UPNA: September 2005
12, 2005 UPNA Board Meeting
Attendees: Shelley Oylear, Fletcher Trippe, Ana Tomblin, Dwayne Runyan
Meeting called to order 7:12pm
Treasurer’s Report: current balance $1,040.05
Shelley gave two checks to Dwayne to deposit from neighborhood cleanups
Remaining money from grant for event can be used through May for next
year’s event (aprox. $150 is remaining). Look into Ben & Jerry’s
serving ice cream. Perhaps meet with Arbor Lodge neighborhood to review
what they do for their event (had a large turnout and had a raffle).
Possibly work with Church or Holy Cross.
Hope to start traffic triangle clean up and plantings in October. Will
go out to nurseries this weekend. After we elect new officers.
Fall Newsletter? Perhaps Nov. & again in the spring. Shelley has
been getting info from people they want to include in the newsletter.
Need to review offices, talk to people about what they are interested
in. Suggest board members could email a report instead of attending a
board meeting. Unless there is something that will require voting.
Chair’s Meetings are changing. There will be fewer speakers and more
networking. Alternate meetings at Firehouse and out in the
neighborhood. Shelley will be hosting the Nov. meeting (1st monday) at
the University of Portland. Try to invite the commissioners, business
associations etc.. from all of North Portland. Looking for people to
invite and would send out invitations. No set agenda, a welcome - talk
about who we are, what we’ve been working on etc...
Question from Dwayne about Disaster preparedness and response, if
neighborhood associations are included in communications. Is there a
plan in place down to the neighborhood level in case of a disaster, do
they have plans to utilize that (get the word out to neighborhood
residents)? Also county plans. Shelley - knows that there are disaster
response coordinators for neighborhoods but don’t know who they are.
Will find out and possibly have info to add to our website. Perhaps
that would be a good topic for a meeting.
Will be another walk through McCormick & Baxter site this month.
Will let us know about the date.
Bike / Pedestrian workshop. Safe routes to school bill, trying to get
money for it. Not all neighborhoods attend meetings, they are trying to
get contacts from other neighborhoods (North and SW) to talk about bike
and pedestrian issues. There might be a group formed (like a N.
Portland bike advisory group, try to get $ for improvements, work with
schools, can map bike and ped. accidents and look at problem areas).
Freight Master Plan will be at Sept. meeting, also voting and logo
PDOT wesbite has info on the plan.
Meeting adjourned 8:01pm
General Meeting, September 26, 2005
Called to Order: 7:05pm
2. Crime & Safety Update from Jason Christensen: 823-0743
From 8/26/05 to 9/25/05: 1 Rape, 1
Aggravated Assault, 2 Burglaries (break into a property), 10 Larceny
(theft, can be with a weapon against a person), 3 Vehicle Theft.
Lowjack system (transponder) can be installed in cars and can be
tracked when stolen. Discussion of UP students, call UP campus
security. Increase in drug deals based on a meeting place (call each
other, meet me at blank address), caught someone with 120 balloons of
heroin (42 grams). Meth labs have significantly decreased but there is
an increase in Meth from Mexico. Mayor and Police Chief have been
discussing community policing lately, what is your impression? A: what
is happening now, officer at neighborhood meeting. Not many officers
for the neighborhoods so they try to get paperwork done between calls
so they are not available to meet with neighborhood residents. 4
neighborhood police that go to meetings and are able to meet with
residents. Telephone report unit, can call in and talk to an officer
over the phone to create a report. Should always call in if something
is happening so that in the future they can be aware of what is
happening. Fraud is increasing because it is easy and hard to prove.
DMV used to sell personal info until 2002 and would often find CD’s in
criminals houses. Comments that community policing is very effective,
it makes people feel empowered and that something would be done about
it. Request for info / report on DUI’s for North Portland (for the past
3. University of Portland Update:
a. Friday Sept. 30th
soccer game, men's West Coast Conference Opener. Around 9:30pm there
will be a brief fireworks display.
4. Old Business - Logo Award Presentation:
b. Will be co-hosting a North Portland
c. Still working to acquire the 2 properties along
the river. Working on the triangle property (zone changes,
environmental concerns etc...). Working with the city to be a part of
the river renaissance project but because of the cities time table
might not work out. Also looking at the McCormick & Baxter site but
can not be tied in with the triangle property. Will continue to explore
and work with them and their time frame.
d. Response to request to learn more about the
student discipline process. Educate students who live in the
neighborhoods on how to be good neighbors. About 30% of students
commute (from all of Portland). Students in the University Park
neighborhood receive info on how to be good neighbors. Will do what is
necessary based on the circumstances (stop party, arrests, minors
drinking, detox, work with police, contact landlords etc...). Students
are called into the school, investigated and appropriate discipline is
decided ranging from community service, fines up to expulsion from the
school. Q: about notifying parents. Difficult because of laws, are 18
years of age but if it involves their health and safety then will be
notified. Encourage people to call and if it is necessary police will
Q: What responsibilities due to the landlords have (legally)? Can find
out who the landlord is and contact them when their are problems with
their properties. Harder when they are individuals and not companies,
but it can be done and they should be alerted. Communication is very
important. Stress that they should contact and talk to neighbors about
any parties or events.
Congratulate top 3. 2nd runner up - Ana
Tomblin, 1st runner up - Fletcher Trippe, Winner - Mitch Gould. Also
presenting Mitch 10 hours of rental of the Kenton Firehouse. Mitch will
be working on a modification so that the street sign will have the text
“University Park” written out.
5. Guest Presentation: Portland Freight Master Plan (Deena from the
City of Portland)
City of Portland has major freight
facilities and are impacted by freight movement. Increase in freight
for the future. Freight = trains, trucks, ships, airport. Started in
Oct. now have a draft plan that people can comment on. 3 big themes -
mobility issues, livability (limit negative impacts to neighborhoods
and the environment), economy. Action items - what do we need to do?
How do we manage freight? Work with different groups (police for truck
breaking noise, tie downs on truck loads), looking into quiet zones
(regarding rail). For University Park: Lombard Ave. We classify streets
(traffic, bikes, pedestrians, truck traffic), have a map. Lombard in
St. Johns connects Hwy 30 with the industrial area (Rivergate). The
rest of Lombard is designated truck route but those trucks are more for
delivery (grocery stores, UPS, restaurants etc...) by the State (ODOT).
But if a truck height is a certain height then those trucks travel on
Lombard until improvements can be made to other streets. In the future
would like to move Hwy 30 bypass up to Columbia Blvd. (instead of
6. New Business:
Currently: 63% of freight on trucks, double freight by 2030 and trucks
will be over 70%. Will address height issues for Columbia to enable
trucks to travel on it (pedestrian bridges, rail bridges). City of
Portland actually owns Lombard Ave but is a state designated road.
Q: what is the amount of permit exceptions to travel on Lombard? It
isn’t a lot but am working on the actual numbers now. Usually very
large items and it is unusual. New draft of the plan is coming out next
Traffic changes for St. Lewis and Fessenden in St. Johns (changing
light, trucks don’t have to stop). Strategy was to focus the trucks
into one area. Also looking at signals and planning to make the help
route the trucks to where they need to go. Improve signage.
Q: what is the public involvement in the project? Can the public be
involved? A: We’ve had 3 open houses throughout the city. Work with
specific neighborhoods and associations, advisory groups and various
freight companies. Now looking for comments on the draft plan (will be
online), can send a letter to the planning commission. Meeting Oct.
25th (1st meeting), 7:00pm at 1900 SW 4th Ave, 2nd floor.
a. Susan Landauer
from Portsmouth. Neighborhood coordinator for Friends of Trees.
Planting trees January 28th (Kenton, Portsmouth, Arbor Lodge and Univ.
Park). Want to canvas the neighborhood with a form for people who have
a space for a tree and who would like to volunteer to plant trees or
for food service or phones. Last year planted around 200 trees and
served lunch to about 150 people. Also looking for a neighborhood
liaison “in-training” with Susan so that we have someone for the
future. City has a neighborhood program for the tree neighborhood
liaisons. People always ask what kind of a tree can I have? It depends
on the location (size and height options), choose trees that are less
likely to break sidewalk. Also have yard trees. Emphasis is on street
trees (in the right of way) - www.friendsoftrees.org or can call Susan.
b. Board Member Elections
can email reports to board members instead of coming
to the meetings.
Will be loosing a couple people (3).
Vice Chair: Fletcher
Open positions: Secretary,
traffic/service/livability, environmental, land use, public safety,
grievance. People can be appointed to a position later.
Jim Kuffner moves to approve the current slate. Brian seconds. List
people who can vote. Discussion: none.
All in favor - majority. None opposed.
7. Open Discussion:
Q: about rentals in neighborhood
(increase), what can we do?
over 5 people in a house that are not related cannot live in the same
OLCC - landlords are fined for underage drinking and often are evicted.