APNA’s Looking for a Treasurer

A message from APNA President David Bachman-Williams:

Our Current Treasurer, Donna Taylor, will be leaving the Board and office at the end of this year. A new treasurer will be needed to carry on her work. She has established a system of record keeping and reporting beneficial to our association. Concurrent with the last few months of her term, APNA is moving to cloud applications for most functions, including the Treasurer’s 

A cloud based system will be simpler to use because the hardware requirements are minimal and help will be readily available should the new Treasurer encounter problems. Remote collaboration is essential in these Covid times. 

These are the position requirements as I see them:

  • An interest in sound financial management. 
  • The ability to follow a systematic approach to administration. 
  • Some familiarity with digital technology but expertise is not needed. 
  • A computer with a modern internet browser. 
  • An internet connection. 
  • A printer is very desirable but not essential. 

If you are  interested in this way of supporting your neighborhood, I would like to hear from you. Please call me at 520-975-4852 or email me at bachmanwms@gmail.com

Board Election 11/10/20

A message from APNA President David Bachman-Williams:

Hi neighbors,
This is a notification that if you want to vote in the neighborhood association elections that you have to have a current membership up to date.  Our bylaws require that you be a member at least 45 days before the election.  The election will be November 10.  You need to have your membership be current by September 25.  If you are not sure whether your membership is up to date please contact Phyllis (pefnaz@gmail.com), our membership chair.

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Ends

A message from APNA President David Bachman-Williams:

Dear Armory Park residents,
We have received a letter announcing the closing of the Neighbors Feeding Neighbors program by the Episcopal Church.  We have happily and generously been a conduit of donations to this program by both donations accompanying membership forms and through our Home Tours.
Please do not include donations to Neighbors Feeding Neighbors with memberships from now on.  Our APNA Board will have this issue on the agenda for next Tuesday’s meeting.  We will begin to look for replacement charities to support.
We are thankful for the years that Jeff Bailey and his crew put into Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, bringing tasty, hot nutritious meals to people along with some welcome and needed human contact.
For those of you who have donated money to NFN in the last month you will be contacted about what to do with your donation after the board meeting Tuesday.
Stay Healthy!

APNA Supports You; Please Support APNA

Not a member of the Armory Park Neighborhood Association? Please consider joining at https://armoryparktucson.org/membership/.

Our community made a great response to the threat of the proposed Central Business District expansion within Armory Park. A team of individuals and a strong response from many residents provided our council member, Steve Kozachik, with the information he needed to take action. His results were quick and effective, so this threat has passed for now. 

Neighbors have expressed appreciation for the efforts of all involved, but one player has not yet been recognized. Without the contribution of our neighborhood association (APNA) none of this would have been achieved. It was at a Board meeting that the threat first became apparent and the Board expressed its concern. Very soon after, email polling of the Board authorized an aggressive response against the expansion within Armory Park. The second Zoom meeting, attended by many residents and Board members, gave City staff notice that the fight was on. President David Bachman-Williams spoke for the neighborhood in expressing our disapproval of the expansion. Only by having an active association did we learn of the threat and have a powerful voice opposing it. 

APNA is built on the membership of neighbors. Our listserv has 350 email addresses enrolled. A number of those are for couples so the number of individuals subscribed is greater. 405 people follow our Facebook page. APNA has 136 members today, a third of the listserv users and Facebook followers. More people willing to pay the $10 per person annual dues strengthens the voice of our Board and President. As small as the dues are, they pay for meeting space and other expenses. Without an APNA financial contribution, the recent sidewalk improvements could not have been completed. The bottom line:

— Please pay your dues now (If you have already, thanks). Contact Phyllis Factor (Pefnaz@gmail.com), our membership chair. 

— Serve as an officer, as a Board Director, on a committee or as a project team worker. 2021 elections are this November. 

Armory Park is a great neighborhood, but only active engagement by our residents can keep it that way. Thanks for your active contribution. 

Sidewalk Repair/Replace Status

20200331_133712An update from Ken Taylor:

As we near the end of the first phase of the APNA sidewalks improvement project, this is to keep you informed of our progress.
Concrete replacement: All of the demolition and concrete replacement is finished for this phase. The areas around each work site should have been cleaned up. If you see anything missed, please let me know.
Grinding: Significant tripping hazards remaining in the project area for this phase are to be ground down to minimize the hazard. The work was stopped for a time while I worked with the contractor to insure that the results would be acceptable. The contractor expects work to resume next week.

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The Sidewalk Repair/Replace Project Is Moving Along!

Here’s an update from Ken Taylor on the sidewalk repair/replacement project: “You’ve probably noticed that most of the work on 5th Ave is done. demolition on 4th Ave is underway now. Another concrete pour is scheduled yet today. The E-W streets and further south on 4th come next. Things are looking better already. The contractor expects to finish sidewalk replacement within two weeks. Grinding of tripping hazards will follow.” Kudos to Ken for putting it all together!

F-35s at Davis-Monthan?

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PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT FOR PROPOSED F-35A MISSION – The U.S. Air Force has made available for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) F-35A Mission. The Draft EIS identifies Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base as the Preferred Alternative, with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) in Tucson, Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida, and Whiteman AFB in Missouri as Reasonable Alternatives. The Draft EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts that could result from the proposed mission and flight operations of AFRC F-35A aircraft.

A public hearing will be held Tuesday, March 10, at 5 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. You can also submit comments via email to HQAFRC.F-35.EIS@us.af.mil. Comments are due by March 31. You can find the Draft EIS and other information at many public libraries and online at the link below.
Read the Draft EIS: http://bit.ly/38xbTF7

Long-Awaited Sidewalk Project Begins!

28423168_1199799833488419_1102280775872389326_oFrom Ken Taylor: “Work on our sidewalk project started this morning on 5th Avenue just south of 15th Street. Work will begin daily as early as 7:00 AM so we can get through the project quickly to shorten the inevitable disruptions. Your patience will help complete this important neighborhood improvement. If you have questions or feedback, please email me or text me at 520-301-7113. It’s really a pleasure to see this long delayed project finally under construction.”
More background on the project below the fold:

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Home & Garden Tour POSTPONED

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3/12/20 UPDATE: Because of health concerns posed by the coronavirus, the Armory Park Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour will not take place March 22 as originally scheduled. We hope to reschedule at a later date.

Here’s the original post: An old favorite is making its return: the Armory Park Home & Garden Tour is scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.
The rain-or-shine event will show off the homes and garden spaces of about 10 residents of Armory Park. Someone will be on hand at each location to offer its history and to answer questions. The tour of this historic Tucson neighborhood will start at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 545 S. Fifth Ave. (at 16th Street).
Tickets are $20.00 per person and one hundred percent of proceeds will go to benefit the Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, which delivers some 10,000 meals a year to Downtown residents in need. The feeding program, housed at St. Andrew’s Church, began 30 years ago, according to The Rev. Jefferson Bailey, its founder, and a deacon at St. Andrew’s.  In addition to the Homes  and gardens there will be an art show and at 4PM there will be special Mass at the Church with choir and organ and in the style of the 1940’s.

CONTACT: Jefferson Bailey 520 623-4128   deaconjefferson@gmail.com