Minutes from September 4, 2013


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 4,   2013 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas

MOTION: Glenn Bridger moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support joint and/or coordinated efforts to further the planning, design, and construction of the Red Electric Trail with the South Portland and Hayhurst Neighborhoods, the HBPA, SWNI, and SW Trails PDX, to move the project forward. Among the areas needing action by the City and others are:

  • Finalize agreements with ODOT on route from George Himes Park north to Corbett Street following Slavin Road alignment.
  • Completion of Himes Park vicinity land needs.
  • Budgeting for Pedestrian/Bike facilities next to the Barbur Newberry Structure (over Iowa Street extended).
  • Planning and acquisition/mapping of missing sections, especially abandoned section of former rail grade that follows on SW Bertha extended from SW 33rd west approximately two blocks.
  • Identification of other missing links.

7:01 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. Meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. Motion to approve July minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.

7:10 p.m. Habitat for Humanity Project. Tracy Matchett, Portland/Metro East Habitat for Humanity Director of Development, presented. As part of the Stephens Creek Crossing project, HH has acquired a piece of property from the Greater Portland Bible Church, located behind the church. HH is a non-profit that helps low-income families, many of whom are working at minimum wage jobs, to become homeowners, increasing their ability to live more stable, independent lives. For this project, called Trillium Court, HH is targeting families who used to live in Hillsdale Terrace. The homes will include two duplexes and one triplex, and will be built to Earth Advantage and Energy Star 3.0 standards. They will break ground in 2014. Families are required to contribute by investing 500 hours of sweat equity. Tracy was encouraged to use Neighborhood House as a resource for finding families in need. Also, she was asked to find out whether the project will include sidewalks so that the children living there can walk to school safely. HH will return to a future HNA meeting as project details develop. If neighbors have questions they should contact Tracy: tracy@habitatportlandmetro.org.

7:41 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented.

1. See the excellent article in the recent Hillsdale News about a flagger working on Sunset sidewalk project.

2. The Sunset sidewalk project will be completed soon.

3. The sidewalk construction next to the Golden Touch restaurant is underway.

4. The BES project at Terwilliger and Capitol will start in October. The Water Bureau’s part of this project will include a small above ground structure.

5. The BES project at Terwilliger and SW 7th will go for re-bidding this winter.

6. The ODOT project to upgrade the Newberry and Vermont structures on Barbur Boulevard is planned for 2014-15. During construction Barbur will be one car lane in both directions. Barbur will fully close on four weekends, detouring traffic onto Capitol and Bertha Court. Parkhill Drive neighbors may be affected by construction noise and increased traffic.

7. The Committee is working with Hillsdale Business & Professional Association and SW Trails PDX to agree on a unified vision for the Red Electric Trail. MOTION: Glenn moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support joint and/or coordinated efforts to further the planning, design, and construction of the Red Electric Trail with the South Portland and Hayhurst Neighborhoods, the HBPA, SWNI, and SW Trails PDX, to move the project forward. Among the areas needing action by the City and others are:

  • Finalize agreements with ODOT on route from George Himes Park north to Corbett Street following Slavin Road alignment.
  • Completion of Himes Park vicinity land needs.
  • Budgeting for Pedestrian/Bike facilities next to the Barbur Newberry Structure (over Iowa Street extended).
  • Planning and acquisition/mapping of missing sections, especially abandoned section of former rail grade that follows on SW Bertha extended from SW 33rd west approximately two blocks.
  • Identification of other missing links.

Motion seconded by Don Baack. All in favor.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. The new Committee Co-Chair is Sheila Fink. Next meeting will be the second Wednesday in October.

SWNI Don Baack presented. SWNI will ask ODOT to look at the Barbur bike lanes.

Hillsdale Main Street Megan Braunsten presented. Food Front will soon begin work on its full storefront facelift, new colors, paint, awning, and signage. Lighting is being improved with money from the City. The Portland Wellness Center and the Liquor Store are also receiving facelifts. New public recycling containers will appear soon. The Hillsdale Paella Dinner will be held at the Fanno Creek Clinic Saturday, September 28, shuttle to parking at the Greater Portland Bible Church. Megan introduced Stephanie Parks, Main Street’s new AmeriCorps volunteer.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association Don Baack reported that HBPA made a small amount of money on the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast.

Schools No report.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. See the report on the Red Electric project above. The Committee is asking the City to install an extended shoulder for pedestrians on Capitol Hill Road by the new Safeway.

Parks Don Baack, Chair, presented. The seven parks located in Hillsdale need our support. Don and Glenn recently took a walk with two staffers from City Commissioner Fritz’s office to better understand park and trail issues here.

Land Use Duane Hunting presented. No Land Use Notifications were received in August. There were two approvals, one for a new deck and one for a new carport. The Ballet Studio at the corner of Capitol and Sunset is undergoing a major expansion, but HNA still has not been formally advised on this project.

8:13 p.m. Announcements. On September 29 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with Sunday Parkways, St. Barnabas will sponsor a booth to promote their Community Dinner. Sunday Parkways will be September 29, 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The next HNA meeting is October 2 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas.

8:15 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.

 

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