Connecting Our Community

Winter 2017

Hello 2017
Deer in a residential backyard off Marine Drive

Enjoying Wild in the City
By Gary Kunz, ECNA Chair

Here I sit in a nice warm home surrounded by beautiful white snow. This morning a deer came through my yard then walked up to Marine Drive. A year ago I polled ECNA Board members to learn what they loved about our neighborhood. Without exception, they listed the wildlife aspect. Growing up in inner SE I didn’t have deer, coyote, beaver, horses, sheep, chickens, and a thousand geese in my neighborhood. Now, sixty years later I’m still in the City but surrounded by the animals. My kids have learned a lot from that experience and their life around the river. Where else can we live like this and still be in the City? Two years ago neighbors were telling me loudly and clearly that they wanted fewer guest speakers and more time to express themselves at our monthly meetings. That built up need to express has dissipated and I intend to invite special guests once again to our meetings. I’d like YOUR HELP. If there is some person or City function you’d like to have at one of our meetings, please let me know. If there is a topic you’d like discussed let me know, and I’ll add it to my agenda for you. Reach me through any Board member, NextDoor, or at Lastly I want to thank Michelle Price for handling the newsletter duties for us. This is her last issue as she transitions on to bigger and better things. Thank you Michelle! We wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Portland's 2035 Comprehensive Plan Moves Forward

Following state acknowledgement, the newly adopted city plan will tentatively take effect on January 1, 2018. Thank you and congratulations for your interest, participation and contributions to our new long-range plan for a prosperous, healthy, resilient and equitable city. Learn more

Join Work Party to Clean Up Arboretum

Help keep Columbia Children's Arboretum beautiful and healthy for people and wildlife on Saturday, January 14 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Several organizations will join together for the event, including Portland Parks and SOLVE. Learn more

Get the PDX Reporter App

Want an easy way to contact the city and submit documentation about area nuisances? There's an a “app” for that! PDX Reporter is provided through the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and you can submit reports about abandoned autos, debris in the road, graffiti, illegal parking, campers, park maintenance needs, plugged street drains, potholes, sidewalk complaints and more. Learn about it.

Upcoming Events

ECNA General Meeting

January 10, 2017
7-8:30 p.m.
Columbia River RV Park
Community Room
10649 NE 13th Avenue
ECNA meetings are every second Tuesday of the month

Children's Arboretum Restoration - Volunteer Opportunity

January 14, 2017
9-12 p.m.
Meet/park at NE Meadow Dr. entrance
Contact Yoko Silk (503) 278-1341

Multnomah County Drainage District, PEN 2 Landowner's Meeting

January 18, 2017
6-7:30 p.m.
1880 NE Elrod Dr, Portland

Stewardship Saturday

January 21, 2017
9 a.m.
Friends of the Columbia Children’s Arboretum/Columbia Slough Watershed Council
301 NE Meadow Lane
Register/More Info

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Important Contacts

Abandoned Autos (24hr): 503-823-7309
Call Before You Dig: 811
County Animal Control: 503-988-7387
Illegal Dumping: 503-797-1835
Mental Health Crisis Line: 503-988-3464
Noise Control: 503-823-7350 ext. 6
Non-Emergency Police: 503-823-3333
NW Natural Gas: 1-800-882-3377
Overgrown Foliage: 503-823-2633
PGE: 503-464-7777
PIR (noise complaints): 503-823-7223
Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Road Safety Hazards: 503-823-1700
Vector Control: 503-988-3464

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