Meeting Minutes – Annual Meeting Canoas Garden Neighborhood Association – January 28, 2014
About 45 neighboorhood neighbors.
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Treasurer’s report and collection of $10 dues
3. Committee Reports and invitation to join the committees
a) Social Committee
b) Beautification Committee
c) Disaster Preparedness
d) Neighborhood History
4. Introduction of Rodger Miller, Land Developer for the property on Almaden Road by the preschool
5. Items to discuss:
a) Building on Scottish Rite site
b) Guadalupe River Project & Path – locked gate
c) Other items?
6. Election of Officers – President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Members at Large (3-5)
7. Close of General Meeting
1. Welcome and introductions
Tony Medina starts meeting at 7.05pm by welcoming everybody present.
First, Tony turns over the floor to Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, who needs to be at a City Council meeting at 7.15. Pierluigi covers a set of topics that concern the neighborhood directly:
Pierluigi asks how many people are new to the neighborhood. 3 Families raise their hand.
He lets us know that the city of San Jose now owns the park around the Scottish Rite.
There is a question when we will have the dumpsters in our neighborhood again. Pierluigi thinks that is going to be another 2 years, since we had them last year.
He is done at 7.20, and says that he will *not* speed to his meeting.
Continuation of the meeting:
Tony thanks the church for letting use the room, and the water and coffee and cookies. Big thank you.
He asks the attendees how they knew about the meeting. People are attending because of the boards, the flyers, the post on nextdoor and the email that went out.
2. Treasurer’s report
Tony Leaman reports that the ending balance for 2013 is $1,300,90, with a beginning balance of $1,208,58.
Revenue for teh year was $981, and total expenses were $708,33
Tony reminds everyone that the 10$ dues can be dropped off in the back of the room.
3. Committee Reports
Tony Medina invites everyone to join the committees if they want to help out. We have various committees like the social, beautification, history, and more committees.
3a. Social Committee Report
Barb Medina presents the Social Committee annual report. She asks all committee members to stand up
She reports on the 3rd annual Santa gathering at Tony and Barb’s house. This event has become very popular, with many people showing up, and even standing in line to meet Santa. Two bins of food were collected for the Second Harvest Food Bank as well.
The Christmas trees, organized by Dawn Smith, had a grand total of 123 trees for the entire neighborhood. A great success!
The Produce Exchange was not as well attended this year as the last few year. Barb is asking the audience if there are ideas how to make it work better, the committee would appreciate your thoughts.
The annual picnic was well attended, with about 65 people in total. Barb is wondering the slightly lower attendance was due to SJ school district having its week off, so a lot of people were out of town.
The committee organized movie nights in July, August, and September. All three evenings were very popular, with somewhere between 25 and 50 people showing up for each of the evenings.
The committee organized block partys during the Christmas tree pickup, on Lanewood, Redbird, and Kingfisher drive.
Garage Sale. The schedule is to have a garage sale every other year. The committee will organize a garage sale this year. A quick poll of the audience shows that about half of the attendees are interested in doing another one this year.
Ralph Pierce presents a few minutes on the history of the neighborhood.
Ralph lives on Kingfisher Dr., and has lived there since 1965. Moved in with parents.
He studies Neighborhood and surrounding areas, such as the San Juan Baptista Hills. He traced back the ownership of the area to one person, called John Kell. In 1847, he swatted the property, which turned out to be city property parcel 1.
Other things to note is that the ‘Hill’ was a golf course in 1960, hence the golf names in some of our street names. And the quick silver hills on the other side of 87. There is a catholic cemetery on other side of the hill as well.
We are officially part of the district of Willow Glen (school district). The first track of development of our neighborhood was called Meadowbrook.
Ralph is also working on a book about Japantown, and a book about Japanese baseball. He regularly meets/works on the 5th Floor of the King library.
Update from District 6.
The trail system at the Guadalupe river is not fully developed yet. City is monitoring plans for flood systems of water company.
No approximate date yet.
4. Warmington Residential update
Rodger Miller is presenting about the new condominium plans on Skylark Dr. He works for Warmington Residential, which has been around sine 1926.
The original plans for the condominiums were approved in 2005. Warmington has downsized the plans to only 24 units from 36 originally. The plan is for townhouse-style condo’s. They all will have 3 floors, and a 2 car garage. The units will range 1287 – 1793 sq ft. All residential and visitor access is from the Almaden side. There is a grand total of 16 visitor spaces within the complex.
There is a concern raised from audience that visitors will add to on-street parking in our neighborhood. And with the appartments, street parking is already busy.
Rodger answers that the number of visitor parking spaces adhere to the city of San Jose requirements.
Another person asks if the Pre-school is staying. the answer is yes.
There is also no upgrades in size for storm drains necessary.
Rodger mentions that Warmington has discovered that the shopping center that used to be on that site contained a dry cleaner, prior 1969. They are currently dealing with fact that there is dry cleaning fluid in the soil. This delays things by a few months. They are working with TSC and governmental departments, who will send out letter to neighbors.
The schedule for completion: Finish the paperwork by end of year 2014, then next spring begins construction. Planning to opening models in 2015.
The traffic expectation going in and out of the condominiums is lower than when it was a shopping center, so no concern.
There will be a home owners association.
There is a question about putting in plans in front of the property. Warmington is not obligated to put in plants over almaden side strips of dirt in front of property, but Rodger says that some of that might be folded into marketing plans closer to release to pretty things up.
During construction will be a sign with a number to call, if construction crews park on Skylark side.
Rodger Miller is done at 7.51.
5. Other items to discuss.
Developments at the Canoas Garden Park
Over the past year, the city has taken care of horse pit, fixed tennis court boards, lights replaced, fixed leaking water fountain, and leaking water main.
When there are concerns about things not right / broken, please let the board know through website / email. We will respond.
The audience brings up the the car and trailer on Nightingale. Need to talk to owner to ask if he won’t park on the creek side of the street, as it blocks view in the morning.
6. Election of Officers
Mark Nijmeijer is elected as President
Tony Leaman is elected as Vice President
Gary Smith is elected as Secretary
Diane Leaman is elected as Treasurer
Members at Large:
Tony and Mark closed meeting around 8pm