NWDA Transportation Committee February Meeting Agenda

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  NWDA Transportation Committee

February Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Good Samaritan Hospital, Building #2, 2nd Floor Conf Room, 1040 NW 22nd Ave

NWDA Transportation Committee February 2012 agenda (.doc)

01-12 Park Monitoring

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Wallace: http://www.parkscanpdx.org/observation?id=795

Couch: http://www.parkscanpdx.org/observation?id=796

Have Your Say in the City of Portland Budget

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The Northwest District Association (NWDA) Safety and Livability Committee and Friendly House have organized a Community Budget Training Presentation. This presentation by the City of Portland Office of Management and Finance will explain the relationship between City services and the City budget, provide an overview of the budget process, opportunities for involvement, and facilitate a discussion on neighborhood budget priorities. The meeting is open to the public and is an opportunity for residents to voice their opinions about budget decisions being proposed by City bureaus.

The presentation will be Monday, February 13, 2012, 11:30am – 1:00pm at Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Avenue (at Thurman St.) Snacks will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Northwest District Association Safety and Livability Committee and Friendly House. For more information contact, safety@northwestdistrictassociation.org.

TriMet Community Budget Forum

TriMet Challenges & Choices
TriMet is facing a $12-17 million shortfall in the next budget year because of lower-than-expected revenue from payroll taxes, anticipated cuts in federal funding, and unsustainable health care costs for union employees.

We want to hear from you
Join us at the TriMet Community Budget Forum to share your feedback about TriMet’s budget proposal.
Thursday, February 9, 6-8 p.m.
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO),
Community Room
10301 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR
Reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Childcare and snacks will be provided.

For more information, contact Johnell Bell at 503-962-2217 or bellj@trimet.org.
Communication aids
If you require translation services or other communications aids, please call 503-802-8200 or TTY 503-802-8058 (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays) at least 48 hours in advance of the forum.

120037 Community Budget Forum flyer.pdf

TriMet Service Changes Comment Letter

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NWDA TriMet service changes comment letter – final.pdf

Portland to launch first citywide test of the community notification system January 26th

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Portland, Ore. – On January 26th, the anniversary of our region’s last great earthquake, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) -in partnership with Multnomah County- will initiate the first-ever, citywide test of Portland’s community notification system. This relatively new system has been used successfully in real, small-scale emergencies. But it has never been stress-tested on a large scale.

During this citywide test, PBEM will attempt to send a single message via landline phone, cell phone, text, and email to a maximum number of Portlanders in the shortest amount of time possible. “We want this test to expose any weaknesses in the system,” said PBEM Director Carmen Merlo.

Greater participation in the test will ensure a larger sample group and help PBEM gauge the system’s functionality. Merlo encourages Portlanders to register for this and all future notifications by signing up at www.PublicAlerts.org. Personal contact information provided during registration is kept private and used only for the purpose of sending geographically tailored emergency messages. During the January 26th test, residents will be notified only if the contact information provided corresponds with a Portland mailing address.

It bears reminding, our region could experience a magnitude 9.0 or greater Cascadia subduction zone earthquake at any moment. The last one occurred January 26, 1700. Scientists say we are in the average window of time during which these massive, destructive earthquakes occur. The community notification system may serve as an invaluable communication tool during this and other kinds of emergencies.

What: Citywide test of Portland community notification system

When: 11:00 a.m. until completion of task

Fishsauce joins GNA program

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Fishsauce at 407 NW 17th Ave. has joined signed our Good Neighbor Agreement!

Board Meeting Minutes 12-19-11

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Noise Review Board Vacancy

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The Portland Noise Review Board currently has a position to fill for a “Citizen-at-Large” for three years:

NRB Vacancy Announcement February 2012.pdf


Minutes, NWDA Health & Environment Committee 1.9.12

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Minutes, NWDA Health & Environment Committee


Present:  Caroline Skinner, Bob Amundson, Myriam Alaux, Bob L, Don Gamiles and Sharon Genasci

Don Gamiles of Argos Scientific, Inc, came to our meeting to talk to us about community monitoring.  He suggested that he would like to work with our group, and can provide equipment and technical resources.  He suggested blanket air monitoring in the neighborhood for phenol, manganese and lead.  These are  compounds that we know are being currently emitted from Esco Corp, the local source that neighbors complain about most frequently.   We’ve had between six and seven hundred air complaints about Esco in the last ten years.

The data from the monitoring can be used to understand health impacts of the most vulnerable neighbors, such as children and elderly and those with respiratory vulnerabilities.  We will draft a motion for the board, which we will vote on at our next meeting.We also discussed the complaint procedures, and would like to ask Ron

Walters to take air complaints off the list on the current Board complaint form.

This is not as good a form for air complaints as the one we have used for years,

and is probably confusing to those wanting to submit an air pollution complaint.

Finally, The DEQ permit hearing for Esco Corp will be held on January 24th, 6:30 pm at Legacy Good Sam Hospital auditorium.  Written comments can be submitted to ODEQ until February 1, at 5:00 pm.   Sharon  Genasci



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