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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