REVISED SHNA Board of Directors Minutes

May17, 2005, Himmel Park Library Meeting Room

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

Absent: Leon Bear, Carolyn Classen, Laddie Stewart-Hall

Guests: Debbie Stertz, Michael Guymon/Ward VI, Karen Johnson/Tucson Citizen, Robin Rosoff, Lou Ann & Michael Barr, Jim Sinex, Joan Johnson, Peg Harmon/Catholic Community Service of So. AZ, Joy Taylor/Tucson Housing Fdn., John Updike/City of Tucson Real Estate Dept., Tim Murphy/PCOA, Tom McQuillen, AIA/Lizard Rock Designs

Meeting called to order at 7:09 p.m. by O’Dowd.

 The 4/19/05 minutes and the agenda were approved, as amended.

Introduction of Guests: TPD Officer Joe Poulos, on behalf of Lead Patrol Officer Merrill, was introduced and explained that there is only one patrol officer available for Sector 3. See #2 under Traffic for more details.

Presentation of Design Concept at Broadway & Plumer: Carbajal introduced those present on behalf of Catholic Community Services and Tucson Housing Foundation. McQuillen presented a brief overview of a proposed project under the HUD Sec. 202 Program for Supportive Housing for the Elderly. Photographs of the site and similar projects were reviewed. The partnership would form a 501C3 corporation and administer the project for 40 years. There would be approximately 62 1-bedroom units (650 sq.ft.) for persons 62 and older who meet income and eligibility requirements. Concerns were adequate parking for residents (1 per 2 units) and guests; CO2 and noise, possibility of Broadway widening. Since the deadline for submitting the HUD application is May 31, motion made by Mackey, seconded by Stertz, that a letter from the Board be drafted by Carbajal and Stertz to the City Council, supporting the concept of the application, and that information would be distributed to people in the surrounding area if the application is successful. Passed. It was recommended that the existing committee be used as a consultant and participant in the design, development and presentation to its fruition.

Treasurer’s Report: Regular shares $62.19, checking account $11,332.41, savings account $17,487.97 for a total of $28,872.57.

Traffic & Security:

1.                  Transit on the Move: Becksted and Andree attended a PAG meeting and spoke with the COT Transportation Director, who stated there are approx. 1800 miles of striped streets in the city, the planned rail system from Rio Nuevo to UMC is approx. 3.5 miles at a cost of $100-150 million, that if the new sales tax to be voted on next year does not pass, the City plans to assess the surrounding neighborhoods to match the 50% federal money. Soltys voiced his opinion that the U of A should pay part of any assessment.

2.                  Meeting 5/3/05 of subgroup of SHNA, with TPD re crime: Sgt. Bob Webster urged everyone to call 911 to report all crimes, that everyone should take common sense preventive measures, i.e., cut hedges, install deadbolts, lock cars, improve outdoor lighting, be observant, form Neighborhood Watches.

Public Relations: Debbie Stertz presented a Membership Committee Mission Statement and a proposal to increase membership which included suggestions for newsletter topics. It was recommended that a notice be sent out ASAP, inviting residents to join now for a free membership in 2005. Motion by Soltys, seconded by Schuessler accepting the Mission Statement and plan. Passed.


1.                  Christian Science Church Development: Stertz reported a phone conversation with buyer Lane Bogulas. Under the purchase agreement, the existing tenant may remain, paying for utilities and upkeep, until future plans are solidified. At present he has no plans, no consultants, no engineer. He could 1) subdivide into 10-12 residential lots; 2) sell the church to outside group as is; 3) redevelop with offices; 4) develop an in-fill style design. Board members expressed views that the present structure be retained in a similar use and object to any rezoning.

2.                  Board of Adjustment hearing 5/25: Appeal re City’s provision restricting use of alleys for access to parking on residential lots. Board agreed that we need to support the denial of the appeal.

3.                  Planning Commission-Infill Subcommittee hearing 5/23: Presentations will be made on residential cluster projects or RCP’s, allowing intense development to occur on small infill lots.

4.                  Church at 6th & Plumer: Discussion about possible cluster project, building 3 units and keeping church as a dwelling unit. In an attempt to keep the wash, qualifiers need to be attached if the City sells to the developer.

The remainder of the Agenda was tabled due to lack of time.

Meeting adjourned at 9:36 p.m. 

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