Island Home Park Neighborhood Association Board Meeting
Monday, January 15, 2018
Akin Gym Health Room – Tennessee School for the Deaf
Present: Nancy Campbell, Carolyn Williams, Jeanne Fair, Mary Wiginton, Casey Field, Bill Hahnemann, Steven Horton, Joe Hultquist, Michael Jordan, Connie Vogt, Margaret Webb, Stephanie Welch-City Council member.
Unable to Attend: Angie Bataille, Cat Dziewulski, Joanna Pennoyer, John Michael Scott, Jim Staub.
President Nancy Campbell called the meeting to order at 7:01pm.
October Minutes: Corrections were made to the October minutes. Approved (CW/CV)
Treasurers’ Report: Mary Wiginton presented the report. We have $19,700.28 in the bank. This includes dues, donations, past grant funds, 1st Neighborhood gifts and 202 funds, grants and column donations.
A copy of the budget and transactions as well as the IHPNA Entrance & Column Project was distributed. There was discussion on changes for the new budget. It was decided to remove the $450.00 for the t-shirts since this money will be recovered when we sell the shirts. If we make t-shirts again, the upfront money would be taken from the general fund.
The Outreach line item was renamed to Helping Hand to better reflect its purpose.
$40.00 from the TSD scholar/plaque was removed since we no longer give a plaque.
A motion was made and passed that we donate $200.00 to Island Home Baptist Church. They let us have our general meetings there and they donated land for the new pillars. (JH/MW)
Connie Vogt suggested we add $100.00 to give to the PTCA of South Knoxville Elementary School since they are now our neighborhood school.
We decided that any donation earmarked for a specific line item stay with that line item even if the money is not used during the calendar year. Mary will email the board a new budget for 2018. Approval for the new budget will be done via email.
Committee Lists: Nancy passed around the committee list and people signed up. Board members should serve on as least one committee.
School Rezoning: Carolyn reported the Knox County School Board passed the rezoning of Island Home Park to South Knoxville Elementary School. She thanked Celeste Carruthers and all the people who spoke at the meetings and at the school board meeting. The School Board was not aware of Island Home Park boundaries. Carolyn made them aware we have 85 potential students who could walk to school if the rezoning was approved.
Ijams Memorial Donation: A $100.00 donation was made to Ijams Nature Center in memory of the following IHP residents: Rudy Henley, Jack Gaston, Dutch Vogt, Von Neubauer, Katie Brockmeier and Luanne Dagley. We received a nice letter of appreciation from Ijams. Anyone can contribute to Ijams through the Island Home Park account.
River’s Edge Apartments
Nancy and Carolyn met with Brad Richmond, Property Manager, about the problem with the parking/lack of parking at the apartments. Residents are beginning to park vehicles in Island Home Park and leaving them on the street. According to Brad, the city was aware they did not have enough parking for the number of units built, but were granted a waiver. He also indicated the parking on the street was available to the apartments to count as their parking. River’s Edge management has leased 20 parking places from Allied Toyota. Hopefully, this will help with the parking problems.
Nancy and Carolyn also met with Tyler Danald from the State Department of Education. He will be overseeing the next big construction project at TSD which will be demolition of the cottages and the building of a new dormitory. He presented them with a map showing there will be a new construction entrance off Island Home Pike for all the trucks. Construction traffic will use Island Home Pike and not streets in Island Home Park. There will be two smaller projects: adding doors to rooms in the former Middle School and swimming pool renovations. Construction traffic for those two projects will use Spence Place and use the entrance off Spence Place.
Neighborhood streets and speeding is a constant concern/complaint of residents. Knoxville has a new Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program and Megan Martin has agreed to chair a committee for IHP. Casey Field will be the board representative on the committee. A motion was made and passed we approve this committee. (MW/CW)
Recode Knoxville: A draft of their proposals will be available this spring. Nancy will ask them to present it at our General Meeting in March.
Carson Dailey’s Litter Removal Campaign: Nancy shared an article from the Knoxville News Sentinel about Carson Dailey’s fight against litter around Knoxville. In the past, non-violent inmates in the county picked up all the litter. A recent State Law prevents this practice to continue. Carson is trying to get that law changed. A motion was made/passed to send a letter to Carson Dailey from IHP in support of his campaign. (JH/MJ)
Short Term Rentals: Short Term rentals passed in the City of Knoxville. A list of Frequently Asked Questions was distributed to board members. One of the requirements is the owner must notify the neighborhood association as well as neighbors on both sides and across the street. This will be regulated on a complaint basis. Any complaints should be reported to 311.
Fisher Place Column Project: We have raised the $19 180.77 needed for the project. A list of financial donors was distributed to the board members. We will be thanking other people who have contributed land and time when we acknowledge all the volunteers. During our membership drive we will thank those who have contributed and will be reminding those who have not contributed that it is not too late. We hope to raise $2500.00 to buy the lanterns for the top of each column.
Joe and Bill updated us on the project:
The church and Joe still need to sign the agreement for the land.
The columns will not be right beside the road because of city right of way.
Eddie Pruitt will be the mason and Buddy Mulkey the stonecutter. They should be ready to start in February – weather permitting.
The columns will have the conduit for wiring but will not be lit at this time. We will have to work with the city about providing the electricity.
The building of the columns will take about a month. This includes letting the foundations settle, cutting the stone which can be time consuming), the building and the weather.
New Business: It was reported that the pavement is breaking off the sides of Hillwood. We need a temporary fix until the redesign of Hillwood happened. Stephanie Welch will look into the problem for us.
Stephanie Welch, our new City Council member, updated us on some things happening in our area:
In May, the project to make James White Parkway as the Gateway entrance to the Urban Wilderness area should get underway. Hopefully the redesign of Hillwood will tie-in to this project. The city should have construction plans by next year.
Baker Creek Bottoms – The construction of the hostel will start soon. There is retail space in the building that will be developed.
South Haven Neighborhood Association is working with the Design Center to improve the intersection at the Round-Up to make it more bike/pedestrian friendly.
Oliver Smith is developing the former Kern Bakery site. He currently has it 80% preleased. It will have restaurants and retail. There will also be 150 housing units on the property.
South Knoxville is growing fast and we need to be vigilant and aware of what is being proposed to try to prevent big box stores from moving in. Those type of stores do not seem to fit the South Knoxville/Urban Wilderness.
Please be aware the Knoxville Police Department is only 70% filled. A new class of officers is being trained but until then the KPD is doing the best they can to answer calls and complaints.
Next Meeting: Scheduled for Monday, March 12. This is during the school’s spring break. Nancy will send out an email to see how many board members this will effect. She will let us know if the meeting will be moved to the 5th or the 19th.
Meeting adjourned 8:40pm (Wiginton/Williams)