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



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Neighborhood Picnic

You're Invited to the Hector Campbell NDA Second Annual Summer Picnic!
Come celebrate our Neighborhood:
Monday August 9th, 6-8pm at Homewood Park (10821 SE Home Ave) Parking is very limited, please walk to the picnic.

There will be something for everyone:
  • Hot Dogs, Chips, Watermelon, and Lemonade
  • Finger Print Kits from the Police Department
  • Metro's Mobile Native Garden, with a plant expert to answer questions
  • Information on transportation in our neighborhood: Monroe Bike Boulevard, and walking path on Home Ave.
  • Native Plant Give away for the first 75 guests (take a plant home, or plant it in the park!)
  • A visit form Milwaukie Police Dog, Jag
  • AND Raffle Prizes, with a GRAND prize to one lucky guest who RSVP's!
This event is free to all Hector Campbell NDA members...if you live or work in the Hector Campbell Neighborhood, you are a member! See the sidebar of this web page for a map of our hood...if you live in another neighborhood, check out these other events: Milwaukie Summer Picnics and more.

To help us plan for the food, we request a RSVP from everyone who plans to attend...to encourage RSVP's we are planning a Grand Raffle Prize. To be entered in the raffle, one must RSVP by before 8pm on Sunday Aug 8th; and be at the picnic when their name is drawn; one grand entry per family/household. Send us an email with your name and the number of people you are bringing: Info@hectorcampbellnda.org

Tell you neighbors to come, and Please RSVP!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

HCNDA July 12 2010 Meeting Notes

July 12, 2010, 7pm
Public Safety Building

Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver, Chairman; in attendance were Milwaukie Police Chief Bob Jordan, Officer Laurie Noll, Pat Du Val, Interim City Manager and our city liaison, Dr. Andrew Axer Facility Administrator for the Johnson Creek Secure Treatment Facility and 6 neighbors

Police Report: Chief Jordan reported that the department has recently sworn in a new officer, Jake Heimbigner, a former Milwaukie reserve officer for 13 years. They have also recently hired two new records clerks, Lisa Van Atta and Jerella Sorenson. He responded to a question about a white van seen driving around with “Volunteer Communications” on its side. It is one of the ham operators in the area. He further went on to describe the ham operator relationship in assisting police during an emergency. A neighbor asked if there is an emergency notification system for the deaf, like Code Red, and the answer was that there is not, although Code Red does have the ability to register both a landline and cell phone numbers, so the message could go to both home and to her cell phone.

Dr. Andrew Axer, the Facility Administrator for the Johnson Creek Secure Treatment Facility on Balfour Street, had come to advise of an incident that occurred two weeks ago at the facility where a client had attempted to get over the fence, but thanks to their security system had been caught before escaping. Because Dr. Axer felt that there had been no escape and was more concerned over the client’s treatment, he had failed to notify the police as he should have. Chief Jordan explained why he felt this had been a breach of the agreement with the city, and Dr. Axer explained in detail what had happened, and further that later that day the PSRB had been notified, and further review by them resulted in revocation of that client’s stay at the treatment facility and his return to the State mental Hospital. Dr. Axer apologized and promised that this sort of breach would not happen again.

A neighbor thanked Dr. Axer for his openness and willingness to accept responsibility and to apologize for the breach and his undertaking to assure no further such errors.

Minutes: The minutes from the previous meeting were approved by consensus.

Treasurer’s Report: David Aschenbrenner reported that officers have signed the necessary forms at Key Bank, and that the city has transferred all of our outstanding funds into our account there. There is a checking account and a savings account, and most of the money will be in the savings account. Mr Aschenbrenner has on-line statement access and will track the account in that way. There is about
$22k in our two accounts, much of which has been saved for a pathway project. Linda Hedges is to call Key Bank about getting the debit cards. Action: Linda Hedges

City Budget: David Aschenbrenner reported that City Council approved the proposed 2010-11 budget this week. The current negotiations with the employee unions and sewer rate negotiations with Clackamas County may still impact the budget.

Light Rail monthly meetings have been moved to the Public Safety Building. The meetings are the third Monday of the month at 6pm. Design details are being discussed currently, such as what the fencing, lights and plantings will look like. Tri-Met’s proposal is still with the Federal Government for approval, and should be approved by Fall.

Clackamas County FD #1 Their latest newsletter is available on: http://www.clackamasfire.com/documents/communitynewsletters/ and monthly in the NDA’s email at info@hectorcampbellnda.org.

Projects Update: no projects are currently pending

New Officer Position: David Aschenbrenner made a motion and Pat Rolleson seconded that we create a new officer’s position of Parks Coordinator. The motion passed unanimously. David Aschenbrenner nominated Sarah Smith and Linda Hedges seconded the vote. The motion passed unanimously.

Parks Report: Sarah Smith asked Linda Hedges whether anyone had responded to her report of vandalism in the park. Police Chief Jordan had replied, and said his officers would be by there as often as possible, and that he himself walks through the park daily. There has been no response by Community Services, but it was determined that North Clackamas Parks actually manages the park, and the vandalism should have been reported to them. Sarah said that she would get a quote on finding a way to reinforce the trail markers against further damage. Action: Sarah Smith

Grant Requests: No new requests at this time. The new grant request form has been distributed around the NDAs for their adaptation to their own use. The new form will be put on our website by Sarah. Action: Sarah Smith

Public Safety Advisory Committee Report: Mary Weaver and David Hedges mentioned that there is a larger pot of money available this year for the Traffic safety Program, due to increased gas tax rebates. Our concerns over the Home Avenue pathway and Monroe Bike Boulevard traffic issues will be raised with PSAC. A question was raised about how high the foliage planted in the Washington Street traffic dividers should be allowed to grow, as it could block the sightline of drivers and create a hazard for pedestrians or pets. This will also be raised at the next PSAC meeting.

August Meeting and Neighborhood Picnic: In place of our usual August meeting we are planning a picnic at Homewood Park on Monday August 9th. Chief Jordan reported that fingerprint kits, made available by the FBI, will be available at the park, and officers will take children’s fingerprints that night. Parents can then take the kit home to keep “in case”. Postcards will be mailed out the last week of July to remind neighbors of the picnic, with an RSVP requested. Those who RSVP will be entered into a drawing for raffle prizes. The cost of printing the postcards was only $119. It was decided not to order a porta-potty as most people live close enough they can go home if necessary.
Actions: Linda Hedges, David Aschenbrenner, Sarah Smith

Information:
a) CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) training will be held at the Beavercreek Fire Station on September 11th The cost is $25 which includes the training manual which needs to be paid and manual read prior to training. Contact Linda Hedges 503-343-0022.

b) The Farmers Market continues on Sundays 9:30-2pm each week.

c) Citizens Police Academy scheduled to begin in September. A commitment to one night a week for 13 weeks is required, along with approval by the Chief. Apply at the Police Department.

d) Logo discussion – there was some discussion over whether or not to keep the logo, which some dislike. Lars Campbell mentioned his wife is a graphic designer, and he was asked if she might spend a little time considering what could be done with the logo.

e) Signs will be made for the Milwaukie Daze Parade. These signs will not include the logo, so they can be used for a longer period of time.

f) FINANCE STAFF WILL BE AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY JULY 14th TO DISCUSS WATER BILLS. AT CITY HALL. IF UNABLE TO ATTEND DUE TO LATE NOTICE, CONTACT CITY HALL REGARDING A POSSIBLE FURTHER DATE.

Next Meeting will be 6pm-8pm on August 9th, 2010. Picnic at Homewood Park

Prepared by: Linda M Hedges July 14, 2010 Approved: Mary Weaver

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Neighborhood News Flash

Several announcements from the City today:

Brown Water: In an effort to update the City’s hydraulic model for its water system Water Department crews will conduct a water main flow test and system assessment on Thursday, July 8, and Friday, July 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The test involves opening water hydrants at about a dozen locations throughout the City and checking water pressure and volume at nearby hydrants. When the hydrants are opened the water clears sediment and dislodges small amounts of corrosive material from the pipes, so water customers in the flushing areas may see some discoloration in their water during testing.
Customers seeing discolored water are advised to run the cold water tap until the water runs clear. The water is safe to drink once it is clear. Customers are further advised to avoid washing clothes or running hot water until the cold water is clear.
If there is a need to contact the City regarding this matter, please call 503-786-7600.
The City of Milwaukie appreciates its residents' patience and understanding during testing.

McLoughlin Blvd. Water Main Break: Published on the cities website: Thursday, July 08, 2010, 8:18 AM Updated: Thursday, July 08, 2010, 8:44 AM Repairs on a water main that broke Wednesday afternoon along McLoughlin Boulevard/OR-99E continue this morning, shutting the thoroughfare's northbound lanes.Those lanes are expected to remain closed through today and southbound left lane also closed as city workers repair damage.
There was no immediate estimate on when the road will reopen. Northbound motorists are advised to should follow signs from Ochoco to Millport to 17th to 99E.For the latest updates, visit TripCheck.com.

Hot Weather Cooling Centers: Those in the Milwaukie area looking to escape the heat can find relief at the air-conditioned Milwaukie Center and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church.
The Milwaukie Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Residents 60 and older can call the center at (503) 653-8100 to arrange a ride if they can't get there on their own. The Milwaukie Center is located at 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie.
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church will be open Thursday, July 8, and Friday, July 9 from noon to 8 p.m. St. John's is located at 2036 SE Jefferson St. in Downtown Milwaukie.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

June 14 Meeting Notes

June 14, 2010, 7pm
Public Safety Building

Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver, Chairman; in attendance were Milwaukie Police Sgt Ryan Burdick, Frank Lamp representing Milwaukie Community Center, Pat DuVal, Interim City Manager and our city liaison, Donald Shaw from the Oregon Energy Trust and 7 neighbors

Police Report:
Sgt. Burdick distributed the crime stats for May. Most of the 33 calls were for thefts, except for 3 robberies, two at Bank of the West (two suspects arrested) and a robbery theft of beer from the little corner store at 42nd and Monroe.

Energy Trust of Oregon:
Donald Shaw, Lead Energy Advisor for the Conservation Services Group of Energy Trust of Oregon, described how the nonprofit organization (paid for by small fees charged to ratepayers of NW Natural Gas, PGE, Pacific Power and Cascade Gas) will assist householders by performing a 45 minute to one hour long energy audit in your home. They will assess insulation, windows, appliances, and heating and cooling systems and advise how changes or updates can save energy. They will replace standard lightbulbs with energy efficient ones, and provide aerators for faucets and showerheads. They have cash incentives for replacement of some houseshold appliances and windows with specific energy efficient ones. They will also haul away old freezers and refrigerators and pay you $30. More information available at www.energytrust.org; phone toll free 1-866-368-7878 or email them at info@energytrust.org.

Minutes: The minutes from the previous meeting were approved by consensus.

Treasurer’s Report: David Aschenbrenner stated the balance is about $4000 in checking and about $13,000 in our city account. He reported that he has not heard anything more from the city about the new grant funding process, but expects that all the available money will be placed into our account as of July 1st, with an annual report due to the city on how the money is spent. Linda Hedges has prepared a new grant application form and this form has been distributed to the other NDAs as well.

City Budget: David Aschenbrenner reported that City Council will consider the proposed 2010-11 budget this week. Departmental budgets were cut 5% this year. The negotiations with the employee unions and sewer rate negotiations with Clackamas County may still impact the budget.

Light Rail monthly meetings have been moved to the Public Safety Building. The meetings are the third Monday of the month at 6pm.

Clackamas County FD #1 Their latest newsletter is available on: http://www.clackamasfire.com/documents/communitynewsletters/ and monthly in the NDA’s email at info@hectorcampbellnda.org.

Projects Update: no projects are currently pending

Parks Report: Sarah Smith had nothing to report at this time.

Grant Requests: No new requests at this time.

Public Safety Advisory Committee Report: Mary Weaver reported that the door hanger ordinance has been found to be unenforceable; the Chief and city attorney are looking into finding an enforceable code. The panhandler ordinance is also believed to be unenforceable and other laws already available will be used to deal with nuisances. The Walk to Support the K9 fund will be held just prior to the Milwaukie Daze Parade on July 24th.

Light Rail: Monthly meetings are held every 3rd Monday at the PSB at 6:00. Updates on the project are presented. Currently the 30% engineering plans have gone to the Federal government for approval. Expected approval in July when final engineering can begin. The Tacoma Park and Ride design group meeting will be held the 23rd of July at 7pm at Friends of Johnson Creek on Milport. The Citizens Advisory Committee meets monthly, next meeting Thursday the 17th, and this month will discuss issues relating to disabilities and handicapped access.

August Meeting and Neighborhood Picnic: In place of our usual August meeting we are planning a picnic at Homewood Park on Monday August 9th. A postcard will be mailed to all neighbors in mid-July to advertise it. A raffle is planned, and bbq hot dogs will be served. Depending on volunteer efforts, there may also be games for the children. The picnic will be held on the Home Avenue end this year. A number of local dignitaries will be invited. Look for more information on our website hectorcampbelnda.org and on the postcard. Actions: Linda Hedges, David Aschenbrenner, Sarah Smith

High Speed Rail: A proposal by ODOT for high speed passenger rail from Eugene to Vancouver WA has raised considerable comment by affected communities. A meeting will be held Thursday the 17th at Milwaukie HS 4:30-6:30 to present ideas and allow conversations with staff members. Those ideas will affect Milwaukie in different ways. ODOT also has a survey about high-speed rail which you can complete on the ODOT website, along with a map of 2 of the routes proposed at this point.
Environmental Hazard at 37th and Monroe: Mary Weaver has been investigating the status of the contamination and remediation of the property. Years-old contamination has been remediated at least in part. City Water crews test city well number 7 at least twice yearly to assure no chemicals have leaked into this adjacent well. Ms. Weaver expressed concern over the possible seepage of chemicals into groundwater which could migrate into other areas. She will investigate this matter further and report back at a later date. We want to be prepared to appropriately comment when proposals for development of that area come up in the future. Action: Mary Weaver

Code Red on Brown Water Event: A Code Red message was received by many neighbors this past week, advising of possible brown water caused by flushing of city pipes on Thursday and Friday. Apparently Blount Industries dumped a large amount of water into the city water system, effectively flushing the pipes. This created a situation where other pipes had to be flushed, with resulting brown water. Water was safe to drink, but neighbors were advised not to wash clothes in it and to let water run until it became clear. Suggestion was made that when a Code Red message is issued, that the entire text of the message should also be posted prominently on the city’s website for a period of time so details can be checked by recipients. Also, a contact phone number was for work hours only; a phone number that would also work evenings and weekends is required.
Action: Pat Duval to city webmaster

Information:
a) Next First Friday event on July 2nd.

b) The Library Book sale at the Pond House on June 18th – June 20th.

c) CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) training will be held at the Beavercreek Fire Station on September 11th (June 12th class postponed due to low enrollment). The cost is $25 which includes the training manual which needs to be paid and manual read prior to training. Contact Linda Hedges 503-343-0022.

d) The Farmers Market continues on Sundays 9:30-2pm each week.

e) Citizens Police Academy scheduled to begin in September. A commitment to one night a week for 13 weeks is required, along with approval by the Chief. Apply at the Police Department.

Next Meeting will be 7pm on July 12th, 2010.

Prepared by: Linda M Hedges June 15, 2010 Approved: Mary Weaver