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SHNA Board of Directors Minutes - 11-7-09

November 17, 2009,
Himmel Park Library Meeting Room

Present: Rick Bell, Janett Carbajal, Carolyn Classen, Doug Donahue, Wallis Downer, Steve Gilsdorf, Sheila Hoban, Kathi McLaughlin, Sylvia Mungaray, John O’Dowd,Gail Schuessler, Frank Soltys, Ed Stokes, John Wilder. 

Guests: UAPD Officer Andrew Kisela, Dhira Mahoney, Al Guevara, Karen Greene (Pima Co. Public Library), Penny Simms, Madelyn Cook, Paul Mackey, Gayle Hartmann, Sylvia  Flores, Sarah Jean Harwood (Branch Mgr. Himmel Park Library), Molly McKassen.

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

Approval of 10/20/09 BOD Minutes: Approved as amended.

Call to Audience:

1. Changing Name of Himmel Park Library (McKasson): reported on the coalition of Himmel park neighbors who opposed the name change (sense of place more important than person's name); communicating with Supervisor Elias (who killed the proposal) about the need for additional space, more computers; planning user survey, and taking a formal position about Himmel being an iconic library, and to NOT change the name of Himmel Park Library.

2. Spring Fling Concern: University has not been “evicted” from Rillito Downs and options about venues for events in or after 2011 still being explored.

3. UA ICA Pool speakers blaring into the neighborhood: Schuessler will address problem at the next CCRC meeting.


1. Himmel Park 2010 events: Greene announced Pima Co. Public Library Adult Services Committee would like to host 2 water-themed events at Himmel Park Amphitheater: June 5th, El  Camino Royales (Surf band) concert, 7:30-9:30 pm; July 17th, Surfing movie screening, 8-10 pm. Motion/Second/Passed to support these events with suggestions that adequate notice be provided the neighborhood.

2. Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (Hartmann): Rosemont Mine, owned by Augusta, a “Junior” mining company and a non-profit Canadian corporation, plan a 20-year contract to mine ore on the east side of the Santa Ritas; propose a 1-mile wide pit, using 3,500-4,000 acres of forest land to put tailings on, pump CAP ground water to wash rock to Green Valley. Concerns are toxic leakage, operation 24/7, 365 days year, trucks hauling ore on Hwy 83. The group is attempting to persuade the Forest Service to resist action, recruiting  over 90 organizations (small businesses, homeowners associations, political groups) to oppose the proposal. Arizona’s U.S. Senators have not taken a position. Rep. Grijalva introducing legislation re mining not allowed in the forest, which would require Augusta to validate its claims. 

3. Minidorms/Christian Science Church Status (McLaughlin): 2nd & Anderson property (“Swiss Village” in Miramonte Neighborhood) has 7 buildings on 21,000 sq.ft. Research revealed the same owners involved in the 88,000 sq.ft. church property (in Sam Hughes Neighborhood), purchased in 2005 for $1.3 million, zoned R1, where taxes were reduced from $24,900 in 2006 to $13,227 in 2007. Correspondence to be sent to the owners re neighborhood concerns, as well as Zoning Administration and Developmental Services (cc: Ward 6), asking that SHNA be notified of any proposed zoning changes. Schuessler indicated the Feldman Design Manual is before the City Council re growth of minidorms and that Tempe has an ordinance controlling minidorms to a maximum of (3) unrelated people living together.

4. Parkwise Revision  (Soltys): In 1983 the residential parking permit program began to protect curbside parking of residents living in close proximity to the university at a cost of $2.50 per car per year. Parkwise is now an “enterprise” and its cost to sign and enforce the Sam Hughes neighborhood is running a deficit of $48,000 per year. They must either 1) distribute the cost to the 800 Parkwise participants and assess approximately $60/year, or 2) increase revenue.  The solution brought forward by the SHNA committee made up of Parkwise RPP participants to keep the cost under control by generating revenue is: 1) have standardized signage for all participants (8am-10pm Monday-Saturday; no more “Special Parking Program); 2) increase annual parking fee from $2.50 to $6 per permit (first visitor's pass free, and an optional 2nd visitor pass $12/yr); 3) City to work with UA ICA to give season (football) ticket holders an opportunity to purchase a pass/hanger to park legally in the neighborhood for approximately $10 per game as public parking--except for residences in the RPP area and all other areas--would not be allowed.  This would maintain a reasonable fee structure while enabling participants who need and petition for RPP to park in front of their own homes.  Soltys will write an article for the newsletter.  

Reports of Officers:

President (O'Dowd): Re Broadway Village application for Planned Area Development, if a $3,000 grant is received from Southwest Foundation a panel of architects will be employed to review and analyze the PAD when submitted.

Vice President (Stokes): Sam Hughes School holding rummage sale Saturday, November 21st.

Secretary (Classen): See SH Cares for Seniors below.

Treasurer (Gilsdorf): Balance on hand as of October 20, 2009 is $47,849.

Standing Committee Reports:

Sam Hughes Cares for Seniors (Classen): Oktoborfest a success at a cost of approximately $200. $100 spent on cell phone; 2) would like printed SHNA T-shirts presented at the annual meeting to those who have volunteered a lot of time and energy to help make SH Neighborhood a better place to live  (suggestions SH Cares for Seniors and Home Tour volunteers). Motion/Second/Passed that Classen poll the Board to establish a criteria and budget for the project.

Security (Downer): The Community Action Committee meeting on 10/28 was a review of the crime statistics and Quality of Life Survey, volunteers being recognized with T-shirts. More neighborhood get-togethers were encouraged. There are now 27 Neighborhood Watch groups in the neighborhood. A synopsis of the meeting will be submitted for posting on the website.

Newsletter/Membership/Technology: Bell: A dues reminder ($20/year) is being mailed this month. Wilder is being assisted by Al Guevara to update web site. Motion/Second/Passed to keep an open policy about advertising on the web site at the discretion of the web master.

Affirmation of New Board Member: Sheila Hoban was unanimously accepted.

Historic Preservation/Himmel Coalition of Himmel Park Neighborhoods (Soltys): Motion/second/passed that correspondence be sent to the Pima County Board of Supervisors to “Honor the memory of pioneer homesteader (1897) Alvina Himmel Edmondson who conveyed the land on which Himmel Park and Library rests and to not rename the Himmel Park Library”.  The other three Coalition neighborhoods (Blenman-Elm, Palo Verde, and Miramonte, who share this sentiment) may be taking a similar position.

CCRC (Schuessler): Shelton meeting with CCRC on 12/5.

Traffic (Donahue): No progress on Treat Street bicycle path; sidewalks going in on Norton and Wilson (Safe Streets to School program).

Military Community Relations (O'Dowd): Neighborhoods objecting to Snowbirds. Air Force hired a consultant to take data and report back. TIA taking F35's. Snowbirds may go to Luke AFB or Gila Bend. Meeting 11/18 re A10's.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

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

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