Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, November 3, 2012
St. Barnabas Church
Don Baack moved to amend Wes Risher’s letter to Mayor Adams and to PBOT to include SW Cheltenham to Westwood. Glenn Bridger seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Don Baack moved to submit Wes Risher’s letter as amended. Seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Don Baack moved to authorize Duane Hunting to request pedestrian right-of-way dedications on BES lands near Stephens Creek Crossing as a part of the land use request now before his Committee. Wes Risher seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Wes Risher moved that HNA write a letter to PBOT, Home Forward, and MJCC explaining HNA’s position that a traffic light should be installed at SW 25th and Vermont and that the MJCC move its entrance from 26th to 25th, with an explanation of why. Robert Hamilton seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Wes Risher to draft letter.
Mikal Apenes opened the meeting and self-introductions were made. There were no changes to the meeting agenda. It was moved and seconded to approve the agenda with three additions: BES sewer project, Himes Park work party, and NET. Motion passed unanimously. It was moved and seconded to approve the October 2012 minutes. Motion passed unanimously.
David Alred, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services presented. A five-month sewer pipe repair project will begin in May or June at intersection of Terwilliger Boulevard and Capitol Highway. Built in the 1920s, the current pipes are buried 30-40 feet deep and are now collapsing. BES will apply for permits from the Bureau of Development Services, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Portland Parks. Some work will happen at night, so BES will also seek a noise variance permit. The project is in the design phase now and construction will begin in May or June. The project will make accommodations for pedestrians and bicycles as well as cars during and after construction. The gravel trail that cuts across the ‘island’ will be restored, invasive species will be removed, and native species will be planted. It was mentioned that the Carolina Mains Project has just been set back until 2014.
John Morris of Hilsdale Neighborhood Emergency Team. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Hillsdale NET reminds area residents to prepare their households for emergencies. In a large-scale event, the 911 system will not work, and it is likely that police and fire will be unable to respond to calls for a week. The Hillsdale NET’s 14 volunteers are trained to help first themselves, then their families, neighbors, and finally others. Residents should not expect the NET to respond to them individually. Our area is due for a major earthquake. Hillsdale households should plan to be self-sufficient with water, food, hygiene, pets, medications, first aid, and so on, for a week. The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management will mail a map to every household in early December that will include the locations of the nearest emergency communication sites. It was suggested that some emergency preparedness content be added to the HNA website.
7:45 p.m. Committee Reports
NOTE: HNA’s action will be updated for the December meeting.
Main Street Michael Reunert and Richard Garfinkle reported. Huge planters have been placed along streets in the business district. A cooperative partnership among landlords, tenants, and business owners will raise money for storefront improvements, with the goal of making Hillsdale businesses look more inviting. The Committee will be meeting with the owner of Casa Colima soon to begin planning the Plaza de Corazon, and public input is invited. Another Third Thursday will be held in November. Upcoming Winter event: Wine about Winter on February 9th.
Schools Michael Reunert reported that the Portland Public School website is a source of general information about all Portland schools. The Rieke Elementary School Service Club will have a holiday food and clothing drive. Rieke is looking for a structural engineer to help design a cover for an outdoor classroom. Robert Gray Middle School, Rieke Elementary, and Wilson High have multiple ongoing fundraisers, including the sale of scrip and In the Bag. The Wilson sports teams are doing well. Wilson’s musical On the Town is being performed this weekend.
Parks Don Baack reported. Question: Is HNA willing to support a volunteer effort to work in partnership with Fred Meyer employees to remove ivy and other invasive species from George Himes Park? With a show of hands, nine people indicated willingness to volunteer for this. Before he commits to this project, Don will return to HNA with a motion for formal approval.
Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger reported that the next meeting will be January 9 7-9pm at the Watershed. The topic will be Healthy Hillsdale, finding ways to incorporate exercise, walking, etc. into our neighbors’ lives.
Land Use Duane Hunting presented. Near SW 25th Avenue and SW Texas Street, a nine-parcel housing development is being planned. With the goal of creating pedestrian and bike access in this area, Wes Risher drafted a letter to Mayor Sam Adams and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Tom Miller requesting that missing sections of sidewalk on SW Vermont between SW Bertha and SW11th be included as part of the Vermont/Illinois Greenway Project. MOTION: Don Baack moved to amend Wes Risher’s letter to include SW Cheltenham to Westwood in this project. Glenn Bridger seconded. All in favor. MOTION: Don moved to submit Wes Risher’s letter as amended. Seconded. All in favor. ACTION ITEM: Duane will look into possible parking issues. ACTION ITEM: Mikal will contact Mark Lear at PBOT to come to the December HNA meeting.
SW Trails Don Baack presented. Soon PBOT will begin the design process for a bridge over the Bertha Gulch for the Red Electric Trail. There may be a park associated with this project. SW Trails will create a Red Electric Trail website, and information will be posted at the Sasquatch Brewery and Verde Cocina.
Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. The Sunset sidewalk project is at 90% design and construction is scheduled to start Spring 2013. The Committee is reviewing another sidewalk project being planned next to the Golden Touch Restaurant on Barbur and SW 19th and supporting maximum sidewalk improvement between Barbur and Capitol Hill School, which is across the freeway in South Burlingame Neighborhood. There is a pathway network that goes through BES lands near the new Stephens Creek Crossing housing complex. The issue at hand is a proposed subdivision of lands along SW 25th north of SW Nevada Street. The proposed street is a cul-de-sac. The Transportation Committee would like to have pedestrian rights-of-way dedicated through the subdivision along the approximate line of SW Texas Street extended, where to the West of the subdivision it would connect to existing trails through a BES-owned tract, and to the East would allow connection into the church property. At the SWNI level, there are different opinions on whether these paths should be improved. MOTION: Don moved to authorize Duane to request pedestrian right-of-way dedications on BES lands near Stephens Creek Crossing as a part of the land use request now before his Committee. Wes seconded. All in favor. The Transportation Committee has brainstormed improvements it would like to see, such as intersections, parking, streets, sidewalks, vegetation, etc. The list of projects will be prioritized and brought to the HNA. It was suggested that it would be helpful if the Committee would include the values attached to each project, telling why it is important. One of the projects on the listing is the need for a traffic signal on Capitol Highway at the SW Vermont/SW 25th intersection. MOTION: Wes moved that HNA write a letter to PBOT, Home Forward, and MJCC explaining HNA’s position that a traffic light should be installed at SW 25th and Vermont and that the MJCC move its entrance from 26th to 25th, with an explanation of why. Robert seconded. All in favor. The Committee’s next meeting is November 12, 7-9 p.m. at the Watershed.
This coming Saturday 5-6:30 p.m., a Thanksgiving Feast will be held at St. Barnabas Church. Idea for February HNA meeting: chili cook-off.
Adjourn MOTION: Moved and seconded to adjourn. All in favor. 8:50p.m.