Vice chair, treasurer positions still open

MULTNOMAH — On the evening of Oct. 8, the Multnomah Neighborhood Association elected new board officers — to the two positions that had candidates, at least.

Chair Moses Ross, who was first elected in October 2010, announced that he was running again. With no other candidates, he was unopposed, and members voted him in for another term through acclamation, approval without CONNECTION PHOTO: DREW DAKESSIAN - Moses Ross chairs the monthly Multnomah Neighborhood Association meeting Oct. 8.

When asked what he hoped to accomplish during his next term, Ross said via email that he would like the former Jerome F. Sears Armory building on Southwest Multnomah Boulevard to become more of a focal point for community emergency responses, unifying neighborhood emergency teams; to encourage local property owners to maintain basic upkeep of property adjacent to stretches of roadways such as Southwest Capitol Highway, which he said can otherwise be unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists; and to increase collaboration between Multnomah residents and the neighborhood association regarding community improvement projects, such as a potential mural on a blank wall along Southwest 34th Avenue from Capitol Highway to Moss Street.

“This is just one example of how neighbors can get involved to help us improve our community,” Ross said, “and I would like to create more opportunities like this for neighbors to get involved.”

The other new appointment was newcomer Ellen Houston, who volunteered — after a pause in which no other candidates announced themselves — to assume the responsibilities of secretary.

With Katy Brumbelow, outgoing Multnomah Neighborhood Association vice chair, leaving to serve as chair of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association Parks Committee, the vice chair position has been left open — a position Brumbelow said she had enjoyed.

“The vice chair position is a great position. … You get a chance to work with SWNI and find out more of what’s happening in the neighborhood and don’t have to write things down; that’s why I decided to do that instead of (running for) the secretary position,” Brumbelow said, calling it “a great way to get involved; a fairly minimal time commitment. … I think I ran one meeting or two meetings.”

In the absence of any candidates to the position of treasurer, “Those responsibilities are absorbed by the chair,” Ross explained. “So, in other words, I act as treasurer as well as chair.”

For more information about the Multnomah Neighborhood Association, email Moses Ross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Drew Dakessian can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 108.

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