Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Next meeting: Wednesday, April 6; at 7:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.
Action Item 2016-3-2-1
Don Baack moved that Portland Public Schools remove a line of posts on the east side of the parking lot separating Wilson High School and Mary Rieke Elementary School; and that PPS widen 310 feet of the paving on the north side of the WHS parking lot. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by the Board 7-0.
Action Item 2016-3-2-2
Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association establish a Good Neighbor Agreement with Robert Gray Middle School, Mary Rieke Elementary School, and Woodrow Wilson High School in that order. The motion was seconded and passed 4-3.
Action Item 2016-3-2-3
Rick Meigs moved that HNA support a Sunday Parkways event for Southwest Portland in 2017. The motion was seconded and passed 7-0.
Action Item 2016-3-2-4
Don Baack moved that HNA indicate that it has no objections to Type II Proposal #LU 16-105022 AD (Aimee Erickson) at 6559 SW Capitol Highway requesting an increased set-back of 21-30 feet. The motion was seconded and passed 7-0.
President Duane Hunting opened the combined Board of Directors and General Membership meeting at 7:05 p.m. Following introductions it was decided that future Board meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will continue as a General Membership meeting whenever the Board concludes its business.
Treasurer Don Baack reported that HNA has $546.41 in its Chase Bank account.
Following passage of two motions by Don Baack, he, Rick Meigs, and Robert Hamilton volunteered to serve on a committee to implement Action Item 2016-3-2-2, with the goal of establishing a Good Neighbor Agreement with Portland Public Schools and each of the three public schools located in Hillsdale.
Elizabeth Vrooman presented information on the foster parent program of Boys & Girls Aid (email: email@example.com; tel. 503-542-2312). An informational meeting about the organization’s mission will be held Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Capitol Hill Library; 10723 SW Capitol Hwy.
Michael Reunert reported on the PPS Boundary Review Committee’s recommendations, following 14 months of deliberations and public meetings. However, Superintendent Carole Smith responded that she will be presenting a new plan to the public soon and a new round of public review and meetings will begin. Michael also reported that TechConnect has received $600 from Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) for the Schools Committee to continue its work in 2016. The next SOLV semi-annual cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 8.
Rick Meigs moved that HNA support a Sunday Parkways event for Southwest Portland in 2017. The motion was seconded and passed 7-0. Don and Robert will draft a letter of support and send it to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).
Eric Wilhelm reported that the SWNI Transportation Committee passed a motion asking PBOT to study the Golden Touch Restaurant construction project for potential transportation consequences. Phil Richman of Markham neighborhood discussed a poll he conducted on NextdoorHillsdale regarding the construction at the Barbur Boulevard site of 452 proposed parking spaces for retail customers plus 223 proposed dwelling units. The poll resulted in a broad range of opinion but Phil said that many favored 325-350 parking spaces. Members discussed this project in the context of additional changes which may result from the transportation improvements associated with the Southwest Corridor Plan, and the observation by several that without abundant parking stall construction, employees and residents from outside Hillsdale will use our neighborhood’s residential streets for work and park-and-ride purposes.
Glenn Bridger reported on SWNI matters, including a Westside Candidates Forum on Tuesday, March 29, at the Multnomah Arts Center, starting at 6:15 p.m., which will feature the many candidates for Mayor as well as City Council Commissioner Positions 1 and 4. Glenn also asked members to consider candidates for our HNA Volunteer of the Year.
Duane drew attention to two current land use notices. Don Baack moved that HNA indicate that it has no objections to Type II Proposal #LU 16-105022 AD (Aimee Erickson) at 6559 SW Capitol Highway requesting an increased set-back of 21-30 feet. The motion was seconded and passed 7-0.
Don reported that Portland Parks & Recreation is reorganizing, and that Southwest in Motion was passed by the City Council at today’s meeting. This will make funding more efficient as projects will be given a rank order of importance relating to a 20-year timeline.
The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
Submitted by Robert Hamilton