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HNA Board Meeting Minutes for April 11, 2019

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Board Minutes

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Watershed at Hillsdale

Action Items

Action Item 2019-4-11-1:  Don Baack moved that the nomination of a Vice-President become Task 3 of the meeting agenda rather than Task 6.  The Motion was seconded and passed 8-0.

Action Item 2019-4-11-2: Rick Meigs moved that tonight’s meeting adjourn at or before 9:00 p.m.  The Motion was seconded and passed 7-2.

Action Item 2019-4-11-3:  Robert Hamilton nominated Don Baack as Vice-President of HNA for the period April 11, 2019 until June 30, 2019.  The motion was seconded and passed 6-0 with three (3) abstentions.

Action Item 2019-4-11-4: Glenn Bridger moved that the proposed Southwest in Motion (SWIM) project named BP 16 “Terwilliger Bike Lane Gap Approaching SW Capitol Highway” will severely limit pedestrian access to 17 houses located on dead-end streets SW Vincent Place and SW Terwilliger Place.  In order to allow these young, elderly, and working residents to safely access transit as well as the public walking paths, a walking path needs to be constructed along the west side of Terwilliger Boulevard between SW Terwilliger Place and Capitol Highway. The motion was seconded and passed 9-0.

Action Item 2019-4-11-5:  Leslie Pohl-Kosbau moved that the HNA considers illegal signs, as defined in City Code 14A50.070 to be litter when placed within public rights-of-way (ROW) and not on private property nor at the edge of private property such as “front or side yards.”  Hillsdale residents are encouraged to take appropriate legal actions in agreement with City Code. The motion was seconded and passed 9-0.

Action Item 2019-4-11-6:  Rick Meigs moved that the Board authorize President Matt DeRosa, William Reese, Andrea Wall, and Eric Wilhelm to write an HNA position statement on "PedPDX: Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan" and submit it by May 2 to City of Portland officials, including PBOT administrators.  The motion was seconded and passed 9-0.

The HNA Board meeting, open to the public and chaired by HNA President Matthew DeRosa, began at 7:00 p.m.  Matt began the meeting by reading from an unnamed Hillsdale community member’s note sent to him on the topic of the general lack of respect women receive while at meetings from male counterparts.

Minor changes to the agenda were made.  The Minutes of the March 20 HNA meeting were approved. To fill the vacant position of HNA Vice-President, Don Baack volunteered at a previous HNA meeting to assume that position until the end of June or until a new Vice-President is elected at the June elections.  No other members were nominated and Don was elected to the position. The nominating committee for the June elections includes Rick Meigs, Will Reese, and Andrea Wall.

An Advisory Motion made by Rick Seifert relating to “illegal signs” and passed by HNA members in March was then discussed and considered by the Board.  The Advisory Motion was modified in a motion offered by Board member Leslie Pohl-Kosbau such that Hillsdale residents were encouraged to follow City code and contact appropriate law enforcement rather than remove the signs themselves.

Glenn Bridger announced that the Land Use Committee will host public discussion of the current Residential Infill Project (RIP) proposals under consideration by the Oregon Legislature and Portland’s City offices and the public, during the public comment period, before action is taken by City Commissioners later this year.  The HNA Land Use Committee meetings of May 1 and May 8 will be held at The Watershed from 7 to 9 p.m. and will include a panel of speakers invited to explain the details of the RIP proposals as well as speakers who oppose the concepts and goals of the proposals and who may offer an alternative plan relating to R2.5, R5, and R7 zone development.  Member Natalia Bronner asked that each HNA Board member be prepared to explain her or his personal perspective on RIP as the Board has taken no official position supporting or opposing the present RIP language.

Don Baack suggested that HNA write a letter to PBOT and other City administrators regarding various pedestrian matters and challenge the official definition of “equity” since only 33.9 percent of arterials in the Southwest neighborhoods feature sidewalks.  Rick Meigs described the lack of proper sidewalks along busy and dangerous arterials as “appalling and unfair” and asked that the HNA letter be a strong one. Others suggested a positive, pragmatic approach with succinct bulleted recommendations for remedying the situation quickly. The long discussion included a motion on “PedPDX: Portland’s City-wide Pedestrian Plan,” and another proposing a pedestrian path from Capitol Highway along Terwilliger Boulevard to SW Vincent Place and on to SW Terwilliger Place.  Glenn volunteered to draft a letter for Matt’s signature no later than May 6.

Robert Hamilton announced that the non-profit organization Portland Clean Air will meet on Tuesday, April 23, at 2420 NE Sandy Boulevard, 6-8 p.m. to discuss ways for Neighborhood Associations and Portland residents to act to improve Multnomah County’s air quality.  Contact Greg Bourget: greg@portlandcleanair.org; 503-995-5453.  Robert plans to attend and will send a report to the Board and members.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm however, some necessary wrap-up discussions took place until 9:15 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton