Minutes of the ICA Meeting on February 11, 2010
Officers: President Christine Coers-Mitchell, Treasurer Rupert Prince, Secretary Mary Piper
Directors: Chris Allen, Barb Christopher, Dean Gisvold, Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Nikki Johnston, Jeff Jones, Pam Lindholm Levy, Michela McMahon, Brad Perkins, Josh Plager, Charlotte Uris
Absent: William Archer, Jim Barta, Nathan Corser, Jason Messer
Guests: Lee Perlman (Hollywood Star); Lauren McCartney and Paige Coleman (Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods); Peter O’Neil, Arcia Wilson, Erik Hovmiller, Nicole Holton and Ryan Holton (Irvington residents)
President Christine Coers-Mitchell called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm, at Irvington Elementary School. Introductions were made.
The January meeting minutes as posted to the ICA web site were approved.
A Portland police officer reported that Irvington is on the low end of crime statistics with no major burglaries. He reported there is a push to move the homeless from downtown Portland and they may be more in evident in the neighborhood. The churches are coming together to provide shelter at night. A warming center is being developed at NE 82nd & Halsey linked to JOIN. There will be facilities for homeless families. In response to a question about the status of the 715 Club on Broadway, the police are working on this problem.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Director Paige Coleman and Outreach Coordinator Lauren McCartney attended. Paige discussed what the Coalition does for the 12 neighborhoods associated with it. She described its mission to foster highly inclusive relations, to strengthen associations and cross relationships and to support and respond to the issues neighborhoods care about; also to provide issue advocacy and support community events. Paige reported on Coalition sponsored forums and opportunities for neighborhood representatives to meet to discuss mutual interests and concerns, such as monthly meetings on transportation and land use issues.
Paige invited Irvington board members to suggest ways in which the Coalition can provide assistance. Among suggestions mentioned were support for historic preservation, web development funds, helping neighborhoods work together on transportation issues, bringing neighborhoods together around Irving Park issues, information on how the city works with regard to sidewalk restoration (funding resources) and how to help us address proposed development of the Memorial Coliseum if there is expansion from the Broadway Bridge through to NE 24th.
Paige suggested the Board consider holding a Board retreat once a year which the Coalition could facilitate. There was discussion of the neighborhood becoming more familiar with land use issues such as attending the city’s “ABC of Land Use.”
Lauren reported on a Portland Plan retreat being scheduled for late March. It is important for the Neighborhoods to become involved in this process as zoning and codes are part of this Plan. Jim Barta is our representation to the Coalition but we can have two representatives if someone else is interested.
Rupert Prince distributed a Treasurer’s Report. Concerning the IRS tax levy, no decision has been made by the IRS.
Historic Preservation Committee
Barb Christopher reported on the Committee’s appearance and presentation of the Historic Nomination to the Portland Historic Landmarks Committee. The Nomination will go to the State Office of Historic Preservation on March 1.
At the City’s request, a neighborhood property owners meeting is scheduled for March 18, 7:00, the Great Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Announcement will be the Newsletter.
Charitable Giving Committee
Regarding the bench in memory of the late Dick Levy, Susan Hathaway-Marxer reported that, weather permitting, the bench will be installed before March 1. Plans are to be made for a dedication ceremony.
She also reported that Central Lutheran Church will officially dedicate the replaced steeple on February 28. Individual invitations will be sent to the Board.
Nikki Johnston reported that Susan Dunn has resigned her Board position because of time constraints. She introduced Erik Hovmiller who is interested in completing Susan’s term on the Board.
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that Erik Hovmiller be elected to Board Position #2 to complete Susan Dunn’s unexpired term through June 2011. Approved unanimously.
Jeff Jones reported that the Green Curb project at Irving Park is moving ahead with completion by late Summer. This will involve curb extensions on NE Fremont and a safe crossing for pedestrians at NE 9th. There was a question as to whether or not the plan includes parking on the south side of Fremont to show traffic. Jeff will inquire about this.
Movies in the Park program will be two nights: July 23 and August 20. No sponsors or film selections have been made but this event will not incur costs to the ICA.
The new play structure’s installation is now in the bid stage. Installation is expected in late April including improvements to drainage. It was noted that the City is putting together plans to propose a bond measure for park improvements and will likely appear at a future ICA meeting. It was noted that although drainage lines for the play fiends were installed a few years ago, there are still drainage problems. It was noted that levies provide funding for maintenance but bonds are used for capital improvements only.
Irvington Home Tour Committee
Pam Lindholm Levy reported that the committee is still working on home selection for the May 16 tour with four homes confirmed at this time. The committee is looking at the possibility of placing ads on Trimet buses. Board members are asked to make suggestions for the Resource Guide.
The heads of Neighborhood clean-ups met at the NE Coalition office to share ideas and experience. The Irvington Spring Clean-up is scheduled for May 8 at the parking lot of Westminster Presbyterian Church on NE 17th and Hancock
Editor Brian Schaeperkoetter reported the next newsletter will be distributed before March 1.
Paige Coleman from the Northeast Coalition reported on the Coalition’s involvement with an initiative to provide solar panels and winterization to homes in NE Portland. Through bulk purchasing and a single contractor, 200 homes can be upgraded at a net cost of $300 per home, a saving of more than $14,000. Contact the NE Coalition office for more information.
The Lloyd District is having a transportation meeting to promote car alternatives on February 18, 8 am. Call 236-6441 for more information.
Nicki Johnston suggested there be a review of the ICA’s bylaws and look at modifying them. It was suggested a small committee take on this work. Lauren McCartney offered to assist this review.
There was a suggestion that the ICA consider sponsoring a fall neighborhood gathering.
Brad Perkins reported on February 25, 7 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, there will be a workshop on the “Main Street” funding opportunity. There is a possibility that Irvington and Sullivan Gulch associations would want to participate.
Meeting adjourned 9:01 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Mary Piper