January 2013 Meeting Report

The minutes from WNA’s first meeting of the year, held Wed., Jan. 2nd, have been uploaded to Google docs. To read the minutes, click here
A few highlights: 
  • Neighbor Robert Moseley brought news that Anna Hirsch, long-time neighborhood resident, is in a care home at 5017 SE 45th Avenue run by Cornelia Gadalein (503-358-6888). Anna is in late stage of dementia and has perhaps six months to live. Robert said Anna would welcome visits from friends. Cards can be sent to the above address.
  • Officer Gill reported that Woodstock crime stats are low compared to many neighborhoods, but stressed the importance of reporting all incidents so police can keep on top of crime patterns in the neighborhood. Katherine Anderson passed out an updated resource list for all kinds of police/crime contacts. She urged people to take photos of any graffiti (tagging as well as gang related) and upload the pics to the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s online graffiti reporting form. You can also call (503) 823-4TAG  (823-4824).
  • Library administrator Carol Uhte distributed copies and urged everyone to complete the Multnomah County Library hours and services survey. She also gave out Everybody Reads pamphlets listing all the discussions/events for the 2013 community reading project featuring Native American award-winning poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie. The Woodstock Library will host a discussion of Alexie’s short-story collection Ten Little Indians on Wed., Feb. 20, 6:30–7:45 pm. Books can be picked up at any library branch. For additional library info and events see: multcolib.org.
  • WNA Land Use Committee (LUC) Chair Terry Griffiths reported on the proposal submitted by Beaverton developer Everett Homes NW for the “gateway block” bordered by Woodstock Blvd. and Martins St., 39th (Cesar Chavez) and 40th Aves. Comments to the Bureau of Development Services from LUC were due by 5pm today. Based on two meetings held in December to discuss the proposed plan to build 5 new homes on the block and renovate the 3 existing homes, Terry wrote an overall positive letter that mentioned concerns including high numbers of trees slated for removal, and suggesting that the new homes not be built out to maximum lot coverage, leaving more space for gardens and access to light. Terry will send a copy of the letter to Everett Homes. The next Land Use Committee meeting is Thurs, Jan. 17, 7:00 pm at the Woodstock Community Center.  
  • Deadline for submissions to the neighborhood email newsletter, the Woodstock What’s Up is Tues., Jan. 15, 2013.