Minutes from June 4, 2014

June 30, 2014

 

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, June 4, 20147:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas

 

MOTION 2014- 6-4-1: Don Baack moved to nominate the current HNA Board members, Duane Hunting, Don Baack, Sheila Fink, Caroline Raz, and Rick Meigs, for re-election as board members in their current capacities. Seconded. All in favor.

MOTION 2014 6-4-2: Don Baack moved that HNA send Wes Risher’s letter about illegal tree removal to ODOT and the City of Portland. Seconded. All in favor.

7:05 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Motion to approve minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve agenda with the addition of Paul Jennings from Portland Fire & Rescue, seconded, all in favor.

7:08 p.m. Operation Lower the Boom, Paul Jennings of Portland Fire & Rescue presented. PF&R is coordinating a community education campaign to promote fireworks safety and to encourage people to attend licensed professional fireworks displays rather than use fireworks in neighborhoods. While fireworks are enjoyed by many, they can be troubling for seniors, veterans, refugees, and pets. Citations will be issued for use of illegal fireworks. Paul reminded attendees that even legal fireworks can cause serious injuries, property damage, and fires. PF&R is partnering with the Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Team, Dove Lewis, schools, and churches to canvass neighborhoods with educational flyers. A kickoff event for volunteers is on June 16 at Fire Station 2. The campaign launch is on June 23 at Station 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. More information is at www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/fireworks. To volunteer, contact Paul at paul.jennings@portlandoregon.gov.

7:25 p.m. Bureau of Environmental Services: Storm Water Retention Project along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Jennifer Devlin and Lisa Huntington presented. The Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway Water Quality Improvement Project is part of the Fanno Creek Watershed Plan, and seeks to reduce pollutants running into storm drains. BES will work with Portland Bureau of Transportation to ensure that the improvements work with pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile traffic. BES has studied the variable rights of way, existing drainage patterns, existing utility lines, topography, existing driveways, sidewalks, and trees, and unused automobile lanes. As a result, BES is proposing 87 storm filters in the form of underground vaults with cartridges that require replacement once or twice per year, and 17 vegetative facilities. Attendees pointed out that similar filters in Seattle require replacement much more often than anticipated, and requested that BES provide its analysis of costs. BES was urged to include maintenance of the drains in its budget. BES will work with TriMet to make sure buses at stops do not interfere with traffic. The need for sidewalks along B-H Highway was discussed. While sidewalks are not part of this project, planners will avoid doing anything that precludes sidewalks in the future. HNA members pointed out that drainage problems along Barbur Boulevard pose serious safety hazards and should be a priority. Jennifer promised to look into this. BES will return to HNA as the project progresses.

7:59 p.m. Southwest Corridor Plan, Metro, Matt Bihn presented. Metro is looking at bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) options between Portland and Tualatin via Tigard. On June 9 the Steering Committee will meet and decide what will go into the draft Environmental Impact Statement. Public comments will be taken. With the EIS, more resources will be available to study travel times, etc. The City of Portland is interested in a project that follows Naito Parkway and the pedestrian projects it would involve there. One BRT option involves elevators between Barbur and OHSU. It was questioned whether elevators would adequately serve the elderly and disabled population needing public transit for medical appointments at OHSU. Other BRT options involve auto lane reconfiguration and removal, more pedestrian crossings, fewer turns into businesses, and a cut and cover tunnel to Hillsdale. LRT options run adjacent to I-5 and would not include bicycle or pedestrian improvements. LRT has three tunnel options connecting OHSU, Hillsdale, Multnomah, and/or the BarburTransitCenter. The long tunnel option is expensive and does not align with the Barbur Concept Plan or significantly reduce travel time, so Metro will recommend moving forward with the shorter tunnel options. Development of the Southwest transit corridor is likely to lead to growth of the OHSU South Waterfront campus. Metro’s website, http://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/southwest-corridor-plan, always takes public comments.

8:38 p.m. HNA Board Elections. Duane Hunting, Don Baack, Sheila Fink, Caroline Raz, and Rick Meigs are up for re-election. MOTION: Don moved to cast a unanimous ballot for the current slate of HNA Board members: Duane Hunting, Don Baack, Sheila Fink, Caroline Raz, and Rick Meigs. Seconded. All in favor.

8:41 p.m. Steve Duin’s Opinion Column in Today’s Oregonian. A general discussion was had regarding Steve Duin’s opinion column.

8:40 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation: Glenn Bridger asked people to drive extra safely due to the many construction projects underway in the area.

SWNI: Glenn Bridger introduced Sam Pearson, the new Chair of SWNI. Sam was welcomed with a round of applause. Arnie Panitch noted that three SWNI Volunteers of the Year are from Hillsdale: John Morris, Michael Reunert, Lynn Rossing.

Schools: Michael Reunert presented. The PPS student population is growing after many years of decline. Rieke Elementary is in the process of finding a new Principal. A work party was held at Wilson, and plantings will be done in the fall.

SW Trails: Don Baack presented. On Tuesday the group built a new and safer trail at Burlingame Park, in an area where many people have fallen over the years.

Parks: Don Baack presented. HNA should decide which projects to include in the new Parks Replacement Bond. The Rieke soccer field and a master plan for Dewitt Park are possibilities. Don has not received the details of financing the new field at Wilson High School promised by Randy Miller at the May meeting.

Land Use Notices and Issues: Duane Hunting emailed his report. The Mixed Use Zones Project’s Policy Advisory Committee continues its series of neighborhood walkabouts. The speed bumps on Vermont Street will be reinstalled soon. Cars are continuing to park in the new uphill bike lane along Vermont Street, and signage will be installed soon.

8:40 p.m. Illegal Tree Removal. In October Wes Risher noticed that a street tree installed as part of the ODOT planting plan on Barbur Boulevard just south of Terwilliger and in front of the Verizon store, had been removed. He took photos at the time and has drafted a letter requesting enforcement action. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA send Wes Risher’s letter about the illegal tree removal to ODOT and the City of Portland. Seconded. All in favor.

9:02 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.


Minutes from April 2, 2014

May 6, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 2, 20147:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

 

MOTION 2014 – 3-5-1: Don Baack moved that HNA send a letter to Commissioner Steve Novick and copy other City Commissioners and PBOT Director Leah Treat requesting funding this fiscal year for a Safe Route to School trail connection between Stephens Creek Crossing, the new $52 million housing project, and Robert Gray Middle School. The requested funds will be to build a bridge across Fanno Creek and associated stairs extending along SW 25th Avenue from SW Bertha Boulevard to SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and build a new sidewalk along SW 25th Avenue from SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to SW Kanan Street. All in favor. Wes Risher will draft the letter.

 

7:01 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. The meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. One addition to the agenda: Portland Police Officer Scott Foster. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve the March minutes, seconded, all in favor.

 

7:06 p.m. Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, Metro Council District 6. Councilor Stacey distributed several handouts, including Metro’s quarterly newsletter with information on recreational opportunities, parks, natural areas, transportation, land use issues, and how citizens can participate in the planning process. Current projects include securing a hotel near the Oregon Convention Center, raising funds for restoration of natural areas, the Climate Smart Communities project to reduce greenhouse gas emission reductions, studying Southwest Corridor high-capacity transit options, ensuring ongoing success of the Portland Expo Center, and planning and implementing improvements at the Oregon Zoo. The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), due to be reviewed this year, addresses transit, and bike/pedestrian access to ensure they connect to one another. One of Metro’s goals is to assist implementation of plans for transit-oriented development. Metro is working on plans to provide streetscape grants, and to link businesses with private sector lending. Metro seeks public input about priorities between March 21 and May 5, at community forums or on the Metro website. Metro is funded by activity fees, zoo admission, waste disposal fees, excise taxes, as well as bond measures for capital expenditures.

 

7:35 p.m. Portland Police Bureau Report, Officer Scott Foster. The recent officer-involved shooting in Hillsdale is under investigation. PPB has increased patrols near schools. Recently Police have received calls about high-pressure door-to-door salespeople linked to residential burglaries.

 

7:45 p.m. Terry Black, Jamie Wilde, and Dan Ward of the Portland Water Bureau presented information on two projects scheduled for our area.

SW Carolina Pump Mains This installation of 3400 feet of new pipe will take eight or nine months, breaking ground about July 1. Neighbors should plan on detours, flaggers, and lane restrictions affecting Chestnut Street, Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame Terrace, Terwilliger Boulevard, Capitol Highway, and a section of the pedestrian path in George Himes Park, as well as equipment noise, dust, and loss of street parking during construction. Discussion points:

  • April through July, Barbur Boulevard will be reduced to one lane each way for bridge construction, so PBW should work with ODOT to reduce the impact on neighborhood streets as car traffic seeks alternative routes.
  • In the past, neighbors were told that PWB is responsible for installing and maintaining landscaping on the island at the intersection of Terwilliger Boulevard and Capitol Highway. Those in attendance expressed disappointment to hear that this is not part of the plan now.
  • Don Baack encouraged PWB to maintain safe pedestrian access through the construction zone that does not involve significant detours.
  • Previously the City assured HNA that the intersection at Chestnut and Burlingame Avenue would be brought up to standards with this project. Terry said this is not in the current plan, and will speak to her boss about it.

Bertha Service Area Improvements Project This installation of 2600 feet of pipe will take four to six months beginning in May or June. It will increase the capacity and reliability of water service and repair leaking pipes to reduce the risk of landslide in the area of SW 14th Avenue and SW Westwood Drive, down to SW Martha Street, across Martha Street, and up SW 18th Drive until just past the intersection with SW 18th Place. Discussion points:

  • Asphalt restoration is a concern. Existing berms that divert water away from home and driveways, access to stairs, and grade alignment to walkways, will need careful consideration.
  • A major pedestrian trail through this area will be affected. Presenters said the contractors will make this work for pedestrians.
  • Neighbors expressed concern about storm water runoff on 18th Drive. PWB will work with PBOT and PBES to possibly fix this during construction. Jamie said he hopes to visit the site during the next rain event.
  • BES trucks have been seen on 18th Drive recently, so there may be a sewer project here, too. Jamie will contact BES to possibly coordinate projects.

For both projects, water service may be affected for several hours at a time, and neighbors will be notified of this in advance. PWB said they will work with individual neighbors to avoid service disruption at particular times. Information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina, www.portlandoregon.gov/water/berthaarea, and portlandmaps.com (click on ‘projects’). PWB contact is Terry Black, 503-823-1168 or terry.black@portlandoregon.gov.

 

8:20 p.m. Pedestrian Safety, Mike Ashland presented. Mike’s op-ed piece on pedestrian safety was published in the Oregonian on February 26, 2014. Problems include lack of sidewalks, cars parked along narrow streets, lack of shoulders, mud, and potholes. To improve pedestrian safety he suggests:

  • The City work with neighbors who wish to make pedestrian improvements at the same time City projects are done.
  • HNA support law enforcement ticketing distracted drivers and pedestrians.
  • Neighbors organize themselves block-by-block to improve their streets.
  • HNA spearhead a campaign for pedestrian safety.

 

8:30 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. Glenn urged neighbors to use extra caution during the multiple construction projects happening in our area and to expect flaggers, construction workers, increased traffic, detours, and lane restrictions. On April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, SWNI will host a meeting on SW High Capacity Transit.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. SWNI is re-writing its bylaws. Nominations for new SWNI Board members are being sought. A City budget forum will be held April 9, 6:30 p.m. at PCC Sylvania.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. Next meeting is to be announced.

Hillsdale Main Street Rick Garfinkle presented. The PDC did not recommend further funding for HMS. Current and recently completed projects include new and refurbished signage, recycling bins, and Spring Fest Health Fair. HMS hopes to form a non-profit foundation to move forward with more improvement projects.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association Richard Garfinkle presented. HBPA meets every third Wednesday at Korkage. Projects in the works include the Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale in July, flower baskets, and trash collection.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. The new trail at Stephens Creek Natural area officially opened on March 12. The next walk is Saturday, April 12. The next Committee meeting is April 22. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA send a letter to Commissioner Novick and copy other City Commissioners and PBOT Director Leah Treat requesting funding this fiscal year for a Safe Route to School trail connection between Stephens Creek Crossing, the new $52 million housing project and Robert Gray Middle School. The requested funds will be to build a bridge across Fanno Creek and associated stairs extending along SW 25th Avenue from SW Bertha Boulevard to SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and build a new sidewalk along SW 25th Avenue from SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to SW Kanan Street. Glenn Bridger seconded. Discussion: HNA has voted to support a trail here in the past. The question was called. All in favor. Wes Risher will draft the letter.

Parks Don Baack presented. According to City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, $1.5 million will go to improvements for Spring Garden Park, some funding may be available for the Red Electric Trail, and Custer Park may be re-named. A Master Plan will be done next year for one park, possibly DeWitt Park here in Hillsdale.

Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting presented. HNA received one notification, an environmental violation on Parkhill Way. The owner built a terrace and planted in a conservation zone. HNA can make comments through April 7. On Tuesday April 8 at 2:45 p.m. the SW Corridor Plan will be presented to the Portland Planning Commission. A SW Watershed Open House will be held on Wednesday April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center. On April 24 is Our Streets Town Hall. A meeting on the SW Corridor Plan will be held on April 29th.

 

9:02 p.m. Announcements. Dedication of the Oregon World War II Memorial in Salem is June 6 at 1:30 p.m. Next meeting: Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Watershed.

 

9:07p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.

 


Minutes from March 5, 2014

March 31, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 7:00 p.m.

The Watershed

 

MOTION 2014 – 3-5-1 Don Baack moved that HNA support the Red Electric Trail project. Seconded. Discussion. Question called. All opposed.

MOTION 2014-3-5-2: Don Baack moved that HNA approve the Red Electric Trail with the Slavin Road route, and that we support further study on Barbur with clear alternatives so that in the future we can decide on a reasonable proposal for Barbur. Seconded. All in favor.

7:06 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. The meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. The February minutes will be reviewed at the April meeting. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.

7:08 p.m. Southwest Corridor Plan. Metro Transportation Planner Matt Bihn presented. Significant population increases are forecast for Southwest Portland. This growth will focus on mixed-use development, and high capacity transit (HCT) will help define where it goes. Metro is working with the multiple jurisdictions along the corridor, and using their individual plans to determine where high capacity connections are most needed. HCT is cost effective as it requires fewer operators and attracts more riders. In Phase I of the study, the Southwest Corridor Steering Committee recommended that Metro study both light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) options. The Committee also recommended that 50-100% of any BRT operate in dedicated lanes, to (1) make it faster and more efficient, (2) qualify it for New Start (federal) funding, and (3) be supportive of the land use vision for the area. Phase II is the Refinement Phase of the study in which the many transit design options put forward will be assessed. Surface light rail through Hillsdale is not an option due to space constraints. Metro is working toward an Environmental Impact Statement in July 2014.

Arnie Panitch said that preserving Hillsdale residents’ current access to a wide variety of destinations via public transit should be an important consideration going forward.

A SW Corridor Plan Design Option Workshop will be held in the Cafeteria at Wilson High School, 1155 SW Vermont, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to view detailed maps of design options including bridges, tunnels, approximate station locations, elevators, paths, stairs, ramps, etc. Public comments will be collected and passed on to project Team Leaders and the Steering Committee. Workshops also will be held in Tigard on March 19 and in Tualatin on March 20. For more information contact juan.carlos.ocana-chiu@oregonmetro.gov or matt.bihn@oregonmetro.gov, or see the project website: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/southwestcorridor.

8:10 p.m. Portland Police Report. Portland Police Officer Scott Foster presented. In the last 30 days a number of car prowls and one car theft were reported, but no burglaries or violent crimes. Neighbors who put trash and recycling out at the curb for pickup should watch out for people going through their bins before the garbage trucks arrive. Trash and recyclables are the property of the homeowner until they are picked up by the garbage trucks. Residents are encouraged to always report incidents to the police.

8:25 p.m. Selection of Hillsdale Priorities for Transportation Needs. Glenn Bridger presented. Metro has put forward a list of projects it believes would complement the SW High Capacity Transit Corridor. The SWNI Transportation Committee is requesting that each of its 17 member Neighborhood Associations put forward their three highest priority projects from this list. Glenn distributed packets including a map with descriptions of potential projects selected by citizens at a recent workshop. The two lists share some of the same ideas. Glenn suggested that the three priorities for HNA might be (1) Barbur Boulevard North pedestrian and bicycle improvements, (2) Barbur Boulevard South pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and (3) the Red Electric Trail. These projects would benefit Hillsdale as well as other area neighborhoods.

MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA support the Red Electric Trail project. Seconded. Discussion. Question called. All opposed.

MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA approve the Red Electric Trail with the Slavin Road route, and that we support further study on Barbur with clear alternatives so that in the future we can decide on a reasonable proposal for Barbur. Seconded. Discussion. All in favor.

9:17 p.m. Committee Reports. Due to the late hour, Committee reports are tabled until the April meeting. Duane Hunting distributed copies of the March Land Use Report.

9:18 p.m. Announcements. On March 10th, the City will host a West Quadrant Plan Open House, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1221 SW 4th in the Atrium. On March 15th at 10 a.m. Stephens Creek Crossing will hold its Grand Opening. On March 19th 5:00 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, ODOT will hold an Open House regarding the Newbury and Vermont Street bridges. Next HNA meeting Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:00pm at St. Barnabas Church located at 2201 SW Vermont Ave.

9:18 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.


MInutes from February 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

St. Barnabas Episcopal School

 

Action Item 2014-2-5-1:

Don Baack moved that we formally request that a pedestrian path be established on 21st Avenue.  We ask that any future announcement of this project include mention of the closure of the road to automobile traffic and that a gravel pedestrian trail be provided; and that the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) mail us a large-scale drawing so that we can read the details of what is being proposed so that we can comment further if we feel the need to do so.  We also request that construction vehicles park along SW   Bertha Boulevard.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Action Item 2014-2-5-2

Michael Reunert moved that HNA write a letter to City Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Lee Treat requesting that PBOT study traffic flow on Cheltenham, Westwood, Terwilliger, Chestnut, Burlingame Avenue, and Vermont during the period of bridge construction on Barbur Boulevard.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

 

President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m.  The minutes of January 8 and today’s agenda were approved.

Committee Reports:

Transportation:  Glenn Bridger reporting

Glenn submitted a written report which included five items:

  1. The Bridlemile Neighborhood Association requested that Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) request safety improvements at two bus stops on      Dosch Road:  the intersection of Bridlemile Lane and Dosch; and at Tunnelwood Drive and Dosch.
  2. Identifying Hillsdale preferred street improvements; notice of a February 27 meeting at the Multnomah Arts Center on “Our Streets” hosted by Commissioner Steve Novick, PBOT Director Lee Treat, and Mayor Charlie Hales.  This is an opportunity for Southwest residents to advise PBOT on priorities regarding streets, sidewalks, greenways, maintenance, and other matters.
  3. Work is starting on multiple sidewalk projects in our community.
  4. A request for further definition of pedestrian access on SW 21st Avenue from Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway as part of the Bureau of Environmental Services project.

Don Baack moved that we formally request that a pedestrian path be established in 21st Street.  We ask that any future announcement of this project include mention of the closure of the road to automobile traffic and that a gravel pedestrian trail be provided; and that the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) mail us a large-scale drawing so that we can read the details of what is being proposed so that we can comment further if we feel the need to do so.  We also request that construction vehicles park along SW Bertha Boulevard.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

The HNA members discussed at length the South West Corridor Plan and transportation options relating to the High Capacity Transit Corridor which might include a MAX line tunnel stop in the Hillsdale Town Center or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Barbur Boulevard.  Members were encouraged to gather information from meetings and Websites in order to establish priorities as the different options would have differential impacts upon both Town Center businesses and Hillsdale residents.  Given the potential major consequences of the decision upon Hillsdale, it is important that a broad spectrum of residents be informed of the issues and participate in public discussion and debate.

Michael Reunert moved that HNA write a letter to City Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Lee Treat requesting that PBOT study traffic flow on Cheltenham, Westwood, Terwilliger, Chestnut, Burlingame Avenue, and Vermont during the period of bridge construction on Barbur Boulevard.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

 

Hillsdale Business and Professional Association and Hillsdale Main Street:  Dr. Richard Garfinkle reporting

Jim Francesconi was guest speaker at the recent HBPA breakfast meeting.  The design improvements for the north side of the Town Center have been completed.  The Portland Development Commission has decided not to fund Hillsdale Main Street as of July 1, 2014.  Rick Seifert said that he would personally remove the graffiti from the Town Center mural painted by artist Angela Marino.

 

Schools:  Michael Reunert reporting

Michael just received an email stating that the Portland Association of Teachers voted 98% in favor of staging a strike as of February 15 if they are unable to reach agreement on a contract with Portland Public Schools administration.

 

Land Use: Duane Hunting reporting

A request has been made to allow three homes to be built on property near the Hillsdale library and adjacent to the professional building on the west side of Sunset.  The petitioners want a zoning change to R2.5 to allow for higher density.

The BES is proposing to replace 12-inch sewer and storm-water pipes with 18-inch ones as part of a plan to improve city-wide infrastructure.

A letter of commendation will be sent to BES regarding their work on the Capitol Highway-Terwilliger project.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

 

Submitted by Robert Hamilton


Minutes from January 8, 2014

February 3, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, January 8,   2014 7:00 p.m.

The Watershed

 

MOTION 2014-1-1: Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association hereby request that this vacation action include the following:

1.      The vacation exhibit includes portions of the existing dedicated SW 25th right-of-way that is included in the new subdivision action. We request that the action be amended to identify only those lands north of SW Texas Street Extended, as shown on the subdivision plat of December 2013, and not needed for the new subdivision.

2.      The new 20-foot utility and access right-of-way shown between SW 25th and the westerly property line of subject parcel, and located on the south side of SW   Texas Street Extended will provide pedestrian connectivity important to the neighborhood.

3.      The proposed beneficial recipient of the vacated lands located north of SW Texas Street Extended has been identified as the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. As this public right-of-way will no longer extend through their future holdings along SW 25th Street, we request that a non-revocable right-of-way be created between the newly created access route identified in Item 2 above and SW 26th Street, so as to provide pedestrian access in the general vicinity of SW Texas Street Extended between SW 25th Street and SW 26th Street, such dedication to take place prior to the vacation of SW 25th described above.

 

MOTION 2014-1-2: Don Baack moved to encourage Habitat for Humanity and the Capitol Hill Condominium Association to take steps to ensure there is a Good Neighbor Agreement in place to work something out between themselves, the church, and possibly the future homeowners. Seconded. All in favor.

7:03 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. The meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. Motion to approve December minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to add two items to agenda including the BES vacation of SW 25th   Avenue and Habitat for Humanity’s Trillium   Court project, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve revised agenda, seconded, all in favor.

7:08 p.m. Trillium Court, a proposed seven-unit affordable housing condominium project, 6875 SW Capitol Hill Road. David Bonn, Vice President of Housing Development, Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East and Steve Messinetti, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Oregon, presented. The 21,000 sq ft site was acquired by Habitat for Humanity (HH) as part of the Stephens Creek Crossing project. Part of the site is within the City’s Environmental Conservation and Environmental Protection overlay zones, which triggers a land use review and limits the development to seven units. The condominiums will look like row houses, each with one on-site parking space. Accessible parking spaces also will be provided. HH works with buyers who need stable housing, who are willing to invest hundreds of hours of labor, and who can repay an affordable loan. Groundbreaking is planned for this summer. Residents of the adjacent Capitol Hill Condominiums (CHC) and others raised the following issues:

  • Seven units may not be able to pool together sufficient resources to adequately maintain the property.
  • Nearby on-street parking is limited, so overflow may spill into the CHC parking lot.
  • Pollutants from the property may drain into the nearby creek.

Discussion followed. HH’s 15-year experience with condominiums has shown a tendency for homeowners to hold one another accountable for maintenance. As lender and financial partner, HH is interested in upkeep. The project will include a sidewalk, curb, and swale. Home owners’ parking needs should be minimal as most own only one car, and bus lines are nearby. Concerns about density and parking are zoning issues that should be addressed to City Council rather than HH. A City-prescribed storm water management plan will protect the creek from pollutants. Storm water runoff should be collected for homeowner use or gardening. Going forward it may be helpful to participate in a Good Neighbor Agreement process to address neighbors’ concerns.

It was noted that there is a separate issue involving a land dispute involving a 6-7 foot strip of property between the HH and CHC properties that over the years has been fenced, landscaped, and maintained by CHC.

7:45 p.m. Stephens Creek Crossing Children’s Center Capital Campaign. Mari Yerger, Neighborhood House Development Director, presented. Neighborhood House will be providing Head Start preschool education to low-income children in the Stephens Creek Crossing (SCC) housing development. The Children’s Center will include three classrooms, as well as space for family strengthening programs and Head Start staff. Some programs will be available to families outside of SCC in order to increase residents’ interaction with the larger community. It is possible that space will be available for community meetings. Volunteers, possibly including WilsonHigh School students, will be invited to teach EFL classes, provide homework assistance, take children on field trips for after school enrichment, and more. Neighborhood House is charged with raising funds for the Center’s Center furnishings and playgrounds. Individual playground tiles are available for sponsorship at $250 each. Contact Mari at myerger@nhweb.org.

8:04 p.m. Bureau of Environmental Services vacation of SW 25th Avenue north of Nevada Court. Don Baack presented. This is a follow-up to the December meeting when HNA requested further information. The BES still does not have a plan for this vacation. The neighborhood’s concern is pedestrian connectivity that will ensure access to housing, churches, and commercial areas. Don Baack provided those in attendance with written copies of a motion:

MOTION: Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association hereby request that this vacation action include the following:

1. The vacation exhibit includes portions of the existing dedicated SW 25th right-of-way that is included in the new subdivision action. We request that the action be amended to identify only those lands north of SW Texas Street Extended, as shown on the subdivision plat of December 2013, and not needed for the new subdivision.

2. The new 20-foot utility and access right-of-way shown between SW 25th and the westerly property line of subject parcel, and located on the south side of SW Texas Street Extended will provide pedestrian connectivity important to the neighborhood.

3. The proposed beneficial recipient of the vacated lands located north of SW Texas Street Extended has been identified as the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. As this public right-of-way will no longer extend through their future holdings along SW 25th Street, we request that a non-revocable right-of-way be created between the newly created access route identified in Item 2 above and SW 26th Street, so as to provide pedestrian access in the general vicinity of SW Texas Street Extended between SW 25th Street and SW 26th Street, such dedication to take place prior to the vacation of SW 25th described above.

Seconded. Discussion. This motion gives HNA’s support for the 180-foot portion of the vacation in exchange for a 25-foot pedestrian access and an easement through BES property. If BES vacates the entire street, the developer would not be required to make any improvements, leaving it as basically just a driveway. The question was called. Mikal read the motion aloud. All in favor. Don will draft the letter for Mikal to sign.

8:18 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Wes Risher presented. A series of public meetings for citizen input on the SW Corridor Plan Portland is held the first Monday of every month through June 2014, 6-8 p.m. at the MultnomahArtsCenter. At last night’s meeting an overview of several options was presented. These include a light rail tunnel with underground stations at OHSU, Hillsdale, and Multnomah before surfacing at the Crossroads near Barbur Foods, and Bus Rapid Transit along Barbur Boulevard. Citizen input is also being sought for smaller projects to make it easier for people to get to the transit corridor. See the Metro or Portland Bureau of Transportation website for more information. Ultimately, Metro will make the final decision on corridor alignment. Don Baack suggested that while the two Barbur   Boulevard bridges are being re-surfaced there will be a good opportunity to measure traffic impacts on cut-through streets such as Westwood and Cheltenham and collect data useful for determining the feasibility of a road diet for Barbur. For our February meeting we may want to discuss the Barbur Concept Plan, examine implications for Hillsdale, or invite Joan Fredrickson from the Bureau of Planning.

SWNI No report.

Hillsdale Alliance No report.

Main Street No report.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. PPS contract negotiations are continuing. The SW Schools Committee is looking at ways to improve technology with limited resources – projectors and other equipment is needed. Various fundraising efforts are underway at our three area schools.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association No Report.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. The Committee continues to work on funding for the Red Electric. It is looking at a Safe Route to School between Stephens Creek Crossing and RobertGrayMiddle   School. Also, it is working with the City to get one permit for many small projects instead of acquiring multiple permits. The trail in StephensCreek park does not meet ADA standards as it is too steep. The purpose for a 30 foot connection within the park was to make is easier for people walking north.

Parks Don Baack presented. Working on getting ADA improvements for the trail through StephensCreekPark, and a connection to Raz-Baack Crossing. The Committee will be trained on how to build water humps on January 16, and is working to improve a dangerously steep switchback in HinesPark.

Land Use Duane Hunting presented. HNA has received one Land Use Notification involving Trillium   Court, discussed earlier this evening. The proposal includes invasive species removal, native plantings, planters to manage storm water quality and quantity, removal of three trees, and more. Duane is collecting comments and will submit them by the January 13 due date. MOTION: Don Baack moved to encourage Habitat for Humanity and the Capitol Hill Condominium Association to take steps to ensure there is a Good Neighbor Agreement in place to work something out between themselves, the church, and possibly the future homeowners. Seconded. All in favor.

9:05 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.


Minutes from December 4, 2013

December 26, 2013

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

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

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

MOTION 2013-12-1: HNA does not approve of the vacation of the SW 25th right of way as presented, and does not have sufficient information to form an educated decision due to lack of plans from BES showing what the final plans look like. Seconded. All in favor.

 

7:05 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. The meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. Motion to approve November minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.

 

7:08 p.m. January HNA Meeting. Due to the New Year’s Day holiday, the next HNA meeting will be Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Watershed, 6388 SW Capitol Highway. The Board will meet at 6:30 p.m., prior to the general meeting.

 

7:10 p.m. Hayhurst Big Dream Project. Jennifer Harrison presented. The PTA’s Dream Big Project seeks to raise $100,000 for a new playground and nature area for students. Visit http://hayhurstdreambigproject.weebly.com/ or contact Courtney Kreutz at courtneykreutz@gmail.com for more information.

 

7:15 p.m. Conditional use permit for an AT&T wireless facility on the rooftop of the Southwest Community Center at Gabriel Park. Mike Unger presented.

AT&T has applied for a Type II conditional use permit for a wireless facility on the roof of the SWCC, and notices will go out to neighbors soon. The area is currently a wireless dead spot. The proposal includes construction of a wall to screen the antennae from public view. AT&T is to pay rent to Portland Parks. There was discussion about how antennae negatively affect neighborhoods, and they should be grouped together whenever possible. A moratorium on new facilities may be appropriate until additional guidelines are in place. Appreciation for his presence at this meeting was expressed. Contact him at mike.unger@lexcomcorp.com or 206-604-5538.

 

7:30 p.m. Vacation of public right of way at SW 25th Avenue to the north of Nevada Court. Glenn Bridger and developer/petitioner presented. HNA received notice from the City that the Portland Bureau of Transportation has requested the vacation of a public right of way to allow the Bureau of Environmental Services to install a storm water facility in preparation for an eight-lot subdivision. BES has been slow to determine exactly how they would use the property, which was to have been a wetlands nature preserve. The developer’s plan is to include some form of pedestrian and/or bicycle connection through this area. Discussion:

  • While HNA is not against developing this as a residential area, BES’s current plan for the street and storm water facility is too vague to support at this time. In general, this is a problem with BES projects that are not included in its capital improvement program.
  • BES chose not to attend tonight’s HNA meeting, and instead will make a presentation on this issue at the SW Trails meeting on December 19.
  • The City will not allow the housing development to go forward unless the right of way is vacated.
  • It is possible that this right of way will be useful to residents of Stevens Creek Crossing; more information is needed.
  • A task force that includes all stakeholders would be beneficial to all.

MOTION: HNA does not approve of the vacation of the SW 25th right of way as presented. HNA does not have sufficient information to form an educated decision due to lack of plans from BES showing what the final plans look like. Seconded. All in favor.

 

8:10 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. The SW Corridor Working Group meets the first Monday of every month 6-8pm at the Multnomah Arts Center. At its first meeting, Metro presented various transportation alignments between Portland and Tigard. One of these is a subway or tunnel between downtown Portland and either Hillsdale or Multnomah Village. Surface routes being evaluated follow Barbur Boulevard. It is a goal that people can walk to access high capacity transit.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. Citizen activist groups are working on water towers, new development, and more, and better projects are the result.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger announced that the next meeting is February 12 at the Watershed.

Main Street The Paella Dinner was successful. Storefront improvements continue. The north façade (the liquor store and post office area) is getting a new valance, lighting, paint, and signage soon. The Design Committee meets next week, and the Board meets December 9. New recycling containers will arrive soon.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. PPS contract negotiations continue, and a strike is possible in January. Next year’s funding looks better than previous years, and the School Board seeks public input on spending priorities. Our three area schools are conducting a variety of events and fundraisers.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association Richard Garfinkle said the Golden Ticket program is being held again this year and includes both Hillsdale and Multnomah merchants.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. The Comprehensive Plan can be viewed online. Committee priorities include the Red Electric, April Hill Park, and others. The group is evaluating where loos are needed, and continuing its work building trails. Parks Don Baack presented. Ivy pulling projects continue. The next meeting at SWNI is tomorrow night, and Don invited everyone to attend this meeting and vote to prioritize Hillsdale Parks improvements.

Land Use Duane Hunting presented. Two land use decisions: the property at SW Moss Street and 17th Drive will be divided into two 2500 sq.ft. lots each for single family houses, and St. Barnabas Church at 2201 SW Vermont Street was granted a boundary reduction, with conditions. As yet, HNA has received no response to its letters dated December 8, 2012 and January 3, 2013, and follow-up may be appropriate. Work on the Portland Ballet building continues, and as yet HNA has not been notified of this expansion project.

 

8:43 p.m. Announcements.

  • Lynn Rossing announced that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Team met on December 2, and information was presented about household emergency food and water storage.
  • Don Baack announced that at the recent SWNI meeting there was discussion of splitting the South Burlingame Neighborhood Association. HNA may want to talk to them about redrawing boundaries to include the Fulton Park Community Center and other areas to be in HNA, as they may have a more natural connection to HNA than to other neighborhoods. This decision should be up to the people who live there..

 

8:49 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.

 


Minutes from November 6, 2013

December 3, 2013

 Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 6,   2013 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

MOTION 2013-11-1: Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support funding for the Red Electric Trail to get a pedestrian trail in place east of the Town Center following the Slavin Road route in the very near future, and acquire the Right of Way for the Red Electric Trail to the west of Hillsdale, and as a second priority the funds to do a master plan for Dewitt Park to make it a place for all ages, and as a third priority funds to improve the streets and sidewalks adjacent to parks in Southwest. The question was called, all in favor.

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

7:10 p.m. Hillsdale Main Street Design Guidelines. Richard Garfinkle and Richard Stein presented. The Design Committee is working with Hillsdale businesses and an architect to create some basic signage guidelines so that future signage is less cluttered and clearer. A draft of the guidelines was distributed to those present. They propose a simple steel frame with business names printed on horizontal panels that are easy to change as businesses change. It is not known yet whether these types of signs conform to City code. It was suggested that the Hillsdale gateway signs be replaced to reflect these standards and provide an example for businesses to follow. Other ideas discussed include sign caps that conform to the guidelines, neon or LED signage, free standing block letter signage, backlighting, and signage in multiple languages. Businesses on each side of the highway have different signage needs. Businesses may resist investing extra time, energy, or money to conform to the guidelines. One idea is to incentivize businesses to update their signage. Rather than placing large signs by all the businesses, it may be more effective and aesthetic to focus future signage on the identity of Hillsdale itself as a shopping destination, possibly with new gateway signs that incorporate “directories” that list individual business names. A goal is to work toward signage that appeals to both automobile and pedestrian traffic. In other Main Street news, Megan Braunstein recently was let go because Main Street can no longer afford a paid Executive Director, and storefront improvement projects are being carried out.

7:55 p.m. Hillsdale Park Priorities. Don Baack presented. Portland Parks and Recreation’s (PP&R) System Development Charge (SDC) fund has now grown to eight million dollars. The HNA Parks Committee met on October 22 and inventoried Hillsdale’s parks. Improvements needed are accessible play equipment, trashcans, signage, trails, landscaping, bathrooms, drinking fountains, and more. It was noted that SDC funds are to be used to create new capacity, not for repairs, so the Rieke soccer field repairs would not qualify for this funding. MOTION: Don moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support funding for the Red Electric Trail to get a pedestrian trail in place east of the Town Center following the Slavin Road route in the very near future, and acquire the Right of Way for the Red Electric Trail to the west of Hillsdale, and as a second priority the funds to do a master plan for Dewitt Park to make it a place for people of all ages. Seconded. Discussion followed. Don emphasized the Committee’s goal to involve the community in designing park improvements. Wes Risher provided written comments proposing that SDC investments focus on PP&R-owned properties where sidewalk and street conditions are sub-standard, including Miles Street between Barbur and Brier Place, Hillsdale Park frontage along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, the incomplete bike lane on Terwilliger Boulevard between Chestnut Street and Caldew Street, and improvements along Terwilliger between Chestnut Street and 7th Avenue implementing the recommendations of the 1983 Terwilliger Parkway Corridor Plan. MOTION: Keturah Pennington moved to amend the current motion by adding Wes’s comments, seconded, all in favor. AMENDED MOTION: Don moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support funding for the Red Electric Trail to get a pedestrian trail in place east of the Town Center following the Slavin Road route in the very near future, and acquire the Right of Way for the Red Electric Trail to the west of Hillsdale, and as a second priority the funds to do a master plan for Dewitt Park to make it a place for all ages, and as a third priority funds to improve the streets and sidewalks adjacent to parks in Southwest. The question was called, all in favor. It was suggested that PP&R use SDC funds to acquire the old YMCA facility at DuniwayPark, and Don will take this idea to the SWNI Parks meeting tomorrow night.

8:15 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. The sidewalk next to the Golden Touch Restaurant has improved pedestrian access. Glenn received a comment that the new sidewalk along Sunset makes nearby homes more attractive for purchase. The SW Corridor Plan is moving towards approval by METRO. The sewer project at Terwilliger and Capitol   Highway is underway, and BES has confirmed its commitment to the invasive removal program.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. Joan Frederiksen of the Portland Planning Bureau will be invited to the December meeting to demonstrate the online tool for public input on the Comprehensive Plan. Glenn will follow up on inviting a Wilson student to serve on the HNA Board. Recent SWNI events included Police Recognition and Fall Clean Up. Residents near WoodsPark are supporting an effort to have the Freeman Water Tower site added to the park.

Hillsdale Alliance No report.

Main Street The Paella Dinner event on November 9 still needs volunteers. New recycling containers have been ordered. A plan for the pedestrian plaza has been drafted and fundraising efforts are being planned.

Schools Despite projections, overall enrollment is up for PPS. PPS is working with the Teachers’ Union on a contract. Security improvements are underway district-wide, paid for by bond funds. Area schools were briefly locked down today due to a fugitive at large. The SWNI School Committee is looking at use of technology. Rieke, Robert Gray, and Wilson have fundraising and cultural events underway.

SWNI See Parks report above.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association No report.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. Safeway and the City finished the 100-foot extended shoulder between the Christian school and sidewalk after receiving neighborhood input. Signage is needed to prevent cars from parking there.

Parks See Parks report above.

Land Use Nothing this month.

8:45 p.m. Announcements. November 9, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. St. Barnabas Church will host a free turkey dinner, all are welcome. Arnie Panitch offered kudos to Don Baack for four recent accomplishments: a new drinking fountain serving adults, disabled, and dogs, the extended shoulder by Safeway, a page about SW Trails PDX in the Portland Pedestrian Guide, and a story featuring SW Trails PDX in the Oregonian. Don’s role in these efforts was acknowledged with a round of applause.

8:50 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.


Minutes from October 2, 2013

November 5, 2013

 Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

 

MOTION: Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association sponsor work parties to remove brush on the Red Electric Trail near Nebraska and Capitol Hwy, and maintenance work on the Raz Baack Crossing of Stephens Creek. Dates to be determined. Passed unanimously.

Note: Project work parties are legal and covered by SWNI insurance coverage.

 

7:03 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. Meeting was opened by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. Motion to approve agenda with one item added by Don Baack, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve September minutes, seconded, all in favor.

7:05 p.m. Wilson High School Principal Brian Chatard.

1)     Construction, seismic upgrades, and new roofing projects have been completed and no leaks.  Brian did not have the actual costs, but thought it was in the $1-2 million range.  About $200,000 was spent for ADA improvements. The ramp on the north side is about 70% complete with the brick work to follow soon.  The landscaping will include natural items next to the building. Brian has suggested a project for the Senior Class for a plaque with a dedication to Woodrow Wilson (school’s name sake), who created peace without punishing the losers, be installed on a large stone in the triangle area of the ramps.

2)     Enrollment is up by about 40-50 students with 20 transfers. Student population was a target of 1,193, but is now about 1,235 to 1,240 students.

3)     The student after-school and lunch crowds have shown behavioral improvement compared to last year.  Lots of students are eating at the Hillsdale Food Carts, and there is less trash than before.

4)     Brian believes the new field will be done, but most likely next year. There is a matching fund for donations up to $100,000. The receipts so far are around $400,000 of the $1 million required.

5)     There are now things for all students, including music, band, orchestra, ensembles, computers, drama, wood & metal shop, sports, and 40-50 clubs.

6)     Brian also wants a school newspaper (similar to Grant High School) to be modeled after the New York Times (more depth) with the first issue in October, and then try to publish monthly.  The idea is similar to 20-30 color magazines with the students selling their articles (stories) to the editors of the paper.

7)     Minority students and those with non-English skills (only about 11-15 students in English Second Language classes).

8)     Brian wants to focus more on Health Care Occupations all around the Hillsdale area, including OHSU. There are now 22 students planning to visit medical offices in Hillsdale area.

9)     The following items were identified by HNA members:

a)     Don Baack – 310 feet long of 4 to 6 feet wide asphalt strip at north side of parking lot required for a better pathway. Tennis court complete and reinstalled drinking fountain.

b)     Mikal Apenes – like to see recycling bins at field and around the pool, as a joint venture with Parks Bureau.

c)      Robert Hamilton – requested that a student representative from Wilson High School attend the HNA monthly meetings to share updates.

d)     Arnie Panich –  concentrate on more student bus passes.

7:10 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Don Baack clarified that the island at SW Capitol and Terwilliger is under way slowly by BES for sewer drain line replacement. However, during this time there also needs to be a wider pedestrian and bike lane around the work area.

SWNI Leonard Guard advised of the Open house on October 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Watershed (BES). No other report given.

Hillsdale Alliance no report.

Hillsdale Main Street Rick Garfinkle stated that there are only 40 tickets left for the upcoming Paella Dinner.  Robert Hamilton reported that there is a program for business development of the 100 businesses in Hillsdale, including a Business Advocate Program and Business Ambassador Program.  Work continues on fund raising, signage upgrades, and improvements to store fronts. There is also about $50,000 available for the new plaza.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association Mike Roach went to Washington, D.C., as a representative of Hillsdale HBPA.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. The legislature grand bargain passed, with increase of $200 million to the budget, which adds about 40 more teachers to Portland Public Schools (PPS).  Student enrollment is up at Robert Gray. Walk / Bike to School events are October 9.  The SWNI School Committee is studying alternative education and other learning models.

SW Trails Don Baack reported on the Red Electric Trail status and other events as listed on their web site.

Parks No official report given. Don Baack updated group on ADA trail starting at Stephens Creek area and that it may take some time to complete. A master plan for Hillsdale Park requires bathrooms and drinking fountain. The upgrade to the Rieke sports field is a bond measure item. Don made the motion for HNA sponsorship for trails work to be eligible for SWNI insurance coverage.

Land Use Duane Hunting stated that there were no new land use permit applications.

8:12 p.m. Announcements.

8:35 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.


Minutes from September 4, 2013

October 1, 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.

 


Minutes from July 10, 2013

August 14, 2013

 

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:00 p.m.

The Watershed

 

7:06 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. Meeting was opened by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve June minutes as amended, seconded, all in favor.

 

7:05 p.m. Welcome. Hillsdale Neighborhood Association welcomes new Board member, Rick Meigs.

 

7:07 p.m. Discussion.

  • The Hillsdale News seeks ideas for stories of interest to the local community. Contact Rick Seifert at editor@hillsdalenews.org.
  • Because of changes to the HNA website, some people may no longer be receiving HNA announcements. Visit hna-pdx.com to sign up again.

 

7:10 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. The Sunset Boulevard sidewalk project is under construction. Sunset has one-way access, and a detour that HNA was not notified of. The Spring Garden project near the Golden Touch Restaurant is running a few weeks behind schedule. This Fall the Transportation Committee will prioritize projects for the SW area, and share the list with the City. Several unattractive banners are being displayed in Hillsdale. Duane Hunting stated that there are numerous, and sometimes conflicting, codes and ordinances covering this type of signage, so the rules for enforcement are unclear.

 

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. The July meeting was cancelled. Next meeting is October 9. Robert Hamilton will contact Ward Greene of Senior Advocates for Generational Equity, SAGE, to discuss Elders in Action’s ongoing efforts to make Hillsdale more age-friendly.

 

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. SWNI mailed the SW News to every household in SW Portland. Glenn will follow up with SWNI to see about getting a Volunteer Recognition 2013 plaque recognizing Hillsdale’s Unsung Volunteers.

 

Hillsdale Main Street Rick Garfinkle presented. HMS seeks help with four things.

  • The project that will provide the business district with well-designed recycling containers needs follow-through.
  • HMS needs someone to create an architectural rendering of the Plaza.
  • A water bike – a bike with a water tank – is needed to transport water to the flower baskets and the new planters.
  • HMS is looking for ways to raise additional funds.

 

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association The Pancake Breakfast and Book and Art Sale will be July 28, and volunteers are still needed. Peter DeCrescenzo suggested placing donation canisters at Hillsdale businesses, to solicit donations and volunteers for HMS and HBPA events.

 

Schools Michael Reunert presented. The legislature passed a budget that provides more funding than last year for public schools, but Hillsdale schools will still have some staffing cuts. August 24 is Community Care Day at Wilson. The construction fence at Wilson has closed off the sidewalk near the front door.

 

SW Trails No report.

Parks No report.

 

Land Use Duane Hunting presented. On SW Dosch Park Lane, the homeowners are requesting a variance to remove the existing deck and build a larger one in its place. Contact Duane if there are concerns. No action taken.

 

8:12 p.m. Announcements. No HNA meeting in August. The next HNA meeting will be September 4 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas. The HNA Board will meet immediately beforehand at 6:30 p.m.

 

8:13 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.

 


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