September 10, 2005 Meeting


An e-mail was sent to each member who has provided a contact e-mail address.
Susan Chu and Laura Ellersieck phoned each other member who has provided a contact phone number plus a few e-mailees known not to read their e-mail often.


Susan Chu brought cookies and juice.


9 residents attended the meeting


Agenda Items:

  • park status update
  • ice rink project status
  • disaster preparedness
  • anything else attendees wish to discuss

The meeting began about 11:20 am in Hastings Branch Library’s meeting room.

  • park status update
  • opening delayed until at least April – excuse that undergrounding wires took longer then expected
  • new towers are up with remainder of lines from wooden poles moved on to them and wooden poles coming down
  • Councilman Haderlein says there will be a pedestrian entrance further south on Avocado ready in time for the park opening
  • park name
    • heard from Kathy Woods of Parks and Natural Resources in late August
      • provided background information on our request for Viña Vieja
      • Public Works is doing research for park name recommendation
      • She said they like the proposed name
    • renaming is not on the Parks and Rec Commission agenda for September however
    • collected additional signatures for rename petition
  • ice rink project going forward
  • heard from Councilman Haderlein that architect is getting started and expects to make contact soon for arranging a meeting/workshop to take input from residents
  • otherwise no new info since last month’s meeting
  • trash container audit and RFID tagging
    • City is going to hire firm which will send people around to count each regular, recycle, and landscape waste container at each address and attach an RFID tag (radio frequency identification) to each one.  All the info will be put in a database.
    • Trash trucks will be outfitted with scanners and locaters so that the city will have a record of each container picked up, where and when, and every movement of the trash trucks.
    • Apparently many bills have not been correctly reflecting the containers that have been being serviced – the billing is to be corrected
    • Trash truck routes are to be adjusted to be more balanced and efficient
  • disaster preparedness
    • only a little discussion
    • get to know neighbors and who could take care of pets etc if caretakers are stuck away
    • discussed a little bit people’s experience with different types of emergency lights.  Dead batteries and crank devices.
    • Suggestion was made that we put together a list of what emergency items people have found that actually work and maybe also duds to avoid
    • discussed emergency alert pendants – particularly good idea for people living alone
  • anything else attendees wish to discuss
    • a brand new resident of the neighborhood attended and shared his enthusiasm for the proposed new park and the character of the neighborhood

Next meeting is October 8, same time, same place.

Adjourned about noon