Neighbors Together Meet & Greet


Neighbors and community to collaborate on creative safety solutions Sept. 30

Neighbors Together Meet & Greet with your City of Portland North Community Safety Coordinators and other area organizers on September 30th, 2019 from 6-7:30 pm, at Central Northeast Neighbors, 4415 NE 87th.

What is Neighbors Together?

Neighbors Together goes beyond the traditional “watch” model and empowers neighbors and community to collaborate on creative safety solutions.

Our training supports neighbors to work with each other, with the City, and with community to better address a broad range of related public safety considerations such as active transportation, emergency preparedness, personal safety, community advocacy, and more.

You may have heard about some changes to City-supported Neighborhood Watch and the Community Safety Program (formerly the City’s Crime Prevention Program). The Meet & Greet is an opportunity to learn more about Neighbors Together and what has changed from Neighborhood Watch. There will be an opportunity to connect with your Community Safety Coordinators on future training’s of interest. We will provide light refreshments.

Please RSVP at or call at 503-823-4064.

For more information

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Sumner Neighborhood Cleanup 2019


annual cleanup entranceRain or shine, it’s Sumner Neighborhood Cleanup time!

Saturday September 21, 2019
9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Helensview School
8678 NE Sumner St, Portland, OR
(Corner of NE 87th Ave & Sumner St.)

Click the image to view large pdf.


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SAN Community Meeting Is All About the Air We Breathe


7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. social time) • CNN Office, 4415 NE 87th Ave (behind the fire station)

Sumner neighborhood in Portland blue sky and big tree

This month we talk about the air that we all breathe and how to protect our health and livability in Sumner.

Join us this Tuesday, May 21 for our Community Meeting when we talk about everything Sumner!

Hear of all that is happening in our neighborhood. We will hear an update on the Livability Committee, crime and safety.

There have been discussions and concerns about the current and future air quality in Sumner as affected by adjacent industrial businesses.

Our guest speaker will be Greg Bourget, Executive Director and Lead Researcher at Portland Clean Air. Portland Clean Air is a registered Oregon Political Committee working to address industrial pollution in Multnomah and Washington Counties. Their mission is to improve our air quality by educating and activating people directly affected by toxic air emissions.

There is also concern about the upcoming Conditional Use Permit hearing for NRC at NE 89th and NE Emerson. Board members and neighbors in attendance at this community meeting will address your questions. The business is asking the city for permission to operate a waste related business in our neighborhood which is currently against code.

Bring your questions, or just relax and listen. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m., with social time at 6:30 p.m. We keep things moving along and plan to wrap up by 8:00 p.m. or so.

So stop by! Sumner is better with all of us!

Community Meetings meet the third Tuesday of every other month January, March, May, July, September, and November. Monthly trash pickup is during summer months, and our Annual Cleanup is in September.

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NRC moves toward expanding waste treatment site in Sumner neighborhood



NRC violations

Newly installed waste treatment tanks with supplies, no set back, open air.

The previous company name and hours of operation are posted, but not kept. New larger tanks delivered here, are now installed.

The previous company name and hours of operation are posted, but not kept. New larger tanks delivered here, are now installed.

NRC is meeting with the city Thursday, Nov. 16, 2107, 8:30 a.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 4A to discuss the application of a conditional use permit. NRC is located at 8828 NE Killingsworth Street at NE 89th Ave and NE Emerson St.

The permit, if granted, will allow them to expand and legitimize their current waste dumping activities. The proposal, in part, states:

The activities on site are: treatment and discharge of non-regulated waste water and storage of empty roll-off bins and temporary storage tanks.

Non-regulated wastewater


NRC violations

NRC truck dumping waste after hours with bay door open.

“Non-regulated wastewater” as written on their proposal includes septage, portable toilets, uncontaminated groundwater and other wastewaters.

The city (Mike Liefeld, 11/21/11) promised Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) that it would not allow septic dumping on that property. Waste related businesses are not allowed this close to residential zoning according to code. We had presented evidence to the city that the dumping severely affected SAN member’s health and livability. So the city made this one condition, yet still allowed WTS (the previous name of the company) to dump wastewater using the term leachate (a liquid that has dissolved or entrained environmentally harmful substances that may then enter the environment.)


  • May 2010: Water Truck Service (WTS), a Sherwood company owned by Mr. Bob Jonas, moves in at 8828 NE Killingsworth
  • May 2010: City Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) issues a discharge permit.
  • November 2010-February 2011: BES finds several discharge violations by WTS and fines them.
  • June 2011: Pumper trucks and loads of Honey Buckets are brought into the residential neighborhood and septic waste is sloppily dumped in
    open air. Residents file a land use inquiry with city Bureau of Development Services (BDS).
  • July 2011: BDS inspector determines that WTS does not have the required conditional use permit for a ‘waste-related’ use under code 33.254. BDS issues a violation letter to WTS.
  • September 2011: KGW reports: “NE Portland raises a stink over septic company”
  • September 2011: BDS and BES send reps to a SAN meeting to discuss WTS. BDS says they will work with WTS to mitigate odor whether WTS files for a conditional use permit or not.
  • Late September 2011: WTS files for a pre-application conference with BDS, but never files the CU permit application.
  • Nov. 2, 2011: Scott Somohano, then Chair of Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) and resident Patricia Irvin present concerns to the Portland City Council. They were told that BDS was currently handling the situation so the mayor or council members could not comment.
  • Nov. 21, 2011: Michael Liefeld, BDS sends letter to WTS attorney. He allows the disposal of storm water runoff without a CU permit. No storage. No treatment. No septic. No odor impact to the neighborhood. “The trigger for requiring a Conditional Use Review all depends on whether or not the material is receiving treatment at the plant. If the treated stormwater is simply transported to this site and meets acceptable levels for disposal into the sanitary sewer system without further treatment, then no Conditional Use Review would be required and this would not considered a Waste Related Use.”
  • March 2012 – present: Severe odors are continually experienced and reported to the city by numerous residents. Sample responses: “At this time we have not determined that the activity being conducted at the site is anything but introduction of treated liquids to the City’s Sanitary/storm system approved under a BES discharge permit” (Mike Liefeld, BDS, 12/2/13) “I cannot just take your word on [it] when theodor is occurring” (Michelle Seward, BDS, 1/27/14)
  • May 9, 2017 – BES issues a Wastewater Discharge Permit, for centralized waste treatment at 8828 NE Killingsworth St. Permit #437.010 permits treatment and discharge of wastewater, oils and organics.
  • May 30, 2017 – Trucks dumping septic at pre-dawn hours, trucker approaches resident filming from the street and threatens. (This is the same truck driver that threatened residents in 2011) He said they had a permit and the city would not do anything to help us.
  • June 5 2017 – Sumner resident and former SAN board member Patricia Irvin meets with Dan Parnell, BES at the site. He verifies the odor and witnesses pumper trucks dumping into several large holding tanks in the open air on the property. We learn that NRC bought WTS. BES only regulates the material that is disposed, not the method or impact. He confirms that WTS had numerous violations over the years.

Sumner residents and business owners are encouraged to attend the conditional use proposal meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. We will only be able to speak if time allows, but this is a public hearing and it is important that we are visible as our neighborhood’s future is discussed.

From East Portland News:

Marguerite Feuersanger, City Planner tells why neighbors must promptly act on zoning notifications if they are to obtain “legal standing” on impending changes.

Marguerite Feuersanger, from the City’s Bureau of Development Services, urged class attendees to make comments in a timely way. “Being timely helps give you ‘standing’; and ‘standing’ is required to challenge or appeal a decision.” We learned that “standing” is the ability of a land-use representative to demonstrate to a court or bureau that the neighborhood has sufficient connection to, and can be harmed by, a change in code.

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