Minutes of the ICA Meeting on June 11, 2009
Officers: President Christine Coers-Mitchell, Treasurer Rupert Prince, Secretary Mary Piper
Directors: Barb Christopher, Nathan Corser, Susan Dunn, Nikki Johnston, Jeff Jones, Pam Levy, Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Michela McMahon, Jason Messer, Brad Perkins, Josh Plager, Charlotte Uris
Absent: Chris Allen, William Archer, Dean Gisvold, Maiya Martin.
Guests: Lee Perlman, David Sweet, Wayne Naillon, Peter Rechar, Jeff Penikas, Jimmie St James, Ron Laster (President, Board of Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods), Paige Coleman (Director of Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods).
President Christine Coers-Mitchell called the annual meeting to order at 7:10 pm, at Irvington Elementary School. Introductions were made. The May 14 minutes were approved as corrected. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as distributed.
Portland Sunday Parkways
Wayne Naillon reported on the series of Sunday Parkways scheduled for this summer: June 21 North, July 19 Northeast, and August 16 Southeast. The events close sections of the city to vehicle traffic from 9am to 4 pm. The Northeast Parkway will showcase Vernon, Concordia, Cully, Alameda, Sabin and Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhoods. Six to seven mile loop will be closed (except for residents). Wayne asked for volunteers to staff intersections. Contact him at 503-823-5358 or www.PortlandSundayParkways.org (click on Volunteer).
Home Tour Wrapup
Jimmie St. Arnold, co-chair of the 2009 Home Tour, presented a financial report: income of $29,050 and Expenses of $7,185 for a net income of $21,854. The committee was thanked for its successful tour. Concerning future tours, Jimmie thought one of the local preschools might be invited to host the Tennis Club “café.” She also expressed an interest in coordination with Irvington businesses. Regarding the “resource guide” it was suggested that businesses include their contractor or business license with their entry.
She reported the Web Site committee is continuing to apply for grants.
Charitable Giving Committee
On behalf of the Committee, Nathan Corser reported on the recommendations for the 2009 awards, which are funded by the revenues of the 2008 Home Tour. Competition for grants was intense this year. The amount budgeted was $10,000, but the requests totaled $20,980. The Committee recommended spending $10,200, to fund these gifts:
Grant HS All-Night Party Comm. $700 scholarships for seniors’ graduation night party
Irvington School $1500 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade peer relations project
Sabin School $500 library books
Hancock Street Preschool $300 music and arts program
Irvington Co-op Preschool $400 parent education
Northeast Indoor Park $250 equipment
NECC Development Center $850 scholarships
Kinship House $1500 counseling for adopted and foster children
Project Linkage $1700 transportation and support services for seniors
Loaves & Fishes $1000 meals-on-wheels service for seniors
Dahlke Manor & Grace Peck Terrace $1500 foot care program
Project Hope applied for a grant but it was not funded as the proposal, while worthy, would only benefit a very limited number of individuals and the organization is located outside of the Irvington neighborhood.
On behalf of the Home Tour Committee, Jimmie St. Arnold asked that the CG Committee share its criteria, and selection process in order that the HT Committee can better understand the Charitable Giving Program. There has been concern that not all organizations in the community receive notice to apply for funds. It was noted that the grant program has been in place since 1992, but has evolved over time to be more transparent, even though it still has the same guidelines (favoring youth and seniors) originally developed with input from the Oregon Community Foundation. The program has defined criteria (specifically, (1) that a recipient must be either a public school or a 503 © (3) organization under IRS rules and (2) either operating in or headquartered within the boundaries of the ICA) for eligibility. Consequently, not all organizations in the community would meet the eligibility requirements. Notice of the awards is published each year in the Irvington Newsletter and in the Home Tour booklet.
The Charitable Giving Committee will prepare a report analyzing past distributions, and Susan will give another report on guidelines and process to the HT Committee next year.
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that the Board accept the Charitable Giving Committee’s recommendation and that $10,200 be allocated. Approved unanimously.
Nikki Johnston reported for the Land Use Committee. There is a proposal to the City that a large parcel of land on NE 28th be subdivided and additional structures built. The Land Use Committee opposed this proposal with a letter to the city.
There is a proposal to provide a small house on Broadway with a circular driveway. This will require an additional driveway. The Land Use Committee opposed this additional driveway.
An Arizona owner of a condo 2337 NE 15th is using it as a hotel and is requesting B&B status. The adjacent homeowners are opposed to this use. The City notified the owner of this illegal use and is now penalizing the owner. This project will be discussed at the June 25 meeting of the Land Use Committee (7 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church)
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.
Ron Lester, president of the Board of the NECN invited Irvington representation on the Coalition board. Two positions are unfilled. The Board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. Ron can be contacted at 503-282-9923.
Election of Officers and Directors
Nikki Johnston, chair of the nominating committee, read a list of nominations for Officers and invited additional nominations from the floor. There being none, the following Officers for 2009-10 were elected unanimously: President Christine Coers-Mitchell; Vice President William Archer; Treasurer Rupert Prince; Secretary Mary Piper.
Eight positions are open for Board members. The following were nominated for two-year terms (2009-2111): Chris Allen, Pam Levy, Josh Plager, Susan Dunn, Jim Barta, Jeff Jones, Nikki Johnston. Additional nominations were invited; there being none, the slate of nominees was elected unanimously.
Jeff Jones stated that Irving Park was doing very well. However, due to budget shortfalls and staffing issues, the Park Bureau has delayed the installation of the new playground equipment until spring of 2010.
The “Movie in the Park” is scheduled for August 21 and entertainment is being planned. Jason Messer reported he is working with the recreational tree climbing organization and noted up to 100 people could participate. The group covers all liability for the activity
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that up to $800 be allocated for the tree climbing. Approved, 3 abstentions.
Grace Farmer’s Market
Brad Perkins reported the organizers have received $2,000 each from Westminster Presbyterian and Grace Episcopal churches. Plans continue to move ahead with an opening set for July 25, on Saturdays 8 to 1.
King Farmers Market
David Sweet, Co-Chair of King Farmers Market Community Advisory Council, reported on this new market at NE 7th and Wygant. The market is managed by Portland Farmers’ Market and supported by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. It is open each Sunday through September 27.The market accepts food stamps to purchase tokens and is attempting to match up to $5 per person each week in additional tokens. The ICA was invited to participate in this effort to provide access to fresh, local food with a donation to the matching Foodshare Fund Northeast.
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that the ICA provides $1000 in support to Foodshare Fund Northeast to provide matching funds for food stamp users. Approved with 1 abstention.
Historic Preservation Committee
Mary Piper presented the completed Reconnaissance Survey of about 3000 structures for the Irvington Neighborhood along with statistical reports.
Central Lutheran Church Tower Restoration Project
Susan Hathaway-Marxer reported the restoration of the church’s tower has been delayed by permitting but is scheduled to start on July 13. The new tower is being fabricated off-site and its installation should take about two weeks once it arrives at the church. A community celebration of the completed project is scheduled for late September.
Memorial Project to Honor Dick Levy
Susan Hathaway-Marxer has looked into the placement of a bench to honor Dick Levy on “Klickitat Mall” and found that the pedestrian walkway is being managed by PDOT rather than the Parks Bureau. PDOT has many management and maintenance issues with Klickitat Mall and does not want a bench installed there. However, Portland Parks is eager to work with the ICA under its “Gifts for Parks” program and is agreeable to the installation of a park amenity within Irving Park honoring Dick. The possibilities are a bench, a picnic table or a drinking fountain. Susan will arrange a site visit in early July with the appropriate Parks staff and ICA reps interested in this project and will report back at the September meeting. Barb Christopher, Jeff Jones, and Pam Levy volunteered to meet with the Parks staff at the park.
Respectfully submitted by Mary Piper, Secretary