As reported repeatedly in previous issues of THE BEE, residents on and near S.E. 41st, from S.E. Holgate to Woodstock Boulevard, have been advancing through the process of obtaining speed bumps to control speeding - some of the most egregious speeding problems in the whole city of Portland, according to one transportation official.
The unofficial committee has gotten over 83% support in a petitioning drive for the bumps; the city has now committed to installing the bumps, absorbing much of the cost; but for the bumps to appear, the neighborhood must come up with the rest of the money. That amounts to $8,000, of which $3,500 has already been raised through donations.
The fund-raising continues, and those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the cause may do so by writing their check to 'Southeast Uplift', noting on the 'memo' line, '41st St. Bump Project'. Mail it to 'Southeast Uplift', 3534 S.E. Main Street, Portland 97214. The group hopes to meet the entire funding requirement this spring through resident donations. (Mayor Potter lives on S.E. 41st, but THE BEE has not heard if he has yet donated).
However, if the donation drive falls slightly short, both the Woodstock Neighborhood Association and the Woodstock Community Business Association have pledged up to $500 each to help meet the requirement.
At the WCBA meeting at Country Bill's on January 8th, co-chair Gene Dieringer suggested the group also look into the possibility of borrowing a radar gun from the city to call dramatic attention to the 25 MPH speed limit on S.E. 41st - since some drivers have been clocked zooming at twice that speed on the residential street. Several pets have been run down and killed, according to the committee, and people are at similar risk.
Also at the WCBA event, which occurs at the restaurant 7-9 pm on the second Tuesday evening each month, and to which the public is welcome, the Board heard a report of a bungled burglary by bumbling crooks near the end of December; they targeted an electronics store for a 6 am break-in, and apparently thought that if they cut every nearby wire they could find, they'd not be interrupted.
So they chopped away; but when they then tried to enter the store, an alarm went off and they ran. Although the burglary did not happen, damage was done to nearby businesses by the wire-cutting, which also shut down AT and T wireless service in Woodstock till the vandalism could be repaired.