Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 7:00 p.m.
St. Barnabas Church
2012.1.1: Don Baack moved that HNA request that PBOT postpone proposed work at the intersection of SW Capitol Hwy, SW Vermont and SW 25th until after the decision to place a traffic signal at SW 26th or SW 25th has been resolved, and until it is known for certain whether the project will reduce the number of bike crashes at this intersection. Motion seconded. The motion did not pass.
2012.1.2: It was moved that HNA will write a letter endorsing the extension of the temporary permit for the Sportsplex. Seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter to Portland City commissioners and to the heads of PBOT and PPR, stating the need for a continuous bike path there, and requesting that this gap in the bike path be filled. Seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
7:00 p.m. Meeting opened by Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made.
Nothing to add to the agenda. Motion to approve agenda, seconded. Motion passed. Motion to approve minutes for November and December, seconded. Motion passed.
7:08 p.m. Kyle Chisek, Capital Projects Manager, Portland Bureau of Transportation presented updates on three projects.
- The sewer repair project at SW Capitol Highway and Terwilliger. The Bureau of Environmental Services and the Water Bureau are continuing to develop their plans and secure funding. It was requested that BES install an asphalt path along the west side of Terwilliger from Capitol Highway to Vincent Place.
- The intersection of SW Capitol Highway and Vermont. The goals for this intersection are to make it more pedestrian-friendly, and safer. The project will include a pedestrian island, curb extensions, striping crosswalks, ramps, and stormwater swales. Options for a bike lane are under review. The project goes out to bid later this month, with construction to begin in March or April. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA request that PBOT postpone this project until the issue of a traffic signal at SW 26th Avenue has been resolved, and until it is known for certain whether the project will reduce the number of bike crashes at this intersection. Motion seconded. Motion did not pass.
- The intersection of SW Terwilliger and 6th Avenue and Chestnut. The design is being fine-tuned. The sidewalk on the island has been moved from the Terwilliger side to the 6th Avenue side. The bus stop will move further down the hill. To the west side of the island, traffic will become two-way. Advance crossing signage will be added to warn cars of pedestrians. The intersection of SW 7th, Caldew and Terwilliger. The project goal is to increase safety and manage stormwater. It will involve squaring up the streets to Terwilliger to slow traffic, installation of a stormwater swale, a sidewalk, a solid-striped bike lane, and signage for the Terwilliger Parkway. Portland Parks will be involved.
7:48 p.m. Extended Use of Covered Sportsplex, aka “The Bubble”, at Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Brian Carlson, MJCC Board member, presented. The Sportsplex bubble was constructed ten years ago under a seven-year temporary structures permit that was extended for another three years, and that will expire this Spring. MJCC is soliciting comments to see if there are concerns about the facility. MJCC will take this information to the City and seek another extension of the permit. The long-term plan is to replace the bubble with a permanent structure. The existing bubble has a life span of another 3-5 years. Currently the Sportzplex is used about 75 hours per week for non-MJCC functions, and the MJCC school holds PE classes there. The bubble can be used as an emergency facility in the event of a large earthquake or other emergency, a use that supports the MJCC’s goal of building stronger connections to the community. MOTION: HNA will write a letter endorsing the extension of the temporary permit for the Sportsplex. Seconded. All in favor.
8:05 p.m. Committee Reports
Schools Michael Reunert reported. Funding issues are ongoing, and next year PPS may need to lay off 200-300 teachers. The schools continue to work on emergency and security plans. A recent policy change requires that every school door except for the front door stay locked from the outside at all times. Rieke ES is starting an after-school robotics class. A Robert Gray MS 6th grade teacher has raised over $3500 for computers. Wilson HS was rated “outstanding” on the State report card. All schools can use more volunteers.
Main Street In February, Wine About Winter, a wine tasting event, will be held in the parking lot next to the dance center. The Storefront Improvement Program is in progress.
Hillsdale Business and Professional Association No report.
Hillsdale Alliance The Alliance will meet on Wednesday, January 9, 7-9 p.m. at the Watershed. The topic will be Healthy Hillsdale, and will look at how our neighborhood walkability, intellectual pursuits, and social opportunities can contribute to the health of residents here. Food Front will provide snacks.
Land Use No new land use applications have been received in the last month.
SW Trails Don Baack presented. Copies of the Red Electric brochure are available to anyone interested. Don suggests that HNA support a bike path on Terwilliger between Chestnut and Barbur as part of the work planned for the intersections along there. MOTION: Don moved that HNA write a letter to Portland City commissioners and to the heads of PBOT and PPR, stating the need for a continuous bike path there, and requesting that this gap in the bike path be filled. Seconded. All in favor. SW Trails is making progress on creating an official easement at the Presbyterian Church at SW 45th in Maplewood.
Transportation Glenn Bridger presented.
- The SW Sunset sidewalk project will go out for bid this month, and construction should take place this year.
- The designed for the sidewalk infill project at SW 19th and Spring Garden, near Capitol Hill School, has been finalized.
- The PBOT Terwilliger project (see presention by Kyle Chisek above) will be complete this year hopefully.
- The Barbur Boulevard bridge reconstruction project will begin soon, and will probably divert some traffic onto Terwilliger.
- A special meeting will be held on Saturday, January 12 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Watershed. The goal is to determine which transportation issues are most important to Hillsdale residents, and include discussion of special populations, connections to other parts of the city, building a system that encourages people to get out of their houses and cars, ensuring that our commercial centers continue to thrive and are accessible to pedestrians.
SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. The City of Portland is projecting a 10% budget cut, which will translate to a $28,000 cut to funding for SWNI. This will affect staffing and some services important to neighborhood associations. The SWNI Small Grants program awarded funds to about half of the applicants.
8:32 p.m. Announcements
Rick Seifert reported that he spoke with property owner Ardys Braidwood, and that she has promised to get back to him. Next HNA meeting is Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the Watershed, no Board meeting. There may be a potluck or cook-off at 6:00 p.m. ODOT will talk about the Barbur bridges.
8:40 p.m. Adjourn
Motion to adjourn, seconded. All in favor.