Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 26)

1) Mayor visits OKNA meeting
2) Filming at Adidas (Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29)
3) Eastbank Esplanade closed
4) Traffic safety action workshop (Thursday, March 30)
5) Sustainable landscaping workshops
6) Renters’ rights workshop (April 5)
7) How should Safe Routes to School spend $8 million? (April 20)


1) Mayor visits OKNA meeting

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler visited the Overlook Neighborhood Association General Meeting on March 21. He updated the neighborhood on his priorities as mayor and addressed concerns about the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp in Overlook. During the Q&A session, residents overwhelmingly asked the mayor to make good on the city’s pledge that the camp would be relocated within a year of its founding. It has been there for 18 months.

Thank you to all Overlook residents who came out for this important meeting and shared their views.

Wheeler conceded that the city had treated Overlook “shabbily” under the previous mayor with regard to Hazelnut Grove, but he had no immediate solutions for neighbors concerned about the dangers of having an unregulated homeless camp in wildfire and landslide zones. He has asked Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office to oversee next steps, which will include mediated discussions between the neighborhood and the homeless campers.

OKNA’s board will discuss what the mayor said at its April board meeting. For now, we await word from City Hall and Hazelnut Grove about when they are willing to return to the table to discuss moving forward.

You can find out more about the visit in news coverage from KGW, (“Neighbors voice anger over N Portland homeless camp”) and KATU (“Mayor wants neighborhood to drive solution for Hazelnut Grove”). You can also watch a video of the mayor answering neighbor’s questions below. Later in the video, a representative of Commissioner Eudaly’s office talks about next steps.

2) Filming at Adidas (Tuesday & Wednesday, March 28-29)

A film crew will be on location at the Adidas Village on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 28-29) shooting for the Pensole Sneaker Challenge. As a result, some nearby street parking will be unavailable. Specifically, “No Parking” will be posted on both sides of N Sumner Street between N Delaware Avenue and the dead end, and on both sides of N Delaware Avenue between N Sumner Street and N Webster Street.

Read the full announcement.

3) Eastbank Esplanade closed

Portland Parks & Recreation has temporarily closed the floating portion of the Eastbank Esplanade between the Steel and Burnside bridges due to extremely high Willamette River water levels. PP&R has been carefully monitoring this section of the popular riverside trail, located on the east side of the Willamette, over the past few days. During periods of very high water, when the river reaches approximately 17.5 feet, the ramps rise to an angle determined to be potentially unsafe for people on bikes, on foot, and for those using mobility devices. This situation has occurred in the past during rare, extremely high river elevations (most recently in May of 2011).

The closure will remain in effect for an undetermined length of time – until river conditions allow for safe travel on the impacted section of walkway.  Commuters, walkers, cyclists, etc., should use street alternatives.

4) Traffic safety action workshop (Thursday, March 30)

Are you interested in creating awareness, changing policy and finding money to improve safety on neighborhood streets? North Portland Neighborhood Services will hold a workshop this week to teach you how to do it.

Bring an idea about a traffic safety problem you want to solve and they’ll help you develop a plan for taking action. They’ve invited transportation experts and neighbors who can share stories about what worked in their own neighborhoods. Learn more.

RSVP online.

Traffic safety action workshop
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 p.m.
Historic Kenton Firehouse (8105 N Brandon Ave.)

5) Sustainable landscaping workshops

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District has free landscaping workshops scheduled for coming weeks. Learn how to create low-maintenance, low-cost landscapes that conserve water, prevent pollution, and create a healthy habitat for local birds and wildlife. These workshops are free and open to everyone. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Learn more and register online.

All three will take place at Livingscape (3926 N Vancouver Ave.).

Beneficial Insects (April 15, 9-11:30 a.m.)

Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates that provide free pest control. You will discover ways to attract and sustain these friendly beneficial insects that help your garden thrive, and also learn about a few invasive insects to keep an eye out for. 

Naturescaping Basics (April 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Learn how to design your landscape to reduce water use, decrease storm water runoff and save you time, money, and energy – all while providing a beautiful habitat for birds, wildlife and you.

Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden (May 5, 6:30-9 p.m.)

Learn about the bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that provide vital pollination services in urban gardens, and discover which plants can help attract and support them. We will go beyond the bloom so you can find out how to provide water, shelter, nesting and overwintering sites.

6) Renters’ rights workshop (April 5)

Community Alliance of Tenants will host a free renters’ rights workshop on Wednesday, April 5 at Clarendon School in North Portland. Attendees will learn about what landlords are responsible for repairing or replacing, renters’ legal rights and responsibilities, and how to communicate with landlords to get the best outcome.

Free lead and hemoglobin testing for kids by Multnomah County will be available after the meeting. During the meeting, there will be childcare and snacks. To register for childcare and lead testing, contact Michelle Rodriguez at 503-916-3138 or Crystal Ball at 503-916-6298.

Renters’ rights & repairs workshop
Wednesday, April 5, 3:15 p.m.
Clarendon Regional Early Learning Academy (9325 N Van Houten Ave.)

7) How should Safe Routes to School spend $8 million? (April 20)

Through the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Fixing Our Streets program, Safe Routes to School is expecting to make a large investment in safety improvements around Portland schools in the next few years. This spring they’re asking families to help figure out what is needed most in each high school cluster. They will come to the Jefferson cluster, which includes Overlook, on Thursday, April 20.

The Safe Routes to School program is hosting open house events across the city to listen to families about their routes to school and the barriers they face. At the most recent events, families from the Grant and Roosevelt High School clusters talked about speeding drivers, difficult crossings and arrival/dismissal traffic concerns. While at the open house, parents expressed why they walked or rolled…or didn’t; what was their number one safety concern; and how far they would go out of their way for a safer crossing. They also drew their routes on school maps and learned just how much it costs to create their perfect intersection.

Portland Public Schools was also there to share information about their www.SafeRoutesPDX.org web app that lets families share their safety concerns online.

Safe Routes to Schools Session
Thursday, April 20, 6-8 p.m.
Ockley Green Middle School (6031 N Montana Ave.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 17)

1) Mayor Ted Wheeler at OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday, March 21)
2) Events with state lawmakers (March 18 and 30)
3) How would you spend city Park Bonds?
4) Help re-plant Overlook’s signature planters – Kid-friendly (March 18)


1) Mayor Ted Wheeler at OKNA General Meeting (Tuesday, March 21)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold its general meeting on Tuesday evening. Mayor Ted Wheeler will attend to update the neighborhood on his vision for Portland and to field questions from neighbors. View the full agenda for other items to be discussed.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

2) Events with state lawmakers (March 18 and 30)

State Rep. Tawna Sanchez will hold a constituent coffee hour on March 18 to discuss what she’s been up to in Salem during the legislative session.

Coffee with Rep. Tawna Sanchez
Saturday, March 18, 9-10 a.m.
PCC Cascade, Student Union Room 203/204 (705 N Killingsworth St.)

Several lawmakers will hold a town hall on March 30. Sens. Lew Frederick and Michael Dembrow will join Reps. Tawna Sanchez and Alissa Keny-Guyer to hear from constituents.

Town hall with state lawmakers
Thursday, March 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PCC Cascade, Terrell Hall 122 (705 N Killingsworth St.)

3) How would you spend city Park Bonds?

It’s time to decide how to spend the remaining $20 million for the second phase of park improvements. Portland Parks & Recreation and Commissioner Amanda Fritz want to hear from Portlanders about their priorities, but they are staying far away from North Portland.

Overlook residents who want to have a say can trek to Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium (7688 SW Capitol Hwy.) on Monday, March 20, 6-7:30 p.m. or East Portland Community Center (740 SE 106th Ave) on Tuesday, March 21, 6-7:30 p.m. Alternatively, complete the online comment form.

4) Help re-plant Overlook’s signature planters – Kid-friendly (March 18)

Portland’s first traffic-calming Placemaking Project is at the intersection of N Concord Avenue and N Overlook Boulevard, next to the big painted intersection. Come re-plant and refresh the groundbreaking planter project with sedums and other eco-roof plants that are low-care, low-water, high-heat-tolerant, low-profile and pollinator friendly.

Kids are welcome to come learn and participate!

We’ll make wattle fencing, taste honey and visit a bee hive. We’ll also tour the established, 6-year old food producing permaculture site next to the planters and have fun getting dirty: sheet mulching, installing barriers for cane berries, hugelkultur terrace construction, and more digging and planting.

Opportunities to dig and take home some plants (until they run out), including Shasta daisies, blue Japanese iris, white iris, black currants, red currants, blackberries (shuksan), raspberries and rhubarb. Bring a shovel and carry home container to dig your own.

Dress for weather (sunscreen and hat if the sun comes out), and bring your gloves and hand tools if you have them (some available), and a water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by City Repair Project and Sustainable Overlook.

Permaculture learning and work party
Saturday, March 18, 11-2 p.m.
Intersection of N Concord Avenue and N Overlook Boulevard

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 12)

1) Mayor Ted Wheeler to visit OKNA General Meeting (March 21)
2) Help re-plant Overlook’s signature planters – Kid-friendly (March 18)
3) Register for free emergency preparedness training
4) 2017 Emergency Preparedness Summit
5) Organic Brewfest canceled
6) Columbia Slough 101 (March 18)


1) Mayor Ted Wheeler to visit OKNA General Meeting (March 21)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association is excited to announce that Mayor Ted Wheeler will attend our general meeting this month. Check in next week for more details, but for now mark your calendar for the March 21, 6:30 p.m. meeting at Kaiser Town Hall.

2) Help re-plant Overlook’s signature planters – Kid-friendly (March 18)

Portland’s first traffic-calming Placemaking Project is at the intersection of N Concord Avenue and N Overlook Boulevard, next to the big painted intersection. Come re-plant and refresh the groundbreaking planter project with sedums and other eco-roof plants that are low-care, low-water, high-heat-tolerant, low-profile and pollinator friendly.

Kids are welcome to come learn and participate!

We’ll make wattle fencing, taste honey and visit a bee hive. We’ll also tour the established, 6-year old food producing permaculture site next to the planters and have fun getting dirty: sheet mulching, installing barriers for cane berries, hugelkultur terrace construction, and more digging and planting.

Opportunities to dig and take home some plants (until they run out), including Shasta daisies, blue Japanese iris, white iris, black currants, red currants, blackberries (shuksan), raspberries and rhubarb. Bring a shovel and carry home container to dig your own.

Dress for weather (sunscreen and hat if the sun comes out), and bring your gloves and hand tools if you have them (some available), and a water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by City Repair Project and Sustainable Overlook.

Permaculture learning and work party
Saturday, March 18, 11-2 p.m.
Intersection of N Concord Avenue and N Overlook Boulevard

3) Register for free emergency preparedness training

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) is one of the most active in the city. Its members train and prepare to help when an emergency strikes. When a major earthquake hits Portland, they will have the skills to save lives.

The city’s NET program has an upcoming training class for Portlanders. You’ll receive free training in the core skills needed to respond safely and effectively in a major disaster. You’ll meet neighbors, emergency response professionals and community leaders concerned about emergency preparation. And you’ll be eligible for advanced classes and exercises.

The class requires about 30 hours over a few Saturdays. The next training kicks off on April 29.

Learn more and register online.

4) 2017 Emergency Preparedness Summit

There was a fantastic turnout at the recent Preparedness Summit at Beach School. Overlook neighbors and visitors came together to Prepare Out Loud with The American Red Cross’ Steven Eberlein.

The afternoon was filled with tabling from organizations including Multnomah County’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Dove Lewis, PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human), City Club of Portland and Portland State University’s Center for Public Service.

Big thanks to Kenny & Zukes for a ton of donated bagels and shmears, Blend Coffee on N Killingsworth for donating coffee for the day, and Atomic Pizza for providing a delicious pizza lunch.  Also many thanks go out to the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program operating out of Beach School, led by Cinda Jackson, who helped organizers secure the venue once again this year.

Click on the photo below to see more pictures from the event.

5) Organic Brewfest canceled

In a recent update we announced that the Organic Brewfest would return to Overlook Park again this year. The organizers now report that they have canceled the event. The plan to take this year off and reassess whether it remains viable next year.

6) Columbia Slough 101 (March 18)

Ever wonder about the slow-moving water running through Northeast and North Portland? The Slough 101 workshop will explore the unique character, challenges and opportunities of the Columbia Slough.  You’ll learn about water quality, wetland restoration, how the Slough has changed over time, and what various efforts by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Environmental Services, and many partners mean for wildlife, people and businesses.

Slough 101 is a free, hands-on workshop open to everyone interested in learning more about the Columbia Slough and its watershed.  The workshop is hosted at the beautiful offices of the McKinstry firm, which overlooks Environmental Services’ Mason Flats Wetland Enhancement Project.

Slough 101 hands-on activities will allow attendees to:

  • Study Slough macroinvertebrates (water bugs) and learn about water quality
  • Simulate and predict aquifer conditions with an interactive groundwater model
  • Discover a beautiful hidden part of this unique waterway on a walking tour

Learn more and register online.

Columbia Slough 101
Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
McKinstry (16790 NE Mason St.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 5)

1) OKNA Board meeting (March 7)
2) Legal clinic on city’s new tenant relocation assistance ordinance (March 15)
3) Coffee with Rep. Tawna Sanchez (March 18)
4) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland in June


1) OKNA Board meeting (March 7)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics. The agenda includes Patton Park, homeless camps, neighborhood cleanups and more. Board meetings are open to the public.

OKNA Board meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
Historic Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

2) Legal clinic on city’s new tenant relocation assistance ordinance (March 15)

The Portland City Council recently approved an ordinance that requires landlords to pay tenants relocation assistance in the case of a no-cause eviction, rent increase greater than 10 percent or failure to renew or replace an expiring lease with substantially the same terms.

That ordinance is being challenged in court. Tenants who might take advantage of it if it survives that legal challenge can learn how at an upcoming city-sponsored clinic. The city has partnered with Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon to host a free legal clinic.

Free legal clinic on relocation assistance
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.
David Douglas High School (1001 SE 135th Ave.)

3) Coffee with Rep. Tawna Sanchez (March 18)

State Rep. Tawna Sanchez will hold a constituent coffee hour on March 18 to discuss what she’s been up to in Salem during the legislative session.

Q&A with Rep. Tawna Sanchez
Saturday, March 18, 9-10 a.m.
PCC Cascade, Student Union Room 203/204 (705 N Killingsworth St.)

4) Sunday Parkways returns to North Portland in June

Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner, and The Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced its schedule for the Sunday Parkways season. This nationally and internationally acclaimed series of Open Street events is celebrating its 10th year in motion. The streets will close to traffic so that bikers and walkers can enjoy safe tours of the city’s neighborhoods.

The North Portland Parkways will be on June 25. The route this year touches a corner of Overlook. Learn more about the event and routes in other neighborhoods on the official website.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 24)

1) Get your preparedness on! (Feb. 25)
2) Tell Portland which potholes to patch


1) Get your preparedness on! (Feb. 25)

Join your Overlook neighbors and new friends from other neighborhoods on Saturday at Putting Preparedness Into Action, a free half-day (9:45 to 2) preparedness event at Beach Elementary School. The event is organized by Sustainable Overlook and Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). Steve Eberlein from the American Red Cross will give a presentation in the morning.

After lunch (bring your own if you didn’t register and reserve a lunch in advance), there will be info and activities to put you in the ‘prep’ frame of mind. Bring your ‘go bag’ if you want to show it off.

Overlook Sustainability Summit: Putting Preparedness Into Action
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)

2) Tell Portland which potholes to patch

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has launched Patch-a-thon, a new initiative to fill the numerous potholes caused by this season’s many winter storms.

There is currently a backlog of more than 1,000 potholes that have been identified by residents and city crews. During Patch-a-thon, PBOT will dedicate extra crews and resources to address the current backlog. During normal operations, PBOT has two to three crews repairing potholes. During Patch-a-thon, this number will rise to 12 to 15 crews.

In the coming weeks, PBOT will hold a Patch-a-thon on those days when the weather permits effective and safe pothole repair. PBOT will continue Patch-a-thon until the winter pothole backlog has been cleared.

PBOT crews fill more than 8,000 potholes a year, working year round. The work is weather dependent and crews are sometimes diverted to emergencies such as landslides.

Portlanders are encouraged to report potholes by sending a detailed description and photos to PBOT dispatchers by email pdxroads@portlandoregon.gov or by using the PDX Reporter App. They can also call 503-823-1700, PBOT’s 24 hour maintenance line.

View the interactive pothole map, so you can track Patch-a-thon’s progress.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 19)

1) OKNA general meeting (Feb. 21)
2) Protected bike lane proposed for N Greeley Avenue
3) Third annual Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 25)


1) OKNA general meeting (Feb. 21)

You don’t want to miss the upcoming Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting. The agenda is packed with important updates that will affect everyone in the neighborhood. We’ll hear from a representative of the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp about what’s been going on there, and from a representative of Portland Public Schools about the upcoming construction bond. Developers of two multi-family residential projects along the Interstate Corridor also will present and answer questions. One will be on the current site of the Overlook Restaurant, and the other is on N Montana Avenue between N Prescott and N Going streets.

OKNA general meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

2) Protected bike lane proposed for N Greeley Avenue

BikePortland reports that the Portland Bureau of Transportation has plans to install a two-way protected bike lane on N Greeley Avenue between Going and Interstate. Riders and motorists alike would benefit from this change. Greeley carries a high volume of traffic, especially truck traffic to and from Swan Island, that passes perilously close to bike riders. The highway interchange in particular, where the southbound bike lane crosses the traffic lanes, is particularly dangerous.

As part of a repaving project, a multi-use path with room for bikers and pedestrians could be installed along the east (bluff) side of the road with concrete barriers providing separation from traffic. Riders would benefit from improved safety, and drivers would no longer have to worry about bikers swerving into traffic lanes unexpectedly to avoid debris in the bike lane.

Learn more about the proposal at BikePortland’s website.

3) Third annual Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 25)

Someday a catastrophic earthquake will strike Portland. Join your neighbors on Saturday to learn more about how to prepare for disaster. The third annual Overlook Sustainability Summit at Beach School will feature a presentation from the American Red Cross and information from a variety experts on the topics of disaster resilience and emergency preparation.

The Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) will run a practice staging event so you can practice with radios, triage and shelter development. Lunch available from Atomic Pizza by reservation ($7 per person).

Learn more and RSVP online.

Overlook Sustainability Summit: Putting Preparedness Into Action
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 11)

1) Overlook is a welcoming neighborhood
2) Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team bimonthly meeting (Monday, Feb. 13)
3) Third annual Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 25)
4) Neighborhood streets community survey
5) Street work around Mocks Crest this summer


1) Overlook is a welcoming neighborhood

At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Overlook Neighborhood Association Board adopted the following resolution of inclusion and support for all Overlook neighbors:

The Overlook Neighborhood Association welcomes refugees, immigrants, people of any color or ethnicity, people of any religious belief, and people of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In short, we are a welcoming place for all. We will not tolerate hateful rhetoric that scapegoats these communities or that threatens our neighbors. We will not remain idle when any member of our community is targeted by bigotry. We are stronger together as a neighborhood and city.

2) Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team bimonthly meeting (Monday, Feb. 13)

Join the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) for its bimonthly meeting (even numbered months) at Lucky Lab Tap Room on Monday, 6:30-8 p.m. The meeting will focus primarily on the upcoming Sustainability Summit on Feb. 25. Additional items to be covered include a follow-up on the January mid-ice storm visit to the fire station, look ahead to the Overlook Park walkaround in March and a full call-up for Overlook NET in July.

Advance check-in by radio (channel 5) starts at 6 p.m.

Overlook NET bimonthly meeting
Monday, Feb. 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lucky Lab Tap Room (1700 N Killingsworth St.)

3) Third annual Overlook Sustainability Summit (Feb. 25)

Is your household ready for a natural disaster? Take heart, preparation is a spectrum, and the third annual Overlook Sustainability Summit – Putting Preparedness into Action is coming on Feb. 25 to help you get ready or more ready.

The American Red Cross’ Steve Eberlein will speak about best practices learned after the Indonesian earthquake/tsunami event and introduce us to Prepare Out Loud, a Red Cross initiative.

The Summit won’t be all talk; it’ll be all action. Mingle with neighbors and experts, and get hands-on demonstrations and discussions about go bags, pet preparedness and sanitation. Bring your go bag for an evaluation, and get ideas for improvement.

The Overlook NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) will run a practice staging event so you can practice with radios, triage and shelter development. Lunch available from Atomic Pizza by reservation ($7 per person).

Find all of the schedule details and RSVP at sustainableoverlook.org /summit-2017.

Overlook Sustainability Summit: Putting Preparedness Into Action
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Beach Elementary School (1710 N Humboldt St.)

4) Neighborhood streets community survey

The condition of streets and sidewalks in front of homes and throughout Portland’s neighborhoods affects how people get around. The Portland Bureau of Transportation wants to hear about how you use residential side streets, problems you experience as you try to get around Overlook, and your input about your expectations for residential street improvements in the Portland.

  • Take the survey to tell PBOT how the Neighborhood Streets Program can best serve you. The survey will take only a few minutes to complete and is available in English, Español, Việt Ngữ, 中文, and Русский.

PBOT has begun the planning process to develop policies and funding options for improving residential side streets. Your input on this survey will help them understand where to focus efforts and what to prioritize in the new program.

The goals for the Neighborhood Streets Program are to develop:

  • A sustainable funding strategy to fix unimproved streets
  • A process to prioritize residential street projects
  • A process to determine what street standards to apply for each project
  • An inclusive, effective, and equitable public engagement process that is built upon community values and priorities

If you have questions or require additional information on the program or survey, please contact Anne Hill at anne.hill@portlandoregon.gov.

5) Street work around Mocks Crest this summer

Sunset viewers at Mocks Crest will have to maneuver around some roadwork this spring. Environmental Services, the city’s sewer and stormwater utility, is extending the public sewer system to properties where service is only available through a neighboring property. Under N Skidmore Terrace, this project will install 540 feet of main line sewer pipe, three new manholes, and branch connections to ten properties allowing them to make direct connections the public sewer. This project will help protect public health, water quality, and the environment.

Construction will begin in February and is expected to be completed in June. The first activities will include survey, and moving equipment and materials into the area. Learn more about the project here.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 4)

1) Support Overlook businesses that have been broken into
2) How’s your apartment’s bicycle parking?
3) Get help paying your water bill
4) OKNA Board meeting (Feb. 7)


1) Support Overlook businesses that have been broken into

Ne’er-do-wells attempted to break into two Overlook neighborhood businesses on N Killingsworth Street. Both The Naked Sheep Knit Shop and NoPo Paws suffered some expensive damage, including broken glass, and theft in one case. If you’re a crafter or knitter or have a pet at home, consider stopping by their shops and showing some Overlook support.

2) How’s your apartment’s bicycle parking?

Do you live in an apartment? The Portland Bureau of Transportation wants to know how good your bicycle parking options are.

Portland has set a goal of having 25 percent of trips in the city be by bike. Working toward that goal, PBOT is currently in the middle of reviewing and updating the Bicycle Parking code requirements to ensure the provision of adequate, comfortable, accessible and secure bicycle parking for new buildings and major redevelopment throughout Portland. The current text of the Bicycle Parking section of City Code (Chapter 33.266 Parking and Loading) was largely written and adopted in 1996 [there was a significant update in 2004 for short-term bicycle parking, and in 2010 to update the amount of required long-term bicycle parking spaces for multi-family dwellings].

PBOT has convened a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to help guide the process and address key issues around short and long-term bicycle parking in new buildings. While the committee is grappling with a number of key issues, one of the current focus areas is on apartment/ multi-family dwelling bicycle parking, and specifically how and where to provide long-term, secure bicycle parking for residents.

In order to help the committee make sound recommendations, it is gathering information from apartment residents.

Please weigh in on the bicycle parking and rack usability of your apartment by taking PBOT’s survey.

3) Get help paying your water bill

Customers who need help paying their utility bill, or are looking for ways to reduce their bill, are invited to take advantage of the Water Bureau’s variety of financial assistance programs. These programs come in the form of payment arrangements, bill discounts for sewer and water charges, crisis vouchers, fixture repair services, Utility Safety Net program and more.

To learn more about the financial assistance and reduction programs available to you and how you might qualify visit the Financial Assistance page or contact Customer Service at 503-823-7770 or PWBCustomerService@portlandoregon.gov.

4) OKNA Board meeting (Feb. 7)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to discuss goings on in the neighborhood and to look over the upcoming Overlook Views newsletter. Board meetings are open to the public.

OKNA Board meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
Historic Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 29)

Plant workshops at Trillium Charter School

With the days growing longer and the snow, we hope, behind us, it’s time to think about garden projects for the spring and summer. Three upcoming workshops at Trillium Charter School (5420 N Interstate in Overlook) are a great way to get started.

Naturescaping basics
Presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m – 1 p.m.

Naturescaping is the practice of designing (or redesigning) your landscape so that it reduces water use and decreases stormwater runoff while saving you time, money and energy. This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores:

  • pollution prevention through the reduction/elimination of chemical use
  • how native plants naturally resist pests & tolerate drought conditions while attracting native birds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden
  • basic site planning principals, and many other great natural gardening & design tips

Learn more and register online.

Seed to supper
Presented by Oregon Food Bank
Mondays at 5:30 p.m. starting Feb. 6

Seed to Supper is a free 6-week beginning gardening course that gives adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. Participants will be given a free gardening book, seeds, plant starts, trowels, a certificate of completion and more.

Register online.

Urban weeds
Presented by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Thursday, March 2, 6:30-9 p.m.

Weeds – we all have them. Come learn how to identify the most common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region. We will walk you through how these aggressive plants take over in your yard and provide some simple yet effective tips that will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides.

Register online.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Jan. 22)

1) Town hall meeting with local legislators (Jan. 28)
2) Green Sky Collective
3) Cloudy water


1) Town hall meeting with local legislators (Jan. 28)

Three state legislators representing parts of Overlook will hold a town hall meeting next month. Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, newly elected Rep. Tawna Sanchez and Sen. Lew Frederick invite the constituents to attend the session previewing the 2017 legislative session. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their priorities.

Legislative town hall
Saturday, Jan. 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
PCC Cascades Campus, Moriarty Auditorium (NE corner of N Albina and N Killingsworth)

2) Green Sky Collective

Neighborhood marijuana dispensary Green Sky Collective on N Interstate Ave. has submitted its city-required Marijuana Control Plan. The plan spells out how a retailer plans to mitigate livability concerns such as noise, parking and garbage.

The dispensary values its relationship with its neighbors and continuously strive[s] to reduce any negative impacts to neighborhood livability by putting policies and procedures in place to mitigate negative impacts. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:

1) Not playing store music above reasonable levels

2) Discouraging customers from gathering or loitering on dispensary grounds for any extended period of time (monitored via external cameras), and discouraging customers from playing loud music from their cars while waiting for a friend to complete their purchase inside

3) Having a private, off-street, well-lit main parking lot for customers

4) Having refuse and recycling containers maintained and regularly emptied (and never containing any marijuana product)

5) Performing exterior property walk-throughs throughout the day to check for unwanted guests or litter

6) Discouraging customers in the parking lot from playing loud music in their cars while on site.

Read Green Sky’s full plan.

3) Cloudy water

Throughout the year, the Portland Water Bureau’s Water Line receives calls from customers who say their tap water appears milky white or cloudy.

In the majority of cases the cloudy water is caused by harmless air bubbles, but sometimes it can indicate a water heater issue.  Fortunately, determining the cause is as simple as filling up a clear glass with water and setting it on the counter.

  • If the water clears from the bottom of the glass to the top, the water has air bubbles. This reaction sometimes occurs when cold water from underground mains enters warmer pipes inside your home. Since cold water holds more dissolved air than warm water, as water warms air may be released as tiny bubbles when a tap is turned on. The water is safe to drink, the discoloring is just the result of a harmless reaction.
  • If the water in the glass clears from the top-down, and white or grey particles settle to the bottom, this may indicate a water heater issue. To determine the type of issue, remove some of the particles from the water and add them to a small amount of vinegar. If the particles dissolve, this indicates mineral content and your hot water heater may require maintenance. If the particles don’t dissolve, it is likely the water heater dip tube is breaking down and repair is needed.

To learn about water quality at home, visit the Water Bureau’s Drinking Water Quality webpage or contact the Water Quality Line at 503-823-7525 or WBWaterLine@portlandoregon.gov (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).

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