ALIEF SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
Minutes for Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Alief Super Neighborhood # 25 held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 7:00 P.M. at the
CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.
Chairman Dan Hrna called the meeting to order at 7:13 P.M.
Dinner was donated by Hubert Vo; desserts by Kroger at Kirkwood & Bissonnet. Last month, July, was provided by Sam
Yousef of Sam’s Hair. Ray Moon, Alan Rees, Greg Gonzales, and Bobby Moore have been bringing the food to the
meetings. Thanks were expressed for their support of the ASNC and the Alief community.
Introduction of Guests followed.
Roll Call of council followed (See attached.)
1. Mary Helen Horn: to accept the minutes as presented. Seconded: Ray Moon. Council voted. Motion Passed.
2. Barbara Quattro: to adjourn the meeting. Seconded: Karen North. Council voted. Motion Passed.
HCCS CHANCELLOR, DR. BRUCE LESLIE & BOARD CHAIRMAN, Mr. HERMAN LITT, – Alief will vote on the
issue of whether or not it wishes to become a part of the Houston Community College System, however, that will not
occur in the election this November. The college is committed to expanding into this area, and can either build a new
facility or use an existing building. It is up to the community to let them know what we want. There is a tuition free
program for accelerated high school students to attend HCC and earn an AA degree and their high school diploma at the
same time. . Today the AA degree has replaced the high school diploma as a minimum occupational requirement, 85%
of jobs require at least an AA degree. TX ranks #48 in the country for students going on to higher education. The number
of college students is expected to double by 2015. The average HCC student is 28; often is a parent, working, possibly is
married. Tuition and fees are so expensive that many are priced out of an education. If AISD if A.I.S.D. elects to join
HCC it will save the student half of the tuition currently paid. There are currently over 70 different degree programs, and
5 different area campus locations. A better educated population creates more workers and tax payers to improve our
community. HCC has a low tax base, currently averaging $85 for a $100, 000 home. Their web site is: ww.hccs.edu
A.I.S.D. SUPERINTENDNET, DR LOUIS STOERNER & MRS. SARAH WINKLER, The school district is very glad
that HCCS changed the original proposed election format and is looking forward to continuing to work with HCCS.
Next Tuesday, Aug 31 will be the Budget meeting. There has been no AISD tax increase since ’94. However, the state
contribution is down. TX needs to contribute more to the schools; it only pays about 40%. We are a property poor
district. “Robin Hood is a good system for most districts, including Alief.” The school districts are working together to
let the state legislature know their concerns and priorities. Alief has many special needs students, such as ESL or learning
disabled, and the state has high expectations, but is not helping to pay for them.
CHAIR’S REPORT – Chairman Dan Hrna reported we need to study federally funded Health Care Clinics. The S.A.V.E.
ALIEF HEALTH & CIVIC RESOURCES FAIR on Aug. 7 was successful. Approximately 2000 people attended. 141
immunizations were given to 71 children; bone density tests, glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings were
PARKS COMMITTEE – Michael Manning reported they have many activities planned. Barbara Quattro reported on 3
upcoming tree planting projects: 10/30 @ Harwin Park (250); 11/6 @ Bissonnet Rd (300); 12/4 @ Alief Community Park
(300); Boone Road (100). Bonnie Brooks, Houston Tree Advocate, is working to have a philanthropic organization donate
a watering wagon if we will plant 1000 trees for the next 3 years.
KEEP HOUSTON BEAUTIFUL – Karen North reported ASN will be recognized at a KHB luncheon on 9/20 for our
ALIEF IMPROVEMENT DAY! tree planting project last Dec.
CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT – Donald Perkins distributed information about the Sept 11 Neighborhoods
Conference sponsored by the Planning Dept. Please register soon!
SUBSIZISED HOUSING APPLICATION – The ALTA RENN apt. application has been withdrawn. An
application has been made, for the VSP-WILCREST Apts. to be located at 9500 Wilcrest. It may be for senior
citizens since it is for smaller units, 1 & 2 bedrooms.
UPCOMING SPEAKERS – SEPT.: City Council member at large, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, M.D.
LIBRARY – Librarian, Rebecca Hubert, reported Sept is Spanish Heritage month. A dance performance will be 9/6 at
2:00. www.Tutor.com is a chat room for homework help, manned by teachers. It can be accessed from home or library.
Arlette Molina stated that Houston has only 2 Federally Funded Health Care Clinics, but we need many. She would like
for the city, county, state & federal governments to combine their money to provide more clinics. A coordinated effort is
needed to meet the needs of our population.
Ngozi Adimora works for the TX Dept of Health and has information about health care grants.
Melba Martin from HCC is concerned about students who can not read and write well enough to fill out an application.
The next ASNC meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Tuesday, September 28, 2004, at the CenterPoint Energy
Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.
Minutes approved on _____________________
Henry Williams, Secretary