There was a crime report from TPD. Recent crimes include reports of a peeping Tom on Euclid. Be alert.
Parks and Rec presented on the basketball court going in to the park near 10th street. This will be a half court about 46x50. The court will require some fencing to keep the balls from going into the street. The neighborhood had approved funding a fence for $3,000 but Parks and Rec has offered to build the fence for us. They will have their welders work with the neighborhood to do something in keeping with the character of the neighborhood. Also it is likely that the park will expand after the completion of the downtown links project in 2015.
John J at The Junction gave an update on the student housing being built on 9th street. They expect to have the first part of the building occupied by January. The chicane near The Junction was not planted because of the construction. John believes they can get it landscaped after completion of the project. Some residents expressed concern about the ground floor units that will have exterior patios. There was a feeling that this violates the spirit of the MOU which states that all activity will take place on the interior of the property. The patios are small and will have rail fences that are 4’8” in height. Residents also expressed concern about the security of such fences as admittance to the building is only supposed to be through the two keyed entrances. John did not commit to making the patio fences block or raising the height. He will provide the dimensions of the patios and the association will study the issue further.
The neighborhood recognized the efforts of the Tucson High orchestra students who helped plant the chicanes. The association would like to write letters of recommendation for these students. Erika made a motion that this year’s beer booth tip money goes to the orchestra students for their upcoming band trip. Rick seconded. The motion was approved.
The amazing volunteers of our neighborhood, led by Dan T., moved 72 tons of soil, 12 tons of rock, and planted 8 Desert Willows, 4 Texas Ebonies, 12 ocotillo, 12 bursage, and 28 creosote bushes into our chicanes. These are desert plants and will thrive on their own once they are established, but over the next twelve months they will need to be watered. The neighborhood association is currently funding a professional watering service, but the cost is close to $1,000 per month and we would like to have residents adopt the chicanes. Can you help us by offering to water a chicane once a week? If you can, please sign up here:
The street fair is fast approaching and we still need volunteers for Sunday. You can sign up for a spot here:
Coronet is making great progress. They are hoping to open their restaurant in the lobby of the Coronado Hotel in January. You can see their amazing progress here https://www.facebook.com/CoronetTucson
Jill from the parking committee spoke There will be a public review of the 4th ave parking plan. Details will be posted on the listserv. For those interested in starting up residential parking on your block, the petition forms are here:
The neighborhood has several different social media outlets, a twitter feed, listserv, blog, fb page. We need a person to take notes at the monthly meetings to post (like these notes). Erika made a motion that the neighborhood hire a blogger for $100 per month to do this. John D seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
Living streets alliance said the city will install free bike parking. The neighborhood could use more bike parking.
The meeting was adjourned.