Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Don Baack moved to write a letter to PPS requesting repair of the drainage problem and the sidewalk along Vermont, between Bertha and the Rieke driveway, Robert Hamilton seconded and the motion passed unanimously. This letter will be copied to the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. Don will write the letter.
Kim Applebery moved that HNA write a letter to Portland City Council, Mayor Adams, and the Director of Portland Parks that HNA is opposed to the closure of the Fulton Community Center. Wes Risher seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. Don, Kim, Wes, and Leslie Pohl-Kasbau will write the letter.
It was moved and seconded that the Fulton Community Association be re-authorized as a sub-committee of HNA that will report to HNA quarterly. The motion was seconded, and passed unanimously.
BUSINESS MEETING AGENDA
7:00 p.m. Business Meeting
President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at 7:02 p.m. Approximately 25 members and guests were in attendance. Self-introductions were made. The meeting agenda was approved with several additions. The minutes of the last meeting were approved with no additions or corrections.
Hillsdale Street Tree Planting
John Mackin, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services presented. BES and Friends of Trees are working with Portland property owners to plant free urban street trees in parking strips. The goals include beautification, shade, and improved air and water quality. The trees are paid for with sewer revenues. In Hillsdale the targeted area is bounded by SW Bertha, SW 10th Avenue, and SW Vermont Street, because this is where parking strips are. FOT has already done some planting, and BES is following up to ensure that homeowners know they are responsible for watering and maintaining their new trees. When a homeowner requests a tree, an inspector visits the site to determine the most appropriate types of trees, and the homeowner chooses from this list.
Public Safety Report
Officer Ralph Elwood of Portland Police Bureau’s Central Precinct presented. Recent incidents in the Hillsdale area have included shoplifting, a fight, and car break-ins. The Officer reminded residents to not leave anything in plain sight in a car, even briefly. Officer Elwood advised residents to close their curtains/blinds when it is dark outside, to discourage potential burglars. Residents should use the deadbolts, and when installing deadbolts, make sure they are attached to studs. Despite budget cuts, officer staffing will remain the same in the SW area. Wes Risher offered to draft a letter to Portland Public Schools requesting the repair of the lights in the corridor next to the Wilson Pool, as this is a well-used and somewhat isolated area where good lighting is important for security. Officer Elwood mentioned that PPB’s SERT team will be training 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Hillsdale Terrace.
HNA Committee Reports
SWNI: Carolyn Raz
The Neighborhood House food drive runs February 19 – April 1, and there will be donation boxes at various churches and businesses around the community. The woman convicted of embezzling $174,000 from SWNI was sentenced to three years prison and five years probation, and SWNI has changed many of its policies to preclude this from happening again. HNA has $95 on account at SWNI. SWNI is losing half of its neighborhood small grant funds, so it will have about $10,000 to distribute next year. There will be cuts to the Crime Prevention Coordinator’s funds. The SWNI Candidate Fair will be held April 10, 2012 at the Multnomah Arts Center. The Markham Neighborhood Association voted to dissolve and partner with West Portland Park. SWNI needs a Communication Chair, and volunteers are welcome.
Schools: Michael Reunert
Portland Public Schools is re-considering what to do with its crumbling buildings, and is holding a public meeting tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m., or people can comment at the PPS website. The Kindergarten Roundup is February 8 at 7:00 p.m. PPS is sponsoring Styrofoam block recycling Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the vacant lot next to the ice cream parlor in Hillsdale. Robert Gray is offering school tours Fridays at 9:30 a.m., an information night on February 29th, and is fundraising to support foreign the language program and computer repairs. Wilson art teacher Susan Parker was named Educator of the Year for 2012. The Wilson Foundation raised $34,000 this year. Upcoming fundraisers include Comedy Club on February 25, and a Pizza Hut benefit on March 14. The Wilson PTA meets on February 13. More budget cuts are in the works for Portland Public Schools, including SUN Schools. There was discussion about how HNA can support schools. One idea was developing a 30-second elevator speech about how they measure up citywide.
Transportation: Glenn Bridger
Last night there was a public meeting run by the Portland Bureau of Transportation regarding sidewalks along SW Sunset. 35-40 people and a Channel 6 news reporter were in attendance. The City is currently surveying the area to develop a base map. No design work has been done yet. The next meeting will be sometime in March, and base maps will be available at that time. Mikal Apenes reported that TriMet will hold an open house on February 11, and this information will be available on the HNA website. The sidewalks in front of the schools need repair. Don Baack moved to write a letter to PPS requesting repair of the drainage problem and the sidewalk along Vermont, between Bertha and the Rieke driveway. All in favor. Don will write this letter. A copy will be sent to the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.
SW Trails: Don Baack
Last month Don received a grant from SWNI for the Red Electric Trail project. Peter DeCrescenzo will do the video and Cole (?) will assist. SW Trails is looking for more volunteers. I-5 construction to be completed October 2013. The pedestrian bridge crossing I-5 and Moody will be completed in April, and there will be another pedestrian crossing at Whitaker. Many jurisdictions are looking at the future of the light rail corridor, and Metro has a Facebook page (see SWCorridor) for this project.
Land Use: Duane Hunting
As of now, Chase Bank has not applied for a building permit. Safeway received a zoning change on two lots, is working on how to handle bicycles on Capitol Hill Road, and hopes to finish construction by December 2012.
Parks: Kim Appleberry
The Fulton Community Center is threatened with closure due to Portland Parks and Recreation budget cuts. PPR says Fulton has relatively low usage and is more costly to operate. This should not be an issue because community centers are not expected to be self-sustaining. Fulton Community Center fits PPR’s core mission to provide accessible recreation and enrichment activities for City residents, a goal not met by the Southwest Community Center. Don suggested creating a marketing plan to accompany the ongoing political pressure. Ken requests action by HNA on three items:
1. Ken moved that HNA write a letter to Portland City Council, Mayor Adams, and the Director of Portland Parks that HNA is opposed to the closure of the Fulton Community Center. Wes Risher seconded, and the motion was passed unanimously. Don, Ken, Wes, and Leslie Pohl will write the letter.
2. Ken asked HNA for a reaffirmation of the Fulton Community Association, a group formed six years ago when Fulton was also threatened with closure. As an HNA sub-committee, the FCA would be eligible for insurance and grants. It was moved and seconded that the Fulton Community Association be re-authorized as a sub-committee of HNA, and the motion passed unanimously.
3. Ken asks that individuals to get involved, and sign-up sheets were provided.
Hillsdale Main Street Update:
Main Street is partnering with PSU students to carry out consumer studies. The plantings along Capitol Highway will be completed when the weather improves. Approved projects include striping near the chain link fence in the parking lot near the post office, possibly removing the chain link fence, and partnering with property owners and obtaining design assistance to repaint the wall behind the 76 station.
There was discussion about the possibility of HNA providing 15 minutes on its April agenda for political candidates whose representations include Hillsdale, or alternatively, a half-hour meet-and-greet before an HNA meeting. This would not be by invitation, just an item posted on the agenda. Hillsdale Alliance might be a better forum for this. HNA will re-visit this issue at the March meeting.
Leslie: community members are meeting with Bureau of Planning and Sustainability regarding farmers’ markets, urban animals, community co-ops, food boxes, urban gardening, etc. The next meeting is February 10 at the BPS, and there is an Open House February 21 6-8 p.m. at St. Phillip Neri. The comment period ends March 7.
Sheila Greenlaw-Fink: The Hillsdale Terrace will be demolished soon. A construction alert will be on the Home Forward website soon. By May, some site work and construction will begin. Traffic will be affected. The project will be called Stephens Creek Crossing. There is a meeting this month with a construction update at the CAC meeting February 23rd 7:00 p.m. at the Hillsdale Community Church.
Adjourn 9:30 p.m.
Submitted by Lynn Rossing.