DRAFT - March meeting minutes.
Board Meeting - March 14, 2005
called to order 7:05pm
1. Review of board minutes for Feb. 28th. Brian motions to approve the
minutes, Paul seconds. All voted in favor - approved.
2. Updated treasurers report (separate handout). Question on how much $
we have in the ONI account. Shelley will look into it.
3. Chair's Meeting / Updates from Shelley:
a. N Portland Cleanup coming up.
Looking for volunteers to sign up. Also there will be a flier handed
out that neighborhoods can have key events listed on. (No event decided
on to add to flier).
b. ONI budget is being reconsidered
(they have to make cuts). Some info on the changes: want the
neighborhood inspectors and noise control enforcement to move to the
bureau of development services.
c. The new owner of the Portsmouth Club
(Dustin Drago) is available to come to the next meeting to fill us in
on plans for business. Brian motions to have Dustin come and talk to us
at the March general meeting. Judy seconds. All in favor, none opposed.
d. DEQ / Portland Harbor would like to
come to May meeting to talk about the McCormick-Baxter cleanup.
Fletcher moves to have them come to the May meeting. Brian seconds. All
in favor, none opposed. Motion passed.
e. Freight Master Plan Meetings are the
1st Thursday of every month at city hall at 7:30am. The Plan is a guide
for freight policies for the future (to designate roads and truck
routes, also inventories of routes and improvements needed). The plan
has been worked on since 2003. They have a grant from ODOT so they are
finalizing the plan (map) and will present it to the city.
f. St. John's is planning a bridge
rededication party in September after the construction is finished but
before the bridge is open (so it will be closed for the event). They
are looking for ideas for the event or people who would like to have a
booth. Email: StJohnsBridge@gmail.com.
(side note: the St. John's Parade date has changed, possibly to the 7th
a. would like the committee to meet
b. completed a grant request for $ for
the summer event. For health reasons would have to have prepackaged ice
cream bars instead of tubs of ice cream. Asked for $680 plus $105 in
matching funds (from community or neighborhood association). Will ask
Fred Meyer if they would be willing to donate $ or ice cream. Talked to
the Parks Department about using Portsmouth Park (it is usually used by
Little League during the summer) but should be able to coordinate. All
Neighborhood Associations have a 1 time waiver of the fees to reserve a
park (approx. $150), once a year. Could possibly tie the event into
neighbors night out which is in early August. Some of the money
requested was for port-a-potties. We could possibly have a popcorn
machine (borrow from ONI) but would need a generator to power it
(Dwayne said that he has one we could use). Also asked for money to pay
for renting tables but we could also try to borrow from neighborhood
churches or businesses. Some of the money will be for prizes and
activities for kids. Would like to ask people for suggestions on the
neighborhood and for future summer events. Will look into having this
event on neighbors night out (free advertising).
1. Paul suggests that we have a budget review at the April meeting ( to
make sure we're going to spend the ONI money). Ok, will have a budget
theme for the April board meeting.
2. Dwayne - has some info on Dennis cleaning up the neighborhood. The
city and the police might change their opinion on his activities. He
has a permit to carry a concealed weapon but also has some type of
badge from the police. There was an article in In & About. The
police don't want him to have a badge if he is going to carry a weapon.
3. Karen - are there any comments on the logo design contest? Shelley-
perhaps we should wait until the Fall when UP students are back. Paul -
think we should have it sooner and have it open to residents or
designers. Discussion. Agree to have the logos finished & displayed
at the summer event so the residents can vote on it.
4. Discussion of future Board Meetings. Will have the meetings the 2nd
Monday of the month at 7pm. Brian motions to hold the meetings at the
church (the same as the general meetings). Paul seconds. All in favor,
none opposed. Motion passed.
5. Shelley - sign up info for receiving emails from the police &
community policing news. Add the info to the website.
6. Shelley - will create a summary of info and events to have at the
general meetings. If we have info email it to Shelley prior to the
7. Fletcher - has an idea to include in the newsletter a request for
people with old photos of the neighborhood to contact us so we can add
them to the website. Could also as the churches and UP to look for
their old photos.
8. Brian - the Bylaws will be sent to the city and sent to Ana as a PDF
so it can be added to the website. Will also provide copies at the
5. Land Use: nothing new. Question - anything new on the property on
the bluff that TerraFirma is developing? Heard that the University
would like to purchase the property. No other new news, busy with other
a. The St. Johns Neighborhood
Association had a meeting about the St. Johns/ Lombard Street Plan to
make a list of the items they would like to see happen first
(prioritize). Don't seem to be happy with the plans for the old Safeway
building (condos only). Want to address parking issues, upgrading lots
now and other economic issues. Shelley comments: Metro has money for
transit oriented development (that includes pedestrian and busses).
They could add retail on the ground level.
b. Wrote a grant for plants &
planting the triangle on Willamette Blvd. Asked for $4000 for plant,
7. Public Safety: was a mix up with the location of the meeting. Heard
second hand that they talked about the closing of Roosevelt High
campus, break-ins and budget meetings. There is a request for people to
attend the hearings regarding the police budgets.
a. The UP dinner is Weds. March 30th at
6:30pm. Will call with specific location at UP. Spouses invited also.
b. Met with Phil Engle and discussed
the next steps. He talked with Mr. Walden at Astor (who was concerned
that if there is an assessment he would be forced to have to upgrade
but would not have the funding) so the Astor play equipment is on hold.
Will meet with the PTA group to get more support. Can have the
neighborhood take a poll to determine what they feel is most important
and then could have training on those issues. Will also talk to Holy
Cross. The schools will be more of a long term goal due to lack of
money. The parks update could come sooner because they are able to get
Dwayne - motions to adjourn the meeting. Fletcher seconds. All in
favor, none opposed. Meeting adjourned 8:53pm.
General Meeting March 28th
called to order at 7:05pm
2. Crime Update:
* Caught a thief in a house on N.
Curtis (near the Walgreens), he was still in the house when the police
arrived. It is estimated he has robbed up to 15 houses.
* Because of the theft, would like to
remind you to video tape or photograph your belongings in your home and
also in your purse or wallet. Then you will have a record of what you
had. Keep the photos in a safe deposit box.
* Also, you can contact OptOut which
will remove your name from mailing lists and credit solicitations (so
you won't receive credit card offers in the mail. Check
* Issued a warrant for counterfeit
money, drug use, forgery, identity theft for a house on Fairhaven last
week. Issue warrants on about 1 house per week.
* Comment: We still need crosswalk
enforcement on Lombard. Cars do not stop. Response: Will talk to the
commander. Also, looked into the crosswalk on the bike path by the
railroad cut and the median in the center is a safety zone so cars
coming in the far lane do not have to stop until the person has reached
* There has been a photo radar device
placed on Willamette Blvd. Signs are posted before you reach the radar
to warn you.
* Comment: Sometimes there are safety
reviews where they catch speeders or cars who do not stop at crosswalks
and then send reminders in the mail to let them know they were caught.
Often people will stop. Also, there have been some stop signs added in
the neighborhood but not at all intersections which can cause problems.
People drive faster between stop signs or assume at un-marked
intersections that the other traffic must stop. Response: Place
comments on the portlandonline website, ODOT monitors traffic comments.
3. Jim Kuffner: Absent.
4. Presentation from Flexcar - Steve.
Flexcar is a car sharing service, like rental cars. You can rent a car
by the hour or by the day. It was started by 2 brothers in Berlin who
decided to save money by sharing a car but only used it a couple hours
a week so they added friends and soon it was a business. It is about 25
years old and very popular in Europe though it is spreading throughout
the U.S. In Portland Flexcar has 85 cars parked in reserve spots across
the city. As a member (fee of $35) you can call or use their web site
to reserve a specific car (up to 1 hour in advance) in increments of
1/2 hour to a couple of days. You are able to see the schedule of the
car and when you reserve it no one else will be able to. You are given
a special card (credit card size) that opens the door of the Flexcar
and the keys are in the glovebox. Then you must enter your pin number
into a small machine and that will start the car. Then you can use the
car and return it to the same space when you're done. Overall there are
25,000 members in 5 cities (Portland, Seattle, D.C., Los Angeles and
San Diego) and it is possible to reserve cars in those cities also. The
rates are hourly $7-9 depending on hours used in a month, or daily
$40-80. Insurance and gas are part of the rate and Flexcar maintains
and cleans the car. Smoking or pets not in a carrier are not allowed
and if you are caught you will be fined $200 and have your membership
canceled. There is a credit card in the car that you use to purchase
gas, you must fill up the car if it drops below 1/4 tank. In Portland
there are 6500-7000 members, most take transit to work downtown and
only occasionally need a car. About 1/2 of the members are businesses,
it is cheaper than having their own fleet of cars. If you drive every
day then Flexcar would not be effective for you. They have a variety of
cars: sedans, hybrids, SUV's, vans, trucks. Per hour rented to are
allowed 30 miles free, if you use less than that you can carry over the
mileage and use it in the remaining month. There are vehicles located
on Interstate (in Kenton, Lombard, Portland, Killingsworth and
Flexcar is working with the University of Portland and Tri-met (who
will underwrite the vehicles) to have shuttle vans (7 passenger Honda
Odessy vans) located at the campus that would go between Interstate Ave
(max line) and the campus. During the day the cars would be able to be
used by others and the weekends as well. They are waiting on Tri-met's
approval and the shuttle would start in August.
5. Presentation from North Portland Tool Library - Jason Hatch.
Regarding the placement of new cars -
Flexcar needs to have 5-6 hours of use per every 24 hour period to not
loose money on a car. If the use is high then they look at adding
additional cars in the area.
Q - What would help to have a car placed in the area? If we had 15
people who agreed to use it, would that help? Flexcar needs 100 hours
per month so 10 people each using the car 10 hours a month would be
enough (or 20 people using it 5 hours a month).
Q - Are there age restrictions? Yes, you need to be 21 years old and
have a good driving record (they check).
Q - How are you billed? Each person gets a bill once a month, like a
phone bill, with a line for each trip taken. You must pay for the hours
you reserve the car (but it is possible to cancel early).
The car comes with instructions and
Flexcar has OnStar type features - the cars can be remote started,
doors unlocked etc...
The tool library opened in the fall of
2004. They borrowed the idea from other cities (Berkley). They are
based in the basement of the Kenton Firehouse. Any North Portland
resident can use the library (need to show ID and past utility bills)
for free. You can rent 7 tools for 1 week. They are open every Saturday
9am to 2pm and tools need to be returned by 10am (there is a fine if
not returned on time). There is a coordinator to help and they offer
safety classes on how to use the tools. There are power tools and
smaller hand tools (their website has a list of all the tools
available). They do take tool donations (they must be in good condition
and will be inspected). They purchase new tools also. They have
received grants to purchase the tools and operate.
6. Old Business - none.
7. New Business:
* Paul: There is a public open house on April 5th regarding the freeway
(I-5) and Delta Park interchange (including Lombard). It is at 4134 N.
Vancouver from 4-8pm. There are 4 options being proposed.
* Karen: Applied for a grant for a summer event which should be held
some time in August.
* Fletcher: Applied for a grant for the traffic triangle on Willamette
Blvd. Asked for $4000 for plants, bench and a sign.
* Shelley: The North Portland CleanUp is April 23rd (8am-3pm) at the
church on Lombard near Columbia Park. We need volunteers to help (then
the neighborhood will get some of the proceeds). They might have a
couple trucks to drive into the neighborhoods and to help people who
might not be able to do it themselves. At the drop off they ask for
donations of $5-10. It is in conjunction with the SOLV cleanup.
* Brian: Astor still needs volunteers to work in the garden. Saturdays
12-4pm or Tuesdays / Thursdays 12-4pm.
* Brian: A final copy of the bylaws was given to Shelley and is kept in
the records file (with handouts and notes from each meeting).
* Shelley: The board meetings are now the 2nd Monday of the month at
* Shelley: North Portland will be affected by the school closures. The
affected neighborhoods are asking for letters of support from other
North Portland neighborhoods requesting that they have their questions
answered (How much will they save by closing the schools, what will
they do with the buildings, there was a new school planned for Hope VI
- will that continue). UPNA cannot send out a letter without a
discussion. If people would like to support the other neighborhoods,
Shelley would happily write the letter.
*Comment: (Paul) Hopes they do not sell
the school building in Kenton now because if the neighborhood grows it
would need to be used in the future.
* Comment: (Shelley) At the Chair's
Meeting they discussed that the schools are anchors in the communities.
What will they do with the property? In the future, if the population
goes up will they have the ability to reopen it, what if they had sold
it, would they have to build a new school? It will also affect the
student / teacher ratios.
* Comment: (Paul) There are school
board meetings coming up to elect new school board members. We should
be involved in that.
* Shelley: On September 12th, St. Johns is having a rededication of the
bridge. They want to include residents of all of North Portland and are
asking for ideas. Businesses, neighborhood associations or individuals
can be involved. Personally, will have a bike safety booth.
* Scott: State money has been designated for the Waud's Bluff trail.
The money was set aside and there will be meetings to work on the
planning and design of the trail. Scott will continue to be the contact
regarding the meetings and report back to the association.
* Shelley: UPNA is considering having a "meet and greet" before the
general meetings at 6:30pm.
* Shelley: Dustin, the new owner of the Portsmouth Club (and adjoining
restaurant) will be coming to the meeting next month to discuss the
renovations and the changes to the restaurant.
Meeting adjourned 8:28pm