Minutes of the ICA Meeting on January 8, 2009
Officers: Vice President William Archer, Treasurer, Secretary Mary Piper
Directors: Barb Christopher, Susan Dunn, Dean Gisvold, Jeff Jones, Nikki Johnston, Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Jason Messer
Absent: Christine Coers-Mitchell, Nathan Corser, Maiya Martin, Michela McMahon, Rupert Prince, Brad Perkins, Josh Plager, Rachel Studer, Charlotte Uris
Community Members Present: Ashley Tjaden, Jodi Swartfager, Jimmie St. Arnold, Garrison Hullinger, Donna Wax, Diane Drum, Chris Allen
Guests: Lee Perlman, Pastor Julie Sutton, Scott Esperdal
Vice President William Archer called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm, at the Holladay Assembly of God Church.
2. Treasurer Report
The October and November 2008 could not be formally accepted because a quorum was not present.
Jeff Jones asked that a correction be made to the amount allocated for the Parks Committee: balance forward should be $1,741.00. He will notify the Treasurer.
3. Land Use Issues
Dean Gisvold reported on the December 4 2008 public meeting to discuss streetcar issues. There was a good turnout to hear representatives from the Cityís planning and streetcar offices. From the discussions of the residents present, the Land Use Committee has prepared a report to the City. A number of points were included: possible downzoning, no LID, pedestrian and bicycle considerations, the decoupling of Broadway and Weidler, and controls on development.
The ICA lost an appeal concerning reduction of setbacks and enlargement of a garage on NE 16th.
Concerning the installation of microwave facilities on top of Dalki Manor, Dean noted this was a Type II conditional use and subject to LUVA appeal only. However, residents of the neighborhood could direct concerns to the City Council. Christine invited Diane Drum, Irvington resident and environmental public health nurse to speak of her many concerns about this installation and the effects of electromagnetism. She also expressed concern about the short notice given about this installation. Dean noted that State law sets a very specific time line and turnaround of this type of application. He suggested that concerned residents should send their comments to Sylvia Cate at the city and copy the Mayor and City Councilmen.
Dean spoke about the Portland Plan which will develop a comprehensive plan for the city as required by the State land use laws. No one from the neighborhood has been appointed to the Citizenís committee but Brad Perkins and Dean Smith have volunteered.
The next meeting of the Land Use Committee is scheduled for Thursday, January 29, at 7:00 in rooms C & D at Westminster Church.
4. Irving Park
Jeff Jones presented a review of the existing play structure at Irving Park and proposals for upgrades (copy attached).
The Parks & Recreation Department has proposed the removal of the oldest equipment because it no longer meets safety standards and allocated $27,000 for the purchase of new equipment. Illustrations for two types of structures were presented by Jeff: a standard unit with 3 slides, wall climb, boom spinner, etc. (option 1) or an innovative structure allowing for more climbing activities and imaginative play (option 3). Although there was unanimous support for option 3, Jeff said it was up to Parks staff to make the final decision. Options 2 and 4 were also presented wherein the ICA would provide an additional $6,000 to the Cityís $27,000 for the expanded structure. Because there was not a quorum present, Jeff will bring this proposal to the February meeting of the ICA.
He was asked to contact King, Elliot and Sabin neighborhood associations to see if they would be able to contribute to the $6,000 or help with a fundraising effort.
The newer equipment on site (tire swing, jungle gym, etc.) is in good condition and will be retained for use by toddlers.
5. Other Committee Reports
Jimmie St. Johns introduced Garrison Hullinger who will assist with the Home Tour. She requested a volunteer to serve as Treasurer. She said a proposal upgrade of the webpage was being worked on and will be presented to the Board at a later date.
Mary Piper spoke of the status of the Historic District effort. Due to illness of Maiya Martin the completion of the surveys was delayed but is back on track now with just 8 of the 70 surveys to be finished. Data entry work continues.
6. Project Hope
Jimmie St. Arnolds introduced Scott Espedal, Director and founder of Project Hope, a non-profit youth program that targets at-risk youth between the ages of 15 and 20. To help fund this need, Project Hope has opened a retail store at 223 NE Russell. Scott was encouraged to come to the May 9 Clean-up Day to take furniture for the youth to refinish and sell.
7. New Business
The Holladay Assembly of Godís pastor Julie Sutton was thanked for allowing the ICA to meet at the church and for providing refreshments.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45.