The Hectorcampbell NDA meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30pm in the Community Room of the Public Safety Building: 3200 SE Harrison Street, Milwaukie, OR

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Milwaukie Police K9 Unit Fundraising

Milwaukie Police are in the process of raising money to restart a K9 program. Previously, the Milwaukie police had a K9 program, but that program ended in 1992 due to attrition and retirement of dogs. Officer John Truong is taking on the task of restarting the program. Over $23,000 has been raised so far for the program. The money will fund training of the officer and dog, purchase of the dog and equipment. Anyone wishing to make donations to the program can contact the City of Milwaukie.

In an effort to help raise the money necessary to restart the program, Purdy’s Car Wash, 3075 SE Harrison in Milwaukie is hosting a fund raising car wash. On March 29 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Purdy’s will donate $5.00 for every car washed to the Milwaukie Police K9 Program.

Check out the March 26th Clackamas Review for an article on Oregon City's Canine Unit and about Milwaukies fundraising effort.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Homewood Park Work Party

Sunday, March 30th, 9am to 12 noon
Rain or shine, all neighbors are invited to help clean up at our neighborhood park.

The plants we planted last spring are growing, but so are the weeds! We need to remove the weeds and spread fresh mulch around the new plants.
We will provide refreshments (cocoa, coffee, water, fruit, and sweets) and instruction on which plants are weeds. We have a few tools to share, but bring your favorite work gloves and digging tool. If you have a wheelbarrow and a way to get it to the park, please bring it along too. Dress for the weather: layers, a hat, and rain gear are recommended.

Please RSVP by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post (you don't need an account, just leave your first name!) or call Sarah at 503-653-0015. RSVP's will give us an idea of how many drinks etc. to prepare.

Homewood Park is located on SE Home Avenue, Between SE Monroe St and SE Ada Lane. Please walk to the park or if you drive, please park on Home Avenue.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

What Would Bring You to a Meeting?

Neighbors, what would it take to bring you to one of the NDA's monthly meetings? Would it help if we provided child care during the hour to hour and a half-long meetings? Would a location somewhere nearer to the neighborhood make a difference? Now that you have been able to view the minutes of our recent meetings, would certain subjects be of more interest to you? It's important to the leaders of the NDA, and also of the staff at City Hall, to reach as many of our neighbors as we can, and to make it possible for you to express your concerns and requests. We are hoping the blog here will help some of you to communicate with us, even if you can't make it to the meetings. But please do let us know if there is something more we can do to help you be a participant in the neighborhood association.

Hector Campbell Carnival Big Success

Despite the rainy weather, hundreds of neighbors showed up at Hector Campbell PTA's "World O'Wheels" Carnival on Saturday, March 15th. Children enjoyed games in the gym, bouncy castles and food and drink. A number of pleased owners of cakes and cupcakes walked away from the Cake Walk. Show cars, police vehicles, AMR ambulance, Clackamas County FD #1 fire engine, National Guard vehicle, monster truck and show cars all were on display. The Neighborhood Association booth distributed information about the Light Rail Project and displayed photos of old Milwaukie. Photos of Homewood Park drew a lot of attention too.

Photos coming soon!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

March Meeting Notes

Notes from the March 10th, 2008 Meeting

Police and Fire Department Updates
Officer Glenn advised that he had not heard from Supt Naso about the issue of the school district needing to provide the police department with written authority to act as their agent so as to deal with crime and trespassers on school property. Mr. Naso did take away the necessary form from the last meeting, and although he agreed to report back to the association about his decision at the next meeting, he did not attend nor did he phone either Officer Glenn or Chair Aschenbrenner. This did upset several neighbors.
NOTE: Following the meeting Mr. Aschenbrenner emailed Mr. Naso. He advised by return email that he had unintentionally missed the meeting due to a calendar mistake, and that the necessary paperwork had been provided to the Police Department. Chief Kanzler confirmed that the paperwork has been received to authorize the Police Department to act as agent for the North Clackamas School District.

Light Rail Process Update
Karen Withlow and Brian Mawberg from Metro attended. They reported that the alignment for the proposed light rail extension from downtown will run from near PSU, across the river (crossing location under discussion), through SE following Union Pacific tracks, down 17th, McLoughlin, to Tacoma, along existing railroad tracks through Milwaukie to either Lake Road or Park Avenue. Some of this alignment is still under discussion. Meetings are being held March 12th (at Rose Villa) and March 19th (at Milwaukie HS Commons) regarding the various proposed stations. An environmental impact document (SDEIS) will be released in April. A review will follow. The Citizens Advisory Committee meets often to advise Metro during this process. Following these meetings and discussions the Steering Committee will make the final decision on alignment and station locations. Local government officials will have an opportunity for approval. Metro will make the final decisions. Metro’s website has full reports and maps. A link will also be provided on our own website.

Linda Hedges reported on the Light Rail Safety and Security committee’s proposals, which can also be found on the Metro website.

No current applications are being considered.

Hector Campbell Carnival
March 15th -- “It’s a World O’ Wheels” will have rides, booths and cars, trucks and equipment from a variety of representatives. The Neighborhood Association will have a table/booth. A request has been approved to limit traffic to one way traffic and parallel parking on 37th for the event. Mary Weaver queried an ad that stated there would be a Monster Truck car crushing, but it is believed this will not be more than possibly one truck.

Parks Report:
There may be a work party on Sunday March 30th for Homewood Park.
North Clackamas Parks has agreed to take over the lawn mowing at Homewood Park. All neighbors are invited to help.

Public Safety Advisory Committee Report
Mary Weaver reported that the management of the funding for the K-9 unit is still under discussion and fundraising is ongoing. Mr. Aschenbrenner commented that if neighbors are interested in the NDA supporting the fund they should make a proposal for it. NOTE: Officer Truong advises he currently has raised about $22,500. A fundraising raffle will be run on March 31st. Tickets can be obtained at the Police Department.

Mary Weaver clarified the new law (approved by Legislature for January 08 implementation) that where there is a handicapped parking space adjacent to striped lines on the right, only a van or car with a wheelchair user and handicap parking permit can park in that zone. If the striped area is on the left of the handicap parking space, anyone with a handicap permit can use the space. Neighbors with complaints about this new law were urged to write to their state legislator. (See end of minutes for representatives’ contact information)

Projects Update
The replacement of the Railroad Avenue school zone with a flashing light is still being examined. The Public Safety Committee was advised that the City will not be adding any new lights due to the cost of running them ($2,000 per annum), and it is possible that some existing ones may be removed. Mr. Aschenbrenner will contact the PTA regarding the possibility of joint funding for a light on Railroad Avenue. Action: David Aschenbrenner

Sarah Smith reported the NDA’s website is and email address is The website will include important information, meeting dates, agendas, and important links. They are now up and running. Comments are solicited from neighbors on how these can be improved. A poster will be put up on the Safeway community board advertising our meetings.

Other Information
Nominations for election of NDA officers in May should be put forward at the April meeting.

Farmers Market will begin again on Mother’s Day (May 11)

A new Finance Director for the City has been hired. He is Ignacio Palacios, formerly an accountant with the audit firm used by the city.

Next meeting - April 14th, 7pm

Monday, March 3, 2008

March 2008 Meeting Agenda

March 10, 2008, 7pm
Public Safety Building, 3200 SE Harrison St

  1. Introductions & Welcome, David Aschnebrenner

  2. Guest:
    A) Metro Staff, Light Rail Process Update
    B) Ron Naso, School Facilities Update

  3. Information
    A) Neighborhood Web Site
    B) Neighborhood Outreach, encouraging our neighbors to participate
    C) Neighborhood Email

  4. Clackamas Fire District & Milwaukie Police Department
    A) Police Update
    B) Fire Safety Update

  5. Project Updates
    A) Campbell School Carnival

  6. Grants:

  7. Parks Report
    A) Work Parties

  8. Public Safety Committee Update

  9. Other Information & Comments

  10. Next Meeting, April 14, 2008, the second Monday of the Month

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Campbell Carnival

Campbell Carnival: "It's A World O' Wheels"
Saturday, March 15th, 2008 11am to 4pm
Campbell School, 11326 SE 47th Avenue

Come check out this fun carnival at Hector Campbell Elementary School on Saturday March 15th and see the more than 100 vehicles on display--including heavy construction machinery, tractors, monster trucks, classic cars, armored vehicles, motorcycles and more!

In addition there will be BINGO, a cakewalk, a prize both, drawings and raffles, inflatable rides, and great food at the Carnival Kitchen with proceeds going to support the Campbell PTA.

Our Neighborhood Association will have a table set up with information about neighborhood happenings, volunteer opportunities, & meeting information. Stop by, introduce yourself, and share your thoughts on our neighborhood.

In addition to the food, games, and vehicles, the Portland-based band Rockopolis will keep everyone entertained.

Admission to this event is FREE for the whole community.

For more information contact Jeff Louden

Milwaukie Center Nutrition Program

The Hector Campbell Neighborhood donates some of our Milwaukie Neighborhood Grant funds to the Milwaukie Centers Nutrition Program every year. Below is another opportunity for our neighborhood to contribute to this worthy cause.

Dine Out & Donate to Meals on Wheels!

Did you know that Milwaukie Center Nutrition Program is expected to provide more than 77,000 meals for older adults and people with disabilities this year? Did you know that only 1/2 of the cost to provide the meals is provided through federal funds? The other half of the needed money has to be fund-raised. Join the Milwaukie Center during this full month of fund-raising and awareness building for Meals on Wheels.

  • Buy a "Meal Ticket" at Milwaukie Center, Clackamas Federal Credit Union, or Columbia State Bank
  • Donate at Bob's Red Mill -- They are MATCHING donations!
  • Shop at New Season's Happy Valley Store, March 6-9th

Dine at the following restaurants in March and mention the "March for Meals" campaign:

  • Clackamas Claim Jumper, Tuesday & Thursday nights in March
  • The Bomber, Tuesday nights in March
  • Sweet Tomatoes, March 14-30th
  • Noodles at the Town Center, Wednesdays in March

Call 503-653-8100 or 503-654-3030 to find out how you can help.