Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 7:00 p.m.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
MOTION 2015 – 4-1-1: Don Baack moved that HNA support a letter signed by Mikal Apenes asking the City of Portland for one-time funding for extended shoulder projects on SW Dosch, SW Stephenson, SW Hamilton, and SW Marquam Hill Road. Seconded. All in favor.
MOTION 2015 – 4-1-2: Eric Wilhelm moved that HNA request PBOT or Portland Traffic Enforcement to set up a temporary speed reader board at SW 7th Avenue and Terwilliger facing southbound traffic. Seconded. All in favor.
MOTION 2015 – 4-1-3: Don Baack moved that HNA join with Friends of Terwilliger, Homestead NA, Marquam Nature Park, and others to write a letter asking for speed enforcement along Terwilliger Parkway, and that HNA meet with PBOT to organize efforts on an ongoing basis. Seconded. All in favor.
6:30 p.m. HNA Board Meeting. The board discussed finding ways to capture the energy of new neighbors, and broaden HNA’s appeal to single-interest neighbors. Several current board members are leaving at the end of their terms in June and volunteers are needed to fill empty slots. Per ONI requirements, the bylaws are being re-written making neighborhood associations board-driven, where only board members will vote. Elections are in June, and the new board begins in July. Sheila Greenlaw-Fink and Robert Hamilton volunteered to be on the Nominating Committee. The current bylaws put the minimum number of board members at 11, and the board may change that number as needed. Reducing this number might make it easier to get a quorum, but could make it difficult to recruit volunteers. As the bylaws are revised we should consider term limits and how to track things the community wants to do (music in the park and other participatory activities) instead of just dealing with issues that arise. All neighbors deserve to have access to information and a voice to express their opinions. HNA provides a forum for this and advocates for a particular point of view when possible, but should always be inclusive and avoid alienating those with different views. Under the forthcoming bylaws, the board will strive to balance its members’ opinions, the opinions of those who show up to meetings, and the interests of the wider community.
7:07 p.m. Opening and Approval of Minutes and Agenda. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Introductions were made. Motion to approve March minutes, all in favor. No additions to the agenda. Motion to approve the agenda, all in favor. Possible future topics are traffic enforcement and pedestrian safety.
7:10 p.m. President’s Report. Mikal discussed the importance of meeting attendees to use the sign-in sheet. The HNA bylaws require an individual to have attended at least two meetings in the last year to cast a vote. Board elections will be in June and new terms begin in July. Sheila Greenlaw-Fink and Robert Hamilton volunteered to be on the Nominating Committee. Nominations for SWNI’s Volunteer of the Year are due in May.
7:12 p.m. Treasurer’s Report. Don Baack reported that HNA has $545.00.
7:13 p.m. Portland Police Report. Officer Foster reported two burglaries in March: one residential, one a food cart. Regarding the ongoing problem of illegal parking in the new bike lane on SW Vermont Street, Officer Foster suggested that HNA contact Parking Patrol. HNA will contact PBOT or the Neighborhood Response Team about No Parking signs and speed-readers for Terwilliger and crosswalk enforcement.
7:19 p.m. Reports.
Schools Don Baack reported. There will be work parties at all the schools May 2, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., followed by a barbeque until 1:00 p.m. at the high school.
Hillsdale Business and Professional Association No report.
Transportation No report.
Land Use Duane Hunting reported. HNA received no official land use notices in March. He received an email from Dave Westcott at 5828 SW Cheltenham Drive, explaining an addition of approximately 500 square feet to the existing house. Dan Macnaughton called to notify HNA that the public hearing on the development at SW 25th Avenue and SW Nevada is still on hold. HNA received notice of a liquor license application for the Oak & Olive Restaurant opening in April or May at 6363 SW Capitol Highway. Comments are being taken on Portland’s Climate Action Plan (http://portlandoregon.gov/bps/66993) until April 10, 2015. Southwest Watershed’s Open House is April 22, 2015, 5:30–7:30 pm., at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway, Room 29. The Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan meeting is scheduled for May, date and time to be determined. Information about the Mixed Use Zone project is at http://portlandoregon.gov/transportation/65574. Rick Meigs said the Golden Touch’s lease ends in a year, and the restaurant will be replaced by Natural Grocers and a residential development, and that Barbur Rentals might move to Tigard.
Hillsdale Alliance No report.
SWNI No report.
SW Trails Don Baack Reported. 1. The Committee is proposing policy for the Comprehensive Plan that will be debated by the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Transportation Expert Group tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. on the 8th floor of the Portland Building. 2. Southwest 21st Avenue has a new trail, but the Bureau of Environmental Services did not properly design the catch basin so the trail washed out. BES has repaired the trail but it requires additional drainage work. 3. PBOT and BES are hoping to pave some unpaved streets and are seeking inexpensive solutions to problems such as drainage. 4. The Committee is proposing four projects involving extended shoulders: a climbing bike lane on SW Dosch, extended shoulders on SW Stephenson and SW Hamilton, and a combination pedestrian trail and climbing bike lane on Marquam Hill Road. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA support a letter signed by Mikal Apenes asking the City for one-time funding for these extended shoulder projects. Seconded. Discussion. Question called. All in favor.
Parks Don Baack reported. The Committee is collaborating with Portland Parks & Recreation on how to improve trails in Portland’s Nature Parks.
7:43 p.m. Speed Readers (“Your Speed” signs) on Terwilliger. Eric Wilhelm presented. According to PBOT speed data, the great majority of cars on Terwilliger Parkway violate the 25 mph speed limit. One dangerous point is at SW 7th Avenue where the road narrows near a crosswalk and the bike lane ends. MOTION: Eric Wilhelm moved that HNA request PBOT or Portland Police Traffic Enforcement to set up a temporary speed-reader board at SW 7th Avenue and Terwilliger facing southbound traffic. Seconded. Discussion. There is a need for speed enforcement along the entire length of Terwilliger. Question was called. All in favor. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA join with Friends of Terwilliger, Homestead NA, Marquam Nature Park, and others to write a letter asking for speed enforcement, and that HNA meet with PBOT to organize efforts on an ongoing basis. Seconded. Discussion. Question was called. All in favor.
7:54 Public Sculpture Project. Tiffany Schuster presented. She is working with Linda Doyle and the Hillsdale Community Foundation on several public art projects over the next 3-5 years. Funding has been secured for the first installation, a 12-foot stainless steel statue of a blue heron created by artist Ben Dye, to be placed at the corner of SW Bertha and Vermont. She is working with schools, businesses, and other local organizations and will involve the community in these projects. Wes Risher suggested a revival of the idea of a Hillsdale art alliance tasked with creating a plan for art installations here, such as making Hillsdale a center for kinetic art, leasing art, rotating installations, docent-led walks, and more. For the Rieke corner project they plan to trim the lower branches of nearby trees. Wes Risher pointed out that the trees there were planted by Rieke students 20 years ago as a restoration project and they should be allowed to grow naturally. HNA will carry this discussion forward to next month’s meeting.
8:23 p.m. HNA Bylaws Revision update. Robert Hamilton presented. John Gould and Don Baack are also on this Committee. As discussed here previously, ONI is having neighborhood associations change their bylaws to reflect the insurance requirement that they be board-driven as opposed to membership-driven. When the new bylaws take effect all motions and decisions will be made by the board. The current bylaws are on the HNA website: https://hna-pdx.com/. The Committee will be considering many questions: Will the HNA board reflect the sentiment of the larger community, or act on its own convictions in the interest of the community? What is the responsibility of the board? If there are split feelings should the board be split, too? Will HNA meeting attendees participate in the decision-making process in an advisory way, and if so how? HNA wants to encourage participation and provide a transparent decision-making process. The Committee welcomes questions and suggestions, as well as additional volunteers.
8:41 p.m. Southwest High Capacity Transit Corridor. Mikal Apenes presented. The SWNI Transportation Committee will host a meeting April 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center. The Metro Steering Committee meets and will take public comment on May 11, 9:00-11:00 a.m., location to be announced, see the Metro website. On May 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Metro will share the input they have received so far in the Wilson High School cafeteria. On July 13 9:00-11:00 a.m., location to be determined, the Metro Steering Committee will meet to decide which route(s) will be submitted for the environmental impact study. In 2016 Metro will present the final EIP. If only one route is put forward for an EIP, the 2016 decision will simply be either build or no-build. There is concern in Hillsdale that if the corridor follows Barbur, we will lose transit options here. There are still many unknowns so it is difficult for neighbors to advocate for any one option over another. Per the current bylaws residents must attend two meetings in a year to be eligible to vote. So to encourage maximum participation on this important issue HNA will attempt to reach a consensus at the May meeting, and vote on it at the June meeting. Some issues related to this project could lend themselves to a Quaker-style process for reaching consensus. HNA may want to frame the discussion in terms of the Hillsdale Town Center plan and community values including pedestrian connectivity, less traffic congestion, livability for neighborhood residents, a vibrant business community, density, great transit, and more. Everyone is encouraged to attend these meetings, go to the website, complete the survey, and get involved sooner rather than later.
9:10 p.m. Announcements and adjourn. The next meeting will be Wednesday May 6, 7:00 p.m. Motion to Adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.