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Reed Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013 @ Reed College, Elliot Hall


Present:Kessa Shipley, Michelle Maida, James Hager, Gabe Headrick, Doug Menely, Cathy Crommett, Kelly Fedderson, Mark Gossage, Marisha Childs


Quorum present and verified by Mark Gossage, meeting called to order and commenced at 6:35 p.m.


Agenda items-



  • Marisha addressed issues regarding outreach.  Will work with Kelly to brainstorm ways to best communicate with neighbors (A-frame signs and entry points of neighborhood, Security Signs? website enhancement, etc.).  Will also get Facebook password from Gabe and do some mobile updating to Facebook page.
  • Michelle agreed to get an updated database of the neighborhood including apartments.


Financial Update

  • $2807.20 in account


Neighborhood Clean-up

  • Kessa and Cathy will enthusiastically participate on July 13.
  • Cathy moved to dispense funds for signs to post about the neighborhood clean-up (likely not to exceed $100).  Kessa seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.

SEUL Update

  • current executive director will be retiring within the next year.


Re-Zoning Update

  • Gabe update on the signature gathering effort.  Margaret has a lot of effort into collecting signatures.  This effort will continue for one more month (to keep zoning R-7) to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood and prevent ‘skinny-houses’.
  • Gabe also reported that Robin and Donna Cody want to make their property a real park and Gabe prepared a proposed letter from the association requesting an ‘open space’ designation.

○      discussions were had about costs, maintenance, tax consequences, etc.

○      Gabe moved to submit the letter, Cathy seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.


Reed College Update

  • Kevin not present for update.



  • Mark reported that Tony is no longer available to do the communications/website.
  • Todd will continue to host the website at no cost, Mark suggested we pay Todd something.



  • Current mailbox is at UPS store and the box needs to be renewed at a cost of $100.
  • Kelly mentioned mail could come to SEUL at no cost.
  • Gabe motioned to have mail go to SEUL rather than renew UPS store mailbox, Kessa seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.  This will require some administrative changes in address with the Secretary of State, etc.


Grout Elementary School

  • Doug reminded of the funds raised with minimal efforts for Grout and requested another $500.
  • Kessa suggested it be an annual donation.
  • Mark motioned to distribute money to Doug for Grout Elementary school in November, Kessa seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


Neighborhood Visioning

  • Kelly discussed the three goals of a neighborhood visioning:
  1. To get excited about engagement;
  2. To set goals and how to engage;
  3. Have fun with positive outreach.
  • Neighborhood visioning typically takes 2-hours and must be a stand-alone event.
  • Mark had previously had conversations with Friendship Church and they are willing to allow use of their space to encourage members of the neighborhood into their space.
  • Kessa motioned to proceed with a neighborhood visioning as serving a beneficial purpose for the neighborhood as well as an article recently appeared in the Bee about neighborhood visioning touting its benefits, Marisha seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.
    • Dates and times were discussed:  October 5 at 1:00 p.m. was the ultimate date selected after Mark motioned for this date and Gabe seconded the motion; October 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. passed unanimously for the neighborhood visioning.
    • Neighbors will get a ‘soft’ introduction to the idea at the neighborhood picnic as well as the clean-up.
    • Kelly will provide tips on how to encourage attendance/participation from neighbors.


Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


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