Neighborhoods Present: Cal Young Neighborhood Association, Churchill Area Neighbors, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Far West, Friendly Area Neighbors, Harlow Neighbors, Jefferson Westside Neighbors, Laurel Hill Valley Citizens, River Road Community Organization, Santa Clara Community Organization, Southeast Neighbors, South University Neighborhood Association, Southwest Hills Neighborhood Assoc, Trainsong, West University Neighbors, and Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement Staff
1. Approval of July minutes – approved
2. Public comment
Connie Bennet, Eugene Library – fall 2015 ballot measure for library funding
Devonne Maxey, new Americorps at city Emergency Management Program
3. 90by30 Child Abuse Prevention Initiative
Guest speakers Phyllis Barkhurst and Brittany Hinchcliffe, http://90by30.uoregon.edu.
Aim is to reduce child abuse in Lane County by 90% by 2030. Leaders would like to meet with individual neighborhoods to discuss possible partnerships. Specific activities that happen at a neighborhood level have been documented to reduce the incidence of child abuse. Group gave feedback on how to pitch the proposal at the neighborhood level.
4. E-voting bylaw amendment
Motion: Rescind the July 22, 2015 vote to amend the bylaws to allow e-voting.
Motion failed. Vote: 4 yes, 9 no, 1 abstain
Discussion: The July meeting omitted the Robert’s Rules format to have discussion after a motion is seconded and before the vote . We had lengthy discussion at first reading during June meeting. Concerns remain: not enough details in bylaws to implement; no reliable organizational archiving to count on retrieving separate procedural documents; NLC listserv has little participation as it is – how could we rally a quorum? Alternatively, would we be able to get a quorum at a special meeting scheduled on short notice?
Action: Existing ad hoc committee on bylaws will report back at the January meeting with proposal for full procedures to implement the e-voting provision. Committee requests one hour.
5. NLC’s use of Robert’s Rules
Discussion: While our bylaws dictate our use of Robert’s Rules, they have been followed at most only partially in recent memory. Do we want strict adherence? The sense of the group was that appointing a parliamentarian was not necessary; members expressed ease with the current, more informal facilitation of meetings. There is concern over overstuffed meeting agendas.
6. MUPTE at large advisory committee nominations
We used a procedure (previously outlined in NLC email) to allow the NLC to have input into the selection process being run by HRNI. The group nominated 8 people, then we ranked them by written ballot. Intent is to advise neighborhood associations who have not yet nominated anyone. Our internal ranking does not substitute for the nominations from individual neighborhood associations.
Our ranked suggested nominees: (tallied at end of meeting)
1. Jon Belcher
2. Pete Knox
3. Bill Aspegren (already nominated)
4. Jennifer Radike
5. Lloyd Helickson
6. Kevin O’Brien/Bob Larsen (both already nominated)
7. Evan Reese (already nominated)
Action: HRNI will compile short statements of interest from all official nominees and distribute with the electronic ballot
7. Neighborhood Involvement report
8. Neighborhood Highlights – postponed due to time
9. Communications Committee
Approved the motion: Move the NLC elist from mail-list.com to a Google group and investigate other options.
Discussion: Our interest was to switch to a free service. EFN might be another option.
Minutes prepared by Deb Jones