Minutes of the ICA Meeting on March 11, 2010
Officers: President Christine Coers-Mitchell, Vice-President William Archer, Secretary Mary Piper
Directors: Chris Allen, Jim Barta, Barb Christopher, Nathan Corser, Dean Gisvold, Susan Hathaway-Marxer, Eric Hoffmiller, Nikki Johnston, Jeff Jones, Michela McMahon, Jason Messer, Charlotte Uris
Absent: Pam Lindholm Levy, Brad Perkins, Josh Plager, Rupert Prince
Guests: Sue Glenn, Peggy Glascock (Portland Parks); Peter O’Neil, Ron Pernick (Irvington residents); Lee Perlman (Hollywood Star), Jimmie St. Arnold (Home Tour)
President Christine Coers-Mitchell called the meeting to order at 7:07 pm, at Irvington Elementary School. Introductions were made.
The February meeting minutes as posted to the ICA web site were approved.
Two Portland Police officers attended the meeting and reported that only crimes in Irvington have been thefts and vandalism. Because there has been an effort to prevent the homeless from sleeping in downtown Portland, there is evidence of transients sleeping on Broadway; however, they move on in the daytime. In response to a question about the status of the 715 Club on Broadway, they reported that undercover investigations are ongoing. Jeff Jones requested that patrolling officers walk (rather than drive) through Irving Park. The officers reported there will be bicycle patrols as the weather is better..
Portland Parks and Recreation
Sue Glenn, Manager of the North Zone (north and northeast Portland) narrated a PowerPoint presentation on Portland’s Parks. She also provided a handout detailing the operation of the department and its facilities. She reported they are considering proposing a Parks Bond Measure to ensure safety, maintenance and access. A list of projected projects was provided. Citizens are invited to share their opinions and priorities online at www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=52092. Board members were invited to complete a paper version of the form at the meeting. Jeff Jones pointed out his concern that in the past the Parks Bureau has made promises that were not kept regarding Irving Park.
Jim Barta distributed information on the project to provide solarization to residents at reduced cost through bulk purchase of materials. He reported that more than 500 homeowners have signed up for this project. He reported the structure will need south or west-facing roofs and that trees may preclude feasibility. It is estimated that savings will be considerable for the typical home. Some in attendance questioned how roof solar panels will affect the esthetics of historical structures.
Friends of Trees
The Friends of Trees organization has received a grant to provide free trees under-planted parking strips in Irvington and Grant Park. Eligible property owners have been notified. Seventy trees will be planted and will receive watering and pruning for two years plus replacement if a tree dies
The IRS has decided it will not levy a fine against the ICA over late filing of a return .
Historic Preservation Committee
Mary Piper reminded Board members to attend the property owners meeting scheduled for March 18, 7:00, the Great Hall, Westminster Presbyterian Church. They were also urged to send letters of support for the nomination to the State Historic Preservation Office.
Irvington Home Tour Committee
Jimmie St. Arnold reported that the committee is still working on home selection for the May 16 tour with one home confirmed thus far. Board members are urged to make referrals for the Resource Guide.
Land Use Committee
Dean Gisvold reported the revised bicycle plan was approved by the City Council with more funds dedicated to off-street bath paths.
Regarding the proposed re-use of the Memorial Coliseum, Dean noted three proposals won approval (all recreational focused) plus two alternatives. The Mayor is in negotiations with the Trailblazer organization which, by contract with the City, has management rights until 2023. Two members of the Stakeholders committee filed a minority report.
Regarding the proposed use of 2337 NE 15th as a bed & breakfast, there has been no further development; however, the property is now on the market and advertised as a B&B.
The property owner at 3014 NE 20th wants to build an art studio without regard to property line set-back. The Land Use Committee has filed an objection to this project.
Dean spoke briefly of the outdated Master Plan for the Rose Garden which was proposed in 2000 before the street car projects and decision to keep the Memorial Coliseum.
Nikki Johnston reported that Peter O’Neil has now attended two meeting and would like to be considered to be considered for the vacant Board position #8 through June 2011. Peter has lived in Irvington for two years, having moved from Boulder, Colorado. He volunteers at OMSI and is a realtor.
IT WAS MOVED and seconded that Peter O’Neil be elected to Board Position #8 through June 2011. Approved unanimously.
Charitable Giving Committee
Susan Hathaway-Marxer reported the process for selection has begun.
Susanne Godyn, Irvington resident, reported on a proposed redesign of the Portland high school system which may involve closing high schools.
On March 9 the School Board approved the Superintendent’s resolution on the High School System and directed Superintendent Carole Smith to develop a proposal, within 45 days, that would provide specific recommendations on the future of Portland’s high schools.
Sufficient concern has been expressed over the possibility of closing Grant High School that parents have formed a group, “Parents for Closing the Gap – Not the Schools,” which has been meeting regularly with school and city officials. Suzanne urged the Board to consider how the closing of Grant High School would affect the neighborhood and urged a letter from the Board opposing its closure. President Coers-Mitchell felt this should be taken up at a later meeting after specifics are presented by the Superintendent.
More information and the text of the resolution can be found at www.pps.k12.or.us/news/3104.htm.
Dean Gisvold noted that he was on the School Board some years ago when several high schools were closed and that this is a big issue for the city residents to consider.
Susan Hathaway-Marxer reported that bench in memory of Dick Levy has been installed in Irving Park.
Meeting adjourned 9:01 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Mary Piper, Secretary