Want to know what the APNA Board has been doing this year? Here are the minutes from the January, February, March, April, and May meetings.Continue reading “APNA Board Minutes January-May 2022”
Want to know how APNA is doing financially? Here’s the info.Continue reading “APNA Treasury Reports May-June 2022”
Back by popular demand, we will be having another tree pruning class this July. Obviously it will be hot hot so we will be starting really early.
The class will be taught by a certified arborist, Emma Stahl-Wert, on Saturday, July 9th from 7am-10am. The class is intended to offer Armory Park residents specific education and training on how to properly prune trees. See more information on the attached flyer!Continue reading “Tree Pruning Class 7/9/22”
Want to know how APNA is doing financially? Here’s the info.Continue reading “APNA Treasurer Reports Jan-Apr 2022”
There will be a Neighborhood Meeting Tuesday, November 30 at 6:00 PM to hear about the proposed mixed-use project at 375 S Stone Ave and adjoining properties. The meeting’s physical location will be All Saints’ School at 415 S 6th Ave. The meeting will also be available virtually at https://arizona.zoom.us/j/84743521961
A message from APNA Vice President Liz Burden:
Dear Armory Parkers,
Apologies for the long post. If you are APNA member, please read the post in its entirety. (If you are not an APNA member but are interested in how we will be conducting the upcoming elections, please feel free to read.
Information About Upcoming Annual Meeting and Board Election
Forced by the pandemic, our neighborhood association is moving further into the realm of the internet. Our annual meeting on November 9 will be on Zoom (agenda and link coming soon). Since we do our board elections as part of the annual meeting, this year we will have to have a new way of voting. In a nutshell, we will be voting using an online, secure, user-friendly program called Election Buddy that allows for anonymous voting with a record of the vote.
By November 4, voting APNA members will receive an email with voting instructions, their unique voter ID and access key, and individualized voting link. In summary, the election process will be as follows:
- At the annual meeting, per our bylaws, the Elections Committee will present a slate of candidates for the four officers of the Board.
- Nominations from the floor will be called for and accepted. After a motion to close nominations is passed and floor nominations are added, the Election Buddy ballot will be opened, and voting will begin.
- Using the emailed link, members will be able to complete the ballot, review their selections, and then submit their vote. The submitted ballots are automatically counted, and an email is sent to notify that the vote was received.
- An email reminder will be sent to all eligible members notifying them that voting is underway. with the individualized link to the online ballot on Election Buddy.
- Voting members will have three days to vote. The election will close on Friday, November 12 at 11:59 pm.
- Election results will be emailed directly from Election Buddy to voting members. It will also be posted for the neighborhood on the APNA Google Group.
The system is designed so the site administrators will see grand totals of the vote and who voted. Each individual vote is anonymous; the system does not allow the administrators to see the completed individual ballots, and email address privacy is preserved throughout.
Election Buddy also has provisions for those who do not have an email address or online access. For those voting members, a printed letter with voting instructions along with a paper ballot will be delivered to their address.
All systems have potential glitches, so if you have any problems, please contact Ken Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. In particular, if you as an eligible voter do not receive your email notice about the election from Election Buddy by November 4, please email email@example.com so we can straighten it out and get you the ballot to which you are entitled.
A key issue: If you have signed up for membership as a couple with only one email address, we will need a separate email address for each person. The program’s protection against individuals voting more than once is that each email is restricted to one ballot. We can’t change that. So we need to have one email address for each voter.
This process differs from how we have done elections in the past. It was developed to reflect our continuing use of virtual meetings to safeguard everyones’ health. In some ways, it is an improvement of the election process: Rather than only those present at the meeting being able to vote, all voting members will have a chance to participate in the vote. As noted above, in the tradition of all well run elections, it is a secret ballot.
To restate: Online ballots will open on November 9 after nominations close. Voting members will have three days to vote. The election will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, November 12. The results will then be announced to members via email from Election Buddy and on the APNA Google Group.
Elizabeth Burden, Vice President and Ken Taylor, APNA Technical Support
The Elections Technical Committee
A message from the Ward 6 office:
Hello Armory Park Neighbors,
In partnership with Tucson Police Department, we are conducting a Park Survey so that we can measure how addressing current concerns effect the area as a whole. Signs with the information will be place around the park and in the neighborhood this week. We are asking that you please share this survey on the neighborhood email group.
The more feedback we can capture the better. We are interested in hearing from neighbors and businesses about Armory Park over the last month. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes. Please answer honestly. Results will be used to better target resources to improve the neighborhood parks.
The survey can be taken using the QR code on the actual signs or on the attached PFD. You can also use this link: https://arcg.is/1meq840
Thank you, SteveK & Diana
Ward 6 Staff of Council Member Steve Kozachik
3202 E 1st StreetTucson, AZ 85716
Hi Armory Parkers! It is time to step up and take a leadership role in your Armory Park Neighborhood Association. We will be holding elections for 2022-23 directors (members) of the Board on Tuesday, November 9th as part of the APNA Annual Meeting. Residents of the neighborhood and property owners are eligible to serve on the Board.
The basic commitment is for 1.5 hours once a month to attend the APNA Board meeting, (currently on Zoom). The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. We are looking for people who love this neighborhood and have fresh ideas for improving and maintaining our neighborhood. The term of office is 2 years. We are establishing a culture where one can be part of the leadership for their 2 year term and feel okay to let someone else take a turn. It is a great way to share ideas and work on projects.
Two of the six positions open to election on the board are to fill out the final year of directors who had to resign. This gives an ideal way to test the waters for new candidates. The commitment would be for one year, not two. If you like it you would then run again in November ’22 for a full two year term. If not, you will have contributed one year of service (12 meetings) to your neighborhood.
Please let David Bachman-Williams know if you are willing to be a director on the board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brings Coworking is hosting a monthly movie night at the Historic Brings Building every fourth Monday of the month. Their next movie night is on July 26th in the Brings Building courtyard and it is a free event! They ask that folks reserve a ticket on Eventbrite using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/160838497275
7/8/21 UPDATE: Good news! At Wednesday’s meeting, the Mayor and Council upheld the Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board’s appeal of the Children’s Museum’s plan to fence off 4,000 square feet adjacent to the Museum, closing it to the public. The fence will not be built and the area will remain open to the public.
ORIGINAL POST: A message from Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board Chair Martha McClements:
I hope you have seen the announcement concerning the Children’s Museum’s proposal to enclose part of the grass area along 13th Street for private use.
The Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board (APHZAB) voted to appeal the decision of the Planning Director (7 for and 1 opposed) and the Armory Park Neighborhood Association paid the fee out of funds held for Historic Preservation. At the time of the APHZAB meeting in May, we got 14 responses opposed to the fence. At the Plans Review meeting there were several letters in support of the fence.
The APHZAB appeal has to and is based on Historic Preservation. The other neighborhood concerns raised were placing public property behind a paywall (like the Reid Park Zoo expansion and Barnum Hill) and the lack of public input (the only review process was through the three Historic reviews, two of which opposed the enclosure). Please consider sharing your opinion on this matter (again) with the City Clerk – email@example.com – by 5pm on July 6 (Tuesday). If you wish to speak, email the City Clerk your request to speak by noon on July 7. Please do not send any comments about this appeal to members of the Mayor and Council. I do ask you to spread the word.
Those who wish to “attend” the meeting may do so at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/gov/mayor-and-council-live?fbclid=IwAR2EFhkMq-rJW_k3rvUsAB7scfqUINjOsKsz_SDX_Vw3EHFbGFpuF200ZbE
The meeting is July 7 at 5:30 PM. The appeal is #10 on the Agenda. https://tucsonaz.onbaseonline.com/1801AgendaOnline/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=1540&doctype=1