Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 4)

1) Be OKNA’s voice on air quality
2) June OKNA Board Meeting (June 6)
3) Help people stay cool on hot days


1) Be OKNA’s voice on air quality

Most residents of the Overlook Neighborhood are familiar with the occasional bad smell that comes wafting up from the rail yards. We aren’t the only neighborhood that faces air quality issues, though. Throughout Portland, some emitters aren’t doing all that they can to keep the air clean.

The Overlook Neighborhood Association, at the May General Meeting, chose to open lines of communications with Portland Clean Air, a group that is working with businesses, lawmakers and government on ways to improve air quality throughout the city. The Board seeks a neighborhood resident to serve as our conduit and representative in working with PCA.

If you’re interested in serving, contact Board Chair Chris Trejbal at overlookna@gmail.com.

2) June OKNA Board Meeting (June 6)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday, June 6. Items up for discussion include BikeTown expansion, content for the next issue of Overlook Views and more. The full agenda is available online.

OKNA Board Meeting
Tuesday, June 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

3) Help people stay cool on hot days

Extreme heat can be very dangerous, especially for the most vulnerable in our community. When severe hot weather hits Portland, Multnomah County’s Aging, Disability & Veteran Services along with community partners step up to open cooling centers as places that older adults and people with disabilities can stay out of the heat. Cooling centers are air conditioned spaces staffed by volunteers, like you, where folks can drink water, eat light snacks and participate in activities.

For the past five years, the Neighborhood Emergency Team has been an integral part of staffing these centers and they are counting on your support again this year. Cooling center locations in 2017 are:

  • Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, 5325 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland
  • Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham
  • Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland

Service hours are generally during the hottest parts of the day, 5-8 p.m. Heat emergencies can occur at any time in the summer, so your rapid response is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about volunteering call Mark Noonan at Elders in Action (503-595-7533 or email (mark@eldersinaction.org). Thanks again for your support.

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