October news briefs
City purchases property for proposed new pump station
SOUTHWEST - The city of Portland has found a home for a proposed new sewer pump station to be constructed near the existing Fanno Pump Station.
It recently purchased the property at 7000 S.W. Caroland Road and preliminary design for the site has begun.
Officials with the Bureau of Environmental Services are now drafting a project work plan and schedule, and the project will be in its design phase through most of 2012.
BES expects to apply for a land use permit with Washington County in spring 2012, and construction could begin summer 2013 and continue into early 2015, according to an email from Stephen Sykes, BES communication outreach specialist.
In the meantime, the purchase agreement allows the former property owner to relocate a number of large plants and small trees from the property, several items from the existing structure and portions of the fencing.
While the project is just beginning and alternative conceptual site plans haven't been completed, its project manager has directed the design team to develop design alternatives that:
-orient the overall building structures furthest away from residential homes;
-incorporate structures that are roughly as tall as the adjacent homes around the property;
-and incorporate glass, metal, concrete and other materials and features that will complement the architectural characteristics of the neighborhood.
- Bureau of Environmental Services
Application period open for SWNI small grants
SOUTHWEST - Southwest Neighborhoods Inc. and the city of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement are now accepting applications for the sixth annual Neighborhood Small Grants Program.
SWNI will be awarding $22,956 in grant funds to neighborhood-, business- and community-based groups. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and may range from $200 to $2,000.
The goal of the grant program is to provide neighborhood and community organizations with the opportunity to build community, attract new and diverse members and sustain those already involved, according to program organizers. This year's applicants are required to have an organizational partner for proposed projects.
Preference will be given to proposals submitted on behalf of or in direct partnership with neighborhood associations; organizations predominantly led by people from historically under-engaged communities, including communities of color, immigrants and refugees, youth, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bi and transsexual communities; business associations; or individual businesses.
Applications are due by Oct. 31 at 2 p.m.
For more information about SWNI's 2012 Neighborhood Small Grants Program or to download the grant application, visit www.swni.org/grants.
- Southwest Neighborhoods Inc.
Prepare for Leaf Day
PORTLAND - One of the joys of living in Portland is our virtual urban forest of trees - especially in the next few months, when they're ablaze with fall color.
But with autumn trees come fallen leaves, and they can't just be left on the ground. Not only are they a slippery safety hazard to pedestrians, bikes and even cars, they clog sewer drains and degrade asphalt, both of which take a lot more money to fix downstream.
Enter 'Leaf Day,' the Portland Bureau of Transportation's leaf removal and recycling service for the city's most tree-lined neighborhoods.
This year's program represents a significant upgrade, offering a lot more value for the fee. For example, sweeper crews will now take any tree leaves, not just those from trees in your parking strip. Just rake them into the street the day before the crews come by. Neighborhoods with a larger volume of leaves will get two Leaf Days, spaced about three weeks apart.
Be sure to visit www.portlandonline.com/leafday and enter your address in the Leaf Zone Locator to see if you are in your neighborhood's 'Leaf Service Zone.' The website will help you find Leaf Day service dates for your address and it provides information about the fee and offers easy online payment. Or, if you'd like to manage the street leaves yourself, there is a streamlined opt-out process. Tips on how to get ready for Leaf Day are also provided.
One of those how-to-get-ready tips? Be sure to move your car and any other obstacles off the street on your Leaf Days. As sweeper machines can't fit between and behind cars, you'll get a better leaf clean-up if they can get right to the curb.
- Portland Bureau of Transportation
PP and R calls for submissions for fundraiser art show
SOUTHWEST - Portland Parks and Recreation is looking for local artists and artwork for a fundraiser art show.
The 'Nature in our City (Parks!)' art show will open on Nov. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Portland City Hall and will run through Nov. 30. This is a fundraising event, and artists are asked to donate at least 30 percent of all sales to the Willamette River Stewardship program.
The Willamette River Stewardship program aims both to bring artwork inspired by Portland's parks to one place as well as raise funds to provide transportation for classes that would otherwise not be able to participate in its outdoor learning programs. It works to connect communities with natural area parks in Portland through hands-on restoration and outdoor education events.
For the Nature in our City show, all art must depict one of Portland's natural area parks. You can find a map of the parks and more information about the parks at www.portlandparks.org. Space is limited, and so please no pieces larger than 24' by 24'.
All pieces must be ready to hang on a wall; 3D work cannot be accepted at this time.
The submission deadline is Thursday, Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. Selected artists will be notified by or on Oct. 20.
- Portland Parks and Recreation
Craft vendors wanted for Third Thursdays
HILLSDALE - The Hillsdale Main Street Program is adding a crafts fair to the lineup of its monthly Third Thursday events, and its looking for artists, crafters and inventors from throughout the community to sell their wares. Currently, vendors can participate without paying a booth fee.
Constitution Week, 9/11 display at Multnomah Historical Society
MULTNOMAH - In honor of September's Constitution Week and the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Multnomah Historical Association is showcasing an array of patriotic memorabilia at its offices at the Multnomah Center.
The display is available for public viewing at 2929 S.W. Multnomah Blvd. and was provided by Wahkeena Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It will remain on display through mid-October.
For more information, please contact the Multnomah Historical Association at www.multnomahhistorical.com/ or the Wahkeena Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orwcdar/.
- Multnomah Historical Association
Southwest sidewalks project passed over for Metro dollars
SOUTHWEST - Portland City Council approved a plan to seek about $14 million in transportation project funds from the Metro regional government Aug. 17; one that did not include funding for a project to implement a portion of the Barbur Streetscape Plan in Southwest Portland, a proposal that had been on an early version of the candidate list.
Regional flexible funds are federal transportation dollars allocated every two years to the Portland area. Metro has set a priority on projects that move freight and encourage walking, bicycling and access to transit. Proposals are required to secure matching funds for the projects.
Southwest Neighborhood Inc.'s transportation committee developed and submitted a plan to improve pedestrian and bicyclist access along Southwest Barbur Boulevard between Southwest 19th Avenue and Southwest 26th Avenue. The project was defined in the Barbur Streetscape Plan developed by the city of Portland in 1999. The total project cost would have run between $2.25 and $2.5 million, using $2 million in federal dollars along with between $250,000 and $500,000 in local matching funds.
The committee's proposal had been on a list of RFF candidate projects as of May 2011, but it was not included in the plan approved by city council.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz cast the lone vote against the approved package because of the money dedicated to a bike sharing program. It is intended to attract an additional $2 million in private funds to buy bicycles that can be rented around town.
'If it's a good idea, I don't know why the private sector hasn't done it already,' Fritz said Aug. 17. 'I believe the $2 million should be spent on basic needs in our neighborhood, like sidewalks and lighting.'
Other Southwest Portland residents also expressed their displeasure with the decision at the council meeting.
Projects that did receive the council's vote included East Portland transit work and road improvements, safety improvements along Southeast Foster Boulevard and an intersection improvement at North Time Oil Road and North Burgard Road.
The city has been allocated $2.4 million for freight projects and $6.6 million for active transportation projects. More than 50 percent of the city's nominated projects are sidewalk and safety projects in East Portland. Another 26 percent goes to a freight project North Portland's industrial area. The other 22 percent will go toward developing a bicycle rental program that includes private financing.
A proposal to develop a bicycle and pedestrian trail in the Sullivan's Gulch area was also not included in the city's transportation funding package.
Next, the elected Metro Council must approve the projects for funding through the regional flexible federal funding process.
- Jim Redden contributed to this report
Southwest Corridor Plan kicks off
SOUTHWEST - Beginning this month, Southwest Portland residents are invited to learn about the collaborative efforts to plan the future of the corridor connecting Portland and Sherwood.
Metro and its partners, including the city of Portland, will officially launch the Southwest Corridor Plan by participating in a variety of community events throughout October, including the:
-Portland State University Farmers' Market; Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., PSU, Portland;
-Tigard Area Farmers' Market; Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 11831 S.W. Pacific Hwy., Tigard;
-24th Annual Great Onion Festival; Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Archer Glen Elementary School, Sherwood;
-Eighth Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta; Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tualatin Commons, Tualatin.
Project staff will be present to share project information and ask residents what they value about their communites, challenges they would like to see addressed, their visions for the future of the area and what they would like included in the plan as it moves forward.
Early October is also when the project steering committee will meet for the first time, giving these elected and appointed officials from the project partner jurisdictions the chance to discuss their aspirations and set the goals for the Southwest Corridor Plan.
Visit www.swcorridorplan.org to find out more about the plan and how you can get involved.