Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:00 p.m.
St. Barnabas Church
6:30 p.m. HNA Board Meeting
For insurance purposes, SWNI is requiring all Portland Neighborhood Associations update their bylaws so that Neighborhood business and actions be conducted by Board votes only. Mikal will get details from SWNI.
ACTION 2014-10-1-1: Sheila Greenlaw Fink moved that HNA approve the partial vacation of SW Falcon Street for this project. The question was called. Two opposed, all others in favor. Motion carried.
ACTION 2014-10-1-2: Don Baack moved that HNA apply for an $800 grant for a combination concert and picnic in July or August of next year. Seconded. All in favor.
7:01 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Introductions were made. Motion to approve minutes for the July and September meetings. All in favor. Motion to approve agenda. All in favor.
7:08 p.m. Wilson High School, Principal Brian Chatard presented. The new football field was recently completed. Another construction project will start soon, funded by leftover funds and PPS funds, to replace the concession stand, build a small storage building for supplies and field equipment, and place a brick plaza where the concession stand currently stands. The School Board recently allocated additional funding for schools, so elective programs, teachers, and counselors are being added. A nursery has donated plants for a landscaping project. The school is considering operating a food cart as part of a business and entrepreneurship project. There is a new course on mindfulness and yoga that students may take for full credit. This program is getting attention from other school districts. School enrollment is up to 1275 students. The career center, college center, recording studio, and video production program are in full gear. To volunteer as a tutor or mentor, contact Erica Meyers or Kate Morgan at the school.
7:22 p.m. SW Falcon Street Right-of-Way Vacation, Gary Garyfallou and Becky Garyfallou presented. Garyfallou said he and other family members own the Golden Touch Restaurant and other nearby properties. He is seeking support for a partial vacation of SW Falcon Street that is adjacent to the restaurant, as a first step toward planning a development there that will include 140 apartments with underground parking and at least two businesses. MOTION: Sheila Fink moved that HNA approve the partial vacation of SW Falcon Street for this project. There was discussion about whether this development fits into the Barbur Boulevard Concept Plan, and into the possible future transportation corridor along Barbur. The question was called. Two opposed, all others in favor. Motion carried.
7:55 p.m. Emergency Preparedness, John Morris presented. In September there was a wildfire near the intersection of SW Capitol Highway and SW Terwilliger, just a few blocks from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 5. Firefighters responded quickly and extinguished the blaze. Portland’s west side has many wooded areas, a thick tree canopy, and steep slopes, presenting challenges to fire suppression efforts, and possibly trapping residents in their homes in an urban wildfire. John met with Fire Station 5 personnel yesterday and requested that they consider and plan for this threat. Neighbors are encouraged to think about fire prevention and have an evacuation plan. They may request an evaluation of their property from PF&R. John distributed fire prevention information.
8:08 p.m. Portland Parks Replacement Bond, Amy Ruiz, Campaign Manager for Fix Our Parks presented. This bond replaces a bond passed by voters in 1994. If it passes the property tax rate will be the same as it is currently. The bond will raise $68 million for park maintenance and repairs to aging playfields (including replacement of the Rieke soccer field), playgrounds, pools and pool mechanical systems, trails and bridges along the trails, maintenance facilities, the leaking water membrane under Pioneer Courthouse Square, restrooms, tennis court surfaces, and roofs on park facilities. Also included are some new restrooms, and the removal of barriers to access throughout the system. If the bond does not pass, the average property owner will save $13 per year, but park facilities that continue to degrade and become less safe will need to start closing down. Amy asked residents to support this measure and provided yard signs. Those present thanked Amy for her time this evening.
8:32 p.m. Portland Public School Levy Renewal, Measure 26-161. This measure on the November ballot would renew the local option levy to continue funding of teaching positions, reduce class size, and support efforts for comprehensive education. The published information about this levy has been unclear. Mikal will tell SWNI that HNA does not take a position on this measure.
8:40 p.m. SWNI Small Grants Program. The City has made $10K available to SWNI to distribute through the Small Grants Program. Applications are due in January. SWNI is holding a grant-writing seminar on Thursday, October 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center. More information can be found on the website: http://swni.org/node/5767. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA apply for an $800 grant for a combination concert and picnic in July or August of next year. Seconded. All in favor.
8:45 p.m. Committee Reports.
SWNI Portland neighborhood associations soon will be required to update their bylaws so that only board members will be allowed to make decisions and vote on motions. Mikal will get more details about this and contact John Gould to draft revisions.
Transportation TriMet volunteer Arnie Panitch is working on a recommendation to make changes to bus lines 39, 51, and 43, which would improve service and connectivity for Portland’s southwest hills.
Hillsdale Business and Professional Association Don reported that at the last meeting the group discussed senior accessible businesses.
SW Trails A project to improve the trail near Campus Drive will happen on October 10. On October 11 at 9:00 a.m. the group will lead a walk to celebrate the opening of the Iowa Trail. Everyone interested in a master plan for Dewitt Park should contact Don to get involved with making it happen.
Treasury Don said that HNA has $545.00 in its account.
Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting emailed his report to the board, and provided copies at the meeting. 1. Land use notifications. Four land use applications went through reviews and passed. A pre-application conference for the Hillsdale Commons property was held and comments from City bureaus are outlined in the report. The City does not support a private road through the development, and wants a public street to ensure good access for fire and police vehicles. The City wants the developer to follow its storm water management plans. Complying with the SW Community Design Overlay Standards may be more workable than individual elevations. 2. People are continuing to park cars in the new uphill bike lane on the south side of SW Vermont Street. Some ticketing has happened.
8:40 p.m. Announcements. Barbara Bowers announced a planting project on SW Bertha Court will be held on October 4, 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and volunteers are welcome. Mikal spoke to the owner of the retail shopping center at the corner of Barbur Boulevard and Terwilliger about the missing tree in front of the Verizon store, and learned that the tree was removed due to damage from a wind storm, and that it will be replaced.
8:42 p.m. Adjourn.
Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.