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ENHANCING THE LIVABILITY OF HAYDEN ISLAND - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE - By Martin Slapikas, 2020
LIVABILITY ISSUES COMPELLING HINooN INVOLVEMENT INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT NECESSARILY LIMITED
1. RETURN THE JANTZEN BEACH CAROUSEL TO HAYDEN ISLAND 1928 – Current
2. STORMS, FLOODS, EARTHQUAKE - HAYDEN ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD EMERGENCY TEAM (NET) 2015 – Current
3. LOTTERY ROW 2005 – Current
4. COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING (CRC) 2004 – 2014
5. HAYDEN ISLAND PLAN - (EAST HAYDEN ISLAND) 2007- 2009
6. WEST HAYDEN ISLAND (WHI) 2008 - 2012
7. I-5 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT 2018 - On-going
8. FEDS APPROVE TRIAL TOLLING 2017 – On-going
9. PORT OF PORTLAND BENEFICIAL USE DETERMINATION (BUD) APPLICATION – 80 YEARS OF CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS DEPOSITED ON WHI 2018- Current
10. “STINK” ON HAYDEN ISLAND - TOXIC AIR 2015 – Current
11. PEMBINA and PORTLAND PROPANE TERMINAL – AN EXPLOSIVE ISSUE 2014-2016
12. ZENITH ENERGY - OIL TRAINS 2016 – On-going
13. HAYDEN ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM (NSP) RESOLUTION 2012-3-08 Martin Slapikas, Vice Chair, HINooN 2019-11-11
14. BASEBALL STADIUM – INDUSTRIAL LANDS – WEST HAYDEN ISLAND 2018 – Current
15. BOTTLEDROP PROGRAM 2018 – Current 16.
16. HAYDEN ISLAND VIRTUAL TOUR 2019 – Current
17. JULY 4TH HAYDEN ISLAND PASSES Annually
18. HINooN NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OUT Annually
19. HAYDEN ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP Annually
20. I-5 INTERSTATE BRIDGE MAINTENANCE - SEPTEMBER 2020
21. NEW ZONING TO PREVENT REDEVELOPMENT OF MOBILE HOME PARKS 2016-2018.
22. THE HAYDEN ISLAND CAT PROJECT 2014 – Current
23. 3.96 CODE CHANGE – OFFICE OF COMMUNITY AND CIVIC LIFE (Formerly ONI) 2019 – Current
24. HOMELESS & ADDICTED 2019 – Current
HAYDEN ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK, INC. (aka HINooN) INTRODUCTION Extracted from HINooN Bylaws –Section 3 Purpose of HINooN The purpose of the Hayden Island Neighborhood Network, Inc. is:
A. “To enhance the livability of the Hayden Island neighborhood by establishing and maintaining an open line of communications and liaison between the members of HINooN, other neighborhood associations and governments agencies.” To carry out the above purpose requires Section 4. Membership: A. “Qualified Membership in HINooN is automatic for all residents, owners of real or residential personal property, business licensees… and non-profit organizations with a presence within the boundaries of HINooN…” `
B. “A “Qualified Voting Member shall be any Qualified Member… who has attended not less than three (3) General or Special or Board meetings within the last twelve (12) month period.” The HINooN Secretary shall keep an attendance record for reference. Article 4 BOARD of DIRECTORS. The residential HINooN Directors must be designated in writing by their respective HOA Board of Directors from (currently) thirteen residential HOA’s listed in HINooN Bylaws. Board members must be a Qualified Member of HINooN, and, within ninety (90) days of installation on the Board of Directors, Shall be a Qualified Voting Member of HINooN. The business, At-Large and Non-Profit board positions shall be elected to serve at the pleasure of the Board. ARTICLE 9. Non-Discrimination Hayden Island Neighborhood Network shall not discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, legal citizenship, national origin, income, or political affiliation in any of their policies, recommendations or actions.
LIVABILITY ISSUES (IN DETAIL) COMPELLING HINooN INVOLVEMENT INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT NECESSARILY LIMITED TO:
1. RETURN THE JANTZEN BEACH CAROUSEL TO HAYDEN ISLAND
1928 - Current
The Jantzen Beach Carousel, built in 1921 by C.W. Parker Amusement Company, has been a fixture of Hayden Island since the opening of the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park in 1928. The Amusement Park permanently closed in 1970. It was razed to make room for the Jantzen Beach Shopping Center, which opened in 1972, keeping only one relic of its former days, the 1921 C.W. Parker carousel. It operated for 22 years inside the shopping center. In 1995, MBK Northwest acquired Jantzen Beach Center for about $18 million and demolished about two-thirds of the mall in 1995 and 1996 which included a $500,000 Carousel restoration. MBK Northwest sold the 70-acre center for $76 million to EDENS. The Jantzen Beach Carousel was relocated as a center piece of the new "Jantzen Beach SuperCenter," whose owners, in 2007, sought to de-list the carousel from the National Register of Historic Places. April 2012, the Carousel was closed to the public, and dismantled, for yet another $50-$60 million project by the new owners, EDENS. EDENS publicly committed to retaining the Carousel on-site at Jantzen Beach Center, but never dedicated a location for the Carousel. Edens eventually donated the carousel to Portland nonprofit Restore Oregon requiring a non-disclosure agreement that kept its location and condition a secret as a provision of transferring the mall to Kimco Realty Corp for $131.8 million.
HINooN Community involvement: March 11, 2019, the HINooN community learned that Restore Oregon was trying to raise money and find a permanent home so current and future generations can ride the historic, ornate, four-row, 72-horse carousel. Believing this project to be completely positive and apolitical, on March 14th the HINooN Board passed a resolution to work with RestoreOregon to return the Jantzen Beach Carousel to its permanent home on Hayden Island. In May, HINooN members met with the staff of the Blue Ribbon Re-Turn the Jantzen Beach Carousel Campaign committee to express HINooN interest in Hayden Island as the permanent carousel home. Combined with a pavilion and/or the restoration of the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park to Hayden Island by a major park developer, it was thought that the carousel park would eliminate the tawdry welcome presented to visitors at the northern I-5 entrance to the State of Oregon, City of Portland and Hayden Island. HINooN requested time to present our interest and ideas to RestoreOregon. It was subsequently revealed that Restore Oregon had issued a Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI) which was shared with developers and property owners throughout the Portland/Vancouver Metro area, including commercial property owners on Hayden Island. The staff informed us the deadline for responses was July 1, 2019. In addition, Restore Oregon does not “…anticipate reaching a final decision about the carousel’s future until sometime in 2020.”
2. STORMS, FLOODS, EARTHQUAKE - HAYDEN ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD EMERGENCY TEAM (NET)
2015 – Current
Because Hayden Island is an island with only one access on and off the island, the I-5 Interstate Highway, volunteer neighborhood responders will likely be first on-the-scene when firefighters and police are slowed by impassable streets or overwhelmed by calls for help. Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are Portland residents trained by PBEM and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods In the event of a citywide or regional emergency such as a severe winter storm, flood or major earthquake. Hayden Island households need to be prepared to be on their own for at least a week and be prepared for self-sufficiency.
HINooN Community involvement: To prepare a community for disasters that may never happen in the immediate future is difficult at best. Yet, the Hayden Island Neighborhood Emergency Team volunteers are training to do just that - to save lives and property until professional responders can arrive. These volunteers are specially trained to help others without putting themselves in harm’s way. NET members are: * Prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks during any emergency. * Able to provide emergency assistance to their family and immediate neighbors. * Able to work within an emergency response team to save lives and property in their neighborhood. *Able to guide untrained volunteers who want to help others during a disaster. As of this date, the HINooN community has 16 graduated members from the NET program, most graduating in 2015. We now have 5 NET volunteers who have Ham radio licenses. The Hayden Island NET expanded to include Bridgeton, because Bridgeton does not yet not have a NET Team Leader or have meetings. The Island NET has the ability to communicate via FRS/GMRS and Ham radios via NETs, from one end of the island to the other, and importantly to the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Portland. Five NET members attend the regularly scheduled HINooN monthly meetings and one is a HINooN voting Board member. Hayden Island NET has a permanently scheduled slot on the HINooN agenda dedicated to NET updates. HINooN strongly encouraged placement of a PBEM (Portland Bureau of Emergency Management) BEECN (Basic Emergency Earthquake Communications Node) on Hayden Island – and we got it. Manned by BEECN/NET Volunteers, BEECN is a place to go in Portland after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down or to report severe damage or injury. In event of an island disaster, BEECN will be located in a BEECN staging area, under a canopy, in the car park outside BedMART in the Jantzen Beach Shopping Center. An official PBEM link that provides more detailed information (includes the City of Portland and surrounding regions) is: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/483656 `.
3. LOTTERY ROW
2005 – Current
In 2012 Hayden Island realized it was subjected an increase of Oregon liquor licenses, granted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to a number of businesses, concentrated on property located under Inerstate-5 on Hayden Island. After a period of time, these licensees could then apply to the Oregon State Lottery (OSL) Commission for a contract to put in 6 video lottery machines in their place of business. At one time there were enough OLCC state liquor licensed and OSL contracted Video Lottery retailers that 72 video lottery machines were operating in an area of 1,000 square feet. The Oregon State Constitution states, “The Legislative Assembly has no power to authorize, and shall prohibit, casinos from operation in the State of Oregon.” The Hayden Island Video Lottery Retailers were serving their clientele while operating as a defacto unauthorized casino. The area became known as “Lottery Row” The HINooN community experienced a proliferation of serious crime associated with Lottery Row. State Representative Tina Kotek, representing Hayden Island, reported an increase in crime within 1,000 feet of the 12 businesses at the Jantzen beach retail strip, now called Harbor Shops Complex. Violent and Part II crimes including simple assault, weapons, sex, liquor, disorderly conduct and trespassing crime caused an increase in police dispatch calls from 621 in 2005 to 1,224 in 2010. An excerpt from the October 10th 2019 Steve Duin Oregonian article “So much for Gordon Sondland” describes livability issue faced by Island residents. “When Sondland and Durant were looking for a new tenant for a 5,500-squaqre foot hall vacated by their Newport Bay Restaurant, a real estate broker brought them a proposal from a strip club. Island homeowners were understandably alarmed. They could not believe Sondland, then president of the board at the Portland Art Museum, and Durant, a fixture on the Oregon Investment Council, would consider such an offer. Durant gave several of those homeowners an audience at the Elizabeth Lofts. “She told us they’d be talking about a number of tenants,” Kent Craford told me at the time,“ but this was one of the most lucrative, and it would be hard to find something that penciled out as well.” He accused them of “extortive” demands. “We don’t respond well to extortion, he said. “Go ahead and go public, we said. “We really don’t care.” He said his obligation was to his profits and his investors, not the quality of life and commerce on Hayden Island. “You’re implying that because I serve on the art museum board, which is something I’m doing for the community, that somehow carries the responsibility to encumber my real estate,” Sondland said. “I don’t understand the connection. That doesn’t make any sense to me.” He couldn’t fathom a reason to “put an artificial restriction on our property. Why would we do that?”
HINooN Community involvement: The community rebelled, forming a group promoting “STOP LOTTERY ROW.“ Funds were raised supporting their efforts, T-shirts were bought, and worn promoting the Island’s dissatisfaction. The Portland police, with the support of HINooN organized a sting operation lasting approximately four months. The results were 26 indictments, 2 convictions, 24 dismissals. The dismissals were the result of a “no show” by the informant. Because of publicity and strong community involvement, OLCC and the video lottery retailers signed an agreement that provided for increased security outside the premises and internal surveillance and reporting of internal disturbances. March 2014, HINooN Board approved work to research facts to request a performance audit of the OSL. That work was completed in October and the audit request was sent to the Oregon Secretary of State, then Kate Brown. Additionally, a request to audit a potential Conflict of Interest regarding the appointment of attorney Elisa Dozono as Chair of the Oregon State Lottery Commission. The result was: • Audit Division Report No. 2015-21 Lottery Commission, Oregon State Unclear Laws May Let Prohibited Casinos Operate in Oregon, August 2015. The Conflict of Interest request was referred to the Ethics Commission. However, before it could be addressed, Governor Kitzhaber resigned, and Kate Brown became Governor. Ms. Dozono’s law firm, representing a prominent Video Lottery retailer, filed a lawsuit against the OSL, Agency and OSL Director, OSL. The OSL Commission Chair Dozono subsequently resigned. Following up on the audit results, in August 2016, HINooN requested the Oregon State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum “to advise and counsel the OSL to correct the decades of arbitrary and capricious abuse of the Agency’s discretionary power.” The AG’s office responded - they only advise state agencies when the agency requests such advice. In the alternative, HINooN requested the AG’s office request a writ of mandamus compelling the Lottery to operate in accordance with the law. The response – “Except in highly unusual circumstances that do not exist here, this office does not initiate legal action against state agencies.” At present, 4 Video Lottery retailers remain in Lottery Row. Sondland and Durant never struck the deal with the “Gentleman’s Club.” Rather, a Denney’s Restaurant moved to the location vacated by the Newport Bay Restaurant in Lottery Row. They may all ultimately be subject to eminent domain procedures (the right of the state to take private property for public uses) should the I-5 Interstate Bridge be constructed. Some residential property owners may also be subjected to eminent domain.
• Kate Brown letter - part 1 - Sept 2014
• Kate Brown letter-part 2-Sept 2014
• OSL request for OSL Internal Compliance Audit - Sept 2014
• OSL commission chair appt request for audit - Sept
4. COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING (CRC)
2004 – 2014
The I-5 Bridge has been listed as a critical bottleneck by just about every agency and industry. Newspapers reported on its need, the proposed cost, conflict of interest issues involving the Governor’s office and paid consultants, lack of open debate on proposed legislation including bills outside the project’s budget and of course, the design of the bridge. Once labeled Columbia River Crossing (CRC), Washington blocked funding in 2013. Oregon abandoned the project in 2014. HINooN Community involvement: Believing the CRC was ‘a slam dunk” the HINooN community contributed hundreds of volunteer hours participating in the process. It included meeting with CRC committee members, our District Representative, her staff and other neighborhood associations, for over ten years (2004-2014), primarily in an effort to mitigate project preconstruction, construction and post-construction for the benefit of Hayden Island. The potential effect of eminent domain was always changing as the footprint of the CRC design changed. It has been resurrected as the I-5 Bridge Replacement. The Hayden Island Plan was developed during this period.
Jim Howell Plan
Regional Transportation Plan
High Speed Rail Corridor
Tunnel Vision for I-5
5. HAYDEN ISLAND PLAN - (EAST HAYDEN ISLAND)
Hayden Island is approximately 1,400 acres on the Columbia River and is composed of two sections: Martin Slapikas, Vice Chair, HINooN 2019-11-11 Page 8 • East Hayden Island includes approximately 600 acres east of the BNSF railroad Bridge in the City of Portland. This area is heavily developed with a variety of uses – a manufactured home community, floating home communities, multifamily and single-family homes, regional and local shopping areas, marinas and industrial uses. • West Hayden Island (WHI) , which includes approximately 825 acres west of the BNSF bridge. WHI is outside of Portland City limits in unincorporated Multnomah County. The Port of Portland owns most of WHI. It is mostly undeveloped, containing wetlands, riverside forests and a Columbia River dredge material handling facility.
HINooN Community involvement: In August 2007, HINooN and the City of Portland began a collaborative effort to develop a plan for the eastern half of the Island to improve accessibility , livability and sustainability of Hayden Island over the next 35 years. The plan was intended to provide guidance to the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project, which was proposing to address congestion on I-5 by constructing a new highway bridge and light rail over the Columbia River with the redevelopment of five interchanges. The plan also sought to protect the interests of the HINooN community as well as ensure that the amount and type of development on Hayden Island would not overload the proposed freeway improvements. The plan contains goals, objectives, comprehensive plan and zoning changes and an implementation strategy to create: a. A more walkable residential community that protects the quality of both land-based and floating homes. b. A new neighborhood - serving business area east of Interstate 5. c. New transit-oriented development adjacent to the proposed light rail station west of the interstate. d. Continued support for marine businesses, and enhanced marine and terrestrial habitats so important to the Columbia River environment. HINooN community committed many volunteer hours and effort to work with agencies of the City if Portland. After two years of work, the Hayden Island Plan was adopted by Portland City Council August 19, 2009
6. WEST HAYDEN ISLAND (WHI)
2008 - 2014
Acquisition History and Previous Planning Projects: WHI was owned by Portland General Electric (PGE) for many years. In 1983, while under PGE’s ownership, the island was included in Metro’s Urban Growth Boundary “…to satisfy a long-term regional need for water-dependent deep-water marine terminal and industrial facilities.” In 1987, PGE completed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and received the appropriate permitting to develop WHI. The plan was to provide access for deep-draft vessels, included construction of a bridge, extension of utilities to the site and construction of on-site land transportation facilities. The plan was never implemented. In 1994, the Port of Portland purchased the PGE properties for marine industrial development. In the late 1990’s, the Port began both an annexation process and an EIS for prospective development. The project was abandoned due to changing economic, environmental and political conditions. The Port has since held the property in reserve future potential marine development. In 2004, as part of a regional process to distinguish industrial lands, Metro identified WHI as a Regionally Significant Industrial Area with characteristics that lend itself to industrial uses. In 2005, Metro designated WHI a Moderate Habitat Conservation Area as part of the Title 13 Nature in Neighborhoods program. Then designation was based on the high value development potential and the high value of the natural resources. Metro directed the City of Portland, in cooperation with the Port of Portland, to create a district plan for WHI. The Port was approached by the City to pursue the current planning process in order to take advantage of other planning processes underway at that time, specifically the CRC bridge project and the East Hayden Island Plan. In July 2010, Portland City Council passed a resolution directing the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop a tentative proposal for the annexation of WHI to the City. It was based on the value of WHI both for its marine industrial potential as well as wildlife habitat. Council specified the proposal should designate at least 500 acres as open space and no more than 300 acres for future deep-water marine terminal development. The proposal accommodates a mix of natural resource areas, industrial development and recreation on WHI.
HINooN Community involvement: The WHI planning process began in 2008 when Mayor Adams convened the Community Working Group (CWG). It met for 17 months, with over 76 hours of meeting time. In June 2010 it produced a report that spoke to points of commonality and critical differences. Some of HINooN’s membership concerns: Success of the terminal comes at the expense of the manufactured home community; residents will lose home values; there is a lack of affordable housing; floating home community is only .5 miles from potential development; Hayden Island is under siege – the CRC, mall rebuilding, Salpare Bay apartment construction, Lottery Row and now WHI and a deep water marine terminal. Truck traffic was a significant HINooN community concern. Concept Planning and Legislative Process continued from 2010 to 2012. A project Advisory Committee (AC) consisting of members of business and environmental groups, community members, and regional agency interests. A community involvement summit meeting was hosted by staff. July 2013, Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission recommended annexing the property, proposing mitigation steps that the Port found unreasonable. The measures would include a health impact analysis, transportation and recreation assets and mitigation for grasslands, forests and the flood plain – adding between $30 million and $40 million that, according to the Port, would have priced the cost of WHI developable industrial land at double the cost if industrial land in the region. January 8, 2014, the Port announced, because of cost, “The Port will not continue with the annexation process at this time and withdraws its consent to annexation.” During this time frame, the Port of Portland lost a substantial amount of its overseas container business because of labor disputes. Furthermore, the Panama Canal was close to completing the widening and deepening of the canal, thereby siphoning shipping business away from west coast ports
7. I-5 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
2018 - On-going
The State of Washington’s Legislature passed $450 million of funding for the bridge over the Columbia River. This is in addition to the $17.5 million a year for two years Washington Gov. Jay Inslee proposed. The yearly $17.5 million proposed by Gov. Inslee is to be dedicated to an office tasked with leading the design and construction of the bridge replacement. The $450 million – only a down payment - is to demonstrate that Washington is serious about building the replacement bridge – this time. In the 2018 Washington Legislator’s first presentation in NE Portland, Hayden Island was specifically mentioned in their power point presentation to the public. In August 2019, Hayden Island’s District Representative, House Speaker Tina Kotek, along with Senate President Peter Courtney appointed a new joint state committee to oversee the bridge effort. Funded at $9 million for the first year, it is intended to show the federal government Oregon’s growing commitment to the once dying project. It’s to help planners evaluate whether the environmental assessment work is still viable, start assessing the next steps on financing a new bridge project and start on the technical issues surrounding complex two-state effort. If the two states don’t show that progress, a $140 million bill for previous planning costs tied to the failed CRC project comes due. Additionally, Oregon and Washington requested, and received, federal approval to extend the deadline on showing bridge progress for 5 years, to 2025. Construction is to start in 2025.
HINooN Community involvement: On behalf of the Hayden Island HINooN community, it is expected HINooN will once again, as it was with the CRC project, apply many volunteer hours toward the I-5 bridge replacement and its effect on Hayden Island’s livability as the project moves forward. The Hayden Island Plan may be a good start for the HINooN community.
8. FEDS APPROVE TRIAL TOLLING
2017 – On-going
In December 11, 2018 the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) and Oregon Department of transportation (ODOT) submitted an application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requesting approval to: * implement congestion pricing projects on segments of I-5 and I-205 ; and, * develop a scope of work for conducting a system-wide congestion feasibility analysis on the entire Portland metropolitan area freeway system.
HINooN Community involvement: Responding, the FHWA, in a letter dated January 8, 2019 while requesting additional project detail for final eligibility from the OTC and ODOT, stated, both I-5 and I-205 are “…likely eligible for tolling…” under various sections of the United States Code (Highways). As to conducting a system-wide congestion feasibility analysis, the FHWA informed OTC and ODOT “…they may also pursue authority to impose tolls on Federal-aid highways under the Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP) to control travel demand and address congestion.” Consequently, on February 8th ODOT identified some potential projects for further analysis. They are: “I-5 Boone Bridge, Interstate Bridge, or segments of Interstate 84, Interstate 405, U.S. 26, Oregon 217, Interstate 5 or Interstate 205.” In meetings attended by HINooN membership regarding tolling or value pricing, Mayor Wheeler’s representative has stated the Mayor’s preference is to toll both Interstate highways from the northern border of Oregon to the southern connection of I-5 and I-205.
9. PORT OF PORTLAND BENEFICIAL USE DETERMINATION (BUD) APPLICATION – 80 YEARS OF CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS DEPOSITED ON WHI
May 14, 2018, the Port submitted a BUD application to Oregon DEQ. The Port’s application acknowledged that the WHI dredge placement site “…has been an approved placement site for at least 80 years.” The Port’s application attachments noted, “…very low concentrations of chemical compounds have been detected in the sediment to be dredged” Furthermore, “The Port’s long-term plans for the site include continued use for dredged material placement, and other uses associated with the Port’s statutory mission.”
HINooN Community involvement: August 2018, HINooN approved a formal resolution addressed to the Secretary of State to conduct an audit of the DEQ. HINooN believes an environmental impact or assessment is necessary after 80 years of using the WHI placements site as, at the minimum, a dredge placement site containing an unknown amount of “historic dredge materials” to be affected by the continued placement of “…very low concentrations of chemical compounds...” After months of research, on December 12, 2018, HINooN sent a request to Oregon Secretary of State to charge the Audits Division to evaluate the compliance of the Port of Portland, ODEQ and Environmental Quality Commission to preserve the public peace, health and safety of the residents of Hayden Island. Essentially, two questions were asked. They are: 1. Was there ever recorded an agreement by PGE and/or the Port complying with ORS 465.327, regarding the release from potential liability, detailing the responsible parties for cleanup and reuse of property; eligible parties; terms of agreement? 2. Considering the historic usages of the site and the Port's stated policy to continue long-term usage of placing "... very low concentrations of chemical compounds ... on top of historic dredge materials," has the WHI dredge placement site ever had an environmental impact study or risk assessment that proves the site to be absent of any potentially hazardous dredge material , historic and current, that does not, and will not, create an adverse impact to the public health, safety, welfare and the environment? HINooN is awaiting the Auditor’s response.
10. “STINK” ON HAYDEN ISLAND - TOXIC AIR
2015 – On-Going
For over 30 years, residents of Hayden Island and others in the NPNS Coalition have reported a foul odor affecting livability of their respective communities to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
HINooN Community involvement: The issue was brought to the HINooN board. After many meetings with DEQ requesting action, the “stink” garnered the attention of Paul Koberstein of the Oregonian/Live resulting in a series of articles highlighting the inaction of the DEQ. Those articles publicized the magnitude of the issue facing the livability of the Hayden Island community and North Portland. Since 2000, reported pungent odors and respiratory illness were believed to be caused by toxic and/or contaminated emissions from local businesses. August 2017, the HINooN Board approved a formal resolution addressed to the Secretary of State to conduct an audit of the ODEQ as a result of the “stink” on Hayden Island and the lack of curative action. A seven-page formal request, along with exhibits, was sent September 2017. In October 2017, seven NPNS coalition neighborhoods supported HINooN’s request for the DEQ Performance audit. The result was: • Audit Division Report No. 2018-01, “ODEQ -Should Improve the Air Quality Permitting Process to Reduce its Backlog and Better Safeguard Oregon’s Air, January 2018.” The audit contributed to the passage of a more enforceable Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO). March 1, 2019, DEQ announced the first twenty industrial facilities “called in” to the new Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) program. The list includes APES and ORRCO located on Hayden Island. They were selected based on preliminary emissions reports and other factors. The DEQ regulators are supposed to conduct more in-depth analysis to determine whether the facilities pose health risks and if their air permits should be revised. Sunday, March 3, 2019, The Oregonian/Oregon Live published “A public stink, minus the public,” by Rob Davis, Investigative Reporter. The Dalles are experiencing a similar situation and agency attitude. The March 3rd article is one of a series of four.
Audit part one
Audit Part two
Audit Part three
11. PEMBINA (PPC) and PORTLAND PROPANE TERMINAL – AN EXPLOSIVE ISSUE
In 2014, Pembina Pipeline Corporation (PPC) signed an agreement with the Port of Portland to build a West Coast shipping terminal to export Canadian propane. When it became Martin Slapikas, Vice Chair, HINooN 2019-11-11 Page 13 public HINooN was surprised to hear that the City of Portland and the Port had already been in secret negotiations with PPC for six months. There was no public disclosure until after the agreement was signed.
HINooN Community involvement: On October 9, 2014, PPC met with HINooN Board and membership, hinting the project was being fast tracked and if Portland did not want the terminal PPC would withdraw and move on. In Pembina’s propane terminal quantitative risk assessment (QRA) it was revealed that, “Risk related to railcar transit outside of the terminal, carrier transit, and the collisions to a carrier or the dock are not part of the current QRA scope. Note that these excluded hazards are evaluated in separate studies.” PPC did not have full responsibility for the entire “transportation pipeline.” It was pointed out that this railroad “transportation pipeline” would pass through Vancouver, over Hayden Island and into North Portland. This and the risk associated with a propane export terminal located within 10 miles of the Portland and Vancouver urban boundaries caused several HINooN members to research and write the following white papers: • Portland Propane Terminal. Prepared by Northwest Citizen Science Initiative (Hayden Island Group), February 27, 2015, (64 pages); and, • Portland Propane Terminal (Part 2) Risk Assessment, published by Northwest Citizen Science Initiative (Hayden Island Group), April 10, 2015 (45 pages). Presented as testimony at Portland Planning and Sustainability committee, reviewed by then Mayor Hales, the studies along with other presentations caused a reversal in the support for PPC . The conclusion reached was that PPC had not made a strong enough case as it relates to Portland’s environmental standards. Pembina abandoned its plans in February 2016.
12. ZENITH ENERGY - OIL TRAINS
2016 – On-Going
In 2016, Portland City Council voted to oppose any new fossil fuel infrastructure limiting storage capacity. That same year 16 railcars of a 96-car oil train derailed near Mosler, Oregon releasing and estimated 47,000 gallons of crude oil alongside the Columbia River. February 2019 OPB, a news partner of the Portland Tribune, reported, “A Portland petroleum terminal is significantly expanding its capacity to unload rail cars, a move that sets the stage to more than double the number of oil trains along the Columbia and Willamette rivers.” Records show, in 2018, Zenith Energy located in Portland’s northwest industrial district began receiving shipments of crude from Canada’s oil sands which it stored in tanks and later pumped onto ocean-going vessels. When operational, the three rail platforms will nearly quadruple the site’s capacity for offloading oil from tank cars. Carrying a new kind of heavy oil, it presents a new risk for Northwest communities that Oregon spill responders say they are ill equipped to contain. While Mayor Wheeler appears to oppose the expansion, he may not have legal standing - the issue being limiting storage tank capacity versus expanding a capacity to unload rail cars.
HINooN Community involvement: It is expected this issue will require monitoring. In the February article mentioned above, a data chart revealed the State of Oregon does not require railroads to pay for oil spill plans; does not require oversight of railroad spill plans; and, railroads do not need insurance for a worst-case spill. The Portland Propane Terminal studies mentioned above, particularly the Part 2 Risk Assessment, may have relevance to the Zenith Energy fossil fuel infrastructure proposal currently in the news. The railroad tracks on which the oil trains travel pass through Hayden Island.
13. HAYDEN ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM (NSP) RESOLUTION
HINooN Community involvement: The resolution reads: HINooN “…shall secure sponsorship, support, assistance and funding from elected representatives and public and private officials to guide the Hayden Island community through a Neighborhood Sustainability Program (NSP) that addresses Economic Development (ED), Social Responsibility (SR), and Environmental Stewardship (ES) for the residents, businesses, and the natural environment of the Hayden Island Community.” The resolution was passed because, at that time, HINooN felt under siege with the CRC, WHI and its deep-water port, Lottery Row and crime, and traffic as a result of Salpare Bay construction.
14. BASEBALL STADIUM – INDUSTRIAL LANDS – WEST HAYDEN ISLAND
2018 - Current.
November 2018, Representatives of the Portland Diamond Project announced a tentative deal to develop Terminal 2, owned by the Port of Portland. Terminal 2, zoned for industrial use, is an underutilized marine terminal projected to be developed as a potential baseball stadium and mixed-use development. Industrial zoning means the land is set aside, and legally protected, for uses such as manufacturing, shipping and construction.
HINooN Community involvement: For years, HINooN and the Audubon Society have worked to protect the 825 acres of West Hayden Island, owned by the Port of Portland, as an environmentally protected natural habitat. In the City’s comp plan, WHI was pulled off the negotiating table and it was not designated as an industrial zone Industrial land is a finite resource in the Portland area. Oregon prides itself on smart balanced growth. The law requires communities to keep a certain amount of industrial land in reserve for economic growth. Preserving land for economic growth is No. 9 on Oregon’s 19- point list of land use planning goals. Terminal 2 has extra special zoning protection – called a prime industrial overlay. Portland City Council approved that in 2016 and it took effect in 2018. Should the effort to bring a baseball team to Portland and build a stadium on Terminal 2 continue, it would provide an opportunity of revisiting the status of WHI – offering a potential to bring WHI back into an industrial zoning classification. There has been no decision of the HINooN board as to the position the Community would support. It is expected this will come up in sometime in 2019-2020 as the stadium project releases more information.
15. BOTTLEDROP PROGRAM
2018 – Current
HINooN Community involvement: Spring 2018, as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, the HINooN Board approved participation in the BottleDrop Featured Fundraiser Program. HINooN organized to become an approved fundraiser and participate in this program. It involves collecting deposit cans and bottles in blue BottleDrop bags pretagged with a HINooN bar code. Once filled, the bag/bags are taken to any Fred Meyer or the Delta Park BottleDrop facility. The bar code will open the secure door (6am – 10pm). Ten bags can be dropped off any time. With 11 - 49 bags, an appointment is required. The funds raised are deposited in HINooN’s account and reported at the monthly HINooN meeting to be used as directed by the HINooN board. As of October 2019, the HINooN community collected enough bottles and cans to collect over $1,200.
16. HAYDEN ISLAND VIRTUAL TOUR
2019 - Current
HINooN Community involvement: Sponsored by HINooN, designed by a Hayden Island resident, this “virtual tour” highlights the attractions around Hayden Island and the Columbia River. Some 25 different attractions are described on this website. There is a Google Tour Map of the adventure. While It works best on a desktop computer, it also works on a smart phone. * Quick Response (QR) codes. The signs have QR codes (like barcodes) that your phone’s camera can scan for the appropriate URL. No typing. On iPhone 6 up, IOS 11 has a QR code reader built into the camera app. Point the camera at the QR code and click on the link. For Android devices, a stand-alone QR code app, like this one, is often required. * Near Field Communications. Signs also have NFC tags to eliminate typing in this URL. Your phone needs to physically touch the tag on the sign to link to this website. NFC is primarily supported by Android, but Apple’s NFC may work on iPhone 7 and above. NFC requires no external apps. Simply pressing your phone to the sign should redirect you to this website. Hayden Island and the surrounding region have much to offer. Check it out by going to myhaydenisland.com and view a wonderful pictorial history of Hayden Island.
17. JULY 4TH HAYDEN ISLAND PASSES
For years, Hayden Island residents battled with non-residents over access to the east end of Hayden Island. Because the east end offered good views of the Fort Vancouver Fireworks, non-residents dominated the east end, making it extremely difficult for residents to reach their home. Getting off the island after the fireworks would take up to 3 hours! Finally, HINooN stepped in with the Portland Police Bureau and began controlling the amount of visitors allowed at the east end entrances.
HINooN Community involvement: HINooN supply passes and volunteers for the July 4th visitor-controlled entrance to Hayden Island in watching the Vancouver Fireworks display. HINooN volunteers combine with the Portland police to control access to the Island viewing areas.
18. HINooN NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OUT
HINooN Community involvement: This year the whole community seemed to be involved. The weather was excellent, the Portland Parks Department did a beautiful job of trimming the trees in Lotus Isle Park, volunteers were abundant, local island restaurants contributed excellent food for the approximate 250 attendees, the dog parade was completed without any disappointed canine biting the judges, the band was just right for the day and the fire department was a hit for the kids - and adults too, as was the gigantic bubble hoop and face painting. HINooN’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) was busy almost all-day fielding questions. All in all, a great success.
19. HAYDEN ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP
HINooN Community involvement: Working with SOLVE, HINooN volunteers divide east Hayden Island into sections, and work in pairs to clean up the Island. Local business joined in with help and refreshments. Collectively, volunteers gather an average of 65 bags of trash every year.
20. I-5 INTERSTATE BRIDGE MAINTENANCE - SEPTEMBER 2020 In September 2020, the northbound bridge of the Interstate Bridge will close for up to two weeks as crews replace a cracked trunnion and other parts that help lift and lower the bridge. The tentative plans are during the morning commute, two southbound lanes (and one northbound lane) will open for traffic. Crews will move the concrete barrier mid-day to provide two northbound lanes (and one southbound lane) for the evening commute.
HINooN Community involvement: HINooN will be briefed and provide suggestions and comments as the time for the bridge maintenance draws near.
21. NEW ZONING TO PREVENT REDEVELOPMENT OF MOBILE HOME PARKS
Prior to 2018, Mobile Home Park property owners could sell their park or redevelop them for other purposes such as apartments. If a sale or redevelopment occurred, the manufactured home community faced major livability issues. Among them: * Abandon their homes because of inability to afford the cost of moving them or unable to land spaces in other parks. * Declare bankruptcy after the closure of the park. * Unable to find replacement affordable housing.
HINooN Community involvement: The HINooN Community, particularly the Hayden Island Manufactured Home Community, worked with other Portland mobile home park representatives to protect what the city viewed as a key source of affordable housing during a time when home prices and rents – and redevelopment projects – were increasing at a rapid rate. On August 22, 2018, the Portland City Council voted, unanimously, to add a new zoning ordinance designation to manufactured home parks so that they cannot be redeveloped for other uses.
22. THE HAYDEN ISLAND CAT PROJECT
2014 – Current
The Portland metropolitan region is home to more than 200 species of birds, many of which are under huge pressure due to habitat loss. Free-roaming cats which prey on wildlife add to this pressure. The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Audubon Society of Portland and the HINooN Community created the Hayden Island Cat Project (HICP). The program integrates strategies that are good for both cats and wildlife, including spaying /neutering cats, and encouraging owners to keep cats at safe at home.
HINooN Community involvement: Hayden Island provides a “natural laboratory” to study solutions to cat overpopulation because it has strict geographic boundaries – the banks of the Columbia River – and is home to hundreds of feral cats. Innovative methods to humanely reduce the Island’s feral cat population are used. They include: * Counting Cats: Island volunteers determine how many live on Hayden Island and conduct public surveys to estimate the number of pet cats.Three cat counts were completed in 2019, the most recent in early October, 2019. * Increase Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR): Upon population estimate completion, TNR efforts are increased in cooperation with island residents. Survey counts are periodically continued to monitor cat population size. * Support Cat Care: the HICP includes partnering with feral cat caregivers and residents to monitor cats, offering spay/neuter specials for local cats, and finding homes for socialized feral cats. Even though this program has garnered nationwide attention, the Audubon Society does not, at this time, have the funds to finance the program and there’s been a turnover and decrease in volunteers. The need for canned and dry cat food is urgent.
23. 3.96 CODE CHANGE – OFFICE OF COMMUNITY AND CIVIC LIFE (Formerly ONI)
2019 – CURRENT
Commissioner Eudaly, through the Office of Community and Civic Life (OCCL) is proposing a 3.96 code rewrite on how the city engages Portlanders by increasing involvement by those who, historically, haven’t paid much attention to the livability issues in the geographically delineated neighborhoods in which they live. That includes renters, minorities, special interest and identity groups, marginalized, and underrepresented groups. Furthermore, OCCL proposes to strip nearly all mention of OCCL’s existing partnership with Portland’s 94 existing neighborhood associations (NA’s). It would also remove most mention of district coalitions and business district associations. In addition, the initial proposal no longer included mention of the city’s responsibility to notify and include neighborhood associations in matters of livability. The proposed change raised such a turmoil at a June OCCL meeting that staff did a rewrite. Some of the concessions include now listing the 94 NA’s, that NA’s will retain current benefits and, the deletion of a clause that granted the OCCL Director sole authority to select organizations for official recognition. Concern remains about a sunset clause that would allow the City to cease NA recognition after two years. Regarding open meeting rules, the OCCL director has stated that NA’s may continue open meetings if they like. Asked how the new diverse groups would be held accountable, she deflected, stating that inclusivity is the measure of success.
HINooN Community involvement: The proposed change was supposed to be presented, discussed and voted on at City Council in October. It has been rescheduled for, not a vote but rather, a report presentation by Commissioner Eudaly to City Council, on November 14. She has made it clear that in making this announcement she, “…intends to see these policy changes through to completion in a timely manner.” HINooN will be monitoring this issue. HINooN’s experience as listed above, proves that transparency in government is paramount. Eliminating open meeting requirements on a volunteer basis allows organizations the freedom to be unaccountable to those they purport to represent. Neighborhood Associations provide the services, events and opportunities that connect residents in their communities with one another. In addition to the list above, HINooN worked with city and state staffers to advocate for stop signs at dangerous intersections, parking signs, invited guest speakers to talk about public safety, stopped property owners from considering a Strip Club to be located within Lottery Row, and all of the topics mentioned above. This took place whether the diverse groups that the OCCL wishes were involved, were actually involved – or not.
24. HOUSELESS & ADDICTED
2019 – Current
The City of Portland has been experiencing an increase in issues associated with houselessness – syringes and needles found in a public park and along the streets, car break-ins, camping in cars and in tents on private property, city streets and on state property. Garbage and public sanitation/health issues are associated with these increasing problems. Also witnessed, is suspicious irrational public behavior by some of the houseless. Gentrification and the displacement of low-income folks, plus the side effects of inflated housing costs and rents has contributed to the homeless situation. Furthermore, a 2018 9th US Court of Appeals decision permitting the houseless to sleep in a public location if they are unable to find available sheltering further confuses the issue.
HINooN Community involvement: Hayden Island has been experiencing all the above problems along a tawdry I-5 north entrance to the State and the City. It’s invaded various locations on the Island, including the banks of West Hayden Island owned by the Port of Portland. This situation has become a discussion topic at HINooN’s meetings. Wapato frequently came up. August 18th, the Chair of HINooN Jeff Geisler, reached out to the owner of Wapato, the long-time Portland developer and philanthropist Mr. Jordan Schnitzer. Mr. Schnitzer has stated he planned to raze the building and replace it with a warehouse that will employ between 30 and 100 people. He has said if there's a chance to help solve the houseless problem he will stop the demolition process and repurpose the space into a "community wellness center" and donate the property for that cause. ` Mr. Schnitzer was asked how the HINooN Community could be of help. The City of Portland neighborhood association community was invited to attend a press conference, followed two weeks later with tours of Wapato with 50 available neighborhood association members. ` ` It was Friday, Nov 8th that Oregon Senator Betsy Johnson, District 16 and Mr. Alan Evans, an experienced Recovery operator, joined Jordan Schnitzer to announce that the demolition of Wapato was postponed while a plan to develop Wapato as a Community Wellness Center was in progress. Those in attendance while astonished, were pleased. As of March 2020, a formal lease for the building has been signed for the Bybee Lakes Hope Center. We hope to see it taking in folks in late 2020.