April 2010 Minutes

PDF of April 2010 minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:03:23 PM by President Liz Burden.

Board Members present:  Chuck Bressi, Liz Burden, Phyllis Factor, Jerry Swatez, Tim Vanderpool, John Burr, Karen Olson, Chris Stebe, Brooke Sanders, Tod Santee, George Mairs

Alternate Board Members present:  Nadine Rund, Tom Cline

Absent:  George Mairs, Elizabeth Garber (excused)

Neighbors Present:  Paul Gohdes, Mary Sabitini, Eric & Spencer (UofA Students doing research project)

Guests:  Steve Lynn, Scott Rathburn – TEP

I.               Minutes

a.     Minutes for the March meeting were presented for approval.  Minutes were approved with changes proposed by John Burr.

i.     MOTION – Made by John to approve minutes, seconded by Phyllis – PASSED unanimously

II.              Treasurer’s Report

a.     Chuck presented the treasurer’s report.

i.     MOTION – Made by Phyllis to file treasurers report, seconded by John – PASSED unanimously

b.     Home tour total income was $4,736.58; expenses were 516.52 for net income from the event of $4,220.06.

i.     MOTION – Made by John to contribute $3,000 to NFN with the remainder going to the APNA general fund, seconded by Phyllis – PASSED unanimously

III.            Guests

a.     TEP – Steve Lynn & Scott Rathburn – Follow up presentation on TEP building at Broadway between 6th and Scott Aves.  Steve provided more info about how TEP came to settle on the current proposed building and explained a bit of the process that TEP went through in selecting the design.  Design is center on lead certification and sustainability first, from the inside out.  They feel it is important to set the standard and example for what they hope for the community at large.  The focus of the discussion tonight is on the items that still have some flexibility and may be more important for the neighborhood.  Some drawings were presented to better represent how the building and property interface with the community.  Specifically with how the retail spaces along Broadway and Sixth interface with the neighborhood, as well as how the southern most parcel along 12th interfaces with the neighborhood.  TEP is aware that the neighborhood is most concerned about the way the parking garage structure interfaces with the neighborhood, and they are working on minimizing the impact on the neighborhood and doing the best they can to soften and shield it from the neighborhood.  TEP is not dependant on any development of the southern most parcel to complete the project.  They are open to future development on that site if the “right” opportunity presents.  For now, they are extremely happy to develop it as a plaza and keep it as that as long as it makes sense.  They are also happy to work with the neighborhood to consider future development of that parcel when opportunities are presented.  They are committed to asking developers to work with us as they come forward, rather than try to agree on some guidelines or plan documents for acceptable uses of the space.  TEP akse

i.     FOLLOW UP ITEM – TEP asked that we put together guidelines for the development of the southern parcel as a starting point for discussion.

IV.            Committee Reports

a.     Outreach Committee – No change in status; Jerry has joined the outreach committee

b.     Communications Committee – Report provided by George; Newsletter material is a bit light, some concern about being able to sustain enough content to keep the frequency of publication that we have enjoyed in the past.  APHZAB statement should be included in each issues; maybe a regular feature to share info on neighbors.  Liz urged all to participate more in the process, especially in writing articles.

c.     Membership Committee – Verbal report provided at meeting by Phyllis

i.     Membership numbers – submitted by Phyllis in membership report

d.     Security Committee – Committee report was provided by Tom Cline; next meeting is being scheduled; focus on getting additional block captains, two new ones were added recently.

e.     Transportation/Environs Committee – Verbal report provided by John; another 18th/Park meeting is coming up with presentation of 75% construction drawings.  Probably need to consider getting larger community involvement especially with those that live in the affected areas.  No Downtown Links meeting.  No update on parkwise permit parking issues.  Some concern about city running out of money to continue to water downtown plantings.

f.      APHZAB – Report submitted by Nadine; see copy of report attached.

g.     Other reports

i.     Feral cat program – is underway, several have been caught, brought to the humane society and returned; some concern about the increase in rabies for cats…if a dead cat is found, call animal control.

ii.     Home Tour – was a huge success; much appreciation to the committee; we look forward to a great one next year with even more involvement to make it better.

V.             Old Business

a.     Goals and Objectives – Were distributed again – be sure to provide input and feedback to Liz

i.     FOLLOW UP ITEM – Review before May meeting and we will approve them then

VI.            New Business

a.     APdSol pot luck picnic was a nice event.  Phyllis suggested that we, as a board, be more concerned about appearing at such events as only few board members attended it.

b.     Follow up on TEP presentation – where do we go from here????

i.     FOLLOW UP ITEM – Form an ad-hoc committee to develop set of concrete items to share with TEP and consider developing Planned development plan – John, Liz, Chuck, Chris, Nadine, Tod (maybe)

ii.     FOLLOW UP ITEM – All board members should be sure to send their concrete thoughts to Liz for consideration by the ad-hoc committee

VII.          Next Meeting – Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 7:00 PM at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

a.     Agenda items for next meeting

i.     Neighbors care program

ii.     Armory Park Apartments sale

iii.     Code of Ethics/Principles

VIII.         Adjournment – 9:10 PM

a.     MOTION – Made by Phyllis to adjourn meeting, seconded by John – Meeting adjorned

Respectfully submitted,

Chuck Bressi

MOTIONS:

  • Made by John to approve minutes, seconded by Phyllis – PASSED unanimously
  • Made by Phyllis to file treasurers report, seconded by John – PASSED unanimously
  • Made by John to contribute $3,000 to NFN with the remainder going to the APNA general fund, seconded by Phyllis – PASSED unanimously
  • Made by Phyllis to adjourn meeting, seconded by John – Meeting adjorned

FOLLOW UP ITEMS:

  • TEP asked that we put together guidelines for the development of the southern parcel as a starting point for discussion
  • Review Goals and Objectives before May meeting and we will approve them then
  • Form an ad-hoc committee to develop set of concrete items to share with TEP and consider developing Planned development plan – John, Liz, Chuck, Chris, Nadine, Tod (maybe)
  • All board members should be sure to send their concrete thoughts about the south most parcel of the TEP site to Liz for consideration by the ad-hoc committee

FINANCIAL ITEMS:

  • $3,000 of proceeds from the Home Tour to be donated to Neighbors Feeding Neighbors

Author: Ken Taylor

I am a relatively recent Armory Park resident (2/16) along with my wife, Donna and our little dog Lulu. In our 7+ decades, Donna and I lived over 30 years in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Arizona. We have been Arizona residents for 16 years before coming here including 12 in Green Valley and four in west Tucson. We love the neighborhood for its history, walkability and interesting residents. Lulu insists on walking every day so you may see us following her around and picking up trash to keep our neighborhood presentable.

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