HILLSDALE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
MEETING MINUTES / May 4, 2011
St. Barnabas Church
Note: No board meeting in May
2011-5-1: A motion was made by Don Baack and seconded by Glenn Bridger that the HNA write a letter requesting that the city maintain appropriate setbacks from the disputed 10 foot right of way for the new house being proposed on Fairmount Boulevard, in order to provide a possible future pedestrian trail on disputed current right of way. The motion passed unanimously.
2011-5-2: It was moved and seconded that HNA write a letter saying it does not support granting the height variance for the new house being proposed on Fairmont Boulevard, in order to protect the look and feel of the neighborhood. The motion passed with seven voting in favor, and four voting against.
2011-5-3: It was moved and seconded that the Angelina Marino mural be supported by the HNA. The motion passed unanimously.
2011-5-4: Glenn Bridger moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association direct Co-Chair Robert Hamilton to send a letter of support regarding CPAH’s application for a Meyer Memorial Trust grant to assist with the completion of construction of the remaining commercial space at the Watershed in Hillsdale for nonprofit organization and community meeting purposes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
7:00 p.m. General Meeting
The meeting was opened and self-introductions were made. The April 2011 minutes were approved. A motion by Glenn Bridger was added to the new business. It was moved and seconded to approve the amended agenda, and the motion passed unanimously. It was moved and seconded to approve the April 2011 minutes, and the motion passed unanimously.
Portland Budget Mapping Presentation
Lisa Shaw, City of Portland, Financial Planning, presented. The Annexation Map, requested by Mayor Adams, shows when each area that now comprises Portland actually became part of the City. The General Fund Map shows from where revenue comes from in the city. The seven Neighborhood Coalitions, with a carve-out for the central city are shown, with how much each area raises for the General Fund. The Police Map shows how much is spent for Police services in each area. She showed to service level maps: the Unimproved Dirt and Gravel Roads Map, showing that Southwest Portland and outer East Portland have the highest percentage of unimproved roads, and the Parks Map, showing that Southwest Portland has a relatively high percentage of its area used for parks. While this project is still a work-in-progress, links will be posted on HNA’s sites for those who would like to delve further and look for updates.
Dan Jenkins reported that last month a request was made for wider trails to make them ADA accessible in Stephens Creek Park, and the City approved a plan for these changes.
Carolyn Raz is working on bylaw amendments to tighten up their systems that led to the present financial issues. A new chair takes over next month.
Michael Reunert reported that passage of the school levy would result in a five percent reduction in teachers. If it does not pass, the reductions will be much greater, about 15 percent. While the building bond is also important, passage of the school levy is critical to maintaining the quality of our schools. Rieke has a new History Club that will focus on Hillsdale history for its first project. Casa Colima will have a fundraiser for Rieke next Wednesday. Robert Gray has a new Principal identified who will begin in July. Robert Gray’s “High School Musical” starts next week. McMenamin’s is doing a fundraiser for Robert Gray on May 10. Wilson High School has two Neil Simon productions playing May 12, 14, and 15. Wilson has a new group to focus on the prevention of teen drug abuse and suicide. Some members of HNA (including Rick Seifert) are interested in organizing a forum to discuss school issues where other Southwest Neighborhoods and Ruth Adkins would be invited to participate. No one volunteered to organize the event at this time.
Glenn Bridger reported that the Committee is working hard with the City to increase pedestrian safety in Hillsdale, especially on Sunset. A new sewer project is about to begin on Multomah Boulevard between Barbur an 40th Avenue. This gravity-fed system will be installed up to 50 feet deep in some places. As a result, in October and November, the off-ramp from I-5 to Multnomah, and the northbound Terwilliger off-ramp will be closed, and traffic will be diverted through Hillsdale for approximately 45 days.
Don Baack reported that work on the 4T is finished. Steps on the Himes Park trail will be installed soon.
Land Use Notices & Issues
Duane Hunting and Mikal Apenes presented. On Fairmont, there is a proposal to build a new home on a very steep property. It was moved by Don Baack that HNA write a letter (attached) requesting that the city maintain appropriate setbacks from the disputed 10 foot right of way for the new house being proposed on Fairmount Boulevard, in order to provide a possible future pedestrian trail on the disputed current right of way. The motion was seconded by Glenn Bridger, and passed unanimously. It was moved that a letter be written by HNA that the variance for height not be granted in order to protect the look and feel of the neighborhood. The motion was seconded, and passed with a vote of seven in favor and four opposed.
Sasquatch Brewery will be opening in July, and is requesting a liquor license. It will be a small, seven barrel brew pub, with moderately priced food and a place to congregate. Hours of operation will be 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturdays until 12:00 a.m. The proprietor was on hand to respond to questions and concerns. There were no motions relating to this license request.
Hillsdale Business & Professional Association
Richard Garfinkle and Rick Seifert presented. The Customer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast is July 31, and the book sale is the same day. Books can be donated at the June 26 Farmers’ Market.
Hillsdale Main Street
Jim Stutts and Megan Braunsten reported that Springfest was a huge success. The Farmers’ Market reported 5000 shoppers, beating all previous records. A business survey sent to neighborhood businesses had an 80% response rate. The landscaping project passed PDC and will probably move forward. The Movie in the Park will present Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Dewitt Park on July 28 at dusk (9:00-ish).
Food Front Update and Q&A
Food Front Board member Arnie Panitch and Food Front managers and staff were in attendance, and provided refreshments for tonight’s meeting. They are interested in finding ways to distinguish themselves from other grocery stores, and to find better ways to serve residents of the Hillsdale area. A lively discussion ensued touching on marketing, customer service, and community issues.
Discussion of June Elections, solicitation of additional nominations
Proposed SWNI Grant: Mural at Capitol Highway and Terwilliger
Angelina Marino, muralist presented a mock up of her design. It was moved and seconded that the Angelina Marino mural be supported by the HNA. The motion passed unanimously.
New Business, Announcements
SW Tool Library
A representative from the Tool Library reported on efforts to spearhead this initiative for Hillsdale. A space (600 square feet with electricity and a bathroom) and volunteers to coordinate the library are needed. It would include electric, construction and garden tools. Any interest should be addressed to Honey O’Connor, 503-245-0223. More information about this project can be found on the HNA website.
Glenn Bridger Motion
Glenn Bridger moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association direct Co-Chair Robert Hamilton to send a letter of support regarding CPAH’s application for a Meyer Memorial Trust grant to assist with the completion of construction of the remaining commercial space at the Watershed in Hillsdale for nonprofit organization and community meeting purposes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
The motion to adjourn was seconded and passed unanimously at 9:30 p.m.
Announcements and Future Potential Action Items
“Local Landscapes” Discussion with Prof. Reiko Hillyer at The Watershed, May 11, Doors Open/Refreshments 6:30 p.m., presentation at 7:00 p.m. For information, contact Judith Baker.