Minutes from July 1, 2015


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Board Meeting

Don Baack moved that the Board approve the election on June 3 of Peter DeCrescenzo, Barbara Bowers, Wes Risher, Eric Wilhelm, Rick Meigs, Barbara Bowers, and Robert Hamilton to the Board as Directors, and Alternates Leslie Pohl-Kosbau and Sheila Greenlaw-Fink. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Don Baack moved that the Board approve the appointment of Linda Venti as a Board Director for one year to fill a Board vacancy and that Teresa Brandon be approved as her Alternate. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. This positon is scheduled to be filled for a two-year term in the spring election of 2016.

Don Baack moved that the Board elect Duane Hunting as the new President of the Board. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Duane noted that two officer positions are now vacant: Vice President and Secretary. The Board will fill the positions following the approval by HNA Members of amended Bylaws in the autumn.

Duane distributed copies of the Hillsdale Town Center Plan of 1997, a document which needs updating. Don Baack suggested that the Board wait until after the City releases, possibly in September, a draft of the new Comprehensive Plan. This can be used as a base for an HNA strategic plan as well as the updating of the Town Center Plan. Board Directors should also consider testifying before City Council on selective aspects of the Comprehensive Plan.

General Meeting

Action Item 2015-7-1-1

Rick Seifert moved that Treasurer Don Baack be permitted to move the bank account from Chase Bank to another bank, if necessary, to avoid a monthly bank fee. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Action Item 2015-7-1-2

Rick Meigs moved that Members approve the election to the Board of Linda Venti as a Director and Teresa Brandon as her Alternate. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Action Item 2015-7-1-3

Don Baack moved that the Portland Bureau of Transportation include Neighborhood Associations as one of the “approving bodies” in matters relating to public right-of-way issues. The motion was seconded. By unanimous approval, the motion was tabled until the meeting of September 2 to give PBOT an opportunity to appear before Members to explain why Neighborhood Associations are no longer included as an “approving body.”

Action Item 2015-7-1-4

Don Baack moved that City Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT Director Leah Treat be requested to remove from the agency’s public agenda all “trails policy matters” until Neighborhood Associations can be consulted. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Newly elected President Duane Hunting opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. The draft Minutes of June 3 were amended to add Peter DeCrescenzo and Rick Meigs as Board Directors. Their names were inadvertently omitted.

Treasurer Don Baack reported a bank balance of $546, and stated that Chase Bank may begin charging a monthly fee. Rick Seifert moved that Treasurer Don Baack be permitted to move the bank account from Chase Bank to another bank, if necessary, to avoid a monthly bank fee. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Schools Representative Michael Reunert reported that K-8 schools may be changed to K-5, and that some boundary changes may be one result. Stephens Creek Crossing students will attend Hayhurst or Rieke Elementary, but no final decision has as yet been made. Technology improvements are being made at Wilson High School; SWNI will host a Technology Week in November.

Dairy Hill Ice Cream has opened in Hillsdale, adjacent to Food Front, and OnPoint Credit Union is scheduled to open July 8.

Don Baack moved that the Portland Bureau of Transportation include Neighborhood Associations as one of the “approving bodies” in matters relating to public right-of-way issues. The motion was seconded. By unanimous approval, the motion was tabled until the meeting of September 2 to give PBOT an opportunity to appear before Members to explain why Neighborhood Associations are no longer included as an “approving body.”

Don Baack moved that City Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT Director Leah Treat be requested to remove from the agency’s public agenda all “trails policy matters” until Neighborhood Associations can be consulted. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

John Gould reported on the work of the Bylaws Revision Committee and plans to present a draft of amended Bylaws to Members for review, discussion, and suggested changes at the September and October meetings.

Robert Hamilton and Don Baack reported on a meeting of several Neighborhood Associations and SWNI Transportation Committee members on June 30 with Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT managers at City Hall to discuss NA recommendations regarding the High Capacity Transit Corridor, and to listen to the Commissioner’s position on the July 13 meeting and what should be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Study. Robert presented a summary of Member balloting on tunnel options, the need for continued development of an HCTC plan, and Member comments. He stressed the need for an integrated plan which will link potential Light Rail Transit or Bus Rapid Transit along Barbur Boulevard with the Hillsdale Town Center and business district via sidewalks, buses, shuttles, and trails. Don represented the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association and suggested that PBOT support a mitigation fund to assist Hillsdale businesses which will be affected during HCTC construction.

Eric Wilhelm introduced two electric bicycles he brought to the meeting and discussed their features and benefits as part of the City’s transportation plan.

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

The HNA will not meet in August. The next meeting will be Wednesday, September 2, at The Watershed in Hillsdale.

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