Minutes from June 3, 2013

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church


MOTION: 2013-6-1 Michael Reunert moved to elect the current slate of officers, with the exception of Rick Meigs for Position 9. Seconded, all in favor.


MOTION: 2013-6-2 Mikal Apenes moved to change the next HNA meeting to July 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church. Seconded, all in favor.


7:00 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. Meeting was opened by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve May minutes, seconded, all in favor.

7:06 p.m. Election of HNA Board Officers. At the May HNA meeting, Nominating Committee Chair Don Baack presented slate of candidates for the positions up for election:

Position 1 President – Mikal Apenes

Position 3 Secretary – Lynn Rossing

Position 5 Member  – Robert Hamilton

Position 7 Member – Peter DeCrescenzo

Position 9 Member – Rick Meigs

Position 11 Member – Sheila Hamilton

Nominations were opened, no new nominees. MOTION: Michael Reunert moved to elect the current slate of officers, with the exception of Rick Meigs for Position 9. Seconded. All in favor. HNA continues to seek additional Board members.

7:10 p.m. Rieke Outdoor Classroom Update. Jamie Repasky presented. Jamie showed a video celebrating the completion of the new Outdoor Classroom at Rieke School. As a result of this project, various environmental topics are being integrated into the curriculum. SWNI, Wells Fargo, Starbucks, Portland Parks & Recreation, PGE, parents, students, college students, and many others, contributed to this project, and Jamie expressed thanks to everyone who helped, and invited them to stop by to see the finished product. The next goal is to build a structure to provide a shaded area.

7:21 p.m. Wilson High School Roof Replacement. Randy Miller, Project Manager for Portland Public Schools presented. The Wilson HS roof, determined to be one of the five worst roofs in the school district, will be completely replaced this summer. Construction will last about nine weeks. Because this is a large project (three acres of roof) on a tight schedule, a noise variance is being requested, which would allow work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. for up to 20 days if needed. The solar panels will be reinstalled after the roof is complete. PPS is working with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Hillsdale Farmers Market to ensure uninterrupted operation. The contractors will use some parking spaces on the east side of the school. Also this summer, ADA access improvements will be made, the tennis courts will be repaired, and the science labs will get new sinks and electrical outlets. Megan Braunsten will provide workers with a list of lunch opportunities in Hillsdale. A press event will be held at Wilson on June 11 9:30 a.m.

7:40 p.m. Invasive Plants Research Paper. Keep Nathanson, a Wilson High School senior, presented. Invasive species negatively impact the environment by reducing the diversity of native plant species, reducing vegetation for animals, and limiting recreational opportunities in parks. Common invasive species here include English ivy, garlic mustard, Scotch broom, and Himalayan blackberry. Types of control include chemical (herbicides), mechanical (pulling, mulching, cutting), and biological (use of natural enemies such as insects). Note: Weed-pulling party June 22 at 10:00 a.m. across the street from Verde Cocina.

7:56 p.m. July HNA Meeting. The next regularly scheduled HNA meeting is July 3, the day before a national holiday. MOTION: Michael moved to change the next HNA meeting to July 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church. Seconded, all in favor.

7:58 p.m. Committee Reports.

Hillsdale Main Street Megan Braunsten presented. Main Street has been fully funded for a fourth, and likely final year. Hungry for Hillsdale, a fundraiser for HMS, will be June 18 5:00 p.m. at McMenamin’s. Main Street is recruiting people to work on committees. Four storefront improvement grants were approved, providing resources for Food Front, Hillsdale Liquor Store, Hillsdale Art Supply, and Hillsdale Pharmacy to improve their paint, signage, and/or lighting. The tall flowerpots by the crosswalk will be moved because they impede pedestrians’ view of traffic. Arnie Panitch expressed two concerns: Vista Volunteers are being used for fundraising, and Einstein Bagels is placing fliers on public utility poles.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. PPS has approved its new budget for the next biennium. SW will lose some teachers as they are moved to other schools. The SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhood( programs at Robert Gray and Jackson will be funded for another year. Community Care Day is August 24. Boy Scouts are collecting emergency preparedness supplies for Robert Gray. A student advisory council is being created to work with SWNI. One idea is to put the HNA meeting announcement in the Wilson HS newsletter. Linda Doyle is organizing In The Bag, a benefit for arts in schools. See the PPS website for information about a variety of fundraisers and projects to benefit schools.

Transportation Glen Bridger presented. The Sunset sidewalk project will take place this summer, and notices are going out to residents along the street. The sidewalk project near Golden Touch will happen this summer, too. Glenn will check on the status of the Vermont sidewalk project and provide an update. The SW Corridor project is in the process of selecting alignment for high capacity transit along Barbur.

SWNI Glenn Bridger and Duane Hunting presented. The SWNI Board overruled recent recommendations made by the Transportation Committee. At the recent SWNI training session, Duane learned that SWNI is able to archive HNA documents and other materials, and that Southwest News will be sent to 36,000 SW homes next month.

Land Use Duane Hunting reported that no new land use notices were received.

8:35 p.m. Announcements. Next Saturday a free community dinner will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. The SWNI volunteer recognition party will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center on June 18.

8:37 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.

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