SHNA Board of Directors Minutes

July 18, 2006, Himmel Library Meeting Room

Present: Leon Bear, Janett Carbajal, Dottie Daniel, Doug Donahue, Michael Guymon, Kathi McLaughlin, John O’Dowd, Penny Simms, Frank Soltys,

Absent: Carolyn Classen, Wallis Downer, Gail Schuessler, Rick Stertz, John Wilder

Guests: Roger Carrillo/Ward VI Rep, Brendan Acker & Karen Gavender-Acker, Karen Larkin (City Parks & Rec Supt., NW District), Debbie Stertz (Membership/Public Relations)

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

Minutes of 6/20/06 Board Meeting, Acceptance of Agenda: MSP approving as revised.

Call to Audience:

1.                   Roger Carrillo to act as liaison from Ward VI, has extensive background in law enforcement and will attend board meetings for input;

2.                   Karen Gavender-Acker (3rd/Forgeus area) expressed concern about increased homeless camping out in the neighborhood, park, library grounds, etc. in the last 6 months, and their being allowed to live on property at 821 N. Sawtelle. It was suggested that she prepare a document, citing dates and locations of activity, getting as many resident signatures as possible, to be circulated to the Board, Ward IV, City Parks, TPD for future action.

3.                   Karen Larkin advised:

A.     Long ago a Himmel Park Master Plan was prepared but never adopted;

B.       A groundskeeper monitors park from 6 am - 2:30 pm for homeless who might be living there;

C.       Routine maintenance for tree trimming/replacement in place;

D.      Irrigation increased by bond funded project;

E.      Dealing with pigeons on tennis court;

F.      Removal of rust under sand at the playground;

G.     La Madera Plan provides info where City Parks & Rec might be able to apply excess funds

H.     Contact her with issues at 791-4873 X138 or karen.larkin@tucsonaz.gov.

4.                   Membership & Public Relations: Debbie Stertz proposals were:

A.     USPO offer to plant, water, and care for 15 trees on 1st between Plumer & Olson. MSP supporting the project. Debbie to prepare a response to USPO, copying Ward VI.

B.     Membership proposal for dues and a SAM (Security-Action-Monitoring) Campaign in 2007. Emphasis on member retention and growth and expanding Neighborhood Watch activity. Reps from the 4 quadrants (Frank #1, Penny #2, John O. #3, Janet #4) will meet with the committee to finalize details for adoption of SAM Campaign at the September meeting.

President's Report:

A.     O'Dowd circulated a proposed Resolution to the Governing Board of TUSD regarding Sam Hughes Elementary School additions under construction and 2004 Bond funding available for adding 4 classrooms, which is to be revised to include portables issue and circulated to the Board for approval.

B.     As Sam Hughes rep on Tucson High Site Council, he reported the group will be reviewing applications for selection of an architect, who would prepare a master plan for renovation of the Physical Education and Sports facilities on the campus that would be historically compatible with 1930s Roy Place designed Gym and that would serve as a Fitness Center for the students and the community. A concept for a parking facility for school and community users of campus programs and facilities would also be developed.

Treasurer’s Report: A report for the period ending 6/30/06 was circulated and approved. Distribution of the United Way

Grant balance of $173.58 deferred until Carolyn's return. Recap for the month of 6/30/06:

            Regular shares                                   62.77

            Checking account                        2,764.43

Money market account                 7,749.43

6-mo. CD at Washington Federal Savings 20,000.00

Balance as of 6/30/06             $30,576.63

Traffic/Security Committee: Guymon receiving feedback re sidewalks, street lights and speed bumps; committee will separate data into categories and locations, plan public forum with informational boards to consider ways of funding.

Historic Preservation Committee: Next meeting 8/22/06 at 6 pm re planning concept for library, park and water tower.

Meeting adjourned at 8:57 p.m.  Next meeting 8/15/06 at Zeman's, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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