To residents of the Iron Horse Neighborhood—
The IHNA Facebook page received an email today from a producer who works for Arizona Public Media. He is interested in interviewing people who saw the recent exhibit at Fluxx, entitled “Lens of the Land” and featured pictures related to the Rosemont Mine Project. He would like to interview people with different opinions on the project. If you saw the exhibit and are interested, please send a private message so I can send you his contact information.
To residents of the Iron Horse Neighborhood—
Don’t forget that March 3rd is Brush & Bulky Pickup week. Materials must be set out by 6am the Monday of that week, but may be picked up at any time throughout the week. For no extra fee, the City of Tucson will pick up-
- Brush, tree trunks, branches and other green waste (up to 5 feet long and 24 inches in diameter)
- Lumber (up to 5 feet long and stacked in a separate pile)
- PVC and metal pipes (up to 5 feet long)
- Railroad ties (limit 5)
- Furniture, carpet, and doors
- Lawn mowers with fuel tank and crank case removed
- Scrap metal (bicycles, swing sets, etc., broken into 5 foot lengths)
- Cacti (must be contained - up to 25 lbs.)
- Appliances (remove freezer/refrigerator doors)
- Car tires (limit of five automobile tires)
- Metal drums (empty and cut in half)
For more information, see the City of Tucson Brush and Bulky website.
Fluxx Indoor Yard Sale! This Sat Feb 22nd
7:00am to 11:30am
Whatever isn’t sold is getting donated to Goodwill.
If you would like to join us and sell some of your used but still good items…come on by. We’d love to see you. Earn a few extra $$ while clearing out clutter. ***let us know here if you’re interested in selling so we’ll make room for you*** and if you would like to donate back…we are more than grateful!!! Coffee will be provided :)
This and that…And if you can’t make it but would like to make a donation in any amount to Fluxx, visit www.fluxxproductions.com and we mean any amount, we could really use the Help! Thanks you…
The only crime reported was the vandalism of resident Jennie’s car on 8th and bean.
Larry R presented information on behalf of the 8th street drainage project. The current drain system, which starts at Euclid overflows into the Tucson high area and pops out of a pipe around third street, was built between 1910 and 1930 and has worn out. This is a flood control project where a storm drain will be built through 8th street, just short of 4th avenue, and will go to bean street. The streets that will be effected by the construction will be 4th, 3rd, 8th, 9th. Bean, and the Tucson high area. Rick C asked whether the Tucson High traffic will be affected. Larry R said that Bean will become a one way street during construction. William, an owner of the Buffet Bar, suggested that police officers watch the traffic around Tucson High School during the duration of the construction. Larry R agreed to speak to people involved with drainage project about the idea of having a temporary traffic cop. This project is expected to take approximately 9 to 12 months and a date hasn’t yet been set for the construction to begin. Checkout a map of the effected area here: http://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/Flood%20Control/Projects/Arroyo%20Chico%20Multi-Use%20Project/tda-public-meeting-display.pdf
Anthony with the “Nowhere to Land” project spoke about his store “Nowhere to Land” located on 414 East 7th Street. Anthony and his girlfriend run the store together without any other employees. A free library is included in the store. The store offers modern mid century items, collectables, vintage items, and many interesting antiques, such as old scenic postcards dated back to the 1920’s, an antique story book, fancy flasks and liquor glasses, to name a few. For more information go to nowheretoland.com or call Anthony and Lori at 520-282-0904.
The Junction update was given by John (with Buck development), Candace (property manager), and Dan (operations manager). The construction project is on track for competition in early June. Site work will begin within the next month. INHA occupants are welcome to checkout the completed models at the Junction.
Mik reported on the upcoming March elections. Seven seats will need to be filled, including, president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, meeting organizer, street fair director, and community/garden contact.
The upcoming spring Fourth Avenue Street Fair will be held on March 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. The INHA booth will be located on 4th street and 4th avenue. We need volunteers to sign up for the beer booth, which can be done through the list serve. Rick C encourages new people to sign up, since we generally get the same group of people signing up every year. Sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/805094CA4AA2CA13-beer2
Erika M gave the treasury report. The biggest expenses this year have been the sculpture within the chicanes, the yearly payment of rent for Fluxx, and regular meeting expenses. Erika M started a motion suggesting that the neighborhood association moves their money out of the Wells Fargo Bank into a locally owned bank. The motion was seconded by Meredith, and passed unanimously. Erika M will come to the march neighborhood meeting with the 3 top local banks she finds are the best fit.
William D reported on the chicane project. Phase 1 is complete, and we are moving on to phase 2. He will be submitting the paperwork to the city, and will alert the neighborhood association if he gains approval.
As mentioned last month, the garden meetings will be held every other month due to low attendance, with this month being the off-month.
Erika M made a motion to allocate 50 dollars per meeting for a raffle prizes in order to encourage neighbors to attend the monthly meetings. Bill seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously. Dante won the first raffle.
The meeting was adjourned.
February’s meeting will be held on this thursday, February 20th. The tentative schedules is as follows:
6:30-6:40 PM Introductions
6:40-6:45 Crime report
645-6:55 Parkwise, Donovan Durband
6:55-7:05 8th St Drainage project, Larry Robinson, Nanette Pagio
7:05-7:15 Anthony with Nowhere to land project
7:15-7:20 Chicanes phase one completed
7:20-7:30 The Junction update
7:30-7:40 Elections next month (announce candidates) VP slot open
7:40-7:45 Parking Committee
7:45-7:50 Treasurers Report
7:55-8:00 Garden Report
The general elections for the neighborhood board will be held at the March meeting (March 20th).
"Iron Moiré Flowers" is a new artwork located across the street from the Empire Market. Below are a couple photos of the artwork and a statement from the artist, Scott Shepard.
"I created Iron Moiré Flowers during the fall and winter of 2013 and installed it in early 2014. This piece was inspired by the malleability of its rebar components, the moiré pattern created by overlaying layers perforated sheet metal, and plant life in general. Flowing organic forms created with industrial material describes my art well, and in this case the result is three flowers with three petals each on three stems, each growing out of a central stalk. The ten foot tall flowers were created by welding pieces of rebar to the central stalk and then bending and twisting them to their shape while cold or with the use of a torch. Care was taken with each petal as well, to be sure that a pleasing pattern was formed by the perforated metal pieces.
This is my most noticeable piece of artwork at this point, and I am much honored to have it installed in the Iron Horse Neighborhood. Because, Iron Moiré Flowers is placed in a chicane designed to attenuate and make use of storm water it reflects a personal transition for me from my past career as a builder to my present career as a Hydrologist. And also because it is planted in the chicane across the street from the Empire Market and the Buffet Bar as well as the new Junction housing development itrepresents growth and grace in an historic neighborhood. I like to think of it as new life growing out of the pavement, fed by the sustainably minded use of storm water, and the desire for neighborhood improvement.”
Mik called the meeting to order.
The neighborhood association donated the tips made from the winter 4th Avenue Street Fair beer booth to the Tucson High Orchestra students who helped plant the chicanes. Tucson high orchestra teacher Mr. Miners attended the meeting and accepted the 1,052$ check, which will be going towards the orchestra student’s upcoming band trip. Mr. Miners thanked the association and preformed with three students a beautiful orchestral rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Mr. Miners reported that 43 students and other chaperones will be traveling to the San Francisco Symphony from March 14th to 18th. Anyone who wants to donate money to the orchestra’s upcoming trip can write off his or her donation as a tax credit. The maximum donation allowed for a single person is 200$, and 400$ for a couple.
Next, Mark E. reported on the upcoming “Ermanos Beer and Wine Bar” to be located on 224 North 4th Avenue. Mark and his brother will be opening a beer and wine bar and restaurant entitled “Ermanos.” Ermanos will be a locally owned business including a big main bar and possibly a cozy library type of area in the back. Mark E. and his brother have the rights to their liquor license but the license still has to be activated by the state.
Steve P. asked Mark if he would be willing to have a clause in his lease that disallowed any promotions to be aimed at getting college kids drunk, and Mark agreed. A variance meeting will be held at the site on 224 North 4th Avenue at 6 pm, Thursday the 23rd of January. Mark and his brother will begin renovating in spring, and will open in august of 2014.
A motion to support “Ermanos Beer and Wine Bar” was started by Al R. and seconded by Rick C. The motion was passed unanimously.
Rick C. reported on the beer booth at the 2013 winter Street Fair. The tips made at the booth came out to $1,052.88. As previously mentioned, these tips went to the Tucson High Orchestra. The booth made $70.00 on T-shirts and $216.00 on beer cozies. The neighborhood will receive these funds, along with the $3,200.00 made from the beer.
Rick C. thanked everyone who volunteered to help out with the beer booth, and encouraged people to consider signing up for the upcoming spring Street Fair.
The IHNA beer booth came in 3rd place, with Rotary coming 2nd place, and Pie Allen coming in 1st.
The Junction update listed on the meeting agenda was skipped because the Junction representatives weren’t in attendance.
Mik W. suggested that there should be a crosswalk along 9th and Euclid, in-between Ace Hardware and the house to the south of Ace.
There is a drainage construction project taking place on 8th street, which is designed to build a new drain for storm water. There will be a closure of 8th street as soon as march 24th for the drainage project.
In relation to adopt a chicane program, Mik W. reported that the chicanes are successful and only a couple of willow trees seem to be dry.
Rick C. reported on behalf of the CCRC (Campus Community Relations Committee) and said that they decided to revisit their vision and mission. They came up with a new vision, which is described by Rick as, “CCRC is established for the purpose of bringing together the University of Arizona, the city of Tucson, University Medical Center, and the neighborhood associations to promote and sustain livable communities in the university area.” The vision will be ratified at the next CCRC meeting.
Rick C. also reported on the community neighborhood garden. Because of the holidays, projects involving the garden will be delayed for a month or two.
At the end of the meeting, Mik W. reported that board elections are coming up in March. A few members of the neighborhood also gave a brief crime report.
Al R. warns cat owners to keep tabs on their cats. He has observed a few cat carcasses in the neighborhood park, and coyotes have been sighted in the garden.
Mik adjourned the meeting at 7:37pm
Meeting at Fluxx, 414 E. 9th St, at 6:30pm. There will be pizza and it will be tasty. We will be discussing the following:
Social Media Intern Introduction
Ermanos Beer and Wine Bar
Beer Booth Winter Street Fair
The Junction update
Tucson High Orchestra
Drainage on 8th Construction
Chicane committee and adopt a chicane program (weedspray)
See you there!
There was a crime report from TPD. Recent crimes include reports of a peeping Tom on Euclid. Be alert.
Parks and Rec presented on the basketball court going in to the park near 10th street. This will be a half court about 46x50. The court will require some fencing to keep the balls from going into the street. The neighborhood had approved funding a fence for $3,000 but Parks and Rec has offered to build the fence for us. They will have their welders work with the neighborhood to do something in keeping with the character of the neighborhood. Also it is likely that the park will expand after the completion of the downtown links project in 2015.
John J at The Junction gave an update on the student housing being built on 9th street. They expect to have the first part of the building occupied by January. The chicane near The Junction was not planted because of the construction. John believes they can get it landscaped after completion of the project. Some residents expressed concern about the ground floor units that will have exterior patios. There was a feeling that this violates the spirit of the MOU which states that all activity will take place on the interior of the property. The patios are small and will have rail fences that are 4’8” in height. Residents also expressed concern about the security of such fences as admittance to the building is only supposed to be through the two keyed entrances. John did not commit to making the patio fences block or raising the height. He will provide the dimensions of the patios and the association will study the issue further.
The neighborhood recognized the efforts of the Tucson High orchestra students who helped plant the chicanes. The association would like to write letters of recommendation for these students. Erika made a motion that this year’s beer booth tip money goes to the orchestra students for their upcoming band trip. Rick seconded. The motion was approved.
The amazing volunteers of our neighborhood, led by Dan T., moved 72 tons of soil, 12 tons of rock, and planted 8 Desert Willows, 4 Texas Ebonies, 12 ocotillo, 12 bursage, and 28 creosote bushes into our chicanes. These are desert plants and will thrive on their own once they are established, but over the next twelve months they will need to be watered. The neighborhood association is currently funding a professional watering service, but the cost is close to $1,000 per month and we would like to have residents adopt the chicanes. Can you help us by offering to water a chicane once a week? If you can, please sign up here:
The street fair is fast approaching and we still need volunteers for Sunday. You can sign up for a spot here:
Coronet is making great progress. They are hoping to open their restaurant in the lobby of the Coronado Hotel in January. You can see their amazing progress here https://www.facebook.com/CoronetTucson
Jill from the parking committee spoke There will be a public review of the 4th ave parking plan. Details will be posted on the listserv. For those interested in starting up residential parking on your block, the petition forms are here:
The neighborhood has several different social media outlets, a twitter feed, listserv, blog, fb page. We need a person to take notes at the monthly meetings to post (like these notes). Erika made a motion that the neighborhood hire a blogger for $100 per month to do this. John D seconded the motion. The motion was approved.
Living streets alliance said the city will install free bike parking. The neighborhood could use more bike parking.
The meeting was adjourned.