Minutes for Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Minutes for Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Alief Super Neighborhood # 25 held its regularly scheduled meeting early on Tuesday, November 15th, 7:00 PM, at the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.

Chairperson, Barbara Quattro, called the meeting to order at 7:03 P.M. Roll Call of council members was done by sign-in sheet. A quorum was not met (see attached).

Hospitality: Hospitality, was provided by Oak Harbor Subdivision. A thank you certificate was presented to them for their support of the ASNC.

GUESTS: Veronica Hernandez (COH Mayor’s office); Catherine Le (Congressman Al Green’s office); speaker Catherine Flowers (City of Houston DON office); Neeta Sane, (Trustee, HCCS); Marcia Blutt (City Council); Nelll Bradley (HCC)

There were no motions made because there was not a quorum present.

Barbara Quattro reminded affected stakeholders to complete their paperwork for the 2012 term… She noted that Wells Fargo provided a grant to the Community Garden for water supply, and that TX DOT had provided a grant through the International District to extend a hike and bike trail from Alfred Story to Hackberry Park. Barbara also announced the CIP requests for 2012. See below

TREASURER’S REPORT –Monique Pham, Treasurer, reported the current balance of $.2026
PROJECTS/SNAP COMMITTEE .CIP requests to be submitted in 2012 include:

1. Hennington Library expansion and multi-purpose center
2. Expansion of Hike and Bike trails in Alief
3. Repair sports fields Alief Community Park
4. Pave parking lot, Alief Community Park
5. Rebuild interior rooms of Alief Community Park buildings
6. Reconstruction/resurfacing of Beechnut from City limits to Highway 59
7. Overlay High Star from Wilcrest to Belle Park (with the current drainage project occurring along High Star, some of that street is being improved as part of the project)

Neeta Sane, Trustee, Houston Community College, Division VII Ms. Sane lamented the $30million cut in the HCC budget for 2012 and the effects it has had on classes in the Alief campus, including HCC spitting into more districts. She reminded people that they are paying taxes to support the Alief campus and classes should be made available for Alief residents at that campus rather than traveling all over the city to get the courses. She requested that people contact her and make a plea for the Alief Campus to provide the needs of Alief. Ms. Sane can be reached at 713-718-5925 or email board.services@hccs.edu

Catherine Flowers, City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods Ms. Flowers explained the new City of Houston Don and its seven divisions: inspection & public services; graffiti; anti-gang; education; immigration & refugee services; citizens’ assistance; people with disabilities; and volunteer initiatives. This department works directly with citizens to solve problems, and is headed up by Catherine Flowers. Of particular interest to HOA’s may be the inspection & public services division which deals with overgrown lots, dangerous vacant houses, junk vehicles, barking dogs, and graffiti. First call 311 and get a case number. You can track your case number on line. Then keep calling! It’s a fact, the more you complain, the more action you will get. The Alief chief inspector is Mayra Hypolite. If you don’t get the resolution you want from 311, email Catherine at Catherine.flowers@houstontx.gov or Mayra.hypolite@houston.tx.gov or call Myra (832) 394-9642.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS; The January 2012 meeting speaker will be _________________

Public Session and Announcements.
• City Council Candidate Forum, For Run Off in Districts A and B, At Large Positions 2 and 5, Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Upper Kirby District Building, 3015 Richmond at Eastside
• Citizens Day will take place at the Alief Community Garden November 19th from 10-1
• 311 is only answering phones Monday-Friday from 8-6
• On Thursday, December 1st, 6-8PM, Whole Foods (Montrose Store) and Trees for Houston will be hosting a “Beer for Bark” to support planting trees throughout Houston. Tickets are $25 and 100% of the revenues will go to Trees for Houston.
The next ASNC meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, at the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd. Hospitality will be provided by Brookfield (East) Improvement Corp., Inc. (HOA)

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.

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