Minutes October 5, 2011


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Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 
Action Items
2011.10.1
Glenn Bridger moved that HNA raise no objection to the granting of the Verde Cocina liquor license request.  Seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.
 
2011.10.2
Don Baack made a motion to oppose the vacation of SW Falcon Street.  Seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  A letter drafted by Don and Glenn Bridger will be sent to President Mikal Apenes for his editing and will then be sent to the City explaining HNA’s opposition. 
 
2011.10.3
Michael Reunert moved that the HNA President send a letter of thanks on behalf of the organization, and that a line-drawing of the library be presented to Virginia Tribe to commemorate her years of service to Hillsdale as director of the Hillsdale Library. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. Rick Seifert, editor of the online “Hillsdale News”, said that his newspaper will pay for the line-drawing for Virginia.
 
2011.10.4
Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support SW Trails PDX in applying for a grant to publicize the Red Electric Route and Project. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
 
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BUSINESS MEETING AGENDA
6:00 p.m.  HNA board meeting
7:00 p.m.  Business Meeting
 
President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at 7:04 p.m.
The agenda was amended to defer Richard Stein’s presentation on food carts in Hillsdale to the November 2 meeting and to add Don Baack’s presentation on the Red Electric Trail. Agenda approved. The minutes of the July 6, August 9 (emergency meeting), and September 7 meetings were approved and the stipulation added that they be posted to the Web site along with formal letters resulting from Action Item motions approved by the HNA membership, or letters resulting from Committee or Project activity.
 
SWNI Report
Carolyn Raz reported that in the future all committee reports will be posted on the SWNI Web site.  Committee reports are also in the monthly SWNI newspaper. HNA has a bank balance of $95 in the SWNI account. The Board approved a sidewalk recommendation option that will include SW Sunset from Capitol Highway to 18th Avenue. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has funding from the High Crash Corridor fund on SW Barbur for new pedestrian crossings between SW 19th and 26th Avenues.  Designs and locations have not been determined. SWNI has small-grants money available to successful applicants; the application deadline is October 31. The annual autumn SOLV cleanup will be Saturday, November 5.
 
Schools Report
Michael Reunert reported that there are 50 more students than anticipated at Rieke Elementary School bringing the current total to 416, from a low of 267; another teacher is needed. There are 425 students at Robert Gray Middle School.  The Portland Public School goal for Gray is over 600.  With all three elementary schools growing that feed into Gray, reaching 600 should not be a problem. A Gray boundary adjustment is possible. At Wilson High School, a new Career Center is being developed.
 
Transportation Committee
Glenn Bridger reported that the Red Electric Trail has received an allocation of $2.2 million for design, which will begin soon and will include both bike and pedestrian access.  It will be comparable in scope and function to the Spring Water Corridor.
 
On October 25 at 6 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, the SWNI Transportation Committee will discuss the sidewalk funding candidates, and we should attend to support the Hillsdale project: Sunset from Capitol Highway to 18th Avenue.
 
The Multnomah Blvd/I-5 access is now closed for 45 days.  Traffic is flooding other streets.  
 
SW Trails PDX
Don Baack reported that the 4-T Trail has become the premier one in Portland and includes trails, trolley, tram, and train. This makes Talbot a popular destination. Don is applying for 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation status for SW Trails PDX. The organization is applying to the city for grant monies for a bike and pedestrian path from OHSU to Fairmount, where there is no safe place to walk or bike.
 
Land Use
Duane Hunting reported that the Portland Christian Center wants to add cell phone antennae at the lower portion of the property at 5700 SW Dosch Road. Duane sees no problem.  The antennae will be unobtrusive.  Comments must be received by the City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services, by October 14.  Don Baack said the old cell towers on Barbur Boulevard need to be removed and replaced with the latest generation of technology.
 
The new Verde Cocina at 6446 SW Capitol Highway has applied for a liquor license.  There have been no objections or complaints by HNA members.  The restaurant closes at 9:00 p.m., plays music at low volume, and liquor will only be served with dinner.  There will be no full-service bar.  Glenn Bridger moved that HNA raise no objection to the granting of the Verde Cocina liquor license request.  Seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.
 
There was discussion about an email from Stewart Straus, attorney, on behalf of a client who owns tax lot 9400 between SW Multnomah and SW Falcon. The client wants a vacation on SW Falcon “to provide for new and replacement parking so he can expand the number of apartment units on his property.”   Several objections to this request were expressed, particularly in light of potential development of a nearby high-speed corridor.  Don Baack made a motion to oppose the vacation of SW Falcon Street.  Seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.  A letter drafted by Don and Glenn Bridger will be sent to President Mikal Apenes for his editing and will then be sent to the City explaining HNA’s opposition. 
 
Hillsdale Business and Professional Association
Dr. Richard Garfinkle reported that the “Third Thursday” events are continuing, featuring this month a “Brew Ha Ha.”
 
Hillsdale Alliance
Glenn Bridger explained that the Alliance is an association of Hillsdale organizations which meets quarterly to share information and promote mutual support. The Alliance will next meet on October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at The Watershed.
 
There was considerable discussion about the forthcoming retirement of Virginia Tribe, long-time director of the Hillsdale Library. Her retirement party is scheduled for Friday, October 28, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the library. Michael Reunert moved that the HNA President send a letter of thanks on behalf of the organization, and that a line-drawing of the library be presented to Virginia Tribe to commemorate her years of service to Hillsdale as director of the Hillsdale Library. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. Rick Seifert, editor of the online “Hillsdale News”, has said that his newspaper will pay for the line-drawing for Virginia.
 
Hillsdale Main Street
Dr. Richard Garfinkle reported that because there are so many projects underway or in the planning stages, HMS has focused on recruiting new volunteers to assist its five committees and their various projects.  There will be a “Friendraising” event at the as-yet unopened Sasquatch Brewery on Tuesday, October 11, at 5:30 p.m. to attract new committee and project volunteers.  The Hillsdale Business Association is buying the refreshments. Reservations are required; please contact Megan Braunsten, HMS executive director. 
 
Aiming to beautify Capitol Highway, trees currently planted along this arterial in the heart of Hillsdale will be removed and then replaced.  A contractor has been engaged to remove some concrete to expand the planting area and create curb cuts so storm water can flow into the soil.  New trees and shrubs will be then planted. 
 
Over 270 people attended the recent paella dinner and over $10,000 was raised for community projects.  Next year’s dinner is already being planned. Thanks were extended to chef Greg Higgins of Hillsdale for preparing the paella.
 
Richard recommended the new book, Roaming Hillsdale by Laura Foster.
 
Chase Bank
Mikal Apenes explained the background to the proposal by Chase Bank to build a new branch in Hillsdale, as well as the bank’s application for an “adjustment” to the City of Portland zoning code which would allow its design footprint to occupy only 21% of the property rather than the required 50%. The HNA opposed the adjustment as did others who sent letters to Douglas Hardy of the Bureau of Development Services. He informed Chase Bank that their application would be denied. Vice President Greta Pass of Chase Bank then contacted Robert Hamilton, whom Mikal had asked to negotiate with Chase, to say that they wished to extend the time for commentary and to meet with a Hillsdale “working group” on October 13 at The Watershed to review new designs being produced by Chase and to listen to suggestions from the community. Mikal explained that the meeting of October 13 will not be an official HNA meeting. He has asked a number of technical specialists to attend the meeting to review new design options as well as other community representatives. The list, still not final, includes himself (chair); Greta Pass and perhaps two others from Chase Bank; Duane Hunting (Land Use chair); Glenn Bridger (Transportation chair); Celeste Lewis (who cannot attend); Paul Pawlowski (of SERA, the lead author of the 2009 town-center plan); Joan Frederiksen (City Bureau of Planning, who declined to attend); Sheila Greenlaw-Fink (who will be in Canada); Richard Brown (architect for Wardin Investments), and Robert Hamilton. Others may be added to the list.
 
Mikal explained that no official action can be taken on behalf of the HNA at this October 13 meeting, the purpose of which, according to Robert, is to develop a design which Wardin Investments, Chase Bank, the City of Portland, and the Hillsdale community will find “mutually acceptable.” The new design will be reviewed by HNA members at the November 2 meeting and the period for comment regarding it will not end before November 19.
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association support SW Trails PDX in applying for a grant to publicize the Red Electric Route and Project. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
Don described the route as follows: “The route is from Garden Home to the Willamette River, generally along the old Red Electric Train right-of-way from Hillsdale west to Oleson Road. The route from Hillsdale on completion of the already funded bridge north of the intersection of SW Nebraska and Capitol Highway to Bertha Blvd, following the streets on Nebraska, 19th to Vermont, to Burlingame Avenue to Burlingame Terrace, cross Terwilliger and then the bicycles follow SW Nebraska and SW Parkhill Drive to the cul-de-sac where it will travel on new yet to be acquired right-of-way to go under the Newbury Structure of Barbur Boulevard and then up onto the existing Newbury Structure, cross the Himes Park gully and then connect to Slavin Road to SW Corbett, to SW Gibbs and then over the soon to be completed Gibbs Street Pedestrian and Bicycle bridge to the North Macadam area, the streetcar and soon to be completed MAX.” The grant will be used to publicize the route and recruit support to get it funded. 
 
Glenn Bridger alerted members to the annual “Thanksgiving Day Walk.” It will start at 9:00 a.m. at the oak tree entrance to Wilson High School off Capitol Highway and will include a 90-minute to two hour tour of Hillsdale.
 
A brief discussion of food cart plans took place and will resumed with Richard Stein’s presentation at the November 2 HNA meeting.
 
An open meeting of the Hillsdale Lions is held quarterly at The Watershed.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  An hour is devoted  to discussion of community issues followed by time for people to relate how their business is doing.
 
The Hillsdale Fred Meyer Burlingame store is nearing completion. A pre-opening event will be held on October 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the store will officially re-open for business on October 21.
 
The Police Appreciation Awards and dinner will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center on October 24 starting at 7:00 p.m. Nominations are still being received by SWNI for any officer who has exhibited exceptional service.
 
The motion to adjourn was passed unanimously at 8:34 p.m.
 
Submitted by Carolyn Raz and Robert E. Hamilton
 

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