Island Home Park Neighborhood Association Board Meeting
Monday, May 14, 2018
Akin Gym Health Room – Tennessee School for the Deaf
Present: Nancy Campbell, Carolyn Williams, Jeanne Fair, Mary Wiginton, Angie Bataille, Cat Dziewulski, Bill Hahnemann, Joe Hultquist, Michael Jordan, Jim Staub, Connie Vogt, Margaret Webb and Casey Field
Unable to Attend: Steven Horton, Joanna Pennoyer, John Michael Scott, Stephanie Welch-City Council.
President Nancy Campbell called the meeting to order at 7:01pm.
March Minutes: Corrections made to the March minutes. Approved (Wiginton/Staub
Treasurers’ Report: Mary Wiginton presented the report. We have $27649.14 in the bank. This includes dues, donations, past grant funds, 1st Neighborhood gifts and 202 funds, grants and column donations. The majority of this money will go towards the new pillars. We have $5580.00 for our budget without the pillars, which is more than we have had in years.
The t-shirt sales made $482.00 for IHPNA. It was a very successful project.
A copy of the budget and transactions as well as the IHPNA Entrance & Column project was given to the board members.
Membership Campaign: Connie Vogt reported we have 128 households who have paid dues so far – 64%. Last year we had a total of 108/199 households. Considering the empty houses and rentals, this is an excellent outcome. A district-by-district list of members was given to the board members so they would know who, in their district, has not joined. Thanks to all Connie’s hard work, those people who collected money in their districts and Angie for setting up a table at the Egg Hunt to collect dues. The new directory will be available at the end of September.
KUB Sewer Project: Carolyn Williams reported our latest KUB representative, Tim Cox, has been very receptive to all the neighbors’ complaints and has worked hard to keep Carolyn informed of what is happening. The project is almost finished and the yards along Maplewood have been fixed. They are in the final stages of the project and will be working at the park and on Estelle Circle. Watch for caution tape closing parts of the park. There will also be some road closures and water outages on Estelle Circle. Households will be notified with a hangtag on their doors.
Neighborhood Achievement Award: The Island Home Park Neighborhood Association received a Neighborhood Achievement Award from the Office of Neighborhoods. Jim Staub accepted the Award ($75.00) & Certificate for IHPNA at the Neighborhood Conference. There were several big meetings at the conference including Chief Rouse speaking on the Opioid epidemic in our area.
SKNBA – Nancy Campbell
There are 9 neighborhood associations now members of this group and recently the meetings have included some interesting discussions. Nancy and Casey Fields are IHPNA representatives. Two of the newest associations to join is the Southside Waterfront Association that includes the area from Henley Street Bridge to Blount Avenue and View Park. One of the accomplishments of SKNBA was Herman Weaver’s work on Welcome Bags for new neighbors. These are nice and contain coupons for area businesses. The bags should be ready in July.
The board voted to continue our membership in SKNBA. (Williams/Fields)
Aubreys Update – Nancy Campbell
The Board of Zoning appeals has awarded the variances in the Form-Based Code which were requested by the developers. The final vote will be May 17, 2018.
July 4th Parade and Picnic – Nancy Campbell
Nancy will be sending out a list of things to be done for the July 4th Picnic and Parade. Last year this worked well and everyone pitched in to help. We currently have $270.00 in the budget to cover the cost of the meat, drinks, supplies and decorations. We discussed getting more chicken this year and the possibility of someone setting up a grill for hot dogs. Board members need to remind neighbors their guests are more than welcome but please bring plenty of your “potluck” item to account for the extra people. We are currently planning for 200 people to attend.
Helping Hands – Nancy Campbell
Nancy Campbell reported we have a neighbor in need on Estelle Circle. Several neighbors have volunteered to help with food, mowing and taking the dog to the vet. Nancy reminded us this is why IHPNA is a great place to live – neighbors helping neighbors.
TSD Citizenship Award – Nancy Campbell
IHPNA gives a $100.00 Citizenship Award and certificate to a senior at TSD at the annual Awards Day Program. This award was established several years ago in exchange for the use of the TSD facilities by IHPNA. Nancy will be attending the program on Thursday, May 17th.
Stephanie Welch’s Report – Nancy Campbell
Stephanie was unable to attend our meeting but sent the following report:
ReCode Knoxville will have “drop in” meetings the week of May 16-May 19 for comments. Public comment period ends on May 21st.
May 17th – Public workshop on the City’s budget for 2019. This included $10 Million dollars to establish the urban Wilderness Gateway Park.
Stephanie is working to keep Hillwood on the city’s radar.
Open Streets – Sunday, May 20th.
June 2nd, 2pm – 4pm – Urban Wilderness Gateway Park Interactive Public Meeting at the terminus of James White Parkway.
Fisher Place Column Project: The Column project committee continues to work on the placement of the columns. Due to gas lines on the church side and a utility pole on Joe’s property, the placement had to be adjusted.
Stephanie Welch met with the city and asked about the Right of Way. She was told there must be the 10-foot Right of Way – no exceptions. However, it could change in later years.
Joe still has concerns about his liability if he signs the easement for the column to be on his property. He spoke with Kevin Tonkin, a lawyer with Adams Law firm, and shared the lawyer’s opinion with us.
There was a lot of discussion about the likelihood of a person winning a case against IHPNA if they were to hit the column unless the column was built in a reckless manner.
Casey Fields, who wrote the easement the church signed, talked about the document. She was not in favor of adding the word “liability” to the document.
Bill Hahnemann commented the column would be the same as a tree or any other structure on your property.
There was also discussion about lobbying the city to take over the columns later.
After much discussion, Joe agreed to meet with Casey and sign the easement for his property.
Bill will prepare the plan and arrange for the survey.
The columns will not have lights on it. We do not have enough money to light them at this time.
A motion was made to proceed with the project. Approved. (Hultquist/Wiginton)
Next Newsletter: June
Next Meeting: August 13, 2018
Meeting Adjourned: 8:15pm