Present: Nancy Campbell, Carolyn Williams, Jeanne Fair, Mary Wiginton, Jim Staub, Brian Douglas, Bob Dziewulski, Marsha Hinde, Nathan Hunter, Mike Martin, John Michael Scott, Krista Wiegand, Joe Hultquist.
Unable to attend: Amy Brooks, Joanna Pennoyer, Jessica Rodocker.
President Nancy Campbell called the meeting to order 7:02pm.
October Minutes: The minutes from the last meeting were accepted after two minor changes.
Treasurer’s Report: Mary Wiginton
Mary gave the Treasurer’s Report saying we now have $3942.71 in the bank with an operating balance of $1306.66.
Mary gave out the proposed budget for discussion and approval.
The membership campaign is going great. So far, 77/198 households have paid dues. This is about 39%. We also have $600.00 in additional donations. We need to make a final push at the July 4th picnic. Mary McPherson was the winner of the Stanley’s gift card in the early membership drawing.
Nancy has made an additional flyer to promote membership.
Shirts were not ordered for the marathon due to the late notification that it would go through our neighborhood this year. Shirts will be sold at the July 4th picnic.
The July 4th budget has been reduced to $100.00 dollars. We can no longer afford to pay a band $200/$250 if we don’t win the money from the Knoxville Track Club. Hopefully people will bring the food, paper goods etc. We will have some money to buy what we need. Unless we get a donation earmarked for July 4th, we will depend on the generosity of neighbors for all the food.
The proposed budget of $3942.71 was approved. (Hunter/Dziewulski)
Neighborhood Grant: Carolyn Williams
Carolyn and Nancy are working on a grant from the Office of Neighborhoods regarding the entrance to Island Home Park. They are applying for $3000.00. The main purpose would be beautification of the entrance so we have an entrance that reflects our neighborhood. Many of the ideas have come from neighbors and the Garden Club. Their main focus will be the Trolley Island at the entrance.
Carolyn and her husband Wayne, Nancy Campbell, Joe Hultquist and Lisa Stanley met at the Island and came up with a tentative plan. The proposed plan includes a river rock wall, dogwood trees and native plants. The wall would be 3 feet tall to prevent trucks from driving through the Island. One requirement is the city must have access to mow and weed-eat the area.
David Brace was consulted and he MAY cut the Island down just a bit to allow a better turn area for trucks. He also said the city would paint the handrails on the bridge.
There was a lot of discussion about pillars at the top entrance to the neighborhood but at this time it is cost prohibitive. Approximate cost would be $10,000/column. Joe will talk with Buddy Mulkey or Eddie Pruitt about their ideas.
Joe talked with Ivan Harmon at the Sheriff’s Department and he will have some of the inmates clear the brush on both sides of the entrance for us. Joe also suggested applying for the Home Depot Grant which could be up to $3000.00.
We will have to match the grant with labor: constructing the rock wall; prep the planting area; pressure wash both side walls. Nathan can do a construction drawing for the wall and we can count his professional hours as well as other people who work. Carolyn asked all the board members to sign up for a job. We won’t know until May if we have been awarded any/all of the grant money.
Motion to proceed with the grant passed. (Hunter/Wiginton)
Easter Egg Hunt: Rebecca and Katie are working on this. Jim Staub will be the Easter Bunny. There will be an egg filling event at Rebecca’s house on the 24th OR you can stop by her house and get some eggs to fill at your convenience.
Marathon: Sunday, April 3, 2016. There will be 3 areas of focus: At TSD entrance which will be the water station; the entrance in front of the Williams’ house and the upper part of Spence. If there are volunteers, it would be nice to have some people at the corner of Maplewood and the boulevard by the Gammon’s house. We have new banners to hang at the entrance. They are looking for the small “Berma Shave” signs we used to have. We have cow bells and will ask TSD to set up the music again. Marathon information will be posted on the website and the kiosks. Please share all information on Next Door so all the neighbors have access to what is happening instead of only sharing it with the women’s group.
Dogwood Trail: Nancy reported that we are now a Dogwood Trail instead of a By-Way. We now have Pink Lines and the trail has been re-routed. The trails open on April 15th so please clean up your yards. Last year there were about 5000 visitors.
Porch Hops: Jessica Rodocker has agreed to organize the porch hops again! Right now the first one is scheduled for April 29th at the Pennoyers & the Bartons. She is still looking for one more. The second one is June 10th and she is looking for 3 homes to host. Time is from 6-9pm serving light snacks. BYOB – bring your own beverage.
South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition (SKNBC): Nancy Campbell
Nancy reported that on Tuesday, April 19th, the Urban Wilderness will have a speaker, Charles Sims, to talk about the economic impact the trails can have on South Knoxville. This will be a big event according to Carole Evans. The Appalachian Bike Club will also be there.
Knoxville SOUP’s next meeting will be on April 7th at Dara’s Garden at 6pm. People present ideas which are voted on at the end of their presentations. The winners receives money for their idea.
June 12th is South Knoxville Day at Chapman Pool. More information later.
Park Improvement Update: Nancy and Carolyn met with Lori Goerlich about the latest on the park plans. There are two projects before ours. Nancy and Carolyn stressed what we wanted at the park. There was discussion about building some wall which would be low enough for people to sit on.
TSD Construction Update: Justin Hall, Rentenbach, sent a form to Nancy for all complaints. She will put some at the kiosk for people to fill out and give to Nancy.
Nancy, Mary, Joe and David Brace met with Becky Duncan Massey about the traffic pattern for all the construction trucks. Greg Stitch is the State Project Manager. We do not want them coming down the boulevard or Maplewood – those roads are too narrow. An option would be a temporary gate at the top of campus so trucks could enter from Island Home Pike. When the Dining Hall is torn down this summer, all construction trucks will use the lower entrance off Spence Place.
TSD community service project
Easter Egg Hunt
TSD Construction Complaint form
Bob’s article about South Knoxville’s new businesses.
General Meeting Plans:
Kathy and David Keck requested the use of Island Home Baptist Church for our next General Meeting. It was approved by the deacons. It will be a potluck and will begin at 6:00pm. The meeting will be advertised via email, Next Door and the Kiosk.
Vulcan: Joe reported that the blast last week was strong and he encouraged everyone to please contact him with any incidental information you may have after a blast – pictures moved, crack in the dry wall etc. Bill Hahnemann wants to have a seismometer in his yard. It is not there yet. Vulcan says we can have up to 3 boxes. Vulcan has invited Joe’s committee to come observe a blast.
Neighborhood Award: Brian and Debra Douglas were nominated for the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award.
Island Home Park: Nancy suggested we “brand” ourselves as Island Home Park instead of Island Home.
Sidewalks: Nancy contacted the city about sidewalks in Island Home Park that are in disrepair – i.e.: in front of Harry Bayless’ house and several others. The city sent her an explanation of how they evaluate sidewalks and the order of repair. The sidewalk on Spence Place is actually on the city right of way. If it was 8’ – 10’ wide it could count as a Greenway.
Lots of speeding KAT buses coming down Fisher Place. It was suggested to contact Brian Malone to see what steps to take to slow them down. We may want to put up a speed sign or ask for a radar.
It is rumored that the building across the street from the Round Up will be a pizza place downstairs and a hostel for bicyclist on the top.
Meeting was adjourned: 8:37pm (Douglas/Wiginton)