Minutes from July 2, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church


7:04 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. Vice President Duane Hunting opened the meeting. Introductions were made.


7:08 p.m. Oregon Department of Transportation Projects. Susan Hanson, ODOT Community Affairs Coordinator for Region 1, presented.

  • The I-5 Iowa Street Viaduct Replacement Project will be completed at the end of the summer. ODOT is finishing the drainage systems and berms, and landscaping will be installed. Final paving will be next year.
  • ODOT is working with SW Trails to restore the trail through this area, with work to be completed by the end of summer.
  • The project to rehabilitate the Newbury and Vermont Street structures on Barbur Boulevard is underway. The first of two closures happened in June, and the disruption for automobile traffic was less than anticipated. The next closure is July 11-14. An upcoming traffic change will involve bikes sharing car lanes. ODOT is collecting data on traffic diversions. The speed limit in the construction zone is 35 mph, and there is enforcement. Project information can be found at www.barburbridges.org.
  • A safety improvement project is planned for Barbur Boulevard near Miles Street. It will include a speed advisory sign, a reminder of the speed limit, and candlesticks and reflectors to make the island more visible.
  • A pedestrian improvement project is planned for the intersection of Barbur Boulevard and SW 13th Avenue that will include a rapid flash beacon.
  • Next summer ODOT will repave a seven-mile stretch of I-5 between the Marquam Bridge and Capitol Highway. The work will take place between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with some closures between these hours.
  • Email Susan for more information: susan.c.hanson@odot.state.or.us.

Those in attendance noted two concerns. New signage is needed for Oregon 10, 99W, and OHSU/Veterans Hospital, along Barbur, Capitol Highway, and Terwilliger. The V-shaped area that separates traffic at Barbur Boulevard and the exit lane for Multnomah Boulevard needs more visibility.


7:29 p.m. Bertha Court Landscaping near the Watershed. Barbara Bowers presented. She has been working on cleaning up the landscaping in this area. Fire Cadets helped remove the weeds. Many community donors and volunteers pooled resources to have bark chips blown in, and this involved a City permit, a lane closure, and flaggers. Barbara requests donations from the community to cover the additional $185 for this project.


7:38 p.m. Portland Public Schools Technology Upgrades. Marita Ingalsbe, Director of IT Application Services for Portland Public Schools, presented. The District is purchasing a new Chromebook at a cost of $300 each for all teachers starting in August. The District will pay $300 for each one. PPS is also providing students with new technology to improve the quality of education services and to level the playing field for its students. The District is moving forward with technology in an integrated fashion, using Google Docs, Google Talks, etc., and including the upgrade of wireless systems and internet capabilities in schools. New curriculum packages will include electronic components, instead of just textbooks. The District believes that this technology will increase student engagement, reduce discipline problems, and assist special education students who may have communication challenges.


8:02 p.m. Minutes and Agenda. Motion to approve June minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.


8:04 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. The SW Corridor Plan between Portland and Tualatin was supposed to have projects ready to go to EIP a month ago, but Metro asked for more time to study these projects. Hillsdale Neighborhood Association supports a tunnel alternative for high capacity Transit, with stations at Hillsdale and at SW 13th Avenue and Barbur Boulevard. One idea is for bus rapid transit to underground near Hopewell House Hospice and surface on Bertha Boulevard. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement goes out to the public for comment. The final EIS will be published, and a locally preferred option will be chosen. Don Baack recently learned that the medium tunnel option will not go forward due to the cost. Glenn stated that cost should not be the final decision maker, and that it is equally important to consider the built, human, and natural environments. Glenn recommended taking a holistic, long-term approach, which will save money in the long run, and not sacrifice ongoing costs for build cost. Four HNA members testified at a recent hearing endorsing HCT through Hillsdale. Hillsdale must make its voice heard on this, as it has 7500 residents and no representative at the table on this project, whereas smaller communities such as Durham and King City enjoy strong representation. To not have a HCT station in Hillsdale would be a disservice to OHSU, the Veterans Hospital, Stephens Creek Crossing, and many area residents who cannot drive or have no cars. While early light rail projects in Portland received 90% federal funding, today’s projects are only about 50% from federal funds. It was suggested that OHSU funds or VA federal funds might be available. A proposed elevator arrangement connecting Barbur Boulevard to OHSU and the VA is inadequate for the many medical patients they serve. It was suggested that HNA involve veterans’ groups in advocating for good connectivity to the VA Hospital.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. SWNI is looking for volunteers to help with the November 1, 9:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m. neighborhood clean-up event. The SWNI Board is discussing the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Comprehensive Plan, and on July 30 and August 19 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, Joan Fredricksen will be available to provide information about the plan.

Hillsdale Alliance Next meeting to be scheduled.

Hillsdale Professional & Business Alliance Robert Hamilton and Rick Seifert presented. OHSU will have a table at the Watershed book sale Sunday, July 27 with information about the Knight Cancer Challenge. The event will be co-sponsored by Food Front and OnPoint Credit Union, who each gave $250 to cover event costs and will provide volunteers for the event.

Parks Robert Hamilton presented. Portland Parks & Recreation hopes to have a replacement bond measure that will fund many projects. In Hillsdale, the Rieke lacrosse field is a priority. Robert welcomes information from the community about unscheduled use of this field.

Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting presented.

  • A corner lot at Nevada Court and SW 28th Avenue recently completed a historical review and a land use notification is out. Comments are due by July 17.
  • The property owner who built a terrace and installed landscaping in a conservation zone on Parkhill Way is being required to do remediation.
  • The City’s Mixed Use Zones Project’s Policy Advisory Committee has completed its series of seven walkabouts (see March 2014 minutes). The focus has been on corners, corridors, and mixed use elements related to zoning code criteria that define “street,” “sidewalks,” “buildings,” “landscape and nature “human elements,” and “construction materials and style.” The Committee is studying Best Tools & Practices and historical practices that the City has and can use to encourage the best development within our mixed-use zones.
  • The City has completed speed control bumps, traffic lane stripes and curb painting along SW Vermont Street. Duane is corresponding with City Traffic Engineer Mark Lear regarding cars parking in the new bike lane on the south side of SW Vermont Street, where the major concern is blind spots created by parking near corners and pedestrian safety.


8:50 p.m. Announcements. This group will not meet in August, so the next HNA meeting will be September 3 at 7:00 p.m. The September agenda will include identifying and prioritizing transportation projects for the City. Glenn will bring the current list, graphics, and a way to prioritize these projects. A new organization called Friends of Gabriel Park will meet on July 23. Arnie Panitch commended the three HNA volunteers who were recognized at the SWNI Volunteer of the Year banquet.


8:57 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.







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