Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association
Monthly Meeting Minutes for 1998
December 16, 1998
November minutes were approved with amendments.
It was clarified that Julie will serve as OMVNA representative until the end of Sallys term. The end of the term is expected to be in October. The meetings are typically scheduled for the 1st Tuesday of every month.
Tim presented a list of ongoing development in the Central Planning Area, which includes the Old Mountain View Neighborhood. The list includes some details on upcoming developments such Park Place II. Maarten will make a link from http://www.omvna.org/links.html to the appropriate location on the City web page.
Tim brought a copy of the Monta Loma Neighborhood Association By-Laws, including some items which arent covered in the OMVNA By-Laws. In addition, he brought a copy of Monta Loma Neighborhood Associations description of responsibilities for officers, committees and volunteer positions.
Tim was approached by Susan Migliore, a Mountain View resident, regarding the accumulation and movement of pallets of junk on Mitons property, in the parking lot where Flex-It is located and between Evelyn and the train tracks.
Chris Whitaker announced that he has a link to the Light Rail web page. He said he would forward this information to Maarten.
There was discussion on how the minutes would be distributed prior to the monthly meetings. Maarten said he would post them to www.omvna.org and notify everybody once theyre posted.
Julie asked for clarification on her status and responsibilities as OMVNAs representation on the Downtown Committee. Maarten proposed making this position a OMVNA officer, and made a motion to that effect. The motion died for lack of a second. It was decided that the position should continue as an appointed by the OMVNA steering committee. Her reports will be a regular part of the officer reports. She had no report for the December meeting but agreed to keep the steering committee members notified via e-mail.
Chris said that the Library will not be available for OMVNA steering committee meetings on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of month. It was decided that the OMVNA steering committee meetings will continue at the Trinity Church Reading Room and the January meeting will take place on the 13th of the month.
Julie announced that she may not be available to perform her newsletter distribution responsibilities for the next two months. She asked for some assistance and said that she will send an e-mail she her travel plans are confirmed. It was decided to move the first two newsletter distribution dates of the year back one week, to January 22 and the last Friday of March. Tim agreed to update the master calendar accordingly and make it available at the January meeting.
Neighborhood Grant Program: Tim presented information on the Mountain View Neighborhood Grant Program, including the program goals, guidelines, limits, eligibility, deadlines and the application form itself. The deadline for the current grant pool is January 30, with a start date deadline of the end of March and completion deadline of the end of September. Maarten recommended utilizing the grant program if it can support our goals, but not to pursue a grant project just for the sake of getting grant funds.
Tim reported on the December Council Neighborhood Committee meeting. He said that he extended an offer from OMVNA to participate in the proposed "City Neighborhood Summit." Tim recommended that OMVNA have regular representation at the Council Neighborhood Committee meetings, and recommended this as a responsibility of our Community Liaison Officer. These meetings typically are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Mercy Bush Park Update: Maarten reported that the City Council postponed the agenda item on the use of Recreation In-Lieu fees to design and develop the park at Mercy Bush was delayed. He said he will speak for OMVNA as he had planned to do before.
Julie recommended that OMVNA have a clearer strategy for the meeting. She also asked what David Muela had to say prior to the Council meeting, on January 12. She recommended trying to influence the Mayor to get the item back on the agenda for the next Council meeting so that we can get all the letters in the Councilmember packets.
1999 Goals: Jean facilitated the annual goal-setting process by beginning with a team-building exercise. Positive and negative attributes of teams were briefly discussed.
The OMVNA officers voted on about 10 possible goals. Two goals were selected and two teams were established. Each team was given one of the goals to more fully develop and present at the next monthly meeting. The established goals were:
November 18, 1998
Tim Johnson agreed to represent OMVNA at the upcoming Council Neighborhood Committee meeting, at which neighborhood grants and programs will be discussed. After some discussion, it was decided that Tim should say that OMVNA is "interested in considering sponsoring a neighborhood summit."
October 21, 1998
Visitors and Neighbors:
Tim reported that it appears there may be enough in lieu fees available from the new Park Place II development to build Mercy Bush Park. In addition to in lieu fees, the park could also be built using city funds. The next step towards developing Mercy-Bush Park using city funds would be to get the park included in the city's annual goals. City goal-setting meetings will take place in January, 1999.
September 16, 1998
August 19, 1998
1. July 15 minutes were corrected and approved.
2. Sally Lieber reviewed OMVNA goals for the year. One of the outstanding goals was to create a welcoming packet for new residents. Sally volunteered to draft a letter and present it at the next OMVNA monthly meeting.
3. The July Neighborhood Preservation meeting follow up:
a. Tim Johnson provided minutes for the meeting, plus a draft of an article for the newsletter.
b. Julie Lovins volunteered to begin working on an overlay zone for the Old Mountain View Neighborhood. D.K. Lu recommended speaking to Mike Percy in the Planning Department.
c. Tim Johnson volunteered to look into the six new developments in the downtown area, and to request that OVMNA be noticed of pending Site Planning and Architectural Review (SPAR) actions on future planned developments in the Central Planning area. Tim also volunteered to look into the city budget planning cycle for the coming year to ensure that the development of the park at Mercy and Bush be funded, and to ask the Parks Department about the status of in lieu fees within a 1/2 mile radius of the site of the new park.
4. Ice Cream Social planning (Sat, 9/5, 2-4 p.m.):
a. The ice cream social will be publicized in the next newsletter.
b. Tim Johnson volunteered to make ice cream, will update the 4x8 sign from last year, will ask Jeff Farmer to display it in his yard and will provide Maarten Korringa with an inventory of supplies.
c. Julie Lovins volunteered to put up signs at the park for the event itself.
d. Aaron Grossman and Ronit Bryant will help out.
e. Sally Lieber will look for someone to do face painting and get a permit for Pioneer Park.
5. Slate of new officers:
a. Maarten reviewed the slate of officers for the coming year, which will appear in the next newsletter. Aaron Grossman agreed to fill the position of Treasurer.
6. October "Meet The Candidates" planning (Sat, 10/24):
a. Sally will check on the planned date for Mtn View/Los Altos League of Women Voters Forum.
b. The event should be publicized in the OMVNA 10/9 newsletter.
c. Maarten Korringa will send out invitation letters. He will also send rate cards and advertising copy deadlines for the 10/9 newsletter.
d. It was noted that next time we should invite candidates to advertise in the two OMVNA newsletters proceeding "Meet the Candidates" events.
e. Russ Parman will ask Bruce Karney to host the event.
f. The election of OMVNA officers will immediately proceed the forum portion of the meeting.
g. Tim will reserve the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall at Trinity Church. A budget of up to $200 was approved.
7. Helen Patterson provided a detailed update on the status of the route and construction of the Stevens Creek Trail in the vicinity of her home. She reported that the city is considering a realignment of the trail through the tennis court area. This would preserve some of the heritage trees which were previously scheduled for removal. There is also a possibility that the trail route may be moved to the east side of the creek. Construction began in February, but has stalled. She described a myriad of problems, and questioned the planning and execution of the project.
8. D.K. Lu requested OMVNA participation in the Asian Parade, planned for Sat, 2/27.
9. Julie Lovins reported some linking problems on the OMVNA web site. Maarten Korringa will check the links.
10. Tim Johnson reported that he will be out of town for the next OMVNA monthly meeting. Maarten Korringa agreed to take the minutes for the meeting.
July 15, 1998
2. Sally reviewed plans for the upcoming OMVNA general meeting:
Restated the theme and goals for the meeting, i.e. to raise awareness of the neighborhood preservation plan, both among key city staff and within the Old Mountain View neighborhood.
The community room at the city library has been reserved for 7:00-8:45 p.m. on both August 5 and 13.
Since only coffee and cookies are allowed in the community room, it was decided to reschedule the ice cream social for September 5 at Pioneer Park and treat it as a separate activity. Anita will place something about this event in the next newsletter. Sally will check on availability of the amphitheater area in Pioneer Park.
Jim Lynch has agreed to attend the meeting. He will attempt to get the new zoning administrator and other appropriate city staff to attend.
It was decided that the meeting should be structured as follows:
An agenda and relevant excerpts from the preservation plan will be made available to attendees.
3. Tim reported on the new citywide R2 and R3 building guidelines for in-fill development in Mountain View. He asked whether or not these new building guidelines should be included as part of the presentation.
2. Action: Maarten will write an article for the next newsletter, encouraging neighbors to volunteer for positions on the steering committee for the coming year.
3. Action: The nominating committee needs to determine if there is any conflict of interest for someone serving on City Council to also serve on the OMVNA steering committee.
4. Action: Maarten will ask Russ Parman or Jeff Farmer to serve as chair of the nominating committee. Maarten and Anita volunteered to serve on the nominating committee.
June 17, 1998
1. Sally reported that she can now begin contacting potential speakers for the next OVMNA general meeting (she recently graduated from Stanford University). The theme for the meeting had earlier been identified as that of neighborhood preservation. It was decided that the meeting will include an ice cream social. Sally will check the availability of the identified speakers for the date August 8.
The goal for the meeting is to raise awareness of the neighborhood preservation plan, both among key city staff and within the Old Mountain View neighborhood. There was some discussion on how the meeting could be most effective. Various strategies that were discussed including the following:
3. General meeting wrap up. It was reported that there were many new people at the May general meeting. It was suggested that Pat Mercedes, who prepared the food for the event, receive special recognition.
2. Helen Patterson described a recent change in the planned path for the Stevens Creek Trail in the vicinity of her house. The change calls for the trail to go along a fence directly behind her house. Her concern is that this will necessitate the removal of several heritage trees. Helen has spoken to city representatives from the Parks division. She has also spoken to the city program manager of the Stevens Creek Trail, Ms. Seeds. OMVNA agreed to contact Ms. Seeds, expressing concern about removal of the trees and asking to be kept informed.
3. Garth Williams was appointed to fill the open At Large position on the OMVNA board of officers.
2. Maarten recognized Sally as the recent recipient of the outstanding Community Leader award, which is sponsored by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and Voice newspaper. Sally was congratulated for her achievement.
May 20, 1998
2. Guests spoke on the soon to be proposed fluoridation of City water. They described an unfunded State mandate to fluoridate the drinking water, and said that Supervisor Joe Simitian is encouraging Mountain View to proceed with fluoridation. The setup cost is expected to exceed $1 million, with additional yearly maintenance cost. The guests were concerned with various side effects caused by overexposure to fluoride. They described the various current sources of fluoride (e.g. naturally occurring in food), and warned that some people will greatly suffer if additional fluoride is added to the drinking water.
The guests said that a feasibility study will be presented to the City Council next week, and recommended that everybody go to the meeting and request that the issue be put on the ballot for public vote (as it has been done in several regions).
3. General meeting planning. Based upon the number of RSVPs that were received, it was anticipated that 70 people would attend the dinner meeting. Various duties were agreed upon. A budget for the dinner was established. It was reported that a neighborhood singing group would provide entertainment.
4. There was a short discussion on neighborhood traffic mitigation. No actions were taken.
5. The results of the neighborhood survey were distributed. No actions were taken.
April 15, 1998
1. March minutes were accepted.
2. May 23 General Meeting Planning: Julie suggested trying to determine how many people will be attending adding a 5/19 RSVP in the newsletter announcement. She also suggested the people be asked to bring a dish to the event.
Tim and Aaron agreed to take responsibility for acquiring the following:
It was decided that the event theme would be
Planning details for the event will be finalized at
the next monthly meeting (5/20)
3. Sally proposed organizing a special meeting with
the theme of neighborhood preservation. She suggested
inviting people such as Jim Lynch (Neighborhood
Preservation Manager), Elaine Costello (Community
Development Director) and the City Council members. A
possible location is the Pioneer Room at the new City
Library. She suggested inviting the other neighborhood
associations. Possible theme: "Monster Houses."
Bruce agreed to write a history of the OMVNA neighborhood association.It was suggested that education and awareness be the focus of the meeting, with identification of the key City players, a synopsis of our current neighborhood situation, a history of the presentation plan (possibly given by Steve Lewis), and a case study involving use of the plan (possibly given by Russ Parman).
4. The topic of traffic mitigation was briefly discussed. There will be an article in the next OMVNA newsletter featuring some of the recent projects resulting from the new Traffic Mediation Process.
5. There was discussion of the Open Space Plan as an agenda item at the April 28 City Council meeting. As it stands, the Open Space Plan includes development of the Mercy-Bush Park as a high-ranking, City-wide priority. There was discussion on what OMVNAs strategy should be regarding this agenda item. Sally agreed to poll the City Council members on their position on the development of the Mercy-Bush Park. Tim agreed to discuss the matter with David Muela (Community Services Director).
6. Tim shared information on the upcoming "Creative Solution" Housing Symposium.
7. The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:15 p.m.
2. General meeting update: Maarten reported
that he has reserved the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, May
3. Web page: The new web page is up and running (www.omvna.org) Maarten will solicit web page sponsorships. Meer.net is our sponsor.
4. S-curve from Evelyn to Villa via Bush Street: Five neighbors from Town Square and Accolade (sp?) developments spoke of their concerns over safety issues related to the S-curves. These neighbors and others in the development dont feel that the installed portion of the S-curves is working well and are especially concerned about plans to finish the S-curves in the near future. Residents have written to the Mayor, voicing their concerns. The Mayor has replied, saying that it was too late to make any changes or to stop the project. There has been much discussion between the neighbors and the Planning Department.
The neighbors goal is halt the completion of the construction of the S-curves, and to have the existing S curve removed, with a barrier for traffic continuing down Bush Street and with the installation of stop signs at the appropriate intersections.
One of residents, who lives at the corner of Evelyn and Bush, had a hit-and-run driver lost control and drove into his front yard. It will cost the neighbor about $6,500 to repair the damage. There was an eye witness, but he didnt get a license number. The situation demonstrates the problems with directing traffic around this corner.
There are also pedestrian access problems to and from the development created by the S-Curves. It is a confusing design for drivers and pedestrians alike. It isnt always clear which ways cars are coming and going through the intersection, with many near accidents and one actual physical altercation. There has already been one known accident in the S-Curves.
At the March 12 Council Transportation Committee meeting, the neighbors tried to explain the situation. However, since it wasnt an agendized item, the CTC couldnt take action at that time. The neighbors plan to follow up with the CTC. They asked OMVNA for their understanding and support in resolving the problem.
Maarten will ask the City to provide links from the City web page to those of the neighborhood associations.
Tim reported that Bank of America is willing to provide OMVNA with a free bank account. Bob said he would prefer to have an account at Wells Fargo because it offers online banking. He will approach Wells Fargo about providing OMVNA with a free account.
Bob asked about getting underground power lines for the neighborhood. Ronit volunteered to determine what is involved in moving power lines underground.
Ronit reported on having gone to a recent zoning administrator meeting related to a building proposal at 272 Bush. During the meeting, the zoning administrator insisted upon maintaining a large oak tree at the back of the lot. Ronit was pleased by the zoning administrator taking this initiative.
February 18, 1998
1. Maarten asked guest Jim Lynch, What needs to happen to implement the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Preservation and Improvement Plan? Jim provided the following general information and suggestions:
The Plan was adopted by the City Council in 1991. It has been used as a basis for the City-wide building guidelines. However the City Council decided not to require compliance to the building guidelines, with the exception to larger developments. Mr. Lynch said that the City needs to do a better job of educating the new and junior planners on the content of the guidelines, and he volunteered to do so. Mr. Lynch promised to report back to OMVNA on what he has been able to accomplish in this regard.
He said he will figure out a way to provide this kind of education for the planners on a regular basis, such as quarterly. Mr. Lynch recommended meeting with the zoning administrator. Maarten suggested putting the design guidelines on the new OMVNA web page. Mr. Lynch recommended that OMVNA should generate awareness and support for the guidelines within the neighborhood and to keep compliance of the guidelines as an ongoing priority for the neighborhood.
Mr. Lynch outlined the Citys Neighborhood Preservation Strategy. He reported on the City Councils continued commitment to having an ongoing dialogue with City neighborhoods. About half of the Council Neighborhood Committees monthly meetings are conducted within the City planning areas, with senior City managers in attendance. The City Council and staff believe these neighborhood meetings a very good way to stay aware of the concerns within the neighborhoods. There is a special interest in code enforcement. Mr. Lynch noted that the Monta Loma neighborhood association is exploring a voluntary code enforcement strategy before turning violations over to the City. Members of the association will hang notices on the doors of residences which are violating codes. In this way, the Monta Loma neighborhood association hopes to be able to control blight influences within their neighborhood. Examples include garbage cans left out on lawns.
2. OMVNA Web Page Update
The new OMVNA web host has asked for free advertisement in the newsletter to cover the cost of a domain name for the OMVNA web page (www.omvna.org).
3. Mercy-Bush Neighborhood Park Update
The revised Open Space Plan will soon go to the City Council for approval. The plan now includes a recommendation for development of a mini park in the Whisman Planning Area, where the City recently purchased property for such a park. Development of a mini park at Mercy and Bush remains as a tier two priority in the plan.
4. Planning for next OMVNA general meeting
Maarten will determine if the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Methodist Church is available on May 9 or at some other date in May.
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