Minutes of the ICA Meeting on September 10, 2009
Officers: President Christine Coers-Mitchell, Treasurer Rupert Prince, Secretary Mary Piper
Directors: Chris Allen, Jim Barta, Barb Christopher, Nathan Corser, Susan Dunn, Nikki Johnston, Jeff Jones , Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Michela McMahon, Jason Messer, Brad Perkins, Josh Plager,
Absent: William Archer, Maiya Martin Burbank, Dean Gisvold, Pam Lindholm Levy, Charlotte Uris
Guests: Celeste Carey, Officer Matthew McAllister, Lee Perlman, John Rumpakis, Lamar White, Khalid (Kal) Wahab, Trever Cartwright, Brian Schaeperkoetter
President Christine Coers-Mitchell called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm, at Irvington Elementary School. Introductions were made. The June 11 Annual Meeting minutes were approved.
Public Safety and Crime Prevention
Officer Matthew McAllister noted that car prowls in Irvington account for most of the crimes. He said most of these are of the “smash and grab” varieties and reminded residents to remove all items from their cars when left unattended. He noted GPS systems were most likely to be taken. As noted by others, graffiti is a big problem in Irvington. Several people mentioned that removal of graffiti from road directional signs also remove their reflective coatings. Officer McAllister urged residents to report observed drug sales as well.
Celeste Carey, Portland Crime Prevention Program Coordinator from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for Northeast Portland, introduced herself.
Treasurer Rupert Prince distributed a financial report and pie chart noting sources of income and expense items for 2008-2009. Sixty-eight percent of income is from the Home Tour; with an additional 22% from advertising in the neighborhood newsletter. Expenses were led by the Historic District (26%) followed by Charitable Giving (21%). Other expenditures went to publishing the newsletter, Irving Park playground equipment and Home Tour expenses.
He noted that, whereas in the past few years there had been extra monies generated by an additional home tour for the National Trust, those monies have been spent and the 2009-10 budget will be based on the tour proceeds for 2009. President Christine Coers-Mitchell asked for volunteers to form a Finance Committee to work with the Treasurer to develop the budget for 2009-10, which will be presented for adoption at the October ICA meeting. She suggested there be representation from the Charitable Giving Committee,
Newsletter editor, Brian Schaeperkoetter, suggested additional revenue can be generated from advertising in the newsletter.
Life-long resident, E. John Rumpakis, gave a short talk on the history of Irvington in the 1960’s when the neighborhood faced social and economic problems. He spoke of the neighborhood-generated movement to deal with blight and restore pride in Irvington, the formation of the Irvington Community Association, the origins of the Home Tour and the success of the campaign. He was applauded for his interesting remarks.
He also spoke briefly and distributed a handout about Abraham Ingle who is developing a series of neighborhood “diaries.” These walking tours of neighborhoods would be complemented by audio (can be downloaded to iPods). These are being prepared for Buckman, King/Vernon and Downtown neighborhoods. John hoped this project could include Irvington. John also distributed a brochure on the “Idaho Heritage City Program” and is hoping our state will be more proactive in historic preservation efforts. He is currently serving on a state heritage committee and thought funds might be available.
Dick Levy Honor
Susan Hathaway-Marxer distributed information on possibilities for an Irving Park honor for Dick Levy. Choices were a bench, picnic table or drinking fountain.
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that the Treasurer expends $1,800 to Portland Parks & Recreation for a standard bench to be installed at the site selected by ICA Directors. Motion carried unanimously.
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that Susan Hathaway-Marxer order a bronze plaque at a cost not to exceed $300 to be engraved “In honor of Dick Levy who loved this neighborhood. 2009” and have it mounted on the park bench. Motion carried unanimously.
Irvington Farmers Market
The Irvington Market appears to be a great success. The Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association has agreed to provide a $1,000 loan to help get it started (the ICA has previously done so). It will be open on Sundays through November.
Nikki Johnston reported for the Land Use Committee. An Arizona owner of a condo 2337 NE 15th is using it as a rental and is requesting B&B status. The adjacent homeowners were originally opposed to this use but are not now raising objections.
The property owner request for two driveways around a commercial building on Broadway has instead built a handicapped ramp along the east side of the building.
Installation of the replacement tower at Central Lutheran Church was delayed over engineering conflicts with the City code but the permit has now been issued.
Westminster Presbyterian Church will be going through design review on proposed alterations to the building. It was suggested that the Committee discussed the Church parking lot and the building being obscured by large trees.
The Portland Plan is considering modifications to building standards including roof overhands and set backs. The Land Use Committee will be discussing these and other matters at its meeting on September 24, 7:00 pm at Westminster Church.
Nathan Corser is serving on the TMA, advisory to the Lloyd District which is trying to keep light rail in the “fareless” zone. He reported on the addition of parking meters on Broadway and Weidler from NE 7th to the west.
Historic Preservation Committee
Mary Piper announced that the State Office of Historic Preservation will not require Irvington to prepare additional Intensive Surveys. The completed application for nomination will go to SHPO in November with a February 2010 review by the State Heritage Commission. She also reported that an expanded data base is being developed by Jim Heuer and Robert Mercer that will include architect, builder, other owners, histories, etc. which will be made available to homeowners in Irvington.
Nikki Johnston reported that one Director may need to be removed because of non-attendance at meetings. It was decided to wait until October to take action. She also reported that there is one open position.
Jeff Jones reported there has been some vandalism at the Irving Park spray pool. The new playground equipment will not be installed until next spring.
The movie night in Irving was well attended. It is hoped this event can be expanded next year.
Jason Messer reported that the tree climbing event was a great success with 55 climbers spending 30 minutes each in the trees. The Friends of Trees want to be involved in this event and donated money for this year.
Jeff described the original plans for Irving Park has a perimeter, lighted sidewalk. The lighting system was installed but not the sidewalk. This would be a good contribution for pedestrian use of the park.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Jim Barta, ICA representative to the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, attended a forum sponsored by the NECN. He noted that only Irvington and Alameda neighborhoods attended. Alameda is struggling to get the neighborhood involved and welcomed suggestions from the ICA.
Jim urged the ICA to become involved in the Columbia River Crossing. The NECN will holding forums on this project to get neighborhood input.
The ICA was reminded that it Irvington has two representative positions at the NECN and asked for someone to take on the vacant position.
.Brian distributed copies of the newsletter which should be delivered by the 11th. Deadlines were including a calendar distributed to the Directors.
Meeting adjourned 9:10 pm