newsletter thumbnail The newsletter for spring 2012 (1.5 MB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

This issue is partially delivered around the neighborhood by now. It includes almost nothing you’ve seen (yet) on this website.

Items include:

  • Redistricting and the May 15 primary election. Don’t forget to vote! Drop off your completed ballot at Gregory Heights Library by 8 PM.
  • Neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, May 19. Details here.
  • Garage sale on June 2: Details here and online signup form here.
  • Updates on litter patrol and the SAN lot
  • Updates on the community garden at Helensview School. (More big news coming very soon!)
  • Notes from February, March and April meetings
  • Plans to upgrade of the city-owned pump station next to the Grotto.

Our monthly neighborhood meeting is Tuesday, May 15. We’ll have the preliminary community garden design on hand, and we’ll gather your comments and suggestions about the layout. We might have our neighborhood response police officer as a guest speaker. He is currently unconfirmed.

As a special attraction, instead of our usual ‘light refreshments’ during social time at 6:30 PM, this month we’ll serve pizza and salad. Meeting is at the usual location: CNN conference room, 4415 NE 87th (aka side door of Fire Station #12, just north off Sandy Blvd).

11. May 2012 · 1 comment · Categories: Cleanup, cnn, san

It’s time again for the annual Sumner Neighborhood Cleanup here in NE Portland. This year we are set for Saturday, May 19, 2011 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Helensview School, 8678 NE Sumner St (off NE 87th).

Here are full details about the Sumner neighborhood cleanup (downloadable PDF):

What is OK to Bring?

Yard debris including small branches, furniture, carpet, scrap metal, washers/dryers, toilets, mattresses, mowers (gas and oil removed), woodstoves, bikes, tubs, toys, stereos, VCRs.

We recycle your old cell phones and your used ink cartridges. Scott’s Recycling will take your appliances and scrap metal!


Hazardous Waste: Gasoline, chemicals, oil, paint, tar, batteries, animal waste or liquids of any kind.

Do not bring these building and landscape materials: concrete, asphalt, dirt, sod, brick, cement, sand, gravel or roofing, asbestos material and under the sink garbage!

We will refuse you and may have to refuse your whole load for cross contamination. So please just don’t bring these items.

Clean Up Fees/donations

Residential vehicles only. No commercial vehicles will be accepted.

Car: $7
Van, small pickup or SUV: $15
Large pickup truck: $20
Oversized vehicles will be charged an additional fee.
Tires are extra $2 each off rim, $3 each on rim.

If you need assistance with the removal of your items or would like to volunteer or just have questions, call Ronda before Wednesday, May 16, at 503-823-3156.

Sumner would like to thank our sponsors who helped make this cleanup possible: METRO, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) and Helensview School.

They’ve started! Here’s a photo taken this morning at the outset of the Sandy Blvd sidewalk infill project in Sumner neighborhood of NE Portland.

Sidewalk infill project: Sandy Blvd at NE 90th

Caption: Multi-modal traffic passes as workers begin on the Sandy Blvd sidewalk infill project. This section is between NE 90th and NE 92nd.

Here are more details, received today from Sarah Figliozzi of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT):

Phase 1 of the project is the south side of NE Sandy Blvd, between NE 85th/Skidmore east to 92nd Avenue. The north side of Sandy will be part of phase 2, for which we do not yet have a construction timeline as some of the slope issues need further design and survey work.

As I mentioned our crews began work this week at the eastern end of the project scope. According to the crew leader, as of yesterday they had excavated between 92nd and Prescott, built half of the sidewalk forms, and crews were going to be pouring concrete today. They’ll follow this pattern as they progress west.

Property owners and tenants have been told that their ability to access their on-site parking will be inconvenienced for a week or possibly longer, in order to excavate, build forms, and then allow concrete to dry.

We are very excited to be able to complete this work in your neighborhood and have been enormously pleased with the cooperation and support from the residents.

This $100,000 project will complete the last remaining section of Sandy Blvd west of I-205 that does not have sidewalks.

Phase 1 will also include an upgrade to the signal on Sandy at NE 87th for the fire station. The upgrade will change the signal into a pedestrian activated crosswalk signal.

For more information about this project, see this Feb 2012 report after Sarah spoke to at our monthly neighborhood meeting.

28. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: health, planning, safety, san, transportation

The Sandy Blvd sidewalk project, from NE 86th to NE 92nd in Sumner neighborhood in NE Portland, is now officially scheduled for spring 2012, according to the announcement (PDF) of an April 5 open house from Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).

The sidewalk project was first on the list of about 20 sidewalk projects planned under the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) project. That list of projects is the subject of the open house on April 5 at David Douglas High School.

Sandy Blvd infill

Caption: The map of Sumner neighborhood in the EPIM plan.

From the announcement:

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 5:30-8 PM
David Douglas High School
(North cafeteria near main entrance)
1001 SE 135th Ave, Portland, near SE Yamhill St.
Closest TriMet bus line: #20 on SE Stark.
Drop by anytime between 5:30 and 8 PM. Snacks provided.

Learn more and see a map of projects on our web pages:
- East Portland in Motion
- Sidewalk projects
More materials will be posted on the webpage around April 5th.

Sumner neighborhood are encouraged to show up at the open house, ask questions, and thank PBOT for making this safety project a priority.

The Sandy Blvd sidewalk infill project will include an upgrade of the crosswalk at NE 87th. According to the EPIM action plan (PDF), a second project slated for 2013 will add a crosswalk on Sandy Blvd at NE 91st Ave. Two pedestrians were killed in separate accidents at NE 91st and Sandy over the last three years.

A third EPIM project plans bike lanes for NE Prescott from NE 81st to NE 120th in 2015-16. A fourth project is the ‘IKEA trail’ from Alderwood and Glass Plant Road (near Johnson Lake) to the IKEA store at Cascade Station.

You can see aerial maps for the Sandy Blvd project (Feb 2012), an background of this project (Sept 2011), and SAN’s initial request for sidewalks (June 2011) in previous articles.