Kenton’s Annual Trick or Treat event is tomorrow, October 27th, from 5pm – 7pm at businesses around N Denver. Come show off your costumes!
During investigations into the so-called Kenton lead blob, the KNA learned that the Portland International Raceway (PIR) still allows racers to use leaded fuels. Given the recent concerns for lead around the neighborhood, the KNA questioned the city of Portland, which owns and operates the track through the bureau of Portland Parks & Recreation, about the continued use of these fuels back in May.
Following several months of looking into the issue, Eileen Argentina–Manager for the Recreation Services Division–recently released a statement responding to the KNA:
Thank you for your patience regarding your questions about the use of leaded gas use at PIR. After researching the history of regulation of lead in gas, and consulting with our Health, Safety, and Environmental Consultant, we are confident that use of leaded gas at PIR events complies with applicable EPA regulations designed to protect public health. The proportion of vehicles using leaded gas at PIR is relatively small and over the long term has been declining. However, for some vehicles and some events, it continues to be an essential component of competitive racing and the PIR experience.
We understand and appreciate the concerns that led to your inquiry. At this time, we are not making any change to the current practice of allowing some vehicles to use leaded gas. If additional information comes to light that suggests the need for a re-evaluation, we will of course be willing to do that.
We’ve had a chance to review the documentary produced by the Kenton resident who initially raised the issue of leaded gas being used at PIR. The documentary clearly has a much broader focus and recognizes the complexity of tracking and analyzing causal factors when exploring toxins in our environment. In the end, it reinforces our understanding that by far the source of greatest concern for lead contamination remains lead paint. This is where PP&R is currently concentrating its efforts – through the testing and remediation of lead paint on play equipment.
Thank you – we value the ongoing dialogue that we have with you and look forward to continuing that work together.
Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, who lives in and represents Kenton as part of House District 44, has decided to issue her own statement back to the city at the request of the KNA. Please see the Speaker’s letter below:
Thanks to all the hard works of the KNA’s Communications Committee, the next edition of the Kenton Connect has gone off to the presses. It will start making its way around the neighborhood in the coming days via the efforts of the dedicated Kenton Walkers. Cant wait? You can check out the digital copy.
The Nelson Plaza and Kenton Food Carts Dedication is going to be rescheduled from its previous date of the 15th. A new date has not been set, but it likely won’t happen until next month or the tail end of September.
The project manager for the plaza, Sue Lewis with the Portland Development Commission, issued the following to community stakeholders:
Due to circumstance beyond our control, the dedication is being rescheduled. We cannot guarantee electricity connection or Occupancy Permit issuance by next week nor the food carts having their required permits. Therefore, there is no alternative but to reschedule. I am disappointed, as I’m sure you all are, but know it will happen!
My understanding is as soon as Occupancy Permit is issued, hopefully next week, the fence will be removed, allowing access. As soon as the carts have their required permits, hopefully the following week, they will occupy their space.
Here are the latest notes from the KNA’s Land Use Committee:
Nelson Plaza Food Cart
Dedication might happen on the first or second week of September.
4 carts (tentative):
DeHomis – Japanese Comfort Food
Drunken Noodle – Thai
Killa Dilla – Quesadillas
Puffy J’s – Puffy tacos
Portland Historic District Presentation
September 8th 6pm at 5736 SE 17th Ave.
What are the rules? Are there costs? And why might it offer protection to your home and neighborhood? Ask questions of an expert panel and figure out what historic district designation means to you.
Portland Harbor Superfund
Proposed Plan documents at NPNS
Meeting on August 31st at 7pm at 700 N. Killingworth
The plan for cleaning up Portland’s superfund sites appears to propose creating concentrated superfund sites. How we treat our contaminated land and water greatly impacts future generations here in Portland and downstream from us.
Portland Harbor CAG Steering Group meets on August 24, 6pm, at the BES Water Lab, 6543 N Burlington.
Columbia Children’s Arboretum
Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz has designated more than $1.1 million towards improvements at Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) Columbia Children’s Arboretum. The funding comes not from tax dollars, but from construction development funds called “SDCs” or System Development Charges. The investment will allow PP&R to increase circulation and access at the Arboretum—including the development of a paved multi-use trail, vital for more people to be able to get around the unique northeast Portland destination.
Mass Shelter and Housing Zoning Code Update
There are some changes to the upcoming zoning code to allow for more shelter housing. You can see them here and comment: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71246
Asbestos and Lead Paint Overview and where to report concerns
Overview of the demolition permitting process, including what is expected of contractors related to asbestos and lead
Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint
The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Members of the Public to Serve on the Design Commission
If you’re interested in serving, you have until August 31st to apply at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni.
The Kenton/Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) is hosting a Emergency Preparedness Open House & Potluck next Monday, the 15, at the Historic Kenton Firehouse.
See their official write-up below:
Arbor Lodge & Kenton Community
Emergency Preparedness Open House & Potluck
Meet neighbors and your local Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) while enjoying an evening in the garden! We’ll share preparedness tips, resources, have activities for the kids. This is a casual event—feel free to stop by and say hello!
When: Monday, August 15th 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave., in the garden
Potluck: Bring a dish to share or something to grill—or just stop in to say Hello!
• Connect with your neighbors, local businesses, and community groups
• Find out about Portland’s Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) & meet your local NET volunteers
o Discover ways to prepare your block of residents via fun events
o What to include in your preparedness packs & ‘Go’ kits
o Where to get information in an emergency
o How to sanitize water containers, use walkie-talkies, & tie various knots
o How to become a NET or affiliated trained volunteer for your block
o Build a block-by-block neighborhood map
Identify volunteers & skills, potential hazards & resources, and households needing extra help
o Share your skills with your block and others
o Get involved with your local neighborhood emergency team
See you in the garden!
Brought to you by your local Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs)—
For more information visit: www.portlandprepares.org
Interested in supporting this event?
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The Portland International Raceway has graciously provided the Kenton Neighborhood Association with free tickets to the Rose Cup Races (July 29-31) for Kenton residents. If you would like tickets, please contact us.
Take a look at the latest Portland Neighborhood Emergency Teams BULLETIN below:
The Portland International Raceway is inviting the community to come down to the track for an open house on June 26th. The city’s press release on the event is below:
Portland International Raceway Hosting Open House on Sunday, June 26
PIR offering on-track opportunities, displays, pro drivers and more
(Portland, OR) –
- Sunday, June 26, 2016 10am-4pm
- PIR’s diverse set of user groups & activities being showcased
- Drive your own car around the PIR track!
- General admission is free – Opportunities to be on track available for a donation to Friends of PIR, a 501c3 organization
- Former Indy Car drivers, Christian Fittipaldi and Parker Johnstone are special guests
Portland International Raceway (PIR) is hosting an Open House on Sunday, June 26 in conjunction with and benefitting the Friends of PIR organization. Admission is free to attendees and will spotlight the many PIR user groups and the diverse set of activities the venue offers to the residents of the Portland metro area and around the Northwest.
The public is welcome to meet and get photos with special guests including Christian Fittipaldi, two-time and current IMSA Prototype Driver’s Champion and Indy Car veteran with Newman/Haas Racing. Fittipaldi is a huge fan of Portland and says he is very excited to be back to meet with neighbors and fans. Another former Indy Car driver, and Portland’s own Parker Johnstone, will bring his 1995 Reynard – the vehicle which won the very first Indy Car pole position for Honda’s racing team.
On-track activities will bring added excitement to the day. Visitors to the Open House can take their own street car for two paced laps of PIR (for a donation to Friends of PIR of $20 per car). And for those wanting to get their pulse rates up, track rides are available in cars ranging from fast street cars, to exotic sports cars to full race cars, including 500 horsepower Porsches and stock cars. Donations start at $30 person and up depending on the car. Helmets and driving suits will be provided as needed.
“This is a day to celebrate all things PIR and have the chance to show off the venue’s versatility”, says PIR Track Manager E.C. Mueller. “We thank our user groups, supporting businesses and volunteers who all pitch in to make this possible.”
Cars on display will include vintage and modern racing cars, true classics and both European and US vehicles. More information about the Open House is available at www.portlandraceway.com or by calling 503-823-7223.
“Portland International Raceway operates a marvelous array of diverse events which attract visitors from far and wide – all without any General Fund tax dollars,” notes Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “From traditional road races to the spectacular annual holiday lights at the track, PIR is a wonderful destination. I admire the traditions and the versatility of this distinctive Portland venue.”
“The raceway is a unique and exciting part of the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) system, and in fact it is unique in the country,” says PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. “PIR generates hundreds of jobs in the area, bringing business to hotels, restaurants, the shops that cater to PIR users, from bicycle racers to runners to car builders, and generates millions of dollars each year to the regional economy. We are proud to have PIR in the Portland Parks & Recreation portfolio.”
About Portland International Raceway
PIR is owned by the City of Portland and is managed within the Parks & Recreation Department. Beginning in 1961 “Portland’s Fastest City Park” has hosted to a variety of events including road racing, motocross, car cruise-ins, drag racing, swap meets, bicycle racing and numerous foot relays and runs. PIR is an enterprise fund, meaning it receives zero City tax dollars while providing entertainment to approximately 350,000 combined visitors, participants and spectators of all ages each year.
About Friends of PIR
Friends of PIR is a 501(c3) nonprofit committed to the preservation and enhancement of Portland International Raceway (PIR) as a resource for those who use it, both participants and spectators alike; sustaining and expandingPIR’s civic contribution as an institution in north Portland; providing guidance and support for the ongoing management of PIR in a manner that assures its ongoing value as a venue for motorsports and other diverse forms of recreation and entertainment.
The public comment period for cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site launched yesterday and goes until August 8th. See an official release from the EPA below:
Portland Harbor Proposed Cleanup Plan and Public Comment Period
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking formal public comment on the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site in Portland, Oregon from June 9, 2016 until August, 8, 2016.
The Portland Harbor Superfund Site is located on the lower Willamette River approximately between the Broadway Bridge and Sauvie Island. This area is contaminated with many hazardous substances. The most widespread contaminants of human health significance are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs-now banned) and dioxins/furans. The most widespread contaminants of ecological significance are PCBs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxins and furans, and the pesticide DDT (now banned). EPA has determined that human health and environmental risks posed by the Portland Harbor site are high enough to take action under the Superfund Law. After many years of studying the Site, the EPA is releasing a Proposed Cleanup Plan.
EPA’s Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site presents EPA’s preferred alternative or option to lower risks to people and the environment from contamination in the lower Willamette River and its river banks. Alternative I, EPA‘s preferred alternative, reduces risks to human health and the environment to acceptable levels by dredging and/or capping 291 acres of contaminated sediments and 19,472 lineal feet of contaminated river bank, followed by 23 years of monitored natural recovery. The preferred alternative also includes disposal of dredged sediment in both an on-site confined disposal facility and upland landfills. This alternative will cost about $746 million and take 7 years of construction in the river. This alternative will address waste that poses the greatest threat to people and the environment through construction and relies on monitored natural recovery to continue to reduce remaining lower contaminant concentrations to acceptable levels.
Public comment is critical and EPA believes the best cleanup plans are developed and implemented with the support of a well-informed community. The public is encouraged to review and submit comments on the Proposed Cleanup Plan to EPA during the formal 60-day public comment period beginning on June 9, 2016 and ending on August 8, 2016.
EPA will host official Public Meetings to overview the Proposed Plan and take oral and written public comments.
You are invited to attend the official EPA Public meetings below to be held in Portland, Oregon:
· June 24, 2016, 11:30am to 8pm, City of Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave.
· June 29, 2016, 11:30am to 8pm, Portland EXPO Center, 2060 N Marine Dr.
· July 11, 2016, 11:30am – 8pm, University Place Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St.
· July 20, 2016, 11:30am – 8pm, Ambridge Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.
All locations are easily accessible via MAX trains and bus lines.
EPA will offer two presentations on the Proposed Plan during each public meeting at the following times:
· 12noon to 12:30pm
· 6pm to 6:30pm
Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese interpreters will be available during the June 24th meeting. Please notify Laura Knudsen firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-326-3280, no later than two weeks prior to the other public meetings to request language interpretation assistance.
Throughout the 60 day comment period, written comments may be submitted via:
· Email: email@example.com
· Online comment box: https://www.epa.gov/or/forms/
comment-epas-proposed-cleanup- plan-portland-harbor- superfund-site
· Postal mail: ATTN: Harbor Comments, U.S. EPA, 805 SW Broadway, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97205
The public is encouraged to review the Proposed Plan, Fact Sheet and supporting documents at the following locations:
· EPA’s website http://go.usa.gov/3Wf2B
· Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland OR
· St. Johns Library, 7510 N Charleston Ave., Portland OR
· Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver Ave., Portland OR
Questions? Contact Alanna Conley at 503-326-6831
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