Minutes of the ICA Meeting on March 12, 2009
Officers: President Christine Coers-Mitchell, Secretary Mary Piper
Directors: Chris Allen, Maiya Martin Burbank, Barb Christopher, Dean Gisvold, Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Jeff Jones (arrived 8 pm), Nikki Johnston, Pam Lindholm Levy, Brad Perkins, Charlotte Uris
William Archer, Nathan Corser, Susan Dunn, Michela McMahon, Jason Messer, Josh Plager, Rachel Studer
Community Members Present: Brian Schaeperkoetter
Guests: Murray Koodish (NE Broadway Association), Lee Perlman
President Christine Coers-Mitchell called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm, at Irvington Elementary School.
2, Celebration of the life of Richard Levy
A gathering is scheduled for March 11 at the Ethos Music Center. There was discussion of a suitable memorial to Dick. Susan Hathaway-Marxer will look into the possibility of installation of a bench at Irving Park with a plaque.
3. ICA Records Storage
It was noted that Dick Levy had stored ICA records at his residence and the importance of gathering these records and others stored in past presidents homes into one location. Christine and others will follow up on this.
A quorum being present, the Minutes were approved as modified by Dean Gisvold and are posted on the web site.
5. Treasurer Report
The Treasurer was unable to attend the meeting and no report was presented.
6. Renaming of NE and SE Broadway
Murray Koodish. of the NE Broadway Business Association distributed a fact sheet on the status of renaming NE and SE Broadway to Cesar Chavez Street. Sufficient petition signatures have been submitted to the City for the renaming to be referred to a special Historic Committee composed of a retired Coast Guard general, a Willamette University Professor and the chair of the Cully Neighborhood Association. Public testimony (6-9 pm) at Metro is scheduled for March 30 (Broadway), March 23 (Grand Avenue) and April 6 (NE 39th). The special Historic Committee will make its recommendation on April 20 to the Planning Commission which will refer the matter to the City Council.
Murray invited a representative of the ICA to attend the NE Broadway Business Associationís meetings concerning this matter. They will challenge the renaming of Broadway for its historical importance to the Eastside and the city.
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that Brad Perkins will represent the ICA at the March 30 hearing. Motion passed unanimously.
7. Land Use Issues
Dean distributed a March 2009 Report from the committee. He also provided copies of proposed legislation specific to the City of Portland which will expand discretionary design review of infill projects for Portland neighborhoods.
The Land Use Committee, with other neighborhood associations, will hold a Saturday morning land use workshop at the Holladay Park Church of God on April 18, 9 to noon.
There was discussion of two liquor license applications (beer and wine) on Broadway. The ICA had written to oppose renewal of one for the recently rebuilt market and service station at 24th and Broadway. The second application is for a small, new restaurant (Petisco) on Broadway. Brad spoke in favor of helping start-up businesses. There was concern expressed about the ICA supporting a liquor license.
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that the ICA supports the liquor license application for Petisco. Yea 7, Nay 3, 1 abstention.
8. Irving Park
The President asked that the Treasurer and Jeff Jones complete the transfer of monies to the Parks Department for the new playground. The Parks Committee and Sabin neighborhood have been working on pedestrian crossing issues on Fremont.
9. Nominating Committee
Nikki Johnston spoke of the difficulty of meeting deadlines for public notification of elections and candidates before the annual meeting. It was suggested that the list be placed on the ICA website and that the committee make use of large email lists.
Susan Hathaway-Marxer and Charlotte Uris offered to serve on the Nominating Committee for 2009.
The Secretary was asked to scan and place the ICAís By-laws on the website.
10. Home Tour
Pam reported arrangements for the 2009 Home Tour are well underway. The Tour will feature 8 homes.
11. ICA Newsletter
Hillary Currier introduced Brian Schaeperkoetter who will replace her as Newsletter editor. Brian and his family have recently moved to Irvington and he has a background in the publishing field. The deadline for the next newsletter is April 23.
A reminder: Clean-up Day is scheduled for May 9.
Meeting adjourned 9:00 pm