Ardenwald’s First Adopt-A-Stop Helps Keep Bus Stop Cleaner

One bus stop in Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood will be much cleaner now.

TriMet installed a small trash can a few days ago on the bus stop sign post for a westbound stop on SE Johnson Creek Blvd. at SE 42nd Ave. (Stop No. 3076). The trash can is part of TriMet’s Adopt-A-Stop program.

TriMet provides the trash can and a business or organization helps maintain the stop and remove the trash. The program does not cost anything to the volunteers.

Ardenwald Resident Renee Moog presented the idea at the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association board on January 23, 2017. Moog suggested the idea when finding out that bus riders waiting for a bus were dropping litter into her yard.

The Neighborhood Association made motion to support the program. The motion passed unanimously.

Photo: Renee Moog.

PSAC, Transportation Positions Filled

The Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association unanimously appointed Mark Taylor to represent Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood on the Public Safety Advisory Committee, and Joe Wilson as the Transportaion Chair.

Mark is serving the remainder of Kim Travis’s term. He is also stepping down from the Assistant Land-Use position. Kim resigned from the board to serve as a commissioner on the Milwaukie Planning Commission. Mark awaits to be confirmed by the Milwaukie City Council before being appointed on the PSAC board.

Joe is serving the remainder of Angel Falconer’s term. Angel resigned from the Transportation Chair after being elected to Milwaukie City Council. The Transportation Chair is an NDA position and does not require a city council confirmation.

Each board member has the option to run for another one-year term at the annual board elections held at the May regular meeting. There is no term limit.

After snow and ice, thaw may bring floods, slides

 

After a week of deep snow pack and ice, the weather is transitioning to warmer temperature and heavy rain.

“A series of storm systems will bring periods of heavy rain and warmer temperatures this week,” Says the National Weather Service Office in Portland. “The combination of heavy rain and melting snow will increase our flood potential, with flooding possible late Tuesday through late Thursday.”

Johnson Creek in Tideman-Johnson Park may reach high levels or flood stage during the thaw.

The NWS Forecast Office also says small stream and urban flooding is likely, particularly near snow or ice-clogged storm drains.

Last week’s heavy snowpack and snow plowing may have covered several storm drains. Clogged storm drains may cause localized flooding in the flat areas of Ardenwald.

The thaw may also pose a risk for landslides, especially inside the Springwater Trail Corridor between SE 28th Ave. and SE 45th Ave.

Sandbags are available for free at self-service stations:

Photo: Bryan Dorr

Winter weather impacts local businesses, roads, transit

The winter weather hitting Portland on Thursday will affect many local businesses, transits, and roadways.

City of Milwaukie already announced on their website that city hall, Ledding Library, and Johnson Creek Public Works facilities have closed at 1:00 p.m. for winter weather.

Some local neighborhood businesses may decide to close early on Thursday.

TriMet service may experience delays as buses cannot travel over 25 miles per hour on chains. Some routes may be detoured or run on snow routes.

City Repairing Water Main Break on SE Boyd

Milwaukie Public Works crew is on SE Boyd St. to repair a water main break, according to a tweet sent by City of Milwaukie. The city expects to have the work completed by 3:00 p.m.

BOIL WATER ALERT

From City of Milwaukie:

The city has issued a boil water notice for all Milwaukie water customers. The results of recent water samples tested positive for E.coli and total coliform bacteria.The samples were taken at the start of the city’s connection to Portland’s water supply as a way to maintain pressure in Milwaukie’s system during repairs to the elevated tank at SE 40th Avenue and Harvey Street. However, at this time, the boil water notice is not in effect for Portland water customers.

The city shut down its connection to the outside water supply as soon as it received the sampling results and began flushing the system.

Residents should not drink any water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil for at least one minute and cool before using. Using bottled water is encouraged.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and all food preparation until further notice. Ice or any beverages prepared with unboiled tap water on or after Nov. 9 should be discarded.

The results from a follow-up round of testing are expected back at noon on Friday, Nov. 11. The city will provide an update once these results are returned, as well as any further instructions, if needed.

Water contamination can occur for a number of reasons. The city is currently looking into the cause of the contamination and will provide updates as they are known.

E. coli can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. It poses an increased health risk for infants, young children, and people with compromised immune systems. These symptoms are not caused by E. coli alone. If you experience any of these symptoms, consider seeking medical advice from your health care provider.

Source: http://www.milwaukieoregon.gov/citymanager/boil-water-notice-effect-milwaukie-water-customers

Upcoming Ardenwald PTO Events

Here are some of the upcoming Ardenwald Elementary PTO events for this month:

You can also visit the Ardenwald PTO page for more information.

Sunday’s Heavy Rain May Mean High Creek, Local Flooding

Johnson Creek High Water

Heavy rain is expected to fall in the Portland area on Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement, stating that 1 to 3 inches of rain is predicted for Sunday. The statement also says that local streams may flood as well as some localized flooding from leaf-clogged drains.

Johnson Creek may potentially run high or possibly flood. Anyone near the creek should use caution and particularly stay away from the stone liners on the creek bank. The creek can flow swiftly and anyone in the water could become trapped in submerged logs.

On June 2, 2010, a 15-year boy drowned after jumping in Johnson Creek at the concrete dam and spillway at Tideman Johnson Park, OregonLive reported.

Both City of Milwaukie and City of Portland have sand bag resources available for the public.

  • Click here for Milwaukie’s flood sandbag information.
  • Click here for Portland’s flood sandbag information.

Here is the National Weather Service Portland, OR Special Weather Statement:

839 PM PDT SAT OCT 8 2016

...HEAVY RAINFALL OVER NORTHWEST OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON
 SUNDAY...

A SLOW MOVING FRONT DROPPING SOUTHWARD THROUGH SOUTHWEST
 WASHINGTON AND NORTHWEST OREGON WILL LEAD TO A VERY WET SUNDAY.

RAIN OVER SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON THIS EVENING WILL MOVE VERY SLOWLY
 SOUTHWARD INTO NORTHWEST OREGON LATE TONIGHT...INCLUDING THE
 PORTLAND/VANCOUVER METRO AREA.

LOCATIONS BETWEEN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON AND NORTH OF LINCOLN CITY
 TO MT HOOD CAN EXPECT SEVERAL HOURS OF STEADY...MODERATE TO
 LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL ON SUNDAY. RAIN WILL END FROM THE NORTH
 SUNDAY EVENING...AND DIMINISH ACROSS LANE COUNTY LATE SUNDAY NIGHT.

RAINFALL TOTALS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED...WITH LOCALIZED AMOUNTS
 PEAKING AS HIGH AS 5 INCHES IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE NORTH
 OREGON COAST RANGE AND THE NORTH OREGON CASCADES.

THIS LONG DURATION RAINFALL EVENT WILL LIKELY LEAD TO PONDING OF
 WATER IN ROADWAYS AND INTERSECTIONS...AND SOME URBAN AND SMALL
 STREAM FLOODING. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE IN LOW-LYING AREAS SUCH
 AS UNDERPASSES AND LOCATIONS AFFECTED BY CLOGGED STORM DRAINS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE THE FORECAST
 AS NEW DATA ARE RECEIVED. FOR THE LATEST FORECAST INFORMATION...PLEASE
 VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PORTLAND.