Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project

By Matthew Gough

To accommodate public sewer construction North Vancouver Avenue between Russell and Hancock streets, the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will continue to detour traffic away from the construction zone Monday through Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Travelers trying to reach a home or business in the closed area are allowed to drive past closure points, but should expect delays. The detour is expected to continue through May 2019.

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Letter from the Editor

Welcome Spring! Soon Summer will be here before we know it. The year is moving along faster than I can keep up. I do look forward to the nicer weather and being able to stop and pause in the warmth of the sun, take a walk through the neighborhood and enjoy all the beautiful gardens and spring flowers. My crocuses are plentiful this year and the tulips are preparing for a fantastic show of color. Soon we will have new trees around some businesses and homes in Eliot to add to the urban landscape (see page 10).

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Community Gardening at St. Philip the Deacon Church

By Shireen Hasan

Eliot residents, the community, along with the support of a community organization, and members of St. Philip the Deacon Church have teamed up to grow food at the church, located at 120 NE Knott Street. Plans are underway for diversified community participation with gardening plots for African Americans, church members, houseless, disabled, veterans, community, and youth. The gardening members are asking the community and Eliot neighbors to donate gardening materials and supplies. They are also inviting folks to volunteer any of their time to building garden beds, helping with the garden set up, and gardening maintenance for this activity project. Let’s pitch in and feed the community! For more information contact the coordinator, Shireen Hasan: shihas_2005@yahoo.com.

Letter from the Chair

Hey, Neighbor!

What has your Eliot Neighborhood Association, ENA, Board been up to in the last year?

In this time when folks are questioning the form and function of City government, neighborhoods continue with the work of bringing neighbors together around plans, issues, and events that influence their quality of life. The current Board is action oriented. We work to protect the aesthetic, cultural values and diversity of the neighborhood and promote projects, programs, and activities to improve the general wellbeing and viability at the heart of the community (from the ENA Bylaws).

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Adopt a Block Update—Changing of the Guard

By Lauren Mullen

Hello Eliot Neighbors, sadly, this will be my last Adopt-A-Block update for the Eliot News as I am moving. The good news is that Jody Guth will be taking on this program. Jody has been a member of the Eliot Community for 30 years! She is a much-loved dog walker whom you have undoubtedly seen around Eliot or Irvington. I met Jody when I was taking my dog, Jazper, on a walk, and the funny thing about that encounter was she was diligently picking up cigarette butts. It was raining, but that was not a deterrent. I thanked her for doing the clean-up and that was when I started picking up trash in earnest on my block.

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Area Permit Parking Update

After the parking election in South Eliot, we have the results. As a reminder, the requirements for forming an area parking permit district were that 50% of ballots had to be returned and 60% of the returned ballots had to be in favor. From our election, we had 53% of ballots returned and 54% were in favor. Although the majority (54%) of ballots were in favor, this is below the 60% threshold so the Area Parking Permit (APP) didn’t pass.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation shared the results by block with us and the general trend was similar to our experiences chatting with folks. The further south people lived, the more in favor of forming APP folks were. There were blocks that voted overwhelmingly in favor of forming an APP.

The next step is PBOT is exploring launching a pilot program that would allow for smaller APP. Right now the APP must be at least 10,000 linear feet. The pilot would allow for a minimum of 5,000 linear feet. They’re doing this to help support us since there are small areas in our neighborhood that really want this. Once PBOT gets City Council’s support of forming pilot APPs, we could consider restarting the process.

Earth Day Eliot Litter Clean-up Event

Please join the Eliot Livability Team on Earth Day 2019.
Help us beautify our neighborhood and protect our waters and wildlife from hazardous trash. Volunteers from near and far are invited to attend this litter pick-up event, sponsored by SOLVE. Eliot residents, come out to meet your neighbors and show some neighborhood pride! Refreshments and all supplies will be provided.

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Opportunity for Dialogue with Chief Danielle Outlaw on April 2nd

PLEASE NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE END OF APRIL. Check back for updated information.

 

What: Community Forum
Where: Emmanuel Church 1033 N Sumner St
When: April 2nd, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Why: To have more positive engagement and communication with public safety employees and hear about the city’s five-year plan

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