April 2021 ABA Zoom Meeting Notes

ABA Monthly Member Meeting – April 8, 2021

Called to Order:  11:35

  • In Attendance:  
    • *S. Reid – Agape Human Services 
    • *B. Merritt – Minuteman Mortgage – loves to help Veterans, if you know any veteran looking to buy a house or refinance, please keep him in mind.  Cops as well!  Interest rates are creeping up but still phenomenal.  
    • S. Quick – SQ Merchant Services – Help with credit card and ATM payments.  
    • *A. Stone – AHS Liaison – Helps with Booster Club, PTO and heads up Grad Party
    • J. Doane – TVWD – Elected commissioner with TVWD.  Working on 1.5 billion project to bring in more water sources with partners June 30th 2027
    • K. Harris – WCSO Community Outreach – Excited about ACFM starting up in just a few weeks!  Contact info: Kody Harris WCSO Community Education Outreach Specialist kody_harris@co.washington.or.us 503-846-2774
    • Lt J. Wheaton – WCSO – Introducing Lt. Mitch Coley to the group.  He will be replacing him as James returns to rural community patrol and Mitch starts patrol in our area.  “Hello and goodbye” but looks forward to continuing to see us from time to time
    • Lt. M. Coley – WCSO – (James, but goes by Mitch) 24 years service with County, retired veteran. He is looking forward to getting to know us all.  Hello, I am Lt. James Mitchell Coley and I go by my middle name of “Mitch”. Contact info: My email address is james_coley@co.washington.or.us – my desk number is 503-846-5909. I’ve been with WCSO for over 24 years, I served in the military for 23 years, and I completed my graduate degree at USC. Very happy to meet all of you and I look forward to the community partnership. Very respectfully, Mitch
    • J. Benett – TVWD – Assistant program director for water supply program
    • D. Valentine – Washington County – Senior Transportation planner.  Here to share upcoming work in Aloha over the next few years
    • R. Kelfkens – Senior project manager Washington County

*Denotes Members of 2021 ABA Board

  • Spotlight Member:  Steve Quick – SQ Merchant Services- In industry since 2007.
    • SQ Merchant Services.  ~ Helping your business accept Credit Cards and ATMs as a form of payment since 2007~ info@sqms.biz,  SQMS.biz  971-225-776.  When you are ready, I would love to have coffee 😊 https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/SQMerchantServices@sqmerchantservices.com/bookings/s/tq6DLR57GEqusNiMJC_rGw2
    • By definition this is an entry level sales position
    • If you are looking at a processor and they have been around less than 6 months look deeper into their work
    • Showed Review/ Referral video 
      • Praising impeccable customer service
      • Praising speed of his work
      • Amazed at how much they have saved
      • Steve is always available and answers phone
      • Resolved any issues that came up during set up immediately
    • Helps businesses accept credit card and atm forms of payment since 1997
    • Belongs to 10 different Chambers and 2 other Associations
      • 7 are clients of his
      • Advisor panel of BBB
    • Make sure the rep you work with will continue to be around
    • Working  on private labeling/ branding
      • This is important as it provides transparency
    • Has 160 positive reviews, 0 negative
      • Knows of a business in our area with 2 positive and over 1100 negative!
    • If you need a swiper on your phone, an ability to make recurring payments, services for nonprofits, Point of sales, if you need an ATM, he can handle it all.  
      • Only has to say no if it is proprietary software or a contract he can not buy out
    • He is committed to helping.  This business is his model for how to help in other areas as well.
    • His kids go to Aloha
    • Joined the ABA because of his affinity and connection to Aloha.  
      • Invited by AJ Bustamante, a fellow member of his church
    • Likes to get to know people.  If you want to get coffee and get to know each other lets do it!  
      • Believes in organic relationships
        • No pressure to sign up
    • Question from A. Stone –
      • AHS Booster Club uses apple swipe on phones, could they utilize SQ Merchant Services or does he have any advice for ways to take other forms of payment
        • Apparel sales at football games, etc?
        • Would a booster club be a worthwhile client?
          • YES he can help
          • Currently has two farmers markets who are clients
          • Can help out at cheaper rates, specifically for non profits.  Want to provide for non profits.  
          • Accommodating.  He has solutions to avoid use of phones and can use handheld terminals.  
        • Fees comparable to swiper/square?  Yes, he has non profit rates.  
    • Square is a good concept but impersonal
      • SQ Merchant Services  is here to help in person
      • SQ Merchant Services  is also cheaper
    • Believes a handshake is a contract
  • Washington County Presentation
    • Dyami Valentine and Renus Kelfkens
    • Aloha Safe Access to Transit Project
      • Improvements to Aloha Town Center area (Blanton Street, 185th street)
      • Prioritize locations along Blanton and it was funded by Urban Road Maintenance Department.  Sidewalks going in between 198th and 195th
      • 192nd will also see improvements
      • In process of identifying further priorities, see 192nd north of TVHwy as priority
      • Board has approved access to $2 million to fund improvements
      • Plans to send out a draft of a letter of support for Sally/ABA to approve use of
    • Sidewalk management.  
      • Not typical county project
      • Work done through ODOT
      • Work to send out request for qualifications to get designs on board ASAP
        • Attempt to identify real look of project
        • Need for buffer between road and sidewalk
      • All of the locations are in an unincorporated areas which complicates funding
      • 187th seems to be a priority
      • 182nd has wider shoulders and seems safer than 187th
      • Timeline – getting prospectus accepted by state, get contractor on board, have to go through Dept. of Justice which is backlogged so there is a 6 month delay, hope to have consultant on board by end of year.  Construction to start 2023
      • S. Reid – Looking forward to getting this going, it’s been in discussions for years but this feels like progress
  • 192nd will be done by URMD so it is not a concern of theirs to finish
  • TVHwy improvements a separate issue
    • Areas being looked at are:
      • Sidewalks 160th – 185th
      • Crosswalks 
  • 185th and Blanton are also being looked at, Tualatin Valley Trail concept planning is looking at that intersection in particular
  • M. Holcomb – wondering about sidewalks on Blanton – will they be basic sidewalks or actual sidewalks to developer code with curbs, drains, etc.  Will there be upgrades to the street itself?    
    • URMD considered interim improvements
    • Funding not there to do more
  • TVWD Update
    • Willamette Water Supply Program Partners with City of Hillsboro and City of Beaverton
    • $1.4 billion for improvements
    • Half that amount is funded by a loan from EPA
    • Half that amount is funded by water rates, not property taxes
    • June 2026 water will be available
    • Looked at multiple sources and this was the highest quality and cheapest option
    • City of Portland requested they leave their system
      • Taken them 10 years so far, will take 15 years by the time it ends
      • It will be a lot better for Washington county citizens to be on our own
        • Will also be cheaper
    • TVWD Film
      • (narrated by J. Benett) 
      • Looking to build their own state of the art water treatment plant 
      • Working to finish pipeline which will bring water from Cooper Mountain reservoir
      • Partnership with Washington County which is also working to expand roads at the same time
      • Crossing Butternut Creek without disturbing creek
      • 56 inch diameter steel pipe going in
      • Earthquake resilient water supply
  • Nafisa Fai Washington County Commissioner gave the ABA a $400 grant provided to non-profit organizations.  We have added it to the budget and plan to use some of it towards our outreach to the community 8th graders event May 19th 
  • Community Outreach May 19th to support 8th graders
    • ABA will have a booth
    • Making 500 bags 
    • If you would like to contribute to these to celebrate the students and provide info about your business or organization to students or parents please let us know
  • $1600 in bank account but S. Reid needs to submit invoices for reimbursement
  • Purchase of Aloha Quality Inn
    • 198th and TV Hwy
    • Converting to 54 units of permanent housing for those who are homeless and at risk
    • Services will be onsite to assist 24/7
    • Studio apts with kitchenettes
    • Renovations in phases beginning in 2021, second phase to be complete in 2022
    • Interim COVID wing will be used in 2021 to provide quarantine areas 
    • Approval for change in land use designation is being sought
    • Outreach in community will go out this spring
      • S. Reid to let us know about dates
      • Shelter operator will be available to answer questions when chosen
  • There is also a proposed shelter for addiction and treatment services in Washington county (CATT)
  • Senior Grad Party 
    • Still being planned as long as counties do not have to return to extreme risk category
      • Party at Bullwinkles which is unfortunately in a  high risk county currently
      • Bullwinkles is indoor/outdoor which opens up increased possibility it will work
      • Chris Lorenz has set up a GoFundMe to provide funds for tickets for those who can’t afford it https://www.gofundme.com/ahs-warriors-celebrate-grads-of…
      • Can drive at HS this week as well
        • Warrior gear will be sold there 
        • 9-2 on Saturday on 185th side of school
  • WCSO Updates
    • Lt Coley and K. Harris are involved in community meetings for Homeless outreach programs
    • Let K. Harris know about events that WCSO can participate in as Covid winds down
    • A reminder to not post your Covid Vaccine card with pertinent info visible on social media
    • Uptick in car thefts in the area?
      • Thefts are actually trending down from last year
      • Catalytic converter thefts are up
      • REPORT REPORT REPORT, this increases the possibility of Ring type cameras picking up video
    • Uptick in mail theft due to tax season and stimulus checks 
  • M. Holcomb – Location of old Rio Ribs will be converted to a 90 room hotel 4 story building from TV Hwy to Alexander and east of 174th.  Property west of Black Rock will be turned into 86 Unit apartment facility (“affordable”).  2-4 story building.  “Affordable” is relative.  
  • B. Merritt – feels that we will start to see hyperinflation and a $300,000 house will be worth $700,000 in 10 years.  Interest rates will go back up.  Predictions for 2023 that 5% interest rate will be norm
  • COVID relief program working tremendously to help Aloha Small Businesses
  • S. Reid got J&J shot yesterday (had not planned to) and the nurse had not drawn up the shot, had to get it pulled out and re-do but all is okay!
  • Seth Myers video – the different shots interviewing for the job.  

Adjourned 12:50

 

Please join us for our next Monthly Member Meeting Thursday May 13th 11:30 am on Zoom