Minutes for Tuesday, August 28, 2007

ALIEF SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING

Minutes for Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Alief Super Neighborhood # 25 held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 7:00 P.M. at the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.

PROGRAM:

Chairman Michael Manning called the meeting to order at 7:05 P.M. Secretary Henry Williams conducted the Roll Call of council members. He announced a quorum was present. (See attached.)

Hospitality: Donated by Danny Nguyen Commercial. Thanks were expressed for his support of the ASNC and the Alief community.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Tiffany Carrethers (HCPHD Teen B3 Pregnancy Prevention Program), HPD Officer Scales

MOTIONS made:

1. Ray Moon: to accept the minutes as presented. Seconded: Chet Machen. Council voted. Motion Passed.

2. The Honorable Hubert Vo: that the ASNC adopt a Resolution against the proposed Highway 6 overpasses at both Bellaire Blvd and at Westheimer Rd. Seconded: Ray Moon. Council voted. Motion Passed. (see attached)

3. Mike Kreinsen: to adjourn the meeting. Seconded: Danny Nguyen. Council voted. Motion Passed.

CHAIR’S REPORT – Michael Manning reported the August 18, Hackberry Park Celebration was well attended. Several dignitaries spoke, US Congressman Al Green, TX State Rep. Hubert Vo, city council members, MJ Khan (District F) and Sue Lovell. Michael spoke to express that the ASNC is very pleased with the cooperation of all sectors which contributed to the acquisition of this park. There will be a public meeting on Sept. 6 to plan for the park’s uses. All those interested should attend and express their opinions.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Ray Moon reported there is a balance of $3,252.52

COMMITTEE & STANDING REPORTS –
a. S.A.V.E. ALIEF HEALTH & CIVIC RESOURCES FAIR – Anne Williams reported it was a great success. 1,157 people attended the August 18th event, which had 120 registered providers to serve some of the health and civic needs of our community. Thank You Certificates were distributed to ASN members who helped with the affair.

b. ALIEF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION – Mike Kreinsen reported the August 7 Business Networking Breakfast was very well attended at the new location at the Southern News building on Bellaire Blvd. AISD superintendent, Dr. Stoerner, was the MC and the speaker was the new HCC Chancellor, Dr. Mary Spangler.

ACA will meet Sept 17, at Alief Community Park to plan the Sat. 9/22 Cemetery Work Day. In October they are planning another Bingo Night fundraiser. All are invited to these three activities.

c. ASNC PUBLICITY – Michael has requested that Karen Lievre (Youth Services Representative) prepare a proposal to the ASN Council for spending up to $500 on publicity in order to get more people to attend the meetings, contribute topical input, learn ASNC functions, and get involved in volunteer projects.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

TIFFANY CARRETHERS – gave a short update on the progress of the county B3 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Over 100 teens have completed the program at 6 different sites throughout the Alief area. September 1 starts a new grant money period and they are looking for more sites. Teens that complete the program will have an opportunity to win a laptop computer.

HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY – Our scheduled speakers from the library administration were unable to attend, due to flooding in the downtown and other areas of the city. Therefore, our former and current local Henington-Alief Branch Library managers, Rebecca Hubert and Shammi Gil, spoke. They discussed the renovation of the Central downtown branch; World Language Collections at all branches; as well as the many programs at our local branch. We have 15 new laptops available, story and movie times, ESL and tutoring are also offered.

OLD BUSINESS

BOONE ROAD PARK – Paul Fikac reported that the park renovations are almost complete. People are able to use the park again, and it has been busy. They have completed the track renovations, new parking lot, and volley ball courts. Trees (with irrigation) will be planted next.

NEW BUSINESS

HIGHWAY 6 OVERPASS RESOLUTION – TX State Representative, Hubert Vo reported that 4 years ago TXDOT proposed 2 overpasses on Highway 6 (at Bellaire and at Westheimer). Since many of the homeowners and businesses and near those intersections are very upset about the potential loss to their neighborhoods and livelihoods. Rep. Vo has been working to help TXDOT formulate other plans for area safety. However, pleas for improvements similar to those on Westheimer which involve building medians and allowing only right turns from businesses have fallen on deaf ears. On Friday, August 24 the HOUSTON-GALVESTON AREA COUNCIL voted not to approve the TXDOT plans and wants to see the results of a current study.

Therefore, Representative Vo requested that the ALIEF SUPER NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL adopt a Resolution against the proposed overpasses. After much discussion, it was unanimously passed. (See page 3 of the minutes)

CANDIDATE’S FORUM – for the September meeting. Barbara Quattro has invited city council candidates. (UPDATE: AISD candidates will also be invited).

PUBLIC SESSION

Both Danny Nguyen and Chet Machen invited all to the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Thursday, August 30 at the Kim Son Restaurant at the Fountains on Highway 59.

The next ASNC meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 P.M.

Minutes approved on _____________________

Respectfully Submitted

Henry Williams, Secretary