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
- 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).