PDX Update


News of Portland in brief.


Shelter funds sought

Commissioner Randy Leonard is coming to the rescue of the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Shelter, the city's only emergency shelter for women. It had closed in August after it ran out of money.

Leonard is planning to ask the City Council on Wednesday to give the shelter $165,000 so it can reopen.

'The shelter apparently fell through the cracks. We need to have a place where women can go if they're facing homelessness,' said Leonard, who first notified the council he would request the funds at Monday's budget retreat.

At that time, Leonard added the shelter funds to his list of requests for one-time funds from the city's unexpected $19 million surplus in this year's budget.

Fountains dry for winter

The Water Bureau has begun its annual process of turning off decorative city fountains because of the approaching bad weather.

According to bureau operating engineer John Bee, the water is turned off to these fountains every winter to prevent falling leaves from clogging the pumps and wind-driven water from freezing on adjacent sidewalks.

Those Third and Fourth avenues, the Dreamer Fountain in Pettygrove Park on Southwest Third Avenue between Market and Harrison streets, and the Rose Petal Fountain at Southeast 106th Avenue and Stark Street.


Mall project continues

Downtown construction work is continuing in advance of the Transit Mall renovation project scheduled to begin early next year.

The Water Bureau is proceeding with its plan to replace the mains under Southwest Columbia Street. The work must be completed before additional TriMet buses are shifted to it when the mall closes for the two-year project.

In addition, repaving work will begin soon on Southwest Third and Fourth avenues to upgrade the street surfaces for the additional buses they will handle during the project.

- Tribune staff