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Re: "Dave Hunt makes bid for Clackamas County chair official" (Sept. 21, 2011), so Dave Hunt is pushed out of his leadership position in the Oregon Legislature by members of his own party and now he wants to bring those same "leadership" skills to Clackamas County? No thanks, Dave!
"No on Dave Hunt for Clackamas County"
Re: "Swinging into playground action" (Sept. 14, 2011), I think it is great for the community to stand up for their neighborhood. I was able to be more involved when I was younger. I would be proud to belong to this community.
Re: "Metro mulls Blue Heron bankrupt property bid" (Sept. 21, 2011), let's see if I have this straight.
1. A government agency that claims has no money has a bucket of money just sitting on a desk.
2. A government agency will buy this property and take it off the property tax rolls so they won't get any of those funny pieces of green paper from us serfs.
3. Just the removal of just the structures will take how long 5-10 years not counting asbestosis.
4. In a perfect world and we wiggle our nose and this was all done overnight what is their plan? Rip everything out so there could be NO river traffic between Oregon City and Canby? Oh, and have no FLOOD CONTROL???
Re: "Metro mulls Blue Heron bankrupt property bid," (Sept. 21, 2011), as a long-time pulp and paper engineer, I am positive that nobody in any government agency has even a slight idea of what it is going to take to reclaim the Blue Heron property and make it into a publicly used property. The only sane idea is to use it as an industrial property.
Within the EPA rules, this property is so contaminated with chemicals of all kinds that it would take decades to clean it up sufficiently to pass EPA rules. The cost of that is astronomical, and the long wait would be devastating to any plan to make it into a park or commercially viable use such as condos, offices, homes, etc.
The view is breathtaking, for sure, but that view does eventually have a price tag, and reclaiming that 220 acres is way past that price tag. Just the disposal of the materials that need to be torn down, such as concrete, will be a nightmare. The hazardous material will have to be disposed of to the tune of enormous costs and time.
I have done a lot of estimating demolition costs in old pulp and paper mills over the years and have never made an accurate cost estimate due to the unknowns you run into in the project. Any government agency trying to make a cost estimate will underestimate the cost and time required for the total project by factors of 10 or more. Consider the presence of asbestos in that very old facility that nobody knows about.
I hate to be a naysayer, but somebody needs to really get some reasoning into this debate and listen to it.
Re: "Metro mulls Blue Heron bankrupt property bid" (Sept. 21, 2011), while this site is definitely full of pitfalls, it's also one of the most spectacular pieces of property on the Willamette River. This is literally a once-in-a-lifetime chance to acquire the land for public use.
One (and maybe the only) bright side of the bad economy is that Metro can probably get the property at a good price. Metro should think long and hard about this. If they let it slip through their hands, they'll have to explain very clearly why.
Re: "Bob's Red Mill pledge to spur nutrition research" (Sept. 21, 2011), three cheers for Bob and Charlee Moore! It's about time medicine takes a step in the nutritional education direction. So much depends on not only how we eat but what we eat.
Nutrition is the single most important part of health, and we have been living in the dark ages of ignorance on the subject for far too long. I hope education centers like this become a trend nationwide and not just a singular event. I'm glad to see him put the success of Bob's Red Mill to good use.