Minutes from June 3, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church


The HNA members passed two motions unanimously: (1) requested removal of posts with chains in the parking lot between Wilson HS and Mary Rieke Elementary; and that PBOT install a marked crosswalk at SW 25th Ave. / SW Capitol Highway; and (2) that a slate of candidates for four Board of Director positions be elected: Robert Hamilton and alternate Sheila Greenlaw-Fink; Barbara Bowers; Eric Wilhelm; Wes Risher and alternate Leslie Pohl-Kosbau.

President Mikal Apenes opened the final meeting of his two terms by thanking members for a “fun and a learning experience.” Mikal and his family are moving June 4 to a home in South Burlingame and they will technically no longer be residents of Hillsdale. Treasurer Don Baack reported that the bank account still includes $546.

Glenn Bridger reported on Transportation Committee, SWNI, and Hillsdale Alliance matters. He said that Mary Schneider is the new Secretary of SWNI. South Burlingame is proposed as the development site of Macadam Ridge, 45-47 smaller houses, though concerns have been raised about tree removal and an increase in traffic which could result from the introduction of the many new homes. SWNI supports neighborhood opposition to the project, although the developer originally proposed building 68 homes. SWNI has also completed a draft of its “Racial Equity Policy” for review by coalition members. The construction site at SW Terwilliger Blvd. / Capitol Hwy. is almost complete.

Wes Risher announced that several neighborhoods and organizations will meet with Michael Harrison on July 9 at the OHSU Child Development Research Center; from 7 to 8:30 p.m. They will discuss Terwilliger Blvd. matters. Harrison is community and government outreach director for OHSU.

Arnie Panitch announced plans relating to the public open house on the afternoon of Sunday, August 9, of the Tilikum Bridge (the Portland-Milwaukie Orange Line of seven miles) as well as the official opening of operations on September 12. Eric Wilhelm reported on a bicycle safety meeting with Mayor Charlie Hales and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance on June 2. Speed issues and a proposed “Speed (travel with care) Pledge” were discussed. He also suggested contacting your legislators and City Commissioners regarding static photo radar and support for Vision Zero policies.

Duane Hunting reported that no land-use notices were sent to HNA in May. A land-use hearing relating to an application by Daniel MacNaughton and Raz Brothers LLC will be held June 17. A PBOT Portland Parking Symposium will be held June 29 at the Portland Building Auditorium; 1-6 p.m.; reception 6-8 p.m. Mixed use Zones Concept Project has developed four new Commercial Mixed-Use zone designations to replace the current nine Commercial zones.

John Gould (Bylaws Revision Committee) reported on the need to revise the HNA Bylaws, Committee work to-date, and the plan to present a draft of the amended Bylaws to the Board and members in late summer or early autumn.

Sheila Greenlaw-Fink and Robert Hamilton reported on the months-long effort to recruit a slate of candidates for board positions. Four candidates and their “alternates” were unanimously elected (see above), but the positions of President and Secretary remain vacant and will be discussed by the Board and members at the July 1 meeting.


High Capacity Transit Corridor Vote

Mikal summarized for members the options for which Metro has recruited public, neighborhood association, and SWNI opinion and choice. Mikal noted that Metro has changed the question it wants answered to: Should the Draft Environmental Impact Statement include the study of any tunnel option at all: bored or cut & cover?

Mikal and Robert Hamilton explained that a ballot will now be distributed to those in attendance who are “Members” of the HNA; that is, have attended, including the present one, at least two meetings during the past 24 months. The ballots will be filled out and comments or questions can be included anonymously. No motion will be entertained by the President. The completed ballots and questions / comments will constitute the HNA official response to the Metro Steering Committee’s request for our Neighborhood Association position.

The ballots were distributed, the choices discussed, and the completed ballots were collected.

Twenty-six (26) total ballots were submitted by HNA members at the meeting:

  1. Should Metro submit the deep-bored tunnel, with stops at OHSU and the Hillsdale Town Center, for further study as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement?   Yes_8___  No__18__
  2. Should Metro submit the cut-and-cover tunnel option (under Capitol Highway or behind the business center to Bertha Blvd.) for further study as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement?   Yes_9___     No_17___
  3.  Should Metro continue with its plans for a High Capacity Transit Corridor?    Yes_19___   No_2___
  4.  __0__ No opinion


Ballot Number:

  1. Natural route is up Barbur! Find creative ways to serve OHSU and Hillsdale from Barbur; deep tunnel is too expensive ($2 billion); instability of tunnel through West Hills; parking in Hillsdale (if deep tunnel) would be a negative!
  2. Parking within neighborhoods; quality of life in community; Committee should only consider studying Barbur option.
  3. The Barbur option is the only one that should be further studied: deep tunnel too expensive and risky; cut & cover (either route) will destroy Hillsdale businesses (3 years/3 acres!?!?; destroys a town center & community; Barbur NEEDS to be improved!
  4. I strongly favor the tunnel option.
  5. Rail on SW Barbur.
  6. No comment.
  7. No comment.
  8. No comment.
  9. No comment.
  10. No high capacity buses through Hillsdale—train only in tunnel.
  11. Considering parking, driverless cars, mini-cars, etc., what will our transportation needs be in the year any of these projects is finally paid off? I doubt if any of these proposals will meet our needs, and neighborhoods should not be disrupted for something that will be inadequate before it’s paid off. Encourage bicycling, car-pooling & other alternatives.
  12. No comment.
  13. Direct access to OHSU upper campus is most important; Hillsdale Town Center should be a stop.
  14. I prefer High Capacity light-rail on Barbur, with connecting shuttle service to Hillsdale commercial center.
  15. How will you/we convince/encourage people to take this public transit?
  16. I strongly support a MAX light-rail line on Barbur Blvd. I also prefer light-rail in all cases over BRT.
  17. Happy with either bus or light-rail Barbur alignment; improve connection from town center to the new line; tunnel would be great in some ways but too expensive; would like cut & cover tunnel to PCC.
  18. The mode must be trains. Long-term operating costs of buses are too expensive and their benefit is minimal.
  19. Should be light-rail to allow better integration into whole system; if price is too high to build it right, such as tunnel to OHSU, do not build it now.
  20. HCT according to Metro is a land-use development tool and without serving Hillsdale Town Center by HCT completely avoids/misses the use of HCT being a land-use development tool; OHSU as one of the largest TriMet payroll tax-paying employers deserves to be served directly by HCT–ridership is significantly higher with direct service purpose of HCT—serves the most.
  21. The High Capacity Transit Corridor should only consider the Barbur Blvd./I-5 routes.
  22. No comment.
  23. Barbur Blvd. is the preferable corridor. Severe parking issues and the death of local businesses will occur during the 3 years of construction of tunnels & into the future. Leave Hillsdale with our beautiful quality of life served by TriMet buses. Thanks.

The meeting was adjourned with unanimous approval at 9:05 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Robert Hamilton




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