Minutes for Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Minutes for Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Alief Super Neighborhood # 25 held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 28,
2004 at 7:00 P.M. at the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.

Chairman Dan Hrna called the meeting to order at 7:10 P.M.

Dinner was donated by WalMart on Beechnut, (the manager is Ali); desserts by Kroger at
Kirkwood & Bissonnet. Ray Moon, Alan Rees, Greg Gonzales, and Bobby Moore delivered the
food to the meeting. We wish to thank them for their support of the ASNC and the Alief

Roll Call of council followed (See attached.)

1. Ray Moon: to accept the minutes as presented. Seconded: Ana Garza-Ibarra. Council
voted. Motion Passed.

2. Michael Manning: ASNC supports Tree Planting: Oct 30 at Harwin Park; Nov. 6 on
Bissonnet Esplanades; and Dec. 4 at Alief Community Park. Seconded: Karen North.
Council voted. Motion Passed.

3. Ana Garza-Ibarra: to adjourn the meeting. Seconded: Henry Williams. Council voted.
Motion Passed.

MARK FURY, Special Assistant, Precinct 3, County Commissioner’s Office, Steve Radack’s
Office- Harris County Hospital District is planning to expand. Currently, Ben Taub and LBJ
Hospitals are the only two we have, and both are located downtown. By 2015, nine new clinics
will be opened in outlying areas. The first one is planned for the Alief area, to be opened in about
one year. He would like suggestions about a locale; either an empty building or a new
construction can be used. They require 10 acres for 50 – 65 thousand square foot building. He can
be contacted at: mark_fury@hctx.net or 281-531-1592.

Would like Houston to have at least eleven Federally Funded Health Care Centers when her
term is completed. Currently we have 4, and have applied for 5 more. These clinics serve the
uninsured, and put federal money into the area, so they are an advantage over the proposed
county clinics. The city and county need to work in harmony to place the clinics in areas where
they are needed and not duplicate locales. She is working on a waiver to create our own
Medicare-Medicaid region. We would get more federal money ($2 for every $1 spent) back. IBN
SINA Foundation has a clinic at 11246 Wilcrest Blvd #190 (@ W. Belfort), which is staffed from
9am – 5pm with volunteer dentists, and from 5pm -9pm with volunteer physicians. The cost is
approximately $20 per patient. It is for any uninsured patient. Telephone: 832-328-1680.
Houston used to be the heart of RR connections (17 lines), but not any more, and we need
to improve that. Now cargo coming from the Port of Houston stalls. Both the port and the
petrochemical industry need improved land (RR) transport for their goods. Trucking pollutes
more, congests roadways and creates many accidents. Railroad Monopolies, such as Union
Pacific, are not as stable as they used to be. They have not been reinvesting in their
infrastructure, and consequently are not as safe and efficient as they should be. Traditionally,
RRs have owned all their own operating materials, but that is no longer working. In order to
promote industry improvement and expansion, they may need to share, as we do with freeways ,
etc. Separating the grade of track and street might be considered. Los Angles has their tracks
below ground, and have cut their shipping time from 8 to 2 hours. Pumps could be used to
prevent flooding.
There is a consensus between disease care organizations and the restaurant associations to
strengthen the NO SMOKING ordinance so that restaurants will be given 2 years to phase in an
all smoke free environment in all city dining rooms. They are also working to include the TX
Medical Center in this proposed smoke free zone.
She would like to have community members to serve on her advisory board to keep her
informed about Alief concerns. Anne Williams and Ray Moon volunteered.

DIST. F CITY COUNCILMAN, M.J. KHAN – The school zone area surrounding the Alief
Montessori School has been expanded, and the city is considering installing sidewalks. Council
will be voting on the issue of privatizing the inspection of new residence construction. Heavy
Trash violations will be ticketed. Neighborhood Protection is now under HPD; Captain
Lumpkin’s division. Council has voted for a ½ cent rollback in property taxes. Vote yes for
Prop. I, it will cap the tax rate based on population growth and inflation. If calling 311 with a
problem, please also call MJ’s office, so that the progress can be tracked. Dan Hrna requested that
MJ’s office investigate the request for a new tax credit housing application for VSP-Wilcrest
Apartments at 9500 Wilcrest. We do not know enough about it and would like to know if it is a
senior citizen complex, or family units.

CHAIR’S REPORT – Chairman Dan Hrna reported ASN and ACA have been working together
to plan a business breakfast on Wed. Nov. 17 from 7:30 – 9 AM which will be sponsored by
HCC. The next planning meeting is Wed. Oct 6 at 6:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall at
11611 Beechnut. All are invited to help plan!

BYLAWS COMMITTEE: Henry Williams suggested we may wish to change the wording for
member number 10, the West Houston Chamber of Commerce to accept any local Chamber of
Commerce representation. Chairman, Dan Hrna directed the committee consider it.

PARKS COMMITTEE – Michael Manning reported that we have 3 Tree Plantings scheduled:
10/30;11/6;&12/4. We need volunteers. Barbara Quattro reported that she and Mike Rippert just
completed a course to become URBAN FORESTERS. We have committed to planting 1,000
trees a year for the next 3 years, and are getting them at no cost. However, we need to water them.
Halliburton has donated a 300 gallon water wagon for that purpose. The plan for the plantings is:
Oct.: 250 trees in Harwin Park; Nov.: 300 tress on Bissonnet between Dairy Ashford &
Kirkwood; Dec.: 315 trees in Alief Community Park. We are looking for volunteers and a
method to dig the holes.

ALIEF SUPERNEIGHBORHOOD WEB SITE – Barbara Quattro’ suggested we check
out the council website at aliefsuperneighborhood.org. (Her son, Brad Nelson has been
creating it for us.)

CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT – Donald Perkins suggested the SNAP committee focus on
closing out some of the SNAP items and he would like to discuss it with the committee. He has
pushed to get over 100 new street lights installed in Alief, and next is Kirkwood. Signs are
available to announce Heavy Trash Pickup days for your neighborhood. He passed out an order
form. You must pick them up from the city.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS & MEETINGS – OCT.: Anise Parker, City of Houston Controller.
Since the November meeting would normally be only 2 days before Thanksgiving, it was decided
to change the date to the 5th Tuesday, Nov 30

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – Dan Hrna requested volunteers to form
a committee to study the establishment of a TIRZ, Economic Development District and
Business District in the ASNC area. No one volunteered.

LIBRARY – Librarian, Rebecca Hubert, reported that the Sept. Hispanic Month has been a big
success. October will have TEEN READ WEEK and a Tie Dye Project. Homework and Test
taking help is available on the web site. Early voting is 10/18-10/30.

The next ASNC meeting will be held at 7:00 P.M. on the fourth Tuesday, October 26, 2004, at
the CenterPoint Energy Building, 12330 Bellaire Blvd.

Minutes approved on _____________________

Respectfully Submitted
Henry Williams, Secretary