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.


Agenda for May 7, 2014

May 7, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

May 7, 2014

Location: The Watershed (Bertha Ct)

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.       Volunteer of the Year selection (5 minutes)

7:15 p.m.       Bertha Ct Clean-up: Barbara Bowers (5 minutes)

7:20 p.m.       Portland Public Schools summer projects: Randy Miller, PPS Project manager (20 minutes)

7:40 p.m.       Barbur Blvd Bridges Rehabilitation Project: ODOT, Nicole Peirce and Wayne Normand (20 minutes)

8:00 p.m.       Committee Reports

  • Transportation Committee: Glenn Bridger
  • SWNI:  Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Main Street:
  • 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 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.

 


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