Informative & Fun SHiNA Gatherings plus Elections
Upcoming Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association General Membership Meetings:
* Sunday, October 7th, 2:00-4:00pm
at Good Samaritan, 3500 Hilyard Street
– Picnic Feedback
– Election’s Slate
– Frank Lawson, EWEB General Manager will speak about the state of the utility, and discuss topics and projects EWEB is working on: Emergency Water Sites, Smart Meter Deployment, Cyber Security, Affordability & Climate Change.
– Alex Rahmlow, Fire Planning Coordinator, Western Lane District, OR Dept of Forestry will speak: Let’s be Firewise, to increase the chance of surviving a wildfire event for our homes & community.
* The SHiNA Board Seeks New Members:
The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) is seeking new members to join our volunteer board this fall to keep our neighborhood well-represented within the City. At-large board positions and SHiNA officers are up for election or re-election. Candidates will be put forward for ratification at the October General Membership Meeting. Elections will take place at the Annual November General Membership Meeting.
The SHiNA board advocates on behalf of 3,689 neighborhood addresses and households. We work on housing, land use, traffic and wildlife issues, sustainability, park improvements, etc. We notify neighbors about proposed neighborhood development, city initiatives, policies and projects. We also convey our neighborhood needs to the City.
Please consider joining the SHiNA Board. We would like your input and assistance in forming the neighborhood area teams for our Emergency Preparedness efforts. A neighborhood association is an excellent way to partner with other neighbors, the City, and other organizations to develop solutions to shared problems. SHiNA is one of 23 neighborhood associations and is formally recognized by the City of Eugene.
The SHiNA Board has up to 10 members and meets every other month. There are also four informative General Meetings and an Annual Picnic with live entertainment, a fundraiser, the potluck picnic, a kid’s art table and community information tables. The term of service is one year with no term limits. Email the SHiNA Board if you would like more information about serving on the board: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Sunday, November 4th, 2:00-4:00pm
at Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Drive
– SHiNA Board Elections
– Pacific Northwest Mushroom & Toadstool slideshow presentation
from former LCC mycology instructor Ralph McDonald. Oregon is home to hundreds of species of edible mushrooms, several psychoactive species and to four dangerously poisonous species. Bring your mushroom questions and samples that you’d like identified.
The new Newsletter for August is being mailed out to SHiNA residents. Come to the SHiNA Picnic on Sunday, September 9th from 4:00 – 7:00pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm (595 Crest Drive). Support the Silent Auction for a chance to win! We have 35+ donations with a $1,600 value! See the list of auction items on page 3 of the newsletter.
Lane County will hold its first FREE Plastics Round-up on Sunday, September 30th, 10 am – 2 pm at the Glenwood Transfer Station, 3100 E 17th Ave, Eugene.
We’ll be collecting #2, #4 and #5 tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles.
All materials brought to this event must be clearly stamped with a resin code (number inside chasing arrows) of #2, #4 or #5 and must be separated into shape descriptions. No other plastic types will be collected at this event.
All items must be washed clean. Remove all labels that are not printed on container.
Some examples of ACCEPTED items:
- #2 and #5 yogurt tubs and #4 yogurt lids (separated into three categories)
- #5 dairy and cottage cheese tubs (not the lid because it is not marked)
Some examples of EXCLUDED items:
- Arizona tea jugs marked both #5 AND #7
- Coffee Mate bottles #1
Why a Round-Up?
Recent disruptions to international recycling markets has driven changes in the collection of mixed recycling (aka curbside commingled recycling) systems in Lane County. Some communities have had to prohibit plastics in order to ensure that sorting facilities can produce a marketable paper commodity for remanufacturing.
Lane County and its partners are developing strategies to maintain recycling collection for the plastics that can be successfully recycled in the Pacific Northwest. The key to successful recycling is to ensure each commodity type is uncontaminated by other plastics or debris of any kind.
Interested in volunteering for this event?
Contact Kelly Bell at 541-682-2059 or email@example.com
Over the past 5 years, Eugene’s population has grown and so have our public safety needs. While many creative programs have been applied to this problem to maximize resources and meet community needs, the growing demand continues to outpace capacity causing critical gaps in community safety and services.
In the past 5 years:
- Eugene 911 calls have increased 21%
- Police and 911 staffing has remained flat
- Average wait time has increased by 20 minutes
- Police are unable to respond to 1 out of 3 calls due to lack of patrol resources
(Note: These are calls about non-life threatening situations)
The City is collecting input from community members through phone surveys, outreach at community events, and an online survey. Please take a few minutes to participate in the online survey. This information will be summarized and shared with the City Council as they consider and discuss community safety this fall. The information will also be shared on the City’s website where you can learn more about Community Safety in Eugene.
Extensive wild fires can destroy a great deal of land and property, as seen throughout the west. Fires are burning as close as Medford, OR and Redding, CA. The slopes of our SW Hills neighborhoods are also in danger. This is (and should be) an immediate concern for residents. Please water your trees and shrubbery, including rhododendrons, to keep them alive and green. In years past, summer watering was not as important as it is now, as we experience hotter and drier summers. Dead foliage and dry tall grass are a much greater fire danger than live green plant material. Dry woody matter and dead plants should be cleared away, for at least 8 feet, from the perimeter of any structures. Wildfires also affect our air quality and wildlife survival.
Dr. Toomey from the UO Department of Earth Sciences will give a talk about earthquake hazards in Oregon and how the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system can be used by business, industry, government, and the public to become better prepared to respond to earthquakes.
The new Newsletter for June is being mailed out to SHiNA residents. This Newsletter includes a free Southwest Hills Neighborhood bumper sticker.
Please join the Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:15 pm. In the Atrium Building located at 99 West 10th Avenue (off Olive Street in Downtown Eugene).
When we host
For a presentation and conversation around housing, zoning, neighborhoods and potential big changes to all three looming on the horizon.
While the goal of providing a growing population with more housing choices and more affordable options is widely accepted, there is concern that the idea of increasing density in the areas of single family lots throughout the city might fail to provide increased affordability and at the same time negatively impact the character of low density neighborhoods.
Eben Fodor is a local community planning consultant.
He has been a leading researcher on the impacts of urban growth and land development. He writes on growth and sustainability issues and speaks on these topics across the US.
Second on the agenda will be a presentation and discussion with
Eric Brown, City of Eugene Planner and
Rene Kane, Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) Neighborhood Planner
who will talk about the draft Neighborhood Planning Guidelines developed by the Planning Dept. & HRNI. The Neighborhood Planning Guidelines are intended to serve as a resource to residents interested in addressing local concerns and aspirations through a planning process or neighborhood project.