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.


Meeting Minute, May 4, 2016

May 31, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting, May 4, 2016

Don Baack chaired the meeting. Agenda was approved as presented.

Minutes of the last meeting were approved, moved by Arnie Panitch, seconded by Rick Meigs. Self-introductions were provided by all in attendance.

Guests from Google Fiber: Daniel Pickens-Jones and Sean Flak, and from City of Portland, Office for Community Technology, Manager, Mary Beth Henry.

GOOGLE FIBER DISCUSSION

Expansion Lead for Google Fiber, Sean Flak, Project Manager of Build Team (construction) described proposed fiber hut anticipated in our neighborhood, Council Crest. He described what fiber huts are, what will they look like. Finding sites is a key issue, can’t be definitive yet until those are finalized. Might not be able to give pricing info until then.

WHAT IS GOOGLE FIBER

US is 14th in world for internet speed. 14.2 Mbps average connection speed. Google Fiber offers a superfast internet to the home connection—60-70X faster than today’s average connection. Much of today’s infrastructure is coaxial. This move from mega to giga bits should create/spur innovation.

Today, downloading 100 photos can take 4.40 minutes on average, with Google fiber will be .03 seconds. HD movie today 10-15 minutes to download, fiber 7-10 seconds. When Google enters new markets, others tend to provide increases in speed to compete. Google Fiber Customer Support Philosophy: respond quickly to questions, provide experienced installation. Call center answers within 30 seconds; installations made for specific time, 96% on time.

Google Fiber is now in Kansas City, MO, Provo, UT, in construction in several other cities. In discussions with many cities like Portland.  Strive to provide simplicity of pricing. Leasing or selling in home equipment—1 box included with subscription, additional at a charge. Does Google bear full cost of installation? Are there surcharges? Google is very cognizant of pricing transparency—very limited times when there are add-ons.

This is a private sector investment. The city will collect a 5% fee because of use of right of way. How much is the investment in Portland to bring google fiber? It is on a scale cities may only see once in a generation. Equity lens: is this rolling out citywide? Legally, can’t discriminate and serve only certain areas. Digital inclusion is a key value. Google is making large investments in this and each new market. Build local capacity, partner with agencies. Free to public housing, other underserved populations.

Portland/Multnomah County just adopted a digital equity plan:  {http://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/575140}

Google described their plans for resilience in the case of natural disasters (such as earthquake).

BUILDING A BRAND NEW NETWORK

What is fiber optic? A new way to connect, higher transmission speeds.

What does Fiber’s network architecture look like? Begin at local aggregation site, a connection to the backbone ringing city. Gives some redundancy, 1 or 2 rings if just the city, 3+ if beyond city only.

Huts have electricity and natural gas for backup generator. Most of network is passive. At the huts, there is a generator in case power is lost long term. Does generator cycle, and how often? Monthly? Google works with noise officer. KW output on generator will be provided, likely smaller than one at Wilson.

Huts serve about 40,000 homes per hut. Distribution fiber towards neighborhoods, then split into hubs (passive, splitter). The number of times it splits between hub and house, can’t be too many or it will degrade quality. Is there a radius of service? about 5km from hut?

Dimensions of hut: 10×30 designed to fit into neighborhood character, within fenced enclosure for safety and security. Anticipate seven huts in city, two in Southwest. How large are the hubs? Similar to other telecomm if above ground, but prefer to bury. No sound associated with these. No radiation from these (unlike cell towers now). Now underground, or run along existing utility poles to homes. First build to edge of property line, then installation crew if service is purchased. Fiber jack inside. No installation charge.  Working with Beaverton, Tigard, Lake Oswego, other cities in metro area.

What kind of equipment for installation? Use boring machines when possible to avoid surface disturbance. Optical to digital conversion happens inside the house at jack.  Google will have “standard” rates, will be competitive with others.

Will utility poles be overloaded at some point as we keep adding to them? Engineering is done to determine of poles need to be replaced. Similar or identical pricing within same city/metro area. Most cities with Google have common pricing.

Proposed location: Water Bureau property, by towers on Council Crest — Master Lease Agreement with City of Portland near Stonehenge, NW Natural, PGE, AT&T towers. Lease revenue will go to Water Bureau if the site is theirs. No Parks properties under consideration.

Google is planning 8’ cedar fence which would mask full hut/generator, etc. Video cam is not standard procedure, but could be considered for security. What is Water Bureau’s seismic assessment? Can look into this.

Construction Schedule: Can’t say right now. Deeply engaged in work needed to move full project forward. Land Use review currently happening. Getting conditional use approved one step.

Right now Google contemplating broad band and video, not phone. Google will set rate. 5% franchise fee revenue to city. Not necessarily new source if folks transition from one utility to another. Wes asked about possibility of putting this to PBOT for right of way improvements. Can design of hut not be more imaginative?

ERIC WILHELM/Transportation Report:

Following up on project at Barbur & Capitol Highway, improvements to reduce one southbound lane on Barbur over Newbury and Vermont bridges to provide bike lanes. ODOT had done road safety audit.

Near term response, much may change with SW Corridor, as local improvements along the Corridor will be prioritized.

Timing: Likely that something will happen since City Council added this to SDC eligible list, but unclear when road striping (first step) would take place. Possible could happen in less than a year. HNA will invite engineers in to discuss.  SW Corridor upcoming decisions: mode choice, PCC connection. We will have input on connections. Shared Investment Strategy, getting local projects into DEIS important, related to matching federal funds, etc.

An update on 30th Dosch safety improvements was provided; grant request in for intersection design.

The handrail on steps behind A-Boy was lost after a recent crash of stolen pickup during high speed chase and will be replaced by the city.

Bike Share system to launch in July. May is bike month—BTA promotion. 25% of all trips will be taken by bike by 2030 (projected). Many issues to ensure equitable access for bike/ped. N. Williams bike lane already oversubscribed. Better Block downtown—bike/ped for festivals.

LAND USE:  Iowa – 6107 proposed demolitions, 3 large Douglas Firs slated for removal, up to 10 homes. SW 18th and Iowa zoned for higher density. Patchwork projects are being approved individually without overall capacity/plan needed if zoning is maximized. No traffic light at end of 18th Drive. Frequently used as bypass to Sunset. Developers have been purchasing lots. Collectively n-hood is being transformed—discussion ensued about issues with increased density.

Someone who lives behind library on Pendleton, working with neighbors to review planned developments. The covenant is an “opportunity” to work with Johnson or other developers, to shape development. “We’re not being obstructionist. We’d like to work with HNA to look more holistically.” They will get in touch with Glenn Bridger (Interim Land Use Chair) and start to put their ideas together.

FOOD CARTS:  Richard Stein – 4 years ago, floated idea of food carts. Have gotten ideas and concerns from HNA, and the carts have become successful. Now coming with another idea: exploring idea of wine and beer service, would operate only when school is not open, later afternoon and evening, weekends, summer. Barbara Bowers concerned about Fridays—when games are taking place. During summer, pool is open in summer, many youth in and out of area. Ballet studio in area. Question: Is this happening in other neighborhoods with so many youth? OLCC guidelines very specific about designated area—alcohol consumption on site only. Apartment dwellers next door to carts—didn’t like music, but Richard hasn’t heard from them lately. Richard’s email: RStein@spiritone.com. This Friday there will be a celebration at the food carts, all are invited.

ARNIE PANITCH, TRANSIT UPDATE: Epic Max disruption anticipated during May. Arnie described changes.

SCHOOLS: School Boundaries changing, info available at Portland Public Schools.

CALENDAR: May 9 SWNI clean up 9-1.  May 9 Wilson High clean up 9-12, done twice a year. 30-40 people work over the grounds. School provides food at lunch.

PARKS: Rieke Soccer Field Meeting, May 18.  No Movies in Park at DeWitt this summer. Opening Crossroads Garden – behind UCC. Call Parks & Rec to sign up.

COMMUNICATIONS: Rick and Eric working on communications strategies for HNA.

MEETING ADJOURNED: 9:00 pm.


Minutes from March 2, 2016

March 15, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Next meeting: Wednesday, April 6; at 7:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.

 

General Meeting

Action Item 2016-3-2-1

Don Baack moved that Portland Public Schools remove a line of posts on the east side of the parking lot separating Wilson High School and Mary Rieke Elementary School; and that PPS widen 310 feet of the paving on the north side of the WHS parking lot. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by the Board 7-0.

Action Item 2016-3-2-2

Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association establish a Good Neighbor Agreement with Robert Gray Middle School, Mary Rieke Elementary School, and Woodrow Wilson High School in that order. The motion was seconded and passed 4-3.

Action Item 2016-3-2-3

Rick Meigs moved that HNA support a Sunday Parkways event for Southwest Portland in 2017.   The motion was seconded and passed 7-0.

Action Item 2016-3-2-4

Don Baack moved that HNA indicate that it has no objections to Type II Proposal #LU 16-105022 AD (Aimee Erickson) at 6559 SW Capitol Highway requesting an increased set-back of 21-30 feet. The motion was seconded and passed 7-0.

 

President Duane Hunting opened the combined Board of Directors and General Membership meeting at 7:05 p.m. Following introductions it was decided that future Board meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will continue as a General Membership meeting whenever the Board concludes its business.

Treasurer Don Baack reported that HNA has $546.41 in its Chase Bank account.

Following passage of two motions by Don Baack, he, Rick Meigs, and Robert Hamilton volunteered to serve on a committee to implement Action Item 2016-3-2-2, with the goal of establishing a Good Neighbor Agreement with Portland Public Schools and each of the three public schools located in Hillsdale.

Elizabeth Vrooman presented information on the foster parent program of Boys & Girls Aid (email: evrooman@boysandgirlsaid.org; tel. 503-542-2312). An informational meeting about the organization’s mission will be held Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Capitol Hill Library; 10723 SW Capitol Hwy.

Michael Reunert reported on the PPS Boundary Review Committee’s recommendations, following 14 months of deliberations and public meetings.   However, Superintendent Carole Smith responded that she will be presenting a new plan to the public soon and a new round of public review and meetings will begin. Michael also reported that TechConnect has received $600 from Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) for the Schools Committee to continue its work in 2016. The next SOLV semi-annual cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 8.

Rick Meigs moved that HNA support a Sunday Parkways event for Southwest Portland in 2017.   The motion was seconded and passed 7-0. Don and Robert will draft a letter of support and send it to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).

Eric Wilhelm reported that the SWNI Transportation Committee passed a motion asking PBOT to study the Golden Touch Restaurant construction project for potential transportation consequences. Phil Richman of Markham neighborhood discussed a poll he conducted on NextdoorHillsdale regarding the construction at the Barbur Boulevard site of 452 proposed parking spaces for retail customers plus 223 proposed dwelling units. The poll resulted in a broad range of opinion but Phil said that many favored 325-350 parking spaces. Members discussed this project in the context of additional changes which may result from the transportation improvements associated with the Southwest Corridor Plan, and the observation by several that without abundant parking stall construction, employees and residents from outside Hillsdale will use our neighborhood’s residential streets for work and park-and-ride purposes.

Glenn Bridger reported on SWNI matters, including a Westside Candidates Forum on Tuesday, March 29, at the Multnomah Arts Center, starting at 6:15 p.m., which will feature the many candidates for Mayor as well as City Council Commissioner Positions 1 and 4. Glenn also asked members to consider candidates for our HNA Volunteer of the Year.

Duane drew attention to two current land use notices. Don Baack moved that HNA indicate that it has no objections to Type II Proposal #LU 16-105022 AD (Aimee Erickson) at 6559 SW Capitol Highway requesting an increased set-back of 21-30 feet. The motion was seconded and passed 7-0.

Don reported that Portland Parks & Recreation is reorganizing, and that Southwest in Motion was passed by the City Council at today’s meeting. This will make funding more efficient as projects will be given a rank order of importance relating to a 20-year timeline.

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 


Minutes from February 3, 2016

February 15, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Next meeting: Wednesday, March 2; at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.

President Duane Hunting opened the meeting of the Board of Directors at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. At the Board meeting, it was decided unanimously to table until March 2 for further discussion a three-part Advisory relating to Portland Public Schools (see HNA Minutes of February 3). The Board will also discuss at the March meeting the suggestion that separate Board and General Membership meetings be conflated. Because of her family travel schedule and other commitments, Carolyn Raz is resigning from the Board.

At the General Meeting, the draft Minutes of the January 6 General Meeting were approved with minor corrections. Members introduced themselves and Board members and alternates identified themselves.

Brett Matthews of the Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) discussed the June 25 SWNI Emergency Preparedness Fair and asked members for topics which need to be discussed. Members suggested that: insurance representatives explain earthquake and wind-damage clauses of their policies; someone estimate costs relating to seismic retrofits; Northwest Natural Gas representatives attend; neighborhood maps be available; pet and children’s needs during emergencies be addressed; and that Map Your Neighborhood and Nextdoor Hillsdale information be available. Matt Emlen is the NET Community Outreach Coordinator.

Matt Bihn of Metro and Dave Aulwes of TriMet presented a Southwest Corridor Plan update and timetable of planning, decision-making, environmental impact study activities, and construction schedule and 2035 completion. The Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail Transit from downtown Portland to Bridgeport options were explained using handouts and a power-point presentation.   BRT rush-hour capacity will be reached by 2035; LRT capacity extends beyond that year, representing more room to grow. Options relating to the extension of a new line to Portland Community College-Sylvania were discussed and Erika Nebel of City Commissioner Steve Novick’s office stated that he supports the best option for working class students and families to access PCC’s campus. More information is available at: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/sites/default/files/SWCP-ModeComparisonMemo-20151231a.pdf Robert Hamilton reported on the meeting of the SWNI Schools Committee and its 2016 plans to implement TechConnect and make Internet research and study opportunities available to all students, regardless of family income. He also reported on a presentation to the committee by Beth Woodward, a Southwest resident advocating that Portland Public Schools change the name of Woodrow Wilson High School. The committee will study the matter and make a recommendation. Barbara Bowers shared information about Hannah Davis and other students from Wilson High giving a presentation at the March 2 meeting on Hillsdale Town Center growth from a student perspective.

Eric Wilhelm reported on Transportation Committee issues including a Nike Bike Share Program. Glenn Bridger reported on SWNI as well as a January 25 Hillsdale Alliance meeting, organized by Sheila Greenlaw-Fink, focusing upon homelessness in Metropolitan Portland and the Southwest. Guest Speakers included Israel Bayer (Street Roots), Marc Jolin (Home for Everyone), Rick Nitti (Neighborhood House), Rachel Duke (Community Partners for Affordable Housing), and Ruth Adkins

Duane Hunting reported four land-use matters, including the plans for the current Golden Touch Restaurant site at 8124 SW Barbur Boulevard. Developer Bill Garyfallou, owner of the property, answered member’s questions about his construction plans.

Don Baack (SW Trails-PDX) announced a Himes Park work party, funding for a local trail bridge, and Southwest in Motion.

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 


Minutes from January 6, 2016

February 4, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

General Meeting

Action Item 2015-12-2-1

Don Baack moved that the Board approve sponsorship of Smile Oregon’s event permit for the use of Gabriel Park to raise funds for its dental assistance program in 2016. The motion was seconded and discussed. Robert Hamilton moved that a decision by the board be tabled until the board meeting of January 6, 2016. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously by the Board.

Action Item 2016-1-6-1

The Board voted 7-0 to take Action Item 2015-12-2-1 from the table and voted 7-0 to sponsor Smile Oregon’s event permit for the use of Gabriel Park in 2016.

Action Item 2016-1-6-2

Don Baack moved that the Board support the Advisory of the General Members to reset the Institutional Residential (IR) zoning of Wilson High School, which it has had for 18-20 years, to the status of R-7, the designation of all other schools within the Portland Public School system. The motion was seconded, discussed, and passed by a vote of 7-1.

 

President Duane Hunting opened the meeting of the board of directors at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:02 p.m. At the Board meeting, Smile Oregon board member Jack Myers explained the mission of the nonprofit corporation and the annual Family Walk fundraiser to help cover a portion of the cost of cleft palate and cranial-facial operations for several patients each year, typically $5-7,000 for each recipient. The Board then voted to sponsor Smile Oregon’s event permit for the use of Gabriel Park in 2016.

At the General Meeting, the draft Minutes of the December 2 General Meeting were approved with the addition of the following statement: “Barbara Bowers suggested we include Wilson High School students and Portland State University students in giving us their suggestions for future development in Hillsdale as it relates to the ongoing Hillsdale Town Center Plan.” Members introduced themselves and Board members and alternates identified themselves.

The President noted the need to update the HNA website. He also reminded members that we will need to elect a new President early in 2016 when he moves to a different neighborhood and that we currently have no elected Vice President or Secretary. Robert Hamilton is acting temporarily as Secretary. Treasurer Don Baack reported that the HNA bank account has $546 in it.

The members discussed an Advisory presented by Don Baack to reset the Institutional Residential (IR) zoning of Wilson High School, a status unique to WHS which it has had for 18-20 years, to its previous status of R-7, the designation of all other schools within the Portland Public School system. Members and WHS principal Brian Chatard discussed the matter at length. Members supported the Advisory by a vote of 13 in favor to 4 in opposition. The Board then voted 7 to 1 to support the Advisory. The Board motion was made by Don Baack, seconded, and discussed prior to the vote. President Hunting will inform the City Council of the decision and ask that it be included as a change within the Comprehensive Plan.

The members then discussed a second Advisory proposed by Don Baack, one consisting of three parts, all of which Don described as “mitigation” for the recent construction, without a prior presentation to the HNA for discussion by Board and General Members, of a fence and two gates. The gates will be closed during autumn football games as entry will require a ticket or student pass and will restrict pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians will need to detour around the east end of the WHS parking lot to reach a destination south of the WHS campus. The three mitigation measures which Don proposed are: (1) removal of a line of posts on the east side of the parking lot separating WHS and Mary Rieke Elementary School; (2) the construction of a wider sidewalk on the north side of the WHS parking lot; and (3) a Good Neighbor Policy between Portland Public Schools regarding the three public schools within Hillsdale and the HNA. Members supported the Advisory by a vote of 12-5. The HNA Board will discuss the Advisory at its meeting of February 3. A Comprehensive Plan Testimony email to Portland City Council was sent and acknowledged on Thursday, January 8, 2016.

On Monday, January 25, at 7 p.m. at The Watershed in Hillsdale, HNA members and Hillsdale residents, as well as a large number of invited public policy makers and other guests who have studied “homelessness” in Portland, will meet to discuss the question: “What can we do in Hillsdale to assist the homeless to meet their residence, nutrition, community, and social needs?” The Hillsdale Alliance co-chairs, Glenn Bridger and Sheila Greenlaw-Fink, will act as facilitators of the forum.

Members discussed a “crash” of December 22 at 7:15 p.m. in which an automobile struck and injured a pedestrian crossing Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. The victim was crossing from Dosch Road, on the north, to 30th Avenue on the south side of B-H Highway. Members supported by a vote of 17-0 an Advisory by Don Baack to ask the Portland Bureau of Transportation to analyze the crash and make recommendations about improving pedestrian safety at the intersection, particularly in light of new construction on 30th Avenue now in progress. There are several potential ways PBOT could make the intersection safer for pedestrians, bus riders, bicyclists, and automobiles, including the addition of dedicated left turn lanes for drivers on Dosch and 30th Avenue. Eric Wilhelm suggested that HNA ask for more crosswalk enforcement to address “the failure to yield” problem which caused the recent pedestrian injury collision.   Eric also cited: Capitol Hwy and Sunset, Vermont and Bertha, and Terwilliger and Chestnut/6th Avenue. Don will take the list to the Portland Traffic Safety Coordination Council.

Don Baack proposed an Advisory asking the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association to encourage Town Center business and property owners to remove ice and snow when they make public sidewalks impassable, a condition which existed from January 3 to 6. Members voted to support the Advisory 16-0. Eric also discussed the growing importance of “short-cut street maintenance” to promote bicycle-pedestrian use to avoid car congestion. Better Block supporters are promoting diverse transportation modes.

Glenn Bridger reported on SWNI personnel changes and SWNI’s efforts to promote civility towards Muslim residents and organizations. Duane Hunting reported on condominium construction on 30th Avenue. Mark Dane (Dane Planning) is building 15 units which will have an average price of $300,000. One current home will also remain on the property. Don Baack also explained Southwest in Motion and 15 unbuilt rights-of-way in Hillsdale. Leslie Pohl-Kosbau reported that Portland Parks and Recreation is structurally reorganizing. She is also planning to attend the Tuesday, January 12, Parks Budget meeting and will report back to HNA at the February 3 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

 

Submitted by Robert Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 


Minutes from December 2, 2015

December 10, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Next meeting: Wednesday, January 6; at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.

Board Meeting & General Meeting

Action Item 2015-12-2-1

Don Baack moved that the Board approve sponsorship of the Smile Oregon program of free dental care, supporting their Gabriel Park summer 2016 walk program. The motion was seconded and discussed. Robert Hamilton moved that a decision by the board be tabled until the board meeting of January 6, 2016. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously by the Board.

President Duane Hunting opened the meeting of the board of directors at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:05 p.m. The draft Minutes of the November 4 general meeting were approved. Members introduced themselves and Board members and alternates identified themselves.

The President noted the excused absences of Board members Wes Risher, Carolyn Raz, and Rick Meigs. Duane also reminded the Board of the need to recruit a Vice-President and Secretary (Position Numbers 2 and 3) as soon as possible, as well as a new President (Position 1) in the first quarter of 2016 because of his own plans to move from Hillsdale to a different neighborhood at that time.

Duane distributed three pages from the original 1997 Hillsdale Town Center Plan, which identified major planning concepts. Duane listed the goals which were subsequently achieved, such as: a new Hillsdale Library, bike lanes on SW Vermont Street, the Hillsdale Sunday Farmers Market, Turning Point, The Watershed, and a dozen other achievements. Duane asked HNA members to suggest new specific goals which should be included in the next Comprehensive Plan for Portland and the Southwest Corridor Plan. Our recommendations will be the result of the Hillsdale Strategic Planning process. Duane identified ten categories for updating the Hillsdale Town Center Plan:

  1. Land use and zoning;
  2. Transportation;
  3. Business growth and development;
  4. Urban design;
  5. Community standards;
  6. Equity and diversity;
  7. Environment and recreation;
  8. Housing;
  9. Schools; and
  10. Parks and trails

The remainder of the meeting was devoted to possible goals for an updated HNA Action Plan, including, among others: covering the Town Center plaza for bikes and diners; narrow the turn lane on Bertha Boulevard to add a buffered bike lane, and improve drainage; change the zoning on Bertha Blvd. to allow commercial activity; investigate a transportation grant from Metro to promote commercial activity on Bertha Blvd.; find ways to increase building density at the intersection of Bertha/Vermont; improve transportation along Capitol and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; and underground utilities within the commercial district, including a financing plan.

The meeting Board Meeting was adjourned, and the General Meeting began at 7 p.m.

Treasurer Don Baack reported a bank account of $546.

Eli Spevak reported on residential infill efforts within Portland and the role of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). He stressed the importance of building more “small homes” to give potential new buyers affordable medium-sized dwellings—those between single-family residences and four-story apartments. ADU help achieve greater population density within the metropolitan area, allowing, for example, 12 homes to share a courtyard, rather than six single-family residences on the same square footage of land. More than 300 ADU, with a height limit of 18 feet, are being constructed annually in Portland. Eli provided two related websites: “www.Orangesplot.net” to learn more about his professional expertise and experience; and www.AccessoryDwellings.org for more information about ADU. Barbara Bowers recommended the reading of Tactical Urbanism by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia.

Schools: Robert Hamilton reported that the Tech Connect event on November 18 at Jackson Middle School included a robotics display constructed by students at Wilson High School, a presentation on the importance of providing hi-tech hardware and software and instruction in using both to enhance student research techniques, classroom instruction, and to prepare them for college or the job market. HNA schools representative to SWNI, Michael Reunert, was instrumental in organizing the Tech Connect event.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Dr. Richard Garfinkle encouraged members to take advantage of the Golden Tickets program of Hillsdale and Multnomah Village and the discounts available at local retail stores during December. Rick also reported that HBPA has added a number of new, younger, enthusiastic members recently, and he described the Smile Oregon dental program directed by his son, orthodontist Dr. Judah Garfinkle.

SWNI, SW Trails, and Parks: Don Baack reported that SWNI has added two new staff positions, while one person has resigned. Southwest Trails has announced a policy to ask the City Council and SWNI coalition members to join “The Southwest in Motion.” This includes evaluating all 1-15-year projects in order to assign a priority ranking to each of the approximately 200 projects, 15-16 of which are in Hillsdale. Don said that about 15 people participated in the Thanksgiving Day walk. Finally, PPS is in the midst of a reorganization of the city bureau.

Land Use: Duane Hunting announced a notice of a Pre-Application Conference on Dec. 10 for a property at 3024 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway (eastside corner of SW 30th Avenue).

Miscellaneous: Arnie Panitch suggested inviting Wilson teacher Mr. Nam to explain his reasons for wanting Portland Public Schools to re-name the high school. HNA members passed unanimously an “Advisory” that the Board supports Smile Oregon. Don Baack, discussing the recent SOLVE Clean-up, noted that Hillsdale’s seven parks include evidence of approximately a dozen camps established over time by homeless individuals or groups. Members will discuss at the next meeting how best to assist the homeless in Hillsdale meet their residence, nutrition, and social needs. Barbara Bowers suggested we include Wilson High School Students and Portland State University students in giving us their suggestions for future development in Hillsdale as it relates to the ongoing Hillsdale Town Center Plan. Glenn Bridger encouraged members to attend the Dec. 7 discussion at the Multnomah Art Center of the draft “Racial Equity Policy.”

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton


Minutes from November 4, 2015

November 17, 2015

 

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Next meeting: Wednesday, December 2; at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.

 

General Meeting

Action Item 2015-11-4-1

Glenn Bridger moved that the HNA approve the Draft Revised Bylaws. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by all 17 members present.

President Duane Hunting opened the meeting of the board of directors at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:05 p.m. The draft Minutes of the October 7 general meeting were approved. Members introduced themselves and board members and alternates identified themselves.

Both the board and membership unanimously approved HNA sponsorship of the annual Hillsdale Thanksgiving Day Walk, scheduled for November 26, starting and ending at the oak tree behind The Portland Ballet studio at Capitol Highway and Sunset. The board and members also unanimously approved Eric Wilhelm as the chair of the HNA Transportation Committee. He will, in this role, also sit on the SWNI Transportation Committee. Glenn Bridger will serve as Eric’s alternate. The board and members unanimously approved the motion that Don Baack serve as Glenn’s alternate for HNA representative on the SWNI board of directors, that Don and Leslie Pohl-Kosbau serve as joint representatives on SWNI’s Parks Committee, and that Michael Reunert continue as HNA’s representative to SWNI’s Schools Committee.

Duane also announced at the board meeting the resignation of Linda Venti as a member of the board, as well as the resignation of her alternate, Teresa Brandon. Their replacements will be nominated at the December 2, 2015 general membership meeting and voted upon then or at the January 6, 2016 meeting. Treasurer Don Baack reported a bank balance of $546.

Upper Chesapeak Street

Kathleen Cochrun presented “A Proposal to Make Upper Chesapeak One-Way Downhill.” She is distributing the 17-page proposal to the SWRL neighborhood board and members, as well, because the street is within that neighborhood boundary but the difficult driving conditions also affect Hillsdale residents: emergency vehicles, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. While her well-organized and well-researched proposal was discussed at length, Ms. Cochrun was advised to submit it to the Portland Bureau of Transportation for them to investigate and issue a formal report and recommendations which could then be presented by PBOT to a joint meeting of HNA and SWRL members for public discussion and recommendations or a joint motion by the two neighborhood associations.

Metro SW Corridor Plan

Metro representatives Noelle Dobson (Senior Public Affairs Specialist) and Michaela Skiles (Assistant Transportation Planner) presented an extensive update of the timeline for public input and Metro Steering Committee decision-making regarding the Metro Southwest Corridor Plan in 2016 and beyond. A critical official decision will be what to include in the Draft Environmental Impact Study by way of Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail Transit and the specific geographic alignment of the routes which would accompany each, as well as matters relating to tunneling, changes to Tri-Met bus schedules, shuttles to connect riders to transit stops, and bicycle lane and sidewalk improvements.

Schools: Schools Representative Michael Reunert reported that Technology improvements are being made at Wilson High School and a Southwest Tech Connect SWNI-hosted event will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Jackson Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

Transportation: Eric Wilhelm reported on a Barbur Blvd. project, encouraged members to volunteer for the SWNI sponsored semi-annual SOLVE cleanup, on Saturday, November 7, 2015. He said that today the Portland City Council approved the Tryon-Stephens Creek Headwater Plan.

HNA Bylaws Revisions: Glenn Bridger moved that the HNA approve the Draft Revised Bylaws, which have been under development by the sub-committee, and reviewed at several previous HNA monthly meetings. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by all 17 members present. This satisfied the requirement that they be passed by sixty-seven percent (67%) or more of HNA members present at the meeting. The new HNA Bylaws take effect immediately and address the SWNI revision requirements.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, December 2, at St. Barnabas Church at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a Board meeting, open to the public, at 6:30 p.m.

 Submitted by Robert Hamilton

 

 

 


Minutes from October 7, 2015 Board and General Meetings

October 19, 2015

HNA BOARD MEETING, October 7, 2015, 6:30-7 p.m

Linda Venti’s resignation was received by the board and acknowledged. Board has power to appoint interim replacement/vacancy. Will talk to Teresa, who had offered to “share” a board slot with Linda under the new bylaws.

Duane expressed need for long term officers, especially president and secretary, given that he may be moving in 2016. Don moved Duane as President, unanimous. John Gould noted bylaws might not allow this—needs to be vote of membership (until new bylaws are approved). Board then noted that as vice president under current bylaws, Duane was called upon to facilitate meetings until a president could be selected. He agreed to continue doing so.

Duane suggests HNA action plan needs to be developed; especially with Portland’s new zoning changes in mind, there are more opportunities for HNA to be involved. All of Hillsdale Town Center becomes CM2 (middle commercial) street activity, height, may create some conflicts. Do we want to be on forefront being creative, contemplating future? He noted benefit of getting additional business owners and operators involved to help guide future growth (3, 5, 10 years forward). The action plan could address not only land use/zoning, but also parks, schools, and other key neighborhood amenities.

Eric asked that we provide links to the most current Hillsdale Plans. He would be interested in updating to a less auto-centric focus. We are a pedestrian district, but parking and other characteristics contribute to overall character. Eric described a retirement community in Florida where everyone gets around by golf carts. Talking about alternatives like this would be interesting.

Duane asked what people want (something like Multnomah Village, or more like some of the North or Eastside town centers?) Let developers know what is desired by neighborhood.

Don we need to expand our thinking to include/focus on areas outside the Town Center, to get ahead of SW Corridor. Duane expressed desire to be positive with developers, carrot rather than stick approach. Duane can try to develop a first draft of action plan for further discussion.

Topics for next meetings were discussed: SW Corridor update; Orange Splot developer, Eli Spevak, has agreed to attend in December to discuss accessory dwelling units and infill as strategies to increase density and housing options in Portland at December HNA meeting. Oct 14 Open House at Wilson for Mixed Use zoning 6:30-8 pm. Nov 18 Tech Connect at Jackson Middle School. SW Corridor Steering Committee meets Monday at Tigard Library 9-11am.

Don asked about need for a strategy for Hillsdale Triangle in order to re-zone or see future development. Get City involved? Duane might ask Eric at City to discuss transportation connections through that area (Robert Gray, Library, other connections). HNA could attempt to reengage City and property owners.

Duane noted there would be a November board meeting at 6:30.

Not Available: Robert, Glenn, Wes not available.

Attending: Duane, Don, Leslie, Rick, Barbara, Sheila, Eric. Adjourned 7pm.

 

 

HILLSDALE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETING – October 7, 2015

Called to Order at 7:04 Duane announced sign in sheet, provided copies of agenda, asked all present to make introductions.

Treasurers Report: Don Baack, $546 at Chase.

John Gould referenced bylaws discussion, and distributed copies for this topic later on agenda.

Presentation on Golden Touch property development plans. Family has owned since ’82, all went to school in area. Have added land around the restaurant over the years. Last year discussed initial plan with HNA. Spent past year evolving whole site, working with City planners, TriMet, ODOT, PBOT, BES. Looking forward to 2025, this builds on local plans (SW Corridor/Barbur Concept Plan).

Overall development plan was described. Provides easement for Tri MET to allow for whatever type of high capacity transit is selected. Main commercial tenant will be Natural Grocers, also a fitness/yoga studio, 20,000 square feet additional commercial space. 220 apartments above four levels of parking, meets all parking standards, all underground; bike lanes provided. 225 bike storage spaces on site, some publicly accessible. Common/open spaces provided, including for dogs. Don asked for consideration of a drinking fountain on Barbur. #6 and 4 SW Trails go through this area.

Duane complimented articulation of facades, and different materials to engage pedestrians and occupants. Family as owners have historical commitment to this area. They want it to be safe, pedestrian friendly, attractive. Eric asked about technology for battery operated bikes? Or electric cars? Rick asked when Golden Touch will close—unknown at this time. It is possible the development could kick off construction by summer of 2016. Don asked about whether utilities would be undergrounded. Trying to get all utilities to agree on how they will be coordinated.

Eric asked about how bike lanes will operate in 10+ years compared to now. Safe entry/exit for bike users to and from site is critical. Currently no plans for a light at 17th. 19th/Barbur won’t change. Residents will have access to green roofs. Studios – 2 bedrooms will consider some affordable, if City requests. Team is open to creativity—willing to listen to all input. Hope to become example for mixed use high density on Barbur.

Don moves that HNA provide letter of support, based on what we’ve seen, investigating affordable housing set aside, water fountain, underground utilities, car and bike charging. Duane will draft.

No schools or HBPA reports.

Transportation – hearing on 10/14 seeks testimony on City’s trails policy. Good news on Red Electric – City has 3 potential projects (2 with railroads, which mean prolonged discussion), so will put funding request in to build Shattuck to 30th, then other funds for other sections. Will ask for letter of support at next meeting, invite Mark Lear.

Land Use – items. 3 proposals. A land division on Idaho. SW Terwilliger & Chestnut, owner might come to future meeting. Several upcoming meetings—SW Corridor Steering Committee; Planning/Sustainability Commission meeting Tuesday, first crack at Employment zones; Comprehensive Plan deals with breadth of land uses, dealing with Employment Zones next, looking at how these overlay, get consensus among various entities (i.e. City, Metro, TriMet). Wilson meeting on 10/14 at 6:30-8 pm will be roll out the four mixed use zones, draft docs. SW Neighborhood Schools, Tech Connect, 6:30-8:30 pm at Jackson Middle School, Wednesday, November 18.

There was a brief discussion of whether the City might decide to use Sears Armory site for housing/homeless emergency, given recent news article. Given environmental conditions at site, HNA members noted need to confirm toxicity levels.

HNA ByLaws Revisions. John Gould led a discussion of the HNA bylaws revisions. Duane provided intro, history behind why City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement asked for such revisions. John provided Executive Summary. HNA has been making decisions via membership not board, insurers believe that is too broad. They want to insure Directors and Officers are engaged, and know that they will be the decision-makers.

All formal decisions of HNA should be made by board. But they will be elected by members, and will ask the membership to debate and adopt advisory motions. Loyalty of board is to membership, to listen, then make independent decisions. Don’t make decisions by surprise. Presiding officer can delay decisions to allow for additional time for information/discussion.

  1. Board selects its officers, but there are mechanisms to remove officers if necessary.
  2. To accommodate schedules and promote leadership, an Alternate can be designated and can represent/vote at given meeting if member is unavailable.
  3. Broad discretion in the executive to conduct meetings, with easily understood rules of procedures, doesn’t require extensive knowledge of Roberts Rules.
  4. Require board to listen to all opinions, engage in discussion and debate, make decisions in interest of entire HNA, even if it doesn’t coincide with majority of membership.What happens if significant controversy exists, but time does not allow additional time for deliberation? Board can consider emergency convening, but will let both neighborhood and recipient know circumstances under which feedback was solicited. Examples such as Chase Bank and Cheltenham decisions were discussed. Leslie noted that leadership has capacity to set agendas in proactive way. Advisory Motions at meetings provides feedback loops. Board should report any decisions it makes clearly for membership.Voting procedures: in general no proxy votes, but individual may call in for specific portion of meeting to be heard. Membership rosters (sign ins) will be maintained for 24 months. You can be a member in many ways—live, work, own a business, attend school here, or have consent of board, but must attend at least 2 meetings in 24 month period. Votes require majority of those present; in case of amendments 2/3 of those present. Provision for “alternates,” described on page 10. No term limits on directors. Officers have term limit of 2 consecutive years, after 3 years, can return. Duties of officers described pages 12, and removing directors is described on pages 14-15.

Duane made two announcements:

  • Bylaws amendments to be vote upon in November.
  • HNA Minutes – last meeting/September–no additions or notes; Don moved, Barbara seconded, unanimous approval as written.
  • Two other items were briefly mentioned: gas tax being considered at City level for 4 years to raise $58 million; Google hub on Healy Heights.

Leslie moved that meeting adjourn, Eric seconded, unanimous.


Minutes from September 2, 2015

September 22, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Watershed at Hillsdale

 

Next meeting: Wednesday, October 7; at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.

 

General Meeting

Action Item 2015-9-2-1

Don Baack moved that the HNA acknowledge having heard the proposal by Chris Thelen relating to his residential property and that we have no objection to it at this time—pending additional information. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

 

President Duane Hunting opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. The draft Minutes of July 1 were approved. Members introduced themselves and Board Members and alternates identified themselves.

 

Treasurer Don Baack reported a bank balance of $546. He stated that Chase Bank will not charge HNA a monthly fee.

 

Hillsdale Crossroads Community Garden: Leslie Pohl-Kosbau reported that a new community garden will open at the Hillsdale Community Church in 2016, thanks to a $2,000 grant from SWNI as well as donations from OnPoint, the UCC Hillsdale Community Church, and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. An irrigation system will be added and Portland Parks & Recreation will eventually manage and operate the garden once it is opened. This is the first new community garden in Southwest Portland to open since the 1970s. Additional labor and financial donations are needed to build the fence and the accessible raised garden beds.

Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET): Brett Matthews, the new Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Teams coordinator, explained organizational structure, stated that DeWitt Park is the emergency meeting site, and said that NET bridges the gap between police and other official emergency responders when weather-related and other neighborhood large-scale emergencies occur. Hillsdale currently has 17 trained NET volunteers and seven more registered for the training program. Brett distributed three handouts to Members: CUE (Concise Useful Easy) Card; Living on Shaky Ground: How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Oregon; and Together We Prepare Oregon.

Schools: Schools Representative Michael Reunert reported that Wilson High School has 1,350 students. He is part of a Portland Public Schools Boundary Review Committee which plans to report boundary changes by September 2016. The Smarter Balanced test included more students participating than was projected. Technology improvements are being made at Wilson High School and a Southwest Tech Connect SWNI-hosted event will be held November 18 at Jackson Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Dr. Richard Garfinkle reported that the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast of July 26 included 525 diners. The annual book sale produced $4,000 in revenue for the Hillsdale Community Foundation. Richard asked members for assistance with the landscaping projects within the commercial center.

Transportation: Glenn Bridger reported an increase of 6% in statewide vehicle miles driven in the first six months of 2015. Locally, we need to keep vehicles circulating without clogging the streets; more biking and walking within the Town Center will help. Glenn also reported on the SW Corridor Plan and High Capacity Transit planning events. He reported on SW Twombly and SW Chesapeake Drive transportation difficulties and advisory assistance he is offering.

Don Baack reported on a seminar on parking he attended and said that a new parking fee proposal may result in different hourly rates in different parts of Portland to encourage more drivers to pay lower fees in areas where demand for meters is lower. In return, they would walk farther to meet shopping and other needs.

SWNI: Glenn reported that the SWNI website is being redesigned to accommodate both Druple and WordPress platforms. You can nominate a police officer to receive special recognition on Oct. 29. A free document-shredding event will be Saturday, September 19, at Barbur Rentals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Land-Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting provided a long list of notices and issues, and then introduced residential property owner Chris Thelen. He will apply to the City for a variance that will permit him to construct a new home and garage within a Planned Unit Development (PUD) within 20 feet of the property line. Both the topography of the land and the restrictions on building height make this a requirement.

Don Baack moved that the HNA acknowledge having heard the proposal by Chris Thelen relating to his residential property and that we have no objection to it at this time—pending additional information. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Bylaws Revisions: John Gould distributed an Executive Summary of the five most important features of the draft amended bylaws, explained each feature, answered questions, and announced that he and the Bylaws Revision Committee would proceed with an explanation of each section of the document at the October 7 meeting. The draft amended bylaws are also available at the HNA website: hna-pdx.com. John can be contacted at: johnwgould@comcast.net.

Mixed Use Zones Project Status; and Strategic Planning Topics. Duane Hunting distributed a handout relating to each topic and led a discussion of each subject.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 7, at St. Barnabas Church at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a Board meeting, open to the public, at 6:30 p.m.