UPNA May 2005 Minutes Board Meeting
Board Meeting – May 9, 2005
(Chair absent, Vice-Chair running meeting)
Called to order: 7:20 pm
1. Approval of minutes - could not vote no quorum (6 people).
2. Chair’s Report:
a. New Columbia opening (flier with
walking map), Phase 1 is complete. Some houses for rent, some to buy,
plus 5 parks one with a community garden (McCoy Park), 4 are pocket
3. Treasurer’s Report: New balance is $989.19.
b. PDC Quarterly newsletter to share.
c. Darcy’s Restaurant is being sold. The OLCC sent a request for
comments for the new owners. Q on do we know who bought it? Article in
In & About mentioned new owners name. Fletcher offered to call and
find out who bought it and what their plans are. Dwayne: suggest for
all OLCC changes that we contact owner and offer to have them come to a
meeting and talk to us. Make this a standard procedure. Agreement from
group. Fletcher will call and find out.
4. Committee Chairs Reports:
1. Communications: Karen is absent. Ana
– discussion for summer event date.
a. Paul doesn’t want to on Neighbors
b. Dwayne: no preferences for the date. Whatever date we can get the
c. Fletcher: found out that as a neighborhood assoc. we get 2 nights, 1
free night and 1 that is neighbors night out. So we could use the
neighborhood night out and still have 1 night to use later in the year.
Would be okay if the little league was there also, they could come and
d. Brian: this is a great opportunity to get attention to UPNA, meet
people, get people involved.
e. Need feedback from Karen for dates and availability of park.
f. Ana – would prefer August, we need the time to plan. Would like to
ride on the coat tails of Neighbors Night out (Aug. 2nd).
Leave it to Shelley to decide if we can have a phone or email vote for
g. Need RFP for the Artist Logo design. Will have to submit a hard
copy, sample of design. The RFP will detail specifics, black and white.
h. Money for stipend for the design contest, winner ($250?). Something
donated from businesses to give out? Credit them on the website (will
be used on web site also).
i. Will send article from newsletter about logo contest to Fletcher to
send into In & About. Deadline July 30th.
a. Fletcher is meeting this week with
Casey Christensen about the traffic triangle (adopting it) from Bureau
of Maintenance. Submitting a grant next week. Now okay to have a bench
but we have to maintain (but no specifics on the type of bench). Plants
have to be from a native plant list the city provides. Also writing
another grant by the end of the month.
b. Paul – Big Pipe is going over budget. Meeting this week about
bicycle trail off the bluff. Big Pipe will be going through our
neighborhood but the size of pipe went up (cost went up) so they are
reviewing plans. Makes more sense to have it go around the bluff and
then via that project put a bike path on top. This idea is just a
suggestion in order to get the bike path from the east bank esplanade
to Catherdral Park.
i. Comments from Brian and
Fletcher – don’t think they would want to have the pipe in the water.
There is a grant coming up that would apply for it.
3. Land Use: none
4. Service. Traffic & Livability: chair absent.
Dwayne – 7-11 on Denver (across from
Rite aid) is starting to look like where to pick up someone to hire
(congregating on the corner). What is our position and what are we
going to do if this activity if it comes to our area? Something to
think about – what do we think of this. Hanging out at the bus stop.
Fletcher – call Walter Garcia (safety at ONI) and see if they are aware
of it or are doing anything about it. Paul – it is legal to be there.
Fletcher – will call and ask. It is illegal labor (paying under the
table). We should think about it.
5. Public Safety: (Ana for Judy)
a. Gary Hosier is the 2nd NRT officer,
in addition to Jason.
b. Question of morale up or down? Within the community and neighbors it
is up but internally it is down due to internal reviews.
c. Do they patrol the bike path? The NRT officer would do that, and
they do when they have time.
d. Issue of Dennis – his weapons permit expires soon. He is currently
nor complying with police requests to not carry a weapon. He is out
picking up trash.
e. Q about jail beds at Wapato jail in Rivergate. It is possible the
county could lease it to the state which would add jobs to North
f. Dwayne – request to have a Multnomah County sheriff come from county
to talk to us about the possibility of filling the positions of
the two officers that were the FBI anti-terrorism. Will the county take
over the position that the city is not doing.
6. Schools: none
5. Old Business: Cannot take care of – no voting.
6. New Business: Nothing.
7. Open Forum: This Sunday, an event “Wetlands and Wildlife” at Smith
and Bybee Lakes. Free kayaking, kids activities, cookies.
Meeting adjourned 8:35pm
Note: The following week a phone / email vote was conducted and the
date for the summer event was decided on. August 2nd, National
Neighbors Night out was chosen.
General Meeting Monday May 23, 2005
Called to order: 7:09pm
2. Crime & Safety Update: none – officer absent
3. University of Portland Update (Jim Kuffner):
a. Talked to Judy Chambers today.
University purchased their property on Willamette. She was very
appreciative of our recognition for her service.
b. Issue raised before about high school commencements and parking
issue. Discovered that the contract with the schools does have clear
info on parking with recommendations for parking on campus and not in
c. Update on talks with Zidell, are at the 12th revision of the
contract and are very close to coming to agreement and signing. Gives
the University 18 months for due diligence (with 2 phases). Allows time
for discussing with the city about what is possible with the property
(zone changes, liabilities about pollution, possible environmental
concerns, transportation). By January 1st of 2006, can decide to
continue discussion through Dec 2006. Also the University has had
friendly discussions with DEQ and EPA to also purchase the McCormick
and Baxter site. Would allow for expansion over the next 100 years.
Would also discuss and incorporate open space ideas, environmental
concerns etc… The discussions are to early to say what the outcome may
be but the possibility is very exciting.
i. Q from Dwayne. What is the
farthest away high school that will be having services here. A: not
sure, in the past Hillsboro and Oregon City as well as others within
4. Guest: Portland Harbor Cleanup – the McCormick & Baxter site
ii. Q from Paul: What type of zone changes for Ziedell site? A:
Up to the city, but the one that appeals to us, that allows for mixed
use, is EG2. Allows university usage, some industrial, residential.
Appealing because of it’s multiple uses. That’s what were looking at
iii. Q from Paul: next master plan would include the triangle
property? A: yes, once zone change is decided would amend the master
plan. (Q: not have a new one?) If the city said they needed one they
would but should be able to just update the one we have now.
a. Mikell O’Mealy (DEQ-503-229-6590),
Kevin Parrett (DEQ-503-229-6748) (manager for site). Review of Portland
5. Old Business
b. Strip of Willamette River is contaminated because of past chemical
dumping. It is long lived contamination. It’s our job to make it clean
and safe for animals & people. From Freemont bridge to Sauvie
Island, was declared a superfund site. Working with property owners,
tribes and citizen groups to begin the cleanup.
c. McCormick & Baxter is within the Portland Harbor site. Was
already a superfund site (before the Harbor). Now in the final phase of
the cleanup. Very excited about turning over the property for a
d. Unusual to have 2 superfund sites so close and very uncommon to have
one inside the other. Has caused some challenges but because they had
already started on a cleanup it has allowed them to continue smoothly.
Soon will be finished with construction and cleanup. Then go to long
term plan – future use. EPA funds 90% of cost. DEQ funds 10%. Once in
long term phase, DEQ is then responsible that the remedy is maintained
forever. Would be able to work with future owners to have them do some
maintenance but the DEQ is still ultimately responsible.
e. Showed images of site in 1970 when the site was active. Shows areas
of high leakage from tanks, buildings where they impregnated logs with
creosote and areas they dumped waste. Some of the waste has sunk deep
(harder to clean but because it sinks it doesn’t spread out into the
river easily) and some has “floated” on a surface (easier to clean up).
Was the first site in Portland.
f. 1996 started designing remedies plan. Did a lot of engineering work
for the sediment cap (modeling, sampling etc..). Groundwater treatment
(since 1994) – gather from water. 1999 excavated soil. 2002 barrier
wall installation around perimeter (contain source area to keep oil to
flow into river). Sheet walls installed along river edge because of
drop in elevation. Slurry trench along the river.
g. Last summer started the sediment cap (upland site). Covers 23 acres.
Different types of materials. Covered all the beachfront, also in
Willamette Cove. Removed pilings in the river. Added for fish habitat.
On the steep bank, cut it back to a softer slope and will add native
trees and shrubs as a greenway along the riverbank (no development
allowed it will stay a natural area no matter what happens to the
property). On top of original material placed orange plastic material
as a marker for hazardous material. Then placed topsoil and turf
reinforcement mat. It prevents erosion and would help if the river
flooded. Then added compost and planted grasses. After the grass is
established then can add trees and plants that will provide the erosion
protection. Still undecided if they will be able to have paths down to
the river. Very sensitive to riparian zones and maintaining it.
h. What is a sediment cap? Ideally the cap would just be sand. But it
would was away. So we have to armor it with something (put something on
top). Concrete blocks cabled together in mats, placed over sand,
crushed rock and then woven fabric. Added sand on top of blocks,
hopefully some will stay in lower areas (holes in blocks will help with
this). Some sand was dumped from a conveyor barge, some from land; some
used multiple barges and was mixed with water for the shallow areas.
i. Had a few areas where the creosote continued to seep into the river
(after the barrier wall was added). Contamination will eventually stop
but in those areas used a material similar to kitty litter (absorbs
oily products). Worked really well, have not had any other seepage in
j. Upland cap starts at the end of the greenway and up to train tracks.
Soil and sand will come in by barge. The cap will have sand, thick
fabric (water does not seep through), then sand, gravel and topsoil
with drainage pipes. No rainwater will penetrate the contaminated
soils. The whole area is seeded with grasses and will have a retention
pond (for rainwater). Recommendations for use include a park, some
business. Owner would have to maintain some of the property, maintain
safety and provide some public access.
k. Q: Who owns property now? A: Charlie McCormick owns it, though
company is bankrupt. DEQ has a large lean on the property. He would
need to be involved in the sale of the property. Their insurance
company did pay out some money to help with the cleanup was but it was
very small compared to DEQ.
l. Q: Total cost? A: 33million, not including long-term maintenance.
How can he still own it? He still has the deed. DEQ does not want
ownership. State agency has a lean on it so that no one else can try to
purchase it. Once cleanup is done then it can be sold to help recover
some of the cleanup cost. It is also required that there is some public
m. McCormick has said in the past (at a meeting here) he would want to
keep ownership the property after the cleanup because of the property
value increase. A: It’s hard to say what he will do. DEQ and EPA want
the property to be put to good use quickly. Hopefully he will be able
to be convinced.
n. Q: some pilings were removed with Osprey nests. What will be done to
get them back? A: The osprey was there. Tried to get them to move their
nest but we had to remove the pilings. Currently there are no plans to
add pilings in the river (don’t have authority to spend $ on this,
unless they were a endangered bird).
o. Q on funding for ONM? A: will come out of DEQ budget. Q: Where does
DEQ get it’s funding? A: mostly from general funds, some from fees,
bond $. Q: Is there a chance the funding will be cut? A: Anything can
happen in Salem but there is a law that says that the long-term
maintenance must be maintained, so that will not be cut. Q: Regulations
on materials? A: the materials used are site specific and during
planning, risk assessment is done. Not tested based on residential use
but was tested based on industrial and other uses. Residential could be
allowed once risk was assessed. Contaminants are not very volatile so
as long as it is maintained and managed are possible. Single-family
usage would not be good because individual owners could disrupt cap. A
responsible owner must be chosen to keep up management.
p. Q on other sites that have had similar uses? A: Site in Colorado,
worse that McCormick & Baxter. The site was entirely a green space.
EPA has a list of sites where playing fields were put on a cap. Could
get more info or look at EPA website to see what other sites have
become. Gets a lot of attention when sites are put to good use.
q. Q cleanup regulations based on hours of exposure for people in the
future? A: the cap covers the entire area so it is all safe for use. On
another site where contaminates are removed, some concentration of
contamination is left. That number is very important in terms of future
r. Mikell: Thanks again. Hope to finish construction of cap this
September. Then will plant trees next spring (10,000 trees). Looking
for community groups to be involved as a celebration of the site. There
will be site visits this summer if you are interested in seeing it.
Could also come back to talk about the Portland Harbor site, we are
still investigating contamination. Working hard to talk to community
groups and neighborhoods and non-English speaking groups also. Ties in
with the Port cleanups (who are working on an early action cleanup).
Another site, Gasgow is also working on an early action cleanup. This
site is open for public comment. On June 8th at 7pm, (the Environmental
Water Quality building) there is a Portland Harbor Community Advisory
Group meeting; NW Natural (owners of the Gasgow site) will be talking
about their plans.
s. Q: Is the DEQ running the tree planning? Will have partners for that
(friends of tree, SOLV) and contractors to help.
t. Q: Funding for Portland Harbor? A: Federal tax for cleaning up site.
Then the tax came up for renewal (Bush Sr.) and was not renewed. So the
money has dried up. But the government still reviews sites and looks at
ways for them to be paid for. Would prefer to find companies who are
responsible and have them pay for the cleanup. Portland Harbor has been
negotiating with 70 companies to work together, 8 companies stepped
forward (and the city) and have all been working together and have been
paying for all of it (the investigation phase – through 2007). Then
they will look for other companies and require them to help pay.
a. Newsletters are available here and
most of the neighborhood has received them
6. New Business
b. Summer event on Aug. 2nd, neighbors night out
c. New owner of Darcy’s. Doesn’t seem like he will change much.
a. Land Use: Bureau of Developmental
Services will be raising their fees (zoning, land use fees). Weds at
10am, hearing. Will also affect Multnomah County fees.
7. Open Discussion - none
b. Q: site on Lombard is available for retail development (old
McDonalds). Could you look into the site, what is possible? A: Will do.
c. Info on farmers market on back of agenda.
d. Two vacancies on the board. Let us know if you are interested.
e. We’re hoping to do outreach to new neighbors. Looking for people to
help send the info out (stuffing envelopes etc…) to welcome them to the
neighborhood. Let Karen or Shelley know.
f. St. Johns Bride reopening called “Our Bridge is Back”. Sept 18th,
bridge will be closed to traffic for a few hours. Want it to be
community oriented. If you know anyone who wants to participate contact
g. Schools: Bills that might affect us. SB 742/743 – school impact fee,
for new construction. HB 2742 – establishing safe routes to school
fund, $ for safe bike and walking routes to the schools. HB 2681 –
veterans and high school students affected by being called to duties
(goes back to WW1) can get a diploma without having graduated.
h. Fletcher: Astor final work party, it is a Starbucks fundraiser. The
school gets $10 per person for 1 hour. This Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
8. Adjourned at 9:00pm