NDA Letter to Milwaukie City Council to oppose coal trains

Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association  letter to Milwaukie City Council to recommend opposing coal transport trains through Milwaukie neighborhoods, including Ardenwald-Johnson Creek, is available for download (PDF).

Visit the Coal Train page for more information and resources.

Text of the letter:

September 25, 2012

To: Milwaukie City Council

From: Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood District Association

Re: Coal Trains Through our Neighborhoods

Dear Council,

Neighborhoods, along with the City of Milwaukie, share responsibility to cultivate and protect livability in our community. The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood is deeply concerned over recent proposals to transport coal through the city of Milwaukie. Coal trains will have direct and detrimental impacts on the neighborhoods through which they travel.

Coal exports will have numerous adverse effects on the city of Milwaukie: toxic coal dust discharge from uncovered trains is linked to lung cancer and asthma; diesel pollution from increased train traffic will worsen local air pollution; multiple long, slow trains will divide the city every day, creating serious impediments for emergency vehicles and other traffic; coal dust on tracks can cause derailments and even spontaneous fires. The health and environmental impacts of coal trains are particularly troubling considering the close proximity of the rail line to schools, residential neighborhoods, the Hillside Park & Manor housing complex, and parts of the Johnson Creek watershed.

The cumulative effect of the impacts is a decreased quality of life and increased health and safety risks, as well as property devaluation in Milwaukie, leading to lower tax revenue for the city. While bringing numerous risks, coal exports bring no economic benefit for the city of Milwaukie and insignificant economic benefit regionally.

The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood strongly urges the Milwaukie City Council to stand in opposition to coal exports and be leaders in opposing coal train transportation through the City of Milwaukie. In addition, we encourage you to join with Governor Kitzhaber and other state leaders in calling for a fully comprehensive environmental impact study of coal trains, which will reveal the full deleterious impact on our community.

Sincerely,

(signed)

Matt Rinker
Co-Chair, AJC NDA

(signed)

Jeff Davis
Co-Chair, AJC NDA

Community forum against coal export on Sept. 27

A community forum against coal export will be held at the Milwaukie High School Auditorium (11300 S.E. 23rd Ave., Milwaukie) on Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The forum helps citizens to learn more about the proposed coal shipment trains passing through Milwaukie to coastal ports to export coal to Asia. Four 1.5-mile long coal trains would pass through Milwaukie alone to the Coos Bay, Oregon, coal terminal.

The forum also helps concerned citizens prepare for public comment for the Milwaukie City Council before the Council votes on a coal train resolution on Oct. 16, 2012.

Milwaukie Mayor Jeremy Ferguson; Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Columbia Riverkeeper; Bethany Cotton, Greenpeace USA; Dr. Susan Katz, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility; Chris Ortolano, co-chair Milwaukie Coal Task Force; Matt Rinker, co-chair Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood District Association; and Sattie Clark, CEO Eleek Inc. Lighting Fixtures are scheduled to participate in the forum.

Citizens may send comments regarding coal trains to City of Milwaukie by email to coaltraininput@ci.milwaukie.or.us through October 15, 2012.

The proposed coal train route would pass on the railroad tracks along Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association’s (AJC NDA) western boundary.

At a special neighborhood meeting on Aug. 21, 2012, AJC NDA voted unanimously in favor of a resolution opposing coal trains.  No one at the special meeting did speak in support of coal trains.

More resources about the coal trains can be found on the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association website at http://www.ardenwald.org/coaltrains.

Ardenwald Parade this Saturday

Ardenwald Parade, the sixty-plus year neighborhood tradition, is happening this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, starting at 10:00 a.m., at the Ardenwald Elementary School (8950 S.E. 36th Ave., Milwaukie). Parade participants are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

Tacoma Station Area Plan community meeting Sept. 24

The public will have an opportunity to share their views on the planning for the future TriMet light rail Tacoma Street Station area at a special meeting on Monday, September 24, 2012.

Consultants at the meeting will hear feedback from the public and make any revisions to the draft redevelopment plan scenarios before presenting a recommended plan to the Milwaukie Planning Commission and City of Milwaukie.

The meeting will be held at the Milwaukie Public Safety Building (3200 S.E. Harrison St. in Milwaukie) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 11, 2012 regular NDA meeting agenda

Here is the regular meeting agenda for Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Meeting is held at Ardenwald School (8950 SE 36th Ave. in Milwaukie) in Room 101.  Meeting begins 6:30 p.m. PT:

1. Introductions – 6:30
2. Police Reports – 6:35
3. Coal Train Update – 6:45
4. Additional Items & Public Comments – 7:00
5. Committee Reports – 7:20
5a. Chair
5b. Vice-chair
5c. Secretary
5d. Webmaster
5e. Treasurer
5f. Land Use
5g. Southeast Uplift
5h. Transportation
5i. Public Safety Advisory Committee
5j. Membership
5k. Art
5l. Balfour Street Park
5m. Creek Committee
6. Approve Meeting Minutes – 7:55
6a. Regular NDA Meeting – June 12, 2012
6b. Special NDA Meeting – August 21, 2012
7. Adjournment – 8:00

Download agenda (PDF)