Boeing 727-200 Project Obligations Agenda
3 November 2000: This is a list of site cleanup and finishing tasks I've completed and bills I've paid, in no particular order except that the top two items lingered for a long time before finally being completed. If you know of anything that should be on this list but isn't, or anything that's inaccurate, please advise:
- 3 November 2000: Invoices - All Paid: I finally paid, this week, a bill from the Washington County Sheriff's Office for $3,150.00 for deputy support during the fuselage move in early February 1999. The invoice arrived late in June 1999, and until this week I was uncertain as to whether it might have already been paid in the context of some other police and government agency payments which were coordinated by a single administrative office. The delay in the arrival of the original invoice suggested, to me, that there might be some confusion as to whether it was effectively a duplicate billing. I placed two calls last year to try to address the question, but in retrospect it's now clear that those calls were to the wrong offices, so I never received a final answer. Benign neglect on my part was the key problem with this issue - I should have investigated this matter further much earlier. But I finally did - I hauled my fanny into town last week and again this week, and after visits to three separate agencies determined that the invoice was still due, so I paid it. The Sheriff's office was remarkably patient, understanding, and of good cheer with me. All other invoices, from both the public and private sectors, have been fully paid to the best of my knowledge, and there are no other lingering questions regarding any accounts that I'm aware of.
- 3 November 2000: Denfeld Property - All Finished: With Jolio's help, I finally completed the hand raking of the cherry tree areas next to the Denfeld's private drive to groom the soil this week. It was a relatively modest job, but was deferred for a very long time, so it feels very good to finally get it completed and off my mind. Thanks bunches to the Denfeld's for their remarkable patience with me on this item.
Notes from 1999: Paul Denfeld moved the two small but quite heavy wing flap components, previously on a small trailer, from his property to mine. Thanks very much Paul! I delivered payment for the lost prune trees and some minimal expenses on 2 July 1999. The Denfeld's have been remarkably supportive, and extremely conservative in their expense estimates. And I'm profoundly grateful.
- Airport, Cornell Road, and South Field - All Finished: At the airport, wrap up work is complete. Morgan Machinery never contributed to what appears to me to be their portion of the cleanup work at this site.
Aaron Bryant and I, using his father Lee's pickup truck, shoveled about two cubic yards of fill dirt, provided by Steve with the Port of Portland, into divots and low spots in the field on the north side of the airport service road on Friday, 18 June 1999. Thanks tons, Aaron and Lee! Steve inspected the area immediately afterward and promptly advised the Port that the repairs were complete and the bond fund ($15,000) could be returned to me in full, but also advised of a small additional area to fill with local turf, which we accomplished within the hour. The full bond refund arrived 28 June 1999. This was a difficult issue to manage, but it has been resolved with, I think, minimal if any hard feelings.
Hoss paving completed the service road repair and appears to have done a good job. Steve with the Port of Portland and I inspected the repair together Monday, 7 June 1999, and Steve indicated that it satisfies him.
One or two truck loads of leveled fill dirt were suggested to raise the ground line between the fences back to normal height and cover the gravel, followed by grass seeding. I met with a vendor on 29 March at the site to review that task for a quote. But the quote seemed quite high to me. So I worked a small area by hand with a shovel and rake as described next and by proportion estimated that I could accomplish the task personally and be money ahead considering my individual earning power. So I did that - I raked gravel out of the grass area, where it doesn't belong, and placed it along the fence line, where it is needed, and groomed the ditches, finishing the total area on 19 May 1999. The ground level now meets the fence line throughout, and all of the ditch slopes have been groomed, yielding a consistent surface and smooth contour. I purchased 10 pounds of a durable blend grass seed and applied it on 1 June 1999, with a coverage density of over five times the recommended density. Germination success will depend largely on consistent moisture from rain, which will probably not be nominal, thus limiting new growth. Steve with the Port of Portland and I inspected the area together Monday, 7 June 1999, and Steve indicated that he considers the work on this area to be complete.
In addition to multiple previous sessions, I spent another two hours on Thursday, 26 March 1999, filling and grooming all the of the divots in the airport grass area between the service road and the taxi ways by hand with a shovel and rake. See the first paragraph for notes on the final repair work on this area.
As of Saturday, 20 March 1999: The railroad ties have all been transported away from the site (they were moved to the Denfeld's property, and then later to my home site to provide a temporary landing gear foundation and for other uses). I've personally groomed the ditches with a hand rake to optimize their shape and gravel distribution, and I've cleaned debris from the area.
The security fence repair job is imperfect, but marginally sufficient and considered by all to be complete.
The repairs and site cleanup for Cornell Road and the Port property adjacent to the Cavanaugh's Motel were complete as of late last year. Washington County Land Use and Transportation's bond was refunded in full. I personally filled the divots in the grass areas of the Port property east and southeast of the Cavanaugh's Motel by hand with a shovel and rake. I left voice mail with Alan Schaaf, 647-5755, the farmer who leases this property, offering to pay for any additional repairs to that area that he feels appropriate, but have not head back. So my impression is that he feels that repairs to these areas are satisfactory (but the offer stands of course).
- The Port Contract and Airport Bonding - All Finished: The contracts were completed 14 September 1998, including the financial protection. Due to delays in the delivery of the aircraft and site cleanup, the cost of funding the bonding, originally anticipated to be about $50, ballooned to very roughly $2,000. The remaining $15,000 bond refund arrived on 28 June 1999.
- Fair Complex Site - All Finished: The Fair Complex staging site grounds have been flattened to remove tire ruts and grass seeded by the Fair Complex at my expense ($300) per agreement. All cleanup work at this site is complete, and I've delivered the final rent payment. The Fair Complex delivered the deposit refund, $2,000, in full. I'm sure glad they were on their toes and honest - in the heat of the battle I'd forgotten that I'd paid a refundable deposit (though I think I'd eventually have caught it). Thanks Lisa! We're all finished.
- Road Closure Signs - All Finished: The east side sign was fully removed long ago, but the west side sign, while laid down long ago, was removed later, on 7 March 1999. Both sites are now entirely clean.
- Hazmat Items: No further fuel and hydraulic fluid spill management effort is expected - the tanks are completely dry and the affected hydraulic lines are either drained or capped (or both).
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