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, 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; phone toll free 1-866-368-7878 or email them at

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: and monthly in the NDA’s email at

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 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

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

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