Minutes December 1, 2010


December HNA meeting

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Hillsdale Neighborhood Association
December 1, 2010

Location: The Watershed at Hillsdale (Bertha Court & Capitol Highway)
Remember: no parking at the Watershed—carpool, bike or hike!

Action Items:

Bylaws Review Motion (10 minutes); continued from November meeting

  • It is moved that in article 5 section 2 in the bylaws, there be added the following language: terms of officers and directions shall begin the next July 1 following election.  The motion was seconded.  The motion passed. 
  • It is moved and seconded that the bylaws be accepted as they appear in JWG7 on the website.  The motion was seconded.  The motion passed.

A G E N D A
NO BOARD MEETING IN DECEMBER (Next Board Meeting: January 5, 2011, 6 p.m.)

6:00 p.m. 
Neighborhood Holiday Potluck – Bring a favorite dish to share

7:15 p.m. 
Opening & approval of agenda:  7 minutes; self-introductions
Approval of previous meeting minutes:  3 minutes (November 2010)  It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes.  The motion passed unanimously.
Approximately 27 are present.

7:25 p.m. 
HNA Committee Reports (2-5 minutes; verbal or written)

SWNI:  Glenn Bridger: 

  • SWNI office is moving to a larger space next door to where it has been for the last 20 years. 
  • Land Use Committee:  The city is going through the Portland Plan and is also deciding what is buildable land within the city of Portland.  SWNI asked the city to postpone the publication of its report until SWNI and other groups have a chance to review the report.  The view is that arterials would have no single family residences, but only multiple.  However, there are currently single family residences that face or back up to major arterials; the question is, do we want to change how our city looks in this way?  Thus, SWNI suggested that the final report be delayed so that this issue can be considered.

Schools Committee (10 minutes): Michael Reunert; Andrea Porter/Rieke Principal (invited to speak)

  • High School redesign discussion from PPS has been accomplished
  • Redesign and rebuild of schools has been proposed and will be proposed to voters in May.  Most of the money will go to the east side for the first round, but it is presented as something that needs to happen. 
  • The Rieke auction was very successful.
  • There will be a fundraiser at Casa Colima on Dec. 2 for Rieke.
  • All schools are collection things for people in need.
  • Robert Gray is seeking volunteers for the Sun schools –fund raiser at Annie Bloom’s Books.
  • Wilson Booster Club is selling Christmas trees at A-Boy as a fundraiser.
  • Winter Choir Concerts:  Dec. 8, 8 p.m. at the Grotto, Dec. 16 7 p.m. at Wilson.
  • Winter Band Concert Thursday Dec. 14 at Wilson.
  • Food Front will hold a January fundraiser to help purchase a new baritone sax for the music program.
  • Andrea Porter is a new principal at Rieke
  • Rieke is waiting for news about the redesign bond.
  • Third modular building with three classrooms arrived last August
  • Unanticipated staffing cuts were needed over the summer, thus music was lost, PE was reduced to .5 FTE (students have PE three times every two weeks), and the library is staffed by a library assistant who is .5 FTE.  As a result, teachers have no embedded cooperative planning time.  Music had to be cut.
  • 360 students
  • 55 kindergarten students.  There were no transfers this year.  This is a smaller group than there has been in a few years.
  • The choice was made to keep small class size –a Rieke priority—and to cut electives rather than increase class sizes.  Thus, there are about 24 students per class.
  • One teacher has applied for a Fulbright Scholarship exchange.  He has arrived to the third level of selection.
  • In January, there will be a special education screening facility for kindergarten students and their families.  This program will be at Rieke for one year and a half.
  • If office space could be found in Hillsdale, this program could be kept local.
  • Rieke always seeks volunteers.  Applications can be obtained in the Rieke office.  Needed:  Reading Buddies (the school is 24 Reading Buddies short), cafeteria volunteers are needed during the lunch hour.
  • School boundaries are a hot issue and not always easy to understand.  However, through PPS online forums and school board comment times, the neighborhood could give voice to the desire to include students in Hillsdale boundaries who are close to Rieke, but still in other school districts. 
  • Kindergarten round up is January 27.

Transportation Committee:  Glenn Bridger

  • A transportation committee meeting will take place January 11.  Site TBA.  Check the HNA website.
  • There is renewed interest in funding that may help funding Multnomah Blvd sidewalk project.  It is #2 on the list.  Strong indication from the Portland Bureau of Transportation is that there may be money dedicated to the construction and maintenance of sidewalks –from the Portland Bureau of Transportations.

SW Trails: Don Baack

  • There are now four drinking fountains in Hillsdale.  They’ve all been shut down for winter –Don called with reminders. 
  • The crossing at SW 49th and SW Barbur, a mid block crossing, is not a legal crosswalk, thus the police don’t enforce it as such.  This misleads pedestrians. 
  • The monthly hike, leaving from the Hillsdale Oak near the dance studio –December 11 9:00 –walk downtown on trail 6, and take the bus back (6 miles). 
  • Trails will sell vests with the Trails logo –people walking at night with dark coats cannot be seen by cars.  59 pedestrians have been killed in Oregon this year.

Land Use Notices & Issues:  Duane Hunting, Mikal Apenes

  • Burger king is closed and within the next 4 to 8 weeks, the parking platform will begin to be demolished for the Fred Meyer remodel.
  • Information about checking land use issues will be posted on the website.  They are listed by neighborhood.

Parks:  Dan Jenkins

  • Four weeks ago, there was a 6% budget cut for parks.  However, this has been reduced to a 3% cut due to increased business licenses.  Now it appears to be only a 1.5% cut –so only some position cuts, but most programs will be maintained.  Eventually, there will need to be a parks bond to fund capital improvements, according to Nick Fish.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association:  Richard Garfinkle, Rick Seifert. 

  • Most of the HBPA energy is going into marketing:  “Hillsdale has it.”  The Golden Tickets program will offer discounts and promote multi-store purchasing.

Hillsdale Alliance:  Glenn Bridger 

  • Next meeting, January –a week after the HNA meeting.

Hillsdale Main Street (10 minutes): Jim Stutts

Hillsdale Terrace CAC: Robert Hamilton

  • Highlights will be posted on the website, and what HAP has learned from the citizen review committee.  Design changes will come later, after the money has been obtained.

8:25 p.m.  Business Meeting

Bylaws Review Motion (10 minutes); continued from November meeting

  • It is moved that in article 5 section 2 in the bylaws, there be added the following language: terms of officers and directions shall begin the next July 1 following election.  The motion was seconded.  The motion passed. 
  • It is moved and seconded that the bylaws be accepted as they appear in JWG7 on the website.  The motion was seconded.  The motion passed.

HNA Website Discussion (20 minute); functionality, protocols.

  • This was moved to the beginning of the agenda. Volunteer webmaster Joe Vanderveer walked attendees through the new HNA website, and answered many questions about how it currently works, and potential future components. A lively discussion ensued about the potential to share information, ideas, and to plan future activities together via the internet. Residents were encouraged to sign up for electronic updates, and to register in order to post comments.

8:55 p.m.  New Business, Announcements

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

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