SHNA Board of Directors Minutes

December 21, 2004, Himmel Library Meeting Room

Present: Skip Andree, Leon Bear, Doug Donahue, John O’Dowd, Janys Neill, Gail Schuessler, Frank Soltys, Rick Stertz , John Wilder

Absent: Janet Carbajal, Carolyn Classen, Laddie Stewart-Hall

Guests: Jane & Roger Becksted, Michael Guymon/Ward VI

Presenters: Carol Ostrander, Outreach Coordinator, Neighbors Care Alliance, PCOA; Rick Nassi, Administrator, Tucson Dept. of Transportation; Matthew Zoll, Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Mgr., Pima Co. Dept. of Transportation; 

Meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m. by O’Dowd.

Motion by Andree, seconded by Soltys, that the Minutes of the 11/16/04 meeting be approved. Passed.

President’s report: 1) Tucson Blvd./3rd St. traffic control installation; 2) PCOA grant incorporated below.

Treasurer’s Report as of 11/30/04:

            Regular shares                          61.99

            Checking account                     1,070.53

            Money Market account              17,408.34

            TOTAL                                    $18,540.86

Bear suggested that the telephone message service be discontinued, which would result in a savings of approx.$432 per year. Motion by Andree, seconded by Wilder, discontinuing the service. Passed.

Receipt of PCOA Neighbors Care Alliance Grant in the amount of $8,754: As a result of Neill and Classen’s successful application, a steering committee composed of O’Dowd, Bear, Soltys, Carbajal, Stewart-Hall will implement the procedures for employing a part-time administration at $10/hr and canvassing the neighborhood for appropriate information. Ms. Ostrander mentioned prior canvass figures showing Sam Hughes neighborhood had 1400 adults over age 50 and 150 over age 85.

Tucson Blvd./3rd St. traffic control installation: Mr. Nassi presented the new plan—traffic, bicycle and pedestrian detection devices, crosswalks on all 4 corners, full traffic signal left in green on Tucson Blvd.--when access needed, light will change; small islands in the median. DOT will go to the City Council for additional funding/approval. Construction estimated at one year, disruption about 4 months. Motion by Donahue, seconded by Soltys, that the Board urge the DOT to install the proposed  crossing control at 3rd/Tucson Blvd. similar to 3rd/Campbell, with small island, L/R signals for 3rd Street, crossing with appropriate detection devices. Passed.

Pima Co. Dept. of Transportation Pilot Program: Mr. Zoll stated Sam Hughes School is 1 of 4 schools in the city to be studied. Goals are 1) to work with 2nd graders re pedestrian safety, 4th graders re bicycle safety, and adults re safe driving; 2) determine how the Dept. can make schools more accessible for children and family.

Mr. Guymon reported 1) there is space available at the new Ward VI offices to store Sam Hughes historical records, and 2) the potential rezoning of the church at 3035 E. 5th to a residential cluster project.

CCRC: Soltys reported the last meeting had a presentation by Dr. Peter Smith re the Phoenix-Mars Project and that UMC issued its annual report showing flight operations up 19% the last year, but violations down.

Zoning: Gail reported the Drachman Institute panel discussed changes needed with the LUC. A detailed report will be prepared by the end of January. Stertz will be reviewing the Sam Hughes Place Memorandum of Understanding re restrictions on #12 liquor license applications.

Parks & Recs: Mr. Guymon reported Peg Weber has put a moratorium on park events as a result of a neighborhood meeting. 

Traffic: Andree’s written report outlined 1) interaction with the City re the Mackey project; 2) 3rd/Tucson crossing; 3) City’s plan for trolley from Rio Nuevo to UMC, Total system estimated at $10.7 billion.

Newsletter: To be distributed as timely notice of annual meeting January 18, 2005.

Annual Meeting Agenda: Proposed is 1) opening remarks by president (mention of future special meeting  re Davis-Monthan LUC amendment, membership drive, written topic suggestions); 2) nomination/election of Board for 2005; 3) presentations re Home Tour, Mackey Development Project, Sam Hughes Activities Bldg. development, PCOA Grant, and 3rd/Tucson traffic control implementation, concluding with a break-out for audience to visit with the presenters.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m. 

Minutes prepared by Maxine Fifer, Tucson Office Professionals, 5102 E. Pima, 325-7721, wetypefast@aol.com