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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