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Arta Potties coming to Oregon City
The Oregon City Police Department will launch an Arta Potties pilot program to provide clean, safe, aesthetically appealing portable toilets.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, two Arta Potties will be placed in downtown Oregon City to provide access to public restrooms 24 hours a day. Arta Potties is a community-organized project based in Salem.
According to a news release, OCPD is taking a proactive approach to concerns from the community and business owners regarding people relieving themselves outdoors on both public and private property.
"We also recognize the need for access to restrooms 24 hours a day, specifically for our homeless population who may not have access to restrooms otherwise," OCPD Capt. Shaun Davis said.
The department is crediting Trent Clinkscales, the owner of Clinkscales Portable Toilets and Septic Service in Molalla, as a key element in making the innovative solution a reality in Oregon City. Clinkscales donated a portable toilet and committed to splitting the cost of servicing both portable toilets with the Oregon City Police Department.
"It took nothing more than a phone call to Mr. Clinkscales for him to graciously provide OCPD with support in the project," Davis said. "A huge thank you is in order for Clinkscales Portable Toilets and Septic Service for their support in making our community a cleaner, safer place."
With guidance from Rebecca Courtney of Arta Potties, Oregon City officials have selected an 1889 photograph of the Oregon City-West Linn Suspension Bridge to be displayed on one of the Arta Potties. The photograph was selected from the Clackamas County Historical Society collection.
The second portable toilet will display a reproduction of an oil painting from the Roger Yost Gallery, titled "Totality," by artist Tina Palmer.
City officials will celebrate the launch of the Arta Potties pilot project from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Oregon City Municipal Parking Lot, 1220 Main St. The artistic wraps for the selected artwork will be applied to the Arta Potties during the event, and the Timothy James Band will provide live music.
James, a sophomore at Molalla High School, says his original influences include classic rock icons like the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, which led him to blues jams in the area. He played in the world-famous 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, which earned him a spot at the 2017 Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland.