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City-Hired Contractor Covers Unstable Slope Just Before Rains Fall


City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services







October 20, 2008

Contact: Ross Caron, 503.823.4268


(Portland, OR) Late Friday, October 17, 2008, Bureau of Development Services (BDS) staff were able to secure a contractor, Anderson Pacific, to begin making temporary repairs to the site where a landslide occurred at SW Burlingame Place and SW Terwilliger Blvd. on October 8, 2008.

On October 16, 2008, BDS Director Paul Scarlett made a declaration that an emergency existed that threatened public health, safety and commerce due to the house at 6438 SW Burlingame Place sliding downslope. This emergency declaration allowed the Bureau of Development Services to hire a contractor to install temporary slope protection measures.

The contractor was extremely responsive and had a crew and supplies at the site on Saturday morning to begin work.  In addition, the contractor was able to get a supplier to open their doors over the weekend to allow them to get needed supplies for the work.  Anderson Pacific worked through the weekend to place heavy duty plastic sheeting over the slope, exposed soils and adjacent areas and to install drainage systems to collect and route stormwater runoff from homes adjacent to the landslide area down to SW Terwilliger Blvd.   

"I can't say enough about the contractor's response.  Once the contract was awarded, they jumped right in and began helping," said Paul Scarlett, BDS Director.  "It was a race against the clock, but I'm pleased to report that the plastic was in place by Sunday evening just in time for this morning's rain.  I'm so glad we could provide some desperately needed assistance to these homeowners."

Doug Morgan, BDS Site Development Section Manager, and Ericka Koss, BDS Site Development Engineer, took shifts throughout the weekend to monitor the work.  Koss and BDS Director, Paul Scarlett, worked yesterday to fill sandbags to be used in the work to anchor down the plastic that now protects the slope.

BDS staff are continuing work at the site today and will be coordinating with the Bureau of Environmental Services, the Office of Transportation and the City-hired contractor to install drainage systems and pipe to collect and route stormwater runoff from the landslide area down to SW Terwilliger Blvd.  The City's goal is to have the work completed within the next few days.  At this time, the City does not have cost estimate for this work; it is being done on a time and materials basis.

These temporary protection measures are intended to remain in place while the Bureau of Development Services continues to work with property owners and their representatives to make permanent repairs.  We will provide additional information on the slope stabilization work and permanent recovery efforts as it becomes available.

After working with the property owners of 6442 SW Burlingame Place, the Bureau of Development Services lifted the red tag posting and replaced it with a yellow tag posting, which will allow limited entry to the property.  We are also working with the property owners' engineer to determine if we can permanently lift the red tag posting at 6307 SW Terwilliger and replace it with a yellow tag posting, allowing limited entry. 

About the Bureau of Development Services (BDS):
The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. BDS staff reviews and issues approximately over 50,000 building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical and sign permits, along with performing 217,000 permit inspections and 1,300 land use reviews for residential and commercial properties. For more information visit our website at


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