HNA Meeting Minutes for June 7, 2017

August 30, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

June 7, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Action Item 2017-6-7-1  Don Baack moved that the Board support a “Raffle to Benefit the SW 25th Avenue Trail Restoration Project and the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association.”  The motion passed 4-0.

Action Item 2017-6-7-2  Don Baack moved that the Board approve an expenditure of up to $75 for HNA’s National Night Out supplies and food.  The motion passed 4-0.

Action Item 2017-6-7-3  Don Baack moved that the Board invite Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in the Autumn, as her schedule permits, to discuss the “new direction” she foresees for the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. coalition, and for individual Neighborhood Associations.  The motion passed 4-0.

Action Item 2017-6-7-4  Don Baack moved that the Board support the proposal of SW Trails PDX  for a permit to manage the repair and ongoing maintenance of the trail built by neighborhood volunteers in 2003 that links the SW 19th Avenue right-of-way from SW Fairmount Boulevard to Council Crest, about 550 feet including two sets of stairs. The motion passed 4-0.

Eric Wilhelm chaired the meeting.  Treasurer Don Baack reported a balance of $673.85 in the Chase Bank account.

Andrea Wall reported on the SW 25th Avenue Right of Way Restoration and National Night Out program and fundraiser of August 1 at DeWitt Park.  Andrea has long experience with raffles which raise funds for community projects and associations.  In this case, raffle tickets for three items will be sold between July 23 (at the Hillsdale Sunday Farmers’ Market) and August 1 (at the July 30 Blueberry Pancake Breakfast organized by the Hillsdale Business & Professional Association).  The winning raffle tickets will be chosen at the NNO program and the winners need not be present.  The three raffle items, worth approximately $85 each, include:  an Audubon-approved birdhouse; a Growler Carrier with two 32-ounce bottles of beer; and a Deluxe Emergency Backpack from Portland Emergency Services.

Outreach Committee

Leslie Pohl-Kosbau read a report from Outreach Committee chair Barbara Bowers.  The Committee, including two new members (Paula Hamilton and Melissa Light), met to discuss ways to improve the August 1 National Night Out program.  This included the proposed purchase of an HNA banner with a logo.  Melissa will oversee an expanded component of children’s activities.  Paula will recruit contributions from Hillsdale businesses and will ask the Wilson High School and the Robert Gray Middle School music departments to provide musical entertainment.  Sheila Fink and Leslie will ask On Point Credit Union for assistance with publicity, and will ask Friends of Terwilliger Parkway if they wish to have a booth.  Local police officer Jason Graf will speak and Fire Station No. 5 will be asked to participate.

Barbara spoke to HBPA president Mike Roach and it was decided to delay implementation of a plan to install a “Community Bulletin Board” somewhere in the business district.  Barbara is also exploring ways to expand HNA membership, such as making the website more appealing.  Barbara is asking for Board and Officer “Job Descriptions” and will work with Secretary Robert Hamilton to circulate them to potential candidates interested in being on the Board.  Elections for positions will be held at the September 6 meeting.

SWNI Transportation Committee

Eric Wilhelm reported that Mayor Ted Wheeler said the City will continue to support the goals of the Paris Accord.  Eric also recommended downloading the app “PDX Reporter” in order to be able to report transportation concerns and practical problems (e.g. storm-related street closures or serious pothole problems).  He said that the Biketown Program has been very successful and he invited HNA members to test the electric bike he used as transportation to tonight’s meeting.  It will also be available at the NNO event in August.  He recommended following the transportation bills in the Oregon Legislature and Leslie Pohl-Kosbau said she would share electronically Senate Bill 1008.

SW Trails PDX

Don Baack reported on the organization’s proposal to assume responsibility for repair and maintenance of SW 19th Avenue from Fairmount to Council Crest.  The Board supported the effort through a formal motion.

Land Use and SWNI

Glenn Bridger submitted a written report indicating “limited notices to HNA” this month.  Salvador Molly’s requests a Liquor License renewal and an accessory short-term rental permit on SW Cheltenham.  Glenn and Don escorted two BES leaders along SW Idaho Street to demonstrate the need for the City to improve the stormwater collection system while a development is taking place which would improve a portion of the street.  The developer of the property (formerly owned by and adjacent to St. Barnabas Church) stressed the importance of the City fulfilling its responsibility and refused a cash payment from the City as a way of avoiding City action by PBOT and/or BES.

Glenn also reported on a Better Housing by Design presentation by the City which showcased their “present thoughts on expanding housing options and choices in the ‘middle housing’ segment of zoning.”  The options complement positions taken by the HNA Board regarding middle housing initiatives.  He also shared a Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry application for a permit for “routine tree maintenance activities.”  Members can monitor PP&R activities through the app “Park Scan.”

Glenn announced that SWNI has elected new officers:  John Gibbon is the new president; Leslie Hammond is 1st vice president; Ryan Blum is 2nd vice president; Lee Buhler is treasurer; and Carol Porto is secretary.  Also, SWNI approved Bylaw changes which make more explicit the coalition’s commitment to equity and inclusion, and which refines the relationship between the Board and its committees.

Joan Frederiksen of the City’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability announced by email meetings on June 22 and 29 to inform citizens of “long-term land-use visions around the SW Naito/Kelly and West Portland Town Center/Crossroads areas,” both a part of SW Corridor Light Rail planning.

Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee

Keturah Pennington encouraged members to attend forthcoming Quarterly Roundtable Meetings as they will address matters important to both property owners and renters.

SWNI Schools Committee

Michael Reunert announced that the Oregon Legislature has approved an 11% budget increase for K-12 schools.  Robert Hamilton reported on the May 18 SWNI Schools Committee meeting, noting that he responded to a survey reporting on the means used by HNA to learn about and participate in K-12 activities.  The proposed Action Plan of the Committee requires more volunteers to assist chair Maripat Hensel to execute the ambitious goals she has for the 2017-18 school year.  The next committee meeting–open to the public–will be Thursday, September 21, at the Multnomah Arts Center at 7 p.m.; room #4.

Additional Announcements

Robert reminded Members and the Board of former president Duane Huntings efforts to update the organization’s “Action Plan” and its eleven specific topics.  This is required because of the adoption of the 1997 Hillsdale Town Center Plan.  Robert will send it electronically to the Board and Alternates.

The effort to recruit a Chair for the July 5 meeting was unsuccessful, except that Don Baack said he would do so if no one else volunteers.  Thank you, Don.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton, Secretary


HNA Meeting Minutes for July 5, 2017

August 30, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association
July 5, 2017
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Action Item 2017-7-5-1 Barbara Bowers moved that we formally adopt the header of the HNA website as the official logo of the organization.  The motion was seconded, but following an extended discussion, Chair Don Baack declared it to be a “Controversial Issue” and a Board vote was postponed to September 6.

Action Item 2017-7-5-2 Glenn Bridger moved that Andrea Wall, coordinator of the SW 25th Avenue Right of Way Restoration Project, requests that the $75 cost, including shipping, of the August 1 National Night Out raffle prize “Emergency Kit,” valued at $87.90, be deducted from the proceeds raised from the sale of raffle tickets.  The remaining proceeds will then be shared equally between the HNA and the Restoration Project.  The motion was seconded and passed 6-0 by the Board.

Chair Don Baack reminded members that HNA’s National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeWitt Park, across from the Hillsdale Library and that this event will substitute for an August meeting.  The next membership meeting will be at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont, beginning at 7 p.m.

The June meeting Minutes were approved and Treasurer Don stated that the bank account is approximately $650.  Members introduced themselves and shared significant personal memories of summer events from their past.

Garner Moody of Lloyd Development, LLC, discussed a proposed land subdivision at 2540 SW Sunset.  Mr. Moody represents clients who wish to divide a lot of 15,000 square feet into two lots of 7,500 square feet each for the purpose of building two homes where only one home was permitted by the CC&Rs written in 1941.  He distributed copies of the existing original CC&Rs, ones which included a provision outlawed by the courts which restricted ownership to “Caucasians” alone (except for “domestic servants”).  Mr. Moody and his clients wish to develop new CC&Rs for HNA members to review in the future and he will then seek support of them and building designs which will be submitted to the City.  These will also need the support of property owners within and adjacent to the lots proposed for development.

Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

Outreach Committee

Barbara Bowers proposed that the Board approve the use of the logo appearing at the HNA website as the “official logo” of the organization.  Following a long discussion of various logo designs and logo-types which have been used by HNA, the Hillsdale Community Foundation and Main Street,  and the Hillsdale Business & Professional Association, it was determined by the Chair that this was a “controversial issue” requiring greater “member and public input” and a vote was postponed until September 6.  However, the postponement will not prevent the development of an HNA banner to be used on August 1 at National Night Out which employs the logo found on the HNA website.

Barbara also reported that posters will soon appear in the store windows of local businesses and that public announcements will be made regarding NNO.  Melissa Light is planning August 1 activities for children, booths are being planned for preceding events advertising NNO, Josh Kaddish will provide a sound system and will offer musical entertainment, Paula Hamilton is collecting door prizes from Hillsdale businesses, Sergeant Jason Graf of the Portland police will speak to the NNO crowd and the fire department will open its doors for inspection of their equipment, Remax Realty will offer parking space,  and that tables and chairs will be loaned by the library and Farmer’s Market.

Andrea Wall reported on the effort to sell raffle tickets for three items, the revenue of which, minus the $75 cost of the “Emergency Kit,” will be equally divided between HNA and the “SW 25th Avenue Right of Way Restoration Project.”

SW Trails PDX

Don Baack reported that supplemental funding for the SW 25th Safe Route to School from Bertha Boulevard to Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway will be proposed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman at the City Council meeting of July 26.

SWNI and Land Use

Glenn Bridger announced that new SWNI president John Gibbon appointed chairs for several committees, excepting that of the Watershed Committee.  Watershed Coordinator Jen Seamans has left for graduate school; our Southwest watershed challenges are different than those in other parts of Portland and SWNI has a contract with the City’s Bureau of Environmental Services to provide tailored expertise.  Glenn encouraged members to fill out the questionnaires online relating to land use and the search for a new director of ONI.  

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan update is available at “Code Reconciliation Project.”  

Schools 

Michael Reunert reported that the Legislature has appropriated more money than originally expected to fund Oregon’s schools during the next biennium.  But it still considered too small an increase to avoid larger class sizes.  He also reported that the annual outdoor work party at Wilson High School will be August 29.

Don reminded members that the HBPA Blueberry Pancake Breakfast will be Sunday, July 30, in the central business district.

As chair, Don also appointed a Nominating Committee of Glenn Bridger, Rick Meigs, and Sheila Fink for the September 6 election of Board Directors and Officers.  Don announced that he will continue as a Board member but will resign as Treasurer.   Secretary Robert Hamilton emailed information to the Directors and Alternates regarding the Board vacancies and those positions up for election. The list is the one used in 2016.  Voting for odd-number positions and others include:   1 President (vacant); 2 Vice-President (vacant; will need to be re-elected in 2018); 3. Robert Hamilton, Secretary; 5. Vacant; 7. Vacant; 9. Wes Risher; and 11. Eric Wilhelm.  So, in other words, in September 2017, we actually have seven positions either currently vacant, or have current occupants who need to be re-elected.  Robert said he will stand for re-election, and Wes and Eric need to inform the Nominating Committee whether they will too.

In a meeting recently with Wes, he said he would be happy to be an Alternate to Leslie Pohl-Kosbau (if she is willing to be a Board Director), so Wes and Leslie should discuss this matter and inform the Nominating Committee how they would like to proceed.  Will the Board candidate be Wes or Leslie?

Miscellaneous

Earlier today, I shared my thoughts below with Sheila and Barbara but now invite all of you, including Alternates, to comment upon a “new model” for communicating with the public (residents and others) and for conducting our meetings.  The downside is that Committee Reports would be written and sent to me for posting at the website but not delivered publicly at a monthly meeting (unless it resulted in a Motion and the need for discussion and a Board vote).  The upside, or advantage, is that it would allow us to devote meeting time to presentations by invited guests (officials, etc.).  

I look forward to your thoughtful comments to my proposed “new model” below.  Feel free to share with “All” or with me privately.

“Second, I want to pursue the “new model” of how we conduct our communications with the Hillsdale residents and how we conduct our monthly meetings.  I tried to summarize on July 5 the suggestions I heard from Keturah and other members:  ask for written reports beforehand from Eric, Don, Michael, Barbara, Glenn, etc. so that I can post them to the HNA website, perhaps as part of the “Minutes” or under a new heading such as “Committee Reports.”  Those wanting to read these reports could do so at the website.

“I and the Board and Alternates would then determine who we want to address HNA each month on matters of substantive interest relating to land use, transportation, etc.  We would plan ahead so that we could be assured that each month we would have a featured speaker:  manager of one of the city’s bureaus or agencies, or a City Commissioner, County Commissioner, or State official.  We would then advertise the speaker and topic at the website and in SWNI News and through NextDoor Hillsdale in order to attract a larger attendance at our monthly HNA meetings.  Obviously, we also have to allow time for Board members each month to propose motions and time for discussion.”

Submitted by Robert Hamilton, Secretary

 


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