Island Home Park Neighborhood Association Board Meeting
Monday, January 14, 2019
Akin Gym Health Room – Tennessee School for the Deaf
Present: Nancy Campbell, Jeanne Fair, Cat Dziewulski, Casey Fields, Steven Horton, Joe Hultquist, Michael Jordan, John Michael Scott, Jim Staub, Connie Vogt, Margaret Webb
Unable to Attend: Angie Bataille, Bill Hahnemann, Joanna Pennoyer, Mary Wiginton, Carolyn Williams, Stephanie Welch-City Council.
President Nancy Campbell called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
October Minutes – Jeanne Fair
Corrections were made to the October minutes.
Treasurers’ Report – Nancy Campbell
Mary was unable to attend the meeting but prepared the report.
Nancy Campbell presented the report. We have $22154.06 in the bank.
$17529.98 of that is earmarked for the columns & entrance project.
Remaining available funds: $8171.35 which is the most we have had in a long time.
Mary is putting together a new budget. Please let her know if there is anything she needs to add. Nancy suggested adding a line item for the wreaths on the Pillars. Thanks to Margaret and Bob Webb for doing it this year – the wreaths were beautiful. Next year we will need 4 wreaths so we need to have this in our budget. It will also be listed on the Membership Form so people can add an “additional donation”.
A copy of the budget and transactions as well as the IHPNA Entrance & Column project was given to the board members.
Nancy Campbell, Joe Hultquist and Michael Jordan will be representing us on SKNBA.
Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month with the places moving to different sites.
Cycling Pump Track in the Park
Ryan & Rachel Leach and Dave Stanley spoke to the board about the possibility of building a cycling Pump Track in our park similar to the one at Baker Creek. Since this is on city property of which we have no control, they wanted to talk with the IHPNA Board to get our feelings for the project. There are now over 30 residents of IHPNA who are avid bicyclist and at a recent event some of them bid on and won a backyard pump track. From there, they got the idea to add funds to the amount and build one in the park for everyone to enjoy.
Approximate size is 30’ x 50’ – about the size of the tennis court. They were thinking about beside the tennis court or at the bottom of the big hill. There were concerns about both sites: interfere with the softball field or interfere with the sledding.
The cost would be anywhere from $1500-$3000 depending on the size and the features. They are hoping to get the money from grants, IHPNA residents and council members. They have already talked with David Brace and Rebecca Jane Montgomery and the city is on board. It would be a low impact structure requiring little to no maintenance. It was suggested they contact the East TN Design Center, Leslie Fawaz, as she may be able to provide some help with the design.
A motion was made asking them to explore it further, plan it and come back to the board with more specific information and design. (Hultquist/Fields) Passed
Membership Campaign – Connie Vogt
Connie reported that last year we had about 140 paid household which is great for IHP since we have several vacant and rental properties.
Connie, Nancy and Normalee will update the flyer and include it in the next newsletter.
March 15 is the tentative date to have membership dues turned in to be eligible for the Gift Card from Stanley’s Greenhouse.
Suggestions for contacting neighbors: attach a personal note or prestamp an envelope addressed back to the representative or to the treasurer. Mary will have a drop off box on her porch to accommodate people who want to bring it to her house. Last year Steven and Casey had the highest percentage of members in their districts.
Holiday Activities Report – Nancy Campbell
Nancy reported on the following activities:
Halloween Party – A lot of fun was had by all the people who attend. Thanks to the Williams, Scotts and the Teglas for hosting and setting up for the event.
Halloween Trick or Treating – We had 1500+ children who came to IHPNA to trick or treat. This does not include all the adults who were accompanying them. We paid the Police Officer again this year and there seemed to be no problems.
Tree Decorating and Lighting – Thanks to everyone who helped decorate the tree and all who participated in the lighting. It is always a great night for everyone.
Adult Christmas Party – We only had one household host but it was fabulous and everyone who attended had a wonderful time. Thanks to Matt and Jordan for being such gracious hosts.
Christmas Caroling – Although this event was rained out, all involved moved on to the party which was planned for the end of the caroling. A good time was had by all.
Knoxville Marathon – Steven Horton
The Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 30th. This will be Steven’s first year as IHP coordinator and he will need all of us to pitch in and help. He needs a lot of volunteers to give us a chance to win the Best Neighborhood Award again. He will be attending the Marathon meetings with Jason Altman to learn exactly what we need to do. We will have one “sponsored” water station which means the marathon committee will set-up, provide the water and Gatorade and clean-up. In the past, we have set-up another one near the park with GU and oranges. The marathon will give us $300.00 to buy supplies to use. More information will be in the newsletter. Please mark your calendar and plan to help.
Tree Cutting in the Park – Nancy Campbell
Nancy reported that Sherry Self with the airport, has been very cooperative with IHP and understands our concerns. Cortese Tree Service is doing the work. They have completed all the work in the park and will be moving to the yards along the river.
Rivers Edge Apartment Phase 2
John Gumpert is planning to add Phase 2 to the Rivers Edge Apartments. This will involve 4 new buildings, a new road inside the complex and additional parking.
He has already met with Dawn Michelle Foster and submitted plans to the city but they were sent back to preplanning for more work. He is supposed to meet with all the affected neighborhoods and get their feedback.
Stephanie Welch had a meeting with representatives from Ijams, area neighborhood representatives and city engineers to get their thoughts. Many of them were excited about the expansion and the growth it will bring to South Knoxville. There are also concerns about the additional traffic, especially on Hillwood although John Gumpert says he will fix Hillwood.
After much discussion, it was decided we needed to be proactive instead of waiting to be contacted by John Gumpert for a meeting. Casey Fields will draft a letter listing our questions and concerns which will be sent to the board for approval.
Chapman Highway Implementation Plan – Nancy Campbell
There will be a public meeting in the near future with updates to this project.
Fisher Place Columns – Nancy Campbell
Nancy reported that 50 homes in IHPNA donated to the pillars project. After some unforeseen bumps in the road, the project is finally ready to proceed. Neighbors should be seeing some progress in the near future.
Bill Hahnemann talked with Joe Touchton, who was the surveyor, about what we owed him for all his work. He will not accept any money. Joe is a big supportor of the Knoxville Soup Project to help individuals with small projects they present at the meetings. A motion was made to make a $250 donation to Knoxville Soup in Joe Touchton’s name. (Vogt/Horton) Passed.
New Business – Nancy Campbell
KUB will give us $150.00 for the replacement of the dogwood tress destroyed at the front entrance during the sewer project.
The Dogwood Arts trails open the first week of April.
Next meeting: Monday, March 11, 2019. We will try starting the meeting at 6:30pm instead of 7:00pm to meet the needs of all board members.
Meeting dismissed: 8:15pm