or die
- Others have proposed a cross walk on Dekum from Oregon Public House – the WNA would have to pay for it
- The flashing crosswalk like at New Seasons costs about $70,000
- Traffic circles are the best way to calm traffic; but the cost of cement has skyrocketed. It’s now almost $500,000 to install a traffic circle.
- If anyone is interested in revitalizing the 8th and Holland street painting or the one on Homan, get in touch with Anjala
- No word on the 904 NE Dekum property. There is no record online of a sale.
- Farmer’s Market Update
- A new market manager, Sasha, has been hired.
- The market has been awarded a grant for music and art programming.
- There will be a volunteer recruitment event.
- Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET)
- No report
8:20 – 8:30 Additional agenda items and announcements
- Barbara mentioned the WNA will initiate fundraising from businesses soon
- Thelma asked for volunteers and donors for Meals on Wheels fundraiser “Stride for Seniors” April 15th, 9am to 1pm; event will be at the Portland International Raceway