Minutes from November 4, 2015


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church


Next meeting: Wednesday, December 2; 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 2015-11-4-1

Glenn Bridger moved that the HNA approve the Draft Revised Bylaws. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by all 17 members present.

President Duane Hunting opened the meeting of the board of directors at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:05 p.m. The draft Minutes of the October 7 general meeting were approved. Members introduced themselves and board members and alternates identified themselves.

Both the board and membership unanimously approved HNA sponsorship of the annual Hillsdale Thanksgiving Day Walk, scheduled for November 26, starting and ending at the oak tree behind The Portland Ballet studio at Capitol Highway and Sunset. The board and members also unanimously approved Eric Wilhelm as the chair of the HNA Transportation Committee. He will, in this role, also sit on the SWNI Transportation Committee. Glenn Bridger will serve as Eric’s alternate. The board and members unanimously approved the motion that Don Baack serve as Glenn’s alternate for HNA representative on the SWNI board of directors, that Don and Leslie Pohl-Kosbau serve as joint representatives on SWNI’s Parks Committee, and that Michael Reunert continue as HNA’s representative to SWNI’s Schools Committee.

Duane also announced at the board meeting the resignation of Linda Venti as a member of the board, as well as the resignation of her alternate, Teresa Brandon. Their replacements will be nominated at the December 2, 2015 general membership meeting and voted upon then or at the January 6, 2016 meeting. Treasurer Don Baack reported a bank balance of $546.

Upper Chesapeak Street

Kathleen Cochrun presented “A Proposal to Make Upper Chesapeak One-Way Downhill.” She is distributing the 17-page proposal to the SWRL neighborhood board and members, as well, because the street is within that neighborhood boundary but the difficult driving conditions also affect Hillsdale residents: emergency vehicles, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. While her well-organized and well-researched proposal was discussed at length, Ms. Cochrun was advised to submit it to the Portland Bureau of Transportation for them to investigate and issue a formal report and recommendations which could then be presented by PBOT to a joint meeting of HNA and SWRL members for public discussion and recommendations or a joint motion by the two neighborhood associations.

Metro SW Corridor Plan

Metro representatives Noelle Dobson (Senior Public Affairs Specialist) and Michaela Skiles (Assistant Transportation Planner) presented an extensive update of the timeline for public input and Metro Steering Committee decision-making regarding the Metro Southwest Corridor Plan in 2016 and beyond. A critical official decision will be what to include in the Draft Environmental Impact Study by way of Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail Transit and the specific geographic alignment of the routes which would accompany each, as well as matters relating to tunneling, changes to Tri-Met bus schedules, shuttles to connect riders to transit stops, and bicycle lane and sidewalk improvements.

Schools: Schools Representative Michael Reunert reported that Technology improvements are being made at Wilson High School and a Southwest Tech Connect SWNI-hosted event will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Jackson Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

Transportation: Eric Wilhelm reported on a Barbur Blvd. project, encouraged members to volunteer for the SWNI sponsored semi-annual SOLVE cleanup, on Saturday, November 7, 2015. He said that today the Portland City Council approved the Tryon-Stephens Creek Headwater Plan.

HNA Bylaws Revisions: Glenn Bridger moved that the HNA approve the Draft Revised Bylaws, which have been under development by the sub-committee, and reviewed at several previous HNA monthly meetings. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by all 17 members present. This satisfied the requirement that they be passed by sixty-seven percent (67%) or more of HNA members present at the meeting. The new HNA Bylaws take effect immediately and address the SWNI revision requirements.

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

The next meeting will be Wednesday, December 2, 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.

 Submitted by Robert Hamilton




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