Northeast Neighborhood Alliance Meeting Minutes, 21 March 2016
The meeting was held at the Northeast
Tool Yard and was opened at 7:00 pm by President John Clamp.
The Beautification Award
was announced by Gus Wieters. The award this period was presented
to Taco Cabana located on Thousand Oaks. The manager Jason Rickard was
not available to accept the award. This Taco Cabana previously won the
award in 2012 due to landscape improvements around the facility, and
since then, they have added more improvements to the landscape to further
enhance the view of the area. Congratulations
to the folks at Taco Cabana on Thousand Oaks!
Fraud and Scams in our Community was briefed by David
Brinkman of the San Antonio Police Department. There are many people who
look for ways to take money from
others-especially the elderly, and the computer age has added more
opportunities for this to happen. He talked about and gave examples of
numerous fraudulent activities and scams that have happened in our area.
Tax returns. He recommended that tax returns be filed as early as
possible because the later the tax return is filed, the more chance for
fraud. People pose as IRS agents and have called by phone to threaten
enforcement of payments. The IRS does
not make phone calls.
Jury Duty appointments over the phone are false. The county does not make
Lottery Scams of promises to win a
lottery if payments are made up front.
Secret Shopper requests where deposits
via money orders are sent to them for reimbursement, while the check they
sent you was not honored.
Craig's List listings can be fraudulent,
i.e., tickets to sporting events.
Home Medical Device fraud where someone
tries to convince you that a device was ordered especially after a
Bank Account Online Take Over where
transfers of money between accounts could take place.
Make sure there is not something in the slot
for bank cards at ATMs. There have been card skimmers placed on the
machines to read the account numbers and passwords.
If your wireless is not secured, people
can drive by and capture your information.
There have been thefts from individual
and group mail boxes including the outside boxes at the Post Office. It
was recommended that you go inside the Post Office to mail checks.
Officer Brinkman stressed the importance
of protecting bank and credit/debit card account information, to be very
careful on doing business over the phone especially using credit card
information, and to use cash whenever possible instead of bank cards. If
you have any further questions you can contact Officer Brinkman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Antonio Tomorrow Initiative was presented by Rudy
Nino of the City Planning Department.
It is estimated that San Antonio will grow by 1.1 million people by the
year 2040, and in order to accommodate this growth, the city is moving
forward with this plan to avoid overcrowding and gridlock. The plan is
divided into three parts: Comprehensive Plan, Sustainability Plan and
Comprehensive Plan will address land use, urban design
and municipal policy to coordinate various City resources and incentive
programs to accommodate projected growth and provide more choices for
future and current residents.
The Sustainability Plan will be grounded
in the three pillars of sustainability-social, economic, and
environmental. The sustainability plan will include metrics of success
that will be tracked and reported.
The Transportation Plan will include all
modes of transportation, including cars, transit, bicycles, and
pedestrians. The transportation plan will communicate the City's transportation
strategy and will serve as a tool to analyze transportation priorities to
best meet community goals.
The plan is scheduled to be presented to the City Council in
June and is being presented in various venues to get citizen's input.
Everyone is encouraged to take a ten minute survey located at www.sacompplan.com , and to
visit the overall website at www.satomorrow.com to learn
about all three plans. Now
is the time to comment and make your voices heard .
Several questions were asked to include:
Will the County plan for adding $200M to
the 2017 Bond election conflict with this plan?
How are code compliance issues being
addressed in the plans?
Will telecommunication (working from
home) be recommended in the plan?
Will adjustable lanes be included in the
Will the congestion at the intersection
of 281 and 410 West be addressed?
Mr. Nino recommended that all these
concerns/comments be made through the survey mentioned above.
The Council Update was provided by
The NEC Matching Grant Program applications were reviewed
last week and the winners will be announced at the NEC Breakfast on April
8th at Rod Robertson Auto Auction (11511 Old Perrin Beitel Road, 78217)
Thursday, March 24th, from 2-4PM, several volunteers and many business owners will be out to
clean up another part of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to spruce up the
area near ITT Tech at 410 and Perrin Beitel.
Information was handed out from the Solid Waste Department
about the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program. Phase II of the program will
be rolled out this Spring, and will be available to many of us in
District 10. If you receive a door hanger, read it carefully to explore
your cart options. For more information on PAYT, visit the Solid Waste
There will be additional ribbon cuttings at the Quail Creek Tributary and
the Dreamwood Drainage project.
Everyone is encouraged to make neighborhood inputs to the 2017 Bond
The El Camino Real de los Tejas trail signs have been completed and
Fiesta Medals for District 10 which commemorates the El Camino Real de
los Tejas trail, will be available soon. If you want one, please call the
Professional panhandlers are getting out of control, so Councilman
Gallagher is working with the police department to review policies and
procedures to see what can be done to reduce this problem.
San Antonio International Airport will close one of its
runways to accommodate a scheduled construction project on the airfield.
The runway will be closed through September 2016. Neighborhoods northwest
and southeast of the airport may experience an increase in air traffic
during the project.
Two questions were asked:
When will the Bulverde/Classen Road
project be completed? Answer was 2-3 weeks.
The police don't seem to be aware or
don't enforce the noise ordinance. Answer was the D-10 office will speak
with the police department.
The next District 10 meeting will be
April 25th, 2016.
Special recognition was given to Colletta
Galloway who was one of the founding members and secretary for many
years. She was portrayed as the "Rock" of the NNA, and thanked
for her many years of service. Thank