[The second in a series on the CNA’s Land Use & Livability committee. Click on the Land Use & Livability category at left to get all the news related to their work.]
George Bruender, committee chair, shared the answers to some questions frequently asked of the committee:
Are there more or fewer planes flying over Concordia this summer?
PDX has distributed the cargo planes out over a wider approach area as of this summer, so other neighborhoods are getting more planes than in the past. But at the same time, the total number of flights is increasing, so you may not notice a major change, especially on the day you decide to entertain in your back yard.
Will there be a third runway at PDX?
Actually we already have three runways – the 2 major North-South runways and the “crosswinds runway” that is directly over us. So then are we getting a fourth runway? In an agreement between the City and PDX, a committee to discuss and plan the future of PDX has been established. CNA spokesmen and other neighborhood groups persuaded the City Council to assign an equal number of citizen representatives as business and PDX interests have so that everyone can negotiate on a level playing field. Concordia has 2 of those reps. Patrick Metzger will represent NECN, our coalition of 12 Northeast neighborhood associations. Denny Stoecklin will be a rep of ONI, the office that oversees all of the associations. So we will have 2 strong voices supporting our residents’ wishes in the future. Expect to hear from them. And a fourth runway will very likely be a major item on their agenda.
What should I do about suspicious activity going on in a neighbor’s home?
We hope that you read Ginny Kauffman’s article in last month’s issue of the Concordia News. She and her neighbors were concerned about activities (trash, graffiti, loud partying, possible drug-related activity) going on for some time in a small apartment complex in their immediate vicinity. They talked to each other, petitioned Erik Sten who’s responsible for housing in Portland, contacted other officials and reported suspicious activity. Currently the landlord has assigned a property manager to deal with problems and he has met with neighbors, the local police officer and the area’s crime prevention specialist.
To resolve problems, you and your neighbors can do the same thing. The most important is to get a record of activities with police officials. Every single incident needs to be reported. Call 911 if immediate action is needed; otherwise call the police non-emergency number at 823-3333. Everyone who sees the incident or situation needs to call and report. Have as many details as possible: address, time, date, etc. Call Officer Jim Quackenbush, our neighborhood officer, at 823-5793. Call Mary Tompkins, our crime prevention specialist, at 823-4763. They need to hear from you and they will tell you what to do next for your particular situation.