ALIEF SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING
Minutes for Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Alief Super Neighborhood # 25 held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 28th, 7:00 P.M at the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.
Chairman, Barbara Quattro, called the meeting to order at 7:05 P.M. Roll Call of council members was done by sign-in sheet. A quorum was not met until later in the meeting. (See attached.).
Hospitality: Hospitality was provided by The Oak Harbor HOA. A thank you certificate was presented for their support of the ASNC.
GUESTS: Veronica Hernandez (City of Houston Mayor’s office); Shen Gao (City of Houston); Ray Lawrence (IMD); Leslie Taylor, Atty.& Jan Wilbur (League of Women Voters); Council Member Stephen Costello; and Candidate for Judge, Paul Simon, and Marbelly Walker (Dotson Foundation)
1. Frank Garcia motioned to approve the July and August 2010 minutes. Mike Kreinsen seconded. Council voted, motion passed.
2. Mike Kreinsen motioned to adjourn the meeting. Seconded. Council voted, motion passed..
COMMITTEE & STANDING REPORTS –
CHAIRS REPORT –Barbara Quattro announced that the tank truck used to water trees is currently sitting unused. The Museum district ASNC has requested permission to borrow it. There being no objection, Barbara said she would offer it to them.
TREASURER’S REPORT –Monique Pham, Treasurer, reported the current balance was $3252.47.
ELECTIONS/NOMINATING COMMITTEE. No input
SECURITY/ INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT DISTRICT: – Brian Burks announced a combined Grand Opening and National Night Out event will take place at the Public Safety Office at 11360 Bellaire, Ste. 960 (Universal shopping center) October 5th from 6-9 PM. Snacks and beverages will be served. This is an opportunity to meet the HPD and Constables. Please see Guest Speakers for input from Ray Lawrence, below.
ALIEF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION –. Mike Kreinsen gave a debrief of the third annual parade Saturday, September 25th at 9 AM. All three high schools were represented with bands and cheerleaders. Over 67 floats representing various community associations, retailers, and dignitaries were present (including Brad Bradford and Jolanda Jones of Houston City Council, Honorable Hubert Vo, Senator Ellis, Congressman Al Green, Council Member Al Hoang , Dr Louis Stoerner Gordon Quan., and Kristi Thibaut.)
PROJECTS/SNAP COMMITTEE-..No input
TREE PLANTING – See Chair’s report, above.
GUEST SPEAKERS: –
Judge Paul Simon. Among the 70 judges up for election, one is Judge Paul Simon. Mr. Simon gave a brief bio of himself and noted that if you file a lawsuit today, it will be approximately 2-1/2 years before you will go to court.
Stephen Costello, Councilman, City of Houston Mr. Costello spoke in favor of Prop I, supporting Renew Houston, a group attempting to build a dedicated infrastructure fund through taxes on landowners. This motion has been put on the November ballot as Proposition I and Mayor Anise Parker will make an announcement tomorrow in support of it, and roll out the user fee residents would pay per month. He is encouraging residents to approve Prop I. Mr. Costello further stated that the group will review the city’s infrastructure on a needs basis, not a political one. A map will be created and published to illustrate those areas receiving priority services for roads and drainage. Currently there is 60 cents of every dollar spent on bond debt. Prop 1 would wipe out that debt. Sources of funding includes METRO, TX DOT, the City and the Federal Government. Mr. Costello cautioned voters that Prop I will be the last entry on the November ballot.
Ray Lawrence, Lawrence & Associates, IMD Contract Director Mr. Lawrence is new to the area. He has been an international businessman in the past and is new to the IMD. He will conduct business development and is putting together a survey on line at Alief Life website with a link regarding how the community chooses its retailers. He wants to establish new businesses, jobs and encourage improvements in older businesses in Alief.
Leslie Taylor, Atty, League of Women Voters.Ms. Taylor gave a power point presentation outlining the court system in Texas. She said there were five levels of courts from small claims to Supreme Court. She also noted which courts have judges up for election. She encouraged people to sign up for the League. The court system is quite complex.
UPCOMING SPEAKERS – The speakers for the October meeting will be Vince Ryan, County Attorney, and possibly the two sides of Prop I
Public Session and Announcements.
The next quarterly small business breakfast meeting will be November 15th at 7:30 am at the International Trade Center Building, 11110 Bellaire
The SAVE Alief annual Health Fair was held Saturday, August 7th at 9:00 AM at the Hastings Ninth Grade Center. Attendance has yet to be announced.
Marie Lee reported that there will be a toy drive for identified needy children. The Toy Drive will start Saturday October 23, 2010 from 10am- 4pm. The Toy Drive will be held at (4) four Domino Pizza locations: Sharpstown, Alief, Mission Bend, and Dairy Ashford. Each customer must bring 1 toy per pizza and YOU will receive a Large 1 Topping Pizza for $3.99
Shen Gao announced there is still grant money available from the $75,000 fund through October 21st. These grants, in increments up to $5,000 each, are for SNAP-type projects. Applications are available on line through the City of Houston Planning Dept.
Beryl Hogshead of TMO announced that Mayor’s office Liaison, Veronica Hernandez, has gone above and beyond in her capacity to clean up their area. Veronica took 25 probationers and cleaned up areas that Beryl has not been able to get Neighborhood Protection to attend to. Photos were made available to show “before” and “after” areas of trash, overgrown weeds and a burned out house. Stephen Costello said he would like to recognize Veronica’s efforts as an outstanding city employee.
Barbara Quattro announced that Marie Lee was given recognition by the City of Houston for her many years of volunteer efforts with a proclamation from the Mayor’s office
On Saturday, October 9, 2010, the Dotson Family P.A.R.K. will celebrate a Fun Day for children ages 4-16 and their families. The event will be held at 12935 Old Richmond Rd. Houston , TX 77099 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 PM
Kerr High School received one of 304 blue ribbon awards for high achievement/most improved students. This award is granted to schools with a high number of disadvantaged students.
The next ASNC meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Tuesday, October 26th, at the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
Minutes approved on _____________________
Compiled & Written by V. M. Sugar
Respectfully Edited and Submitted by Secretary, Anne Williams