Saturday, January 24, 2009
If there was ever a time when our riverfront needed your voice...it is now. On Tuesday, February 3rd, the City Council will be discussing our position on the need to set a clear date on the removal of the Kellogg Treatment Plant. We need to hear from our citizens who believe it is time to send a message that Milwaukie has shared the burden in the region regarding wastewater treatment for a long time and that we need to get more than an increase in our utility bills when we sit at the regional table. There are those who think Milwaukie’s past investment in the plant and how much our residents have paid in the treatment costs should not be included in a new IGA with the County. There are those that believe the treatment plant should stay...if not be expanded. There are those who believe we should just accept that someday there will be another taskforce established to talk about the removal of Kellogg. It’s not enough anymore and I urge, no, I implore each of you to help us spread the word so that the voices of Milwaukie residents are heard. We are good community partners and have been for decades on this issue. We need to continue to explore new options so that the burden is not primarily on the backs of Milwaukie residents. We want to work in tandem with our regional partners but we ask that our concerns are addressed as well.You can make a difference Tuesday, February 3rd at the City Council meeting.
Milwaukie City Council President
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Our new interim Mayor, Jeremy Ferguson, stopped in to introduce himself and to find out what our concerns are. Jeremy used to live in the Hector Campbell Neighborhood, but now lives in the Lewelling Neighborhood.
- There was a lively discussion about the school zone on Rail Road Avenue and the neighborhoods desire to replace the day long speed restriction with yellow-flashing lights.
- The proposed Secure Residential Treatment Facility (for people from the Oregon State Hospital found guilty except for insanity of violent crimes) on Balfour Street in the Ardenwald Neighborhood was also mentioned as a neighborhood concern; we do not think that type of facility should be allowed in ANY Milwaukie neighborhood.
Sarah Smith updated us on the progress at Homewood Park: the contractor is moving along quickly now that the weather as improved. Two work parties were announced, one this Saturday to move wood chips onto the trail and another on February 28th for planting and ivy pulling.
Linda Hedges reported on the Neighborhood Food Fight: The Neighborhood Food Fight was able to collect 948 items of food, and $2300.45 was donated, which was matched by Providence Milwaukie Hospital.For the complete notes click on the link below:
Hector Campbell NDA January Meeting Notes
Monday, January 12, 2009
Excavation for the play structure began on Friday (1/9/08). The contractor is installing drain pipe to keep the play area from turning into a swamp in the rain, a concrete curb to retain the wood chips, and finally the play structure (not yet delivered from the manufacturer).
A few park neighbors told us they would like to have the Big Leaf Maple near the Home avenue park entrance removed. Removing the tree would nicely open up the view to the park entrances from the street, so we submitted an application for a tree removal permit. Milwaukie's code requires a permit to remove trees in the right of way (generally, the space between the street and an individual property), The cities planning department reviewed our application and reviewed the Homewood Park Master Plan. They considered comments from people during the two weeks the notice was posted on the tree, and visited the site. On January 2, 2009 they decided to deny our request to remove the tree.
Save the date: February 28th Planting Party. We will plant sword ferns and Oregon grape along the trail and continue working on removing ivy. Check back for more info.