Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes
7 pm Wednesday, September 7, 2016
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
2201 SW Vermont
Next meeting: Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas
Action Item 2016-9-7-1 Don Baack moved that the HNA Board nominate 19
additional Hillsdale connections to the trails network, the sites illustrated on a map of the neighborhood, to be a part of Southwest in Motion. The motion was seconded and passed 7-0.
Action Item 2016-9-7-2 Eric Wilhelm moved that HNA, adopt a people-first policy on transportation, emphasizing safety over auto speed or volumes and giving priority to vulnerable users walking and biking/rolling, or accessing transit. The motion included eight points outlining support for a realistic and urgent response to the decades-long backlog of transportation plans. The motion was “tabled to February unless it can be studied by members, modified if necessary, and voted upon by the Board sooner than that.”
Action Item 2016-9-7-3 Don Baack moved that HNA send a thank-you letter to the Portland Bureau of Transportation for a job well done on the Chestnut-Terwilliger paving project, but also request that PBOT restore a Chestnut/7th Avenue speed-calming table which should have been included. The motion was seconded and passed 7-0.
Action Item 2016-9-7-4 Don Baack moved that Glenn Bridger be permitted to add two other Board members to a committee to discuss the matter of a new Wilson High School scoreboard, which will feature advertising, with WHS principal Brian Chatard. The Board approved the motion 7-0.
Action Item 2016-9-7-5 Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter of support for Andrea Wall’s application to the Community Watershed Stewardship Mini-Grant Program for $500 to purchase 200-300 native plants to improve SW 25th Avenue. The Board passed the motion 7-0.
Chair Glenn Bridger opened the meeting at 7 p.m. with member introductions. In honor of the recent Labor Day, he asked each member and guest to tell whether she or he had ever been a member of a labor union.
Treasurer Don Baack reported that the HNA bank account is $502.
Ms. Jes Larson and Kenny McLemore of Yes for Affordable Homes (www.yesforaffordablehomes.com; tel. 971-715-9165) spoke in favor of Ballot Measure 26-179 (Portland’s Affordable Housing Bond), which they state will create at least 1,300 new affordable apartments, or residences for 2,900 low-income people. If passed by voters, the measure would provide $258 million in General Obligation Bonds, issued over a 5-7-year period, which would be paid by property owners at the rate of 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation, or $84 in annual property taxes on a $200,000 home. The rental income from the dwellings will be used to cover property maintenance, not to pay interest and principal on the GO Bonds. More information can be found at Portlandmaps.com. The homes would be owned by the Portland Housing Bureau. Eric Wilhelm spoke in opposition to the measure, stating that it would be unwise to spend this money on housing without addressing parking policies which drive up the price of housing.
Glenn announced that SWNI will hold a Candidates Forum at the Multnomah Art Center on October 10 at 7 p.m. He could not confirm that ballot measures will be included on the agenda for discussion.
Don Baack explained Southwest in Motion and moved that the Board nominate 19 additional Hillsdale connections to the trails network, the sites illustrated on a map of the neighborhood. The Board unanimously approved the motion. Eric Wilhelm then proposed a motion to adopt a people-first policy on transportation, emphasizing safety over auto speed or volumes and giving priority to vulnerable users walking and biking/rolling, or accessing transit. It included eight points outlining support for a “realistic and urgent” response to the decades-long backlog of transportation plans. The motion was “tabled to February unless it can be studied by members, modified if necessary, and voted upon by the Board sooner than that.”
Don Baack explained efforts to develop a Good Neighbor Agreement with Robert Gray Middle School and Portland Public Schools. The next step will be asking homeowners and residents living near the school to respond to a questionnaire regarding issues relating to students, activities, car traffic, and the playing fields adjacent to the building.
Michael Reunert reported on the three public schools in Hillsdale: lead and radon issues (and the current reliance upon bottled water); the appointment of Sarah Lewins as Principal of Mary Rieke Elementary; the large class of incoming freshman at Wilson High (increasing student population to 1,700); and that Wilson now graduates 95% of enrolled students, making it one of the Top 10 high schools within Oregon.
Glenn Bridger reported on a meeting with the developers of a five-duplex complex on property purchased from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and their willingness to discuss the matter at the HNA meeting of October 5. He also reported on proposed replacement of the Wilson HS scoreboard, broken since 2013, with one which will feature advertising. Don Baack moved that Glenn be permitted to add two other Board members to a committee to discuss the matter with WHS principal Brian Chatard. The Board approved the motion 7-0.
Eric Wilhelm reported that David Martin from Bridlemile has been appointed to chair SWNI’s transportation committee. The Chestnut-Terwilliger repaving project has been completed; the Board approved a motion thanking the Portland Bureau of Transportation for a job well done — except that one speed-calming table remains to be restored. Biketown’s bike-sharing program has far exceeded usage expectations. Speed cameras are operational on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. SWIM’s manager Rich Newlands should be starting outreach this fall. Work on Stephens-Tryon Creek Headwaters will start soon on 19th near Taylor’s Ferry Road; parts of this plan will be in Hillsdale. Police are doing more frequent, but limited, traffic enforcement. The City has begun “booting” cars with unpaid tickets: four cars had over $25,000 in total outstanding fines. PBOT is asking ODOT for a more people-oriented designated speed process.
Andrea Wall requested support from HNA for her application to the Community Watershed Stewardship Native Plant Mini-Grant Program for $500 to purchase 200-300 native plants to improve SW 25th Avenue. The native plants will replace invasive species which have been removed by SW Trails-PDX to improve the Safe Walks to School Trail from 25th Avenue to Capitol Highway. Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter of support for Ms. Wall’s revegetation project. The Board passed the motion 7-0.
There will be a SW Corridor Plan meeting at Wilson HS: Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m.
Submitted by Robert Hamilton