HNA Minutes for November 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

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

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

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

Transportation

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

Recruiting Board Members

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

Transportation

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

SWNI and Land Use

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

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

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

SW Trails-PDX

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

Miscellaneous

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

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton


HNA Agenda for December 7, 2016

December 2, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219

Agenda

Chair:  Barbara Bowers

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

7:05 p.m. Introductions

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

7:15 p.m. City Parking Group Manager Dave Benson will discuss on-street parking regulations and options in the face of development projects; parking permits

7:45 p.m.  Barbara:  New Board Members, SWNI Committee Representatives

8:15 p.m. Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports

  • Schools: Michael Reunert; and Robert Hamilton (Good Neighbor Agreement)
  • Hillsdale Business and Professional Association:  Richard Garfinkle
  • Transportation: Eric Wilhelm
  • SWNI: Glenn Bridger
  • Land Use Notices:  Glenn Bridger
  • SW Trails & Parks: Don Baack
  • SWNI Communications and Watershed CommitteesRick Meigs

8:50 p.m.  Other Announcements

  • Barbara Bowers:  Community bulletin board proposal
  • St. Barnabus Church parking lot as Monday-Friday Park ‘n Ride
  • Discussion of google groups/docs, including committee chairs, volunteers in board mail

9:00 p.m. Adjournment

Notes:

Volunteer contact and interest inventory: http://goo.gl/EBQsp4

Neighborhood issues opinion survey: http://goo.gl/QPOSkt


Minutes of the October 5, 2016 Meeting

October 31, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

St.  Barnabas Episcopal Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schools

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

Transportation

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

Parks and Trails

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

SWNI

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

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

Land Use

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

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

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

Other Announcements

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

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

Submitted by Robert Hamilton


Agenda for November 2, 2016 Meeting

October 31, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219

Agenda

7:00 p.m. Opening, Agenda Review, and October & June Meeting Minutes Approval
7:05 p.m. Introductions
7:10 p.m. Treasurer’s Report: Don Baack

7:15 p.m. 2025 SW Vermont development – Pat Clark & assoc.
7:45 p.m. Hillsdale Transportation Policy discussion – Eric Wilhelm
8:10 p.m. Recruiting Board Members, Officers, and Committee Chairs

8:15 p.m. Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports
Schools: Michael Reunert
Hillsdale Business and Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle
Transportation: Eric Wilhelm
SWNI: Glenn Bridger
Land Use Notices: Glenn Bridger
SW Trails & Parks: Don Baack
SWNI Communications Committee – Rick Meigs

8:50 p.m. Other Announcements

9:00 p.m. Adjournment

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


Agenda for Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September 30, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219

Agenda

7:00 p.m. Opening, Agenda Review, and July? (June?) Meeting Minutes Approval
7:05 p.m. Introductions
7:10 p.m. Treasurer’s Report: Don Baack

7:15 p.m. Steve Melkerson — proposal for 6107 SW 18th Dr.
7:35 p.m. Lance Johnson — proposal for 5920 SW 18th Dr.
7:55 p.m. Hillsdale Transportation Policy discussion
8:05 p.m. Letter of support for affordable homes ballot measure
8:10 p.m. Recruiting board members and officers + Land Use chair

8:15 p.m. Neighborhood Affairs and Informational Reports
Schools: Michael Reunert
Hillsdale Business and Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle
Transportation: Eric Wilhelm
SWNI: Glenn Bridger
Land Use Notices: Glenn Bridger
SW Trails & Parks: Don Baack
SWNI Communications Committee – Rick Meigs

8:50 p.m. Other Announcements

9:00 p.m. Adjournment

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


Invasive Plant Removal Project for SW 25th

September 23, 2016

Here is the plan for invasive plant removal on SW 25th.  Almost a “masters thesis” invasive plant removal.

sw-25th-row-trail-enhancement-plan-3

Contact Andrea Wall (andywall@comcast.net) for more information on this project.

 


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.


Agenda for Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 5, 2016

 

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Agenda

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

7:05 p.m. Introductions

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

7:15 p.m. Jes Larson: Affordable housing ballot measure

7:25 p.m. Affordable housing opposition view

7:35 p.m. SW In Motion routes and trails: Eric Wilhelm and Don Baack

8:00 p.m. Good Neighbor Agreement with Robert Gray MS: Don Baack

8:15 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

8:50 p.m.  Other Announcements

9:00 p.m. Adjournment

 

Notices

5-duplex condo 2025 SW Vermont

Type B Home Occupation Permit 5224 SW Dosch

REVISED Street Vacation Request – SW Falcon Street- IQ # 13-170275 (RW 7890)


Special August Board Meeting

August 5, 2016

A special board meeting will be held on Monday evening, August 8th, from 7 to 8 PM at the Watershed (6388 SW Capitol Hwy).

We will meet regarding the residential infill project to consider what actions we wish to take following the extensive discussion at our last meeting.