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Hydroseeding to start Friday at EWEB East 40th site

Hydroseeding to start at EWEB East 40th site this Friday

Dear East 40th Neighbors,

On Friday, Nov. 19 crews will HydroSeed the excavated slopes as a way to stabilize the exposed soils.

HydroSeeding is a process where seed, mulch, fertilizer, soil amendments, and water are combined to form a slurry that is sprayed onto the ground to establish vegetation and control erosion.

Following is the current blasting schedule for the next couple of weeks:

  • Thursday, Nov. 18
  • Tuesday, Nov. 23
  • Wednesday, Nov. 24 (make up for Thanksgiving)

As a reminder, scheduled blasts will occur between 1-1:30 p.m. The actual blast will last only a couple of seconds.

Horn safety signals will sound 5 minutes and 1 minute before the blast and at the conclusion of the blast.

If you are near the construction site and hear a horn signal, please be aware blasting activity will occur shortly and follow instructions of site personnel or any additional signage that may be posted.

Additional updates

Contact us with questions

If you have questions or input, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team at 541-685-7899 or water.storage@eweb.org. Emails sent to this address will reach:

  • Laura Farthing, Project Manager/Senior Civil Engineer
  • Jen Connors, Communications Supervisor
  • Jeannine Parisi, Customer Relationship Manager
  • Wally McCullough, Water Engineering Supervisor

Free film screening, panel discussion 1:30 p.m., Nov. 18

Film Screening Nov. 18, 1:30-4:00pm

The film The Invisible Class will be shown at Campbell Community Center on Nov. 18, 2021, 1:30 -4:00 p.m.

The 90-minute documentary will be followed by a panel discussion. The film is sponsored by the Neighborhood Leaders Council and the Human Rights Commission.

Why are there so many people who are homeless? The Invisible Class explores what it means to be homeless in the US, challenging stereotypes and examining the systemic causes of mass homelessness in the wealthiest nation in the world. From coast to coast the film is a day in the life of homelessness across the US.

Campbell  Community Center is located at 155 High St., Eugene 97401.

The film will simultaneously be available online, Nov. 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 .pm. Request a password at Invisiclass@gmail.com.

EPD SWAT successfully takes residential armed barricaded suspect into custody

Central Lane 911 received multiple calls regarding shots fired in the E. Amazon Drive/Snell area neighborhood at 5:12 p.m. on November 15. Residents of a home sheltered in place after a bullet was shot from a nearby residence into their home through a window, with glass injuring one of the occupants. The neighbors initially sheltered in place and then were extricated by Eugene Police. The suspect, Nicholas Hanford Gerber, age 29, had access to multiple firearms within the home.

A CENS message was sent in three block radius to shelter in place for safety and some other homes were evacuated. SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team, Drone Team responded to the scene, along with Eugene Springfield Fire for medical contingencies. Crisis Negotiation Team worked for hours on the call with the barricaded suspect to try to get him to come out of the house. A search warrant was applied for and granted by a judge.

At 11:44 p.m., a Eugene Police SWAT operation was successful in extricating Gerber from the house and ensuring the safety of the neighborhood.

Charges will be listed in an update later this morning, November 16.

 

Case number 21-18034

EWEB schedules 1 p.m. blasting Nov. 16-17-18, Nov. 23-24

EWEB schedules 1 p.m. blasting Nov. 16-17-18, Nov. 23-24

Dear East 40th Neighbors,

We want to make you aware that two additional blasting days have been scheduled to make up time lost due to Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.
Following is the blasting schedule for the next couple of weeks:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 16
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17 (make up for Veterans Day)
  • Thursday, Nov. 18
  • Tuesday, Nov. 23
  • Wednesday, Nov. 24 (make up for Thanksgiving)

As a reminder, scheduled blasts will occur between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The actual blast will last only a couple of seconds.

Horn safety signals will sound five minutes and one minute before the blast and at the conclusion of the blast.

If you are near the construction site and hear a horn signal, please be aware blasting activity will occur shortly and follow instructions of site personnel or any additional signage that may be posted.

Additional updates

Excavation work is continuing, concurrent with drilling and blasting.

On Monday, Nov. 15 we will begin installing a temporary construction power supply. The new conduit will be bored from an electric box near 4065 Patterson St. There could be traffic impacts on Patterson St. that day.

EWEB project team and contractors review safety measures prior to Nov. 9 controlled blast.

We’re investing for today’s residents and for generations to come. Here, one of our littlest customers is getting a front row seat to construction.

Contact us with questions

If you have questions or input, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team at 541-685-7899 or water.storage@eweb.org. Emails sent to this address will reach:

Laura Farthing, Project Manager/Senior Civil Engineer
Jen Connors, Communications Supervisor
Jeannine Parisi, Customer Relationship Manager
Wally McCullough, Water Engineering Supervisor

Blasting at EWEB site to resume Nov. 9, 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 7, 2021

Dear East 40th Neighbors,

Controlled blasting is expected to resume Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Horn safety signals will sound 5 minutes and 1 minute before the blast and at the conclusion of the blast.

If you are near the construction site and hear a horn signal, please be aware blasting activity will occur shortly and follow instructions of site personnel or any additional signage that may be posted.

The blasting contractor has submitted a plan to EWEB for preventing incidents like what happened on Nov. 2 from occurring again.

[Editor’s note:  In that Nov. 2 incident, a planned blast ejected rocks and debris, damaging a Southeast Eugene home.  Investigators used drone footage and seismograph data to determine the root cause: The drilling crew had been unable to drill to the required depth so abandoned the attempt and moved to a different location. The blast crew did not know there was a partial, open blast hole just beyond the edge of the mats.  Blast energy followed the path of least resistance, ejecting rocks and debris into the siding of a South Hilyard home. A resident within five feet of the ejected rocks was miraculously untouched.]

The plan includes expanding the footprint of blast mats to extend 20 feet past the last loaded hole, and retraining workers to ensure they mark any drill hole anomalies with visible flags.

EWEB’s Safety Office has reviewed the contractor’s plan and we are satisfied that these corrective actions are appropriate to prevent future incidents.

At this time, we expect the twice-a-week blasting schedule will resume on Tuesday, Nov. 9. However, there will be no blast on Thursday, Nov. 11 as this is a Federal holiday (Veterans Day).

It’s possible that a second blast might be rescheduled for another day during the week of Nov. 8 (to make up for the missed 11/11 blast). If a second blast is planned, we will inform neighbors in advance.

As a reminder, scheduled blasts will occur between 1-1:30 p.m. The actual blast will last only a couple of seconds.

Contractors completed paving of the entrance last week. The paved entrance in intended to reduce the amount of sediment leaving the site and entering the gutter. With this new erosion control measure in place, excavation and dump truck traffic resumed Monday Nov. 8.

Contact us with questions
If you have questions or input, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team at 541-685-7899 or water.storage@eweb.org. Emails sent to this address will reach:

Laura Farthing, Project Manager/Senior Civil Engineer
Jen Connors, Communications Supervisor
Jeannine Parisi, Customer Relationship Manager
Wally McCullough, Water Engineering Supervisor

The Invisible Class: Free film screening, panel discussion Nov. 18

Film Screening Nov. 18, 1:30-4:00pm

The film The Invisible Class will be shown at Campbell Community Center on Nov. 18, 2021, 1:30-4pm. The 90 minute documentary will be followed by a panel discussion.

The film is sponsored by the Neighborhood Leaders Council and the Human Rights Commission.

Why are there so many people who are homeless? The Invisible Class explores what it means to be homeless in the US, challenging stereotypes and examining the systemic causes of mass homelessness in the wealthiest nation in the world. From coast to coast the film is a day in the life of homelessness across the US.

The panel discussion after the film will be led by Nicole Desch, Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Kaarin Knudson, Better Housing Together, and Heather Marek, Oregon Law Center, and will focus on what Eugene is doing to alleviate this crisis.

Campbell Community Center is located at 155 High St., Eugene 97401.

The film will be available online, Nov. 18, from 1-4pm directly from the director.  This will allow a clearer view of the film than during the Zoom connection. Request a password at Invisiclass@gmail.com.

The Zoom connection will show the film and allow participation in the discussion:

Topic: The Invisible Class
Time: Nov 18, 2021 01:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Drilling continues at East 40th site; blasting expected to resume Nov. 9

Dear East 40th Neighbors,

Contractors will be paving the entrance to the site on Friday, Nov. 5.

The paving is intended as an additional erosion control measure to reduce the amount of sediment leaving the site and entering the gutter.

Since the entrance will be unavailable during paving, there will be some trucks parked on Patterson St. on Friday.

Also on Friday, drilling work will resume.

Several more blasting mats have been delivered to the site as part of the contractor’s additional safety measures following the Nov. 2 blasting incident. Once we have verified all remedies are done and in place, we will authorize the contractor to resume blasting. At this time, we expect blasting to resume on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Contact us with questions
If you have questions or input, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team at 541-685-7899 or water.storage@eweb.org. Emails sent to this address will reach:

Laura Farthing, Project Manager/Senior Civil Engineer
Jen Connors, Communications Supervisor
Jeannine Parisi, Customer Relationship Manager
Wally McCullough, Water Engineering Supervisor

City of Eugene Unhoused Response for Nov. 4, 2021

City of Eugene Unhoused Response for Nov. 4, 2021

The City of Eugene continues to pursue creating Safe Sleep sites and will deactivate the temporary camps at Washington Jefferson Park and 13th Avenue as Safe Sleep sites for tents and small shelters are available. The Safe Sleep sites will provide safe and legal places for people living in tents or vehicles.

This update includes information on the progress of Safe Sleep sites, as well as the two large temporary camps. These camps have created challenges for the housed, unhoused, and those who work nearby. We’ve taken steps to mitigate impacts, but it’s a continuous process.

For more information about Safe Sleep sites, including the two approved locations, visit eugene-or.gov/safesleep. For information about the criteria for temporary camping visit eugene-or.gov/tempcamping.

Washington Jefferson Park

A view of tents in Washington Jefferson Park in October 2021.

Park staff and Eugene Police park resource officers worked to remove a number of tents and campers persistently out of compliance with camping criteria, leaving 212 occupied grid spaces. Park resource officers will train other EPD officers who have elected to take shifts to support safe park operations, Mondays through Saturdays. The addition of NW HazMat for cleanup and abatement of hazardous substances has been a great help to park monitors and a great value to the City, as the NW HazMat crews are able to do a great deal very efficiently. Two new site monitors start the week of November 1.

13th Avenue

The 63 gridded spaces remain occupied. Two designated site monitors will again staff the site starting the week of November 1.

Safe Sleep Sites

The Safe Sleep site at 310 Garfield in October 2021.
Work is ongoing to firm up sites as soon as is practicable.

310 Garfield St.
The City of Eugene opened its first Safe Sleep site at 310 Garfield St. on October 4. The site reached capacity October 14 and accommodates up to 55 vehicles used for shelter, along with additional vehicles used by those residents for transportation. Most of the vehicles at the site have been in unsanctioned streets in west Eugene. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County operates the site, which has a waiting list. The site currently serves 78 community members. Please note: this open site accommodates vehicle camping only and is therefore not an option for occupants of Washington Jefferson Park or 13th Avenue temporary camps, or those in other unsanctioned tent or shelter camps.

Chase Commons Park
Staff are still seeking a service provider for Chase Commons Park, which is expected to host up to 20 Conestoga huts. A draft site plan has been created, and staff will also engage more with the neighborhood and businesses to respond to questions and concerns related to this site. The site has water and electricity available for connection in the street.

2243 Roosevelt Blvd.
Approved as a Safe Sleep site by City Council on September 29; staff will begin community engagement and site and operator planning. To be operated by SquareOne Villages.

Dani Street
Approved as a Safe Sleep site by City Council on September 29; staff will begin community engagement and site and operator planning. To be operated by EveryOne Village (Everyone Church).

410 Garfield St.
Approved as a Safe Sleep site by City Council on September 29; staff will begin community engagement and site and operator planning. To be operated by St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County.

More information about the City’s response to homelessness is available online.

EWEB identifies abandoned ‘partial’ drill hole as root cause of blasting incident

EWEB identifies abandoned ‘partial’ drill hole as root cause of blasting incident

Contractor will use flags to improve communication between drill, blast crews
Blasting could resume next Tuesday, Nov. 9

Nov. 3, 2021

Dear East 40th Neighbors,

On Nov. 2, EWEB’s contractor conducted a controlled underground blast at the E. 40th water storage site. An incident occurred during the blast which resulted in flying rock and debris.

While there were no injuries, a house adjacent to the construction site sustained some cosmetic damage.

Although blasting is performed through a professional subcontractor, EWEB is ultimately responsible for the overall project and is taking this incident very seriously. We are committed to doing our part to maintain a safe and well-managed worksite, and to protect the safety of our customers.

EWEB’s project manager was on-site at the time of the incident. The immediate response was:

1. Safety – check on neighbors who were in the area when the incident occurred.
2. Cease work – contractors were instructed to stop all work on the site.

A Root Cause Analysis Report was performed by the blasting contractor to determine what happened, why it happened and what the contractor can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The analysis determined the incident resulted from an oversight by a drill operator.

The operator drilled a partial hole, then abandoned the hole without placing a visual marker to alert the blasting crew. Because the partial hole was unknown, the blasting crew did not take measures, such as packing and fully covering the hole with blasting mats, to prevent material from being ejected during the blast.

No problems were identified with the design, material or equipment used in the blast.

A few neighbors noticed that the Nov. 2 blast was louder or stronger than the previous test blast on Oct. 28.

Seismographs show that the vibration levels on Nov. 2 were not significantly different than the test blast last week. However, the air pressure from yesterday’s blast not being contained underground may explain why this blast felt stronger. Having said that, we understand that sound and vibration are experienced differently for everyone. Some folks are more sensitive and may wish to be away from home during future blasting events.

The contractor has submitted a plan to EWEB for preventing similar incidents from occurring in future blasts.

The plan includes expanding the footprint of blast mats to extend 20 feet past the last loaded hole, and retraining workers to ensure they mark any drill hole anomalies with visible flags.

EWEB’s Safety Officer has reviewed the contractor’s plan and we are satisfied that these corrective actions are appropriate to prevent future incidents. Once we have verified that all required remedies are done and in place, we will authorize the contractor to resume blasting. We expect this will happen this week, allowing blasting to resume on Tuesday, Nov. 9. If that changes, we will let you know.

We understand that even with these measures in place, you may have additional questions and concerns about site safety. Whenever a safety incident occurs on a job site, EWEB expects all involved parties to step up, provide a full and honest accounting of events, take responsibility for their part in what happened, and then work together to take corrective actions. That’s exactly what is happening here.

We have asked the contractor to prepare a letter to neighbors with additional information about the Nov. 2 blasting incident, their analysis and safety measures. We will forward the letter to you as soon as we have it.

What to expect at the site this week

While the contractor is finalizing their remediations, we will continue with some other work on the site beginning tomorrow, Nov. 4.

Workers will be preparing the entrance of the site for paving. This is intended as an additional erosion control measure to reduce the amount of sediment leaving the site and entering the gutter.

As part of the paving, workers will begin drilling a perforated grid in the rock at the entrance. This drilling work will happen tomorrow and is necessary to prepare for the pipeline that will eventually be installed down Patterson St.

Paving will occur on Friday or Monday.

There will be no excavation or blasting until at least next week.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team if you have questions.

Contact us with questions

If you have questions or input, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team at 541-685-7899 or water.storage@eweb.org. Emails sent to this address will reach:

Laura Farthing, Project Manager/Senior Civil Engineer
Jen Connors, Communications Supervisor
Jeannine Parisi, Customer Relationship Manager
Wally McCullough, Water Engineering Supervisor

EWEB, contractor look for cause of airborne rocks, debris during East 40th blasting

EWEB, contractor look for cause of airborne rocks, debris during East 40th site blasting

Southeast home hit, damaged by rocks

Nov. 3, 2021

Dear East 40th Neighbors,

EWEB staff and contractors met on the job site early this morning to discuss yesterday’s blasting incident and next steps.

We expect a full Root Cause Analysis Report from the contractor shortly. The analysis will identify what happened and corrective actions necessary to prevent future incidents.

Blasting work is postponed until the root cause analysis is complete.

However, we have allowed some work on the site to resume today:

An excavator is filling the holes left from yesterday’s work. This is a safety measure to prevent workers from stepping and falling in the holes.

Workers are rebuilding the detention pond near the site entrance. This is to improve erosion and drainage at the site.

We will send another update later today regarding the blasting incident, next steps, and upcoming work at the site.

Contact us with questions

If you have questions or input, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project team at 541-685-7899 or water.storage@eweb.org. Emails sent to this address will reach:

Laura Farthing, Project Manager/Senior Civil Engineer
Jen Connors, Communications Supervisor
Jeannine Parisi, Customer Relationship Manager
Wally McCullough, Water Engineering Supervisor

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