HNA September 6, 2017 Meeting Agenda

September 4, 2017


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St, 7 p.m.

Note: Board members proposing a motion should provide the Secretary with a readable copy of the motion prior to a Board vote.  Also, if you are delivering a committee report, please provide the Secretary with a written copy of it, or notes relating to the subject matter.  Thank you.  Robert Hamilton (robu43@gmail.com).

Chair: TBD

Agenda

7:00 p.m. Opening Agenda Review; approve / amend July meeting Minutes; Treasurer’s report

7:05 p.m. Introductions

7:10 p.m. Election of Board Directors and Officers

7:40 p.m. Glenn Bridger and Lance Johnson:  Development Presentation

8:00 p.m. Don Baack: Discussion of HNA official logo; possible Board motion

Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

8:10 p.m. Outreach Committee: Barbara Bowers; Website changes, NNO assessment

8:20 p.m. Transportation Committee:  Glenn Bridger & Eric Wilhelm

8:25 p.m. Land Use and SWNI:  Glenn Bridger

8:30 p.m. SW Trails: Don Baack

8:35 p.m. Schools: Michael Reunert

8:40 p.m. Hillsdale Business & Professional Association

8:45 p.m. Other announcements and selection of October HNA Chair

8:50 p.m. Adjournment

 


HNA Meeting Minutes for June 7, 2017

August 30, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

June 7, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outreach Committee

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

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

SWNI Transportation Committee

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

SW Trails PDX

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

Land Use and SWNI

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

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

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

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

Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee

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

SWNI Schools Committee

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

Additional Announcements

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

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

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

Submitted by Robert Hamilton, Secretary


HNA Meeting Minutes for July 5, 2017

August 30, 2017

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

Outreach Committee

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

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

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

SW Trails PDX

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

SWNI and Land Use

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

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

Schools 

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

Submitted by Robert Hamilton, Secretary

 


HNA Meeting Agenda for Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 2, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St

No August membership meeting, but plan to attend HNA’s National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeWitt Park, across from the Hillsdale Library.

Next membership meeting: Wednesday, September 6; St. Barnabas Episcopal Church; 2201 SW Vermont; 7 p.m.

Note: Board members proposing a motion should provide the Secretary with a readable copy of the motion prior to a Board vote.  Also, if you are delivering a committee report, please provide the Secretary with a written copy of it, or notes relating to the subject matter.  Thank you.  Robert Hamilton (robu43@gmail.com).

Chair:  Don Baack

Agenda

7:00 p.m. Opening Agenda Review; approve/amend June meeting Minutes; Treasurer’s report.

7:05 p.m. Introductions

7:10 p.m. Garner Moody; Lloyd Development, LLC; and Glenn Bridger

Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

7:25 p.m. Andrea Wall; NNO and Raffle Ticket Sales

7:40 p.m. Outreach Committee: Barbara Bowers

7:50 p.m. Transportation Committee: Eric Wilhelm

8:00 p.m. SW Trails: Don Baack

8:10 p.m. SWNI: Glenn Bridger

8:20 p.m Schools: Michael Reunert and Robert Hamilton

8:30 p.m. Hillsdale Business & Professional Association

8:40 p.m. Other announcements and selection of September’s HNA Chair

8:45 p.m. Adjournment

Notes:
Volunteer contact and interest inventory: http://goo.gl/EBQsp4
Neighborhood issues opinion survey: http://goo.gl/QPOSkt


2017 Portland Traffic and Transportation Class

June 22, 2017

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation & Portland State University are pleased to announce the 2017 Portland Traffic and Transportation Class.  This interactive Portland State University class, which meets Fall Term, is open to all Portland residents and offers a unique opportunity to learn about the city’s transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect your community.

You can learn more about the class at: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/psuclass

The class is free for Portland residents and we’d like to inform you and your neighbors about this great opportunity. As the Chair/Co-Chair/President of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association, you are encouraged to sign up for the class if you are interested. In addition, inclusion in your newsletter and/or on an email distribution list or a mention at your next meeting would be most welcomed and appreciated.

Below is a short, bullet-point style description and a narrative.

  • Calling all transportation activists – Learn how the city that works, works!  And how you can affect change in your neighborhood.
  • The Portland Traffic and Transportation Class offers residents the opportunity to learn about the city’s transportation system while working on actual neighborhood projects that affect your community.
  • Work with decision and policy-makers, planners, scholars and engineers to get your neighborhood transportation project moving.
  • This interactive Portland State University class is open to all Portland residents and full scholarships are available. New for 2017: the course will be live-streamed for participants who might otherwise not be able to attend during class sessions, which meet on the PSU campus.
  • Learn more on the website – portlandoregon.gov/transportation/psuclass – or contact Sarah Goforth at 503-823-9863.

HNA June 7, 2017 Meeting Agenda (Updated)

June 6, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

June 7, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 5; 7:00 p.m.;  St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

Note:  Board members proposing a motion should provide the Secretary with a readable copy of the motion prior to a Board vote.  Also, if you are delivering a committee report, please provide the Secretary with a written copy of it, or notes relating to the subject matter.  Thank you.

Chair:  Eric Wilhelm

Agenda

7:00 p.m. Opening Agenda Review; Approve/Amend May Meeting Minutes; Treasurer’s Report

7:05 p.m. Introductions

7:10 p.m. Andrea Wall: 25th Avenue ROW Restoration; and National Night Out fundraiser

Hearing on SWTrails PDX Trail Maintenance

“The Hillsdale NA will conduct a hearing at their regular meeting June 7th at 7 pm at St Barnabas Church parish hall 2201 SW Vermont on the request by SWTrails PDX for a permit to manage the repair and ongoing maintenance of the trail built by neighborhood volunteers in 2003 that goes along SW 19th right of way from SW Fairmount Blvd to Council Crest, about 550 feet including two sets of stairs. The trail goes just west of the base of the KGON tower.”

Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

7:20 p.m.  Outreach Committee:  Barbara Bowers

7:25 p.m.  Outreach: Funding Request

7:30 p.m.  Transportation: Eric Wilhelm

7:40 p.m.  SW Trails: Don Baack

7:50 p.m.  Land Use Notices and SWNI:  Glenn Bridger

8:05 p.m.  Schools:  Michael Reunert and Robert Hamilton

8:15 p.m.  Hillsdale Business and Professional Association

Other Announcements

8:29 p.m. Selection of Next Meeting’s Chair

8:30 p.m. Adjournment

Notes:
Volunteer contact and interest inventory: http://goo.gl/EBQsp4
Neighborhood issues opinion survey: http://goo.gl/QPOSkt


HNA Meeting Minutes for May 3, 2017

May 12, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

May 3, 2017

The Watershed at Hillsdale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outreach Committee

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

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

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

Neighborhood Reports

Land Use and SWNI

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

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

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

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

Schools 

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

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

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

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association

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

Transportation 

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

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

SW Trails

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

Submitted by Robert Hamilton, Secretary


HNA May 3, 2017 Meeting Agenda

April 30, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Watershed in Hillsdale, 6388 SW Capitol Hwy

Chair: Don Baack

 

Agenda

7:00 p.m. Opening, Agenda Review, Approve April Meeting Minutes; Treasurer’s Report

7:05 p.m. Introductions

7:10 p.m. Wes Risher, Plantings Removed at Barbur and Terwilliger; US Bank representative; may need to reschedule in June

Don Baack: Judah Garfinkle, Smile Oregon request for sponsorship

Rick Meigs and Pat Murphy – Compassion Clinic (15 minutes)

7:25 p.m. Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

  1. Reports with request for public input
  2. Public input period
  3. Reports not requesting public input

Outreach: Barbara Bowers

Schools: Michael Reunert and Robert Hamilton

Hillsdale Business and Professional Association

Transportation: Eric Wilhelm

SWNI: Glenn Bridger

Land Use Notices: Glenn Bridger

SW Trails:  Don Baack

8:25 p.m. Other Announcements

8:30 Any Remaining Reports

Adjournment


HNA Meeting Minutes for April 5, 2017

April 18, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

April 5, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

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

Outreach

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

Transportation

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

Schools

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

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

SWNI Report and Land Use

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

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

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

Other Announcements

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

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

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To: City Commissioner Dan Saltzman

From: The Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

Date:  April 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely yours,

Robert E. Hamilton, Secretary

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

Cc. Leah Treat, Director of Transportation; Matt Grumm


HNA April 5, 2017 Meeting Agenda

April 3, 2017

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St

Chair: Adam Light

 

Agenda

7:00 p.m. Opening, Agenda Review, Approve March Meeting Minutes; Treasurer’s Report

7:05 p.m. Introductions

7:10 p.m. Sharon Meieran, Multnomah County Commissioner

7:40 p.m. Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

  1. Reports with request for public input
  2. Public input period
  3. Reports not requesting public input

Outreach: Barbara Bowers

Schools: Michael Reunert and Robert Hamilton

Hillsdale Business and Professional Association

Transportation: Eric Wilhelm

SWNI: Glenn Bridger

Land Use Notices: Glenn Bridger

SW Trails:  Don Baack

8:25 p.m. Other Announcements

8:30 Any Remaining Reports

Adjournment