Minutes of the ICA Meeting on January 14, 2010
Officers: President Christine Coers-Mitchell, Vice-President William Archer, Treasurer Rupert Prince, Secretary Mary Piper
Directors: Chris Allen, Jim Barta, Barb Christopher, Susan Dunn, Dean Gisvold, Nikki Johnston, Pam Lindholm Levy, Michela McMahon, Josh Plager, Charlotte Uris
Nathan Corser, Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Jeff Jones, Jason Messer, Brad Perkins
Jan Kasameyer (Portland Housing Authority), Lee Perlman (Hollywood Star), Officers Amanda McMillin and Eric Hovmiller (Portland Police Bureau), David Austin, Peter Goddyn, Linda McDowell, Melissa Messer, Peter O’Neil, Constance Plager (Irvington residents),
President Christine Coers-Mitchell called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm, at Irvington Elementary School. Introductions were made.
The December 12 meeting minutes as posted to the ICA web site were approved.
Three police officers visited the meeting. Irvington is relatively free of crime. They mentioned problems that have been occurring at the 705 Club on NE Broadway, including a shooting, fights, and drug dealing. The owners have been warned. In response to a question of what Irvington residents can do, the officers indicated that letters could be sent to the Oregon Liquor Commission. Regarding reporting drug sales within Irvington, the officers encouraged residents to record any they observe; with specific description of location, license plate, description of people and car; and report these to Officer Amanda McMillan at 503 823-5795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irvington Elementary School PTA
Constance Plager, co-president of the PTA, reported on activities at the school. Last year Irvington graduated its first 8th grade class and the K-8 transition is fully implemented. This year there are fifty 8th graders. The PTA will hold a fundraising auction on March 12 at the Melody Ballroom; last year’s auction raised more than $100,000. The proceeds are being used to provide a music program, fund library support, purchase software, to provide classroom supplies and field trips. Students will be participating in Martin Luther King’s birthday on January 18, followed in February by the school’s celebration of Black History month. Benefiting from the PTA’s efforts, the school has new bike racks and a grove of trees have been planted. In response to an inquiry of the school’s use of disposable lunch trays, Constance says there had been an earlier effort to switch to reusable materials but that the cafeteria lacks washing facilities. She will look into this again and let the ICA know the status.
Portland Housing Authority
Jan Kasameyer from the Housing Authority expressed appreciation for the funds provided by the ICA Charitable Giving Committee for foot care for residents of Grace Peck Terrace and Dalke Manor. In a letter distributed to the Board, she noted 67 individuals have received foot care through 145 visits. In other Housing Authority facilities, residents have to pay $13 for each treatment. In May 2009 $1,500 was awarded to this program.
Rupert Prince distributed a Treasurer’s Report. Concerning the IRS tax levy, an accountant reviewed the letter of appeal and it has been forwarded to the IRS.
Land Use Committee
Regarding the remodel of a house at 2214 NE 20th, Dean Gisvold reported that the City has approved the variance to a set back of a garage. Neither the adjoining neighbors nor the ICA appealed.
Regarding proposals for the reuse of the Memorial Coliseum, the city has received ninety-six proposals but only a few have viable funding. Proposals can be seen rosequarterdevelopment.org/Concept_Summaries.php On January 26, 5 pm, the proposals will be presented at the Coliseum. Pre-registration is required and can be made at: rosequarterdevelopment.org/tickets.php. Dean Gisvold is a member of the Rose Quarter Stakeholders Committee. The Stakeholder Committee will meet February 16 at the Portland Development Commission to review the short list of concepts. Board member and architect, Josh Plager, has submitted one of the proposals under consideration and briefly described the ways in which the building’s original design could be enhanced. The Coliseum structure and the arena bowl have been placed on the National Registration of Historic Buildings
Regarding progress on the Portland Plan, Dean Giswold said the Background Reports are now ready for review at www.portlandonline.com/portlandplan. Planning Commission Hearings will be held Jan 26, 6-9 pm; February 9, 1:15-3 pm, and March 9, 1:15-3 pm; 1900 SW 4th Ave. Dean is asking members of the Land Use Committee to select an area of the plan to become familiar with. Mary Piper expressed her interest in covering the Historic Resources area and Pam Levy was interested in the Health and Safety area.
Regarding the Portland Bike Plan, Dean reported a positive reaction to the ICA’s letter of resolution and the ICA’s suggestions were used except for disagreement with the Plan’s identification as NE 9th as a major bicycle route. The ICA had asked that it be moved to NE 11th because of danger to riders and pedestrians. Another letter will be sent to the City. The 20-year Bike Plan will be going to the City Council for adoption. That hearing will be at 2 pm, Thursday, February 4 in the Council Chambers.
On January 30, Dean Gisvold will participate in a panel discussion at the Architectural Heritage Center on “Infill Development in Traditional Neighborhoods: Conflict & Resolution” 10 am to noon. Pre-registration is required and there is a $10 charge.
Nikki Johnston reminded the Board that its officers will be ending their three-year terms and these positions will need to be filled from current Board members. Officers are term-limited as no officer may serve more than three consecutive terms in the same position. She also announced six Board members’ terms will end in June: Nathan Corser, Barb Cristopher, Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Dean Gisvold, Michela McMahon, Brad Perkins, and Charlotte Uris.
Irvington Home Tour Committee
Pam Lindholm Levy reported that the committee is working on home selection.
The Irvington Spring Clean-up is scheduled for May 8 at the parking lot of Westminster Presbyterian Church on NE 17th and Hancock. Christine mentioned that she received an email from Holladay Park Church of God which is also scheduling a clean-up.
Historic Preservation Committee
Regarding the Nomination of Irvington as a National Historic District, Mary Piper displayed a map of the neighborhood identifying the contributing and non-contributing structures. She also had on hand a printout of the survey information and photographs of each structure. A statistical report was distributed detailing construction by decade, materials used, and style categories of the survey. She also provided a Financial Report of the Committee’s work to date.
The Committee will make a presentation to the Portland Landmarks Commission on February 8 and submit the application for a historic district to the State Historic Preservation Office on March 1. The Committee was thanked for its work by the Board and members were encouraged to attend the February 8 meeting. Mary will send more information to the Board and volunteers who worked on the project.
Regarding future plans for the Committee, Mary reported discussion is underway to produce “Century House” signs to provide to homeowners on the centennial of their home’s construction. It was suggested that the existing supply of the smaller brass-like house plaques could also be promoted at this time. The Committee would also like to explore ways to acknowledge appropriate restoration of homes in Irvington. It is proceeding with development of a web site for storage of the historical and photographic materials gathered during the nomination process which will be accessible to home owners and others.
As discussed at the October meeting, Mary Piper has met with staff at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood’s Office to discuss possible storage of ICA Board records. A draft agreement has been prepared by Mary Piper and reviewed by Dean Gisvold. Barb Christopher will do the cataloging of materials.
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that negotiations proceed for storage of ICA records at the NECN and that up to $100 is made available for supplies. Approved unanimously.
Concerning the park bench for Dick Levy, the plaque is being redone and the bench will be installed when weather allows.
Melissa Messer, advertising manager for the Newsletter, reported that ad space is now full and suggested the Board may want to add an additional issue and/or raise rates. Christine will ask Brian, Newsletter Editor, to attend the February Board meeting to discuss these matters.
Christine has been contacted by Eco Tech regarding the possibility of making a presentation on radon to the Board. There was a discussion but no final decision was reached.
Meeting adjourned 9 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Mary Piper, Secretary