Corvallis City Councilor Ward 3
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structure.” This basically means that because of the disparity to afford officers, our working officers are subject to at least 12 hour shifts and operating at roughly .7 officers per capita, when the Oregon state average is 1.35 officers per capita. That is essentially 1 CPD Patrol Officer for over 14,000 citizens!
Not to mention, 3 of our officers have recently been on injury reserve, due to diffusing separate incidents where perpretrators were armed with blades…and to boot, these officers successfully diffused and apprehended without drawing their service weapons! Our department is also one of only two nationally accredited departments within the state, which highlights superior policing: Washington County recently received national accreditation, however, only months ago. We have maintained ours for several years.
Our Community Livability Officer (CLO) program began with the 2013 levy, addressing unique livability issues within Corvallis. The CLOs philosophy hinges on “enforcement is a part of the
In a recent meeting with Police Chief Jonathan Sassaman, he asked me: “How many Patrol officers do you think the city has at a given time?” Shock came over me when he told me the answer: we have only 4 Patrol officers on shift at any given time, due to the inability to fund our police department through “a skeleton service retention organizational
THE STATS ARE IN. How has the CLO Program affected Corvallis’s 911 livability calls and incidents? (these include disturbances, assaults, liquor law violations, minors drinking, parties and music complaints). The graph will show that since 2013, the beginning of the CLO program there has been a substantial drop in the number of calls for service by close to half of the calls the department was at in 2010! It is noted that calls from the Retreat are responsible for 13% of all calls citywide.
Because of the success of the CLO program, Chief Sassaman and Oregon State have negotiated a contract to hire 3 more CLOs to expand the program. This shift towards Community Policing away from enforcement may be the brand of law enforcement Corvallis needs as we move into the future. If you have questions or requests about the CLO program; including free CPTED audits, send an email to: email@example.com. .
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Gary Andes (DEQ) began the meeting with a presentation of the current efforts being taken by H&V since emissions testing in 2013 (the first emissions testing done since 1996) revealed significant amounts of air pollutant emissions, including Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Flouride, as well as the standing question of durability of Particulate Matter (PM). In one pollutant’s cas, in 1996 H&V estimated 22 tons of Carbon Monoxide emissions, testing in 2013 found that the estimate was exorbitantly exceeded at 456 tons; almost 20 times over. In 2015 H&V was cited civil penalties for exceeding their 1996 estimations, including $182,000 and an additional $57,000 for back-fees for operating under the wrong permit.
The presentation continued to illustrate the timeline for both a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit and a Title V Permit; which would allow for H&V to legally have a higher maximum for their pollutants’ output. DEQ required H&V to submit a modification of their existing permit, which includes quarterly testing on emissions, data from weatherization through a new meteorology station to be onsite (vs. the data that was used from the previous station by the Airport), and increased CO monitoring. Gary Andes stated that mutual agreements between DEQ and H&V have been appropriately amended.
The timeline for the PSD is on track for being submitted by November 2017, however the permit would not be effective until about May 2018-after several mandatory hearings and comment periods. It was highlighted that the process included several series of Public Comment periods, including the EPA’s 45-day comment period. As for the Title V, which has to be applied for 180 days AFTER the PSD, the timeline established was looking towards April 2019 for an effective date.
The DEQ presentation was followed by a presentation from Cindy Frost, site manager of H&V. Cindy explained how H&V was handling the PSD process, including the new filtration process the company has had to contract and create from scratch. “We cannot go to WEalmart and get something to do this,” she said, and explained to the audience how the first filter they contracted did not work after 3hrs, and they had to cancel a contract with the company commissioned to engineer it. She continued to explain that they are taking the issue of filtration extremely seriously, it is just there is not anything available to filter in their industry’s unique process, she also added that her husband was commissioned to build the frame for one of the latest versions of the filters. She also indicated the new Met. Station was onsite and guiding much of their emission output data. Increased CO monitoring was apart of the DEQ amendment to their current operations, however, the placement of the onsite CO monitor is being put in an area that is lateral to the corner of Crystal Lake and would also pick up traffic emissions; which would affect the data by adding emissions, but they are going to be using the data from it as a guide. She continued to highlight that H&V will be focusing most on the CO data from the stacks.
Public comments began with a presentation about mobile monitoring and the mobile monitors being available for community members to check out at the library. Mark Files encouraged that monitoring data could be uploaded to an App that would give the community a clearer picture of what the levels really are, all around Corvallis, not just South Corvallis. DEQ rebutted that this type of monitoring was not known for its accuracy, and assured that H&V’s CO monitors were all EPA approved.
Another insightful comment explained that the EPA’s Environmental Justice tool shows that in South Corvallis the pollutant output, including ozone, diesel, hazardous waste and even carcinogens was worse than Downtown Portland and other industrial areas nationwide. “The one variable seems to be that H&V is too close to neighborhoods, natural areas; too close to people.” Public comment continued into the evening, as community members asked about face masks, variability, the durability of PM (which still remains unanswered), how PM is currently being tested, down to even what the current data was of PM: size and shape.
Marilyn Koenitzer of Corvallis Clean Air asked DEQ if it would be possible for the April Flouride report to be put in lay terms, because the presentation of the data left exorbitant numbers to the average person who read it; she has made this request in past months with no response from DEQ; DEQ said they would “get on it.” PM monitoring has shown 30-40% glass which goes back to the question of durability. She opened the floor to a new direction when asking “Cindy, do you have a threshold level from what is coming out of the stack and plans to decrease it?” Cindy responded that they were not able to get a number until they have the equitpment to properly measure-which is still in the works. Marilyn’s final question asked if DEQ and/or H&V had looked into other companies working in this same industry; the response was that H&V’s industrial process was unique and there is nothing really close to their process.
The energy of the meeting seemed to take a turn as Senator Sara Gelser used an analogy of her children and violating their curfew rules in comparison to H&V knowingly polluting for this many years and not seriously looking into measuring emissions until now, and asked DEQ if they knowingly let H&V pollute and not test for almost 20 years. Gary Andes nodded in agreement to her analogy and said that was “pretty much” exactly what was going on. The other two DEQ members: Anthony Barack and Karen White-Fallon were also in agreement with the illustration of Senator Gelser’s analogy and question. It was at this point that some community members, including myself began to leave. The overall demeanor of the audience began to shift, with outcries of “You have no teeth” and “Un-***ing belieavable!”
The good news is that the Public Comment period was extended until October 21st; we can only assume it was because of the energy and efforts of the community which were brought to the table during this Public Meeting.
Comments should be addressed to permit coordinator Patty Hamman and can be mailed to her at DEQ Western Region, 4026 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E., Salem, OR 97302. They can also be faxed to her at 503-378-4196 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITIZEN COMMENT PERIOD FOR H&V EXTENDED
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position, but the aim is for outreach and educational reach-out.” CLO’s attend 2 community events per month (they have avg. 3 over the program); perform 6 presentations, and work with a variety of community partners: OSU Student Conduct, Greeklife, ODOT, OLCC, Parks/Rec, Public Works, and Property Managers.
CLOs participate in Good Neighbor Canvass, integrating student accountability with their “non-student” neighbors. They have also implemented an Immunity Protocol campus wide, which encourages students to call the CLOs if there is an overly intoxicated person at a party or event, and provides immunity from enforcement for the caller. Sober Hosts is another protocol incited, promoting celebration safety by having a sober host at an event or party and also notifying neighbors of a party to defer 911 calls.
The CLO program also offers SRN follow-up, promotion of bike registration, free audits for Crime Prevention thru Environmental Design (CPTED) for businesses and homes.
OCTOBER CITY NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS
After quite an interesting public informational meeting hosted by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality in regards to Hollingsworth & Voss’s Title V Permit process; the DEQ has extended the public comment period until 5pm, October 21st. The meeting inspired a successful turn out of at least 75 community members, including Corvallis City Councilors, City Council Candidates, and Senator Sara Gelser to name a few.
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When I went online to my Gazette Times subscription early this past Sunday Morning, October 14th, I found the trending headline: Settlement reached in shelter lawsuit. The $500,000 lawsuit initiated by Plaintiff Charlie Ringo against CHF reached a settlement-$0 contingent on CHF agreeing to not run the Fourth St. Men’s Cold Weather Shelter after the 2016-17 season as well as both parties agreeing to return or destroy all documents made available during pre-trial discovery.
Ringo asserted that he wished CHF well getting back to their “core mission”: providing permanent housing for the homeless; he also stated that he would be supportive in CHF’s efforts to finding a new location for the Men’s Shelter next season. Brad Smith, President of CHF expressed that he was grateful the difficult lawsuit was finally over and both parties could move forward.
During September the issues of the shelter’s location were presented to City Council, in effort to choose either CHF or Community Outreach as the benefactor of $49,000 in funds to run a men’s cold weather shelter. CHF was awarded the funds in order to operate the shelter this winter; however, Council also passed an amendment that the funds were contingent on CHF finding a new location for the 2017-18 season. There had been concerns regarding a rise in police presence along with neighborhood issues within the past four years the shelter has been operated. However, with the city’s funding efforts, new rules and administration had been added to this season’s shelter operations.
LAWSUIT AGAINST CORVALLIS HOUSING FIRST IS SETTLED BEFORE DEC. HEARING
COMMUNITY LIVABILITY OFFICERS: BRINGING BACK COMMUNITY POLICING, WHILE LOWERING 911 CALLS