MInutes from February 5, 2014


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

St. Barnabas Episcopal School

 

Action Item 2014-2-5-1:

Don Baack moved that we formally request that a pedestrian path be established on 21st Avenue.  We ask that any future announcement of this project include mention of the closure of the road to automobile traffic and that a gravel pedestrian trail be provided; and that the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) mail us a large-scale drawing so that we can read the details of what is being proposed so that we can comment further if we feel the need to do so.  We also request that construction vehicles park along SW   Bertha Boulevard.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Action Item 2014-2-5-2

Michael Reunert moved that HNA write a letter to City Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Lee Treat requesting that PBOT study traffic flow on Cheltenham, Westwood, Terwilliger, Chestnut, Burlingame Avenue, and Vermont during the period of bridge construction on Barbur Boulevard.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

 

President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m.  The minutes of January 8 and today’s agenda were approved.

Committee Reports:

Transportation:  Glenn Bridger reporting

Glenn submitted a written report which included five items:

  1. The Bridlemile Neighborhood Association requested that Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) request safety improvements at two bus stops on      Dosch Road:  the intersection of Bridlemile Lane and Dosch; and at Tunnelwood Drive and Dosch.
  2. Identifying Hillsdale preferred street improvements; notice of a February 27 meeting at the Multnomah Arts Center on “Our Streets” hosted by Commissioner Steve Novick, PBOT Director Lee Treat, and Mayor Charlie Hales.  This is an opportunity for Southwest residents to advise PBOT on priorities regarding streets, sidewalks, greenways, maintenance, and other matters.
  3. Work is starting on multiple sidewalk projects in our community.
  4. A request for further definition of pedestrian access on SW 21st Avenue from Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway as part of the Bureau of Environmental Services project.

Don Baack moved that we formally request that a pedestrian path be established in 21st Street.  We ask that any future announcement of this project include mention of the closure of the road to automobile traffic and that a gravel pedestrian trail be provided; and that the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) mail us a large-scale drawing so that we can read the details of what is being proposed so that we can comment further if we feel the need to do so.  We also request that construction vehicles park along SW Bertha Boulevard.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

The HNA members discussed at length the South West Corridor Plan and transportation options relating to the High Capacity Transit Corridor which might include a MAX line tunnel stop in the Hillsdale Town Center or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Barbur Boulevard.  Members were encouraged to gather information from meetings and Websites in order to establish priorities as the different options would have differential impacts upon both Town Center businesses and Hillsdale residents.  Given the potential major consequences of the decision upon Hillsdale, it is important that a broad spectrum of residents be informed of the issues and participate in public discussion and debate.

Michael Reunert moved that HNA write a letter to City Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Lee Treat requesting that PBOT study traffic flow on Cheltenham, Westwood, Terwilliger, Chestnut, Burlingame Avenue, and Vermont during the period of bridge construction on Barbur Boulevard.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

 

Hillsdale Business and Professional Association and Hillsdale Main Street:  Dr. Richard Garfinkle reporting

Jim Francesconi was guest speaker at the recent HBPA breakfast meeting.  The design improvements for the north side of the Town Center have been completed.  The Portland Development Commission has decided not to fund Hillsdale Main Street as of July 1, 2014.  Rick Seifert said that he would personally remove the graffiti from the Town Center mural painted by artist Angela Marino.

 

Schools:  Michael Reunert reporting

Michael just received an email stating that the Portland Association of Teachers voted 98% in favor of staging a strike as of February 15 if they are unable to reach agreement on a contract with Portland Public Schools administration.

 

Land Use: Duane Hunting reporting

A request has been made to allow three homes to be built on property near the Hillsdale library and adjacent to the professional building on the west side of Sunset.  The petitioners want a zoning change to R2.5 to allow for higher density.

The BES is proposing to replace 12-inch sewer and storm-water pipes with 18-inch ones as part of a plan to improve city-wide infrastructure.

A letter of commendation will be sent to BES regarding their work on the Capitol Highway-Terwilliger project.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

 

Submitted by Robert Hamilton

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