Minutes for Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Alief Super Neighborhood # 25 held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. at the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.

Chairman Michael Manning called the meeting to order at 7:04 P.M. He announced this was the annual meeting of the ASNC and elections would be held. He requested that cell phones ringers be turned off. Henry Williams conducted the Roll Call of council members. He announced a quorum was present. (See attached.)

Hospitality: Donated by Houston Community College, Alief Campus. Thanks were expressed for their support of the ASNC and the Alief community. A thank you certificate was presented.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Lewis Cook (Candidate for Houston City Council); Catherine Le (U. S. Congressman Al Green’s office); Bryan Burk (International Management District); Michael Laster (Sharpstown Management District and Candidate for City Council); Ms. Ida Love and associate (Partnership Specialists, US Census Bureau 2010); Jayne Nalett, (State Representative Kristi Thibaut’s Office); Dawson Nguyen (CHIP/Medicare).

1. Barbara Quattro: to accept the November minutes. Seconded: Karen Loper. Council voted. Motion Passed.
2. Marie Lee to accept changes/additions made to By-Laws. Seconded: Karen Loper. Council voted. Motion Passed. (Revised By-laws included as Appendix; changes include specifically including non-council members on committees and revision of specified stakeholder groups represented on council.)
3. Marie Lee, Nominating Committee, to place two new stakeholders on the Council: Anthony Le (Thai Spice Asian Bistro) as Small Business Representative and Francisco (Frank) Garcia (Unified Hoods) as Social Services Representative. Council voted. Motion Passed.
4. Nominating/Election Committee (Barbara Quattro) to elect Michael Manning Chairman; Razzi Asadudin, Vice Chair; Henry Williams as Secretary; and Barbara Quattro as Treasurer. Council Voted. Motion Passed.

CHAIRS REPORT .Michael mentioned the environmental Centerpoint free inspections for homes air leaks, encouraging people to take advantage of the service. Michael said there are five standing committees [Finance, Project, Marketing, Election (L’Tisha Michaels), ByLaws (Anne Williams)]. He asked members of the floor to volunteer along with a council member (who will take a standing role in each committee). He mentioned that Dorothea Pindell and Razi Asadudin headed up the Project/SNAP Committee for SNAP/CIP for 2008. He asked for volunteers for both the 2009 SNAP committee as well as the Marketing Committee which includes helping with the web site and announcements. Susan Castro, Dr. Stoerner’s alternate, volunteered as council member leader of the marketing committee.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Barbara Quattro noted that the current balance was $4058.38 but there were some missing statements. Michael asked about Federal and State tax reporting laws.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The board members elected to serve as officers for 2009:
Michael Manning, Chairman; Razi Asaduddin, Vice-Chair;
Henry Williams, Secretary; Barbara Quattro, Treasurer.

INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT DISTRICT: – Karen Loper stated that the management district has monthly meetings at the International Trade Center on Bellaire Blvd held at noon on the first Thursday of each month. The budget has just been established and they expect payments, which should total about one million dollars, to come in by the end of February. The budget will be devoted largely to security. They have formed a committee to interview design firms to create signage/distinctive landscaping for the district and are down to three finalists.

TREE PLANTING – A tree planting is planned for February 14th at Boone Road Park. Volunteers and adult supervision will be needed.

GUEST SPEAKERS: – Ms. Ida Love and associate, from the US Census Bureau, 2010 Census. The census takes place every ten years. They spoke on the importance of the census in getting the right amount of Federal funding where needs exist by population densities. People were encouraged to take advantage of employment opportunities being offered, both full time and temporary, paying from $10-20/hour. It was noted that there are only six questions on the census form which takes about six minutes. The census bureau is not interested in one’s legal status in the country, just numbers. Ms. Love reinforced the importance of the census and job opportunities. Call 1-866-861-2010 or Pamphlets were made available.

SNAP and CIP items were presented to the council by Razi Asaduddin. Michael Manning asked council to prioritize same by vote. These items will be presented to the City of Houston at the CIP meeting on Feb 5.
1. Youth Programs
2. More Police on the streets
3. Soccer fields in Alief Community Park
4. Foundation repair for Alief-Hennington Library
5. Bike underpass at Bellaire and Arthur Storey; Keegans bikeway
6. Senior Citizens outreach and services
7. Bissonnet St. widened to 6 lanes to the city limits
8. Fire station #76 controlled traffic light
See attached for further details.

HOSPITALITY CHAIRPERSON – A new person is needed to fill this position, which Ray Moon has been doing. (Ray has resigned from the council). L’Tisha Michaels volunteered to recruit hospitality sponsors for the meetings.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS – February: Anise Parker, City Controller and candidate for Mayor, City of Houston. The NGO Foundation will provide hospitality.

Public Session and Announcements.

 There will be a CIP Review meeting at the Sharpstown Recreation Center, 6600 Harbor Town, Thursday, February 5, 2009 from 6:30-8:30 PM led by Councilman District F, MJ Khan.
 There will be a Valentines Day Tree Planting at Boone Road Park, February 14, 2009 from 8-12AM
o Via Email: Resolved: Alief Super Neighborhood Council shall conduct a tree planting on Feb 14, 2009, 8 am to 12 noon, at Boone Road Park. To this end, the Council authorizes an expenditure up to $500 for hydrogel and mulch, stakes, and other supplies as needed. Members of the council shall solicit food and drink donations for volunteers and shall solicit money donations to support tree watering in 2009 and 2010
 Taylor High School is presenting a free 2009 Peace Talk event Saturday, February 21st, 5-8 PM in the auditorium

The next ASNC meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Tuesday, February 24 2009 at the Centerpoint building
The meeting adjourned at 9:15 PM.

Minutes approved on _____________________

Compiled by V. M. Sugar
Respectfully Edited and Submitted
Henry Williams, Secretary