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Meeting Minutes for August 2018

CGNE Meeting
8/27/18 at 6 PM. Ward 3 Office


In attendance:  Bill, Jana, Chris, Colleen, Steve, Vicki, Robert, Sunshine, Matt, Cindy, Beverly

Special Guests:  Joe Gradias, Tucson Police Department, Carlos de Latorre, City of Tucson

Review of Minutes

Treasurer’s Report

Revenue – $100 dues and donations
Expenses – 0
Balance as of 8/27/18       $1,205.76

Environmental Services – Carlos de Latorre
Enhanced Brush and Bulky Program – want to stop the door hangers, replaced by a letter that tells the brush and bulky dates for the year, you can still call or check map online.  They are trying to promote an app for your phones.  More info at
They are trying to get together with Tucson Dept. of Transportation, code enforcement and graffiti .

Sweetwater facility open on Friday from 8-2:30 for hazardous waste.  Other locations can be found on the website

791-3171 to pick up illegal dumping within 24 hours

Six ways to be a good neighbor handout
Trim Weeds and grass below 6”, keep your half of the alley and easement clean
Limit or screen outside storage – limit storage to 25% of your total lot
Store and screen junk vehicles, must be stored in a garage/carport, be behind a legal barrier or covered by a vehicle cover designed to cover the car
Trim encroaching plants
Stop illegal dumping
Clean up with brush and bulky

Free Library needs kids books – we are ordering a dog poop-bag holder for the little library on Plumer so hopefully people will clean up after their dogs

Door Hangers – going out the end of September,  Bill will print them up and get them to the streetwalkers

October – Declutter month, CGNE will provide prizes for the declutter bingo game that will be sent out in late September along with all the rules for the month.

November 3rd – Sabuku T-shirt sale and craft fair –  if you are an artisan that is interested in being in this event let me know.  Colleen 577-4543.  This venue gets a large turnout, and has been getting bigger each year.  It will be held at the International School.

Picnic in the Park / Friendsgiving  Nov. 11th, Sunday in the Park from 11-1  /. CGNE will provide the Turkey, gravy and stuffing.  The rest will be potluck.

Caroling in the park, December 15th – Bill will talk to Greg to see if he can play the guitar for the event

Christmas Bazaar – December 1st at Ward 3.  We are looking for venders from the neighborhood and nearby.  We have a couple of other neighborhoods that will be doing this event with us.

Wilson wash – get someone to be in charge of calling and a pick up committee.  Bill talked to Matt Kopec about making sure that the wash is on the list to be mowed.

Dog/cat Accessory Swap or Flea Market – September 29th, Saturday, 8:30 am
Bring your old pet toys, collars, leashes, crates, dog bowls sale, trade or give away.
There will be a dog trainer and dog sitter there.  Custom dog biscuits for sale.
Free coffee and donuts

TPD Ofcr. Joe Gradias has a monthly opportunity to learn about Dog Walkers Watch.

Sunshine Turner came from Devereux to talk about the facility on Norris and Spring, she is writing an article for the newsletter


We need several volunteers to do small jobs:

Techno person for layout of door hangers, city newsletter

Social Media person – to post events

Poster makers – to advertise events

Wilson wash – to call Tucson Dept of Transportation when the wash needs to be mowed

City stuff – Grant road coalition

Help write newsletter – write articles for the paper, or help in general

Little libraries – need revamping, sanding and painting

Roll Off – Environmental Services – call twice a year to arrange the roll offs

January 2018 Newsletter

Hey Neighbors,

Welcome to 2018! Below is the January newsletter. Our neighborhood had a wonderfully active Holiday Season. It was so fun to meet new neighbors. There are plans for new events in the New Year. First, and foremost, is our Jan. 18th neighborhood meeting. Followed by a Valentines Pancake Brunch in Feb. CGNE would love your input and ideas. Get involved this year.

Happy New Year.

Town Crier – January 2018 – Volume 2 Issue 1

Minutes – Annual Meeting – CGNE – 2017

Minutes of CGNE Meeting

The meeting opened with the treasurer’s report, which reflects a bank balance of $1082.53. There was some discussion about how keeping track of donation amounts, sources and dates might help officers to determine the most efficacious fund raisers etc. Colleen reported that Elizabeth is going to work on a data base to track these factors.

A report on the Little Free Libraries revealed that there is a shortage of children’s books so all are expected to look for resources.

Gardening Club report was that a meeting is scheduled November 20th and there is some thought about a Garden Tour perhaps in February.

The Neighborhood Cleanup went well with one right of way cleared entirely and another partially. There was discussion of doing another cleanup, but having a lottery for where to clear based on property owner participation, or donation.
Brush and bulky is scheduled 1/8/18 and 7/2/18.

Wilson Wash is being regularly picked up and Steve reported that he is going to find time to pursue the Dept of Transportation about a footbridge.

A review of the winter picnic was a unanimous success with more people attending and some donations received, even one of $100!

Holiday activities scheduled for CGNE include; Walking caroling (near Bill and Jana’s) on Dec 2 at about 5:30pm, Caroling in the Conner Park on Dec 9 6:00pm-8pm), Holiday Bazar on Dec 10 (10am-12pm) on 2004 Spring St., Pot Luck on Dec 16 at Bill and Jana’s.


President – Bill Halvorson
Vice President – Steve Collen
Recording Secretary – Elizabeth Nielsen
Corresponding Secretary – Chris Janton
Treasurer – Jana Guyman

Meeting Minutes – 09/21/2017

Minutes of CGNE Meeting



The President (Bill) agreed that he would work on finding a location for the November meeting and get the word out.  The October 19th meeting is set at Ward 3, and there will not be a December meeting.

At the next meeting any nominations for officers will be accepted and there was discussion about making term limits of one year for all positions


The Treasurer’s report was submitted and our balance on hand is $741.39 with $95.00 received from our supporters since the last meeting.  There was discussion about acknowledging all “supporters” after the Holidays and the new officers are in place.  It was pointed out that membership is established with residency so that any labor or money given by CGNE members are seen as contributions in support of the neighborhood association.


The welcome packets are being distributed to our new neighbors and Bill reported that two donations were received as a direct result of the welcome packets.  Elizabeth has thus far donated the welcome packet materials and labor and discussion was had about paying our way going forward.  It was not concluded but all present agreed that the product was worth the benefit derived in new members and donations.


The Door Hangers are ready!  Bill and Jana completed, printed and brought to the meeting 600 of the door hangers for distribution.  Colleen agreed to get them to the street “walker” representatives for distribution between this weekend and next.


A report on the Little Libraries found that they were being consistently used and then replenished by Robert (Plummer location) and Sue (Conner Park location).  There is some concern that books may be disappearing (particularly kids) en mass, but generally those present agreed that whatever reason the books are taken they end up serving the intended purpose.  The libraries appeared to weather the monsoons well though the Park location may need some touchup paint.


The Garden Club, Cindi, reported that the Garden Club had a good second meeting in September and has scheduled its third at Mo’s house in October to discuss water harvesting.


Fall Cleanup-A roll-off will be placed at the corner of Norris and Spring on the weekend of 11/12 for the collection of bulky items.  There is no home pickup so you must bring your items over.  Bill also proposed that we have discussion at our next meeting about what alleys need cleanup and who is willing to donate time.


Bill distributed materials on, Adopt-A-Park and suggested that we adopt Wilson Wash, which means a sign will be posted saying that CGNE has adopted it and a picture of those involved will be taken.  TC agreed to headup an ad hoc committee for scheduling regular wash cleanup.  Chris mentioned that you can get an app called “cclickfix” and you can take a picture of graffiti, garbage left on road, shopping cart, and it will be taken care of.


Bill brought up that the small child swing was taken down at Conner Park as it violated code (an adult swing and small child on the same cross-bar) and that CGNE might consider installation of a new small child swing as a special project.  Steve agreed to reach out to Manny of Park and Rec regarding that process for CGNE to vote.


The neighborhood picnic is November 5th.  We are planning on having more yard type games.


Colleen reported that the Holiday Bazaar was still scheduled but they are having difficulty getting participants.  All present agreed to speak with neighbors they know with crafting talents.  In addition outside parties may be invited to participate.


Holiday Caroling is still in the works.  Bill said he would contact his neighbors who normally carol through the neighborhood.


There is a Rock Painting Party scheduled for 10/7 at Vicki’s.  The idea is to paint smooth 6-8 inch stones with positive messages like, “You Rock,” or “Good Neighbor” and leave them at various homes (much like Ben’s Bells) to acknowledge positive people or actions.


Elizabeth asked it to be brought to the meeting that we look at all the entrance signs coming in to our neighborhood.  The city will replace them for $50 each, but we have to do the artwork.  Everyone thought it was a good idea, but maybe only a few at a time.


Colleen suggested that it might be interesting for our neighborhood to put out a, “Minamalist Challenge,” for people to de-clutter over a one-month period.  All present thought it would be a good idea.  Colleen will send out the challenge within the week.


Finally, we talked about having a neighborhood barter system where we volunteer time at whatever we are good at in trade for people doing things for you that they are good at.  This idea is still in the thought process.