All of the neighborhood discussions have been taking place on the mailing list/Google Group…
All of the neighborhood discussions have been taking place on the mailing list/Google Group…
CGNE Neighborhood Association
Treasurer’s Report, February 24, 2020
Balance as of 1/27/2020 $1,757.13
Kris Teran (supplies for new neighbors packets)
Ck 1145 10.17
Cindy Sorrensen (Valentine breakfast supplies)
Ck 1146 59.03
Dues and donations – 115.00
Balance as of 2/24/2020 $1,802.93
We have 4 households that have paid 2020 dues, 2 that paid in 2019 for 2020 and 2 that paid by check this so far this year and a $100 dues/donation from the owners of the mobile home on Water Street.
Submitted by the CGNE treasurer, Vicki Mills
NE Neighborhood Association Meeting
2019, Ward III office
Attendance: Andy Laurenzi, Kris Teran, Humberto Teran, Georgia O’Neill, Kathy Damstra, Sally Rein’l-Bautista, John Lundberg, James Croxen, Andrew Messer, Leilani Bew, Chris Janton, Brian Silverstein
Guests: Paul Durham, Ward III Councilperson and Matt Kopec, Ward III Staff member, Ofc. Joseph Gradias – Tucson Police Department: (520)484-3488
We began the meeting
with an interactive discussion with Paul Durham about a variety of topics:
· Many of us received a flyer in the mail today.
It is protesting a medical marijuana dispensary. Durham said the flyer was paid for by a competing dispensary and he went over the arguments in the flyer and explained why they are misleading.
improvement zones – This is not a new idea. It’s been around for a long time, but not often used. However, it has been used by our neighborhood to pay for sidewalks on Water Street 20 or so years ago. State law dictates these improvement projects must be capital improvements – crosswalk lights, curbs, sidewalks – not maintenance, like road repair. The area (zone) can be defined locally and it takes 51% of tax parcels and 51% of total valuation of the defined area to approve a project. The question was asked if the city could redefine the improvements for these improvement projects to include street repair. Durham didn’t think this was possible. He is also not sure why this idea is being brought up now. This issue will be on the Aug 6 City Council meeting agenda. There is a study session before the meeting and the 5:30 meeting – both are open to the public.
Durham announced that the city will be raising
the legal age to buy cigarettes and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21.
Durham has spoken with the manager of Prep and
Pastry and the manager would like to come to a neighborhood meeting to talk
about any issues with the restaurant.
They want to be good neighbors.
Durham said the manager talked about sending out gift coupons to neighbors (which has not happened yet).
We discussed seeing if we could meet in the meeting room at Prep & Pastry sometime.
Questions were asked about money for residential
streets – there is money (40% of Prop 101 money was for residential streets) but not enough to take care of all the streets in the city. During the recession money for public safety, streets, etc. was cut and, while Tucson is coming back from the recession, our economy is not as strong yet as most of the rest of the country (sixty percent of Tucson’s revenue come from sales tax). So, the city has a huge backlog of needs – street repair and other things — and not enough money to take care of everything.
We also discussed the proposed bicycle path on
Copper Street, solar power for Ward offices and other city buildings, and the
Complete Streets proposal. It was clear that we could have discussed city issues with the Councilman for much longer, but we ran out of time.
April Minutes: The minutes were
approved with the addition of a sentence about Sally Rein’l Bautista reporting
that the bathroom in Conner Park needs repairing, patching and painting inside
and out. The Parks Department will be notified.
Treasurer Report – Vicki Mills – The neighborhood association has $1,499 in the bank. There are 17 households that have paid dues so far in 2019.
Historical Status: Nothing has been done about this since the
last meeting. Andy Laurenzi said it would take $15,000 to $20,000 to do a formal report/application for historical status. There are probably parts of our neighborhood that could get historical status, but a project like this takes someone to lead it – someone who is passionate about it and who has the time to meet with neighbors and move the project along.
Brian will contact Jodie Brown, the city’s Historical Preservation Officer, to see if she can attend a neighborhood meeting and also possibly walk our neighborhood with an eye towards historical status.
neighborhood – Officer
Gradias asked if anyone present had experienced or knew of others who experienced
people going door to door to try to scam or get money. This has been talked
about on NextDoor recently. Report any activity of this nature to the police.
Picnic — We need to set up a committee to plan
the annual picnic in November. Vicki will put out a request for volunteers to join the committee.
Park Fest — There was a question about doing the
Park Fest again this year. We will put out a request for volunteers for a
committee to plan this event. This will determine if there is interest in doing this event.
Newsletter – The city will pay for once a year mailing
of a 4-page newsletter or postcard for each neighborhood. We would like to do a newsletter but would need one or more volunteers to help put this together. We would like to mail it by end of September/beginning of October, so that notice of the picnic could go to everyone.
The next meeting
will be August 26 at 6pm in Ward III office.
by Vicki Mills.
Campbell-Grant NE Neighborhood Association Meeting
June 24th, 2019, Ward III office
Attendance: Cindy Sorrensen, Sally Rein’l-Bautista, Mark Rein’l-Bautista, Chris Janton, Ana Maria Lopez Medrano, Vicki Mills, Robert Mitchell, Cathy Rex, James Croxen, Kris Teran, Andy Albises, Leilani Bew, and Georgia O’Neill (a new neighbor)
Guest: Joseph Gradias – Tucson Police Department: (520)484-3488
Review/Approval of April Minutes: Chris made a motion to approve the minutes from April. Robert seconded and everyone agreed to approve it.
Treasurer Report – Vicki Mills
The neighborhood has $1,456.82
There hasn’t been much activity in receiving neighborhood dues, only one neighbor paid dues since last meeting. So far this year only 14 homeowners have paid their dues. By the end of 2018, 39 homeowners paid their dues. Members of the neighborhood can pay dues during November picnic or any other time. Dues are a yearly donation to pay for neighborhood events.
(Three members paid at the meeting.)
Central Segment: Officer Gradias report
Tucson Police department has a new trial program, 10 officers working in pairs for six months in the parks. After they finish their trial period, they have the option to continue working in the department. At this time these officers are patrolling Tucson parks to keep them safe. They assess complaints and issues that neighborhoods bring to the police department attention. They have been patrolling Conner Park. They do not carry guns or Tasers. They are trained to identify dangerous situation and request back up from the police department.
One car was stolen during the night. Officer Gradias reminds neighbors to keep doors and windows shut. Do not
leave car running while going back inside their home.
Keep eye on empty houses or houses for rent. In the South side there have been instances in which juveniles broke
into empty houses and threw parties. They arrested one juvenile with a stolen
car that was used for highjacking. Social media is a source of information that
lets people know when a house is unoccupied. So it is important to keep eyes
open for suspicious activities in empty properties.
On another note, there have been reports of Sheriff department imposters. They tell people that they are under
warrant and they ask for money or gift cards. Hackers can use technology to
call and their number looks like a legit government telephone number. There
have also been reports from people who receive telephone scams from Mexico. Use
a secret word with your family to identify yourselves to avoid a scam phone
call. Remove personal information that you don’t want to share in Google.
There was a break in Norris. The use of surveillance systems has been useful to protect homes or to identify
burglars. Is important to know your neighbors and look after each other. In
case of break ins, try to preserve the crime scene intact so that police can
retrieve evidence such as fingerprints and DNA samples that can be used later
to apprehend criminals.
Non-emergency reporting can be done by calling or visiting any police substation listed below between
8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Tucson Police Department Main Station 270 South Stone Avenue 520-791-4444 (all year)
Operations Division West 1310 West Miracle Mile Road, Tucson, Arizona 85705
Lobby Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week (excluding holidays) 520-791-4467
Operations Division Midtown 1100 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona 85711
Lobby Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week (excluding holidays) 520-791-4253
Central Segment Safety is June 25th. This is a meeting that happens monthly. Police officer will discuss and answer questions about how to protect your home and what to do if you have been victimized. Stolen items can be search at Foundrop.com. It is important to register the serial number of possessions and have photographs of other items in order to locate them.
Historical Status: No updates. Brian will contact Jody Brown from the Historical Preservation Office.
Culinary Dropout parking lot expansion: Cathy Rex attended the April meeting and reported that they are expanding their parking area to the east of their current lot. On May 15th they rezoned the area for parking only, it won’t be use for commercial use.
Fence on Olsen and Glenn: There was a complaint about the fence, but it has been approved. However Cathy Rex did more research about the fence and has reopened the case because it is a violation due to the impairing the view incoming traffic on Glenn. The case may be reopened. The inspector and reviewer were lax when approving the fence.
The Linear Park Steering Committee is comprised of neighborhood representatives and city council. During their meetings they discuss projects and what will happen during the Grant Road construction. Monthly meetings: GRANT ROAD COALITION – Central Segments Meeting Schedule 4th Tuesdays of the month 5:30 pm * WARD 3 Office * 1510 E Grant Road
Self-taxing districts is a proposed policy being considered by the city council. This policy would allow neighborhoods to self-tax and use the money to improve streets. Paul Durham will attend the next neighborhood meeting (July 22nd) to talk about this policy. Vicki will send an email with an article that talks about this proposal for neighbors to read about and bring questions to the July meeting.
Brush and Bulky: Week of July 15th. Neighbors can request support to clean alley by alerting the city in advance of the clean up. The city has been working in cleaning some alleys due to installation of fiber optic in Wilson and Plumer.
Neighborhood Picnic: will happen in November. There needs to be a committee. We also need a grill and way to transport it to the park. More discussion will take place in the August neighborhood meeting.
The neighborhood used to have a Garden Club and the idea of participating in a community garden to share a plot was brought up. Need to find out if people are interested and more about the locations of community gardens. Cathy Rex will organize a prickly pear fruit-harvesting event soon; expect an email with more details.
Sally Rein’l Bautista brought up the issue of the bathroom at Conner Park needing repairs inside and patching of walls and painting inside and outside. Parks and Rec will be informed but they have a backlog of work. In addition the grass at the park does not look good. Neighbor in attendance shared that the grass is been watered regularly.
This will be the procedure to announce our monthly meeting: Brian will develop an agenda and send it out a week before the meeting, asking for additional agenda items. Cindy will send an email reminder. Brian (or someone designated by Brian) will get the key to access the Ward III meeting room.
Chris Janton announced that Ken Tower has repaired our little libraries. There was an email to request children books. The little library at Conner Park needs books for children. Sue (don’t know last name) and Robert Mitchell take care of little libraries. Bookmans and Friends of the Library can provide free books for our libraries.
Kris Teran is managing the new homeowners packets. The newsletter has not been updated and therefore it will be removed from the packets. Kris has distributed some packets to new neighbors or to neighborhood representative who have requested them.
Next Neighborhood meeting – 6:00 P.M. July 22th, 2019 – Ward 3 Office