Minutes September 2, 2009


 

HILLSDALE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
MEETING MINUTES
September 2 2009

ST. BARNABAS CHURCH

Action Items and motions:

It is moved and seconded to support the rejuvenation of George Himes Park including the removal of the Norway Maples and the planting of friendly native species, and the inclusion of the Terwilliger strip in the removal process, and the spraying of ivy in the area.
It is moved and seconded that the HNA support a TGM grant to scope out an active transportation grant for Barbur Blvd from Hall Blvd to downtown, including Slavin Rd (through City of Portland, ODOT, and METRO). All the problems and needs have to be identified with hard numbers in order to apply for funding (stimulus) for these improvements.

7:00-7:15

The Meeting was called to order by Sheila Greenlaw-Fink and Robert Hamilton at 7:02
Introductions: 27 people are present.

Question: Best event of the summer.

Approval of Agenda
It was moved and seconded to approved the agenda
The motion passed.

Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes.
The motion passed.

7:15-8:15

New Discussions & Guest Speakers

Tree Removal Update/Himes Park (Dan Moeller, Portland Parks)

George Himes Park: a number of years ago, a number of problems with invasive plant species became evident, particularly involving the Norway maple. The seedling spread from the nine Norway Maples along Terwilliger was mapped during the process of removal. So far, there are over 6 acres of mapped spread, and one large area where they have been present and being removed that was not mapped. The last phase of the project was to remove the nine Maples along Terwilliger and to replace them with native species as mitigation. Permits applications were submitted to look at the removal of the trees; the permit was granted. The hope is that these native trees that will be planted will reproduce in the area and allow more species diversity. The proposal is to remove the invasive trees early to mid fall so that the mitigation planting can happen in December.

Mr. Moeller is seeking our feedback.

It is moved and seconded to support the rejuvenation of George Himes Park including the removal of the Norway Maples and the planting of friendly native species, and the inclusion of the Terwilliger strip in the removal process, and the spraying of ivy in the area.

The motion passed unanimously.

Via Don Baack, Mr. Moeller will keep the neighborhood informed about timing in this process by email.

Hillsdale Terrace Project Update (Julie Livingston, HAP; Bill Lanning, Michael Willis and Brad Bane, Michael Willis Architects)

The design of the site is not efficient: concrete block construction that creates maintenance and moisture issues. Also, their placement is an ‘X’ and an ‘O’, thus creating many corners in the property that are not easily usable. Thus, the intent is to demolish the structures and rebuild. A Hope 6 grant (like New Columbia Villa and Humboldt Gardens) is being sought to fund this project. The application to HUD is for 20 million dollars. Other sources will be sought for additional funding. Hope 6 focuses on physical and social revitalization, which is what is being sought in this project. There would be 120 units, from 1 to 4 bedroom units, wood construction. Part of the project is working with local organizations, such as Neighborhood House, to provide opportunities for residents. The site will be geared for residents who seek to improve themselves through education and job improvement. The total project cost is just under 40 million dollars.

During demolition and construction, a relocation team would work to find other housing for the 60 families who live there. There will be great effort to help people who want to stay in the neighborhood during construction to do so.

With 120 units, there will be at least one parking space per unit. Connections to streets that are transit corridors and to public transportations stops will be improved with an eye to ease of access and safety. Access to the property will be made more visible for safely purposes.

Questions were raised about improving California Street, effect on neighborhood schools, parking, and sidewalks.

Applications are due Nov. 17. Awards may be made 1st quarter of 2010. The intention is to start spring 2011.

Return next meeting: 20 minutes.

MicroCinema Comes to Hillsdale – Julian Lauzzana, Robert Hamilton.

  • A microcinema is being proposed in preparation for an actual brick and mortar cinema. For now, on third Tuesdays of the month (Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.) will take place at the Watershed building from 7 to 9:30. There is no parking, so access needs to be ‘responsible.’ For the project to keep going there needs to be 50 per screening.
  • Fred Faveluke, Jim Stutts, Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Lauzzana had discussed the theatre idea in the past and this project was seen as a way to investigate the possibility of a theatre in Hillsdale. It was suggested to publicize the lack of parking at Watershed and to solicit parking at ReMax, Wilson, and the business on Vermont and Bertha.

Ride Connection – Arnie Panitch or Robert Hamilton –Game about busses to educate the neighborhood about bus lines. Information about trip planning: www.trimet.org.

Mike Clopton: Baseball fence at Wilson. It is sough to add a 10 foot fence between Rieke field and the baseball field. It is proposed to postpone this discussion so that the neighborhood can be informed and participate in the discussion. Mr. Clopton will return in October (20 minutes). It was asked if beautification of the batting cage is possible as part of this project.

Brief Update on Board Structure – Philippe Kreiter or Sheila Fink. October 3 or 10, a board meeting will take place with representatives for the 6 committees below to review the relationship with the committees and to consider a bylaw change. 8 am -10 am will be a board meeting and 10 am to 12 pm will be open to the public. Also discussed will be the addition of a former president to the board for 2 years after his term.

8:15-8:45

Standing Committee Reports – 2-5 minutes (max.) for each report

Transportation Issues: Don Baack

  • Sept 19: grand opening of the Four T. Grand opening at the Alpine Plaza at the Zoo.
  • Tomorrow is the deadline for comments on the environmental review for the Iowa St. structure.
  • Proposing that the culvert on the Hillsdale to Lake Oswego trail be expanded to allow completion of that trail.
  • With all the debris removal, a trail will be closed. It is asked that the trail work in # 3 and making Slavin Road a bike corridor be mitigation for the trail closure.
  • Hoot Owl corner sidewalks and improvement of bike routes: meeting October 5 to discuss it.

Land Use Notices & Issues: Glenn Bridger or Wes Risher

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle. Pancake breakfast was a success –innovative features and increased process. It worked very well. The book sale did well.

Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger or Linda Doyle. Next meeting: Oct 21, ReMax building from 7 to 9 pm. Reviewing older ‘Hillsdale Plan’ items that haven’t happened and might be worth pursuing.

Hillsdale Foundation: Rick Seifert

  • Update on Bicycle-Friendly Grants, and Capitol Closure Celebration Idea. A grant application and request proposal is out. Monday, Oct. 26, winners will be announced. Completion dates: March 30 2010.
  • There is a desire to make this effort a catalyst for getting the community more involved in making Hillsdale more bicycle friendly.
  • It is proposed that HNA seek a small grant to paint a scene on the water towers on 10th street.
  • Training for small grants from the city: Oct 7
  • Traffic island at Chestnut and Termilliger: it is suggested to apply for a grant to remove grass and plant a rose garden.
  • Could we get a sign from the Raz-Baack crossing?

Nonprofits: Sheila Greenlaw-Fink: 750 backpacks put together for back to school: big thanks from Neighborhood House. Also, at Neighborhood House, there a food and service day in October. There will be a special food supply for seniors.

Schools: Michael Reunert: Portable installed, parking repainted, playground resurfaced, need for athletic field for play space for students. There is a search for PTA president.

Hillsdale Plan: Robert Hamilton or Jim Stutts. At next meeting, there will be a presentation about the plan (approved in Nov. 1997). It is on the internet. Presentation of what was accomplished and what was not accomplished will be presented. There will be a list of what might be accomplished. (15 minutes on next month’s agenda)

It is moved and seconded that the HNA support a TGM grant to scope out an active transportation grant for Barbur Blvd from Hall Blvd to downtown, including Slavin Rd (through City of Portland, ODOT, and METRO). All the problems and needs have to be identified with hard numbers in order to apply for funding (stimulus) for these improvements.

The motion passed.

SWNI report: Carolyn Raz or Glenn Bridger

8:45-9:00

Old Business (5 minutes)

New Business (2 minutes)

Announcements: Washouga Ave, Twombly Ave, Chesapeake Ave, and Melville Ave held another successful block party on Washouga Ave –August 15.

Adjournment: It was moved and seconded to adjourn. The motion passed at 9pm.

Upcoming Topics:

  • NET Update or Training (John Morris)
  • Traffic Calming on Cap. Hill Rd. (Melanie Calvin)
  • Portland Water Projects Update (Tim Hall)

HILLSDALE TERRACE UPDATE FROM HAP:

The federal “Notice of Funding Availability” (NOFA) was released in mid-July for the 2009 HOPE VI grant program. HAP staff have been busy reviewing the criteria under which our application will be scored and we believe we have an excellent opportunity to compete for these revitalization funds. The application will be due by mid-November and we plan on presenting the design recommendations to our HAP Board at their meeting in mid-October.

We have scheduled our 2nd design workshop for Tuesday, August 18th (see attached outreach flyer). Please join us to hear how the design team has incorporated your ideas from the June open house and design workshop sessions. Your continued input is essential to the success of the application and the revitalization process.

Also attached is an estimated timeline that will give you an overview of the process ahead of us. After notice of a successful grant award next spring, we hope to be moving residents back to a new apartment community by the spring of 2013.

Come join us in creating a new vision for affordable housing at Hillsdale Terrace. Please feel free to contact me for more information (and check out our website at http://www.hapdx.org/hillsdaleterrace/).

Respectfully submitted:
Philippe Kreiter
Secretary, Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

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