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.

 


Agenda for April 2, 2014

March 31, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

April 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.     Portland Water Bureau –  Water System Improvement Projects – Terry Black (20 minutes)

7:30 p.m.     Metro Councilor Bob Stacey (20 Minutes).

7:50 p.m.     Pedestrian Safety – Mike Ashland (20 Minutes)

8:10 p.m.       Committee Reports 

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

 

8:30 p.m.       Announcements & Adjournment


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


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