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CREST DRIVE CITIZENS ASSOCIATION Summer 2005 Newsletter www.crestdriveca.com GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARIES If you have received this newsletter, you live within the Crest Drive Citizens Association neighborhood. We invite your participation. The CDCA area runs from Willamette Street at 29th Avenue west along 29th Avenue to Lorane Highway, then north on Washington Street to 28th Avenue, and again west along 28th Avenue to Chambers. From Chambers, the boundary turns north to 24th Avenue, then west to City View. From that point, it follows City View as if it were extended south to the south edge of the McClean subdivision. Next, the boundary runs south and east along the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to the intersection of Pine Wood and Ridgewood Drives, then moves along Pinewood Drive and east to the west line of Densmores plat. Next, the boundary runs north along the Densmores plat’s west line to 40th Street (if extended west), continues east on 40th Street, north on Densmore Road to 39th Avenue, and east along 39th Avenue to Willamette Street, where it runs north on Willamette to 29th Avenue. Crest Drive Citizens Association meetings are held at the Wayne Morse Ranch, 595 Crest Drive, unless there is a notified change. The CDCA Board Meetings are held from 7:00-9:00 P.M. on the second Tuesday of every month and are open to the public. The CDCA General Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00-9:00P.M. Check www.crestdriveca.com for updates. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS POSSIBLE BUS REDUCTIONS & FREE DAY PASSES IN OUR AREA: check insert for details SUMMER FUN REPLACES REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS Of course you have the third Tuesday of every month circled in red on your calendar for CDCA meetings. But summer is here. What will you do with those empty Tuesday evenings? We’re glad you asked. Please put the following dates on your calendar and plan to have fun with your neighbors! Both events at Morse Ranch Park, 595 Crest Drive. Movie night will be inside the house; the potluck will be at the picninc shelter. Tuesday, July 19, 7P.M. 1st Annual Crest Drive Night at the Movies Come kick back, watch a classic movie and snack on popcorn (provided). Check our website, www.crestdriveca.com, in mid-July to find out what movie we’ll be watching. Tuesday, August 16, 6:30P.M.–9:00P.M. Potluck, Book Swap and Acoustic Concert at Morse Ranch Park By this time you’ll have finished all your summer reading, right? Bring the books you no longer want to keep and swap them with your neighbors. Bring a dish to share, your own utensils, and a blanket, and after we eat you’ll be entertained by Crest talent. Look on page 2 for a door prize entry blank (which doubles as a reminder)—you could win! The potluck is an annual event that has been going on in our neighborhood for many years. Sometimes neighbors bring their extra garden bounty to share. It’s a great, low-key event. Come meet your neighbors—old and new. If you’ve never before gotten involved in the neighborhood, this is a great place to start. Do you know an musician who lives in our neighborhood who would be willing to perform a couple numbers? Please have them contact Kathy Saranpa, firstname.lastname@example.org. The more musicians, the better! Remember that alcohol is not permitted in the park for this event, nor is amplified music. —Kathy Saranpa, CDCA Chair EUGENE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFERS FREE HOME VACATION CHECKS! Thanks to our wonderful Senior Patrol Volunteers, the Eugene Police Department is able to offer free home vacation checks. Senior Patrol volunteers are citizens (50 years old or better!) from our community who volunteer their time for the Police Department. Senior Patrollers wear uniforms and drive police vehicles that clearly identify them as police volunteers. They receive both classroom and field training and always patrol in pairs. In addition to vehicle patrols, you might also see them on the bike paths, either in their golf cart or on bicycles. One of the duties they perform is home vacation checks. Residents of Eugene may ask for Senior Patrol to check their home while away on vacation. Senior Patrollers can even inspect the backyard area too! To request a home vacation check, simply submit an application one week prior to your departure. Applications can be obtained at and returned to any neighborhood police station or at the main police lobby at City Hall. The application is part of a brochure which also provides valuable information about making your home safe while you’re away. For more info, please call Senior Patrol Coordinator Debbie Janecek at 682-8845 or contact her via e-mail: Debbie.K.Janecek@ci.eugene.or.us. ABBREVIATED CDCA MINUTES - for complete minutes visit www.crestdriveca.com, or call 687-7199 ABBREVIATED MINUTES: CDCA GENERAL MTG MARCH 15, 2005 • David Sonnichsen, former Chair of the Citizen Planning Committee for the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park, spoke about the committee, its function and history, and urged interested parties to apply for the committee by March 18. • Jim Reed reported on the website.There is now a subcommittee area (land use, street design, sustainability [includes recycling and LTD]) as well as links for information for the discussion forum. • Guest Speaker #1: Meghan Kemple from NCAP Kemple said the mission of NCAP is to reduce pesticide use. It’s based in Eugene and has an excellent library. They publish a journal four times a year, have a website, access to 17,000 articles on pest control topics. PESTICIDES? 10 REASONS NOT TO USE PESTICIDES: 1. They don’t solve pest problems 2. They are hazardous to human health 3. They cause special problems for children 4. They often contaminate food 5. They are particularly hazardous for farmers and farmworkers 6. They are hazardous to pets 7. They contaminate water and air 8. They are hazardous to fish and birds 9. Pesticide health and safety testing is conducted by pesticide manufacturers 10. Pesticides have too many secrets Kemple mentioned NCAP's ―Healthier Home and Garden‖ program—monthly e-mail tips about gardening without pesticides and a hotline number. www.pesticide.org. • Guest Speaker #2: Lance Robertson from EWEB 3 handouts were passed out: 1) What’s up at EWEB, 2) Riverfront questions and answers; 3) EWEB’s Electric Road Map: The 2004 Integrated Electric Strategy & Action Resource Plan. For more info check www.eweb.org. Items discussed: Potential EWEB move/Substation replacement/Contamination on site/Peace Health and Triads offers/Rate changes/Steam plant changes/ Wind farm/Citizen working group Electric resource plan—citizen group met for a year and updated the plan in December 2004. Basic philosophy is to continue to slowly move from hydroelectric & fossil fuel to other sources (wind, solar). Looking to do ―distributor generation‖ (buying back power). ABBREVIATED MINUTES: CDCA GENERAL MEETING APRIL 19, 2005 • Sherie (transportation): We’ll have transportation meetings on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM before the CDCA General Meetings at Wayne Morse Ranch. • LTD update Will Mueller: History of buses on Crest Drive – Ridership in summer is lower so it may be cut in the summer. Angie Sifuentez: Asking for ideas for increasing ridership – Various ideas contributed from those in attendence • Mixed use development: Allen Lowe Create higher density, mixture of uses around city/Connected to traffic/Potential Mixed Use Centers in our neighborhood: 28th and Friendly St. (28/F) and 29th and Willamette (29/W). Ask to be put on mailing list if you’re interested: email@example.com • ―For the Good of the Neighborhood‖ items from the floor: Discussion of audience format vs. small discussion groups or open forums for neighbors... ABBREVIATED MINUTES: CDCA GENERAL MTG MAY 17, 2005 • Announcement of LTD Meeting June 8, 6:00-7:30 at Wayne Morse Ranch (about increasing bus ridership during the summer) • Goal 5, Joint Public Hearing with Lane County Planning Commission and City of Eugene Planning Commission. 3 areas that should be protected in the city: Riparian, wetlands, wildlife habitat • NLC: asked for more funding for CIC (Citizen Involvement Committee), newsletters and neighborhood matching grants. Proposal went to city council for budget requests. • Betty Taylor: Council passed (7-1) decision to apply for Enterprise Zone. Other Citywide future issues. firstname.lastname@example.org • Guest Speaker: Doug Perry: Assistant Fire Marshall for Eugene FIRE SAFETY? HAZARDS: Wood roof, siding, stilts, firewood pile near home, snags, tall grass, decks on stilts SOLUTIONS FOR FIRE HAZARDS: • Separate fuel, heat and oxygen • 30 foot zone between home and wild area, survivable space • Prep your property, have an escape plan, don’t try to defend your own property, leave it to professionals with proper skills • Clear trees 15 feet away • Clean gutters, needles off roof • Check bird blocks, make sure there’s a screen • Check covers on fireplace chimneys • Cut grass, landscape • Don’t store spare lumber under deck • Cut limbs of trees so they don’t hang down into shrubs; ladder effect (flames climb) • Rhodies and Ivy are fire resistant plants but can be ladders PREPARE FOR EVACUATION: • Plan two ways out and get out at first sign of a problem • Know what to do with valuables FIREWORKS: • Fireworks are legal in Oregon if they don’t fly through air, explode or travel horizontally across ground 7 feet BURNING: Within Eugene, open burning is prohibited. If you see it, call 911. Fire Dept. will put it out. Fire Dept. can’t issue citation, police can. Also, LRAPA can impose civil penalties. Don’t confront individuals who are burning open fires. Food cooking is allowed. There is concern about EWEB cutting limbs that land on electric wires; could start fires. We should call EWEB about it. The ―No Fire In My Backyard‖ campaign is being resurrected from the early 1990s. They’ll put up yard signs. Call Kathy Saranpa 687-7199 if you want a yard sign. For more information see web sites: www.keeporegongreen.org, or www.firefree.org WELCOME The CDCA board members are currently rewriting our charter/ by laws. We are in the process of gathering comments and suggestions. You are welcome to attend our board meetings held on the second Tuesday every month. All proposed changes will be voted on in the future at our general meeting. Our existing charter/bylaws are/will be posted on our website. At present we have one area of controversy. At what age do we allow our member/neighbors to cast their vote? There are compelling arguments both for and against allowing 14 to 16 year olds to participate at the neighborhood level. We’d like to hear your comments on this issue. If you are unable to attend a board meeting we’d still like to hear from you—please email me at email@example.com. —Cathryn Treadway, CDCA Vice-Chair Crest Drive Citizens Association Annual Picnic • Tuesday August 16, 6:30P.M.–9:00P.M. Potluck, Book Swap and Acoustic Concert at Morse Ranch Park Bring the books you no longer want to keep and swap them with your neighbors. Bring a dish to share, your own utensils, and a blanket, and after we eat you’ll be entertained by Crest talent. The potluck is an annual event that has been going on in our neighborhood for many years. Sometimes neighbors bring their extra garden bounty to share. It’s a great, low-key event. Come meet your neighbors—old and new. door prize entry form—clip and bring this with you to the event! name: address: favorite thing about the neighborhood: TRANSPORTATION, CONTEXT SENSITIVE DESIGN (CSD) AND THE CREST DRIVE NEIGHBORHOOD opinion article Transportation through the Crest Drive neighborhood has had a long, bumpy journey. In 1918, when boulders used to rip cloth tires and mud made passage at times completely impossible, County Road 846 (now known as Lorane Highway) was constructed to resolve those problems. The newest 20th century techniques were used, including horse-drawn, halved 50-gallon drum ―dump trucks‖ in addition to modern trucks (turn of the century models, that is), hand-filling of gullies, and other such state-of-the-art methods. The pothole-riddled surfaces of today’s streets continue to be a challenge, yet for over 30 years, Crest Drive residents have successfully resisted road projects they considered inappropriately large and detrimental to our neighborhood’s character. Now, an emerging design approach named Context Sensitive Design or CSD, may help provide options that address our 21st century concerns. According to the Federal Highway Administration web site (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/csd/index.htm), CSD is an emerging ―collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility. CSD is an approach that considers the total context within which a transportation improvement project will exist.‖ Previously considered widening projects necessitated broad clear-cuts and huge amounts of cut and fill with retaining walls. Even if all possible exceptions for difficult terrain were granted, inflexible codes simply could not appropriately accommodate areas such as the Crest Drive neighborhood and road improvement discussions invariably came to a halt. In 1996, City Council decided to postpone further attempts at addressing any transportation issues in the Crest Drive neighborhood until a study of the entire area could be conducted. In 1995, during formulation of the Local Street Plan, then-City Engineer Les Lyle advised Crest Drive area residents to propose options for more sensitive street design. A group of neighbors formulated a ―Distinctive Streets‖ category, but the ideas were rejected as too difficult to apply. The proposed 1999 Arterial and Collector Street Plan did contain a new ―neighborhood collector‖ street category and further exceptions for sensitive areas. However, the options still appeared inadequate to address our neighborhood streets, and over 300 Crest Drive area residents joined in a successful petition to remove the entire Crest Drive area from the proposed A&CSP map until the transportation study could be conducted. In 2002, the Crest Drive Area Transportation Study was initiated. It soon became apparent the new standards do lack adequate flexibility and Senior Transportation Analyst Gary McNeel introduced Context Sensitive Design or CSD into the conversation. In February 2004, the Planning Commission endorsed CSD and during the October 25th, 2004 City Council hearing, the Crest Drive Citizens Association and a large number of individual Crest Drive area residents expressed their support as well. CSD finally starts a discussion that Crest Drive residents have tried for 30+ years to open. Please urge City Council to take a close look at this new approach to street design. —Francina Verrijt, CDCA Communications “EXTREME COOPERATION” opinion article I walk most mornings. On Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, I walk down Crest, Storey and Friendly to the DariMart at 28th and Friendly where I buy a copy of the Oregonian. Once back home, I read the paper. One Friday a few weeks ago the Jonathan Nicholas column caught my eye. He wrote of a speech given by Dan Wieden of Wieden + Kennedy to the Oregon Community Foundation. In it, Wieden talked about the leadership vacuum in Oregon. ―What we need is a totally new approach to leadership. What we need is extreme cooperation.‖ The phrase resonated: ―extreme cooperation.‖ Not just going to meetings, not just discussing some pressing need, not just complaining to someone—rather, we ―just need to work, together, from the bottom up.‖ What is so clear about this neighborhood is that there is a critical mass of neighbors who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work together on given projects. What is frustrating is that often this bottom-up approach butts heads with bureaucratic rules and regulations. The discussions with the City about designating Crest/Storey/Friendly as a ―neighborhood collector‖ is a case in point. No one denies that the corridor needs improvements, but when the affected neighbors get involved, they end up feeling as if their opinions and ideas are ignored or obfuscated by governmental jargon. This is a case where the City staff truly needs to find common ground with the energy of the neighborhood. Certainly there are ways to adapt and bend rules—goodness knows it happens all the time. Certainly there are ways to maintain the rural and bucolic nature of the neighborhood by designing a road that fits our neighborhood. And certainly, there are many ways the City staff can involve the neighbors in meaningful and creative ways into the process. This is the kind of ―extreme cooperation‖ that Wieden is talking about. It is the kind of cooperation that the neighbors and the City must find a way to foster. —Fred Lorish, CDCA Sustainability Liaison ATTENTION: PUBLIC MEETING FOR CREST DRIVE CITIZENS ASSOCIATION TUESDAY, JULY 19, 6 P.M. AT MORSE RANCH At the General Meeting of the CDCA on June 21, 2005, the membership passed the following motion regarding street design process: CDCA BOARD TO WORK WITH TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM RIVER ROAD, SANTA CLARA, AND HENDRICKS PARK TO DEVELOP A PROCESS TO BRING TO LARGER NEIGHBORHOOD FOR INPUT AND APPROVAL. This motion establishes a committee that will work out a process for working together with City staff on street design as well as a process for choosing members of that committee. The proposed process will be presented to City Council. Interested citizens are invited to come to the Wayne Morse Ranch on Tuesday, July 19, 6 P.M. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Saranpa at 687-7199, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sherie Hawley- Gamer, 344-5290, email@example.com. GOAL 5 RIPARIAN ZONE SET BACK For Eugene information about Goal 5, please see www.eugeneNR.org For more information, please contact Senior Planner Neil Björklund at 682-5507 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Planner Ann Siegenthaler at 682-5451 or email@example.com CREST DRIVE CITIZENS ASSOCIATION BOARD 2005 COMMUNICATION The CDCA maintains an e-mail listing that is used for notification of upcoming meetings and other items of interest to the Crest neighborhood. If you would like to be added to the e-mail list, please contact Francina Verrijt at firstname.lastname@example.org; for all other communications items, please contact Executive Board member Cris Jacobson. OFFICERS Chair: Kathy Saranpa 3015 Friendly St.; 687-7199; email@example.com Vice Chair: Cathryn Treadway 2820 Friendly St.; 689-7410; firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Elizabeth Lorish 897 W 36th Ave.; 341-3993; email@example.com Treasurer: Ginny Starling 3302 Storey; 683-2512; firstname.lastname@example.org BOARD MEMBERS Christine Donahue: (Land Use) 683-8220; email@example.com Francina Verrijt: (Communications) firstname.lastname@example.org Nora Hagerty: (Newsletter Design) 682-5380; email@example.com Sherie Hawley: (Traffic); 913-2730; callsherie@aol. com Cris Jacobson: (Communications) firstname.lastname@example.org LIAISONS Fred Lorish: (Sustainability) 897 W 36th Ave.; 341-3993; email@example.com Jim Reed: (Website) 344-7985; firstname.lastname@example.org CITY COUNCILORS Betty Taylor; 338-9947; email@example.com Bonny Bettman 344-3150; firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Pryor 484-6896; email@example.com WEB LINKS CDCA www.crestdriveca.com CITY OF EUGENE www.ci.eugene.or.us CITY OF EUGENE NEWS RELEASES www.ci.eugene.or.us/media/articles.asp CREST STREET ISSUES/CITY SITE www.ci.eugene.or.us/pw/crest/ NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAM www.ci.eugene.or.us/NEIGHBOR/index.htm PUBLIC MEETINGS www.ci.eugene.or.us/Council/pubmtgs.pdf EUGENE GOAL 5/RIPARIAN ZONES www.eugeneNR.org LORANE HIGHWAY www.geocities.com/lorane_highway EUGENE CITY LIBRARY www.ci.eugene.or.us/library RECYCLING/GARBAGE INFO www.eugenerecycles.org When visiting the Morse Ranch Park with your pets, please observe the leash and scoop codes. The off- leash area is ONLY in the fenced east pasture. POLICY STATEMENT This is the official newsletter of the Crest Drive Neighborhood Association. Newsletters are published and mailed courtesy of the City of Eugene. Newsletters are produced by neighborhood volunteers and are free to residents and businesses of the neighborhood. Space is available for letters to the editor with editorial comment from neighbors. All signed letters will be published as space permits. Editorials express the author’s views, not the position of the neighborhood association, the City’s elected officials, or City staff.
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