HNA Meeting Minutes for May 3, 2017

May 12, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

May 3, 2017

The Watershed at Hillsdale

Action Item 2017-5-3-1 Barbara Bowers moved that HNA reserve Gabriel Park for the annual Smile Oregon fundraiser.  The motion passed 6-0.

Action Item 2017-5-3-2 Barbara Bowers moved that HNA hold a joint May meeting with the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association to discuss ways to collaborate to install a portable Community Blackboard in the Hillsdale Business District.  The motion failed as a result of a 3-3 tie vote.

Action Item 2017-5-3-3 Don Baack moved that HNA support neighborhood nonprofit corporation fundraising projects.  The motion passed 6-0.

Don Baack chaired the May 3 meeting and, as Treasurer, noted an increase in the Chase Bank account to $702.

Rick Meigs introduced Pat Murphy of the Compassion Clinic who described the free day-long clinic which will provide medical and dental services on Saturday, May  20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wilson High School.  A free pancake breakfast begins at 6 a.m. that day.  Pat said they typically have 250-300 patients each year.  WHS principal Brian Chatard praised the work of the clinic and reversed the proposed 2017 fee for using the school facilities.

Wes Risher reported on the Code Compliance request to US Bank, the  removal in 2016 of a substantial number of trees and other plants around the perimeter of the US Bank and A-Boy parking lot, and the need to restore the original vegetation.  Wes stated that the City Bureau of Developmental Services is taking the lead in investigating who removed the vegetation and replaced it with less aesthetically appealing, smaller plants and rocks.  The Friends of Terwilliger’s president, Anton Vetterlein, sent HNA their letter of concern and several attached photographs documenting the “Before” and “After” (current) situation.  Wes, Don Baack, and Robert Hamilton have discussed the matter’s legal aspects and will provide more information and arrange for appropriate speakers to address HNA at the June 7 meeting.

Dr. Richard Garfinkle described the work of Smile Oregon and the Board voted unanimously to support its request that we reserve Gabriel Park for its annual summer fundraiser.  Smile Oregon provides cranial and facial procedures for 350-400 patients yearly, utilizing the skills of volunteer orthodontists.

Outreach Committee

Chair Barbara Bowers reported that the April 24 forum on determining more ways for Hillsdale to be a welcoming and inclusive community “was very well received.”  The international potluck drew 50 participants to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church to listen to featured speakers Samira Godil and Emilio Hernandez share their experiences as a medical clinic director and community organizer respectively.  A full report on the forum will be written and posted to the HNA website.

Barbara also discussed the Committee proposal to acquire a large, portable “Community Blackboard” which could be transported to different locations within the Hillsdale Business District such that residents and others could write comments and pose questions for all to consider.  Barbara proposed a motion to hold a joint monthly meeting with the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association on June 21 at 8 a.m. at The Watershed.  Members then suggested multiple positive ways to use the Community Blackboard to enhance public communication but the Board vote was a tie and the specific motion failed.  Barbara and the Outreach Committee will take the members’ suggestions and act to realize the goals of the Blackboard concept.

Barbara had previously asked members and committee chairs to develop a job description for HNA positions to help the effort to recruit missing officers (i.e. President and Vice President) and unfilled committee chair positions.  Barbara will develop a form to help members estimate the responsibilities of each position and the time necessary each month to fulfill the duties.  She also asked that we update the website to make it more useful to those who cannot or do not attend monthly meetings.

Neighborhood Reports

Land Use and SWNI

Leah Klass summarized a written report from Glenn Bridger.  “Celebrate Our Success” will be hosted by SWNI on June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center.  HNA chose its 2016 National Night Out program as its success story.

With Watershed Resource Manager Jen Seamans’ departure for graduate school, SWNI  will be accepting applications from those interested in replacing her.  The SWNI Retreat (April 29) emphasized the need for Neighborhood Associations to include “equity and inclusion” goals and activities.  HNA will build upon its recent community forum success and  pursue further discussion as well as practical means to be more inclusive and welcoming.

Portland Maps now shows “action on requests for short-term rental permits.”  Explore its capabilities by first using your own address to see what the City has in their databases regarding your property.

A notice of a Type II Decision was given for the site address of 1211 SW Hessler Drive, the property owners wanting to legalize an expanded paved parking space and driveway in the front yard area of the home.  Two new parking spaces were approved.  Also, an Accessory Short Term Rental Permit application was submitted for 6825 SW Capitol Highway, #21.  Finally, Lance Johnson, a property owner on SW 18th Avenue, notified HNA of a proposed change in the lot lines to accommodate changes in the public alley.

Schools 

Michael Reunert reported that Portland Public Schools is anticipating less state funding due to the budget crisis.  This will result in fewer teachers and staff for the 2017-18 school year.  A  $790 million PPS bond measure is on the May 16 ballot, the money to be used for safety improvements and rebuilding of some schools.  Oregon will be offering new ways to improve assistance to struggling schools, replacing measures required under the federal “No Child Left Behind” program.

Leah Klass also contacted Gary Datka (503-823-5574), project manager of the Mary Rieke Elementary School construction.  A  contractor has been selected and City Council should approve the project May 10.  Field removal is expected to begin May 22, “and full construction soon after that.”

Don Baack reported that he, Rick Meigs, and Robert Hamilton are working again to produce a draft Good Neighbor Agreement between HNA and Robert Gray Middle School, and hope to have one by September.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association

Dr. Richard Garfinkle announced that the annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast will be Sunday, July 30.  He stated he would discuss the proposed Community Blackboard project at the May HBPA meeting.  And, he also confirmed that the Hillsdale Community Foundation has money for small grants to help enhance community livability.

Transportation 

Eric Wilhelm reported that there was a Safe Routes to School Open House on April 25.  He noted that PBOT and ODOT seem to be putting the burden of safety on kids, parents, and schools rather than reducing dangers and controlling cars, including many suburban commuters cutting through neighborhoods.  This treatment leads to many parents driving their kids to school, adding to congestion and causing more danger for kids walking and biking.

On April 27, SWNI hosted a Traffic Safety Action Workshop where neighbors learned how to seek solutions to traffic safety issues.

SW Trails

Don Baack reported making “no progress with  the City (PBOT) on the safe routes to school project for students from Stephens Creek Crossing and other users seeking to cross safely from SW Bertha to BH Hwy.”  SWT  continues to work on trails aspects of the Southwest in Motion (SWIM) project.  The next walk is May 13 at 9 a.m.; meet at Wilson HS food carts;  6 miles with 1,100-foot elevation gain,  mostly in Hillsdale on some newer trails.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton, Secretary


HNA Meeting Minutes for April 5, 2017

April 18, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

April 5, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Action Item 2017-4-5-1 Barbara Bowers moved that HNA donate $100 to its April 24 program:  “A Welcoming and Inclusive Community?”.  The motion was seconded and passed 6-0.

Action Item 2017-4-5-2 Robert Hamilton moved that HNA support the candidacy of Don Baack for the Citizen Advisory Committee of the City of Portland Pedestrian Plan.  The motion was seconded and passed 6-0.  (See HNA letter to Commissioner Saltzman and others below.)

Action Item 2017-4-5-3 Leslie Pohl-Kosbau moved that HNA support the project to replace the aging “Hillsdale” signpost.  The motion was seconded and passed 6-0.

The meeting, chaired by Adam Light, began at 7 p.m.  The agenda was modified, members introduced themselves, the bank account ($502) was unchanged, and Sheila Greenlaw-Fink introduced featured speaker Dr. Sharon Meieran, Multnomah County Commissioner.

Dr. Meieran, an emergency room physician, addressed the need for all residents of the neighborhood to consider themselves and to be considered by others as “equals.”  As an “inclusive” community, we should welcome all who choose to reside here, and to respect their civil, Constitutional, and legal rights regardless of their citizenship status, income, ethnicity, religious beliefs, or gender/sexual definition.  She described the Multnomah County government as one whose responsibilities are very broad, even comprehensive, and “inclusivity” is, therefore, inherently embedded in its legal charge and mission.  While it has no zoning responsibilities, it does deal with housing, law enforcement, education, and other matters relating to livability.

Commissioner Meieran then answered member questions pertaining to: immigration, homelessness and collaborative housing approaches, and other matters.  She recommended the documentary film “Thirteen” for its creative program aimed to decrease prison recidivism rates.

Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) leaders Lisa De Graaf (Team Lead; hillsdaleornet@gmail.com) and Becky Cude (beckboileau@gmail.com), along with TSvi (Howard) Epstein, invited members to attend NET training classes at Neveh Shalom’s Stamfer Chapel on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. beginning June  20 and continuing until the end of August.   One hundred new NET volunteers are needed.  The sign-up website is:  www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4cafa923a7fc1-basic7.

Adam Light reported on the proposed “Hillsdale Community Playground” to be located at Mary Rieke Elementary School.  Their fundraising goal is $125,000 for new equipment to supplement the existing ones.  Construction is expected to begin in August.

Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

These include:  (1) Reports with request for public input; (2) A public input period; and (3) Reports not requesting public input.

Outreach

Barbara Bowers reported that the committee worked on the community forum titled A Welcoming and Inclusive Community? It will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church; Monday, April 24, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.  Samira Godil, executive director of the Southwest Community Health Center (representing Muslim residents), and Maria Elena Guerrera, executive director of the Farmworker Housing Development Corp. (representing Latinx residents) will be featured speakers.  Questions from the audience will be read and answered.  Refreshments will begin at 6:45 p.m. and presentations at 7:00 p.m.  Board members and others are encouraged to contribute “finger foods” as refreshments and/or a cash donation.

Transportation

Eric Wilhelm reported that the City is taking applications until April 16 for 15 positions on the CAC for the Pedestrian Plan.  The Board unanimously supported Don Baack’s application.  Eric discussed the qualities the City is seeking in applicants to represent as much of Portland’s geographic diversity as possible while also representing the pedestrian experience necessary to take a holistic systems perspective as well as commercial, business, and economic development knowledge of the City.  Public transportation expertise and an awareness of service to vulnerable communities will also be considered.

Schools

Michael Reunert and Robert Hamilton reported SWNI Schools Committee and Hillsdale school news.  To give students and the public greater access to public library services, it was suggested that we investigate the possibility of borrowing a Vancouver, WA, concept:  a “Library Annex” for Multnomah  Village which is totally automated allowing the pick-up of “Holds” as well as “Returns” without the need for a staff member in attendance.  Members were also reminded of a $790 million PPS bond measure on the May ballot.

Robert received a response from Rieke School Principal Sarah Lewins to questions relating to ways to strengthen community support.  The Rieke Art Fair is scheduled for May 7 and a rummage sale is planned for September; donated items are welcome.  Rieke Reading Buddies needs more volunteers.  A solution to reducing the pedestrian crossing risks for young students at Sunset and Capitol Highway is needed and could reduce the need to drive students to school.

SWNI Report and Land Use

Leah Klass read Glenn Bridger’s written reports.  The “Volunteer of the Year” awards has been transformed into “Celebrate Our Success,” the program to be presented on June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the MAC.  Neighborhood Associations will each submit a story by April 25 highlighting a project or event which resulted in noteworthy benefit to the community.  A poll of members and the Board resulted in the choice of “Hillsdale’s National Night Out,” a project of the Outreach Committee chaired by Barbara Bowers.

SWNI supports a statement by the City and Portland United Against Hate to protest recent “hate activities.”  Also, SWNI is proposing changes to its bylaws and will discuss its “governance process” at the annual retreat on April 29.

One land use notice regarding an AirBnB permit application raised the question of whether anyone other than a property owner could apply for such a permit.  The zoning rules identify the applicant as having to be the “resident” of the dwelling unit; it does not stipulate that it must be the owner.

Other Announcements

Rebecca Tilson (Rebecca.Tilson@portlandoregon.gov) invited members to the Multnomah Arts Center on April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the annual SW Watershed Open House, hosted by the City’s Bureau of Environmental Services.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

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To: City Commissioner Dan Saltzman

From: The Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

Date:  April 13, 2017

SUBJECT:  Recommendation of Don Baack, applicant for the Citizen Advisory Committee, City of Portland Pedestrian Plan.

At its April 5 meeting, the Board of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association, in consultation with HNA members, unanimously voted to support Don Baack’s application to participate in the 2017 Pedestrian Master Planning Effort.

Don, a very active  Hillsdale resident for over 45 years,  has been leading Southwest and City of Portland efforts to improve the Southwest pedestrian environment for over 21 years. Not only has Don walked most of our SW streets during his daily 2-5 mile exercise, he has also walked many other streets throughout the City of Portland.  His extensive international travels have shown him how other cities and nations have addressed pedestrian infrastructure.  His creation of the 40-plus mile SW Urban Trails network of safe-walking routes on low-traffic streets and other connections included recruiting and leading volunteers who built the important connections.  The “4T Trail” demonstrates his ability to think creatively to bring unique low-cost solutions to challenging situations.

Don has advocated for pedestrian improvements far beyond the boundaries of the Hillsdale community:  working with ODOT to improve pedestrian safety on the exits to the Oregon Zoo from Highway 26; working to install the first Rapid Flashing Beacon at 4900 SW Barbur Boulevard; pushing for other pedestrian crossings on Barbur, especially at SW Lauradel, a key Barbur crossing for people of color and refugees, while he chaired the SWNI Transportation Committee in 2000; supporting Capitol Highway improvements in Multnomah Village over improving Capitol Highway in Hillsdale.

Don has endured walking limitations, has assisted a number of injured hikers in a variety of locations, and has suffered vision issues but is now much improved and is an on-going inspiration to those much younger walkers who struggle to maintain his pace.

Don is the retired owner of a very successful consulting business focused on forest products economic development and retention, from which he retired in 1993.  But, he continues to support small business as an active member of the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association (HBPA),  a strong supporter of SW Trails.

Don showed skill in leading the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association through a contentious boundary dispute with the SW Residential League (SWHRL).  It was amicably settled to the satisfaction of all.  He also showed skill in organizing SWTrails PDX in 2011 as a non-profit organization to advocate for pedestrian infrastructure, conduct walks throughout Southwest Portland, and construct and maintain pedestrian infrastructure.

Don has served for a number of years as a safety advocate of the City of Portland Traffic Safety Committee.   He always rides the bus to the mid-day meetings.

Don and his family have been very involved in the settlement of over 150 refugees from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East–including 12 individuals who lived with the family for up to three years.  The family has also financially and physically supported Neighborhood House and Northeast Emergency Food Pantry on NE 72nd Avenue

Hillsdale, the Southwest, and the City of Portland are very fortunate to still be benefiting from what we refer to as “this force of nature and civic endeavor” named Don Baack.  We proudly recommend that he be selected to serve on the Citizen Advisory Committee.

Sincerely yours,

Robert E. Hamilton, Secretary

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

Cc. Leah Treat, Director of Transportation; Matt Grumm


HNA Meeting Minutes for March 1, 2017

March 13, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

March 1, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

The meeting, chaired by Adam Light, began at 7 p.m.  The agenda was modified, members introduced themselves, the bank account balance ($502) was unchanged, and Portland Police Officer Jason Graf provided an update and answered questions.  He asked that members call the “non-emergency” telephone number (503-823-3333) for matters of concern which involve suspicious or unwelcome behavior but not a “crime in process,” a “911” matter.  The police do not generally make “welfare checks” on homeless residents except when the weather is severe and their health may be in danger.  He also discussed car-prowls, graffiti (not investigated on private property).  No new traffic police have been added to Portland in two years.  He reminded us that two license plates (front and rear) are necessary for cars.  He can be reached at:  Jason.Graf@portlandoregon.gov.

Rick Nitti, executive director of Neighborhood House, reported that Turning Point (6552 SW 19th Avenue) will no longer be “transitional housing” but will be part of a new federally funded concept:  Housing First.  It includes two years of funded housing which can be extended beyond 24 months but without the federal subsidy.  No sex-offenders or individuals with drug convictions will be eligible.  Turning Point will accommodate 60-70 people as units are modified.

Andrea Wall (SW 25th Avenue Right-of-Way Restoration Project) reported that 85 volunteers are now participating and that the project received $600 from the SWNI Small Grants Program.  She has submitted another $15,000 of application requests to other funding agencies.  She will meet with the Outreach Committee to discuss a fund raising collaboration at the August National Night Out.  Individuals wanting to make a tax-deductible donation for the purchase of native plants, compost, and gravel for the trail may do so by sending it to:  SOLV; 2000 SW First Avenue; Suite 400; Portland, OR 97201. Important: When making a donation through SOLV, in your checks memo line, be sure to note that it is for the SW 25th Ave ROW Project.

Jim Keiter and John Mills reported on behalf of the Hillsdale Tree Team (HillsdaleTreeTeam@gmail.com).  The City’s Urban Forestry Department started Tree Teams to help meet their educational outreach goals.  They want to plant more trees in public rights-of-way, survey the tree canopy, preserve it, and offer tree-pruning workshops.

Outreach Committee

Leah Klass reported that SWNI’s “Celebrate Success” will showcase Neighborhood Association success stories within the 17-member coalition.  The deadline for submitting our HNA success story, in 300 words or less, is April 28, and the stories will be published June 10.  The committee has also produced a new single-fold handout to encourage attendance at HNA monthly meetings.

The Outreach Committee is planning a Monday, April 24, public forum on immigration and racism; from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church’s parish hall and will offer prepared food.  Members should address questions such as:  Easy ways to make new community members feel welcome and safe; the impact of changing federal policies on immigrants; helping Muslims, and others feeling vulnerable, feel welcome and safe; how to increase local efforts to oppose racism and oppression; how can we act collectively as a Neighborhood Association to oppose racism?

The Committee asked members to help them develop job descriptions for HNA President and Vice President in an effort to increase interest in filling these vacant positions.

HNA’s National Night Out will be Wednesday, August 1, at DeWitt Park.

Arnie Panitch alerted members to the Sanctuary Circle Walk being held at Wilson HS on Sundays at 3 p.m.  Walkers gather at the big tree near The Portland Dance studio.

The Outreach Committee again offered members a chance at the meeting to suggest issues which should be addressed and ways to improve monthly HNA meetings and communications in general.  Flip-chart responses included the following:

Feedback: Hillsdale Successes

  • SW 25th Avenue Restoration Project
  • New Capacity: Tree Team
  • Capitol Highway Planters

Feedback: Questions to Ask our Schools

  • How are we planning on supporting students if IDEA/FARE is appealed?
  • How can the community/school connection be reinforced and explored?
  • How can we reduce traffic to and from schools?
  • Improving connectivity to schools…

Keep

  • Like the arrangement of chairs in a circle (2)
  • Liked having several short presentations on things happening in neighborhood: Trees, Turning Point, etc.
  • Appreciated planned time slots and staying on schedule
  • Shorter reports and seeking participation of all present
  • Short reports
  • Keep police officer coming each quarter

Drop

  • Drop most of the informational reports – only include a few that need input

Add

  • Announcements: 1-minute max per person for 5-10 minutes
  • more outside speakers on topics of general interest to attract more of the community
  • Robert: Call-in to meetings via new technology
  • Robert: Feature 1 business/vendor/store monthly (e.g. Dairy Hill, Food Front)

Transportation Committee

Eric Wilhelm reported that PBOT is renewing its System Development Charge (SDC) program and project list.  ODOT presented to SWNI Transportation Committee on the striping plan for the Road Safety Audit response project but did not have details on which gaps in the bike lanes would be left or fixed (such as westbound approaching 19th Avenue).  They will not be fixing the bike lane gaps across the Vermont, Newbury, or Multnomah bridges.  They also presented a traffic plan for South Portland Crossroads which creates a jug-handle pattern around Barbur World Foods to feed into I-5 southbound but it poorly addresses pedestrian and bicycle safety in those turning movements.  The SWNI Transportation Committee will be reviewing their action plan at the March meeting and is requesting input by March 16.

Schools Committee

Michael Reunert explained that the May ballot includes a bond for school construction and a plan to remove lead from cooking and drinking water.  He also reminded us that schools are “sanctuaries” and referenced an interview with WHS principal Brian Chatard, conducted by Rick Seifert, in the March edition of Southwest Community Connection, in which Chatard stresses that his charge is to protect all students at the high school.

Robert Hamilton read the questions which he is posing to the principals at Mary Rieke Elementary and Robert Gray Middle Schools, as part of the SWNI Schools Committee effort to increase community support, and invited members to add questions they also felt should be asked.

Principal Beth Madison of Robert Gray responded to our questions on March 7:

How has this year been going?  Have there been any surprises?

This year at Robert Gray Middle School has once again been excellent so far. The big surprise was the news that the new federal government structure doesn’t really have much knowledge about anything about schools. Not surprising was that the state budget for the next biennium is dreadfully lacking.

What is happening in the school community currently?  (any events coming up or recently happened?)

Please see our calendar on the RGMS website. Our activities are far too numerous to describe.

What are some events your school does each year? When do they typically occur? Are there any events that the community can support or participate in?

Please see our calendar on the RGMS website. Our activities are far too numerous to describe and recur annually.

Are there any needs the school has?

Our school infrastructure is decaying in continually alarming ways. Our school has the need for the community to support the bonds to rebuild schools and provide repairs.

Are there any pressing issues impacting families within the school that the community should be aware of?

The condition of children and families certainly will not improve in the current political climate that seeks to take away food stamps, access to planned parenthood, education support, health care and so on.

Part II: HNA Questions

  1. How can HNA support students if IDEA/FAPE is appealed?

IDEA is dramatically underfunded as it is. The federal government only supplies a small percentage of the funds it takes to provide this support. School districts are stretched thin trying to provide quality IDEA services. It is hard to say what all will happen with this. None of it bodes well.

  1. How can we reduce traffic to- and from-school?

Let them walk.

Miscellaneous

Arnie Panitch reminded members of a March 6 Southwest Corridor committee meeting at the Multnomah Art Center at 6:30 p.m.  

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton, Secretary


HNA Meeting Minutes for February 1, 2017

February 13, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

February 1, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Action Item 2017-2-1-1 The Board unanimously approved a motion by Barbara Bowers that HNA sponsor a National Night Out program in 2017.

Action Item 2017-2-1-2 The Board unanimously approved a motion by Barbara Bowers that Leah Klass be an Alternate to Board member Glenn Bridger.

The meeting was chaired by Don Baack.

7:00 p.m. Introductions, Agenda Review; the January 4 Minutes were corrected and will be posted to the HNA website.

Mikal Apenes reported that the St. Barnabas Church parking lot is not available as a potential Park-and-Ride location to the public as 50% of it is rented Monday-Friday to employees of Fanno Creek Clinic and the other half is used by church staff.

7:15 p.m. Snow and Ice Removal within the Hillsdale Business District

Mike Roach, president of the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association, and  several property and business owners within the business district attended the meeting.  Mike noted that recent ice and snow is unusual, the worst pedestrian, automobile parking and driving, and bicycle conditions since the storm of 2008, which prompted him, the co-owner of Paloma Clothing, to buy 10 snow shovels for future use.  He invited suggestions from members for dealing with snow and ice storms of the future.

Several property owners were invited by letter to the meeting and informed of Ordinance sub-section 17.28.025, added by Ordinance No. 176585, effective July 5, 2002, which states the following:  (A) The owner(s) and occupant(s) of land adjacent to  any street in the City shall be responsible for snow and ice removal from sidewalks aabutting or immediately adjacent to such land, notwithstanding any time limitations.  (B) Property owner(s) and/or occupant(s) shall be liable for any and all damages to any person who is injured or otherwise suffers damage resulting from failure to remove snow and/or ice accumulations.  (C) Property owner(s) and/or occupant(s) shall be liable to the City of Portland for any amounts paid or incurred consequent from claims, judgment or settlement, and for all reasonable investigation costs and attorney fees, resulting from the responsible property owner’s or occupant’s failure to remove snow and ice accumulations from such sidewalks as imposed by this Code.

Rick Meigs asked that property owners arrange for the business district generally to be cleared of ice and snow, though noting that snow plows which clear the streets frequently deposit the snow on adjacent sidewalks, and not just the “furniture area” between sidewalks and the street.  He also recommended opening a path for Tri-Met riders to reach the bus from the shelters, to avoid the need to wade through a sidewalk snow bank.

Arnie Panitch stated that A-frame signs were removed and that shopping carts belonging to Hillsdale stores and which are left on public/private property can be reported for pickup at telephone number 888-55-CARTS.  He also wondered if the snow shovels are still available for volunteer use and asked that we be mindful of the senior citizens living at nearby Watershed at Hillsdale.  There are two sidewalks serving the public: one adjacent to the street and another bordering the actual businesses themselves.  Arnie observed shoppers following on the icy sidewalk and steps in front of Pizzacatto.

Barbara Bowers said that it was very difficult walking from the Watershed to Food Front.  The general manager of Food Front, Eamon Molloy, said that he could not purchase enough salt and de-icer from Portland-area suppliers to meet Food Front’s needs.  He said that 25 degrees Fahrenheit is a critical temperature in these situations.  Others said there experience is that lower temperatures require more salt and de-icer.

Mikal said that this was an unusual weather event but that the shops on Barbur Boulevard were cleared of snow and ice.  Some members objected to any use for salt while others said that infrequent use of it will not damage cars or plants.

An Iowa-street resident said he moved here from a city which frequently experienced harsh winter weather and that virtually all homeowners had snow shovels.  He recommended forming a “Shovel Volunteer Army.”  This SVA might focus upon streets which the City will not snow plow.

Rick Seifert, the Chief Suspect and founder of The Usual Suspects, a volunteer litter-patrol unit, said his band could help with snow/ice removal, perhaps alongside Wilson High School students who would volunteer.  He also recommended that the Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) be asked to define their role within a future plan, including situations which might include an earthquake as well as a storm–wind, rain, or snow/ice.  Members were sobered by the prospect of a 500-year earthquake combined with a 10-year snow/ice event.

Mike Roach said that when he bought 10 snow shovels, WHS baseball coach Mike Clopton recruited team players to use them. The high school does have a “student service requirement” which snow/ice removal might help some students achieve.

Mike also raised the possibility of acquiring a snow-blower.  Michael Reunert said that in his experience a single snow-blower can easily do the work of 10 snow-shovelers in the same time period.  This prompted Leslie Pohl-Kosbau to comment that 30-50 years ago, Portland had a very organized response to winter snow storms, and that in some circumstances we want snow the cover the more slippery ice.  It was agreed that any future plan would recognize that not all snow storms are severe

Eric Wilhelm suggested that 2-3 spaces in the parking lot be used for snow banks and that emphasis be put upon removing snow from the entrance to individual businesses.

Don Baack turned the discussion towards the streets and the need for the City to plow the snow into the bicycle lands and not onto the sidewalk; remove snow from the Terwilliger Bridge and other bridges which span I-5 at; to clear bus stops of snow/ice; and to put a priority on snow/ice removal from the Safe-Routes to School and to bus stops.  The City needs a comprehensive snow-plow plan for critical steep streets and routes to school.  Don also suggested that the HNA agenda for May would allow us to resume discussion with the business owners and property owners of a plan for future snow/ice removal which would include public and private sector legal responsibilities as well as ways volunteers and organizations could be contacted to complement and supplement their role.

The website Nextdoor Hillsdale is potentially available as a way to contact and alert the community when a coordinated weather-emergency response is required.  Barbara Bowers encouraged members to contact Gary Wasserman, the “lead” for Nextdoor Hillsdale and ask him to make the blog subscriber map congruent with the geographical definition of our City-recognized official neighborhood.

Portland Public Schools Presentation

Laura Hanson of Portland Public Schools distributed information about the “Health, Safety and Modernization Bond” which PPS is proposing for a May 2017 ballot decision.  Laura explained the options the PPS administration and board considered, answered numerous questions, and entertained suggestions regarding PPS’s public relations campaign to convince Portland residents to pass the measure.

Schools Committee

Michael Reunert reported that the graduation rate at Wilson High School has risen to 95%.

Outreach Committee

Barbara Bowers proposed two motions unanimously approved by the Board:  (1) that HNA sponsor in 2017 the National Night Out program; and (2) that Leah Klass be the Alternate to Board member Glenn Bridger.

SWNI Report and Land Use Committee

Glenn Bridger submitted a written report regarding both SWNI and the Land Use Committee.  The SWNI-sponsored Spring and Autumn cleanups will no longer accept yard waste, owing to a new cost charged by Metro:  the fee will no longer be waived for SWNI.  Glenn also asked members to report weather-related water and sewer pipe leakage to Jen Seamans at SWNI.  He also noted the absence of an HNA representative on the Equity and Inclusion Committee, although he does chair it.  And, he said a second alternate is needed to attend SWNI Board meetings when neither he nor first alternate Don Baack can attend.

Glenn reported a demolition permit notice has been issued for the new development of five duplexes on Vermont.  Also, a liquor license request has been received from a local business; he will distribute it to members.

Other Announcements

HNA member Arnold “Arnie” Panitch has been selected to represent the Tri-Met Committee on Accessible Transportation (CAT) to the Southwest Corridor Community Advisory Committee.  The Southwest Corridor Project proposes to connect light-rail from downtown Portland to Tigard and Bridgeport Village.  The project is the subject of a detailed environmental study to understand the potential benefits, impacts, and mitigation relating to route and station options regarding walking, biking, and roadway connections.  Final recommendations are expected in early 2018.

Rick Seifert announced that the Hillsdale Community Foundation, whose treasury is enhanced annually from the sale of books during the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast in July, has funds to offer to worthwhile projects aimed at improving livability in the neighborhood.

Adam Light reminded members of the Rieke Elementary School fundraising efforts to improve the outdoor playground.  Adam will apply to HCF for a contribution.

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton

 


HNA Meeting Minutes for January 4, 2017

January 13, 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

 


HNA Minutes for December 7, 2016

December 27, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Action Item 2016-12-7-1 Leslie Pohl-Kosbau moved that Adam Light be approved as Alternate to Board Member Barbara Bowers. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2016-12-7-2 Don Baack moved that a special meeting of the HNA be convened to discuss and determine our funding priorities relating to Southwest in Motion. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2016-12-7-3 Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter to the SW Corridor task force requesting the completion of sidewalk connecting SW 10th Avenue to the proposed SW 13th Station component of the future MAX Line linking Downtown Portland with Tigard and Tualatin. The letter will be written and signed by Robert Hamilton, HNA Secretary. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2016-12-7-4 Don Baack moved that HNA establish an Outreach Committee. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2016-12-7-5 Leslie Pohl-Kosbau moved that the Outreach Committee discuss the concept of a community bulletin board with the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

The meeting was chaired by Barbara Bowers and began at 7:00 p.m. The Draft Minutes of November 2 were approved, and the agenda was amended and approved. HNA members and guests introduced themselves. Don Baack reported that the HNA bank account is $502.67.

Dave Benson, Parking Group Manager of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Jay Rogers, Area Permit Parking Program Administrator of PBOT, discussed APP options and answered questions about ways Neighborhood Associations can limit parking by non-residents on residential streets. Given the projected increase of approximately one million new Portland residents by 2036, and the residential infill plans within the Southwest Corridor, the discussion was far ranging, including promoting car-pooling, more creative ways to establish park-and-ride sites, increasing Tri-Met bus stop schedules along non-arterial and collector streets, better enforcement of regulations relating to “abandoned cars,” and the promotion of bicycle transportation and walking. Members are also concerned about scarce parking spaces at Wilson High School and Mary Rieke Elementary School and the inability of parents to drop-off and collect children safely during normal school hours.

Barbara reported that Adam Light had agreed to act as an Alternate to her when she could not attend HNA meetings. Leslie Pohl-Kosbau moved that Adam Light be approved as Alternate to Board Member Barbara Bowers. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

SWNI Schools Committee
Michael Reunert reported on school matters relating to the search for a new superintendent and local school news. Rieke PTA president Brian Unflat reported on fundraising efforts at Rieke to build a new playground by September 2017. Robert Hamilton reported on SWNI School’s Committee workshop on Tech Equity, held in November at Stevens Creek Crossing housing complex; and ongoing efforts to develop a Good Neighbor Policy with Robert Gray Middle School.

SWNI Transportation Committee
Eric Wilhelm reported on the Southwest in Motion program. Don Baack moved that a special meeting of the HNA be convened in mid- to late-January to discuss and determine our funding priorities relating to SWIM. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0. Don also proposed that Secretary Robert Hamilton write a letter to the SW Corridor task force requesting the completion of sidewalk connecting SW 10th Avenue to the proposed SW 13th Station component of the future MAX Line linking Downtown Portland with Tigard and Tualatin. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

New Outreach Committee
Don Baack moved that HNA establish an Outreach Committee. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0. Barbara Bowers has agreed to chair the committee and described her proposal for a community bulletin board which could be a feature of the central business district, part of the Town Center, and used by residents and others to post suggestions, words of praise, or questions for all to read and to which they could respond. Leslie Pohl-Kosbau moved that the Outreach Committee discuss the concept of a community bulletin board with the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

St. Barnabas Church Parking Lot
Members were told that part of the St. Barnabas Church parking lot is currently rented to employees of nearby Fanno Creek Clinic from Monday to Friday.

SW Trails-PDX
Don Baack reported that he will be ending his 21-year tenure as president of SW Trails-PDX in 2017.

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton


HNA Minutes for November 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Action Item 2016-11-02-1  Don Baack moved that HNA send a letter to the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Bureau of Environmental Services requesting their assistance in working with Mark Engberg to improve SW Idaho between SW 19th and Nevada. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2017.  We understand the builder will be installing new storm water drainage along the entire street from Nevada to the 19th Street system.  Please confirm that your bureau has received this letter.  The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

The meeting was chaired by Don Baack and began at 7:00 p.m.  The Draft Minutes of October 5 were approved and HNA members and guests introduced themselves.  Don reported that the HNA bank account is $502.

Patrick Clark of Realty Trust and Mark Engberg of COLAB Architecture and Urban Design provided an update on and answered questions about their property development project adjacent to St. Barnabas, on property purchased from the church.  It will include five duplex condominiums, with construction scheduled to begin in February 2017.  It will include space for 10 single-car garages, a bicycle park, 1,500-1,800 square feet per unit, and an open pedestrian sidewalk connecting SW Vermont and SW Idaho.  Utilities will be underground, a Homeowner Association will be established, and the three-bedroom, three-story units will be priced at $500,000 to $600,000 each.  A sidewalk on Idaho will stretch across the entire width of the property.  Temporarily relinquishing the chair to make a motion, Don Baack moved that HNA send a letter to the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Bureau of Environmental Services requesting their assistance in working with Mark Engberg to improve SW Idaho between SW 19th and Nevada. The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Transportation

Eric Wilhelm led a discussion of an HNA “transportation policy.”  He advocated that one goal of the policy should be that of encouraging residents to walk or ride a bike rather than making short car trips.  We have city and metro policies to reduce car emissions, but gas taxes still don’t cover 50% of street maintenance.  The United Nations Environmental Program has recommended that 20% of transportation budgets be devoted to building infrastructure which encourages biking and walking.  The City has adopted Vision Zero but 36 people have been killed by cars from January to October this year.  Suggestions included using creative traffic-calming devices (chicanes), context-sensitive design, 20mph speed limits, enforcement of stop signs and crosswalks, improved trails and bus transit throughout Hillsdale, beyond the major corridors.  Jitney-taxis should be encouraged as well as making some streets one-way-only during rush hours.  Once composed, following member input, the Draft HNA Transportation Policy will be posted on Nextdoor Hillsdale for public comment.

Recruiting Board Members

Barbara Bowers volunteered to be the HNA Outreach Coordinator and to chair the December 7 HNA meeting.  Members discussed how best to recruit a President and Vice-President as well as two other board members.

Transportation

Eric Wilhelm reported on the Vision Zero presentation at SWNI’s Transportation Committee, plans to change striping at SW Terwilliger and Capitol Hwy, and the overpass onto Barbur.  Don noted that a $10-14 million Capitol Highway project in 2019 will improve the street between Multnomah Boulevard and Huber.  The city is taking comments on proposed cross-section designs through the end of November.

SWNI and Land Use

Glenn Bridger reported efforts to replace him as temporary chair of the HNA Land Use Committee and the need for a representative to the SWNI Watershed Committee as well as the Equity & Inclusion Committee.  We were also informed that HNA is not sending a representative to the SWNI Schools Committee meetings.  Robert will coordinate the matter with Michael Reunert.  Glenn also reported receipt of a property development notice in an environmental zone at 3139 SW Altadena Terrace, a one-story addition to an existing house.  Also, Glenn received a notice from the developer of property at SW 18th Drive for nine units.  The developer has met with neighbors and that construction will commence on schedule.  The City is proceeding with the Residential Infill Project without incorporating HNA’s suggestions at this time.  At the December 7 HNA meeting, Dave Benson, the Parking Group Manager for the City, will discuss on-street parking regulations and options relating to the SW 18th Drive development project.

Glenn also distributed a draft of a “Resolution in Support of Tenants Rights and Portland Tenants United.”  SWNI’s objective is to provide support for tenant issues in our community.  Members discussed the need to include tenants of apartment complexes into the HNA. It was also suggested that tenant associations be established, especially for large complexes such as Stevens Creek Crossing.

The SWNI/SOLV Cleanup will be Saturday, November 5.  More volunteers are needed for this semi-annual event.

SW Trails-PDX

Don reported that the City lacks funding for the Red Electric Trail component on Nebraska behind Sasquatch Brewery.  Other parts of the trail will be completed in 2017.

Miscellaneous

Barbara Bowers asked if the Board would enquire of St. Barnabas Church if it would permit a portion of their parking lot to be used as public parking Monday-Friday, unless they posted an A-frame sign indicating otherwise on days when the entire lot was reserved for church members and guests.  Mikal Apenes will be asked to take the lead on this matter of enquiry as he is an active member of the church.

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton


Minutes of the October 5, 2016 Meeting

October 31, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

St.  Barnabas Episcopal Church

Action  Item 2016-10-05-1  Glenn Bridger moved that HNA support a Resolution in favor of Measure 26-179, a General Obligation Bond measure to fund $258.4 million of affordable housing.  It was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2016-10-5-2  Eric Wilhelm moved that HNA send a letter to Portland City Council supporting the Vision Zero Draft Action Plan, but stipulating that the Plan include a streamlined process for quickly addressing safety concerns and include more neighborhood engagement.  The motion was seconded and passed 6-0.

Action Item 2016-10-5-3  Don Baack moved that HNA request Portland Parks and Recreation explain why the swings at DeWitt Park cannot be sand-blasted to remove lead paint and repainted and made available for public use.  The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

Action Item 2016-10-5-4  Glenn Bridger moved that the HNA sponsor the Annual Thanksgiving Day Walk as an event to celebrate community and country. The motion was seconded and passed 6-0.

The meeting began at 7 p.m. and the September 2016 Minutes were approved.  Members and guests introduced themselves to chair Eric Wilhelm and others present.  

Steve Melkerson described his proposal to develop property at 6107 SW 18th Drive and Iowa.  A number of residents from that area were in attendance.  Steve explained the “Building Footprint” map he distributed and answered numerous questions about the seven condominiums he has proposed in his application to the City.  The 10,000 square-foot lot is zoned R1.  He has included one parking space for each 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 1,300-square-foot condo, to be priced at approximately $450,000.  His plans also include a 200-foot sidewalk, landscaping for the L3 plan with trees and ground cover.  The construction start date is uncertain.  The chair determined that no member or board action would be taken on this “Controversial Issue” as defined by HNA Byelaws, and discussion will continue at the November 2 HNA meeting.  

Lance Johnson described his latest proposal to develop property inside the “Hillsdale Triangle.” Nearby residents want an opportunity to “negotiate with” and not just “listen to” Lance. They oppose the proposed development because of the number of homes he proposes to build.  They “do not oppose development as such,” just the extent Lance proposes.  “Mediation” may be arranged through SWNI Executive Director Sylvia Bogert.  Acting Land Use Committee chair Glenn Bridger explained that both Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) as well as City Codes must be met before a building permit can be issued within the Triangle.

Glenn also noted that for mediation to work within the geographic area of the Hillsdale Triangle, “Mediation only has a chance for success when the parties involved have a person representing each who has the authority to make a binding deal.  I support the concept of mediation, but the obligation to identify and delegate to the key individuals for the process must rest with those organizations which are the participants in the mediation.”  This area behind the existing commercial businesses on the north side of Capitol Highway was rezoned many years ago to R2.5 density.

Sheila Greenlaw-Fink read the text of a “Resolution” in favor of Measure 26-179, a General Obligation Bond measure to fund $258.4 million of affordable housing.  Glenn Bridger moved that the Board support the Resolution.  It was seconded and passed 5-0.

Schools

Michael Reunert reported that Portland Public Schools has a new, interim Superintendent, that a lead and radon-removal plan is under development, and that some cooking water faucets are lead-free and in use.  Wilson High School Principal Brian Chatard has hired 25-30 new teachers to meet the increasing demands of student-body growth.  Mary Rieke Elementary School is raising funds to add new playground equipment.  Michael does not know why the Neighborhood Emergency Team emergency supplies box has disappeared from the WHS campus to a different location.  Michael also announced that the Hillsdale Community Foundation has approximately $25,000 available for approved projects.  Members suggested, following a later motion by Don Baack, using “a few hundred dollars” to remove lead from the swing set at DeWitt Park, recently fenced and locked by Portland Parks and Recreation.  

Transportation

Eric Wilhelm explained Southwest in Motion (SWIM) and how the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) are collaborating on storm-water-treatment projects.  He also reported on Vision Zero’s goal of preventing all fatalities in Portland’s high-crash corridors.  The City Council will vote on the VZ Draft Action Plan on October 12.  He moved that HNA send a letter to Portland City Council supporting the Vision Zero Draft Action Plan but stipulating that the Plan include a streamlined process for quickly addressing safety concerns and include more neighborhood engagement.  The motion was seconded and passed 6-0.

Parks and Trails

Don Baack reported that the swing set at DeWitt Park has been fenced to prevent public use because it was determined to have lead-based paint.  He moved that HNA request Portland Parks and Recreation explain why the swings at DeWitt Park cannot be sand-blasted to remove lead paint and repainted and made available for public use.  The motion was seconded and passed 5-0.

SWNI

Glenn Bridger announced that a Candidates Forum relating to City Council and Multnomah Commissioner elections will be hosted at the Multnomah Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 10.  A Community Policing Reception will be held in the same location at 6:30 p.m. on October 27.  The Fall Clean Up will be Saturday, November 5, at 9 a.m. at Portland Christian Center.  

Glenn also noted that the Multnomah Village NA is preparing a legal challenge to the Portland Comprehensive Plan on a number of rezoning issues.  It has enlarged its fiscal agreement with SWNI up to $50,000 of total fundraising.  The SWNI Equity and Inclusion Committee is pursuing a “Hate Has No Business Here” poster campaign based on one developed by the Main Street Alliance.  The 2017 SWNI Small Grant Program is underway and a grant-writing workshop will be held Wednesday, October 19, at the MAC from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Land Use

Glenn reported that the City has new tools in their Corporate GIS program, Portland Maps Online.  They are phasing in search capabilities for a variety of land-use-centered actions.  These searchable elements will include building permits, Land Use requests, and trade permits.  Work is also underway to identify where demolition permits are being issued. Note that there is no specific performance time line required for demolition permits.  Land Use requests, decisions, and actions are now to be directed to the HNA Board email address.  

With the aid of Mike Roach of the HBPA, we attempted to have a meeting with Brian Chatard regarding the proposed scoreboard, one featuring local advertising.  When he realized that the scoreboard would not be built in time for this football season, we exchanged emails. Meanwhile, the City approved the scoreboard.

Glenn states that, “While I respect that Wilson is focused on its education mission, we the HNA is considered an afterthought in any external facility actions on the school campus.  Thus, we still need a Good Neighbor Agreement with them to assure that our geographic community is not ignored while they are immersed in their world.”

Other Announcements

Glenn Bridger moved that the HNA sponsor the Annual Thanksgiving Day Walk, on November 24, as an event to celebrate community and country. The motion was seconded and passed 6-0.  The event has a 20-year heritage of friendship and camaraderie.  The walk begins and returns to “the Oak Tree” between Wilson High School and the Sunset Street entrance to the school parking lot at 9 a.m.  Families, pets, walkers young and old are encouraged to join this celebration.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton


HNA Minutes for September 7, 2016

September 23, 2016

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


HNA Minutes for July 6, 2016 Meeting

September 6, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

2201 SW Vermont

 

No meeting in August.  Attend National Night Out:  Wednesday, August 3, at DeWitt Park; 6-8 p.m.

 

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, September 7, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Action Item 2016-7-6-1 Don Baack moved that the HNA write a letter to the Portland Postmaster supporting continuation of postal service, including that of “Post Office Boxes.”  The Board passed the motion unanimously, 7-0.

 

Action Item 2016-7-6-2 Don Baack moved that the HNA Board approve the expenditure of $100 to fund the National Night Out program of August 3.  The motion passed 7-0.

 

Board member Rick Meigs chaired the meeting.  Treasurer Don Baack reported $546 in the HNA bank account.  He also introduced and demonstrated how the new signage announcing a monthly meeting will look, whether we meet at St. Barnabas or at The Watershed.  SWNI funded the new signage project, one managed by Don with the assistance of Glenn Bridger.

 

Eli Spevak and Madeline Kovacs of Portland for Everyone presented their proposal regarding the “Residential Infill Project,” one of “five big land-use decisions” which will be made over the next 18 months.  The other four include:  mixed-use zones; multi-dwelling zones; residential and open spaces zoning project; and inclusionary zoning.  Single-dwelling zones comprise 45% of the city’s land area and decisions must be made regarding:  types of housing to be allowed (scale and size); how many units; on what size lots; and in what areas of the city.  Madeline distributed a lengthy handout demonstrating; increasing home size, decreasing family size, and increasing square footage per person from 1950 to 2008; residents wanting to live in “vibrant neighborhoods;” abundant housing in walkable neighborhoods but the absence of “middle housing” (i.e. duplex, triplex-fourplex, courtyard apartment, bungalow court, townhouse, and multiplex units).

Madeline explained the role of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) which could help to increase residential density and address the “missing middle.”  She and Eli also compared their proposed solutions to that of the City.

Glenn Bridger reported on the City’s  residential infill project and offered a possible motion which HNA members discussed at length and passed as an “Advisory” to the Board.  The Advisory notes that “much of the lands” covered within Hillsdale “are lacking in basic infrastructure of ground/storm water collection and processing” as well as “City maintained streets and sidewalks.”  Glenn noted that “adding density to inadequately served parts of our neighborhood is not acceptable,” a sentiment strongly supported during the comment period.  Until new infrastructure–e.g. safe walkable streets, adequate stormwater runoff systems and sewage lines, updated utility technology–is installed, it is unwise to increase population density within neighborhoods and on streets inadequately equipped to handle it.  Glenn concluded that:  “In simple terms, those lots which do not have complete and contiguous ground/storm water, street and sidewalk and City-approved City trail connections to and along the corridors and center” of Hillsdale.  Areas of Hillsdale lacking such infrastructure should be excluded until the necessary infrastructure is added.  Members were invited to send comments to Glenn by Friday, July 8.  These will be shared with the Board and other members wanting to consider them before the Board entertains a motion and votes on it.

 

Robert Hamilton introduced Angie Hefflinger, who was applauded by members for her work, and that of assistant Martha Younie, in providing excellent service at the Contract Postal Unit in Hillsdale, generally identified as the “Hillsdale Post Office.”  With their retirement August 31, the United States Postal Service has approved the continuation of service there as a CPU but under a new business model (CARS) which will require a successful applicant (business owner) to have some type of approved complementary business in order for it to be profitable.  The property owner is interested in having a business owner tenant who can continue postal service.  But the USPS is changing the contract in two ways:  the type of boxes available for public use; and substituting compensation consisting of a percentage of revenue rather than the current fixed monthly compensation.  Two applications have already been received by Sheryl Scarbrough of USPS.  Numerous HNA and other Hillsdale residents have written to the Portland Postmaster and/or Ms. Scarbrough asking that the postal service be continued.  Postal service is also available in Hillsdale through the UPS outlet but standard postal purchase prices for products and services are higher than at the CPU.

Don Baack moved that the HNA write a letter to the Postmaster supporting continuation of postal service, including that of “Post Office Boxes.”  The Board passed the motion unanimously, 7-0.

 

Don Baack reported that the City has approved HNA use of DeWitt Park for the site of its National Night Out program:  Wednesday, August 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Don moved that the HNA board approve the expenditure of $100 to fund the party.  The motion passed 7-0.

 

Neighborhood Affairs and International Reports

Transportation

Eric Wilhelm reported that the SWNI Transportation Committee is reviewing Capitol Highway construction plans between Multnomah Blvd. and Barbur Blvd. using multiple funding sources.  Designs are estimated at $10-$12 million for this 0.8-mile stretch (c.f. $16M/yr gas tax revenue citywide, plus SDC matches, etc.)  Stormwater runoff, bike and pedestrian lanes, and parking issues seen here are common throughout southwest Portland.  Roger Averbeck and Marianne Fitzgerald are leaving the chair/vice chair positions and have not been replaced as yet. The Bike Share program will begin July 19.  The City Council voted not to adopt minimum off-street parking requirements in NW Portland (which would match policy to the farther-out neighborhoods rather than the central city.)  A developer gave the example that a $1,250/month 330-square-foot rental in a new 126-unit building would cost $1,800/month with the proposed mandated parking.  Hillsdale should anticipate addressing these issues in the next few years with increasing density.

 

Members are concerned that the neighbors near the Chestnut-Burlingame Avenue intersection were not informed of the plans for installing new curbs and the repaving project which began last week.  This project has long been a controversial one because of the lack of communication with PBOT, the multiple issues relating to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, delays relating to the start of construction, and increasing costs of the project.

 

Don Baack asked members to send to him their suggestions and comments by July 8 regarding a list of 12 specific Hillsdale projects relating to the SW Corridor Plan.  The suggestions should include specific street, road, and sidewalk improvements to be included in the list, or deleted from Don’s draft.

 

Hillsdale Alliance and SWNI

Glenn Bridger reported his intention of asking Alliance members to discuss the residential infill project at the next meeting, the date of which has not yet been determined.  Glenn also reported that SWNI has new chair occupants for its seven standing committees.  Glenn reviewed the HNA representatives on each of them, noting that we lack a representative for the Equity Committee.

 

SW Trails & Parks

Don Baack reported that 500 feet of new path along Trail 7 has been constructed by SW Trails-PDX in Albert Kelly Park..

 

Communications:

 Rick Meigs and Eric Wilhelm reported attending the first meeting of SWNI Communications Committee.  Several neighborhoods are using google groups/docs and all SWNI standing committees will be doing so.  SWNI will post information at its website on how to to use Google Docs and will also host workshops and offer other support.   

HNA Agenda and minutes documents  will be available in Google Drive, and the Board will discuss other ways to use it to better communicate with one another and HNA members.  The Secretary will compile, for example, a current list of those who have attended meetings during the past two years.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:58 p.m.