Minutes of the ICA Meeting on April 8, 2010
Officers: President Christine Coers-Mitchell, Vice-President William Archer, Treasurer Rupert Prince, Secretary Mary Piper
Directors: Jim Barta, Dean Gisvold, Erik Hovmiller, Nikki Johnston, Pam Lindholm Levy, Jason Messer, Peter O’Neil, Brad Perkins, Charlotte Uris
Absent: Chris Allen, Barb Christopher, Nathan Corser, Jeff Jones, Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Michela McMahon, Josh Plager
Guests: Lee Perlman (Hollywood Star), Jimmie St. Arnold (Home Tour Chair)
Minutes for the March 11, 2010 meeting were approved as posted to the web site.
Rupert distributed a financial report. He reported that the Home Tour has already received ticket orders. He also reported that the ICA’s bank (Albina) is being examined for a possible shortage of operating capital. He noted that the ICA’s funds are insured under FDIC.
Mary Piper reported that the Irvington Nomination was submitted to the State Office of Historic Preservation on April 1 and is now available at their web site: www.oregonheritage.org. She also reported that nomination information including background and a link to the State site has been posted on: www.irvington.pdx.com.
On May 24 the Historic Preservation Committee and its consultant, Kirk Ranzetta will make a formal presentation to the Portland Landmarks Commission.
Following a 60 day waiting period for public comment, the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider the nomination at its June 4 hearing to be held at the Irvington Tennis Club, 10:30 am. Preceding the hearing, there will be a third neighborhood meeting on June 3, 5:00-6:30 at the Tennis Club. Representatives from the State and City will be present to answer questions and take comments.
If the Nomination is accepted by the State it will then be forwarded to the National Park Service for consideration as a National District.
Mary thanked Peter O’Neil for his assistance in obtaining a list of all Irvington property owners and the services of a Notary Public as requested by the State.
Pam Lindholm Levy and Jimmie St. Arnold reported on the 29th Irvington Home Tour scheduled for May 16. Eight homes are on the tour and the Oregonian may be featuring one of these in the Home & Garden section. Tickets are available on line at www.irvingtonhometour.com as well as Caffe Destino, New Seasons Concordia, the Architectural Heritage Center and Broadway Books. Posters were available for Board members to distribute in the community. $14,000 in ads and sponsorships were been sold. Billy Grippo was instrumental in securing signage on the side of Metro buses beginning April 16. A flyer insert will appear in the Hollywood Star in early May.
Jimmie noted that Home Guides are still needed and that volunteers are needed to assist with prep and cleanup for the May 15 pre-tour dinner (for Hosts and Home Owners). Prospective volunteers should contact
Kim Bissell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerning allocation of Home Tour proceeds, Jimmie reported that prospective, past and present owners of Tour Homes have expressed concern that there appears to be little beautification or visible use of the proceeds. It was suggested that a Tour Home owner be invited to be part of the Charitable Giving Committee when it deliberates distribution of Home Tour funds.
Suggested projects included adoption, improvement and maintenance of traffic circles and the Klickitat Mall.
Land Use Committee
Dean Gisvold discussed the Portland Plan which is moving into Phase 2 workshops and encouraged Board members to attend. The first two meetings are scheduled at Central Catholic High School, Monday, April 26, 6:30-9:00pm and Beaumont Middle School, Thursday, April 29, 6:30-9:00pm.
The plans for reuse of the Memorial Coliseum will go to the City Council in April for selection of the top three alternatives. The process will then enter the RFP phase. Dean is on the Stakeholders Committee and he and other members have filed a Minority Report believing that the selection process was seriously flawed. The Minority Report and additional information is available at www.rosequarterdevelopment.org/sac.php
The Land Use Committee has been notified of a proposal for a development at NE 15th and Hancock (north of the Lion & Rose). The developer of the proposed Irvington Squire has sold the property and the new owner is proposing a four-story, 49 unit apartment structure with no parking on site (not required by City because of proximity to public transportation). The developer is required to meet with the community. Dean requested that the $1,500 allocated for the Land Use Committee be available to expend on legal and/or other fees in regard to this development.
The Land Use Committee supported proposals for an art studio addition to an existing residence and renovations to the Coleman-Scott house.
The next meeting of the Land Use Committee is April 22 at 7 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Nikki Johnston reported 8 board positions need to be filled in June 2010. There will also need to be an election of Treasurer and Secretary as the current ones will be ending the third year of their service. The President and Vice-President may serve one more year in their positions. The by-laws concerning term limit for officers state: Article IV. Officers, Section 1: “No Officer may serve more than three consecutive terms in the same position.”
Jason Messer announced there will be two movies in Irving Park this summer: July 23 “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and August 20 “Remember the Titans.” Suggestions for entertainment are encouraged.
The new play structure is expected to be installed by the end of June 2010.
There will be a bike boulevard on Cook Street extending from Vancouver Avenue to Irving Park Another bike boulevard will run along 9th Avenue from Broadway to Lombard. Plans are for a bike path through Irving Park where we have been lobbying for a pedestrian pathway so we will be requesting pedestrian/bicycle separation. The committee will also lobby for Klickitat Mall improvements.
Regarding the Park Bond issue, it is likely that a bond measure for 150 M will be on the fall 2010 ballot. This is less than half of what the Park Bureau requested.
Brad Perkins reported that the City Council will be asked to permit Grant High School athletic grounds to be replaced with artificial turf. This will be a fundraising activity by the community. No additional field lighting will be included.
The Green Crossing project is proceeding. The total proposal cost is about $150,000 for 8th, 9th and 10th avenues. The plan is to start with 9th avenue to gain the City’s confidence.
The installation of the memorial bench for Dick Levy is completed. The Parks Committee was asked to come up with a plan for a dedication.
Spring Clean-up is scheduled for May 8 at the parking lot of Westminster Presbyterian Church on NE 17th and Hancock. More volunteers are needed. There is an organization that will help transport large items from residences to the drop site. No yard debris will be permitted. Jason will provide a truck to capture metal and wood to sell to benefit the ICA.
In a related matter, Jason and Brad Perkins are planning to remove the cast iron grates around trees on NE Broadway and replace with mulch. Money made from the sale of the metal may be used to provide flower pots for businesses where the grates were removed.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Jim Barta reported that the NE Coalition is looking at the proposed expansion of the Killingsworth Urban Renewal Area. Other areas of the city are also looking at ways to expand or extend URAs. This issue involves the State and City. The City loses money in loss of tax revenue when there are URAs. There is a limit of 15% on how much of the City can be included in Urban Renewal Areas.
Editor Brian Schaeperkoetter reported the next newsletter will be distributed around May 1.
There is continuing concern about problems with the ICA’s web site. There was discussion on its shortfalls as currently designed. Brian suggested he may be able to help locate someone to help redesign the site but funds will need to be budgeted for this. It was suggested that Charitable Giving have a more prominent presence on the web site.
Meeting adjourned 9:00 pm.