Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 7:00 p.m.
2013-5-1-1 MOTION: Keturah Pennington moved to table a discussion of Hillsdale Parks for another meeting. Glenn Bridger seconded. All in favor.
2013-5-1-2 MOTION: Robert Hamilton moved that the HNA Volunteer of the Year for 2013 be the unsung heroes of Hillsdale who anonymously enhance the livability of our community. Don Baack seconded. All in favor.
7:25 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. Meeting opened by Vice President Duane Hunting. Self-introductions were made. Motion to approve agenda. Addition to agenda: Robert Hamilton to discuss Stephens Creek Crossing. Motion to approve as amended, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve minutes, seconded, all in favor.
7:06 p.m. Discussion about Hillsdale Parks, Ward Green presented. Hillsdale resident Ward Green reported that a parcel of land near 18th Drive and Sunset Boulevard is for sale, a property that may be suitable as public park and community garden. Per his telephone discussion with Portland Parks & Recreation, PPR would consider the idea. MOTION: Keturah Pennington moved to table the discussion for another meeting. Glenn Bridger seconded. All in favor.
7:30 p.m. Noise impacts and Noise Variance request during construction of Barbur Boulevard bridges (the Vermont and Newbury structures), Craig Milliken, noise consultant, and Dave Taylor, ODOT Project Manager, presented. This $5 million project involves cap replacement, repairing deck and expansion joints, raising the railing, upgrading approaches to walkways, resurfacing the decks, fixing drainage, and re-striping. The 18-month project will begin February or March 2014, and will involve 24 weeks of nighttime work. Craig is preparing the Noise Variance for the City of Portland on behalf of ODOT, which will go before the Noise Review Board this summer. The goal is to lessen the impact on neighbors. It was requested that the work not interfere with the Sunday Parkways event, or with the use of nearby trails. It was suggested that the speed limit on Barbur be lowered both during and after construction. ODOT seeks continuing neighborhood input about the construction process, and will hold an open house on May 13 at Fulton Park Community Center. The project website has more information: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/pages/vermont_newbury/index.aspx
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8:05 p.m. Committee Reports
Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. The construction schedule for the Sunset sidewalk project is not yet available. The sidewalk project at Spring Garden and 19th Avenue is moving forward. The Committee encourages neighbors to attend the Barbur bridge project open house on May 13. ODOT is studying the idea of a road diet for Barbur Boulevard. Metro’s SW Corridor project held an open house a couple weeks ago, and many people there were unhappy with the process for determining options for high capacity transit. The Committee is distributing a list of possible SW projects and is asking those interested to choose the five they think are most important, and return these choices to the Committee by May 19.
Hillsdale Alliance Glen Bridger presented. The Alliance is putting together a list of proposed projects focusing on Capitol Highway for consideration by Main Street, HNA, the Hillsdale Business & Professional Association, etc.
Hillsdale Main Street Richard Garfinkle presented. The Hillsdale Springfest is May 5. The City is debating whether to fund HMS for a fourth year, so residents may want to express their support. Some new signage in Hillsdale is unsightly and will be addressed. The improvements made by HMS over the last three years have improved livability for residents, but have not been as helpful to local businesses.
Hillsdale Business & Professional Association The Blueberry Pancake Breakfast and the book sale will be held again this year on the last Sunday in July.
Schools Don Baack presented. The Committee is hopeful that Sun Schools will be funded for SW Portland.
SW Trails Don Baack presented. The Committee is working on the bridge project and the Lake Oswego trail at Boones Ferry. May 4 10:00 a.m. there will be a weed-pulling party across from Verde Cocina. On Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. a pancake breakfast at the Lucky Lab will be held to benefit the SW Health Center.
Parks Don Baack presented. Hillsdale’s seven parks need attention but the City does not have funding. Don will be soliciting ideas from residents.
SWNI No report.
Land Use No notifications received.
Nominating Don Baack presented. All current Board office holders have agreed to be on the slate. In addition, Rick Meigs agreed to be on the slate for HNA Board. Current President Mikal Apenes is open to not serving, but will if needed.
8:46 p.m. Volunteer of the Year Robert Hamilton presented. MOTION: Robert moved that the HNA Volunteer of the Year for 2013 be the unsung heroes of Hillsdale who anonymously enhance the livability of our community. Don seconded. All in favor. Send suggestions for this recognition to Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8:50 p.m. Stephens Creek Crossing Update Robert Hamilton presented. Home Forward has responded to the Community Advisory Committee suggestions for ways to create a connection with the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. There will be a four-way stop light at 26th Avenue. Construction has involved adding 30,000 yards of fill, and a reservoir for runoff. HF will begin accepting rental applications in December, and in January 2014 residents will start to move in. Only about 15% of those who moved away will return.
8:55 p.m. Announcements Don Baack reported that HNA has $546 in its bank account. One idea for this resource is to throw a party to celebrate Hillsdale’s parks. Sheila Greenlaw-Fink said Food Front will host a showing of the movie The Watershed at the Watershed on May 22.
8:58 p.m. Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.