Agenda for November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

September 3, 2014

Location: St. Barnabas (2201 SW Vermont Ave.)

A G E N D A

7:00 p.m.       Opening & approval of minutes and agenda

7:10 p.m.       Committee Reports

  • Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting
  •  Transportation Committee: Glenn Bridger
  • SWNI:  Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Business & Professional Association:  Richard Garfinkle
  • Schools Committee: Michael Reunert
  • SW Trails: Don Baack
  • Parks:  Don Baack

8:00 p.m.       Announcements & Adjournment


Minutes from October 1, 2014

October 31, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

6:30 p.m. HNA Board Meeting

For insurance purposes, SWNI is requiring all Portland Neighborhood Associations update their bylaws so that Neighborhood business and actions be conducted by Board votes only. Mikal will get details from SWNI.

ACTION 2014-10-1-1: Sheila Greenlaw Fink moved that HNA approve the partial vacation of SW Falcon Street for this project. The question was called. Two opposed, all others in favor. Motion carried.

ACTION 2014-10-1-2: Don Baack moved that HNA apply for an $800 grant for a combination concert and picnic in July or August of next year. Seconded. All in favor.

7:01 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Introductions were made. Motion to approve minutes for the July and September meetings. All in favor. Motion to approve agenda. All in favor.

7:08 p.m. Wilson High School, Principal Brian Chatard presented. The new football field was recently completed. Another construction project will start soon, funded by leftover funds and PPS funds, to replace the concession stand, build a small storage building for supplies and field equipment, and place a brick plaza where the concession stand currently stands. The School Board recently allocated additional funding for schools, so elective programs, teachers, and counselors are being added. A nursery has donated plants for a landscaping project. The school is considering operating a food cart as part of a business and entrepreneurship project. There is a new course on mindfulness and yoga that students may take for full credit. This program is getting attention from other school districts. School enrollment is up to 1275 students. The career center, college center, recording studio, and video production program are in full gear. To volunteer as a tutor or mentor, contact Erica Meyers or Kate Morgan at the school.

7:22 p.m. SW Falcon Street Right-of-Way Vacation, Gary Garyfallou and Becky Garyfallou presented. Garyfallou said he and other family members own the Golden Touch Restaurant and other nearby properties. He is seeking support for a partial vacation of SW Falcon Street that is adjacent to the restaurant, as a first step toward planning a development there that will include 140 apartments with underground parking and at least two businesses. MOTION: Sheila Fink moved that HNA approve the partial vacation of SW Falcon Street for this project. There was discussion about whether this development fits into the Barbur Boulevard Concept Plan, and into the possible future transportation corridor along Barbur. The question was called. Two opposed, all others in favor. Motion carried.

7:55 p.m. Emergency Preparedness, John Morris presented. In September there was a wildfire near the intersection of SW Capitol Highway and SW Terwilliger, just a few blocks from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 5. Firefighters responded quickly and extinguished the blaze. Portland’s west side has many wooded areas, a thick tree canopy, and steep slopes, presenting challenges to fire suppression efforts, and possibly trapping residents in their homes in an urban wildfire. John met with Fire Station 5 personnel yesterday and requested that they consider and plan for this threat. Neighbors are encouraged to think about fire prevention and have an evacuation plan. They may request an evaluation of their property from PF&R. John distributed fire prevention information.

8:08 p.m. Portland Parks Replacement Bond, Amy Ruiz, Campaign Manager for Fix Our Parks presented. This bond replaces a bond passed by voters in 1994. If it passes the property tax rate will be the same as it is currently. The bond will raise $68 million for park maintenance and repairs to aging playfields (including replacement of the Rieke soccer field), playgrounds, pools and pool mechanical systems, trails and bridges along the trails, maintenance facilities, the leaking water membrane under Pioneer Courthouse Square, restrooms, tennis court surfaces, and roofs on park facilities. Also included are some new restrooms, and the removal of barriers to access throughout the system. If the bond does not pass, the average property owner will save $13 per year, but park facilities that continue to degrade and become less safe will need to start closing down. Amy asked residents to support this measure and provided yard signs. Those present thanked Amy for her time this evening.

8:32 p.m. Portland Public School Levy Renewal, Measure 26-161. This measure on the November ballot would renew the local option levy to continue funding of teaching positions, reduce class size, and support efforts for comprehensive education. The published information about this levy has been unclear. Mikal will tell SWNI that HNA does not take a position on this measure.

8:40 p.m. SWNI Small Grants Program. The City has made $10K available to SWNI to distribute through the Small Grants Program. Applications are due in January. SWNI is holding a grant-writing seminar on Thursday, October 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center. More information can be found on the website: http://swni.org/node/5767. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA apply for an $800 grant for a combination concert and picnic in July or August of next year. Seconded. All in favor.

8:45 p.m. Committee Reports.

SWNI Portland neighborhood associations soon will be required to update their bylaws so that only board members will be allowed to make decisions and vote on motions. Mikal will get more details about this and contact John Gould to draft revisions.

Transportation TriMet volunteer Arnie Panitch is working on a recommendation to make changes to bus lines 39, 51, and 43, which would improve service and connectivity for Portland’s southwest hills.

Hillsdale Business and Professional Association Don reported that at the last meeting the group discussed senior accessible businesses.

SW Trails A project to improve the trail near Campus Drive will happen on October 10. On October 11 at 9:00 a.m. the group will lead a walk to celebrate the opening of the Iowa Trail. Everyone interested in a master plan for Dewitt Park should contact Don to get involved with making it happen.

Treasury Don said that HNA has $545.00 in its account.

Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting emailed his report to the board, and provided copies at the meeting. 1. Land use notifications. Four land use applications went through reviews and passed. A pre-application conference for the Hillsdale Commons property was held and comments from City bureaus are outlined in the report. The City does not support a private road through the development, and wants a public street to ensure good access for fire and police vehicles. The City wants the developer to follow its storm water management plans. Complying with the SW Community Design Overlay Standards may be more workable than individual elevations. 2. People are continuing to park cars in the new uphill bike lane on the south side of SW Vermont Street. Some ticketing has happened.

8:40 p.m. Announcements. Barbara Bowers announced a planting project on SW Bertha Court will be held on October 4, 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and volunteers are welcome. Mikal spoke to the owner of the retail shopping center at the corner of Barbur Boulevard and Terwilliger about the missing tree in front of the Verizon store, and learned that the tree was removed due to damage from a wind storm, and that it will be replaced.

8:42 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.

 

 

 

                                                                                

 

 


Minutes from July 2, 2014

September 29, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

 

7:04 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. Vice President Duane Hunting opened the meeting. Introductions were made.

 

7:08 p.m. Oregon Department of Transportation Projects. Susan Hanson, ODOT Community Affairs Coordinator for Region 1, presented.

  • The I-5 Iowa Street Viaduct Replacement Project will be completed at the end of the summer. ODOT is finishing the drainage systems and berms, and landscaping will be installed. Final paving will be next year.
  • ODOT is working with SW Trails to restore the trail through this area, with work to be completed by the end of summer.
  • The project to rehabilitate the Newbury and Vermont Street structures on Barbur Boulevard is underway. The first of two closures happened in June, and the disruption for automobile traffic was less than anticipated. The next closure is July 11-14. An upcoming traffic change will involve bikes sharing car lanes. ODOT is collecting data on traffic diversions. The speed limit in the construction zone is 35 mph, and there is enforcement. Project information can be found at www.barburbridges.org.
  • A safety improvement project is planned for Barbur Boulevard near Miles Street. It will include a speed advisory sign, a reminder of the speed limit, and candlesticks and reflectors to make the island more visible.
  • A pedestrian improvement project is planned for the intersection of Barbur Boulevard and SW 13th Avenue that will include a rapid flash beacon.
  • Next summer ODOT will repave a seven-mile stretch of I-5 between the Marquam Bridge and Capitol Highway. The work will take place between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with some closures between these hours.
  • Email Susan for more information: susan.c.hanson@odot.state.or.us.

Those in attendance noted two concerns. New signage is needed for Oregon 10, 99W, and OHSU/Veterans Hospital, along Barbur, Capitol Highway, and Terwilliger. The V-shaped area that separates traffic at Barbur Boulevard and the exit lane for Multnomah Boulevard needs more visibility.

 

7:29 p.m. Bertha Court Landscaping near the Watershed. Barbara Bowers presented. She has been working on cleaning up the landscaping in this area. Fire Cadets helped remove the weeds. Many community donors and volunteers pooled resources to have bark chips blown in, and this involved a City permit, a lane closure, and flaggers. Barbara requests donations from the community to cover the additional $185 for this project.

 

7:38 p.m. Portland Public Schools Technology Upgrades. Marita Ingalsbe, Director of IT Application Services for Portland Public Schools, presented. The District is purchasing a new Chromebook at a cost of $300 each for all teachers starting in August. The District will pay $300 for each one. PPS is also providing students with new technology to improve the quality of education services and to level the playing field for its students. The District is moving forward with technology in an integrated fashion, using Google Docs, Google Talks, etc., and including the upgrade of wireless systems and internet capabilities in schools. New curriculum packages will include electronic components, instead of just textbooks. The District believes that this technology will increase student engagement, reduce discipline problems, and assist special education students who may have communication challenges.

 

8:02 p.m. Minutes and Agenda. Motion to approve June minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.

 

8:04 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. The SW Corridor Plan between Portland and Tualatin was supposed to have projects ready to go to EIP a month ago, but Metro asked for more time to study these projects. Hillsdale Neighborhood Association supports a tunnel alternative for high capacity Transit, with stations at Hillsdale and at SW 13th Avenue and Barbur Boulevard. One idea is for bus rapid transit to underground near Hopewell House Hospice and surface on Bertha Boulevard. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement goes out to the public for comment. The final EIS will be published, and a locally preferred option will be chosen. Don Baack recently learned that the medium tunnel option will not go forward due to the cost. Glenn stated that cost should not be the final decision maker, and that it is equally important to consider the built, human, and natural environments. Glenn recommended taking a holistic, long-term approach, which will save money in the long run, and not sacrifice ongoing costs for build cost. Four HNA members testified at a recent hearing endorsing HCT through Hillsdale. Hillsdale must make its voice heard on this, as it has 7500 residents and no representative at the table on this project, whereas smaller communities such as Durham and King City enjoy strong representation. To not have a HCT station in Hillsdale would be a disservice to OHSU, the Veterans Hospital, Stephens Creek Crossing, and many area residents who cannot drive or have no cars. While early light rail projects in Portland received 90% federal funding, today’s projects are only about 50% from federal funds. It was suggested that OHSU funds or VA federal funds might be available. A proposed elevator arrangement connecting Barbur Boulevard to OHSU and the VA is inadequate for the many medical patients they serve. It was suggested that HNA involve veterans’ groups in advocating for good connectivity to the VA Hospital.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. SWNI is looking for volunteers to help with the November 1, 9:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m. neighborhood clean-up event. The SWNI Board is discussing the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Comprehensive Plan, and on July 30 and August 19 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, Joan Fredricksen will be available to provide information about the plan.

Hillsdale Alliance Next meeting to be scheduled.

Hillsdale Professional & Business Alliance Robert Hamilton and Rick Seifert presented. OHSU will have a table at the Watershed book sale Sunday, July 27 with information about the Knight Cancer Challenge. The event will be co-sponsored by Food Front and OnPoint Credit Union, who each gave $250 to cover event costs and will provide volunteers for the event.

Parks Robert Hamilton presented. Portland Parks & Recreation hopes to have a replacement bond measure that will fund many projects. In Hillsdale, the Rieke lacrosse field is a priority. Robert welcomes information from the community about unscheduled use of this field.

Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting presented.

  • A corner lot at Nevada Court and SW 28th Avenue recently completed a historical review and a land use notification is out. Comments are due by July 17.
  • The property owner who built a terrace and installed landscaping in a conservation zone on Parkhill Way is being required to do remediation.
  • The City’s Mixed Use Zones Project’s Policy Advisory Committee has completed its series of seven walkabouts (see March 2014 minutes). The focus has been on corners, corridors, and mixed use elements related to zoning code criteria that define “street,” “sidewalks,” “buildings,” “landscape and nature “human elements,” and “construction materials and style.” The Committee is studying Best Tools & Practices and historical practices that the City has and can use to encourage the best development within our mixed-use zones.
  • The City has completed speed control bumps, traffic lane stripes and curb painting along SW Vermont Street. Duane is corresponding with City Traffic Engineer Mark Lear regarding cars parking in the new bike lane on the south side of SW Vermont Street, where the major concern is blind spots created by parking near corners and pedestrian safety.

 

8:50 p.m. Announcements. This group will not meet in August, so the next HNA meeting will be September 3 at 7:00 p.m. The September agenda will include identifying and prioritizing transportation projects for the City. Glenn will bring the current list, graphics, and a way to prioritize these projects. A new organization called Friends of Gabriel Park will meet on July 23. Arnie Panitch commended the three HNA volunteers who were recognized at the SWNI Volunteer of the Year banquet.

 

8:57 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.

 

 

 

                                                                                

 

 


Minutes from September 3, 2014

September 25, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Action Item 2014-9-3-1

A motion was made by Don Baack that the HNA members support adding the following projects to the planned project listings of the City of Portland as new funding is added to the resources of the Bureau of Transportation: Tier 1 Projects: the Capitol Highway section known as Hoot Owl Corner, providing pedestrian connectivity along Vermont and Capitol Highway; the Capitol Highway section from Cheltenham Street to Terwilliger Boulevard, providing pedestrian connectivity along the south side of Capitol Highway; Creative/Innovative Projects: extended shoulder along Dosch Road between Patton Road and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; Small Projects: sidewalks along Portland Parks’ lands on major streets such as those adjacent to Hillsdale Park along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and adjacent to Fulton Park Community Center at Miles Street, a sidewalk from Cheltenham Street to Westwood Drive along Cheltenham Court, Safe Routes to School that would complete those planned to serve Mary Rieke Elementary School, and Safe Routes to school serving Robert Gray Middle School along SW 25th Avenue right-of-way between Bertha and Kanan. The motion passed unanimously.

Action Item 2014-9-3-2

A motion was made and passed unanimously to support Wes Risher’s application for an adjustment allowing him to construct a new garage with zero lot line setback from property line on SW 7th Avenue.

 

President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. The minutes of the July meeting were not posted and action on them will be deferred to the October meeting. He indicated that there will be a Board Meeting at 6:30 pm prior to the October 1, 2014 general meeting. The agenda was approved.

Robert Hamilton reported on the proposed “Hillsdale Micro-Transit Project” initiated by Rick Seifert and which is at the conceptual stage. Five people have now volunteered to help develop the plan to provide transportation assistance by car to Hillsdale residents to the commercial district, including shops as well as Tri-Met bus stops at Capitol Highway and Sunset. A meeting for other prospective volunteers and to address the multiple issues regarding the project will be held at the Hillsdale branch of the Multnomah County Library on Wednesday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m.

John De Jong described the proposal to develop two acres of property (R2.5 zone) within the Hillsdale Triangle at SW 18th Avenue and DeWitt Street. This new real estate development would include 21 detached single homes of three-stories, of approximately 24 x 48 feet foot print each (2,500 to 3,000 square feet, including first floor garage with two-car tandem parking); each Craftsman-style unit would feature 3-4 bedrooms, be on lots of 30 X 80 feet, and sell for $450-650,000.

All utilities will be underground, including a gravity feed sewer system. John will investigate why CC&Rs prevented three earlier proposed projects from being developed. He was advised to be prepared for objections being raised by some residents to the proposed development. The site would include properties owned by the Porter family and Lance Johnson. It has been tentatively named “Heritage Commons.” The developer is Tim Roth of JT Roth Construction. The utilities will be underground and there will be pedestrian access throughout the two acres.

The streets and paths will be privately built to city standards and will be maintained by the Home Owners Association; no gates will be installed and public use will be encouraged. There are no platted streets in this triangle and Lance Johnson indicated that the City did not want any “through-street” in this area to allow drivers to skip the existing traffic lights. HNA members suggested that there be a review of the previous Hillsdale Triangle Master Plans to evaluate if there were any previous study issues that should be considered. There is a “Pre-Application Conference” with the City being scheduled for Tuesday September 30, 2014 (time not certain, but most likely in the morning).

Committee Reports:

Transportation and SWNI: Glenn Bridger reporting

SWNI will offer $10,000 of small grants in 2015 to the 17 coalition members. This is only 50% of what was previously available as grant funding by the City. The application deadline is January 2015. SWNI will again sponsor a Fall Clean Up on November 1, 2014. A Comprehensive Plan Workshop will be held on Sept. 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center (MAC). A new tree policy will be implemented in Jan. 2015: cutting trees with a diameter of 18 inches or more will require a permit; the policy will be explained at the MAC at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2014. SWNI will host a celebration of the Portland police at the MAC on Oct. 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Regarding transportation, Glenn said that the Barbur bridges trail will re-open October 11, 2014. In addition to 18 items on the transportation priority lists of the City of Portland others should be added. A motion was made by Don Baack that the HNA members support adding the following projects to the planned project listings of the City of Portland as new funding is added to the resources of the Bureau of Transportation: Tier 1 Projects: the Capitol Highway section known as Hoot Owl Corner, providing pedestrian connectivity along Vermont and Capitol Highway; the Capitol Highway section from Cheltenham Street to Terwilliger Boulevard, providing pedestrian connectivity along the south side of Capitol Highway; Creative/Innovative Projects: extended shoulder along Dosch Road between Patton Road and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; Small Projects: sidewalks along Portland Parks’ lands on major streets such as those adjacent to Hillsdale Park along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and adjacent to Fulton Park Community Center at Miles Street, a sidewalk from Cheltenham Street to Westwood Drive along Cheltenham Court, Safe Routes to School that would complete those planned to serve Mary Rieke Elementary School, and Safe Routes to school serving Robert Gray Middle School along SW 25th Avenue right-of-way between Bertha and Kanan. The motion passed unanimously.

Schools: Michael Reunert reporting

Portland Public Schools will add teachers for the 2014-15 school year. Wilson High School enrollment has increased to 1,300; and Robert Gray Middle School has 520 students. WHS’s faculty will include 30% new hires or transfer teachers. The new turf is in place at the football stadium. The annual July book sale had $4,000 in profit, 50% of which will be given to WHS to purchase new high-tech equipment. The other 50% will be set aside for street improvements within Hillsdale.

SW Trails PDX and Portland Parks: Don Baack reporting

A new trail will open on October 11, 2014 to the Willamette River; starting at 10:30 a.m. On September 27, 2014 there will be a walk to Eagle Point on Hamilton Terrace. SW Trails will build, with City funding, a new bridge crossing Fanno Creek. Also, the Master Plan for DeWitt Park is being updated.

Land Use: Duane Hunting reporting

Four land-use notices were received. A motion was made and passed unanimously to support Wes Risher’s application for an adjustment allowing him to construct a new garage with zero lot line setback from property line on SW 7th Avenue.

There have also been four Comprehensive Plan open houses scheduled by the City of Portland, two on the west side of town on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm and the other for Tuesday November 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Both are at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR, second floor in room 2500A. Leonard Gard’s write-up on the Comprehensive Plan in the SW News was a very good overview of the current July 2014 Proposed Draft document.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

Submitted by Duane Hunting and Robert Hamilton

 

 


Agenda for October 1, 2014

September 25, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

October 1, 2014

Location: St. Barnabas (2201 SW Vermont Ave.)

BOARD MEETING 

6:30 p.m.       New By-Law Requirement

REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING

A G E N D A

7:00 p.m.       Opening & approval of minutes and agenda (10 minutes)

7:10 p.m.       Wilson High School Brian Chatard, Wilson High Principal (20 minutes)

7:30 p.m.       SWNI Small Grants Program (5 minutes)

7:35 p.m.       Measure 26-161 (15 minutes)

7:50 p.m.       Committee Reports

  •  Transportation Committee: Glenn Bridger
  • SWNI:  Mikal Apenes
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Business & Professional Association:  Richard Garfinkle
  • Schools Committee: Michael Reunert
  • SW Trails: Don Baack
  • Parks:  Don Baack
  • Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting

8:30 p.m.       Announcements & Adjournment


September 3, 2014 Agenda

September 2, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association
September 3, 2014
Location: St. Barnabas (2201 SW Vermont Ave.)

REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING

A G E N D A

7:00 p.m. Opening & approval of minutes and agenda (10 minutes)

7:10 p.m. Hillsdale Micro-Transit
Robert Hamilton & Rick Seifert (10 minutes)

7:20 p.m. Development of property at SW 18th and Dewitt
John DeJong (20 minutes)

7:40 p.m. Committee Reports

• Transportation Committee: Glenn Bridger

• SWNI: Glenn Bridger

• Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger

• Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle

• Schools Committee: Michael Reunert

• SW Trails: Don Baack

• Parks: Don Baack

• Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting

8:30 p.m. Announcements & Adjournment


Agenda for July 2, 2014

June 30, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

July 2, 2014

Location: St. Barnabas (2201 SW Vermont Ave.)

 

REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING

A G E N D A

7:00 p.m.     Opening & approval of minutes and agenda (10 minutes)

 

7:10 p.m.     Barbur Blvd – Newbury and Vermont Bridges

ODOT – Susan Hanson (10 minutes)

 

7:20 p.m.     Bertha Ct landscaping

Barbara Bowers (10 minutes)

 

7:30 p.m.     Portland Public Schools Technology Upgrades 

PPS, Marita Ingalsbe (30 minutes)

 

8:00 p.m.    Committee Reports

  • Transportation Committee: Glenn Bridger
  • SWNI:  Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Business & Professional Association:  Richard Garfinkle
  • Schools Committee: Michael Reunert
  • SW Trails: Don Baack
  • Parks:  Don Baack
  • Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting

8:30 p.m.       Announcements & Adjournment


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.


Agenda for June 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

June 2, 2014

Location: St. Barnabas (2201 SW Vermont Ave.)

A G E N D A

 

7:00 p.m.     Opening & approval of minutes and agenda (10 minutes)

 

7:10 p.m.     BES Storm Water Retention along BH Hwy, BES, Becky Tilson (20 Minutes).

 

7:30 p.m.     Southwest Corridor, Metro, Matt Bihn (20 minutes)

 

7:50 p.m.     Board Elections

 

8:00 p.m.     Committee Reports

  • Transportation Committee: Glenn Bridger
  • SWNI:  Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Business & Professional Association:  Richard Garfinkle
  • Schools Committee: Michael Reunert
  • SW Trails: Don Baack
  • Parks:  Don Baack
  • Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting

 

8:30 p.m.       Announcements & Adjournment


Minutes from May 7, 2014

June 2, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 7:00 p.m.

The Watershed

 

MOTION 2014 – 5-7-1: Don Baack moved that HNA co-sponsor with SW Trails work parties to remove blackberries and other invasives along SW 25th Avenue and Capitol Highway to Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and SW 19th Avenue and Capitol Hill Road to Barbur Boulevard, to co-sponsor trail repairs in Himes Park, to sponsor maintenance and plantings on the Bertha Court slope, and to authorize any collection of funds for these projects via SWNI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Seconded. All in favor.

MOTION 2014 – 5-7-2: Michael Reunert moved that HNA tell the Metro Transportation Steering Committee that HNA supports HCT stations at Sunset and Capitol Highway, and near Barbur Boulevard and 13th Avenue, which are #2 and #5 on Metro’s planning map. Seconded by Don Baack. All in favor.

 7:03 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Introductions were made. Motion to approve minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.

7:08 p.m. Volunteer of the Year. Robert Hamilton nominated John Morris and Lynn Rossing as volunteers of the year. Seconded. All in favor.

7:10 p.m. Barbara Bowers Bertha Court Clean-up. The Bertha Court slope by Rieke School needs maintenance. The City owns the lower third of the slope, the school the upper two-thirds. She requests that HNA support a volunteer effort to maintain the slope so that the project can be covered by SWNI’s liability insurance. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA co-sponsor with SW Trails work parties to remove blackberries and other invasives along SW 25th Avenue and Capitol Highway to Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and SW 19th Avenue and Capitol Hill Road to Barbur Boulevard, to co-sponsor trail repairs in Himes Park, to sponsor maintenance and plantings on the Bertha Court slope, and to authorize any collection of funds for these projects via SWNI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Seconded. All in favor.

7:14 p.m. Randy Miller, Project Manager, Portland Public Schools. This summer, artificial turf will be installed at Wilson High School to make the surface safer for users. The cost will be about $1.6 million. He will send details of the financing to HNA. Construction will limit access to the field and the pool. Don requested that PPS talk to the contractor to determine how much of the parking lot will be blocked during construction, and communicate his findings to HNA. PPS will work with Portland Parks and Recreation about pool access, and with a plaza construction project near the stadium. It is not guaranteed that construction will be complete when athletic practice resumes in August, but that is the goal.

7:25 p.m. Barbur Boulevard Bridges Rehabilitation Project, Nicole Peirce and Wayne Normand of ODOT presented. The project is out for bid. Construction will begin June 8 or 9, and will last 4-5 months. Traffic will be limited to one lane each direction, and speed limits will change during construction. Two weekend closures southbound and one weekend northbound are planned. Work will involve replacing bridge abutments and railings, an asphalt overlay, deck work, and stripes. ODOT was asked to consider neighborhood events and Water Bureau projects when planning project lane restrictions and closures. Traffic studies are being carried out on neighborhood streets where traffic volumes may be affected. Neighbors expressed appreciation for ODOT’s work with the community to minimize inconvenience to neighbors. The pedestrian trail underneath the bridge is being planned, and will open in August or September. It will involve stairs, switchbacks, and a viewpoint. Don Baack requested to see plans as they progress. There is a new website for this project: www.barburbridges.org. Contact Wayne at wayne.e.normand@odot.state.or.us or 503-731-3385.

7:40 p.m. Office Scott Foster, Portland Police Bureau. There was a cougar sighting in Pendleton Park two weeks ago. A house on Chestnut was burglarized after being posted on Craigslist. A Google container may be placed in the empty lot across Capitol Highway from the brewery, and could be a target for theft.

7:54 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. Pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers should use extra caution with all the construction projects in our area. It is not known yet whether Terwilliger will remain open to pedestrians. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has said they will not carry out the reconstruction of the intersection at SW Chestnut and Burlingame as previously promised. The High Capacity Transit project is moving forward, and Glenn will send HNA some links to related websites. This is the time for HNA to endorse its preferences for the locations of HCT stations. MOTION: Michael Reunert moved that HNA tell the Metro Transportation Steering Committee that HNA supports HCT stations at Sunset and Capitol Highway, and near Barbur Boulevard and 13th Avenue, which are #2 and #5 on Metro’s planning map. Seconded by Don Baack. All in favor. Discussion: PBOT has said that additional projects, including pedestrian connectivity, will be considered during the course of the project. Question was called. All in favor.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. National Night Out event organizers must contact SWNI by June 15 to have their event included in the publicity. The Spring SWNI neighborhood clean up will be May 10, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Portland Christian Center. The SWNI Board is working on the appeal of a prior motion dealing with High Capacity Transit. SWNI approved amendments to its bylaws. The SWNI Nominating Committee presented a slate of officers with a vacancy for the position of Secretary.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. At the meeting on May 14, 7:00 p.m., Joan Frederikson of the Portland Planning Bureau will discuss the Comprehensive Plan. All are welcome to attend.

Hillsdale Main Street Michael Reunert presented. With City funding for HMS ending in June, the group will go forward as the Hillsdale Community Foundation. Remaining HMS funds will be used to complete some signage and planting projects. Michael will look into moving the large pots near the crosswalk.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. He is looking at how money is being spent on technology for schools district-wide. Wilson High School needs upgrades. Robert Gray is fundraising for low cost computer notebooks. The Wilson clean-up event is Saturday, May 31, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and volunteers are welcome to work on the school grounds and enjoy a barbecue.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association Mike Roach will be meeting with business owners and Chambers regarding the SW transportation corridor.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. A contract for the Red Electric bridge designer is being negotiated. Beth Madison, Principal at Robert Gray Middle School is lobbying for the Safe Route to School trail connection between the school and Stephens Creek Crossing. Commissioner Amanda Fritz has committed at least a half million dollars for the Red Electric Trail. The Committee is pushing for acquisition of right-of-way property to the west. Work parties are ongoing.

Parks Don Baack presented. He is working to get a master plan for Dewitt Park. Custer Park may be re-named for something more local.

Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting emailed his report. The Portland Bureau of Development Services has notified Portland Neighborhood Associations that in the future it will improve notification of neighbors regarding demolition activities. There was one land use notification, proposing a change in number of lots approved in a prior land use review from ten lots to nine lots. The Mixed Use Zones Project’s Policy Advisory Committee is holding a series of walkabouts to look at “what works vs. what is not working” in mixed use developments. The Multnomah Village and Barbur Boulevard walkabout is scheduled for June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and more details will be available soon.

8:40 p.m. Announcements. The Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Team will meet at the Watershed on Saturday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m., and all are welcome. Next HNA meeting is on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

8:41p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.


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