Island Home Park Neighborhood Association Board Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2020
Akin Gym Health Room – Tennessee School for the Deaf
Present: Steven Horton, Jeanne Fair, Mary Wiginton, Nancy Campbell, Brooke Bock, Lisa Horn, Joni Morabito, Connie Vogt, Tommy Smith-City Council Member.
Unable to Attend: Rachel Leach, Clare Borsari, Cat Dziewulski, Casey Field, Bill Hahnemann, Michael Jordan, Matthew Park, Margaret Webb.
President Steven Horton called the meeting to order at 6:38pm.
January Minutes – Jeanne Fair
Corrections had already been made to the January minutes via email. We had 7 of 16 board members respond with corrections or approval
March minutes will be sent out via email and members will be given 2 weeks to send in their additions/corrections. Due date will be April 1st – NOT an April Fool’s joke!
Treasurers’ Report – Mary Wiginton
Mary reported we have $11685.51 in the bank that is available to use.
Mary explained the proposed budget and all the special accounts and her suggestions for changes. Board members were given a copy of the proposed budget and made the following adjustments:
For this year only, we will not add any more money for the Easter Event. They have $268.03 ($213.03 carry forward plus $55.00 donations). Last year they only wanted reimbursed for $162.98.
July 4th will be raised from $100.00 to $200.00. July 4th has $261.23 ($166.23 carry forward and $95.00 donations). Last year we spent $243.59. Since we provide the meat, we decided to add more money to this line item.
Printing – Printing was raised from $100.00 to $300.00 since we will be printing the Directory this year plus our newsletters. We are not sure what, if any, discount we will receive for the printing from Graphic Creations.
The money for the Police Officer was left in the budget for Halloween. There was a lot of discussion about the ineffectiveness of the officer we had in 2019. There is a new system with KPD and officers are allowed to sign up for events they want to work, and we cannot request a specific officer. Since we only pay the minimum of $160.00, many officers select other events to work that pay more.
Since there wasn’t anyone in attendance who is on the Website Committee, we were unsure how much to put in the budget. This may have to be added later.
Mary will send out the proposed budget to the members not in attendance to get their vote.
Motion to Approve. (Campbell/Vogt) Vote: 8-0
Membership – Steven Horton
The membership committee of Steven, Brooke and Rachel have done a great job of sending out reminders about dues.
We currently have 84 households who have paid their dues.
The committee will continue to send out weekly emails to encourage people to join. Most people plan to join, but they forget about sending in the check.
Some people write personal notes while some prefer door to door contact. Whatever it takes to get the memberships turned in. The next BIG incentive is the IHPNA Directory. We take membership dues anytime, but the committee hopes to wrap it up at the Easter Egg Hunt.
This is the year to print a new Directory, so it is IMPERATIVE we get the forms completed with all the requested information write legibly. This needs to be reflected on the membership form. The Directory is given to people who have paid their dues and typically is distributed beginning at the General Meeting in the Fall.
The drawing for the gift cards was held. People who have paid their dues were eligible. The winners were:
Michael Jordan – $30.00 Gift Card to Stanley’s Greenhouse
Jessica Johnson – $30.00 Gift Card to South Coast Pizza.
Board members were given a copy of the possible committees we can have as listed in the By-Laws.
Website Committee – No report
Newsletter – Steven
Steven report that he and Rachel have been struggling with formatting the newsletter and have decided we need to go in a new direction.
Rachel worked with several neighbors who are computer literate on how to use InDesign but it is very difficult and made for professional graphic designers. Bill Hahnemann suggested using Publisher. The only problem is Publisher cannot be used on an Apple Device. Steven plans to work with Publisher to see if it is user friendly and if it will work for us.
Another suggestion Steven is considering is to try and have a newsletter every two months to make the articles and pictures timelier. This would not be the 4-page format we are used to but probably a front and back format. It will still include pictures, special events and the list of officers.
This idea of getting information posted in a timely manner will relate to our website and email when it is developed.
Pillar Committee – Nancy Campbell
Nancy reported the extra marble has been moved to the back of the Brace’s yard for safe keeping. Hopefully we will never have to use it. This was a long and tedious project with Nancy and Bill Hahnemann leading the way. Countless hours were spent working on this project and everyone on the board expressed their appreciation to all the committee members for making this happen despite all the obstacles that popped up along the way. This committee has completed its project and is now disbanded.
New Business – Steven
Marathon – The marathon will be held on Sunday, March 29th. Celeste Carruthers and Pete Kuntz will again coordinate the activities in our neighborhood. We get $300 from the Marathon Committee which we want to use to help defray the cost of fruit. The fruit station proved to be very popular.
The water station will be near the TSD Security Building. Steven will set up his grill for the volunteers. We will have music and hopefully Cow Bells to ring.
We will need some people to help put out the signs the night before – weather permitting.
Volunteer shirts will be ordered in a variety of sizes as was done last year. We need at least 10 volunteers to give out the water and the Gatorade.
Please contact Celeste if you are willing to help.
At the time of these minutes being typed, the Marathon Director has announced the Marathon will be postponed to a later date due to the concerns with the COVID-19 Virus.
Dogwood Arts Festival – Nancy Campbell
The Festival begins on Wednesday, April 1st and runs through April 26th. There will be an Open Garden on March 14 & 15 at the Savage Gardens in Fountain City. These are beautiful gardens so take advantage of this opportunity to see them. A donation is suggested.
The Bazillion Blooms gave out many dogwoods. The city has planted 17 new trees on the boulevard and although they are not all blooming trees, it will be nice to have the trees.
Easter Egg Hunt – Steven
Jamie Smith will coordinate the Easter Egg Hunt again this year. It will be held on Saturday, April 4th at 11:00am with a rain date of Saturday, April 11th. Steven thinks Jamie already has the eggs and the candy and things to put inside them. Tommy Smith will check with Jamie to see if she need help with the stuffing.
Jamie WILL need help hiding the eggs. Plan to be at the park around 10am to help hide the eggs.
Nancy recommended that Steven call Parks and Recreation to reserve the park for this event.
SKNBC – Steven
Steven reported that Tommy Smith and Joe Hultquist are our representative on SKNBA. Rachel Craig has expressed an interest in attending the meetings as well. The board approved that Rachel could attend the meetings for IHPNA along with Joe and Tommy.
We need to pay our $25.00 membership fee which is now due in January instead of July.
Tommy reported one of the main topics at the meeting he and Joe attended was about the new affordable housing being built on Chapman Highway.
Southside Affordable Housing at Shoneys. Workforce affordable housing with 172 units of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. They will have a Grand Opening providing a BBQ luncheon for the residents.
The affordable housing at Captain D’s is 156 units. The rate is $700.00/month for a 1 bedroom.
The company building/managing these properties has a good record and has a 20-year term. KCDC is buying a % of the affordable housing so they will have a “leg up” in 20 years if they Property Owners decide to sell it.
The #1 concern is management and keeping the properties clean, drug-free and in good repair. The management group plans to send out a fact sheet about their plans for the residents.
Beautification – Joni Morabito
Joni reported that she and her husband have been cleaning up the “trolley circle” at the entrance of Island Home Park. She feels there are 2 strategic areas: around the sign and around the tree. She plans to add mulch, some native plants and some annuals. She needs to contact Mary Wiginton to get money from the Beautification Committee fund.
Nancy Campbell drove Joni around the neighborhood and gave her the history of IHP and the different homes, the Park and different areas with flowers. Joni found it very helpful and informative.
Wayne Williams is serving as the “historian” of the entrance so Joni can understand what has happened in the past.
Joni prefers to have a small group come help her when needed as opposed to a huge Neighborhood Workday Event. She will let us know when she needs some helpers.
Annual Meeting – Steven
The annual meeting will not happen until September, but Steven wondered if we needed to go ahead and plan. It was decided to wait until the May meeting to make plans for the meeting.
It was suggested that we have someone from the Legacy Parks Foundation to be one of the speakers at the fall meeting.
Directory – Steven
Rachel and Steven will work on the new Directory. They will need to get the file from Joanna Pennoyer. Nancy mentioned there is a house that has been left out of the directory as well as several houses that have changed their exteriors. We may need to take some pictures for the new Directory. We will discuss this in more detail at the May meeting.
SOUP – Steven
SOUP is an event sponsored by the South Knoxville Alliance. The next event will be held on Tuesday, April 28th at Dara’s Garden. This will be catered by Rothchild’s Catering. A suggested $5.00 donation gets you soup, salad, dessert and a vote for one of the project presentations. Doors open at 6:00pm and at 6:30pm 4 groups will present their proposals. Dinner is then served while the votes are counted. Winner is announced at the end of the evening around 8:15pm. Door prizes are available to bid on with tickets you can purchase at the door. This is a wonderful event and one you should try to attend.
July 4th – Steven
We will work on this at the May meeting. It has worked well having many people volunteer to do a small part of the event. The sign-up email will be sent out closer to the event. Mary Wiginton suggested we buy 2 more tables so we don’t have to borrow tables from TSD. It was agreed to buy the tables.
CTB Scavenger Hunt and Auction – Steven
Steven received information about this event. We had talked about it last year and decided we weren’t interested in participating. People felt the same way this year.
Neighborhood Conference – March 28th – 8am-2pm
This is a free conference which includes workshops, booths, award ceremonies, door prizes and opportunities to meet people from other neighborhood associations in Knoxville. A lunch is also provided.
At the time of these minutes being typed, the City of Knoxville has announced the Conference will be cancelled due to the growing concerns about the COVID-19 Virus.
City Council happenings – Tommy Smith
We welcomed Tommy Smith as our new City Council member to replace Stephanie Welch. We are excited to have Tommy representing Island Home Park.
Tommy updated us on a few things:
Legacy Parks Rails to Trails has the money and the plans for the first part of this project from the Kerns Bakery redevelopment to Rivers Edge Apartments.
A board member asked about sidewalks in IHP, especially on Spence Place where there are gaps. Tommy said the sidewalk study has been completed and he will see what the status if for sidewalks in our neighborhood.
Next Meeting: Monday, May 11, 2020 at Akin Gym at 6:30pm.
Other Board Meeting Dates: August 10.
Meeting adjourned: 8:35pm