Notes, NWDA-Con-way Clean Diesel Conduct of Construction Good Neighbor Agreement meeting, 6.27.13

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Notes taken at the 6.27.13 meeting: Present were Jill Long, lawyer to Con-way, Tom Di Chiarra, representative from C.E. John, Kathy Sharp, Phil Selinger (new Pres. NWDA) Karen Karlsson (new member of NWDA Bd, sitting in, not on the committee) and Sharon Genasci.

Overall, it was a good meeting, but there was no agreement with Con-way on several important points. They are going to come back with a new GNA offer by July 12th. They set meeting dates for the remainder of the summer. They want a signed agreement before summer is over. This is good.

The sticking points in our GNA draft from their point of view were, 1.) They will not “pay for a third party person” to oversee all projects, making sure that all construction equipment on site has been retrofitted to the agreed level. 2.) They chose to go with tier 4i, rather than tier 4, which may be closer to tier 3. Kevin Downing (DEQ) will investigate this further, so we can put a figure on the amount of emissions that will be prevented. 3.) They said no to the 1 per cent we proposed, to pay for the third party oversight and retrofitting.

Kevin then proposed that he do some research on a software tool developed on the east coast, which may be possible to set this up so equipment used on site can be identified (perhaps monitored by the neighborhood, as well as by the developer) that would assure us it had been properly retrofitted. We had a bit of discussion about enforcement, if the plan fails and a subcontractor is working with dirty equipment. Sharon pointed out that this is just the situation we don’t want, because we already have lots of experience with this. If this happens it is always too late, and neighbors are exposed (diesel particulate is a carcinogen).

They didn’t point out any major problems with the rest of the GNA (Conduct of Construction). The tone of the meeting was friendly, but we were firm in our request for a high standard on the retrofits, and the need for enforcement. So we will wait to see their proposal and to hear from Kevin about a software oversight program. It was also important that New Seasons is now a B Corporation.

Below is the New Seasons Face Book page announcement, which is important, since New Seasons will be the first tenant in the Con-way area (22nd & Raleigh).

Sharon Genasci

This was what New Seasons put on their Face Book page:

What does B Corporation certification really mean?

It means we walk our talk. It means we take care of you, our fans and customers, and so much more. It means we share this honor with you. Come along as we continue this journey.

Watch the video: http://initforgood.newseasonsmarket.com/b-corp-video

#initforgood #BtheChange #pdx #BCorp

New Seasons Market: #InItForGood
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New Seasons Market is the first and only grocer certified as a B Corporation, joining a community of more than 750 mission-based, triple-bottom-line companies around the world.

Thurman Bridge Open House

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NW Thurman Bridge Rehab – June 27th Public Open House Flyer pdf

NWDA Transportation Committee – June 2013 Minutes

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NWDA Transportation Committee

Wednesday, June 5, 2013; 6 p.m.

Good Samaritan Hospital, Building#2, 2nd floor conference room, 1040 NW 22nd Ave

Committee Present:

Phil Selinger, Jeanne Harrison, Greg Aldrich, Jonathan Winslow, Juliet Hyams, Dustin Posner

Also Attending:

Diana Brown, Clay Thompson (TriMet), Allan Clausen (NW Examiner)

Phil opened the meeting at 6:08 p.m.

Thurman Street Bridge Rehabilitation

Phil gave a brief update of the Thurman Street Bridge Rehabilitation project and then Clay Thompson handed out a map of the detour that will occur. This is the reroute for all traffic and will be in effect for six to nine months starting in January.

Phil noted that the neighbors above Thurman are concerned about the potential loss of transit service. He said PBOT will hold an open house on June 27 (tentative date) in the auditorium in Good Samaritan’s Building 2. Clay said that TriMet representatives will attend.

Clay said that they have done some trial runs and a LIFT vehicle can easily do the detour route. It could hold about 12 people. A 30’ bus can also make the turns along the route if on-street parking is removed from NW Wilson. Since there are a limited number of LIFT vehicles, a 30’ bus is preferred by TriMet. Clay said they haven’t made a decision yet and will listen to comments at the open house first.

In response to questions, Clay said that the 30’ bus (or LIFT) would only be used as a shuttle above the bridge and on the detour. Riders would then transfer to or from the regular bus. Phil wondered if pedestrians (who use the bridge) could be allowed to ride the shuttle free to reduce walking the detour. Clay said probably not, unless they had a transit pass or ticket. Clay said they will be looking at “can we do it, and should we do it”. Clay said union rules would probably not allow TriMet to contract with a taxi company to make the shuttle runs. Diana said she was concerned with riders who live at or visit the White Shield shelter above Thurman since are very transit dependent. Clay said TriMet is aware of this and has met with White Shield representatives.

Committee Chair Position

Phil said that Jeanne and Jonathan are willing to be co-chairs of the Committee. This will be more workable if we move the meeting time to 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Greg made the motion to confirm Jeanne and Jonathan as co-chairs and to revise the meeting time to 6:15 to 7:30. Dustin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The NWDA Board will need to confirm Jeanne and Jonathan as co-chairs.

Safety and Livability Committee

Phil noted that the Safety and Livability Committee is on hiatus and is looking for a new chair.

Ad-Hoc Parking Committee

A discussion revolved around whether, now that the NW Parking Plan was adopted, the parking committee’s future activity should be folded into the Transportation Committee. The TMA will probably take on some parking issues. The group agreed to ask Tavo to the next meeting to discuss this issue.

Updates

Salt and Straw

(at 23rd and Kearney) wants to install permanent benches on its Kearney frontage to replace the tables and chairs that are now there. Phil let them know that they will need permission from PBOT to do this but that; otherwise, there were no objections from the Committee. Jonathan suggested this might be a good location for “street seats” to accommodate their patrons.

Dick’s Kitchen

submitted a “street seats” application to PBOT. The group discussed the pros and cons of this type of seating, including loss of on-street parking. There was a question about whether a business could have both “street seats” and sidewalk café on the same frontage. There was also a request for clarification of whether anyone can use this seating (as is the case in SF) or only patrons of the business. The group agreed that they generally liked the concept but would like to be able to review them on a case-by-case basis.

The Ad-Hoc Sidewalk Management group feels they are making progress as Amanda Fritz’s staff is working with the City Attorney to refine language to allow for better enforcement of publication boxes. However, with the change in bureau assignments, it’s not clear if that effort will continue. The group agreed that a meeting with Steve Novick’s staff is in order.

Con-Way Good Neighbor Agreement

is going forward with Kathy Sharp and Sharon Genasci working on it. A big part of the agreement concerns air quality but also addresses routing. A scheduled meeting with Con-Way was cancelled.

Metro’s Enhancement Projects

150 % list is posted and they are seeking comments. Phil sent in a letter of support for the Couch/I-405 project on our priority list. Jeanne also commented as an individual. Others are encouraged to comment; Phil will send the web link out to the Committee.

Dustin said there was nothing new to report on the Cornell Livability Group.

Next Meeting

Jeanne noted that the next meeting is scheduled for July 3 and wondered if it should be changed. The group agreed to move the meeting to July 10 at 6:15. Phil will contact Jennifer at NWDA to post the new date and time and will check on room availability.

New Committee Members

Phil noted that if Diana attends another meeting, she is eligible to be elected to the committee. Other potential new members are Tavo Cruz and Ron Walters. This will be a topic for the next meeting.

Phil adjourned the meeting at 7:18 p.m.

NWDA Transportation Committee – June 2013 Agenda

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NWDA Transportation Committee

 

June Meeting Agenda

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:00 to 7:15 pm

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

Committee:  Greg Aldrich Jeanne Harrison

Juliet Hyams Dustin Posner

Phil Selinger, Chair Jonathan Winslow

 

Guests: Clay Thompson, TriMet

Diana Brown, interested neighbor, pending committee member

Introductions, community comments   5 minutes

Thurman Street Bridge Redecking: Transit Service – Clay Thompson 30 minutes

Selection of new committee chair/co-chairs 10 minutes

Updates 30 minutes

Salt and Straw

Street seats

Sidewalk management

Con-Way GNA

Other

Adjourn

News Release: Event rate parking for Timbers US Open Game to be in effect May 29

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5-29-13-Event Pricing-Timbers game

NWDA Transportation Committee – May 2013 Minutes

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NWDA Transportation Committee

Wednesday, May 1, 2013; 6 p.m.

Good Samaritan Hospital, Building#2, 2nd floor conference room, 1040 NW 22nd Ave

Committee:

Phil Selinger, Jeanne Harrison, Greg Aldrich, Jonathan Winslow, Juliet Hyams

Also Attending:

Ron Walters (NWDA president), Ted Kaye, Val Aitchison, Michael Wells, Carmel Bentley, Diana Brown, David O’Longaigh (PBOT), Cameron Glasgow (PBOT), Marshall Miller, Gail Burzynski, Kevin Kenaga

Phil opened the meeting at 6:03 p.m. and gave a brief summary of NWDA and this committee, followed by introductions.

Thurman Street Bridge Rehabilitation

David O’Longaigh, Supervising Engineer at PBOT, distributed handouts about the upcoming rehabilitation of the Thurman Street Bridge over Balch Creek. The more than 100-year old bridge was originally built to carry trolleys to open up real estate. It replaced an earlier wooden bridge. The current bridge is weight-restricted.

The City recently was awarded the federal funds to undertake this project and completely renovate the bridge. This was a unique opportunity and requires doing the work in the 2013-14 fiscal year. The renovation will retain the historic trusswork and completely replace the bridge deck and sidewalks. The current plan includes steel support beams (rather than wood), asphalt decking, non-skid aluminum sidewalk treads, a modern guardrail, and a return to the original 1905 style railing.

The City is working on the plans and hopes to complete the bidding process by September 2013 and begin construction in January 2014. At this point, it anticipates that the rehabilitation of the bridge will take approximately six months, perhaps less. A major unknown is the temporary rerouting of the water main that runs under the bridge.

During the construction, traffic will be diverted around Thurman Street onto 28th, Upshur, 29th, Wilson, 33rd, Vaughn, and 32nd; the same route used when the bridge was resurfaced in 1993. Access to Lower Macleay Park will be kept open, routed around the construction activities. The stairs will be closed.

The City is currently discussing the project with TriMet and is unsure whether bus service will be suspended altogether (stopping at Montgomery Park) or whether a temporary shuttle service will be implemented, as in 1993. TriMet would prefer to discontinue service during reconstruction, but they could run smaller buses.

Concerns from the committee and neighbors included the need for continued bus service and disruption to the neighborhood

The City is committed to keeping us all regularly informed about the project. It is planning to have an open house sometime next month for everyone to hear the details of the rehabilitation project, ask questions and discuss our concerns. It also intends to send our neighborhood regular email updates about the status of the project throughout the construction process, and to make the project manager’s contact information available.

Introduction of Diana Brown

Diana Brown is new to the neighborhood and is interested in joining the committee.

Committee Priorities Review

Phil has revised the follow-up letter to Council and PBOT outlining the committee’s top four priorities for improvements. With final edits, he will send the letter to the city.

West Burnside Update

Jonathan will meet with PBOT staff on May 8 at 10:30 to discuss the status of requested improvements to West Burnside. Phil said he would hold off doing the final update to the ‘Priorities’ letter (see above), pending Jonathan’s meeting.

Bike Boulevards

Jeanne contacted PBOT staff about the status of bike boulevards in Northwest. To date, bike boulevard improvements have been ‘pretty minimal’ according to Roger Geller (Bicycle Coordinator). They turned a stop sign or two, developed curb extension crossing treatments of 23rd at Raleigh and Overton, installed shared lane markings and way-finding and made a few improvements on Marshall (in the Pearl). He said that, “Ideally we’d go back and assess how those facilities are performing and retrofit with our current treatments (traffic calming, diversion as needed, turning stop signs, crossing treatments where needed). PBOT applied for funding to retrofit the bike network under the OBOT enhancement process, but the project did not survive the 150% cuts to the list of potential projects.

Transportation Management Association

Ron will be meeting with Bill Hoffman (PBOT) and Josh Alpert (Mayor’s office) next week about the status of the NW Parking Plan implementation. There is concern about how development at Con-way will impact traffic, including on Pettygrove.

PSU Student Group Request

Phil said that a group of PSU students are doing a survey about Portland’s loos. They would list to post a survey on our web site. Juliet made a motion to let them post the survey; Jonathan seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Committee Chair and Recruitment

Phil is running for NWDA president so he will be stepping down as chair of this committee. Greg has agreed to stay on our committee, but we will need a new chair. Jeanne and Jonathan said they would consider being joint chairs. Juliet said we should use the opportunity (of the bridge rehabilitation) to recruit new members from Willamette Heights, and ask Steve Pinger if he would consider being on the committee. The committee will take formal action for a new chair at the next meeting.

Phil adjourned the meeting around 7:30 p.m.

NWDA Transportation Committee – May 2013 Agenda

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NWDA Transportation Committee

May Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 6:00 to 7:15 pm

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

Committee:  Greg Aldrich Jeanne Harrison

Juliet Hyams Dustin Posner – Excused

Phil Selinger, Chair Jonathan Winslow

 

Board President: Ron Walters

Guests: David O’Longaigh, Supervising Engineer, PBOT Bridges and Structures

Val Aitchison and other Willamette Heights neighbors

Diana Brown, interested neighbor

 

Introductions, community comments   5 minutes

Thurman Street Bridge Redecking – David O’Longaigh,

Supervising Engineeer, PBOT Bridges and Structures 30 minutes

Review of Priority Projects letter 15 minutes

Updates 10 minutes

Chairpersonship and committee recruitment 15 minutes

Adjourn

NWDA Transportation Committee – April 2013 Minutes

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NWDA Transportation Committee

April 3, 2013 6 p.m.

Good Samaritan Hospital, Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup

2nd floor conference room

Members present:

Phil Selinger, Chair, Dustin Posner, Jeanne Harrison, Jonathan Winslow

Also attending:

Allen Clausen (NW Examiner)

Phil called the meeting to order 6:05 p.m.

Updates

Cornell Livability:

Dustin reported that the Committee would meet next week. He said that the partial closure of NW Westover has caused NW Cornell to back up more than usual.

Parking Amendments:

Jeanne reported that Commissioner Fish is going to offer an amendment at City Council on Thursday at 2 p.m.  Phil noted that the multifamily parking issue is on the Board agenda for Monday, but since Ron is on vacation, he’s not sure if it will be discussed.

A-Board Signs

Phil received an email from Peter Michaelson about the proliferation of A-Board signs especially along NW 23rd and 21st. The sidewalk obstruction subcommittee is meeting April 12 and he will be invited to discuss the issue.

Chapman School Swift Watch

Phil reported that the neighbors have submitted their letter and report to City Council members with a lot of signatures.

West Burnside

Markings for the new signal at 20th Place have been spray-painted. Jonathan said that he hastened heard anything new about a forming a group for W Burnside safety issues. We also haven’t heard anything new about any of our top four priorities from the City except for the new signal.

Dockside/Naito Parkway (Front Avenue)

Developers in the Dockside area have proposed a new lane configuration that would reduce travel lanes and add a median.

WORK PLAN 2012 – 2013

There were a lot of questions about our work plan.

What is the role of our committee in the Conway Master Plan implementation? Phil said the Good Neighbor Agreement has not been finalized.

What is the status of the streetcar extension? On hold.

Will the designated bike boulevards be receiving more treatments? Some work has been done, i.e., lane markings, but they don’t function as well as they should. Is there anyway we can leverage money from BES. Jeanne will try to find out. Are there volunteer efforts we could undertake?

Should we be turning in sidewalk enforcement issues?

Could we request markings for public sidewalks?

Could we apply for I-405 mitigation funds to undertake some of these projects?

Phil said he would update our priorities letter to City Council and send it around for comments.

Phil adjourned the meeting.

NWDA Transportation Committee March Minutes

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NWDA Transportation Committee

March 6, 2013 6 p.m.

Good Samaritan Hospital, Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup

2nd floor conference room

Members present:

Phil Selinger, Chair, Dustin Posner, Jeanne Harrison, Jonathan Winslow, Greg Aldrich, Juliet Hyams

Also attending:

Bill Welch (NWDA)

Phil called the meeting to order 6:05 p.m.

Updates

Crosswalk Enforcement:

Jonathan said there were 27 citations at the crosswalk enforcement at 20th Place and W Burnside last Tuesday.

Burnside High Crash Corridor:

Jonathan attended the Burnside High Crash Corridor meeting sponsored by PBOT. He said a new signal at 20th Place and W Burnside (Fred Meyer’s new entrance) is funded. He said he raised other issues along Burnside that we’ve been concerned about and suggested we collaborate with the Goose Hollow neighborhood.

Cornell Livability:

Dustin said the group met in March and the next meeting will be April 6.

Swift Watch:

Phil finalized the letter to Commissioner Fritz and the Board approved it. It was also sent to Mayor Hales.

Parking Amendments:

Jeanne led the group through the draft that Ron and she had prepared. The group brainstormed other approaches to providing parking, including centralized parking (for residential rather than retail use), and what the appropriate ratios would be for our neighborhood. Juliet was concerned with the impact on the historic district if more parking was included in developments, and she also noted that more parking was not supportive of the Climate Change initiative. The group agreed that the parking management plan for Northwest is needed so that on-street parking is regulated.

Juliet made a motion that was seconded by Greg to support the draft with revisions and clarifications. She withdrew that motion and made a second motion (after group discussion) to not approve the letter because more information is needed and that the TPMA should be implemented to address Northwest parking problems. Jeanne seconded the motion. Discussion centered on what ‘short-term’ meant, to whom and when the letter was to be delivered, and the need to reword it to stress the four points enumerated in the letter. The general feeling was that the letter was not ready to be presented.

The vote was four in favor of the motion and one vote against.

Phil adjourned the meeting at 7:20 p.m.

NWDA Board Meeting Agenda 06-17-13

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NWDA BOARD MEETING
Monday, June 17, 2013, 6:00 to 7:45 pm
Legacy Good Samaritan, Building #2, North and South Conference Room, 1st Floor, 1040 NW 22 Ave.

The agenda can be downloaded here:

NWDA_Agenda_June_17_2013_final

Supporting documents can be downloaded here:

NWDA-Annual-Meeting-Minutes-052013

NWDA_minutes_052013

AQC May 28th GNA 2

2013-05-08 Draft NWNW Advocacy Language

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