Minutes of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting
Jan 4, 2006
Convened at 7:05 pm by Don
Agenda approved. Minutes
of December meeting approved.
There will be a meeting
with business community on January 11.
There is apparently a 1
year lead time on Lance Johnson’s plans in the Hillsdale Triangle. Rick
Seifert requested that exansion of Dewitt Park be included in Renaissance
Bertha Station. Duane
A naming committee will
convene on Jan 26. It was suggested that someone from the business community
be added to the committee.
Dan Saltzman, City Commissioner,
A recent City survey shows
Hillsdalers complain of bumpy streets, sewage foul ups, and traffic flow.
The 2006 projected
general fund deficit is $4-5 million. $1 million is likely to be cut from
Urban development districts
were mentioned as robbing the general fund of strength. This is at
least limited by a city charter provision restraining tax increment financing
to no more than 15% of the total assessed value. We are close to
that limit now.
Arnold Panitch pled for
retention of the Fulton public garden. Robert Hamilton suggested a city
encouraged sharing-of-private-gardens program.
A test is underway
for small community centers (“less used”) to be at least 20% self funded
(by Friends groups, etc.) Glenn Bridger asked, “What is the equity equation
of parks funding.” The answer was, “We don’t turn anyone away because
SWNI. Glenn Bridger.
The first SWNI Schools committee
meeting will be Jan 19, at the Multnomah Arts Center.
SW Trails. Don
There will be a trail work
party Jan 7, 9-12 am, at SW 5th and Nevada Ct.
Hillsdale Sign caps,
All 8 defaced sign caps
have been taken down and cleaned. They will stay in storage untll
the new boundary is fixed.
SWHRL. Don Baack.
About 300 surveys have been
returned to date. Processes are underway to complete boundary discussions
by March. The public meeting went well and with general accord,
SWHRL has a “legacy” membership under consideration, for those who may
wish to remain a SWHRL member while residing in another neighborhood.
Arnold Panitch brought the
safety issue of neighborhood Hasidic jews to our attention, and their
stricture on Sabbath not to do work, including punching the walk signals
at crosswalks. This led to the following motion, adopted unanimously:
That HNA write Sam Adams (cc to SWNI) to request that the pedestrian signals
in the Hillsdale Pedestrian District (Capitol Highway, from Sunset Blvd
to Bertha Court be reprogramed to display the walk signal automatically
every time the affiliated green auto-traffic signal is displayed.”
The meeting was adjourned
Submitted by John Gould,