Minutes from February 6, 2013


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 7:00 p.m.

The Watershed

 

ACTION ITEM 2013.2.1: Glenn Bridger moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association request ODOT to include in their reconstruction project on Barbur Boulevard between Miles and Capitol Highway North ramp, evaluation of options that will improve pedestrian and bike safety through the corridor. The operational deficiencies in this section are most evident in the limited width of the Newberry and Vermont Bridges. Actions should focus upon the urban nature of this road, the limited probability of significant traffic increase in this section, and the role this section of roadway plays in providing active transportation options throughout the region. ODOT should study and implement the most effective option for providing this safety, which may include the construction of new bridges or traffic lane reallocation to dedicate more space to the walking and biking highway users. We also urge ODOT to include the Red Electric Route via Slavin Road in their evaluation. Seconded by Don Baack. Motion Passed.

 

7:00 p.m. Meeting opened by Mikal Apenes. Minutes of prior meeting were approved. Agenda was approved with no additions. Self introductions were made.

7:14 p.m. Barbur Boulevard Bridges Project, Jilayne Jordan of ODOT presented. ODOT is designing a project to rehabilitate the Newberry and Vermont Street bridges built in 1934 and now in need of serious improvements.

The bridges’ deteriorating wooden structural members and drainage problems need repair. Construction will begin in early 2014 and will be completed by Fall 2014. Traffic control and staging plans are being developed. The Southbound lanes will close to motor vehicles for limited periods of time on weekends, and there will be detours. Bicyclists will not be detoured, and the bridge will be open to them at all times. Upgrading the existing bridges will cost about $5 million, in contrast to the $25 million that would be needed for complete replacement. A road diet, where one lane is converted to bike/pedestrian use, is being considered and analyzed by Metro as part of the SW Corridor Plan. It was requested that ODOT provide HNA with bridge ratings, Northbound and Southbound traffic counts, and schematics for similar projects if available. Suggestions made by those present included good signage, striping, ramps, and higher railings for the bike/pedestrian lanes, preservation of the art deco elements and the trees planted at the ends of the bridges, improved visibility for the speed limit signs, removal of invasive plant species during the course of the project, a railing between bikes and cars for safety, and that trails remain open. ODOT will return to HNA in April with updates.

MOTION: Glenn Bridger moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association request ODOT to include in their reconstruction project on Barbur Boulevard between Miles and Capitol Highway North ramp, evaluation of options that will improve pedestrian and bike safety through the corridor. The operational deficiencies in this section are most evident in the limited width of the Newberry and Vermont Bridges. Actions should focus upon the urban nature of this road, the limited probability of significant traffic increase in this section, and the role this section of roadway plays in providing active transportation options throughout the region. ODOT should study and implement the most effective option for providing this safety, which may include the construction of new bridges or traffic lane reallocation to dedicate more space to the walking and biking highway users. We also urge ODOT to include the Red Electric Route via Slavin Road in their evaluation. Seconded by Don Baack. Discussion: This request should be cc’d to Rep. Blumenauer, the State Transportation Committee, and City Commissioners. Motion passed.

8:09pm. Chili Cookoff Contest.

Creators of the salad and potatoes were presented with gift cards from Food Front and Pizzicato. The excellent chilis received honorable mention.

8:12 p.m. Committee Reports

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented a review of Transportation Summit held last month. Fifteen people attended, and a report is forthcoming. The next step is advocating for much-needed sidewalks, traffic signals, education, and more.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. The group met last month and discussed ideas for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in Hillsdale.

Main Street Michael Apenes presented. Wine About Winter will be February 10. Main Street has secured $20,000 for storefront improvement projects for lighting, appearance, signage, etc. Grant applications are due in the Spring.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. Budget issues will lead to teacher layoffs, but exact numbers not yet known. There will be a budget discussion at the Rieke PTA meeting February 12. On February 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center there will be a presentation on the bond measure. The Rieke Auction is February 8. The Rieke Outdoor Classroom has funding from SWNI, Wells Fargo, Food Front, and others. Volunteers are needed for the Robert Gray Science Fair February 12. Wilson is selling scrip and organizing a garage sale.

Trails Don Baack presented. Extended shoulders are being installed on Maplewood Road, making room for pedestrians and bicycles. SW Trails PDX will have a second Saturday hike at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers are needed on February 28th to remove ivy from Himes Park, with 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. shifts available.

SWNI Caroline Raz presented. The Patty Lee Leadership Training Series will conduct an event on March 9th: “How to Lead an Effective Meeting.” SWNI is expecting a 10% budget cut and may need to eliminate a half-time employee. SWNI is planning a forum on keeping children safe. SWNI has approved a request from the Multnomah Business Association for a storm-water and streetscape project.

Land Use Duane Hunting presented. HNA received notification of a request for a setback reduction for an outdoor gas fireplace.

  • February 19at 6:00 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, community workshop on the Comprehensive Plan.
  • February 26 at 6:00 p.m., 1900 SW 4th Avenue 2nd floor, public hearing on the Barbur Concept Plan.
  • February 27 at 9:00 a.m., 1900 SW 4th Avenue, meeting about the Children’s Center at Stevens Creek Crossing.

Home Forward will pay for improvements to the dead end on California Street near Stevens Creek Crossing.

Parks Don Baack presented. HNA may want to review plans for the Terwilliger Parkway monuments planned by Portland Parks. ACTION ITEM: Mikal will call PPR and see if there is still opportunity for comment, and determine whether it would be better to work through Friends of Terwilliger on this.

8:48 p.m. Announcements.

Rick Seifert will be publishing an opinion piece in the SW Connection about the structure of neighborhoods, and whether its current form serves our need to be organized and prepared for disasters. Peter DeCrescenzo expressed appreciation for the installation of a small section of sidewalk on Vermont Street near the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

8:51 p.m. Adjourn

Move to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.

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