Minutes December 2, 2009

December 2, 2009
The Watershed @ Hillsdale

7:00-7:30 Neighborhood Potluck

7:30 – 8:05 Business Meeting

Opening & Approval of Agenda

The meeting was called to order at 7:36 by Robert Hamilton and Sheila Greenlaw-Fink.

Approximately 21 present.

Arnie Panitch offered door prizes.

It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda. The motion passed unanimously.

Web site update. We are working with Joe VanderVeer and are in the process of working on the Website. If you have suggestions for improving or modifying the Website, please send an email to

It was suggested that we create a “Correspondence” link for the website where all HNA correspondence could be accessed as a public record of HNA activity.

It was suggested that the site become a repository for documentation.

Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

It was moved and seconded to approve the October minutes. The motion passed unanimously.

Approval of the November minutes will be delayed until January 6.

New Discussions & Guest Speakers

Bob Currey-Wilson, Fred Meyer Burlingame Remodel. The store will not be torn down and rebuilt. The store will expand into the current truck loading area, and a new loading area will be built on the west side of the building. The parking structure will be modified to include glass-sided elevators from the second floor of the parking structure to the store level (ground floor). The Burger King Restaurant will disappear. There will be improved pedestrian passage from the streets to the building and improved sidewalks along 13th Avenue and Custer Street. The slope on Bertha Boulevard will be stabilized and cleaned out. Some trees will have to be removed for the construction of a retaining wall. Service departments in food will be highly improved. Some changes will be similar to the changes that were made at the SE Hawthorne and 39th Avenue store. LEED certification will not be sought, but the features and learning that went into the Hawthorn store’s LEED certification will go into the new Burlingame store.

Specific suggestions for this plan can be sent to Don Baack, and will be reviewed by HNA Fred Meyer Subcommittee which also includes Glenn Bridger, Arnie Panitch and Wes Risher.

In discussion it was suggested that stairs from Bertha to the upper level of the parking structure be included in the plans as this is a high usage path to the store entrance which will significantly impact pedestrians if it is removed during remodel

John Morris, Neighborhood Emergency Teams. The team currently includes 14 men and 18 women. The team recommends that we all think about disaster preparedness and plan for what we would do in the event of a disaster. All are invited to meetings. Email Lynn larossing@gmail.com to be notified of meetings. If there were a huge disaster that rendered houses unavailable, the official meeting place for neighborhood residents is Dewitt Park (SW Dewitt and SW Sunset) next to the firehouse. Trainings are every three months and are run by the city. (See www.pdxprepared.net) It was noted that the most likely emergency to prepare for is earthquake, and a reasonable supply of food and water would be three weeks.

It was suggested that we need a monolithic dome, practically indestructible, in the neighborhood to provide shelter in the event of a big disaster. It was suggested that an ideal site would be a monolithic dome style construction for the Rieke school rebuild.

Bylaws Committee/Revision Update: Aloha Wyse. No report.

Mike Roach: Mike has purchased 10 special snow shovels that are in the attic of his store (Paloma Clothing). The baseball coach from Wilson has said that, in the event that other snow removal methods do not work, 10 baseball players will dig Hillsdale out of snow for a donation of $10.00 per hour per player. If baseball cannot supply 10 players, they will be supplemented by wrestling or cross country team members. The HBPA will pass the hat to merchants to assure donation payment for the students who clear snow. Donations will go to support baseball, wrestling, and cross country at Wilson. The group agreed that liability concerns should be explored, and SWNI can provide some background information on this.

Don Baack: The problem during our significant snow events has been that plows clear snow from streets but deposit it onto sidewalks. Thus, pedestrians walk in the street. If we have another big snow event, Don asks that we get our cameras and take as many pictures as possible in order to communicate the need to keep sidewalks clear of plowed snow.

8:05 – 8:45  Standing Committee Reports

Schools: Michael Reunert – No report

Rieke solar array update

Transportation Issues: Don Baack . There will be a PDOT meeting in the next couple of months to suggest cheap fixes to the Barbur bridge situation. Don feels that “cheap fixes” are not adequate and that we need to insist on more comprehensive solutions. For example, appropriate bridges should be installed on Barbur’s three bridges, with full bike lanes at a cost of $13 million. Also, for transportation and sidewalk issues, we really need to address the city. Don agreed, at the urging of the members, to present a 90-minute workshop on these issues early in 2010. .

Land Use Notices & Issues: Glenn Bridger or Wes Risher. A liquor license has come up for Crab Bowl Restaurant. It is moved that the two Acting Co-chairs, Robert and Sheila, have the authority to investigate and write to support or to object to the liquor license for the Crab Bowl. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle

Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger or Linda Doyle. No report

Hillsdale Foundation: Rick Seifert. The foundation is making a strategic plan for the next two years.

Nonprofits: Sheila Greenlaw-Fink

Hillsdale Plan: Robert Hamilton or Jim Stutts. No report.

SWNI report: Carolyn Raz or Glenn Bridger. SWNI sent a letter to parks and Nick Fish requesting a public process for the bond measure. Robert and Sheila will send a similar letter of support to Nick Fish but asking that HNA be consulted regarding events for local parks.


New Business

Robert Hamilton proposed: Neighbors in Action Program –as a function of our Website. Many residents cannot be active in HNA projects because they don’t have time. However, it would be good to recognize where people in the area may have a less labor-intensive problem –need for lawn raking, need for shopping, for example—and use the HNA Website as a way to express needs and link the need with people who want to volunteer, or to help, and who do have an hour to contribute. Wilson and Robert Gray students could also contribute as ways to meet their community service requirements. It is suggested that we look at a Website: www.brightneighbor.com


Hillsdale “Usual suspects” meets second Saturdays, 9 a.m. at Food Front to work for one hour cleaning the neighborhood.

Walking group meets second Saturday of each month; 9 a.m. at the Hillsdale oak tree (entrance to Wilson High School parking lot at Capitol Highway and Sunset)

Adjournment : 9 p.m. It was moved, seconded, and approved to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted:
Philippe Kreiter, Secretary
Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

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