It’s that time again! The city spring cleanup will be held on June 10th, 2017. Please see the flyer for details.
Tillamook Mayor Weber and the City Council have issued a proclamation in recognition of National Garbage May Day on June 17, 2017 and have asked citizens to express their gratitude for the service provided by the men and women in the sanitation workforce in the community.
Those who work in the sanitation industry provide a very valuable and necessary service to all residents in Tillamook. The history of sanitation is interesting and provides the reasons for the existence of a sanitation industry. If you would like to learn more, please go here: GarbageManDay.org
Tillamook will honor and recognize those in the sanitary industry for the entire week, June 17 – 24, 2017. Please take a few minutes to thank those who service our community by collecting, recycling, and administering garbage collection as well as those involved in all community sanitation services provided, such as trash collectors, haulers, sewage workers, street cleaners, and sanitation workers.
It takes all citizens to help keep a community clean. These people are on the front lines daily. A thank you and/or small token of your appreciation will show them!
To view the City of Tillamook National Garbage Man Day please go here: City Proclamation
Question 1: Why is ODOT addressing the contaminated soil and groundwater found on the Tillamook Project?
Answer: ODOT must address the contamination to protect the health and safety of construction workers working next to the contamination, and the general public. ODOT is also complying with conditions in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit which regulates what we can discharge during construction.
The concentrations of soil and groundwater contamination were not high enough to trigger the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) clean up rules but they were high enough to trigger waste management rules which require the safe removal and treatment of the contaminated soil and groundwater.
Question 2: Where is the contamination located?
Answer: Most of the contamination is located along Hoquarton Slough in the northeast section of the project. As part of the project, ODOT had to acquire several properties along the Slough which have seen fairly continuous industrial and commercial use for better than 120 years. To date, impacts have only been encountered on the south side of Hoquarton Slough where an old lumber/shake mill, gas stations, vehicle and boat repair, and a laundromat existed in the past, in or adjacent to the current project limits.
As part of ODOT’s project development, several preliminary site investigations (test holes) were preformed to identify areas where past land uses have impacted soil and groundwater within the project limits. ODOT suspected that there might be contamination issues, but did not expect the extent and the quantity of contamination that has impacted the project.
Question 3: How is ODOT addressing the contamination?
Answer: The investigative data gathered during project development along with discoveries during construction excavations has been used to develop a waste management approach. A company that specializes in treatment of contaminated water has provided a treatment system approved by the DEQ. At the construction site, two 20,000 gallon tanks are used to pump out the contaminated water, filter and treat it and discharge it back in to the slough. The system only treats the water. It is not designed to clean up the site.
ODOT’s contractor handles contaminated soil according to special provisions within the project contract. This special provision describes the process of how the contractor should handle, manage and dispose of the contaminated soil. The contaminated soil is taken to a DEQ permitted landfill disposal site.
Question 4: What are the contaminants being encountered in the groundwater?
Answer: A wide range of contaminants exist within ODOT’s project limits. It bears repeating that the concentrations of soil and groundwater contamination are not high enough to trigger the DEQ cleanup rules but they are high enough to trigger waste management rules which require the safe removal and treatment of the contaminated soil and groundwater.
All of the petroleum hydrocarbon ranges (TPH) have been detected suggesting that releases of gasoline, kerosene, diesel, and heavy or used oil have occurred. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) associated with petroleum hydrocarbons are present also. Total priority pollutant metals (arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, and silver) are present as well as are low concentrations of PCBs.
Question 5: Why are we treating groundwater and is the treatment system working?
Answer: The wettest winter and spring in decades has resulted in the contractor having to dewater areas adjacent to Hoquarton Slough where excavation activities were necessary for foundation stabilization work and installation of new storm water collection systems. To advance these tasks, ODOT and its contractor found it necessary to deal with large volumes of contaminated groundwater.
The current treatment system filters fine sediments and then treats the impacted groundwater through a combination of carbon filters. Prior to discharge to the current City of Tillamook storm water system, the water is tested for all of the contaminants. These include VOCs, PAHs, priority pollutant metals and TPH. All discharges meet criteria of ODOT’s construction discharge permit. Water is tested before it is discharged to the environment.
Water that still contains contaminants of concern higher than permitted concentrations is treated again after the treatment system has maintenance performed. This retreated water is then tested again before it can be discharged to the environment. Treated water is only discharged to the storm water system when the concentrations meet DEQ Level 2 Ecological Screening concentrations. ODOT’s goal is to have no impact on the adjacent waters of the Hoquarton Slough.
To the extent possible, ODOT’s pumping and treating of contaminated groundwater should reduce the total quantity of historic contamination within ODOT’s project limits, but it is not ODOT’s intention to “clean up the site”.
Question 6: How does the Shell Station property figure into this issue?
Answer: As part of the highway improvement project, it became necessary to significantly impact the former Tillamook Shell and Grocery property. This property has had continuous use of gasoline underground storage tanks since the early 1920’s.
As part of the property acquisition, the property owner was required to remove (decommission by removal) the underground storage tank (UST) system. While the integrity of the UST system appeared to be whole during UST removal, soil and groundwater beneath the tanks was found to be impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons. The property owner and its consultant are actively working with DEQ’s Leaking Underground Tanks Cleanup Program to define the problem and move towards site closure using DEQ’s risk-based corrective action methods. When the property owners have been issued a decision that “No Further Action (NFA) is required at this time”, the property will transfer to the state and the property owner will receive final payment for the property. This will satisfy the current requirements for “cleaned up” under the existing Oregon DEQ cleanup program.
Public Affairs Specialist, ODOT Region 2
Tillamook Coast Tourism has created a solar eclipse information page with countdown clock along with information, safety, and other pertinent solar eclipse information.
Please click this link to view the page: Tillamook Coast Tourism Solar Eclipse Information
Tillamook Coast Tourism will be distributing solar eclipse eyeglasses right after Memorial Day to all parts of the county.
The Tillamook County Multi-Jurisdictional NHMP is being updated. The Draft Risk Assessment and Mitigation Strategy chapters are available for review and comment through May 26, 2017. Click here to view or download the Draft.
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Tillamook County Department of Community Development
Attn: Barrett Chaix
1510 B Third Street
Tillamook, OR 97141
Three open houses are being held to provide information about the Plan and gather your input. Attend the one most convenient for you!
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Nehalem City Hall, 5900 8th Street, Nehalem, OR 97131
Wednesday, May 17, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Kiwanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City, OR 97135
Thursday, May 18, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Tillamook Bay Community College, 4301 Third Street, Tillamook, OR 97141
Additional lanes to open after Memorial Day; project is still on schedule to be completed by late 2018
TILLAMOOK— A goal to open two lanes of U.S. 101 in both directions by Memorial Day will be delayed until later this summer because of a significant amount of contaminated groundwater that was discovered during excavation at the site of the U.S. 101/OR 6 Project in Tillamook.
To address the problem, the contractor will need to perform extra work, pushing back the first deadline for work accomplished.
The plan was to have the east half of the Hoquarton Slough Bridge finished by Memorial Day with two lanes open on U.S. 101 in both directions. Now, that will not happen until later in the summer.
The contractor is currently working on the east half of the bridge with one lane open in both directions. The goal is to have one additional southbound lane open before June 9. Also, after Memorial Day, the contractor will have two lanes open on Pacific Avenue in Tillamook. Overall, the project is still on-schedule to be completed by the end of 2018.
Background: During excavation earlier in the winter, a significant amount of contaminated groundwater was discovered in the area just east of U.S. 101 and south of the slough. Heavy and consistent rainfall throughout the winter and spring have added much more water to the site and further complicated the treatment process. The contractor and ODOT needed to determine how to address the problem, and the contractor has been forced to concentrate resources on this issue, thereby putting the bridge construction behind schedule.
A company that specializes in treatment of contaminated water has provided a treatment system approved by the Department of Environmental Quality. At the construction site, two 20,000 gallon tanks are used to pump out the contaminated water, filter and treat it and discharge it back in to the slough. The system only treats the water. It is not designed to clean up the site.
Prior to the start of construction, ODOT drilled test holes at the construction site and suspected that there might be contamination issues. The history of the site included an old sawmill and other businesses that could have been the source of the contamination over time. However, ODOT did not expect the extent of and the quantity of contaminated water that was discovered.
Once the site has a chance to dry out this summer excavation activities should get back to normal and there will be much less contaminated water to treat.
ODOT is working with the contractor on a plan that will accelerate work and minimize any additional schedule impacts. There is enough time in the overall schedule to get all the necessary work done by the end of 2018, as originally planned.
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) has approved an additional $2.5 million of mostly unexpended Jobs and Transportation Act funds for treatment of the contaminated water and for accelerating the work.
ODOT and the contractor will make attempts to open the extra lanes as soon as possible.
When the project is finished, travelers on U.S. 101 through downtown Tillamook will experience wider streets, a safer and more intuitive U.S. 101/OR 6 intersection, a new four-lane bridge that will include bike lanes, wider sidewalks, viewing platforms and other aesthetic enhancements.
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The project crews continue to push six and seven days a week in an effort to keep the progress steaming forward. The buff-colored decorative concrete is set to be poured tomorrow between the dark ribbons and the terra-cotta accent pads that are already in place; the concrete quilt is coming together. The driller’s in town working the corner by the Wells Fargo Bank and moving up Pacific in order to ensure that all traffic signal foundations are set in the next two weeks. The bridgework assembly is clicking together in rapid production with a projected asphalt course being applied on the 22nd of this month. All this without any additional night work in the next couple of weeks.
That said, the Chamber was informed on Tuesday that ODOT would be issuing a press release today with an important scheduling announcement regarding the bridge approaches. We will forward that release to you once it is received, we anticipate this to be a short-term project delay notice.
In order for the contractors to position for the demolition of the east side sidewalks, the traffic will be flopped to the west side of the street next Monday, presuming that the weather materializes as forecast so that the restriping can be done. This will still leave some work to be done next week on the west side walkways between 2nd (Blue Moon) and 1st (Rodeo) but that will be handled by a temporary lane closure for that short-term work.
With the work swinging over to the other side of the street, the Chamber has requested that ODOT ensure open parking on the west side of Pacific. The parking bays are only six foot deep, but if the contractor can find enough slack that avoids the wheel ruts developing in the Pacific travel lane, the prospects are good for getting that parking back.
Recent schedule adjustments presented by the contractor show the west side of Pacific being completed by the original date of Memorial Day, however the east side of Pacific is now scheduled to be fully wrapped up by the end of June.
The extended sidewalk work on the east side will surely have an impact on the beginning of summer business, but hopefully, the completion of the plaza, and the west side of the street, and possible parking, this will allow for a vibrant tourist season. The final touch will be the paving crew looking at overlaying Pacific from 4th to 1st before the Fourth of July. That should put a fine finish on the roadway for the rest of the summer traffic.
Somewhere between all of this hubbub, we will celebrate. The Cork’n Brew is set for the first event on our new Plaza on June 16th followed by the June Dairy Festival activities on the 24th. We may have to be careful navigating the crowds through the bits of sidewalk construction as they move from the Farmers’ Market down 2nd to the Plaza and points beyond, but after this long haul, it will all seem worthwhile.
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Mark your calendars: this year’s June Dairy Parade and Festival is set for June 24, 2017!!! “60 Years on the MOOVE” will be the theme for the year.
The parade route will be “mooving” a little bit this year. The parade will stage and launch from the high school and Tillamook PUD and officially be underway as it heads north on Main Ave. The route will be up Main to Third, where it will make a right and head east along Third Street before officially disbanding at Goodspeed Park. Here is a map of the parade route:
The 2017 June Dairy Parade Entry Form can be obtained from the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce office at 208 Main Avenue or on their webpage. If you would like to join the parade, please have your entry form returned to the Chamber by May 30th, 2017.
The Chamber is also seeking nominations for both Grand Marshal and Honorary Grand Marshal. If you have a friend or family member that you think deserves this honor, please submit either the Grand Marshal Application 2017, or the Honorary Grand Marshal Application 2017.
The Tillamook Chamber also hosts a June Dairy Parade Coloring Contest! Children between the ages of 3 and 12 can enter before June 12th to win great prizes in several age brackets. Entry forms are available at their office or webpage. Coloring contest entires are due back at the Tillamook Chamber office before June 12th.
Dairy Parade weekend is a big deal in Tillamook! The Dairy Festival continues to grow and this year children of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy festival happenings downtown. Second Street will host a car show, community BBQ, and a carnival of family activities hosted by local businesses. Fans of last year’s Penny Scramble will be happy to hear that we will indeed be scrambling again! Be sure to rest up headed in to the weekend; in addition to the parade and festival, the YMCA Milk Run, the Tillamook Farmer’s Market, and the Tillamook County Rodeo are all happening June 24th!!!
If you have any questions or need more information about the June Dairy Parade and Festival, please call the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce: (503) 842-7525, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Department of Forestry proposes 68-mile Trees to Seas Scenic Byway through Tillamook State Forest
At an open house in Tillamook, the Oregon Department of Forestry will present a proposal to name Highways 6 and 131 the Trees to Seas Scenic Byway . The route from the Banks-Vernonia Trail Head to the Cape Meares Lighthouse would designated under the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Scenic Byway program. An open house will be held May 4, at 6 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 5005 Third Street, Tillamook.
The proposed Trees to Seas Byway runs through the Tillamook State Forest, connecting Oregon’s Willamette Valley to the Pacific Coast. The route includes diverse ecosystems highlighted by interactive points, including overlooks, interpretive kiosks, the Tillamook Forest Center and the Cape Meares Lighthouse. The byway traverses agricultural lands, a mountain pass, forestlands, estuaries and coastal landscapes. No additional commitment of funding is required from local jurisdictions who pursue the Scenic Byway designation.
Oregon’s scenic byways create a unified statewide network of roadways that showcase and manage Oregon’s most outstanding scenic routes. Each proposed byway must meet statewide criteria and have a corridor management plan that balances maintenance and preservation. Scenic byways located throughout the state benefit from consistent, uniform signage and statewide promotion in the form of a state map, guide, and other promotional materials published by Travel Oregon.