Minutes of the ICA Meeting on April 9, 2009
Officers: President Christine Coers-Mitchell, Vice-President William Archer, Treasurer Rupert Prince
Directors: Chris Allen, Barb Christopher, Nathan Corser, Susan Dunn, Dean Gisvold, Jeff Jones, Nikki Johnston, Pam Levy, Maiya Martin, Jason Messer, Brad Perkins, Charlotte Uris
Absent: Michela McMahon, Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Mary Piper, Josh Plager
President Christine Coers-Mitchell called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm, at Irvington Elementary School.
Rupert Prince gave an amended and detailed report, which was approved. It was approved to remove Dick Levy’s name from the bank account.
The committee reported on five issues:
1. SB907 to amend discretionary design review by the city.
2. Columbia Crossing is designed for 12 lanes. Add/drop lanes would extend 5 miles, reaching to Fremont St. This would send the bottleneck into our neighborhood. Motion made and passed to send postcards to state legislature members to find an alternative design.
3. Consolidation of BDS. Randy Leonard to move 40 employees from other agencies. The Mayor’s oversight committee took no position. Other neighborhood associations want to look at this more carefully. Moved and passed to oppose process.
4. Proposal that 2337 NE 15th be given conditional use permit to function as a B&B
5. A Land Use forum convenes April 18 at Holladay Park Church of God, sponsored by ICA, Mainstreet Coalition, Christine Young, and the Buckman Neighborhood.
Construction documents for new playground equipment not submitted because a city parks project manager was let go. Supervisor is handling now. New deadline isJuly 1.
Irving Park and Fremont Street Traffic Improvements
Trent Thalen of the Sabin neighborhood presented changes wanted on Fremont and Prescott Sts. Proposals are on hold because of same Parks Dept issue as above. Change proposed: crosswalk to Irving Park. Some changes can possibly be done with the Green Street Project, including curb extensions and swales to capture water from impervious surfaces. Want to restore parking to the south side of Fremont along Irving Park. The neighborhood group is looking for grant support and support from the ICA.
Motion made and passed to provide support.
Chip Shields’ intern presented HB3334, setting up a task force to examine high speed rail in BC, WA, and OR. Motion made and passed to support this effort.
Julie Gustafson and Kay Dannon gave a Streetcar update.
Jimmie St. Arnold reported on the progress of the 2009 Irvington Home Tour committee.
Nathan Corser reported on all the Irvington School activities to date, including the outcome of the oak tree removal.
The ICA and Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhoods presented historic photos and emphasized the economic issues of renaming NE Broadway to a city fact finding committee set up to consider this issue.
The Beautification committee plans a neighborhood clean-up day May 9.
The Historic Irvington Plaques made a number of years ago will be sold for $25.
Respectfully submitted by Pam Lindholm-Levy