Agenda for Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July 4, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Agenda

7:00 p.m. Opening, Agenda Review, and June Meeting Minutes Approval

7:05 p.m. Introductions

7:10 p.m. Treasurer’s Report: Don Baack

7:15 p.m. Eli Spevak and Madeline Kovacs of ‘Portland for Everyone’

‘Portland for Everyone’ advocates for, among other things, land use, housing, and affordability. Their website is at: https://portlandforeveryone.org

7:30 p.m. Hillsdale Post Office: Angie and Robert

7:40 p.m. ‘Neighborhood Night Out’ planning: Don Baack

8:00 p.m. Infill Project: Glenn Bridger

8:20 p.m. Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

Schools: Michael Reunert
Hillsdale Business and Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle
Transportation & SWNI: Eric Wilhelm & Glenn Bridger
Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger
Land Use Notices: Glenn Bridger
SW Trails & Parks: Don Baack
Google docs, mailing lists: Eric Wilhelm, Rick Meigs

8:55 p.m. Other Announcements

9:00 p.m. Adjournment


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.


Agenda for April 6, 2016 General Meeting

April 5, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday April 6, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

AGENDA

7:00 p.m.  Opening, Agenda Review & February’s Meeting Minutes Approval. Note: Remember to sign-in on the Meeting’s Sign-In Sheet, as this is our method to confirm the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association membership.

7:05 p.m.  Introductions

7:10 p.m.  Treasurer’s Report (Don Baack)

7:15 p.m.  Review/Approval: Board of Director’s In-Process Motion. Good Neighbor Agreement with Wilson High School, etc.

7:25 p.m. PBOT Safety Demonstration Project — BH Hwy./ 30th to 39th Avenue. (Gabe Graff & Sheila Parrott, presenters from PBOT)

7:40 p.m.  Hillsdale Design Presentation — Wilson H.S. Students (Hannah Davis, presenter from Wilson High School) Note: HNA Board of Directors & Members to schedule a Strategic Planning Retreat to further develop a updated “Action Plan” list (*)

7:55 p.m. MJCC “Community Mikveh” Jewish Bath House Presentation (Liz Williams, presenter from Carleton Hart Architecture)

8:10 p.m.  Neighborhood Affairs & Informational Report

  • Schools: Michael Reunert
  • Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle
  • Transportation & SWNI: Eric Wilhelm & Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Sheila Fink & Glenn Bridger
  • Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting
  • SW Trails & Parks: Don Baack

8:50 p.m.  Other Announcements (*)

9:00 p.m.  Adjournment


Agenda for April 6, 2016 Board Meeting

April 5, 2016

HNA Board of Director’s Meeting

Wednesday April 6, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

AGENDA

6:30 p.m.  Introductions & Review of Current Officers / Board Members.

6:35 p.m.  Review List of Proposed New HNA Board Members. Identify Possible 2016 President (#1) and Secretary (#3) positions. (Note: An option to this might be to set up a rotation basis for Board Members to chair specific Monthly Meetings during the coming year.) Refer to Updated HNA Board Members List — March 31, 2016

6:40 p.m.  Discuss May 4, 2016 Meeting Agenda Topics. Google Fiber-Optic Cable Plan, Hillsdale (Daniel Picken-Jones). Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Newsletter / Article Others (??)

6:50 p.m.   Collect Ideas on Strategic Planning Topics for HNA Action Plan. Refer to HNA Board Member Retreat (pending), Date & Place = TBD.

  • Land Use & Zoning Topics (sense of place & balance bldg. density).
  • Transportation Topics (transit access & connectivity resources).
  • Business Growth & Development Topics (community shops/services).
  • Urban Design Topics (visual characteristics & quality excellence).
  • Community Standards Topics (neighborhood character & identity).
  • Equity & Diversity Goal Topics (gentrification/fairness improvements).
  • Environment & Recreation Topics (natural features & characteristics).
  • Housing Topics (residential character, livability, affordability & density).
  • Schools Topics (education & life skills training facilities).
  • Parks & Trails Topics (outdoor experiences & pedestrian mobility).
  • Other Topics (to be determined as applicable for the community).

7:00 p.m.  Adjourn (Regular HNA Meeting follows at 7:00 p.m. or slightly after)

Announcements:

1. MJCC Book sale, Sunday April 3, 2016 pm, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

2. BIKETOWN Stations Interactive Map (pdxbikeshare.com).


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

 

 

 

 

 


Agenda for March 2, 2016

February 24, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday March 2, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

A G E N D A

7:00 pm  Opening, Agenda Review & February’s Meeting Minutes Approval.

Note: Remember to sign-in on the Meeting’s Sign-In Sheet, as this is our method to confirm the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association membership.

 

7:05 pm  Introductions

 

7:10 pm  Treasurer’s Report: Don Baack

 

7:15 pm  Review/Approval: Board of Director’s Pending Motions.

Good Neighbor Agreement with Wilson High School, etc.

 

7:30 pm  Board Discussion: Potential New HNA Board Members.

Matt Emlen and others (replacement for Carolyn Raz)

 

7:40 pm  Presentation: Google Fiber-Optic Cable Plan in Hillsdale: Desmond Murry

 

7:55 pm  Announcement: Boys & Girls Society: Elizabeth Vrooman

 

8:00 pm  Neighborhood Affairs & Informational Reports

  • Schools: Michael Reunert
  • Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle
  • Transportation & SWNI: Eric Wilhelm & Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Sheila Fink & Glenn Bridger
  • Land Use Notices & Issues (*): Duane Hunting
  • SW Trails & Parks: Don Baack

 

8:30 pm  Briefly Review Strategic Planning Topic Ideas (*)

  • Improved Transit Access (TriMet) and Community Connectivity.
  • Business Growth and Development of Shops and Services.
  • Neighborhood Character and Hillsdale Identity Enhancements.
  • Other topics and betterment ideas – for new HNA Action Plan items.

 

8:50 pm  Other Announcements (*)

 

9:00 pm  Adjournment

(*) Refer to backside of this agenda for more information on these items.

1) Land Use Notice (Type II Proposal) #LU 15-267919 AD (Golden Touch):

Notice Update for adjusted Zoning Map change and extended comment period.

Site Address: 8124 SW Barbur Blvd.

Extended Written Comment Deadline: Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Note: HNA submitted our original letter on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, including (a) agreement with Building Height Increase, (b) agreement with Building Coverage Increase, but (c) Exception to Reduction to Ground Level Site Area Landscape Coverage.

Other Project Improvements, included: Bike Lanes & Traffic Signal, Crosswalk & Curb Cuts, Underground Utilities, Street & Freeway noise Mitigation, Plug-in Power for Bikes & Cars, Building Entrance Doors & Openers, Drinking Fountain, Dog Areas, Roof Gardens & Raised Beds, Accessible Bathrooms & Walk-in Showers, and Affordable Housing for at least 10% of the 223 dwelling units.

ACTION: HNA to determine if any further comments should be issued to BDS. 

 

2) HNA Board Member Retreat (pending): Several HNA Board Members have suggested a retreat to develop a Strategic Planning Topics Outline (Action Plan) to identify and pin point those look ahead planning areas where HNA should focus.

Date & Place: To Be Determined.

 

3) Announcements: Below are a few of the upcoming events from SWNI & others.

PortlandMaps (new version) – presentation and discussion at SWNI offices:

Monday, February 29, 2016, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Residential Infill Project (RIP) Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting #8:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 6:00 – 8:30 pm at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR.

Patty Lee Leadership Training at Multnomah Arts Center, Room 30:

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:00 am – Noon.

Register: http://swni.org/Leadership Training

Westside Candidates Forum at Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 6:15 – 8:45 pm.

Confirmation from 11 candidates including Ted Wheeler, Jules Bailey, Amanda Fritz, and Steve Novick.

Topics Survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JGWV35W

Mayor Charles Hales – Online Source for Information on Homelessness Initiatives:

Visit: portlandoregon.gov/toolkit

 

 


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

 

 

 

 

 


Agenda for February 3, 2016 Board Meeting

January 22, 2016

 

BOARD MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

HNA Board of Director’s Meeting

Wednesday February 3, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

6:30 p.m.     Introductions & Review of Current Officers / Board Members.

(Note: We need to update the HNA Web Site with Current Information)

6:35 p.m.     Review List of Proposed New HNA Board Members.

6:40 p.m.     Identify Possible 2016 President (#1) and Secretary (#3) positions.

(Note: An option to this might be to set up a rotation basis for Board Members to chair specific Monthly Meetings during the coming year.)

6:45 p.m.     New Business: Discuss HNA involvement with the SW Homelessness outcomes from the January 25, 2016 meeting at The Watershed.

6:50 p.m.     Collect Ideas on Strategic Planning Topics for HNA Action Plan.

  • Land Use & Zoning Topics (sense of place & balance bldg. density).
  • Transportation Topics (transit access & connectivity resources).
  • Business Growth & Development Topics (community shops/services).
  • Urban Design Topics (visual characteristics & quality excellence).
  • Community Standards Topics (neighborhood character & identity).
  • Equity & Diversity Goal Topics (gentrification/fairness improvements).
  • Environment & Recreation Topics (natural features & characteristics).
  • Housing Topics (residential character, livability, affordability & density).
  • Schools Topics (education & life skills training facilities).
  • Parks & Trails Topics (outdoor experiences & pedestrian mobility).
  • Other Topics

6:55 p.m.     Adjourn (Regular HNA Meeting follows at 7:00 p.m.)

Announcements:

  1. The Time Lines for various portions of the Comprehensive Plan’s Mixed-Use Zones Project, Residential Infill Project, etc. have been pushed out further into the 2016 calendar year. This provides better coordination with the City Bureau’s reviews, and more times (dates) for public review and comments.

Agenda for February 3, 2016 General Meeting

January 22, 2016

 

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday February 3, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

7:00 p.m.     Opening, Agenda Review & Approval of January’s Meeting Minutes

Note: Remember to sign-in on the Meeting’s Sign-In Sheet, as this is our method to confirm the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association membership.

7:05 p.m.     Introductions

7:10 p.m.     Teasurer’s Report (Don Baack)

7:15 p.m.     Brett Matthews – SWNI Emergency Preparedness Fair Discussion.

7:30 p.m.     Presentation – SW Corridor Plan Status Update & Current Schedule:

Matt Bihn (Metro) and Dave Unsworth (TriMet) to deliver a brief update on the SW Corridor Plan and field question during the discussion portion.

8:00 p.m.     Neighborhood Affairs & Informational Reports

  • Schools: Michael Reunert
  • Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle
  • Transportation & SWNI: Eric Wilhelm & Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger & Rick Seifert
  • Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting
  • SW Trails & Parks: Don Baack

8:30 p.m.     Briefly Review Strategic Planning Topic Ideas:

  • Improved Transit Access (TriMet) and Community Connectivity
  • Business Growth and Development of Shops and Services
  • Neighborhood Character and Hillsdale Identity Enhancements
  • Other topics and betterment ideas – for new HNA Action Plan item

8:45 p.m.         Announcements

9:00 p.m.         Adjournment

Note:   HNA By-Laws Document (Revised) was adopted last year on Nov. 4, 2015.

Both HNA membership and the Board of Directors ratified and approved it.

 

 

 


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