ALIEF SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
Minutes for Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Alief Super Neighborhood # 25 held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00 P.M. at the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.
Chairman Michael Manning called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. Henry Williams’ alternate, Bob Boehlert, conducted the Roll Call of council members. He announced a quorum was present. (See attached.)
Hospitality: Donated by United Hoods. Thanks were expressed for their support of the ASNC and the Alief community. A thank you certificate was presented.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Kim Mathis introduced Tiffany Sims who will be replacing her on the council; Catherine Le (Immigration, U. S. Congressman Al Green’s office); Jayne Nalett, (State Representative Kristi Thibaut’s Office);, Veronica Hernandez (Mayors office Liaison); Pat Davis(Alief Lions Club), Ernest McGowan (Councilman MJ Khan’s office); Michael Laster (Sharpstown Management District and Candidate for City Council); Lewis Cook (Candidate for Houston City Council) and Kristi Thibaut (TX. St. Rep. District 133) arrived before the end of the meeting.
1. Bob Boehlert: to accept the March minutes. Seconded:Barbara Quattro. Council voted. Motion Passed.
2. Louis Stoerner for ASNC to cosponsor the District F Cleanup. Motion seconded by Karen Loper. Council voted. Motion Passed
3. Karen Loper: the bylaws should be interpreted to permit the council members to call for a vote on an issue (formal or informal) outside of formal meetings when any board member makes a motion to do so (especially when time is of the essence). It must be in writing and email is acceptable. Seconded by Barbara Quattro. Council voted. Motion passed.
4. Barbara Quattro to adjourn the meeting. Seconded Anthony Le. Council voted, motion passed.
COMMITTEE & STANDING REPORTS –
CHAIRS REPORT .Michael stated that he attended a meeting sponsored by Kristi Thibaut of the various security providers such as METRO, HPD, International Management District. He also noted the SNAP is progressing.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Barbara Quattro noted that the current balance was $3828.39; however, a check written for $500 to Exxon as a refund has not cleared.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Sakina Lanig and Karen Loper were proposed as new council members but were absent from the meeting. (Karen Loper arrived later.) Mike Kreinsen questioned the role of the Nominations Committee in this regard. Michael noted that the Nominations Committee should handle the paperwork and make the recommendation for nomination to the council. Michael said the council should be more diligent in following procedure.
INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT DISTRICT: No new business.
ALIEF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION The quarterly Network Breakfast will be May 5th at 7:30 AM at the Southern News Building. The formal historic dedication ceremony of the old Alief cemetery was held April 25th at 10 am, at the SW corner Dairy Ashford and Bellaire. Various agencies were represented and music was supplied. Now that the cemetery is recognized, it cannot be taken over by developers. 42 certificates were presented to supporters of the cemetery.
TREE PLANTING –No new business.
GUEST SPEAKERS: –
Mr. Sam Perlin, Senior Citizens Stakeholder/Council Member. Sam is very involved in the nursing homes issue in Alief as a Patient Advocate. Sam was involved in Senior Citizen/Family Council nursing care issues in Florida prior to moving to Houston. Sam has been active in attempting to get media attention (such as Channel 13 and the Houston Chronicle) to defects in the system. Politics and a basic lack of interest have been his nemesis. Reporting of issues has been sorely lacking, management has failed at performing its job, and legislators just don’t know what is going on in nursing homes. Sam has been attempting to get a bill passed that would allow reporting of problems (such as neglect and abuse as well as lack of adherence to regulations and inspection reports) without retaliation. Sam answered questions from the floor. Sam praised the work Bob Boehlert has done with collecting complaints. He feels that legislation is not going to solve the problems, people are.
UPCOMING SPEAKERS -. Police Chief Edwards will be the guest speaker at the May meeting. Kim Mathes will be doing a session on Health care in July.
Public Session and Announcements.
Catherine Le announced a Tax Health Day –date to be determined, hosted by Congressman Al Green’s office.
Ernest McGowan announced that the District F area Cleanup is scheduled for May 23rd. Volunteers will be needed. He encouraged people to participate. Last year there were 300 volunteers. He provided an information packet and asked for coordinators for each area identified. See motions above.
.Pat Davis of the Alief Lyons Club announced on May 2nd a campaign breakfast at Applebees at Westheimer and Highway 6 at 8am for $5. In addition, she noted that the Lions Club provides glasses to students who cannot afford them; and, the Lions club also is providing free camp attendance for children with diabetes who cannot afford to go.
Barbara Quattro announced a Butts Clean up on left turn lanes has been successful.although results are short-lived. The city/parks dept. refuses to clean up left turn lanes. She agreed to provide left turn cleanup during the District F cleanup also. Next butts cleanup is Sunday at Bellaire and Kirkwood
The Alief Health Fair is scheduled for August 15. Tiffany Dao is heading it up this year.
.The Alief Book Fair is 9-2, following the Lions Breakfast May 2nd.
Ernest McGowan and Pat Davis are cochairing a (Memorial Day weekend) annual District F cleanup. Michael suggested a special recycle bin be made available. A survey on the website was suggested
The next ASNC meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Tuesday, May 25, 2009 at the Centerpoint building
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Minutes approved on _____________________
Compiled by V. M. Sugar
Respectfully Edited and Submitted
Henry Williams, Secretary