Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
2012.10.1: Don Baack moved that HNA apply for a SWNI grant to partially fund a public ADA and dog drinking fountain to be located in Dewitt Park. Arnie Panitch seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
2012.10.2: Don Baack moved that HNA support the application for Rieke School’s green project. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
2012.10.3: Don Baack moved that HNA write three letters in support of the drinking fountain to the Portland Fire Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation, and the Water Bureau. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
2012.10.4: Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter of thanks to the Portland School District for the water fountain and for re-installing the lights between the school and track. Michael Reunert seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting was opened and self-introductions were made. There were no changes to the meeting agenda. It was moved and seconded to approve the August 2012 and September 2012 minutes and the agenda. All in favor.
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Hillsdale Walkability Audit
Alan DeLaTorre, Project Coordinator at Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs Institute on Aging, presented. Hillsdale Neighborhood was chosen as a pilot project of the Age Friendly Cities Project. Alan has been walking Hillsdale trails and meeting with Main Street staff and other Hillsdale residents. His goals are twofold: to identify age-related issues and to find ways to conduct neighborhood-based research here. Partnering with AARP, Elders in Action, SW Trails PDX, and others, he is researching walkability and other elder issues and age-friendly issues. He will assemble the audit, identifying key issues, and deliver the report to HNA and Main Street. It will identify potential projects for 2013-14. It was suggested that the audit combine with other projects such as the Walking School Bus, and that it solicit the help of volunteer groups such as AARP.
Hillsdale Food Cart Park
Richard Stein reported that the Hillsdale Food Park held its grand opening two weeks ago. All three carts in Phase I are open and operating. The students seem to like them and the grounds are staying clean. He is working to resolve the issue of cars parking at the curb in front of the carts.
L’Etoile French Immersion School, Scott Pope, Finance Director, and Tim Hammock of Portland Parks and Recreation presented. The school will lease three classrooms in the Fulton Park Community Center and is in the permitting process. A permit is required for school-age students to move into the space. The lease term is three years, with a three-year renewal option. The decision by PPR to discontinue PPR activities and lease FPCC may be a topic of interest for a future HNA meeting.
2012-2013 SWNI Small Grant Applications
Payal Razdan, SWNI Outreach Coordinator provided information and listened to proposed grant projects. The money available this year is just over $10,200, about half of what SWNI gave out last year. Applications are due November 5th, and a grant-writing class will be held October 10th. Two ideas for HNA endorsement were discussed. Don Baack proposed a grant for $2,000 to partially fund an ADA and dog drinking fountain at Dewitt Park. An additional $3-4K would need to be raised by the community. Don is willing to write the grant and manage the project. Susan Jewel and Jamie Rapasky proposed improving Rieke School grounds, including a healthy playground area, bike racks, an outdoor classroom, and a rain garden. Recently Rieke School was awarded Oregon’s first National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. Partners for funding would include SW Soil and Water, National Wildlife Federation, and Portland Parks, and Rieke families. MOTION: Don moved that HNA apply for partial funding of a public ADA and dog drinking fountain to be located in Dewitt Park. Arnie seconded. All in favor. MOTION: Don moved that HNA support the application for Rieke School’s green project. Seconded. All in favor. MOTION: Don moved to write three letters in support of the drinking fountain to the Portland Fire Bureau, Portland Parks and Recreation, and the Water Bureau. Seconded. All in favor.
HNA Committee Reports
Hillsdale Business and Professional Association and Main Street– Richard Garfinkle presented. The Storefront Improvement Task Force is working on grants to improve the quality of lighting. There is an effort to transform the triangle in front of Casa Colima into a plaza called Plaza de Corazon. A group is working to install sculpture or an art park along Capitol Highway. HBPA meets the third Wednesday of the month at Three Square Grill, and the October 17th meeting will feature both mayoral candidates. An event is being planned for February 9th called Wild About Winter. Banners have been installed, and six more large planter pots will be installed soon.
SWNI – Carolyn Raz reported. Saturday October 6th, 9 a.m.-noon, the Seismic Retrofit Tool Talk will be held at the former Jerome Sears Training Center on Multnomah Boulevard. SWNI will host a Candidates Fair October 16th at the Multnomah Art Center. As of July 1, 2013, permits will be required to cut a tree larger than 12 inches in diameter on private property. There will be a talk about coyotes on October 30th 7:00 p.m. at SWCC.
Schools – Michael Reunert reported that Rieke School won the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. Walking School Buses happened today. There is a new Coordinator for the Sun Schools project. Wilson High School had three students named as National Merit Semi-Finalists. There is a project to raise funds for turf for the football field. MOTION: HNA will write a letter of thanks to the Portland School District for the water fountain and for re-installing the lights between the school and track. Michael seconded. Discussion: Don will provide content of the letter. All in favor. To help bicyclists on Vermont Street, a Neighborhood Greenway, Portland Bureau of Transportation is considering the removal of parking on the uphill side of Vermont Street.
Hillsdale Alliance – No meeting this month, next meeting is in January.
Transportation – Don Baack reported. The Committee is currently looking at funding for the Red Electric Trail that connects Garden Home and the Willamette River. Part of the trail is complete, and part is still to be constructed. Partners will include PBOT, ODOT, Metro, adjacent property owners, and more. A brochure is being distributed to generate support. Don Baack moved to authorize the HNA Transportation Committee to write a letter to SWNI and PBOT outlining transportation priorities to be determined by the Transportation Committee. Discussion: HNA has multiple transportation priorities already stated, including sidewalks, the Red Electric Trail, and Capitol Highway. The motion died for lack of a second. HNA will write a letter to PBOT requesting that sidewalk segment infill between SW 12th and SW Bertha Boulevard on the South side of Vermont Street. Wes will provide Mikal with a letter about this issue for next month’s HNA agenda.
Land Use – Duane Hunting reported that parts of Terwilliger will be used for the Run Like Hell Run/Walk benefit on October 21.
New Business, Announcements
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Next HNA meeting Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Board meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Adjourn 8:59 p.m.