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Legislature approves $3.9 million for Cornelius Pass Road safety improvements

The Oregon Legislature has approved $3.9 million to fund safety improvements for Multnomah County’s section of NW Cornelius Pass Road. The funding will allow the county to construct improvements that have been identified in a recent planning effort. The improvements -- including realigned curves, shoulder widening, guardrails, vehicle pullouts, and a vehicle-activated beacon -- are being designed this year with construction scheduled to begin in 2017.

This news release is available online.

NEWS RELEASE

Date: July 7, 2015

Contact: Mike Pullen, Multnomah County, 503-209-4111, mike.j.pullen@multco.us

Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), 503-546-4046

Legislature approves $3.9 million for

Cornelius Pass Road safety improvements

The Oregon Legislature has approved $3.9 million to fund safety improvements for Multnomah County’s section of NW Cornelius Pass Road. The funding will allow the county to construct improvements that have been identified in a recent planning effort. The improvements -- including realigned curves, shoulder widening, guardrails, vehicle pullouts, and a vehicle-activated beacon -- are being designed this year with construction scheduled to begin in 2017.

“We greatly appreciate the support of Oregon’s lawmakers, especially Senator Betsy Johnson, for making this safety project a priority,” said County Commissioner Jules Bailey, whose district includes the road. “The recent death of another young motorist on the road underscores the need to do everything we can to make the road safer.”

Multnomah County’s section of the road passes through a steep, winding, rural area between Highway 30 and the Washington County line. Traffic volumes are increasing in the corridor. A citizen advisory committee, including Senator Johnson, has been working with the county on plans for improving safety since November 2013.

“Securing funds to make this road safer was one of my top goals for this session,” said Senator Johnson, who lives in Scappoose. “We’ve seen too many tragic deaths from crashes in the corridor, most recently Scappoose teenager Kerrigan Clark. These funds will ensure that the road is made safer in the near future.”

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has supported the county’s efforts by providing funds to complete design work for the project. “We’re pleased the Legislature made it a priority to complete safety improvements in the corridor,” said ODOT Director Matthew Garrett. “The operational improvements will make a big difference to the many travelers who use that road each day.”

The funding was included in Senate Bill 501 which received final approval from the Legislature on July 6. The bill now goes to Governor Kate Brown for approval. For project information, visit www.multco.us/roads.

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Mike Pullen | Multnomah County Communications Office | 503-209-4111 | newsroom | twitter | facebook

Mayor and Commissioner Fish recruiting members for new Public Utility Board

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish are recruiting members to serve on the newly formed Public Utility Board (PUB). The deadline to apply is Friday, July 10, 2015.

 

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish are recruiting members to serve on the newly formed Public Utility Board (PUB). The 9-member board will strengthen transparency and oversight of our two public utilities: the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services.

 Portland’s two public utilities provide vital water, sewer, and stormwater services to the City. With over 1,000 highly skilled and dedicated employees, the bureaus are operationally and financially complex.

 The first meetings of the PUB is scheduled for late August, including a series of briefings about the utilities’ operations before the fall budget season begins. The PUB will be supported by full-time staff from the independent City Budget Office.

 Applications for PUB members will be accepted through July 10, 2015. We would appreciate your help in recruiting applicants for the PUB.

 More information about the PUB, including application materials, is available on Commissioner Fish’s website at www.portlandoregon.gov/fish/pub. If you have questions, please contact Asena Lawrence at (503) 823-3597.

 Sincerely,

Jackie Dingfelder
Policy Director

Office of Mayor Charlie Hales

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 340

Portland, OR 97204

(O) 503-823-4125

(C) 503-823-8540

(E) Jackie.Dingfelder@portlandoregon.gov

National Night Out Information Fair

Would you like to learn more about National Night Out (NNO) or are you looking for ideas for your neighborhood party? The City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program is hosting a National Night Out (NNO) Information Fair on Thursday, July 9th in Laurelhurst Park (North of the pond on SE Ankeny) from 5:30-7:30pm.

National Night Out Information Fair this Thursday

Would you like to learn more about National Night Out (NNO) or are you looking for ideas for your neighborhood party? The City of Portland’s Crime Prevention Program is hosting a National Night Out (NNO) Information Fair on Thursday, July 9th in Laurelhurst Park (North of the pond on SE Ankeny) from 5:30-7:30pm.

NNO is an annual celebration that occurs on the first Tuesday of August where the community gathers at small block parties or neighborhood events to strengthen their relationships with one another and public safety officials in the spirit of creating safer neighborhoods. When neighbors get to know each other at NNO and block parties, they create a connected and safer community.

Crime Prevention, Parks Bureau, Noise Control, Portland Bureau of Transportation, neighborhood coalition offices and others will be on hand to answer questions about this annual event. The Portland Police and Fire Bureaus and the Mayor will also join the festivities. There will be a short awards ceremony honoring volunteers and agency partners who do so much to make Portland a great place. Food and drinks will be served. Please join us at our kid-friendly gathering!

For more information, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/nno.

Stefanie Kouremetis, Crime Prevention Coordinator-Communications
Office of Neighborhood Involvement
City of Portland
503-823-3131
stefanie.kouremetis@portlandoregon.gov

 

City Council will consider amendments to proposed new City Real Property Disposition Policy on Wednesday July 8

At the City Council hearing on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, the City Council will consider amendments to the proposed new City Real Property Disposition Process Policy.

At the City Council hearing on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, the City Council will consider amendments to the proposed new City Real Property Disposition Process Policy.

The proposed policy includes provisions for how City bureaus will notify neighborhood associations and the community when they are considering selling or transferring City-owned real property to another public or private owner.

City Council members are the decision makers at this stage of the process. Please direct your comments to them.

Why should you care?: The City of Portland owns a lot of property in neighborhoods across the city. Community members, in the past, have said they want to be sure that City considers community priorities when it decides what to do with excess real property, that the City gathers and considers important information about a property in making its decisions (e.g. deed restrictions and other limitations), and that the process be predictable for and transparent to community members.

Go to the ONI website (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/67333) for more information about:

  • The City Council hearing on July 8, 2015;
  • How to share your comments with City Council;
  • The proposed amendments, the revised proposed policy language showing the amendments, and other documents going to City Council;
  • Community input on the earlier draft policy language (including comments from the 180 people who participated in the online survey), and
  • Background on the project and the community input process and a summary of the major changes in the proposed language.

Wed. July 8, 2015 City Council Hearing

The City Council will review the proposed amendments to the proposed new policy on:

  • DATE:            Wednesday, July 8, 2015
  • TIME:             sometime after 9:30 a.m.—most      likely in the morning
  • PLACE:         Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th      Ave., Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

The City Council hearing will start at 9:30 a.m. The City Council will take up the City land disposition policy later in the morning—no “time certain” has been established for this agenda item. You can find out where the proposed policy will appear on the hearing agenda by going to the City Clerk’s website and viewing the “current agenda” page at: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=26997.

How to Share your Comments with the City Council

You can share your comments with the City Council members in a few different ways:

  • Email your comments to cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov: The City Clerk      will forward any message you send to this email address to all the City      Council members. Comments you send to this email address also become part      of the “formal record” for this City Council agenda item.
  • Mail or hand deliver hard copy      comments directly to individual City Council members, or call their      offices: See below for contact      information for each of the City Council members.
  • Testify at the July 8, 2015 hearing: A sign-up sheet      will be available outside the City Council Chambers in City Hall on the      morning of the hearing—sign up if you want to testify at the hearing.

Why is ONI sending this message?: ONI is providing this information because ONI offered to help the City staff who developed the proposed policy reach out to the community.

If you have other questions, please contact ONI Staff:  Paul Leistner, paul.leistner@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5284, or John Dutt, john.dutt@portlandoregon.gov, 503-865-2625.

THANK YOU!

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City of Portland, Oregon

CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFORMATION

CHARLIE HALES, MAYOR
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340
Portland, OR  97204
(503) 823-4120
website: http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/
e-mail: mayorhales@portlandoregon.gov

NICK FISH

1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 240
Portland, OR  97204
(503) 823-3589
website: www.portlandonline.com/fish
e-mail: Nick@portlandoregon.gov

AMANDA FRITZ
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 220
Portland, OR  97204
(503)823-3008
website: http://www.portlandonline.com/fritz/
e-mail: amanda@portlandoregon.gov

STEVE NOVICK
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 210
Portland, OR  97204
(503)823-4682
website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/novick/
e-mail: Novick@portlandoregon.gov

DAN SALTZMAN
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 230
Portland, OR  97204
(503)823-4151
website: http://www.portlandonline.com/saltzman
e-mail: dan@portlandoregon.gov

 

 

Balch Consolidated Conduit Support Sewer Replacement Project

Environmental Service has completed designing a project that will replace and abandon pipes in poor condition and relieve street flooding and basement sewer backups in the area bounded by NW Yeon Avenue, NW 29th Avenue, NW Nicolai Avenue, and NW St. Helens Road. The project includes diverting stormwater to the Balch Consolidation Conduit sewer pipe, and replacing dams in the Balch Outfall pipe to prevent Willamette River water from backing up into the pipe during heavy rain events.

Balch Consolidated Conduit Support Sewer Replacement Project

Construction Start

Environmental Service has completed designing a project that will replace and abandon pipes in poor condition and relieve street flooding and basement sewer backups in the area bounded by NW Yeon Avenue, NW 29th Avenue, NW Nicolai Avenue, and NW St. Helens Road. The project includes diverting stormwater to the Balch Consolidation Conduit sewer pipe, and replacing dams in the Balch Outfall pipe to prevent Willamette River water from backing up into the pipe during heavy rain events.

A project map is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/BCC.

CONSTRUCTION METHOD

The contractor will use open trench excavation, which involves the following steps:

  • Cut the pavement to create a trench.
  • Remove the pavement and other materials.
  • Install the new sewer pipe.
  • Fill in the trench with sand or gravel.
  • Excavate and connect storm drains.
  • Excavate and connect each building to public sewer main.
  • Install temporary pavement.
  • Complete final trench paving and restoration.

There will be periods of inactivity between these steps. For more information about open trench excavation, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/490269.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE
Below is the anticipated construction schedule for the next couple of weeks. We will update and expand the schedule each week as we receive information from the project contractor. The schedule is subject to change due to a variety of factors, including underground conditions, weather, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials. The project is scheduled to be completed by February 2016.

As the contractor moves forward installing pipe, work crews apply a temporary asphalt patch. They will return at a later date to apply permanent paving.

Week of July 6

  • Mobilize equipment and supplies to the area.
  • Work crews may begin excavations to locate utilities on NW Industrial next to the GE Building and on NW 30th just south of NW Industrial.

Week of July 13

  • Continue utility location excavation.
  • Repair lateral connection to the public sewer main for GE building on NW Industrial.
  • Investigate access through manholes at NW31st and NW 29th avenues.

Week of July 13

  • Tentatively scheduled to begin open trench work at NW Industrial and NW 30th Avenue.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Typical work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The contractor can also choose to work on Saturdays if necessary.
  • Roads will be closed to through traffic, but local businesses will have access from one direction. You may experience delays.
  • On-street parking in or near the work area will be prohibited during work hours.
  • Equipment and materials will be stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • A city construction inspector will be on-site during work hours, and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a green City of Portland safety vest and hard hat.

Let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues or medical deliveries.

There will be periods of inactivity between construction phases.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/BCC for more project information. To receive email updates about the project email joseph.annett@portlandoregon.gov with "Division Place" in the subject line.

The City of Portland complies with all non-discrimination laws including Title VI (Civil Rights) and Title II (ADA). To request a translation, accommodation or additional information, please call 503-823-7740, or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711