Brooms, grabbers and trash bags in hand, more than 100 participants turned out to clean up the streets of the Pearl District in the semi-annual Polish the Pearl event on October 17th. Wearing an array of orange and yellow vests, the spirited volunteers, led by street captains, marched through the streets of the neighborhood picking up trash.
The group gathered early in the morning at Peet’s Coffee to pick up equipment, receive instructions and mingle with their friends and neighbors. Finishing up several hours later, volunteers assembled at the Fields Park to enjoy donated refreshments and to vie for the raffle prize of a donated bicycle.
Leader of the event, Jennifer Posivak of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association (PDNA) Livability Committee, reported the following results:
A total of 41 walk ins who had not preregistered on the SOLVE website.
65 Individuals preregistered on the SOLVE website - 92 total number of volunteers (one person can register multiple people).
13 youths under 18 participated.
55 free coffee tickets were turned in to Peet's coffee.
100 donated tacos were delivered to the Fields park from The Fields Bar & Grill.
59 raffle tickets were counted.
105 total garbage bags weighing in at 2100 pounds.
5 total recycle bags (consolidated multiple bags).
Polish the Pearl is sponsored by the PDNA and is held in the fall and spring every year.
Reported by Stan Penkin
Following up the Portland City Council adoption of minimal changes to the pile driving noise ordinance in July, Commissioner Amanda Fritz has created a noise task force to review possible additional revisions. Under discussion are: a city wide prohibition of impact hammer pile driving; details of the variance, appeal and notification process; and zoning designations wherein current ”EX” industrial zones could be changed to commercial.
A change to commercial zoning in neighborhoods that have become more residential, such as the Pearl District, would reduce allowable decibel levels. This change would permit the City’s Noise Control Officer greater flexibility to enforce loud noises that are harmful to residents, but cannot be enforced under the current law.
Advocates for change have cited information that the noise and vibration of impact hammer pile driving is harmful to people’s health. They further added that innovative techniques such as the significantly quieter auger cast method is an acceptable alternative. Advocates further urge the total prohibition of impact hammer pile driving except in engineer certified situations where an alternative method would not be viable for geotechnical reasons.
The nine member citizen task force has met two times with three more meetings to follow. Commissioner Fritz is expected to bring recommendation to City Council on November 12.
Additional information can be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/68392
The public is welcome to attend or submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reported by Stan Penkin