December 4, 2013 – Mt Scott Arleta Neighborhood Association Board members in attendance: Erika Palmer-Wilson, Nicole Green, Jed

Roberts, Jonathan Brandt, Marcel Hermans, Meghan Humphreys, Patrick Fuller Meeting started at 6:37 – mostly attended by board members and speaking guests January’s meeting – the next meeting will be Jan. 8th Foster Streetscape Plan – Grant from PBOT attended to talk about PBOT’s preferred Foster streetscape option. He outlined the three segments and the full recommendations being presented to the community through an open house tomorrow (Thu., Dec. 5th from 6-8 p.m. at SE Works on the 2nd Floor.) There will be also some surveys that will go out after the open house to gauge support for the recommendations and specific parts of the plan like connections to the 50s bikeway. Construction could happen as soon as 2015. Michael Zinkowski from the Portland Fruit Tree project – Anyone with a fruit tree can register it on their website and volunteers harvest the fruit and split it between volunteers and community organizations working to alleviate hunger. It also operates three community orchards (Sabin, New Columbia and Green Thumb on SE 60th just south of Duke, across from brentwood park.) The tree care team at Green Thumb comes to about 8 work parties on weekends at the site – they teach volunteers about orchard care and then have them help do the work on the trees there. The first work party is late January, and the deadline to apply is Jan. 5th. There is a $35 fee to be part of the team, due to the amount of education you get from it, a year’s worth of education on what to do with your own fruit trees. The program needs more people involved in the community orchards, especially from the local neighborhoods where the orchards sit. Fruits at the site include quince, apples, pears, walnuts, and more. Library Update – Vicki Oglesbee talked about live homework (not just for kids) help via the library’s website for card holders, every night from 2 to 10 p.m. There is also a test prep center for SAT, ACT, etc. There are also adult education resources, including citizenship classes. There is a Career Center for resume and job search help, even a writing center for writing help. Treasurer Report – not a lot of activitiy other than paying out on the purchase of the Bike Bells, Arleta Triangle. We are within our budget so far. Sustainability Committee – OPAL environmental justice and ROSE CDC are possibly going to collaborate with Foster Green Ecodistrict to team youth with mentors to do community sustainability projects, primarily in Lents and Foster. Portland Mercado is going to be starting design work on the site in February. Next meeting is slated for Dec. 17th (tentatively). Transportation – Next Foster Streetscape Advisory Committee is Dec. 18th, after the open house. Patrick Fuller and Kenny Heggem and Alex Reed are meeting at Kenny’s house are having a radar party to film the street and take photos. The Woodstock and Mt Scott Arleta neighborhoods are going to team up to put forward traffic calming ideas and innovative concepts.

Submitted by Meghan Humphreys, Secretary

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