SHNA Board of Directors Minutes

November 15, 2005, Himmel Library Meeting Room

Present: Skip Andree, Roger Becksted, Carolyn Classen, Doug Donahue, John O’Dowd, Wallis Downer, Paul Mackey, Gail Schuessler, Frank Soltys, Rick Stertz, John Wilder

Absent: Leon Bear, Janet Carbajal, Laddie Stewart-Hall

Guests: Kay Roth, Carol Ostrander & Molly Senor/SH Cares for Seniors, Marian Schwalm Furman

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

Agenda: MSP approving with rearrangement of reports

Minutes of 10/18/05 Regular Board Meeting and November 3, 2005 SpecialBoard Meeting: MSP approving.

President's report:

1.                  New Board Member: MSP accepting Kathi McLaughlin, 2739 E. Carthay Circle, 85716, 325-6179,

Work 721-7897; email:

2.                  Annual Meeting: Suggestions made for breakout presentations, i.e., U of A Arboretum, Libby Davidson, Nina Trasoff, RTA, Neighborhood Watch, etc. A proposed budget is to be prepared.

Treasurer’s Report:

                Regular shares                 62.43

            Checking account        2,965.90

Money market account   25,602.34

Balance as of 10/31/05  $28,630.67

Sam Hughes Cares for Seniors:

1.                  Financials Mar.-Dec. 05 and proposed spending of $2,301.69 balance of United Way (green sheet) presented by Roth/Ostrander/Senor. Discussion followed about options for finding a home for the program, board being open to possibilities but cannot sustain program. Annual projection $500/mo or $6,000/yr.

2.                  Successor organization: 3 faith based churches (Catalina UMC, Temple Emanu-El, American Evangelical Lutheran) only wish to send representatives.

3.                  Insurance coverage: O'Dowd has the PCOA insurance application, providing $1M liability per incident $3M annual aggregate, auto not covered.

4.                  Motion by Mackey, seconded by Andree, that the steering committee evaluate the situation and make a recommendation to the board at the December meeting. Passed with 7 yes, 3 no.

5.                  Motion by Classen, seconded by Mackey, that the balance of the budget be spent as proposed on the green sheet. Passed.

Public Relations:

1.                  Website: Has 2 new advertisers, could use more news

2.                  Membership is increasing, now stands at 236

3.                  The November issue of "News on Hughes" being finalized

Sam Hughes School: A final plan design was presented; job going out for bids

Traffic & Security:

1.                  Mackey Redevelopment Project: Waiting to hear from HUD re grant application.

2.                  Emergency  Street & Traffic Maintenance: Contact info presented will be published in the January "News on Hughes"

3.                  3rd & Tucson light: Should be up and running soon. O'Dowd to send thank you letter to the City and the press when ribbon cutting ceremony occurs

4.                  Neighborhood Watch: if you and your block want to form a watch, use the guide provided.

5.                  Regional Transportation Plan: Some of the points in Mackey's correspondence were cited by the Board of Supervisors; there is a move to set up citizen based committees for each of the corridors, i.e., Grant, Broadway, 1st. Suggestion made to have an RTA program in the spring.

6.                  Bus Bench: Classen was successful in getting a bench via Ward 6 at the SE corner of Tucson Blvd./Speedway and is now waiting for a bus shelter.


1.                  Variance Request:1919 E. 3rd given okay for zero setback on the back; covenant recorded with Pima County re deed restrictions on real property--rooms not to be rented separately

2.                  DM Expansion: Formal mediation meeting10/19/05. Wide based  interest about DM noise; steering committee meeting 11/16/05, next MC3 mediation meeting 11/30, public forum 12/14/05.

3.                  Infill Coalition: Next subcommittee meeting 11/21/05

University: Phase 2 Town & Gown to empower the neighborhood, spoke to some of the issues, i.e., mini-dorms, noise. Positive note: "Neighbors vs. Students" response was apology for poor choice of words, want to work with neighborhoods--students are neighbors.

Other Business: Board Member Laddie Stewart-Hall not active, citing health reasons.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m. 

Minutes prepared by Maxine Fifer, Tucson Office Professionals, 5250 E. Pima #131, 325-7721,