Skylands Neighborhood Association Board Meeting Minutes May 3, 2017

Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Location: Lakeridge High School Rotunda Room

  • President David Roche called the meeting to order and went over the agenda.
  • Introduction of all the neighbors
    • 31 neighbors signed in. Sign in sheet available upon request.
    • As a reminder, please send updates on email addresses & phone numbers to Roger Allen (rallen@gmail.com)
  • Introduction of the Board Officers
    • David Roche – President
    • Paul Zaninovich – Vice President
    • Roger Allen – Secretary/Treasurer

Due to the late start and expected length of the meeting, a motion was requested & passed waiving the reading of the previous annual meeting's minutes. Minutes were mailed out and are available upon request.

An election was held, unanimously approving the unopposed slate of officers:

  • President – Paul Zaninovich
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Roger Allen
  • The Vice-President office is open and the board is seeking interested members of the community. Please contact us if you would like to help us.

Our bylaws specify that, in addition to the elected officer roles, the board composition also includes four area representatives in its membership. Mike Moore and Joy Bottinelli have agreed to fill two of these positions. If anyone else is interested and would like to be considered for an area representative role, please reach out to Paul or Roger.

Roger presented the Treasurer's Report

David presented the C800 Tower Committee Update. To summarize:

After the meeting in August we engaged the services of Dan Kearns to represent us. The committee is made up of: Hans van Alebeek, Doug Klein, Brad Hart, Mike Moore, David, Paul & Roger. We made our opposition to the tower site known and have worked with the City of Lake Oswego to remove barriers to alternative sites. The City is doing due diligence in securing alternative sites. We remain cautiously optimistic regarding this, but no decisions have been announced. The C800 group continues to work with our attorney and monitor the situation.

  • Our neighbor Bill Howe presented his findings in a Neighborhood Road Maintenance Report. The findings are in a document he wrote that is attached, along with a map showing the responsible parties for each segment of road in the neighborhood. He also got rough estimates for repairs to some of our roads. The board would like to thank Bill for his efforts. The discussion was dynamic and difficult to provide detailed minutes, but can be summarized as follows:
    • We have deteriorating roads in Skylands. We are not alone in Clackamas County with this issue and it was exacerbated by the severe winter weather we just experienced.
    • Both the City of Lake Oswego and Clackamas County acknowledge that there is work that needs to be done, but both are short on funding for these repairs and our roads do not rise to the top of their priority list.
    • In addition, some roads are the responsibility of abutting property owners and the new map shows those roads explicitly.
    • Acting on roads sooner rather than later can be very cost effective. Bill related that delaying some road maintenance in the past has cost some neighbors three to four times more than if they had acted earlier.
    • The SNA has no power to compel a neighbor to contribute funds or fix roads, but we can help to organize interested parties and explore options. To that end what we would like to see is:
      • A committee to organize and put pressure on Clackamas County & Lake Oswego to fix what they are responsible for.
      • The committee to recommend action if the city & county are not going to act. It may be better to raise funds and do it ourselves.
      • The committee could help organize adjoining property owners and perhaps seek contributions from the rest of the neighborhood to help.
      • Please contact the board if you would like to serve on this committee.

Molly Ellis lives just outside our neighborhood but agreed to present to us regarding Emergency Preparedness.

  • Molly’s presentation is attached & stressed the need for the neighborhood and each family to take steps to prepare for a catastrophic event. She relayed statistics related to the likelihood of a major earthquake caused by the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the possibility of residents being without services for a two-week period following such an event. Here is a link to the Oregon.gov website on this topic: http://www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep/Pages/Cascadia-Subduction-Zone.asp
  • We are still seeking volunteers would like to help us organize our emergency preparedness and help us all become better prepared.

No new issues from the neighborhood were raised and the meeting was adjourned.