HNA Meeting Minutes for January 4, 2017


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Action Item 2017-1-4-1 Don Baack moved that HNA submit a letter of support for the Restoration Project of Andrea Wall along SW 25th Street Trail in the vicinity of SW Nebraska, including the portion from SW Capitol Highway to Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.  The letter of general support can be included in multiple grant applications to cover the cost of removing invasive species and their replacement with native species plus the cost of additional necessary construction materials. The final motion includes amended language offered by Glenn Bridger and approved unanimously by the Board.  The motion passed 5-0.

Action Item 2017-1-4-2 Don Baack moved that HNA take measures necessary to ensure that business district property owners remove snow and ice which impede pedestrian traffic and automobile parking during Winter storms; and that we consider negotiating a Good Neighbor Agreement with all property owners–public and private–towards that end.  The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2017-1-4-3 Don Baack moved that HNA appoint Eric Wilhelm as our representative to the Southwest in Motion Project, and that Glenn Bridger be appointed as his Alternate to attend meetings when Eric cannot do so.  The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2017-1-4-4  Don Baack moved that the Board approve a letter similar to that sent to the City of Portland by SW Trails regarding the maintenance of a pedestrian bridge during construction of a replacement, including an improved stormwater runoff system, for the Raz-Baack Crossing; Bureau of Environmental Services to be responsible for discussing proposed improvements with the Raz family.  The letter to be drafted by Don Baack and signed and sent by Robert Hamilton, HNA Secretary.  The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2017-1-4-5 Don Baack moved he, Eric Wilhelm, Glenn Bridger, and Leah Klass be given the authority to determine the date, place, and time of a Transportation Summit to discuss the Hillsdale NA list of projects which should be submitted as part of the Southwest in Motion (SWIM) Project.  The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2017-1-4-6 Don Baack moved that Rick Meigs write a letter to BES to support establishment of a formal path connecting SW 26th with SW 25th in the area of SW Texas Street.  The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

The meeting, chaired by Rick Meigs, began at 7:04 p.m.  Following introductions, Treasurer Don Baack reported $502.67 in the Chase Bank account.  Hannah Rank was welcomed and congratulated upon her appointment as the new editor and reporter for the Southwest Community Connection.

Native Plant Restoration Project

Andrea Wall reported on plans to include an extension of the Native Plant Restoration Project along SW 25th Street Trail in the vicinity of SW Nebraska.  It will also include a portion from SW Capitol Highway to Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.  The Board unanimously passed a motion to write a letter of general support which can be included in multiple grant applications to cover the cost of removing invasive species and their replacement with native species plus the cost of additional necessary construction materials.

Schools Committee

Michael Reunert reported on the search for a new Superintendent by Portland Public Schools, the ongoing investigation of lead traces in school drinking water, and the mixed reception among students and parents to the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests; only 50% of Wilson High School juniors chose to participate.  Robert Hamilton also reported receiving an email letter from a homeowner living near Robert Gray Middle School with suggestions relating to a proposed HNA-RGMS Good Neighbor Agreement.

SW Trails and Transportation

Don reported on SW Trails matters.  He also voiced his concern, during the Transportation Committee report, that during the recent snow-ice storm that business district property owners were negligent in arranging for its removal, impeding pedestrian traffic and automobile parking.  Members discussed various ways to work with the Hillsdale Business & Professional Association (HBPA) and public and private property owners to eliminate these safety hazards in the future, within the context of City of Portland regulations.  A Good Neighbor Agreement may be an appropriate result.  The Board approved a motion to proceed.  The Board also approved a motion to appoint Eric Wilhelm as HNA’s representative to the Southwest in Motion Project (with Glenn Bridger as an Alternate), as well as a motion regarding the maintenance of a pedestrian bridge during construction of a replacement, including an improved stormwater runoff system, for the Raz-Baack Crossing; Bureau of Environmental Services to be responsible for discussing proposed improvements with the Raz family.  Finally, regarding transportation, Don moved that he, Eric Wilhelm, Glenn Bridger, and Leah Klass be given the authority to determine the date, place, and time of a Transportation Summit to discuss the Hillsdale NA list of projects which should be submitted as part of SWIM.  The Board agreed to his motion.

Land Use and SWNI Equity Committees

Glenn Bridger reported that the comment period ended today for the proposed duplex construction on  the nearby Vermont Street property.  He emailed the Land Use specialist that HNA supports the proposal generally but regrets the loss of some trees.  He also encouraged members to attend the SWNI Land Use Workshops scheduled for January 31 and February 27.  Glenn distributed a proposed sign to be shared with local businesses for voluntary display which states the purpose:  “To reflect the full diversity of all people found within [SWNI’s] boundaries, including but not limited to communities of color, immigrant and refugee populations, renters, and individuals of all income levels.”  He explained that the Equity Committee made the language specific regarding its support rather than simply stating that “all are welcome.”

Outreach Committee

Barbara Bowers reported on Outreach Committee efforts to determine public attitudes towards matters affecting the neighborhood.  She learned, during the holiday season, of concern and anger in the SW Second and SW Third Avenue area regarding the proposed Light Rail Transit line which will be constructed within the Barbur Boulevard corridor.  Some stated they had planned on retiring in their current residences and predicted that rapid transit will change the character of the neighborhood.  Adam Light added that he spoke to some folks who are glad to see rapid transit on Barbur.  Fulton Park residents are concerned with two streets into their neighborhood, one of them having severe potholes.

Watershed

Rick Meigs reported on the need for BES to establish a formal path connecting SW 26th with SW 25th in the area of SW Texas Street.  The Board approved a motion for Rick to prepare and send such a letter to BES.

Future Century Link Presentation?

Robert Hamilton reported that in several private conversations with Hillsdale residents and at Nextdoor Hillsdale, he is learning that others like himself are upset with the door-to-door sales and/or telephone customer service tactics of Century Link, and he asked whether we should invite a company representative to respond to community concerns.  Several members described their unhappiness with the company’s performance and sales rep behavior, as well as ways to counter aggressive sales behavior generally.  It was decided to delay sending an invitation to Century Link until Hillsdale residents can be informed of a proposed presentation date.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton

 

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