Minutes of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting
December 7, 2005
1. Convened at 7:07
pm by President, Don Baack.
Attendance : approximately
November meeting minutes
2. Transportation Discussion
with Sam Adams: Bill Joseph introduced Sam Adams who then presented
a brief overview of the following issues of concern to both the City of
Portland and the neighborhood;
a. Sidewalks – this is of major concern to the neighborhood, and over time
with new development, sidewalks are being installed. However, there are
still too many places on our major street were sidewalks (concrete or otherwise)
are not present.
b. Traffic Speed – there are too many major multi-lane commuter roads that
do not have center medians with dirt and trees (pervious areas to absorb
rain water) to help slow down traffic speed within the town center and
c. Safe Streets (to school and otherwise) – the neighborhood needs to set
priorities and begin at the top of the list with the most important streets
for needed improvements.
d. “HALO” LID Concept – as with the needs identified above, the property
owners adjacent to the unimproved street/sidewalk areas would be assessed
to pay for the improvements required. Sam explained his “HALO” concept
which would include the owners of properties on the adjacent streets directly
behind the unimproved street/sidewalk areas to help pay a portion of the
needed improvements, thus expanding the financial resource cap.
Sam explained that with a 17% cut in the Gas Tax Revenue (GTR) for the
City of Portland there is a shortage of about $18 million dollars for transportation
improvements. He stated that he wants to strongly look at the following
– “green streets”, “options” for PDOT & private contractors to share
the work, “close-off unused roads”, and “gravel some unimproved roads”
to start the improvement/maintenance cycle.
The timing for start of the above major street improvement concept would
be late spring or early summer 2006. Sam felt (along with those at meeting)
that picking one good section along Capitol Highway (about half-million
dollars) would be a very noticeable good start.
a. Tri-Met Bus Route #39 – John Miller reviewed the proposed new route
for the bus line #39 to include an extension into the Hillsdale Town Center
area. There still needs to be some additional discussion with Lewis &
Clark College and the neighborhoods. Start of new route is currently scheduled
to start in September 2006.
b. Wilson pool north entrance design efforts – Duane hunting explained
that two design firms were being considered to provide an initial review
of the recent Parks Bureau’s design to better address the concerns raised
by one of the financial supporters.
c. Jake brake meeting of 11/15/05 – Don explained that the State truckers
lobbyist group did not believe that there was a problem. Scott Westerman
is still working on the issue.
d. Hillsdale Park Amendment – Based on approval of amendment concept presented,
Don will write a letter to the City reminding them of their policy to emphasize
recreational (open) spaces and preserve these types of properties as “public
properties” should the school district ever sell them.
4. Bertha Senior Housing
Project: Rob Prach described the naming contest in process and
the desire to avoid the overused Bertha name. Bill Wilson briefly reviewed
the project design and indicated that updates to the design would be available
for the February 2006 meeting. He indicated that the project would be about
11 months in the design and permits phase, with start of construction around
late 2006. Duane indicated that he would be attending the City’s 1:30 pm
Pre-Application meeting on 12/14/05. There is about 2,200 sq. ft. of community
area and about 2,000 sq. ft. of commercial space within the project.
5. Mail Box Theft:
Bill Joseph indicated that Mail Box Solutions had locking mail boxes for
around $300.00 each. Several people in the neighborhood have been victims
of mail box theft over the last couple of years.
6. SWHRL – Hillsdale Boundary
Progress: Don stated that the open house for neighbors in the
overlap area to discuss the issue was scheduled for 12/12/05 from 6:00
– 9:00 pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 3228 SW Sunset Blvd. Bill
Joseph stated that about 1,400 surveys had been sent out/delivered to overlay
7. Land Use – Hillsdale
Renaissance: Duane Hunting briefly indicated that John Gould
and he were planning to meet with the Hillsdale Business and Professional
group to further discuss options for improvements within the Hillsdale
Town Center. There was also some discussion on the Chinese Restaurant renovation,
the parking/loading dock area of Wild Oats (possible move out), vacant
gas station, and “nails” in the parking lots..
8. Outreach (Meghan
MacKenzie): No report this month.
9. SWNI Report:
Glenn Bridger indicated that there was a “school committee” created, and
the Robert Liberty & City folks were reviewing the framework for improving
Barbur Blvd. with an on ramp to I-5 (ODOT, PDOT, METRO, etc.).
10. Hillsdale Plaza Grant
Approved: Don stated that the grant application had been approved.
11. Hillsdale Ivy Removal:
Don stated that more information would be available in January about several
acres of ivy removal.
12: HNA Board Member Change:
Don announced that Robert Hamilton replaces Brigid on the Board.
Adjourned: 9:10 pm
Duane hunting, Vice President