Friday, September 29, 2006

Oak Lodge Community Council Notes 3 of 3

8PM - Discussion continues

Jim Knapp is the new treasurer of the water board, and Dick Jones now chairs the water board. Jim noted McLoughlin down by Vinyard and the Big Five store will be resurfaced next year, may do pipeline work then.

The district has a big snow pack, much water available, much better than other districts who must promote conservation. Water not sold for revenue goes down the river, and sinc ewe're the 2d to last outfall, no one else takes it today. Tigard, last inlet, will likely take more in the future. We have a program to use when we are in drought condition.

Dick - moving land from irrigated ag to residences reduces water use. The Clackamas River is spring-fed, well above the minimum flow and of great quality. Can coordinate with PGE for their TImothy Lake hydro reservoir if needed.

Ken Squires: Sanitary sewer master planning method working towards a conclusing, Adv cmte meet here next Thiursday to rehearse for New Urban HS openhouse 7-9PM on October 19th. Encourage community at large to participate and give feedback to the 17 member CAC regarding goals values and how to implement long tewrm start in best way possible.

Construction is underway on Park Ave from River Rd to near McLoughlin, work funded in coop with Clackamas Co and with a Community Development Block Grant; only cost $190,000, instead of 290,000 without cooperation and outside funding.

Awarded Cedar Ave and River Rd crossing projects. Bids higher than anticipated (change from 5-6 yrs norm of $60/' to about $85/'). Have not yet started a project to study (the artificial) Riverforce Lake and storm drainage under Clean Water Act requirements into the Willammette. Studies take through winter into next summer, will then know how lake functions and how it affects storm water management.
Bush Admin requirement that wetland be attached to ocean or stream will ikel be challenged in court. Note: A fill permit required if > 50 cu yds.

Jim Knapp will present proposals from his CAC for Clackamas Co Service District sewage treatment options to commissioners tomorrow at 10AM, for their consideration. Despite many obstacles, the CAC is unanimous in its recommendations. One abstemption made explicit, on the basis of the report not having been made available for reading until five minutes ago. Passed 14-0-4.


Henry Schmidt, Leonard Walden and Dick Jones visited properties today.

Z689-06 4021 SE Risley; added to split property <20,000' in R-10 zone. County staff denied waiver. Hearings officer approved a subsequent appeal. A neighbor was concerned because sidewalk would take away from road space where it's needed for school bus load/unload safety; Dick Jones sent photos, along with code enforcement issues, as a safety concern. Approved, 15-0-2.

Z0678-06/Z0679-06 17393 SE Walta Vista. Regrade & repair a pathway, add a ramp on private property at private expense, within the Willamette Greenway. Riprap needed to hold back bank, path will allow tractor access to mitigate erosion and access to cut weeds; right now, it's a goat path. Approved, no dissent or abstention.

Z0654-06, 4025 SE View Acres, part R-8.5 & part R-10 with dwelling now there that's compliant w/ R-8.5 requirements. A sidewalk is proposed outside of the current paved road, although a sidewalk is not always required for new construction. Approved 17-0-1.

Z0715-06 15525 SE River Forest Dr. New deck over old structure of some kind, above hundred year flood plan. Prior issue when remodel desired. Some kind of deck already there, and since composite material is used, likely the requested deck has already been built. Approval with request to county to enforce any relevant fine provision, carried with two abstaining.

Z0718-06 15223 SE River Forest Dr. County approval is required before Corps of Engineers approval to build dock may be sought. Approved, one abstained.

LAST MEETING'S MINUTES Approved with no objection.

Milo Haas is out of St Vincent's after extended hospital stay.

Trolley Trail: Can now walk from the old boat to Oak Grove Blvd, with gravel added soon from the park district. Last section quite walkable. The semi-truck driver who parks there sometimes will be addressed later. Oak Grove School will host a design open house on Wed the 18th of October.

On October 11th, we will have a pre-election forum with three candidates for the county commission (David Dodd, Larry Sowa and Lynn Peterson) and discussion of four ballot measures (including 26-80 from Metro, 3-221 from the soil and water conservation district, 3-229 from North Clackamas Schools, and 3-246, the sheriff's public safety operating levy).

A LUBA appeal not filed on time regarding Dr. Anderson's property on Concord, but Dick Jones suspected a price adjustment was made.


Thursday, September 28, 2006

Oak Lodge Community Council notes 2 of 3

John Borge, Principal Planner, Clackamas Co. Transportation and Development Dept., then spoke on Trees, Wetlands and Wildlife Protection.

Years ago, Happy Valley complained that county didn't have tree cutting ordinance; we speak of trees in development and can address them through design review, conditional use or other method. However, the absence of such an ordinance allows developers to cut before application as we have little way to enforce, (except for resource areas adjacent to wetlands, streams, corridors; they're an upper tier issue then).

A new ordinance for this would be expensive, time consuming and costly to adminster, especially given the present property rights movement. I would be very frightened if we started to propose one.

Section 1000 applies to commercial, industrial and multi-family uses, which requires us to take a land use application & notify the CPO. Other activities, such as single family residential and duplexes, are not included in requirement.

We have fixed some loopholes regarding withdrawing a application, cutting trees, refiling revised application. We worked closely with wildlife agencies who had inventories of things like breeding grounds, and then zoned sensitive bird habitat for known rookeries and other sensitive areas.

We have found those inventories were not complete. Location, Quality and Size are all required to address these issues under Oregon's Goal Five requirements, and sites not so described are very easy for developers to alter even if, say, a rookery is found.

If we find them before development, we amend the plan after evaluation against (our three known) rookeries & wetlands ,and assess the significance before legislating protection following local law and the OAR.

Developer's rights are based on what we known at the time of application, so contact Fish and Wildlife with details if you find wildlife needing protection. Note that property owners are often not pleased to have their property rights overlaid with restrictions, and such matters can be contentious.

See the county website development department, the natural resources chapter under comprehensive plan for maps of known wetland areas and rookeries, but not all wetlands may have been scanned yet. The state has equivalent maps for areas outside of the UGB.

Margaret Pritcherd noted peregrine falcons have recently been seen outside Rose Villa, even in the breezeway, and bald eagles with fledgelings nest near Oak Park.

Catherine Blosser: Who can lobby to protect urban wildlife?
John Borges: Need to do as overlay zone, preserving existing restrictions plus adding those required for preservation. Not easy to do, would be very contentious. Lake Oswego adopted a tree ordinance; six months later had to change it because the community could not live with the contention, and revision followed another six months later, with issues still not yet resolved.

John then showed the M37 map, with almost 18 thousand acres involved in filed appeals, all over the county. Over 500 have been filed, all outside the UGB, with 4 turned down; 3 died, one could not demonstate ownership. Averson Lumber, 900 acres outside Sandy is one large property, another large one outside Bull Run reservoir. One other case, within UGB, rejected on other grounds.

Two year statute of limitation not firm, and property owners who are rejected for land use applications can reopen the issue outside the two year window (December? March? Legal is still unsure of deadline.) Two full time staffers are dedicated to M37 issues plus support from other staffers.


Oak Lodge Community Council notes 1 of 3

(Arrived at 7:04 PM after meeting started, due to ARES radio testing network session at 7:00 PM.)

John Borge, Principal Planner from County Transportation and Development Planning Division, was discussing the new social trend of using shipping containers for uses other than shipping. He admits the county did not anticipate the proliferation of shipping containers (aka PODS). They are not built, not fastened to the ground, so to regulate their use, the county need to describe them and then list, in each section, whether containers are allowed or denied. Design review process will discuss type of materials and construction method, but rarely describes where materials may be stored. Containers are showing up in farmland for storage. We'll proably have to get after them at some point.

Bartley: Customized JMICs (Joint Modular Intermodal Containers) are used in USN experimental littoral ship designs as living space.

Jerry Foy: Containers are used all the time in commercial areas. Containers are specifically allowed in C-3 such as FM, Lowe's, Meyer and Frank, to store goods on property exterior of uilding. Have seen them unloaded. Stacking six units high is pretty obnoxious. Has no plumbing, ventilation, electric, sanitary, so should not allow living in them,

Dick: Are they included in allowed storage space in existing ordinance?

Margaret Pritcherd: Have seen containers parked for several days even in blue tag areas. They're using space dedicated for pulic parking. also seen one right up against property line in residential area.

John: Also a chronic problem with other businesses using mandated parking to store inventory.

Don't know if shipping containers can they be placed on private property and used for storage with no special requirement, and there is no clear answer to that. Depends as to whether or not you classify them as a structure. Seems structure standards for sheds, garages should be applied to objects as big as a shed. There is no permit, no proces at present, not in a position to regulate them. At some point will have to enforce something and end up in front of a hearing officer. If we are clever enough and have resources, will modify existing ordinance.

Chuck: Why?

John: If we add to ordinance, will have to enforce it. Many things not in ordinance we can enforce as well (permanently parked motor home used as residence). Residential uses are in top tier of enforcement. We deal in many grey areas, even though ordinances seem to be in black and white.

Catherine Blosser: This is starting to be an issue, why not be proactive? Why not get ahead of the issue?

John: We develop work plans yearly, contact CPOs and assemble wish list, including these types of things we should do to get ahead of these issues.. Wish list at present is 40+ items and goes back several years. M37 consumes staf ftime, all we can do to process 1100-1500 normal land use plus 500+ M37 apps.

Bartley: Could independent development funds, perhaps a grant, permit CPOs or other NGOs to develop and propose an ordinance, which would be researched to survive legal challenge, before submission, coordinating with zoning & development?
John: (In addition to legal and research expenses) it would cost 18-25 kilobucks to notify all who might be involved. Tremendously expensive to mail notices to all property owners of modification to property rights, required since 1998. That expense holds us back because we have finite resources. A grant would have to be very specific to show achievment and awkward to do it that way, don't think grants are a good solution.

Jerry Foy: BOMA, ICSE, and the Retail Task Force groups get involved to see how changes would affect them; if opposed, will spend against; if in favor, will spend in favor, Big, well funded groups and effective.

Thelma: Why are mobile home relocation issues moved from Item E under Development Standards, to prohibited and preexisting uses?
John - Moving to prohibited uses could make sense but I have not seen the change (until now). Have had in county comprehensive plan since the 80s.


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Oak Lodge Community Council agenda for Wednesday night

AGENDA, Oak Lodge Community Council
Oak Lodge Sanitary office, 14611 SE River Rd, Oak Grove, Oregon

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 7:00 PM -- Call to Order: Dick Jones, Chairperson

ROLL CALL: Bill Bader, Bill Brown, Wilma Brown, Frank Budwill, Sue Conachan, Edith Coulter, Rosemary Crites, George Dietz, Jerry Foy, Bryn Gillem, Chuck Gode, Milo Haas, Thelma Haggenmiller, David Jelinek, Dick Jones, Jim Knapp, Alan Koch, Gloria Koch, Elinor Kuhns, Bill Neels, Elaine Neels, Chuck Petersen, Margaret Pritchard, Paul Savas, Henry Schmidt, George Schneider, Eugene Schoenheit, Eric Shawn, Susan Shawn, Kent Squires, Julie Stanley, Dr. Elton Storment, Bob Waldt, Leonard Waldemar, Don Wake, Suzanne Wake, Roy Wikman and Doug Woods.

7:02 PM – Introduction of Attendees

Name, area of residence and position in the Oak Lodge Community Council, if applicable.

7:05 PM – Council Reports
Approve minutes of the August 23rd meeting.
Treasurer’s Report – Sue Conachan

7:10 PM – Sheriff’s Report – Lt. Chuck Slaney

7:15 PM – Special Presentation – John Borge, Clackamas County Planning

7:50 PM – District Reports

New Urban High School - Tim King

Clackamas County Fire District #1 – James Nowlin

Oak Lodge Water District – Jim Knapp

Oak Lodge Sanitary District – Kent Squires

Clackamas County Service District CAC – Jim Knapp

8:15 PM – Land Use Issues for Voting

Introduction of procedures by Chairperson. Eligibility for Voting, Time Limits, presentations by those in favor, the Council’s on-site review and those opposed.

Z0689-06 This is a request to allow a flexible size lot, two-lot partition. This is located at 4021 SE Risley. The area is .44 acres and zoned R-10 with the allowance for two dwellings.

Z0678/Z0679-06 This is a request to regrade and repair a pathway within the Willamette Greenway. This is located at 17393 SE Walta Vista. The area is .94 acres and is zoned R-10.

Z0591-06 This is request to rezone a site from a combination of R-10 and R-8.5 to R-8.5, then partition the property into two parcels. It is located at 4025 SE View Acres on 17,500 sq.ft.

Z0715-06 This is a modification of an earlier land use action to enlarge the deck in the Greenway. This is located at 15525 SE River Forest Dr.

Z0718-06 This is for construction of a dock in the Greenway at 15523 SE River Forest Dr.

Update on Land Use Applications:

The County is proposing to modify C-3 (General Commercial District).

8:40 PM General Matters for Discussion

Sexual Predator update: No new information

Trolley Trail update- Thelma


Special meetings, if required to vote on land use issues, will be held in conjunction with the monthly CIA meeting normally on the second Wednesday of each month.

Council meetings: October 25 and December 6, 2006

OLCC/CIA (at Rose Villa): October 11 and November 15, 2006

9:00 PM – Meeting Adjourned

[Crime] Scrap metal thieves steal from volunteers

Bruce Bjerke, K7BHB, and the Emergency Coordinator for West Lane county's amateur radio volunteer emergency responders, reports:
Herman Peak was burglarized last night. West Lane ARES/RACES lost our two meter and 220 MHz packet nodes (Ed. note: These are automated systems, radio transmitter-receiver-computer combinations which receive weak digital signals, then rebroadcast them at high power over large areas), and Central Lincoln PUD lost about $15,000 of gear and had the doors on their building beat to bloody hell.

Our flush lock-less, hinge-less inner steel door worked as planned, and their typical entry attempt was they went up on the roof, ripped of a roof ventilator, then pried up the plank roof until they had a big enough hole to climb through.

Thought you might all want to know so you can take whatever steps can be taken now that we know there is a new group running around our mountaintops.
Volunteers assembled the cash, bought the gear, refurbished it, programmed it, tested it, installed up on a mountain at 2,200', and kept it running, just so folks who need emergency communications and tracking of emergency volunteers would have a connection to the world if needed.

This is reminiscent of incidents in Portland (see item 8) of copper and scrap metal theft. Does a state law to require verification for scrap metal sellers need enacting?

Monday, September 25, 2006

[Trimet] Choices for Federal mass transit $$

We're invited to comment on projects totalling $111.7 million already preapproved by Metro's Joint Policy Advisory Committee to fund through Metro's Transportation Priorities 2008-11, a regional process to schedule distribution of approximately $45.4 million in federal transportation funds.

So, there's funds for 40.6% of the total proposed. Many projects will be left by the wayside, typically those not supported. Look these over and make sure to tell Metro, your city and county government transportation departments what's important to you.

Projects in the chronically underserved and underfunded Clackamas County are:

Bike and Trail

6 Springwater Trail-Sellwood Gap: 19th to Umatilla – $1,237,000
Completes the .9-mile missing link in the existing Springwater multi-use path, providing a continuous 19-mile trail between Gresham and downtown Portland.

7 Trolley Trail: Jefferson to Glen Echo – $1,586,000
Constructs the northern section (4.75 miles) of a 6-mile, multi-use path that follows an abandoned streetcar right of way between Milwaukie and Gladstone.

9 Multi-Use Path Master Plans: Lake Oswego to Milwaukie, Tonquin Trail, Mt. Scott – Scouters’ Mtn. Loop Trail – $300,000
Prepares master plans for several multi-use paths to define alignments, preliminary designs, right-of-way impacts, environmental assessments and cost estimates.


12 Milwaukie Town Center: Main and Harrison Streets – $450,000
Improvements include bike lanes, 15 foot sidewalks, planter strips, lighting, benches and ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps along four blocks in downtown Milwaukie.


15 Milwaukie Light Rail Environmental Impact Statement: Portland central city to Milwaukie town center – $2,000,000
Federally required work prior to completing negotiations with the Federal Transit Administration to receive federal transit funding for construction of the project.

16 Powell/Foster Corridor Plan: Phase II – $200,000
The outcome of this planning process will be a set of feasible transportation improvements for the corridor with implementation, phasing and funding strategies.

17 Willamette Shoreline – Highway 43 Alternatives Analysis: Portland South
Waterfront to Lake Oswego – $688,000
Explore options for enhancing bus service, pedestrian, bicycle, water transport or passenger rail in order to broaden access and improve travel opportunities.

Road and Highway


20 McLoughlin Boulevard: I-205 to Highway 43 Bridge – $3,000,000
Constructs the first phase of a boulevard retrofit of McLoughlin Boulevard in Downtown Oregon City.


24 I-5 to Highway 99W Corridor Study – $500,000 Completes planning work for a proposed four-lane, limited-access highway between Highway 99W near Sherwood and I-5 near Tualatin and Wilsonville.

25 Southwest Kinsmen Road Extension: Barber to Boeckman – $1,400,000
Extends Kinsman Road to provide a direct north-south connection for freight access to I-5 for the industrial areas in West Wilsonville.

Road Capacity

34 Southwest Boeckman Road: 95th to Graham’s Ferry Road – $1,956,000
Extends Boeckman Road to provide a multi-modal link from the Villebois Village in Wilsonville to industrial and employment areas, the Wilsonville Commuter Rail Station and Transit Center, I-5 and the Wilsonville Town Center.

36 Southeast 172nd Avenue: Sunnyside to Highway 212 – $2,000,000
Improves access to the proposed Rock Creek industrial area by widening 172nd to five lanes and adding sidewalks and bike lanes.


45 I-205 Light Rail – $17,700,000
Project extends light rail from the Gateway regional center to the Clackamas regional center along I-205 and (in a spirit of pork for everyone) adds light rail to the transit mall between Union Station and PSU in downtown Portland.

46 South Metro Amtrak Station: Phase II – $900,000
Project provides parking spaces and relocation of old Oregon City Southern Pacific railroad depot building to the site to serve the new station.

48 Wilsonville to Beaverton Commuter Rail – $4,467,000
Provides track and station improvements and rail vehicles to begin transit service on existing freight rail tracks.

* Frequent Bus Improvements: regionwide – $5,400,000
Increases safe access to transit service and improves customer amenities at bus stops along Frequent and Rapid Bus Corridors identified in the Regional Transportation Plan.

These are "regional flexible funds" from the Surface Transportation Program and the Congestion/Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program. The funds are disbursed every two years for a wide range of local planning and construction projets that typically lack other dedicated sources of funding.

A 45-day comment period will open with release of a first cut project list on October 13, 2006, and end on December 1. Comments may be submitted in writing by e-mail, fax (503-797-1911), phone (503-797-1900) or postal mail
Ted Leybold
Metro Planning Dept.
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232

The list of projects will be posted on the Metro website beginning October 13, 2006.

The four listening posts shown below will be held in different parts of the region where people may comment in person. To ensure that oral testimony is accurately recorded, we encourage people to also submit their comments in writing.

5 p.m. Thursday, November 9
East Multnomah County
Gresham City Hall Building, Springwater Trail Room
1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham
(on the Blue MAX)

5 p.m. Monday, November 13
Beaverton Community Center
12350 SW Fifth St, Beaverton
(bus lines 57 and 76)

5 p.m. Tuesday, November 14
Pioneer Community Center
615 Fifth Street, Oregon City
(bus lines 76, 78, and 88).

5 p.m. Thursday, November 16
Metro Regional Center
600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland
(bus line 6 and Blue/Red MAX).

More detail on process via the Comments link below.

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Safety Fair in Oregon City

Yesterday, Clackamas Co. Fire District No. 1 organized a 'Safety Fair' in the parking lot of the strip mall next to the Thriftway, above the bluff in Oregon City. Various and sundry folks had booths to educate the public on safety issues.

Here's one firefighter posing at my request, after demonstrating how to turn a Mercedes into a convertible with a Sawzall. Behind him is CCFD-1's 1.2 megabuck heavy duty rescue truck.

Of course, there's only one of those, and 370 thousand or so folks in Clackamas County who might need extracating. Since that one truck might be a wee bit busy after a major earthquake, you might consider learning how to perform Do-It-Yourself rescue with free training from CCFD-1.

At very least, get certified First Aid and CPR training from CCFD-1, the Red Cross or elsewhere. CCFD-1's courses are offered through their Training Division:
CPR: Every third Tuesday evening for $25.
1st Aid: Every third Saturday morning for $40.

For questions or to make a reservation, contact the CCFD-1 Training Division at 503-742-2682.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Enhanced Law Enforcement District board meeting

Approval of Minutes of last (18 May) meeting
Old business
New business: ELED Funding Distribution Issues, Public Safety Levy set for 7 Nov, Advisory Board Recruitment Update, and Captain's report.

Click on the Comment link for details.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

[Portland] Your Rescuers, the Very Thin Line

Major disaster comes with an expectation that all the Portland Fire Bureau rescuers will quickly be fully tied up. Not my expectation, but what the pros believe. So, the city Office of Emergency Management recruits and trains Neighborhood Emergency Teams, modeled on the Community Emergency Response Teams.

How many NETs are there? Portland's 545,000 people have 851 volunteers to save them. Do the math.

This map of Portland Fire Stations shows how many Neighborhood Emergency Team members there are for each station. The first number in the oval shows how many fully trained members there were at one time (not currently verified) and the second number shows how many candidate members started, but have not completed the training.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Resume, two years in advance

One wonders where, two years from now, our Maximum Leader will find himself.

In preparation for that day, I, using the resume writing skills provided to me by the Oregon Un/Employment Department, suggest he start shining up his resume, especially since Fatherland Security wants to shred the First Amendment to prosecute this WTC-survivor/blogger... but, I digress. Let's focus on those important issues, as documented below (click on the Comment link to see the resume).

Monday, September 11, 2006

What if disaster strikes while you’re at work?

What if disaster strikes while you’re at work? Do you know the emergency preparedness plan for your workplace?

While many companies have been more alert and pro-active in preparing for disasters of all types since the September 11, 2001 attacks, a national survey indicates that many employees still don’t know what their workplace plan is for major or minor disasters. If you don’t know yours, make a point to ask.

Portland's Office of Emergency Management supports Business Emergency Teams (also see page 73), similar to the CERT-like Neighborhood Emergency Teams I've mentioned before, so if you're in a large buiding, there can be help on the scene from folks you know in a major emergency which delays Fire Bureau response.

Know multiple ways to exit your building, participate in workplace evacuation drills, and consider keeping some emergency supplies at the office. The Ready Business link has more information about business preparedness.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Posted: September 7th, 2006 7:54 AM

What: Grand Opening for Portland Fire & Rescue Station 27

When: Sunday, September 10th

5:00PM to 7:00PM

Where: 3130 NW Skyline Blvd.

Photo opportunities: Ribbon "chopping" (we use a fire ax, of course) PF&R color guard, tours of the station, unveiling of featured art in station, community BBQ, comments from Commissioner Erik Sten, Chief Dave Sprando, Station 27 Captain Phil Dearixon, and representatives from the community.

Portland Fire & Rescue, in partnership with the City's Bureau of General Services, is opening a new fire station. The crew and equipment of Station 27 will improve response capabilities in our City, and provide additional community resources.

A station-location study conducted in the 1990s found that the City needed to build a fire station in the west hills to improve response capabilities, which in turn will help save lives and property. Last summer's five-alarm apartment complex fire, which occurred on the boundary of Forest Park, provides a timely illustration of the need for Station 27. The facility will house one fire engine and a crew of four, which includes a firefighter/paramedic, an officer, and two firefighters.

PF&R worked with a Station Advisory Committee (SAC), and hosted a series of public meetings allowed the neighborhood to provide input into the siting and design of the station.

The station features art- a waterfall made of stacked wood- by Malia Jensen, a nationally recognized Portland artist currently working in New York.

Background of Improvement Program -

PF&R built Station 27 because a station location study determined that this move would enhance emergency response in the area. The construction project is funded by a Fire & Rescue Bond, passed by voters in 1998. The ten-year program (now in the 8th year) will improve public safety in numerous ways:

• Strengthen existing Fire & Rescue stations to survive an earthquake, according to Oregon's essential facility code. For some stations, it is more cost-effective to relocate rather than renovate.

• Build new stations to provide quicker response times for the growing population and under-served areas. Others are relocated for this purpose.

• Upgrade the facilities to accommodate men and women firefighters, and provide more community features.

• Install fire sprinklers into all fire & rescue stations.


Friday, September 08, 2006

Calendar of Public Meetings for September 2006

Sorry for lateness much of my data comes from the County and due to retirements and workload changes this info has become very difficult to obtain - Dick Jones.

Monday the 11th
6:30 PM CCSD#1 Wastewater study committee meets at SSC.

Tuesday the 12th
8:30 AM Board of Commissioners Study session at Board offices.
6:30 PM Oak Lodge Sanitary Budget monthly Board meeting at Board offices.

Wednesday the 13th
7:00 PM CIA (Citizens, Informed and Aware) meets at Rose Villa, 13515 River Rd. The program is a Candidates forum: County Commissioner Candidates and discussion of selected state ballot measures.

Thursday the 14th
10:00 AM Clackamas County Commissioners weekly Board meeting.
1:00 PM Code Compliance Hearing at Sunnybrook Service Center (SSC).
6:00 PM North Clackamas Parks and Rec District Advisory Board meets at the Milwaukie Center.

Saturday, September 16th (and every third SAturday thereafter)
9:00 AM, Clackamas Co. Fire District #1 offers First Aid training for $40. For questions or to make a reservation, ontact the Training Division at 503-742-2682.

Monday the 18th
9:00 AM Board of Commissioners Planning meeting discussing CCSD#1 CAC recommendations in Board offices.
7:00 PM Fire District No. 1 Board meets at Mt. Scott Fire Station.

Tuesday the 19th
8:30 AM Board of Commissioners Study session at Board offices.
6:00 PM North Clackamas Parks Kick off location tba.
7:00 PM Oak Lodge Water district monthly Board meeting in District offices.

Wednesday the 20th
9:00 AM Board of Commissioner’s M37 Hearing in Board Hearing room PSB.

Thursday the 21st
9:00 AM Land Use Hearing at Sunnybrook Service Center
10:00 AM Clackamas County Commissioners weekly Board meeting.
6:00 PM Stringfield Family Park “Park Plan” at Oak Grove Fire Station.
6:00 PM (and every third Tuesday thereafter), Clackamas Co. Fire District #1 offers CPR training for $25. For questions or to make a reservation, contact the Training Division at 503-742-2682.
7:00 PM NC12 School board meets in Board offices.

Monday the 25th
6:30 PM CCSD#1 Wastewater study committee meets at SSC.

Tuesday the 26th
8:30 AM Board of Commissioners Study session at Board offices.
6:00 PM Alder Creek Middle School park Dedication.
7:00 PM Jennings Lodge CPO meets at Homewoods Heights.

Wednesday the 27th
11:30 AM State of the County presentation at Monarch Hotel.
7:00 PM Oak Lodge Community Council meets at OLSD office.

Thursday the 28th
9:00 AM Land Use Hearing at Sunnybrook Service Center (SSC).
10:00 AM Clackamas County Commissioners weekly Board meeting.

Note meeting times and places may change so data should be confirmed in advance.

Oregon City’s Farmers' Market, Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Clackamas County Public Service Parking Lot, 2051 Kaen Rd. at Beavercreek Rd.

Milwaukie’s Farmers' Market, Sunday from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM across from City Hall, SE Main between Harrison & Jackson.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

[Portland] NETs and Fire Management Zones

Portland's Fire Bureau has made a very wise move and realigned the Neighborhood Emergency Teams to match the fire stations, instead of the hundred-plus Neighborhood Associations. Now, NETs will work closer with their fire stations, and that's very good.

Here's a map of the PFB Fire Management Zones, a higher resolution (and larger) FMZ map for the entire county and a (huge) interactive drill-down find-your-location map. These links connect to the Portland Fire Bureau website, and require the free Adobe Acrobat viewer.

Portland's 545,000 people have 851 volunteers to save them when the big one hits. If you'd like tto be #852, contact the Portland Office of Emergency Management for the free and lifesaving training, or Multnomah ARES if you have an amateur radio license.

Wish to acquire an amateur radio license? See this guide to study opportunities, classses and testing sessions in the area.

Here's a numerically ordered list of
- stations
- their area
- how many fully qualified NETs there are for it, and
- how many parially trained candidates are enrolled but have not completed training.

Stn Area NET Candidate
1 SW 8 3
2 NE 8 0
3 NW 26 3
4 SW 12 2
6 NW 0 0
7 SE 19 1
8 N 14 1
9 SE 63 10
10 SW 25 2
11 SE 21 1
12 NE 26 1
13 NE 31 3
14 NE 42 5
15 SW 8 0
16 SW 14 0
17 N 7 0
18 SW 77 8
19 E 47 12
20 SE 18 3
21 SW 47 6
22 N 34 2
23 SE 11 0
24 N 23 2
25 SE 47 5
26 N 20 2
27 NW 23 2
28 NE 47 5
29/42 SE 18 0
43 NE 23 2
45 SE 9 2

851 768 83

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

[National} NASCAR-izing politicians

What would happen if your local pol had to SHOW you who paid for their campaigns? Take a look at this US Senate race retold in corporate loglo (hint; One's Hilary, One's Not).

Tualatin Traffic Enforcement Blitz Begins Monday the 11th

Tualatin Police announce another safety enforcement blitz starts next week, to focus on the use of seat belts and on speeding violations. From the 11th through the 24th, traffic patrol efforts will aim at increasing the use of seat belts and violating speed laws.

Tualatin Police will join with police agencies nationwide to encourage the use of safety belts and speed enforcement with the goal of educating the public and saving lives. These efforts are funded by the State of Oregon's Three Flags Campaign and are a part of the National Click it or Ticket & Buckle Up America programs.

Since October of 1993, the Three Flags Campaign has sought to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of laws regarding safety belt use and other traffic issues including DUII and speed.

During the 2005 grant year, 25,104 enforcement contacts were made for safety belt and child restraint violations throughout the state using $757,776 of federal highway traffic safety funding. To put this expenditure into perspective, consider that safety belts are 45% to 65% effective in preventing fatalities/injuries and that the combined social costs of one traffic death are estimated to be $1,090,000 (National Safety Council, 2002.)

In addition, statewide enforcement contacts made during safety belt overtime for other violations are tallied as follows:
10,958 speed
465 DUII
2,270 suspensions
460 felonies, and
23,718 other violations.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability for all Americans age 1 through 34 years old, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the programs, visit, or

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

North Clackamas area sewage plant community values survey available online

North Clackamas area sewage plant community values survey available online

An online survey has been designed to poll interested and impacted citizens on their preferences and values regarding needed sewage treatment upgrades and expansion in the North Clackamas area. More background is available here.

The Kellogg sewage plant located in Milwaukie provides wastewater treatment services for approximately 46,000 residents in the communities of Happy Valley, Johnson City, Milwaukie and portions of the unincorporated North Clackamas area. The Kellogg facility cleans more than 8 million gallons of sewage per day.

The Kellogg sewage plant is over 30 years old and reaching capacity. New federal wastewater treatment regulations, along with projected growth in the North Clackamas service area require the development of a wastewater treatment strategic plan.

Interested citizens are encouraged to visit to take the survey and learn more about this project. Surveys must be completed by midnight September 10.

To request hard copies of the survey e-mail Rob Hungerford or call him at 503-353-4576.