Central City Concern Clean & Safe staffer honored at unveiling of Portland’s Third “Loo”

Friday, November 19, 2010

Central City Concern Clean & Safe staffer Rodney Haven was again given the honor of the first ceremonial flush. Rodney participated in Portland’ first public “loo” flush two years ago when it opened at NW Glisan & 5th Avenue.  Formerly homeless and calling the shelter of the Ross Island Bridge “home” for some time, Rodney has worked with Clean & Safe for two years – taking care of the “loos” is his main job and he visits each of the public restrooms twice daily.  He is also the first responder for emergency clean up needs in the facilities. Rodney disinfects the loos from top to bottom, removes graffiti, resolves clogs, disposes of trash and any drug paraphernalia and restocks supplies.  “It’s a unique job,” he says. “There are details … around the edges, under the rim, odors….” Once a week, the facilities are pressure washed.

Rodney is one of more than 30 Clean & Safe staff members who keep the downtown area in order. In a recent 30 day period, Clean & Safe reported the following accomplishments:

• 2,080 graffiti tags removed
• 1,957 bags of trash removed
• 575 citizen cleaning responses
• 1,293 needles and items of drug paraphernalia removed
• 2,285 restroom inspections and cleanings
• 242 bags of leaves removed

The Portland Downtown Business Improvement District  contracts with Central City Concern for the maintenance portion of its Clean & Safe program to address a 213-block area in central downtown and along the bus mall