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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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