Minutes for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Minutes for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Alief Super Neighborhood # 25 held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 28th, 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); Brendan Laws (Texans Together); Nell Bradley (HCC); Andrea Sampy (Dotson Family PARK); Ann Williams (AISD Board); Jose Pulido (METRO); Officer Cindy Purl (HPD Gang Force and Graffiti)’ Zack Hodges, Rogine Calvert, Pat Downey, Billy Briscoe, and Richard Specter (Houston Community College); and representatives from several HOAs including WildFlower. Crescent Park and Keegans Glen

1. Karen Loper motioned to accept the July Minutes. Seconded by Franck Garcia. Council voted, motion passed.
2. Brain Burks motioned to form a partnership between the International Management District (IMD) and the ASNC to pursue certain events. Seconded by Mike Kreinsen . Council voted, motion passed..
3. Neeta Sane motioned to adjourn the meeting. Seconded Mike Kreinsen. Motion Passed.


Barbara Quattro opened the meeting with a full agenda and introduced speakers. She also asked the council if they approved of having an October candidates Forum. HCC offered their Bissonnet campus as the venue.

There was a brief discussion about Council Member Al Hoang’s proposal to move the Hennington Library to the Alief Community Park. The CIP submitted by the ASNC for the past eleven years requested expansion of the library at the current site. The Councilman’s office has told us that Federal dollars are not available due to the location being in a 100 year flood plain. The attendees were of the opinion that having a library next to sports fields with limited parking is not a good idea. Frank Garcia suggested an ASNC survey be put together to evaluate this proposal.

It was also noted that there are several open seats on the Council. The ASNC will create a flyer to encourage new membership in the council. Frank Garcia will create the flyer.

TREASURER’S REPORT –The reported the balance was $2438.89


Richard Schechter, Trustee, Houston Community College Mr. Specter is the Facilities Board Chair and wanted to respond to concerns the ASNC has with the proposed bond election and, specifically, funding to the Alief Campus. He stated that more money has been spent, with the exception of the Central Campus, on the Alief Campus, than any of the other HCC campuses. According to Mr. Schechter, the last ten years HCC has spent $81M. Further, HCC will spend $15M on the 2nd and 4th floor build outs and $10M will come from the bond issue. The Alief campus will become the third largest facility when it partners with UT-Tyler in 2013. A four-year engineering degree from HCC/UT-TYLER will cost a student $22,000 rather than the $40-50 thousand for the same degree at the University of Texas. In addition, the Bissonnet facility does not charge Alief residents. A package was made available to council and guests.

Officer Cindy Purl, HPD Gang Task Force Officer Purl gave an overview of the types/profiles of taggers including the “skateboarders” who are juveniles. She explained that juveniles usually get probation when caught. She encouraged the audience to report tagging as soon as possible and even photograph it to enable the police to track down the perpetrators. There is a municipal law to clean up graffiti which usually means at a homeowner’s expense. She is working with the IMD to catch taggers, especially those who use their names. She said she has a list of victims who have made reports who could get some financial assistance for cleaning up the mess. She provided the attendees with a flyer with helpful hints.

Brian Burks, International Management District: Brian proposed a ASNC/IMD/LISC partnership to organize people in large scale community activities such as community gardens and quality of life issues. The idea is revitalization of Alief businesses and communities. If LISC accepts Alief as its partner for a GO Neighborhood, LISC would fund a community organizer for a period of three years. Additionally, LISC would provide a $5000 grant for an immediate project. With a vote of _____ for and one against, the Council voted to apply to LISC for a GO Neighborhood partnership.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS;- The following speakers are scheduled:

• September Susan Rogers, University of Houston Collaborative Community Design Initiative ,
Chris Daniel, Harris County District Clerk,
HCC and AISD speakers on upcoming bond vote
• October Tentative-candidates forum at HCC Bissonnet Campus
• November HFD

Public Session and Announcements.
• National Night Out will be held in October again this year
• Texans Together is sponsoring free children’s immunizations at the Mint on Dairy Ashford
• Alief Annual Parade scheduled for September 22nd with Fall Festival by Dotson Family PARK to follow at 12935 Old Richmond Rd, 11am-4PM. There will be Arts & Crafts,Inflatable Bouncers, Carnival Games, Home Run Derby, Punt-Pass-Kick Contests, Entertainment, and Raffles. Register to win an ipod and/or an ipad. Also consider being a volunteer or sponsor. Visit us on the web at www.dotsonfamilypark.org and email us for information on sponsorship opportunities at dotsonfamilypark@gmail.com
• Alief Leadership Coalition will hold Voter Registration in Alief at 12 venues to be announced. The Mint will sponsor the registrations all of September through October 9th
• AISD Education Foundation will be having a golf tournament to provide scholarships and clothing to those in need
• The Alief Leaders Coalition will meet September 26th, 2012 from 1pm to 2:30pm at the Alief YMCA, 7850 Howell Sugar Land Rd., Houston, TX

The next ASNC meeting will be held at 7:00 PM, September 25th at the Centerpoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

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