Minutes for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Minutes for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The regular monthly ASNC#25 meeting was held April 22, 7:00 PM, at the Centerpoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.

Chairperson, Barbara Quattro, called the meeting to order at 7:04 P.M. Roll Call of Council members was done by sign-in sheet. A quorum was met (see attached).

GUESTS: Veronica Hernandez (COH Mayor’s office); Catherine Le (Congressman Al Green’s office; Richard Nguyen and Alvin Byrd (COH District f); David Robinson (COH At-large #2); : Ms Washington, (METRO); Officer Mike Prowse (HPD Westside);and representatives from several local HOA’s, including Leawood.

HOSPITALITY –Hospitality was provided by the ASNC for this meeting. Hospitality providers are encouraged to volunteer.

• Dorothy Pindell motioned to approve the minutes from September 2013 through February 2014. Seconded by Marie Lee. Council voted, motion passed
• Kevin Kebede motioned to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Mike Kreinsen

CHAIRS REPORT Barbara Quattro noted that the second annual kite festival was a success with 405 kites given out at the Community Garden. She also stated that garden plots are available for $5 per month. Later in the meeting, during a speaker’s talk, members of Leawood HOA interrupted the meeting regarding information they had received about establishing a pocket park in their subdivision which they were opposed to. Barbara addressed their concerns saying the ASNC had nothing to do with their issues but had merely noted that there was property in their subdivision that may qualify for a pocket park. She stated the city was looking for areas for pocket parks and their area was mentioned.
TREASURER’S REPORT –Current balance $1845.53

Officer Mike Prowse, HPD Officer Prowse gave the crime statistics for our area for the last 30 days. Residential burglaries were up 1.5% but dropped 30% over the last year. Assaults also dropped. There were 28 a]narcotics arrests and several weapons arrests. Officer Prowse noted again that burglaries of motor vehicles (BMV)is the most avoidable crime.

Council Member David Robinson, At Large No 2 Mr. Robinson stated that he is on the Quality of Life Committee, was a previous Superneighborhood member and president, and is pro-rail. He is an architect in the health care industry. This is his first term. Mr. Robinson answered questions from the floor.

Ms. Washington, METRO Transit System Reimagining Ms Washington outlined the present and future efforts of METRO to improve their bus and rail services based on demographic changes, current needs, a growing population and to attract new ridership.. METRO is cognizant that their current services are out of date and out of step with Houston in 2014. They are not serving the community in the most efficient and effective manner and need to make changes they are calling a “reimagining project”. Ms. Washington also mentioned that seniors over 70 can ride the bus free.

Richard Nguyen, City Councilman, District F- Mr. Nguyen and Mr. Alvin Byrd expressed their support for the Alief area/community and asked for suggestions for cleanup areas. The latest cleanup was behind Walgreens.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS- The following speakers are scheduled:

May Sylvia Brumlow, COH, Illegal Dumping

Public Session and Announcements.
• Bear Creek Community Center is again offering numerous classes including AARP defensive driving
• Second annual IMD Kite Flying event tool place in April at the Community Garden
• Dedication of Salvation Army on Cook Road
• April 26th Healthy Kids Day immunizations

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM. Attendees were encouraged to talk to speakers and guests after the meeting

Minutes approved ____________
Compiled, Written and Submitted by
V. M. Sugar, Secretary