Minutes September 5, 2012

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday September 5, 2012
St. Barnabas Church 2201 SW Vermont Street

Business Meeting Agenda

7:00 p.m.  Business Meeting

President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at about 7:05 p.m. The registration sign-in sheet was passed around and then placed on the table near the entrance.

The agenda was unanimously approved with the additions requested by Don Baack.

The August 1, 2012 meeting minutes, soon to be available at the HNA Web site, will be reviewed at the October 3, 2012 meeting.

Multnomah County Library Measure discussion

Tom Mattox explained the value of the Multnomah County Library System and the reason for the ballot measure to restore some of the budget cuts required to maintain our library services. He indicated the proposed new mechanism is a based on the New York approach for community centers known as “library districts”. There are currently 25 similar “library districts” within the State of Oregon. The old library tax funding was based on $0.89 per $1,000 property evaluation, and the new tax will be raised to $1.24 per $1,000 property evaluation, which is about a $45.00 to $49.00 tax increase for the average home owner’s property tax bill. In response to Don Baack, Tom Mattox indicated he would provide a listing of how the City of Portland and Multnomah County Taxes are dispersed, related to the Library Measures (confusion of what is the impact to city funds versus impact to county funds – additions and subtractions).

Portland Public School Bond Measure Discussion

Ruth Atkins and Erin Barnett passed out several informational sheets to explain the “school building investment and maintenance” criteria, and the “proposed school construction bond on November ballot”. There was also a “Bond Development Committee Scenario Planning Tool” sheet identifying the specific needs and conditions at each public school in Portland’s system. The “Facility Condition Index” (FCI) information is posted on the PPS website. Much discussion was held on trying to understand the basic approach behind the “priority” established to address the upgrades required to the older school buildings. The “red color” highlighted items on the Planning Tool sheet is one way to sort the priorities on a school by school basis. School enrollment is growing over the recent years.

Wilson High School New Principle

Brian Chatard introduced himself to the group and gave a brief summary of the opening first day of school. Current enrollment is around 1,300 to 1,350 students. He indicated that the natural grass in the football stadium is being considered for replacement with artificial turf at a cost of about $1 million dollars. The life of this material is about 10 years, so the replacement operation and cost will continue every 10 years into the future.

John Morris identified the need for the Principle to be present at the major bus corner (SW Capitol Hwy & SW Sunset Blvd) at the time that student arrive and depart from school to provide “eyes on the school community”.

HNA Committee Reports


No report from this committee.

Schools Committee

Michael Reunert read portions his school report (posted on HNA web site), indicating that 7th and 8th graders were off today at Robert gray Middle School.

Transportation Committee

Glenn Bridger reported that the sidewalk project on SW Sunset Blvd. was moving forward with about 60% of the plans completed and half the meetings with the property owners scheduled (Library side of street). The designs will be complete the end of September, to bid fast track, and construction to begin early next year. All the funding is from the city. He also announced that a Hillsdale transportation Committee meeting would be held September 18, 2012 at the Watershed Community Room from 7 to 7 pm.

Don Baack explained the “extended shoulders” concept to provide a 3 foot to 5 foot wide walking paved surface along many of the southwest Portland roads in lieu of concrete sidewalks. He also suggested that HNA send a Thank You letter to PBOT for the new handicap ramps at the corners along SW Chestnut Street. He will provide some information to Duane Hunting to write letter.

It was also noted that Tri-Met bus system has again agreed to provide free bus passes to all public school children this school year.

Hillsdale Alliance

Hillsdale Alliance will be holding a meeting in October, date to be announced soon.

SW Trails

Don Baack indicated that the Red Electric Trail brochures will be available soon.

Land Use

Duane Hunting indicated that there was a Land Division Pre-Application Conference scheduled for September 18, 2012 at 8:30 am, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Fourth Floor, Room 4a to discuss division of two large lots into 10 lots total at SW 25th Avenue and SW Nevada Street. Discussion indicated the need to write a letter to the BDS to provide a pedestrian and bike 20 foot paved easement/Right-of-Way from SW 26th to SW 25th in the west to east direction.  


No report from this committee.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association (HBPA)

Richard Garfinkle stated that a meeting will be held September 19, 2012 (third Wednesday of month) from 8:30 to 9:30 am at Three Square Grill. He also stated that the hanging flower baskets were at their peak now. The new Vista Volunteer started yesterday. The landscape work along SW Capitol is almost complete, and the planning for the Town Center Plaza is underway. Funds in the amount of $10,000 for district lighting guidelines and implementation, plus $40,000 to street front improvements have been identified. 

Hillsdale Main Street

HMS folks have completed re-striping and removal of portable fence within north side parking lot. Don Baack stated the HNA community compliment to the property owners and HMS folks for completing this important work. The Capitol Hwy planter near the Watershed still requires the planting work to be completed.

Hillsdale Terrace CAC

No report from this committee. There is a new sign posted for the Stephens Creek Crossing (SCC) project at SW 26th Avenue and SW Capitol Hwy.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Submitted by Duane Hunting.

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