SHiNA General Meeting this Sunday

The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association General Meeting is being held tomorrow, Sunday, June 30th, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Hilyard Community Center – 2580 Hilyard Street. The featured topic is information about the housing shortage in Eugene and elsewhere in Oregon and efforts to remedy the shortage.

We have invited speakers Kaarin Knudson who works for the U of O and Better Housing Together and Dan Hill from Arbor South Architecture. They will be speaking on issues relating to increasing density within the Urban Growth Boundary by eliminating Single-Family Residential Zoning and replacing it with multi-family housing. The least-expensive existing housing (and thus most-affordable) will be most-vulnerable to being demolished and replaced with multi-family housing such as four-plexes, triplexes, duplexes, and cottage clusters — the exact details still to be determined. Their talks will be followed by questions and answers.

We are requesting that volunteers sign up to help with the annual picnic we hold in early September at Wayne Morse Family Farm.

The next General Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Drive.

Hope to see you there!

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Survey on the Proposed Community Safety Payroll Tax – Closes on June 9th

Your Opinion Matters: Take a Two Minute Survey on the Proposed Community Safety Payroll Tax
The City of Eugene is proposing a payroll tax to fund an increase in public safety. A full explanation of the reasons for the tax, how it would work, who would pay, and how the funds will be allocated is included in the survey. The purpose of this survey is to provide another avenue of feedback that is equal to email/letters, personal meetings, and public testimony directed to city council and is not designed or intended to make statistic inferences about public opinion as a whole.
This survey closes on June 9 at 11:45pm.

Emergency Planning Workshop

The Board of the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association is encouraging all Eugene resident to meet your surrounding neighbors and make plans for mutual support in the event of a natural disaster such as the Cascadia Subduction Earthquake or a major forest fire affecting Eugene.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program has much useful information, if members of your block or area wish to take that training. Each family needs to make a plan, since normal communications, such as cell phone may not be working, emergency responders may be overwhelmed, and services we depend on like electricity, being able to drive from place to place, grocery stores being open, and so on may not be functioning or accessible.

The Cascadia Earthquake has the potential to be the worst natural disaster in US history. Many things we rely on under “normal” conditions may not be available. It is better to think about taking care of ourselves under emergency conditions, before rather than when normal conditions are overturned.

Workshop Info: June 18th, 2019 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, OR from 8:30am – 4:30pm. See flier for Registration Info.

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Neighborhood Leadership Council Housing and Homelessness Subcommittee Meeting

The monthly meeting of the Neighborhood Leadership Council committee on Housing and Homelessness will continue looking at sanitation concerns surrounding homelessness. A member of the Whitaker board will share their experiences with placing several Porta-potties around the neighborhood in an attempt to improve sanitation. We will draw on similar experiences in other cities.

Meeting on Thursday June 27th12:00 – 1:00pm at the McNail-Riley House601 W 13th Ave in Eugene.

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Neighborhood Work Party

On Saturday June 15th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

SHiNA is sponsoring a work party to build a bike rack in the parking lot at Wayne Morse Family Farm at 595 Crest Drive.

The Work will involve cutting 6 holes through the asphalt, mixing and pouring concrete around the bottom portions of three hoop-type, powder-coated bike racks.

The Party will consist of a social gathering where free ice cream, cookies, and juice will be served. This is an opportunity for you to come by bicycle or by other means, bring children, and dogs on leashes (except in the dog park where they can run free). The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association has received a City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grant to purchase the materials for the project. The neighborhood association is supplying the labor for the work and the social gathering. This is a Saturday outing for individuals, families, and dogs in the beautiful park setting of the former family home of U.S. Senator Wayne Morse.  We hope to see you there. Come to work or socialize!