October 20, 2015
David Dahle, Chair
Erma Hoffman, Treasurer
Sarah Owens, Sec’y
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Residents: Bill Holmstrom, Rosa Leonardi, Deb Comini
Organizations: Jon Christensen, SCAN; Maurice Anderson, Salem Homeless Coalition
City/County Representatives: Councilor Bennett, Officer Vanmeter
Guest: Teresa Joslin; Verena Wessel, Northwest Human Services
The regular meeting of the CanDo Board of Directors was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at the First Christian Church at 685 Marion Street NE, Salem. David Dahle was in the chair and Sarah Owens acted as secretary.
The agenda and the minutes of the September meeting were approved unanimously.
Officer Vanmeter reported on his plan to use what he learned at the 25th annual Problem Oriented Policing conference to better coordinate the Downtown Enforcement Team with community resources, incorporate community values in the Team’s policing, and develop a suitable method for measuring success. Questions concerned an alleged tasering incident at the First Congregational Church and the need for a consistent strategy relative to illegal camping and the homeless generally. Councilor Bennett commented that the Council and SPD were aware of the problem, and had at least agreed, “we’re not going to arrest our way out of it.”
Councilor Bennett reported that the Council had allocated additional general fund monies to complete the planned parking meter upgrades, and the Minto Brown Island Park Master Plan draft had received mixed reviews in the public hearing, and the Council had left the record open for additional public comment at least through November 23, perhaps longer. He also noted that the Plan (see p. 39) clearly identified illegal camping as a park management concern. He also reported that the Council had, in response to a request from the Grant Neighborhood, conducted a first reading of an amendment to SRC 900 (Sign Code) to exempt graffiti-resistant coverings containing only graphics on public structures such as utility enclosures.
Michael Livingston’s motion to switch the order of presentations passed unanimously.
The board heard a presentation by Leilani Slama on Salem Hospital's plan to request a variance to permit the installation of an illuminated clock on Building D, and the board indicated they had no concerns about the plan.
The board heard a presentation by Verena Wessel about the social services delivery in the central area, who is served, and how well the services fit community needs.
In public comment, Jon Christensen thanked CANDO for its work on the SRC 86 (“Tree Code”) revisions, and stated that SCAN was generally concerned about any additional illumination in their residential neighborhood.
There being no other business before the board, the meeting of the Board of Directors adjourned at 7:32 p.m.