Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Next meeting: Wednesday, March 2; at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.
President Duane Hunting opened the meeting of the Board of Directors at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. At the Board meeting, it was decided unanimously to table until March 2 for further discussion a three-part Advisory relating to Portland Public Schools (see HNA Minutes of February 3). The Board will also discuss at the March meeting the suggestion that separate Board and General Membership meetings be conflated. Because of her family travel schedule and other commitments, Carolyn Raz is resigning from the Board.
At the General Meeting, the draft Minutes of the January 6 General Meeting were approved with minor corrections. Members introduced themselves and Board members and alternates identified themselves.
Brett Matthews of the Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) discussed the June 25 SWNI Emergency Preparedness Fair and asked members for topics which need to be discussed. Members suggested that: insurance representatives explain earthquake and wind-damage clauses of their policies; someone estimate costs relating to seismic retrofits; Northwest Natural Gas representatives attend; neighborhood maps be available; pet and children’s needs during emergencies be addressed; and that Map Your Neighborhood and Nextdoor Hillsdale information be available. Matt Emlen is the NET Community Outreach Coordinator.
Matt Bihn of Metro and Dave Aulwes of TriMet presented a Southwest Corridor Plan update and timetable of planning, decision-making, environmental impact study activities, and construction schedule and 2035 completion. The Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail Transit from downtown Portland to Bridgeport options were explained using handouts and a power-point presentation. BRT rush-hour capacity will be reached by 2035; LRT capacity extends beyond that year, representing more room to grow. Options relating to the extension of a new line to Portland Community College-Sylvania were discussed and Erika Nebel of City Commissioner Steve Novick’s office stated that he supports the best option for working class students and families to access PCC’s campus. More information is available at: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/sites/default/files/SWCP-ModeComparisonMemo-20151231a.pdf Robert Hamilton reported on the meeting of the SWNI Schools Committee and its 2016 plans to implement TechConnect and make Internet research and study opportunities available to all students, regardless of family income. He also reported on a presentation to the committee by Beth Woodward, a Southwest resident advocating that Portland Public Schools change the name of Woodrow Wilson High School. The committee will study the matter and make a recommendation. Barbara Bowers shared information about Hannah Davis and other students from Wilson High giving a presentation at the March 2 meeting on Hillsdale Town Center growth from a student perspective.
Eric Wilhelm reported on Transportation Committee issues including a Nike Bike Share Program. Glenn Bridger reported on SWNI as well as a January 25 Hillsdale Alliance meeting, organized by Sheila Greenlaw-Fink, focusing upon homelessness in Metropolitan Portland and the Southwest. Guest Speakers included Israel Bayer (Street Roots), Marc Jolin (Home for Everyone), Rick Nitti (Neighborhood House), Rachel Duke (Community Partners for Affordable Housing), and Ruth Adkins
Duane Hunting reported four land-use matters, including the plans for the current Golden Touch Restaurant site at 8124 SW Barbur Boulevard. Developer Bill Garyfallou, owner of the property, answered member’s questions about his construction plans.
Don Baack (SW Trails-PDX) announced a Himes Park work party, funding for a local trail bridge, and Southwest in Motion.
The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
Submitted by Robert Hamilton