This very important meeting occurred as part of the required land use review for the Portland Water Bureau's request to disconnect the Mt. Tabor reservoirs. One result is the PDX Water Bureau has postponed the Dec. 10th meeting at Warner Pacific College because the Historic Landmarks Commission decided not to immediately approve the proposal, rather they will meet again on January 12, 2015. (It will be a public meeting) They are considering adding a condition requiring the continued presence of water in the Mt. Tabor reservoirs. The public testimony was very impressive at this meeting! Events in this meeting are in this sequence:
1. Presentation by Historic Landmark Comm. staff Hillary Adam and Stacey Castleberry -First 20 minutes.
2. Portland Water Bureau on proposal: Tom Carter & Teresa Elliot. Starts at: 20 minutes in on this video.
3. Public Testimony --starts at: 1 hour:11minutes in on this video (Yes, just move the slider to go there)
Thanks to the Mt.Tabor Neighbohood Association, and to all who testified. The HLC staff also did a fine job. The thoughtful Commissioners boldly seem to not be bowing to the Water Bureau's wishes. They are:
Brian Emerick, Chair, Jessica Engeman, Vice Chair, Harris Matarazzo, Carin Carlson, Kirk Ranzetta,
Paul Solimano, and Caroline Dao (she was not present Dec.1 ?)
End of this video tape, for the rest of it go to: vimeo.com/113814231
Unfortunately, defective tape prevented my own video recording.
It seemed as if recording was taking place, but it was not.
So, I used the HLC's audio to add the last important 15 minutes of this meeting (audio only) at vimeo.com/113814231
The Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Assoc. submitted very thorough comments, which include an excellent review of relevant history of the reservoirs, as well as numerous requests for specific conditions and oversight, primarily as a means of preserving their integrity, ensuring that the disconnection is reversible and maintaining the water as the primary feature of any future use. MTNA's comments in full are here: drive.google.com/file/d/0BwjTV06zgxKYcTlLZC1maGJkNU0/view
"Commissioners Fritz and Fish have recently been made aware that the Historic Landmarks Commission, in a pending land use review, is considering a condition requiring the continued presence of water in the Mt. Tabor reservoirs," the parks bureau said in an emailed alert on Thursday.