Minutes September 7, 2011


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Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Watershed at Hillsdale

 

 

Action Items

 

Don Baack moved to defer approval of the minutes of the July 6 meeting and the emergency meeting of August 9 until the October 5 meeting. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Don Baack moved that the HNA president, Mikal Apenes, send a letter to the City Forester and the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) informing both of Kaady Car Wash’s removal of three trees at Terwilliger and Barbur and their replacement with vacuum hoses, and asking the City to review the design change and tree removal. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support and co-sponsor SW Trails PDX walks that originate from Hillsdale NA for citizens, including public officials. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support and co-sponsor the maintenance activities of the SW Trails PDX that take place in the Hillsdale NA for citizens, including public officials. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. 
 
Celeste Lewis moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association request the City of Portland to support a pedestrian-bicycle “Sunday-Parkway” event in the Southwest along Terwilliger Boulevard in Hillsdale on July 22, 2012. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
6:00 p.m.  Harvest Potluck Dinner
7:00 p.m.  Business Meeting
 
President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at 7:04 p.m.
The agenda was amended to add Wes Risher’s report on the removal of three trees from the Kaady Car Wash site at Terwilliger and Barbur. Agenda approved.
 
The motion was made by Don Baack and seconded to defer approval of the minutes of the July 6 meeting and the emergency meeting of August 9 until the October 5 meeting. Motion passed unanimously.
 
Kaady Car Wash (see attached documents)
Wes Risher reported that the three trees removed by Kaady Car Wash, without City of Portland review, were replaced by vacuum hoses and showed photographs comparing and contrasting the action. Don Baack moved that the HNA president, Mikal Apenes, send a letter to the City Forester and the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) informing both of KCW’s action and asking the City to review the design change and tree removal. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
Home Forward
Mike Andrews and Pamela Kambur of Home Forward (formerly Housing Authority of Portland) described the history and mission of HAP and explained the reasons for the recent name change to Home Forward.  HF received recently an award of $18.5 million to expand the current 61 Hillsdale Terrace units to 122, razing and rebuilding the complex, and including three duplex units near the intersection of Capitol Highway and SW 26th Avenue recently purchased. HF hopes to integrate Hillsdale Terrace into the social and business life both Multnomah Village, where it is technically located, and nearby Hillsdale Town Center and neighborhood. The HF CAC resumed its work in July and future meetings will include Thursday, September 15, which is open to official representatives as well as the public at Hillsdale Community Church; light supper will commence at 5:00 p.m. prior to the meeting.
 
Chase Bank-Wardin Investments
President Mikal Apenes said that given the travel schedule of Land Use Committee chair Duane Hunting, he had asked Robert Hamilton in August to contact Chase Bank to determine whether they were willing to ask for an extension, to mid-October or mid-November, of the deadline on comments to their application to the City of Portland for an “adjustment”; and whether, during the interim, Chase Bank is willing to meet again publicly with Hillsdale residents and organizations to discuss their design plans and settle on one which is “mutually satisfactory if not acceptable.” Robert reported that he had exchanged several email with Vice President Greta Pass of Chase Bank, had offered to meet with her and a Chase Bank “decision maker” at their offices in Bellevue, Washington, on Saturday, August 27, but that no meetings had taken place in Bellevue or Hillsdale. The Chase Bank construction manager for the region, Chris Lind, had a full vacation and business schedule and could not meet. Robert reported that his efforts had “failed.” Ms. Pass recommended that Hillsdale meet in the absence of Chase Bank to determine priorities. Chase Bank offered to accept ideas and recommendations regarding site design once it has received approval for its “adjustment” request from the City. The deadline for comments is September 19. A City decision is expected about September 26.
 
Because a motion was passed at the August 9 emergency meeting of the HNA relating to the Chase Bank proposal to build a branch in Hillsdale on property owned by Wardin Investments, the HNA members had only to determine at the September 7 meeting the contents of a letter which would be sent by President Apenes. Land Use Committee chair Duane Hunting asked that all comments be submitted to him by the close of business on September 9 so that they could be compiled. Duane noted that the Chase Bank plan submitted to the City is not in compliance with the City’s Town Center plan. Thus, the application for an “adjustment” will allow Chase to build on only 21% of the property rather than the 50% required by the City zoning code, which looks to increase density along arterials. Individuals may also submit personal comments in favor of or in opposition to the Chase Bank application by September 19.
 
SW Trails PDX
Don Baack reported that he is preparing a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation application for Southwest Trails PDX, a nonprofit separate from the Southwest Trails Committee which has been associated with SWNI. There is mutual agreement between Don and SWNI regarding this measure. Don made two separate motions, with advice and support from SWNI executive director Sylvia Bogert, in attendance, relating to this proposal. Sylvia explained that for insurance purposes it must be made clear that the HNA, a part of the SWNI coalition, supports both the “walks” of SW Trails PDX and the “maintenance activities” of SW Trails PDX.
 
Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support and co-sponsor SW Trails PDX walks for citizens, including public officials. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
 
Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support and co-sponsor the maintenance activities of the SW Trails PDX for citizens, including public officials. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
 
Friends of Terwilliger
Wes Risher reported on the efforts of the Friends of Terwilliger to persuade the City of Portland to recognize a July 22, 2012, pedestrian-bicycle “Sunday Parkway” event in the Southwest along Terwilliger Boulevard in Hillsdale. Wes said that the City considers the “Sunday Parkway” schedule “full” and the City is not entertaining new applications. Nevertheless, Hillsdale NA could and should apply. He showed a short video produced by Peter DeCrescenzo, HNA board member, illustrating the value of Terwilliger as a candidate for a “Sunday-Parkway” event..
 
Celeste Lewis moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association  request the City of Portland to support a pedestrian-bicycle “Sunday-Parkway” event in the Southwest along Terwilliger Boulevard in Hillsdale on July 22, 2012. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
Committee Reports
Glenn Bridger, chair of the Transportation Committee, reported on automobile and bicycle closures on Multnomah Boulevard.
 
Regarding Main Street, it was reported that landscaping had been deferred by the City and that a gigantic fundraiser would take place in the Town Center on Saturday, September 10, one featuring a giant paella.
The motion to adjourn was passed unanimously at 8:59 p.m.
 
Submitted by Robert E. Hamilton

 

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