SHNA Board of Directors Minutes

July 19, 2005, Himmel Library Meeting Room

Present: Leon Bear, Roger Becksted, Janet Carbajal, Doug Donahue, John O’Dowd, Wallis Downer, Paul Mackey, Gail Schuessler, Frank Soltys, Laddie Stewart-Hall, John Wilder

Absent: Skip Andree, Carolyn Classen, Rick Stertz

Guests: Kay Roth and Carol Ostrander/Sam Hughes Cares for Seniors, TPD Officer Kasmar

Meeting called to order at 7:02 p.m. by O’Dowd.

The 6/21/05 minutes and the agenda were approved, as revised.

Introduction of Guest speaker: Officer Kasmar discussed SHNA's crime stats, suggesting taking different routes through the neighborhood, knowing your neighbor, proper lighting and alarm systems. When communicating with TPD, get name and badge number of officer. The Board asked Sgt. Webster's office to provide monthly stats. Crime stats by neighborhood, specific address, or block can be accessed at

Treasurer’s Report: A detailed report for the period 1/1/05 to 6/30/05 was reviewed. Regular shares $62.27, checking account $11,053.46, savings account $17,519.55 for a total of $28,635.28; unencumbered funds = $570.25. Motion made by Mackey, seconded by Stewart-Hall, approving the report. Passed.

Sam Hughes Cares for Seniors: Kay reported the surveys have netted 41 volunteers and 31 requests for assistance thus far. The grant application for 2006 is due 8/29/05. Suggestions were: how to sustain the program (rummage sales, donation on membership application, raffles). Plans are to prepare a database of private foundations and coordinating with surrounding neighborhoods and churches. Motion made by Soltys, seconded by Stewart-Hall that when Kay has prepared the application, it be presented to the steering committee for review and signature. Passed. The next volunteer training is 8/3/05 from 6-8 pm at Ward 6, steering committee meeting 8/9/05 at 6:30 pm at Himmel Park Library.

Historic Preservation: Stewart-Hall displayed the Home Tour awards, to be presented at the September meeting. In connection with grant preparation concerning the water tower restoration, motion made by Stewart-Hall, seconded by Mackey, that up to $800 be allocated for 2 people to attend the Heritage Foundation in Phoenix. Passed.

Traffic & Security: 

1)      Transit on the Move: Becksted reported 8 more meetings scheduled in September about a tax increase to fund transport between UMC & Rio Nuevo (bus, streetcar, old time streetcar).  Plans are to widen Broadway between Euclid and Country Club to 8 lanes. Discussion ensued about holding a fall forum with items that affect the neighborhood.

2)      Mackey Redevelopment Project: Schuessler reported still waiting to hear if application accepted.

3)      3rd & Tucson Crossing:1)      Block Party 2100 Block of E. 8th, 8/2/05: Carbajal circulated flyers. Need barriers costing $56 to be reimbursed by Ward 6. Board invited. Motion by Soltys, seconded by Stewart-Hall that SHNA loan the funds as done last year.

2)      Newsletter: Wallis circulated reminders to get news items in by 9/1/05.

3)      Website, listserve: Wilder reported 95 people now on listserve, 12 hits daily on website.


1)      DMAFB AICUZ: Next meeting re zoning issues at Drachman Institute 8/25. Mackey suggested low DOD rating of DMAFB may affect its future fate. A flyer from Tucsonans for Sound Solutions was circulated. Other groups are formulating regarding this issue.


1)      Wallis reported construction of the Sam Hughes addition to begin in November/December, to be completed in May 2006.

2)      O'Dowd reported Tucson High to get field turf and fitness center.

Presidential Search:

Soltys read 6/28/05 correspondence from Fred Boice, in reply to SHNA's 6/26/05 correspondence re support for former Councilman Jerry Anderson to serve on the search committee, advising that the committee has been selected and Mr. Anderson was not included and concluding with: "The Board of Regents is very sensitive to neighborhood issues and I will see that your concerns are voiced in the selection process."

The August meeting will be held at El Parador.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm. 

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