Oregon City Council on Monday will consider approving an agreement to transfer property on Pickle Road and Starr Avenue for flood and drainage and sewer facilities improvements.
The city is expected to enter into an agreement for the acceptance of permanent storm sewer easements from three property owners for the Flood & Drainage and Sewer Facilities Improvements project. R.P. Doerr, 2300 Starr Avenue, Lawrence E. & Cecile E. Gladieux, 2669 Pickle Road, and Peter L. Huth, 2651 Pickle Road, have agreed to donate the easements for drainage improvements, which will include a new storm sewer and catch basins.
The city received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the project.
“We’ve been trying to focus CDBG money on drainage and sewers,” Public Service Director Paul Roman said at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday. “These projects are really back yard drainage issues but they involve multiple properties. In any other area of the city, you may find me saying it’s a private matter. But in this case when we know that these properties are in the CDBG, and we know there is money available to help them, we do go after that and we try to help. These people know we’re trying to help them. The work will be paid 100 percent through CDBG. A lot of this is just really putting in tiling and yard basins to assist these property owners.”
There have been drainage issues around Olivewood, just north of Starr Avenue, by Van Buren, said Roman.
“There’s a big hole of an area that doesn’t drain anywhere,” he said. “It’s very simple to do what we’re doing. But it’s on private land, and certainly there’s a cost. We have the CDBG money to pay for construction, but we didn’t have it necessarily for the drainage easement. Again, the people recognized the improvement, and are donating their property for these drainage easements.”
The CDBG project areas are by Starr, Van Buren and Olivewood, and on the north side of Pickle Road, just east of Wheeling, said Roman.
“Unfortunately it’s just poor development in terms of drainage. A lot didn’t go into the thinking of backyard drainage, therefore it would get trapped, and that’s the problem. The apartments by I-280 kind of trapped the drainage. You can’t blame them. It’s decades after the fact. But you want to help them. This is one way of doing it.”
City Administrator Mike Beazley said he would like to schedule a meeting for the public after Labor Day to address questions regarding all the drainage projects in the city.
“There’s really a lot going on in the northern part of our city in terms of dealing with drainage issues – from the bike trail to the Big Ditch project and Oregon Erosion Control,” said Beazley. “If you’ve driven out along Wynn Road, you’ve seen a lot going on there. I’m looking to schedule something - perhaps out at the senior center - where we can do an overview of what’s going on. We do get a fair number of calls from people asking about what’s going on. Maybe in a public session, after Labor Day, we can let folks know.”