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)
Present: Nancy Campbell, Carolyn Williams, Jeanne Fair, Mary Wiginton, Jim Staub, Amy Brooks, Brian Douglas, Robert Dziewulski, Nathan Hunter, Jessica Rodocker, John Michael Scott, Bill Hahnemann, Joe Hultquist.
Unable to attend: Marsha Hinde, Mike Martin, Joanna Pennoyer, Krista Wiegand
President Nancy Campbell called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
Minutes from October meeting: Some minor changes were made to the minutes. Jeanne will submit these to Rick Alexander to post on the website.
Treasurers’ Report: Mary Wiginton gave us an update on the budget. We currently have 3622.98 in the bank but $ 2316.32 is for the 2 Century Grant and the Bicentenial Grant. This money needs to be spent in something related to those grants.
A discussion was held about how much to give as a memorial to deceased members of IHPNA. In the past few years, it has been very inconsistent with amounts as much as $75.00 for one person. With our current dues structure, we cannot continue to do this. Carolyn reminded the board in the years she was president, we gave $100.00 at the end of the year naming all the deceased residents of Island Home Park. It was decided we will go back to this method.
Mary talked about the annual budget. Our fiscal year is January – December – a change made last year. We were actually in the hole for 2015, but we do have money in the bank. Several things were discussed: July 4th picnic which costs us $450.00. It seems that is high for a picnic. In the past, we got money from the Knoxville Track Club for Best Neighborhood on the marathon-we don’t anticipate winning that any more. This could be an area to scale back on. The newsletter is now donated so that is not an expense at this time.
Dues are currently $15.00/household or $10.00/Seniors. We really need an all-out effort to collect dues to support our budgeted items. Bob Dziewulski checked into Pay Pal which would include a fee of less than 2%. There was some discussion about this and we will continue to think about online ways to pay dues. It seems one of the best ways to collect dues is face to face with people in your district. By going door to door, you can make a connection to people in your district and they can get to know the board members. We need to help with this effort and be visible.
The executive board will meet and work on a budget to be submitted at the next board meeting.
Membership Campaign for 2016 – A committee has been formed to come up with a membership campaign plan. This committee includes Connie Vogt, Normalee Neubauer, Jessica Rodocker, Bob Dziewulski and maybe Sue Wrisberg. These people will be the anchor group but all the board members need to be involved.
Website – Rick Alexander and Kurt Zinser met to discuss the website and now Rick has access to make changes. The website is not current and needs to be updated if we are going to have one. Please be patient while the updates occur and send all new information to Rick. Kurt will be putting the website on his server so we won’t be paying for one.
Newsletter – The next newsletter will be published the first of February. Nancy will do a President’s letter, SKNBC and Knoxville Soup; Jeanne will get an article from TSD about the volunteer day; Margaret Webb on the Garden Club; Joe Hultquist on Vulcan; Bob Dziewulski on the new Brewery and Coffee Shop; Skip Scalf on a Historical fact; Connie Vogt on the Membership Drive and a list of the committees we have so far. We have 2 deaths – Warren Maclin and Judy Cummins. (Mildred Hiscock has also died since our meeting). We did not know of any births or special news. The website address needs to be changed in the newsletter to ihpna.org.
Porch Hops – Jessica has agreed to coordinate this again. The first one is tentatively set for April 29th at the Williams’ house.
SKNBC – We need another representative for this organization. We can have two. They meet once a month. The purpose is to keep communities involved with each other and to let people know what’s happening in South Knoxville. They also keep a close watch on what is happening in City Government that may affect South Knoxville. We will continue to be a part of this organization.
Knox County Emergency Management Agency – KCEMA – Joe mentioned this is an emphasis for the city and the county. Debbie Malone has agreed to serve on this committee. We need other people on the committee. David Massey will have a meeting of all volunteers for neighborhood emergency contacts.
Committees and Volunteer Positions
Nancy handed out a copy of the Committees and current vacancies. Several of those spots were filled by board members. A list of the committees and available spots will be put in the newsletter so neighbors can see who is on a committee and hopefully sign up to join so we can have all the spots filled.
Amy Brooks asked about using Next Door as a means to communicate instead of the current group we are using. A new Google group is another option. Amy will send out invitations to join Next Door so the board can see if we like using it.
Vulcan Quarry Blasting Joe Hultquist and Bill Hahnemann met with two people from Vulcan. One was the site manager Brandon Bounes and Carl Vanhover. Joe reported that Vulcan seemed to want to work with us and they do understand our issues. The ground movement and blast pressure may be due to the way they blast and now they are blasting the face of the pit towards IHP. There will be one more blast in mid-January. They have also changed blasting companies and are using electronic detonation.
Vulcan and Sauls Company will monitor the effects of the blast. They are willing to put 3 or more seismometers around Island Home Park to measure the blasts so there will be measureable data. This testing will be of benefit to Vulcan as well as Island Home Park. Bill will have 1 instrument in his yard on Spence Place.
The committee will meet and then meet again with Vulcan to try and work out a plan. They have been invited to go over to the quarry and observe the blasting.
Councilman Brown has been in touch with Vulcan concerning this issue as it will be affecting his district when the blasting site changes.
Park Improvements Update
Nathan reported that it seems Lori Goerlich from the city wants to make the path in our park a part of the Greenway thus the wide nature of the trail. We need to be clear we want a pedestrian walkway and NOT a multi-use trail. Joe suggested a Resolution be sent from IHPNA to Joe Walsh. At this point in time, the communication needs to be between the neighborhood association and Lori and not Nathan. Jessica moved/Carolyn seconded: we need to send a letter to Joe Walsh asking that Island Home Park be consulted before the city moves ahead with anything. We would like a plan that works for the residents of IHP. Passed.
Tennessee School for the Deaf
Nancy has been receiving emails from Greg Steck from the State of Tennessee General Services. He is the new liaison between the State and Island Home Park. There is still a lot of concern from neighbors about the traffic pattern for all the trucks coming to the construction project which is slated to last at least 2 years. The state submitted a plan: Spence Place, right on Willis and left into the school. IHP residents do not want the trucks in the neighborhood. “This is a TSD project and the inconvenience should be at the school not the neighborhood” said one neighbor.
The consensus from Island Home Park seems to be Island Home Pike to a temporary gate at the top of campus. A meeting will be set up with Senator Becky Duncan Massey to discuss our concerns and see if she can help in any way. The meeting will be held at Ijams. Joe will call her and get the meeting set up.
Island Home Avenue Closure Update
There are still problems with the construction area. Large trucks are still using Hillwood even though the No Truck signs (which have always been there) are still posted. Carolyn talked with David McGinley and he said all the detour signs are down. At this point, that is not exactly correct. The new 3 way stop at the entrance/exit to Island Home Park is up but no word on if it is permanent or temporary. Carolyn likes it since it slows down the cars in front of her house. Jeanne report some passive/aggressive behavior by the workers – parking their trucks in the road and expecting cars to go around it with any flagman. Will there be any more closures? No one is for sure at this point.
Requests from Neighbors/Board Members
Hillwood – Nathan Hunter requested that we write the Mayor and ask her to put improvements on Hillwood as a top priority. This is the time to ask since she is working on her budget. There was a lot of discussion on this topic. IF Hillwood is improved, will that just allow more development on Hillwood adding more traffic to the road? The original plan for Hillwood (Joe has the blueprints) was to move it to the intersection of Island Home Pike and South Haven. The road would go up the hill behind the Nursing Home. This plan could also encourage more development in this area. It was suggested we wait and see how these new apartments affect the traffic and see if the new road on the river helps
It was decided to save this for a neighborhood meeting so get all the stakeholders’ feedback instead of just the boards input.
Sidewalks near the pillars – The sidewalks near the pillars have been broken due to all the construction trucks parked on them. John Michael Scott asked the board to see what could be done do get them repaired. It was decided to send a letter to the City Engineer asking him to address the problem.
Small Grants – Nancy and Carolyn will attend a meeting on January 14th to learn about small grants that are available to neighborhoods. The grant would be used to help clean up the entrance at Baker Creek – power washing the walls; landscaping etc. They will report back to the board at our next meeting.
Meeting Adjourned at 9:00pm
Island Home Park Neighborhood Association
Board Minutes October 12, 2015
Health Room – Tennessee School for the Deaf
Present: Nancy Campbell, Carolyn, Williams, Jeanne Fair, Mary Wiginton, Jim Staubs, Amy Brooks, Robert Dziewulski, Nathaniel Hunter, Mike Martin, Joanna Pennoyer, Jessica Rodocker.
Unable to attend: Brian Douglas, Krista Wiegand, John Michael Scott
Nancy Campbell, President, called the meeting to order at 7:02pm. Nancy explained why several of the board members were unable to attend.
Minutes from past meeting – Copies of the minutes were provided. Discussion about the discussion in March about new pillars at the top of Fisher. Joe Hultquist had proposed a Centennial Project of adding the pillars. Jeanne will contact Joe to see the status of this project. Minutes were approved. (Mary/Nathaniel).
Treasurers’ Report – Mary gave out copies of the IHPNA Annual Budget that she had been given. There were several questions about the printout – one being it did not show any of the memorial gifts that were given to families. Also the marathon t shirts – should have been a money maker not a negative. It was also unclear as to how to interpret the Variance/Variance %. It was decided to hold approving the report until Mary can talk with Bobby and get further explanations.
Bob Dziewulski will look into paying dues online to make it easier for people to join. Checks and cash would still be accepted. January will be the start of the dues as we try to get on a new fiscal year from January to December.
IHPNA Budget – Jim Staubbs explained how the items had been budgeted in the past. He had looked at all the committees, figured out what they had spent in the past and adjusted the budget accordingly. There were a few items that can be changed: Marathon Best Neighborhood Prize – we can’t depend on that any more, COIN dues – are we still members?, the money still in the Historical Grant – what will we do with it? and the website charges which have been donated in the past.
Directory – Many people have paid their dues and have not received their Directory. Jim and other former board members will check to be sure they don’t have any extra copies. If not, enough directories will be printed, as is, to give to members and extras for new neighbors. Nancy will keep up with changes for the next printing. Approved. (Nathan/Mary) Jim also mentioned he has a lot of informational packets for new neighbors that he would like picked up.
Calendar – It was discussed and agreed upon that all the meeting dates need to be set up on a regular basis so people can make plans accordingly. Board Meetings will be the 2nd Monday of January 11th, March 14th, May 9th, August 8th and October 10th. The General Meeting will be in September.
Halloween Party will be on October 24th at the Williams’ house. Information is posted on the kiosk.
Tree Lighting will be on Sunday, December 6th from 5-7pm. This will be done at the Children’s Tree at the top of the park. Refreshments will be held at the park instead of the Staubbs’ house. Decorating the tree will be held on November 29th at 4:00pm. Please bring something to decorate the tree.
Nathan reported that he has been in contact with the city about the big tree at the entrance of Island Home. The shape of the tree and its’ size makes it difficult to hang lights. Nathan is working with the city to see if they can remove the lights since they no longer work.
The Adults only house tour will be held on Saturday, December 12th from 6-9pm. Jessica will be sending out more information on this event.
July 4th – Katy Graham will still be in charge of this celebration.
Greg Congleton has agreed to continue to coordinate the IHPNA email list serve.
Rick Alexander and Kurt Zinser have agreed to do the website.
Joanna Pennoyer will continue to do the newsletter but she really needs reporters to get her the information ready to go into the newsletter. Newsletters will go out in early November, January, April and July. The following assignments were made:
President’s letter – Nancy Campbell
IHPNA calendar items – Nancy Campbell
New Board members – Nancy Campbell
Halloween – Carolyn Williams
TSD Service Project – Jeanne Fair
IHPNA History – Skip Scalf
Garden Club – Connie Vogt
Holiday Parties – Jessica Rodocker
The newsletter distribution was a problem last year. Joanna emails the board members when the newsletters are ready and leaves them on her front porch. Each district representative is responsible to get the newsletters distributed in a timely manner. If you cannot do it, please ask an “at large board member” or an officer to do it for you.
Tennessee School for the Deaf Service Project
Information was distributed about a TSD Community Service Day on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015. Students and staff will be available to yard work. They hope to target neighbors who need help due to age or health, but it is not limited to those people. Anyone interested needs to complete the form and return to the TSD Security Center. Extra forms are available at security.
If you know of anyone who needs help, please pick up a form and get it completed. This is a great opportunity to increase cooperation between IHPNA and TSD. Forms should be turned in by November 6th.
South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition
Jim reported that this group was active and had informative meetings. Their last meeting included Mike Brown, County Commissioner, who spoke about the “slum lords” problems in the city and focusing on how to clean up these properties. Gerald Green also spoke of his high hopes for South Knoxville.
Keep Knoxville Beautiful
Right now they have been working to keep the trash picked up along this short stretch of road. Sue and Craig Wrisberg have done this for years.
Bob Cole will be meeting with Carolyn, Nathan and Nancy about sign consolidation in Island Home – especially at the entrance to the neighborhood.
The Garden Club will be meeting to make wreaths for the pillars at the entrance of Island Home for the Christmas season.
Island Home Park Improvements
Money from the airport authority was set aside to improve the park after tress had to be taken down or topped. Lori Goerlich, from the Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department, was asked to make a path from the top down to the swings. Laurie upgraded the path to 10’ – not what was in the original plans. Bill Morefield did some calculations and suggested that it would require a retaining wall to do this type of path. A copy of an email that was on our list serve from Nathan and Mike Rodocker suggesting the trail should just follow the street curb. Nathan will talk with Laurie and let her know we would like a new sidewalk that follows the curb and ask what the cost estimate would be for that project. He will invite her to speak at our next called meeting.
Mike Rodocker would like us to petition the city to connect the Greenway through Island Home to the Trails with Rails program. This would allow the greenway to follow the railroad tracks.
Parent School Support Group
Amy and Jessica reported that although we are no longer zoned for South Knox elementary school, it is now a Neighborhood School and many improvements are being made there. We are zoned to Dogwood, but there are currently no students from Island Home going there. Three students attend South Knox via a transfer. South Knox elementary had an open house and 27 adults from Island Home attended. Many of the new families in Island Home are interested in asking the School Board to zone Island Home back to South Knox Elementary. This would need an indorsement from the IHPNA. It was decided that this group needs to attend a general meeting and explain their idea.
Jeff Caster from the Lewis Group, architect for the TSD project, is still working with the City of Knoxville Engineering department on the traffic pattern for all the trucks which will be involved with the construction projects at TSD. He has vowed to meet with us on a regular basis and to keep us updated. It was suggested to him that there be a temporary entrance off Island Home Pike to keep the trucks out of Island Home. He will be invited to our next meeting.
Special Called General Meeting
It was decided we need a special meeting to update/discuss the following items:
TSD Contruction – Jeff Caster
Island Home Park improvements – Laurie Goerlich
South Knox Elementary – Amy Brooks
Holiday Events – Jessica Rodocker
Rails to Trails/Greenway petition – Mike Rodocker
The meeting will be held at the TSD Ward Building Auditorium on November 19th at 7:00pm.
Meeting adjourned: 8:50pm.