SHNA Board of Directors Minutes

March 18, 2008, Himmel Library Meeting Room

Present: Doug Donahue, Wallis Downer, Michael Guymon, Kathi McLaughlin, Sylvia Mungaray, John ODowd, Gail Schuessler, Frank Soltys, Ed Stokes.

Excused: Leon Bear, Janett Carbajal, Carolyn Classen, Larry Roberts, John Wilder.

Guests: Sonja Sotinsky and Giovanni Bosco (Second Street School).

Meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m.

Acceptance of the agenda/Approval of 2/19/08 Minutes: MSP approving.

Call to Audience:

1.                  Mr. Bosco advised that the school is a 501(c)(3) corporation, with 62 students Pre-thru K. They are considering transfer of ownership of the property, after which needed renovations could be made.

Reports of Officers:

1.      V.P. Soltys discussed 1) the Historic Rillito Racetrack relocation; 2) will be monitoring the Starwood (1900 E. Speedway) development.

2.  Treasurer's report:

            Regular shares                                                           98.75

            Checking account                                               2,257.67

Money market account                           5,448.17

CD at Washington Federal Savings                         29,607.98

Balance as of 2/29/08                                          37,412.57

Standing Committee Reports:

1.      Seniors Care Program (Classen-written/read): 1) Sent out postcards through Dept. of Neighborhood Resources to solicit new clients/recipients; 2) did outreach to Country Club Apts., Sheraton Arms and Capistrano Apts; 3) conducted training for new volunteers at Council House.

2.      MCRC (Classen-written/read): Meetings held 2/20 and 3/12/08. City and County officials updated status of AEZ and County bond advisory committee acquisitions of $7.7 million to date. Field trip to Base planned, Operations, Lane Use & Communications Committees formed. Next meeting 4/16, 6 pm, Randolph Golf Course copper room.

3.      Land Use/NPZ (Schuessler): Proposed amendments to Tucson Code, Chapter 23, Land Use Code, to create a new overlay zone (NPZ) to be considered by Mayor/Council on 4/2/08, 7 pm.

4.      Traffic (Guymon): 1) Safe Streets Project moving forward as volunteers collect signatures; 2) communicating with Matt Zoll re implementation and possible expansion of the plan.

5.      Security: Mungaray attended a Neighborhood Leader meeting led by Nina Trasoff, attended by Police Chief John Levitt. Topics discussed 1) complaints of drag racing at Campbell & Broadway; 2) importance of documenting/reporting suspected drug dealing; 3) no statute as to how many people can live in a dwelling. Ms.Trasoff plans training how to keep neighborhoods safe, establishing Business Watch, similar to Neighborhood Watch. Donahue submitted written report about 3/13/08 meeting of Neighborhood Support Network formed to attempt lowering crime rates, conducted by Donald Ijams. Presentation of compiled data is available at

6.      Newsletter, Membership & Technology: Spring issue of the newsletter to come out in April.

7.      SH School (Schuessler): Reported re 1) public meeting re choosing between counselor and librarian; 2) TUSS rally to obtain funds while comprehensive plan implemented for long term solution; 3) OMA email supporting override.

8.      Elderly Housing/Mackey Development (O'Dowd): The committee to draft correspondence to HUD and City re concerns about essential buffer with realignment of Broadway corridor.

CCRC (Soltys): 2 of 4 transplanted aleppo pines did not survive but will be replaced.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

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