Minutes from September 2, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Watershed at Hillsdale


Next meeting: Wednesday, October 7; at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.


General Meeting

Action Item 2015-9-2-1

Don Baack moved that the HNA acknowledge having heard the proposal by Chris Thelen relating to his residential property and that we have no objection to it at this time—pending additional information. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


President Duane Hunting opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. The draft Minutes of July 1 were approved. Members introduced themselves and Board Members and alternates identified themselves.


Treasurer Don Baack reported a bank balance of $546. He stated that Chase Bank will not charge HNA a monthly fee.


Hillsdale Crossroads Community Garden: Leslie Pohl-Kosbau reported that a new community garden will open at the Hillsdale Community Church in 2016, thanks to a $2,000 grant from SWNI as well as donations from OnPoint, the UCC Hillsdale Community Church, and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. An irrigation system will be added and Portland Parks & Recreation will eventually manage and operate the garden once it is opened. This is the first new community garden in Southwest Portland to open since the 1970s. Additional labor and financial donations are needed to build the fence and the accessible raised garden beds.

Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET): Brett Matthews, the new Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Teams coordinator, explained organizational structure, stated that DeWitt Park is the emergency meeting site, and said that NET bridges the gap between police and other official emergency responders when weather-related and other neighborhood large-scale emergencies occur. Hillsdale currently has 17 trained NET volunteers and seven more registered for the training program. Brett distributed three handouts to Members: CUE (Concise Useful Easy) Card; Living on Shaky Ground: How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Oregon; and Together We Prepare Oregon.

Schools: Schools Representative Michael Reunert reported that Wilson High School has 1,350 students. He is part of a Portland Public Schools Boundary Review Committee which plans to report boundary changes by September 2016. The Smarter Balanced test included more students participating than was projected. Technology improvements are being made at Wilson High School and a Southwest Tech Connect SWNI-hosted event will be held November 18 at Jackson Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Dr. Richard Garfinkle reported that the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast of July 26 included 525 diners. The annual book sale produced $4,000 in revenue for the Hillsdale Community Foundation. Richard asked members for assistance with the landscaping projects within the commercial center.

Transportation: Glenn Bridger reported an increase of 6% in statewide vehicle miles driven in the first six months of 2015. Locally, we need to keep vehicles circulating without clogging the streets; more biking and walking within the Town Center will help. Glenn also reported on the SW Corridor Plan and High Capacity Transit planning events. He reported on SW Twombly and SW Chesapeake Drive transportation difficulties and advisory assistance he is offering.

Don Baack reported on a seminar on parking he attended and said that a new parking fee proposal may result in different hourly rates in different parts of Portland to encourage more drivers to pay lower fees in areas where demand for meters is lower. In return, they would walk farther to meet shopping and other needs.

SWNI: Glenn reported that the SWNI website is being redesigned to accommodate both Druple and WordPress platforms. You can nominate a police officer to receive special recognition on Oct. 29. A free document-shredding event will be Saturday, September 19, at Barbur Rentals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Land-Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting provided a long list of notices and issues, and then introduced residential property owner Chris Thelen. He will apply to the City for a variance that will permit him to construct a new home and garage within a Planned Unit Development (PUD) within 20 feet of the property line. Both the topography of the land and the restrictions on building height make this a requirement.

Don Baack moved that the HNA acknowledge having heard the proposal by Chris Thelen relating to his residential property and that we have no objection to it at this time—pending additional information. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Bylaws Revisions: John Gould distributed an Executive Summary of the five most important features of the draft amended bylaws, explained each feature, answered questions, and announced that he and the Bylaws Revision Committee would proceed with an explanation of each section of the document at the October 7 meeting. The draft amended bylaws are also available at the HNA website: hna-pdx.com. John can be contacted at: johnwgould@comcast.net.

Mixed Use Zones Project Status; and Strategic Planning Topics. Duane Hunting distributed a handout relating to each topic and led a discussion of each subject.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 7, at St. Barnabas Church at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a Board meeting, open to the public, at 6:30 p.m.

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