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, December 7, 2011

Opperation Santa Claus Parade

Santa's Fire Engine Parade will be in our neighborhood on Sunday December 11th!

The sleigh bells from Operation Santa Claus have been ringing for the citizens of Clackamas Fire District #1 since 1974. Click here for a brochure.

Firefighters recognized the need to provide toys and food baskets to families and individuals that were less fortunate, and not likely to experience the joys of the holiday season. Hence, Operation Santa Claus was formed.

Operation Santa Claus Is 100% Funded By Donations From Members Of The Community

During this month-long holiday toy and food drive, fire district volunteers and employees lead Santa’s fire engine parade down neighborhood streets to collect toys and non-perishable food items, which are used to fill hundreds of food baskets for needy families. Donated new toys bring a little extra Christmas cheer to children. Donated funds are used to purchase perishable items for food baskets, and help to cover miscellaneous expenses. Food collections barrels are set up at Eye Health Northwest (SE side of the Milwaukie Market Place) and at all Fire Stations.

Here is a link to the map

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winter Solstice Bonfire & Christmas Ships

Please join us for the 2011 Winter Solstice Bonfire and Christmas Ships!

Saturday, December 17th, 2010
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Milwaukie Riverfront/Jefferson St. Boat Ramp

According to the Christmas Ship Schedule at 5:00PM both fleets will leave RiverPlace Marina (downtown Portland) headed to Lake Oswego. They will pass by Milwaukie around 5:30pm, subject to weather and river conditions. The ships will go as far as George Rogers Park and then turn back to Portland.
• View The Christmas Ships around 5:30 p.m.
• Purchase Hot Cocoa, Coffee, Hot Dogs & Desserts
• Listen To the Dickens Carolers
• Warm By The Bonfire

Due to parking restraints, please park on the east side of McLoughlin and walk to the event.
For more information please call Beth Ragel at (503) 786-7568.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Home Avenue Walking Path

The walking path on Home Avenue is open, take advantage of this sunny weather and go for a walk!

Before Construction
 Our neighborhood submitted a Walk Safely Milwaukie proposal for the path on Home avenue between Hunter Ct and Wilma Ct because the hill at that location limited visibility for pedestrians. Here is a link to the proposal. Our neighborhood contributed $5,000 of our neighborhood grant money to the construction costs.

Path Completed

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Umbrella Parade & Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 3rd, 3:30pm

Decorate an umbrella in the theme of your choice and join us for the Milwaukie Umbrella Parade and Tree Lighting!
Convene in the Waldorf School School parking lot by 3:30 p.m. (21st and Monroe).

The Milwaukie High School Marching band will lead the procession up Main Street and back to City Hall where the festivities will be capped with the Tree Lighting and refreshments. City Hall is located a 10722 SE Main Street.

Santa Claus will join the festivities and treats will be served!
For more information contact Beth Ragel at (503) 786-7568

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Noveber Meeting Notes

Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver, co-Chair, led the meeting. Present: Chief Bob Jordan, City Staff Liaison Pat DuVal, Co-Chair Linda Hedges, Parks Coordinator Sarah Smith, and 5 neighbors. Paige Richardson, Milwaukie baseball consultants, also attended, and Mary later apologized for not doing introductions so that it was clear someone from the consulting firm was present.

Milwaukie Police Update: Chief Jordan distributed the monthly property crime stats. He reported that a rise in home burglaries in the Ardenwald neighborhood recently was part of a string of local burglaries that had been broken up by the thorough investigation by MPD. Recovery of some stolen items and the results of a search warrant resulted in two arrests from houses on 32nd near Balfour. A recent residential strong-arm robbery in our neighborhood resulted in one arrest, identification of a male suspect who is still at large. This case does not pose a threat to the public at large. An armed robbery with the display of a gun at Shari’s over the previous week-end is probably one of several being done by one or more of the same suspects in the Portland-Vancouver area. The Chief reported on the recovery of a missing elderly woman from Milwaukie by alert BPA workers, which probably saved her life.


a. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved by consensus.

b. Treasurer and Grants Report – David Aschenbrenner via email
Reported that we have about $19,000 in our accounts. Much of this money is already allocated to projects such as the WSMP pathway, Homewood Park, the Community Garden and other neighborhood projects.

i. Grants Requests
Linda Hedges moved and Darlene Albertson seconded a grant award for the Police Officer of the Year Award dinner of $450.
Linda Hedges moved and Sarah Smith seconded an award of 1/7th of the total cost for school guard crossing equipment from our WSMP $500 awareness and education fund.

c. City Liaison Pat DuVal reported that the Umbrella Parade is on Saturday December 3rd and Winter Solstice event is Saturday December 17th.

One of the City’s 3 free leaf drops is this Saturday at the JCB building. Bring your city utility bill to prove residency.

Pat reported that the city has hired a new parking code enforcement officer who will begin enforcing parking downtown as of Monday.

Joe Sandfort, the Library Director for many years, recently retired. The city has 3 finalists for the position to replace him.

The City recently joined in a county-wide drill for emergency preparedness and did well.

e) Parks Report: Sarah Smith reported NCSD has approved our Campbell School Neighborhood Garden. Sarah has emailed a list of people who have expressed an interest in the garden so a meeting can be held to start the process. There will be some expense which she hopes the NDA will support, such as paying for water line and meter. This could be somewhere in the range of $3500. Fencing could cost from $2500 and $4500 depending on volunteer or professional labor costs. She hopes to have donations and grants to help subsidize the cost of getting the garden going. Once it is running it should be self-sustaining. Those in our neighborhood will have first priority for the 28 lots in the garden, and a few people on the waiting list from the garden at St. Paul’s Methodist church. Linda Hedges moved and Wally Bischoff seconded a motion to empower Sarah Smith to negotiate with NCSD in regard to the Community Garden. Sarah Smith moved to allow her to spend up to $100 for planning purposes. The move was seconded by Wally Bischoff and was approved.

A Homewood Park work party is scheduled for Nov 19, Jan 14 and Feb 11th. Contact or 503-653-0015 if you have questions or want to volunteer to help. North Clackamas Parks replaced the damaged and aged split rail fencing near the Garrett Drive end of the trail.

PS: Sarah later asked this to be added to the minutes: “I’m taking a class at CCC in December about Food Safety in the Farm & Garden ( it looked interesting, so I signed up a month or so ago. I think I’ll learn things to use in our community garden, especially relating to food to donate to church food pantries, etc.”

f) PSAC Report: Mary reported that a HS senior has been appointed to serve as a non-voting member of the committee.
Sarah Smith asked about the removal of the signage relating to school crossings. It was both Mary and Linda’s impression from Engineering staff that other appropriate signage would replace it, such as children at play or some other symbol to keep speed down at the former school crosswalks. This will be raised at the Dec. 1st PSAC meeting.

Action: PSAC query by Mary Weaver, Linda Hedges

g) Boards and Commissions report No reports were made.

BASEBALL: Questions were asked about the baseball stadium, such as whether the process of having consultants survey the community and have the listening post meetings was just a process being gone through and that the proposal would be “shoved down our throats like light rail”. Linda Hedges responded that this was not the intention of Council and that Council expected the results of the survey to be a correct reflection of the community’s opinion. If it is negative in the majority then the project will be stopped. Mary suggested that people should read the reports and analysis relating to other baseball stadiums with an analytical eye and to regard Ardenwald/Johnson Creek NDA’s concerns over noise, lights and traffic. Those with further questions were encouraged to either attend the last listening post meeting Thursday night the 17th 6-7pm at Linwood Elementary School cafeteria or to contact Councilor Hedges.

WEB LINKS: Linda said that she would like to know whether people wanted us to put links to our political representatives on our website, as she receives a number of emails from them monthly and by posting the links people could easily see what the politicians are working on. Linda does not forward the emails as she felt it would overload the email distribution group. The consensus was that neither did we want the links as most people know how to look those up if they want to anyway, nor do we want to add local business links to our website.

TOOL LIBRARY PROPOSAL –There will be a meeting on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30pm at the PSB, 3200 SE Harrison, to discuss forming a steering committee for this community project.
CCFD#1: Mary passed around the report sent out by CCFD1 regarding their previous month’s activities and encouraged those who haven’t to read their monthly newsletter on calls in our community at and monthly in the HCNDA’s email at The Fire District has named its successor to Chief Ed Kirchhofer when he retires in June next year. Fred Charlton will become the new Chief. He was at Milwaukie Fire when it was still part of the city, and we congratulate him and look forward to his leadership.

Announcements: Operation Santa Claus will be Saturday and Sunday nights of December 9th and 10th between 6-9pm in Milwaukie. Sarah will post the routes on Hector Campbell’s website ( a couple days beforehand. In the meantime, you can see the route as it is posted on the CCFD1’s website. People can donate unwrapped new toys or food to the officers and volunteers on the engines as they drive slowly through our neighborhoods.

Relay for Life – a cancer fundraising 24 hour relay, will be held at LaSalle HS July 14, 2012. We have been invited to enter a neighborhood team. There was little enthusiasm expressed to do so.

There was no further business. The meeting adjourned at 8:15pm.

Next Meeting will be Monday December 12th at 7pm at the PSB

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November Meeting Agenda

7:00pm, November 14, 2011
Milwaukie Public Safety Building
Building Entrance, South End of Parking Lot

1) Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver, Co-Chair

2) Milwaukie Police Update - Chief Jordan

3) Information:

a) Minutes from previous meeting

b) Treasurer and Grants Report submission by D. Aschenbrenner
i. Officer of the Year Award Dinner – grant request $450 (includes 6 special guests (Sellwood bike shop owner and his wife, and two BPA employees who saved an elderly Milwaukie woman lost on a forestry road in Estacada, saving her life)
ii. School Crossing Guard Eqpt. From WSMP Education fund – up to $200

c) Parks Report: Sarah Smith
i. Grant request for Community garden funding

d) Home Avenue Path completion

e) Baseball Listening Lounge: Nov. 17: Linwood Elementary School Cafeteria, 6 to 7p.m.

f) Relay for Life team request 7/14/12 LaSalle HS –fundraiser for cancer fight – requesting neighborhood team

4) City Staff Liaison Pat DuVal report/comments

5) Query regarding neighbors position on links placed on NDA’s website

5) City Boards and Commissions members’ reports

a) PSAC – Mary Weaver and Linda Hedges

6) Any other Business
Next Meeting will be at Monday, December 12, 2011 at the Public Safety Building, 7pm.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Leaf Drop Off Program: FREE!

The City of Milwaukie encourages you to participate in its Eight Annual Leaf Drop Program.
This program is FREE to all residents who live within the City of Milwaukie Utility Billing area. Participants will need to provide a copy of their utility bill as proof of residency each time they visit our site to dispose of leaves.
The leaves can be loose or bagged in paper or plastic. Residents will need to be prepared to empty plastic bags and/or loose loads.

The drop site, located at 6101 SE Johnson Creek Boulevard, will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

November 5th and 19th
December 3rd, 10th & 17th

The City’s Public Works crews do their best to keep the stormwater drains clear of leaves and debris, but downpours like we have throughout the fall months make things challenging. Help from residents to reduce excessive leaf pile up during this time of year is much appreciated. Not only can you enjoy the benefits of a leaf-free yard, but you can also help reduce the localized flooding during heavy rains and improve the quality of water going into our streams and rivers.

As always, the City appreciates the cooperative effort its citizens display in helping keep our City beautiful.

If you have any questions, please contact Ronelle Sears, Stormwater Division Supervisor at 503-786-7615 or

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Homewood Park Fall & Winter Work Parties

Help remove English Ivy at Homewood Park this Saturday, October 29th  9am to noon!

Dress for the weather and wear gloves; some tools will be provided, but if you have a shovel and/or a wheel barrow please bring it along. Coffee, cocoa, water and snacks will be provided.

Homewood Park Fall & Winter Work Parties

All are on Saturdays, 9am to noon, rain or shine, if a work party is canceled due to weather, it will be announced on the neighborhood website:

Homewood Park understory plants
 include Oregon Grape &
Western Sword Fern

October 29th: Ivy pulling

November 19th Ivy pulling

January14th Ivy pulling and/or planting

February 11th Planting

For more information on the park or the work party, contact Sarah Smith, Hector Campbell NDA Parks Coordinator 503-653-0015 or

Homewood Park is located on SE Home Avenue (between Monroe & Ada Lane) in Milwaukie’s Hector Campbell Neighborhood. The parking is on-street on Home Ave; if you live close by, please walk to the park.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Milwaukie Stadium: Your chance to have the City Council Listen To Your Hopes & Concerns

Milwaukie City Council is holding three listening posts throughout the community to give residents several opportunities to speak directly with the Council about its goal of bringing professional baseball to Milwaukie and back to the Portland-metro region.

The three listening posts will be held:

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, Ardenwald Elementary School Cafeteria, 6 - 7p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, Milwaukie Elementary School Cafeteria, 6 - 7p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011,Linwood Elementary School Cafeteria, 6 - 7p.m.

From the Cities Website: “City Council believes that pro baseball is going to come back to the area and we think by bringing it to Milwaukie, we would be bringing family-friendly entertainment to town that would be a tremendous boost to our local economy,” said Mayor Jeremy Ferguson. "But as I and the rest of the Council have promised, we will only go forward after we've heard from our residents and if it's possible for the project to fit the needs of Milwaukie. These listening posts will give our residents a chance to talk to us directly about their hopes and concerns about bringing professional baseball to town."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 2011 Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes

7:00pm, October 10, 2011
Public Safety Building Community Room

Introductions and Welcome: Linda Hedges, co-Chair, led the meeting. Linda let everyone know that Mary Weaver has been ill but is improving a lot and hopes to be able to return to our meetings soon. Introductions around the room were made. Present: Mayor Ferguson (as a volunteer supporting NCSD), Councilor Hedges, NCSD Asst. Supt. Ron Stewart, NCSD Facilities Durelle Singleton, Chief Bob Jordan, City Staff Liaison Pat DuVal, Co-Chair Linda Hedges, Parks Coordinator Sarah Smith, guest Greg Bowman and 6 neighbors.
Milwaukie Police Update: Chief Jordan distributed the monthly property crime stats. Our neighborhood continues to have very little crime; most criminal activity is opportunistic where people leave items of value in their vehicles. The Department swore in two new officers today: Clare Burnham and Jeff Rogerson. They will be undergoing about 14 months of training before they are on their own, but this now makes the department up to full operational strength.

The photo radar van is back in service! The Council approved at its last meeting an ordinance that will clear the way for positioning the van in specific safety zones, such as 99E and Hwy 224. It has been fitted with new digital equipment which will produce much clearer photos of drivers and will allow fewer dismissals of citations due to unclear photos. A Milwaukie High School student and staff will assist in preparing a video for education about the van, its purpose and how it works. The video will be available on the city’s website and will be referenced on each citation. A second video will be made to appeal to teen drivers at both MHS and Putnam.

a) Minutes from the previous meeting were approved by consensus. Motion made by Darlene Albertson; seconded by Sarah Smith.

b) Treasurer and Grants Report – David Aschenbrenner via email

It was reported that about $1200. There are no outstanding grants. We anticipate $5,000 being contributed to the Home Avenue pathway project. There will remain a healthy balance for other projects we may wish to undertake.The WSMP project (Home Avenue path from Wilma Circle up the east side of Home to Hunter Court) will begin this week and should be finished by the end of November.

c) City Liaison Pat DuVal reported that the 5th Poetry Series is underway. Three new pieces of sculpture have been placed in The Sculpture Garden next to City Hall, under the theme of “Dazzle Me with Color”. The city’s free leaf drop dates at the Johnson Creek Facility are Nov 5, 19, Dec 3,10,17th. There is a Housing Design Open House on Thursday, Oct. 20th 6-8pm at Milwaukie Christian Church. This Open House highlights proposed design standards for single family homes and multi-family dwellings for future building. More city events can always be located at the city’s website. The Mayor’s State of the City address will be held at the Odd Fellows at noon on Tuesday the 11th.

d) Light Rail report –This month’s meeting will be held jointly with the Design and Landmarks committee meeting relating to the Kellogg Creek LR Bridge 6:30pm City Hall Chambers October 17th.

e) Parks Report: Sarah Smith reported that discussions regarding a community garden located at the northeast side of the Campbell School site continue; at this point the garden proposal has neither been approved nor disapproved by the district. She introduced Durelle Singleton from NCSD who reported on how the district would be able to work with a community group operating the garden. If the garden is built, there will be plots to rent, with water available. The fees have to be sufficient to pay for water and insurance and other amenities. When our proposal is accepted by the district, a garden planning committee will be formed.

Sarah also distributed a list of dates for Homewood Park work parties: 9 to noon Saturdays Oct. 29, Nov 19, Jan 14 and Feb 11th. Contact or 503-653-0015 if you have questions or want to volunteer to help. SARAH NEEDS HELP WORKING ON THIS BEAUTIFUL PARK SO MANY NEIGHBORS AND PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE CITY ENJOY– PLEASE IF YOU CAN, JOIN A WORK PARTY!
f) PSAC Report: nothing to report

g) Boards and Commissions report :No reports were made.

h) Councilors Report: Councilor Hedges reported that a feasibility study has been approved by Council into the multi-use stadium. The City manager has been authorized to sign three contracts for $297,000 for a 12 month feasibility study. The first 3 months phase is valued at $84,000 and the contracts can be cancelled if the council or citizens feel that there is insufficient support or the project is not financially feasible.

Public Comment: Kathy Heintz, the homeowner of the house on the corner of Wilma Circle and Home Avenue, spoke regarding an issue raised in connection with the Home Avenue path. Code Compliance had received a complaint that her fence encroached into the right-of-way and is located right up against the sidewalk.. The fence has been in that location since the house was built in the early 1990’s and this had not been raised by city staff either at the time she purchased the house several years ago. The citation by Code Compliance requiring her to move the fence back onto her own property line was going to be costly and very difficult for her due to how her backyard and irrigation system are laid out. She had spoken with a number of neighbors and no one that she spoke with objected to the fence being located right next to the sidewalk.. She felt it was unfair she was being required to move the fence after all this time and that it didn’t appear to her to affect anyone using the sidewalk. This issue has been referred to code Compliance and the city manager. Councilor Hedges stated he hoped she would be able to work out a reasonable solution to the issue. Mayor Ferguson said if she cannot agree a solution with the City Manager she can appeal the decision to the Council. Note: Once the new pathway is in place, it will join up with the short sidewalk referred to above, and all walkers, parents with strollers, and those with walking frames or wheelchairs will then be able to use the entire length of pathway. That is not currently possible as the current sidewalk ends in tall grass and a fire hydrant.

Coyotes Seen on Washington Street: A neighbor came to our meeting with a serious concern about coyotes observed in our neighborhood. Thanks to our concerned neighbor, more of us will be aware of the problem; if anyone else has concerns about issues facing our neighborhood, you are encouraged to come to a meeting or send us an email!
Please share the information with your neighbors, and take precautions to protect your pets, especially cats and small dogs. More information on urban coyotes is available on the Hector Campbell website at

Tool Library Proposal – Greg Bartz Bowman, representing a group interested in setting up a Milwaukie Tool Library, spoke about their hope to begin a tool lending library where donated or purchased tools can be used free. Tools include landscaping, home repair, gardening, painting bike and auto tools – even seeds. The program will be supported by grants and donations.. There will be a meeting on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30pm at the PSB, 3200 SE Harrison, to discuss forming a steering committee.
North Clackamas School District Operations Levy: Mayor Ferguson, acting as a parent and volunteer for NCSD, conducted a presentation outlining the reasons for and how money would be spent if the District puts an operations levy on the November ballot. He polled those present on how much money they felt the District could reasonably ask for, what priorities people felt any money raised by it should be spent on, the possible costs per $1,000 assessed value of a house, and what those present felt about drawbacks or reasons why the levy might not pass. Those interested in knowing more about the “Local Option Levy” can contact Joe Krumm at Or going to .

There was no further business. The meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.

Clackamas FD1 Newsletter:
Next Meeting will be Monday November 12th at 7pm at the PSB

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Coyotes Spotted In Our Neighborhood

A neighbor came to our October meeting with a serious concern about coyotes in our neighborhood. Thanks to our concerned neighbor, more of us will be aware of the problem; if anyone else has concerns about issues facing our neighborhood, you are encouraged to come to a meeting or send us an email!

Please share the information below with your neighbors, and take precautions to protect you pets, especially cats and small dogs.

The Portland Audubon Society has lots of information in the Living With Urban wildlife section of their website. Specific coyote information is found here: Living With Urban Coyotes

Reducing Human-Coyote Conflicts (from the Portland Audubon Society):

  • Never deliberately feed a coyote or other wild mammal.
  • Securely cover garbage cans and compost bins.
  • Remove fallen fruit from yards.
  • Eliminate opportunities for rats to breed in and around your yard.
  • Never deliberately approach a coyote and teach children to respect all wildlife from a distance.
  • Keep house pets indoors and allow only controlled access to the outdoors (fenced yards and leashes). Always keep pets in from dusk to dawn when coyotes are most active.
To prevent coyotes from entering your yard consider removing unnecessary brush, installing a motion-sensitive lighting system, or installing a coyote proof fence. To be effective fences must be at least six feet tall, have no openings greater than four inches and should extend flush with the ground.

If you do not want coyotes around your home, let them know that they are not welcome. If you see a coyote, shout and make noise, wave your arms.

The Humane Society has information on what to do if you see a Coyote: Coyote Hazing: Guidelines for Discouraging Neighborhood Coyotes


Monday, October 10, 2011

North Clackamas Schools seeks public input on Local Option

As part of an exploration of several revenue-raising strategies to help schools weather the economic downturn, the North Clackamas School Board is considering whether or not to place a local option levy on the ballot in 2012.

The short-term property tax could be used for school operating expenses for purposes approved by voters. This could include hiring teachers to reduce class sizes, increasing the number of school days, purchasing new textbooks that address more challenging standards, adding classroom technology, or adding education programs, such as more advanced placement courses. The tax would last three to five years depending on voter approval.
Learn more and take the survey HERE

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October 10th Meeting Agenda

Monday, October 10th, 7pm in the Community Room of The Public Safety Building, 3200 SE Harrison Street

1) Introductions and Welcome: Linda Hedges, Co-Chair

2) Milwaukie Police Update - Chief Jordan

3) Information:
      a) Minutes from  September meeting
      b) Treasurer and Grants Report submission by Aschenbrenner
      c) Parks Report: Sarah Smith
             i. Durelle Singleton, NCSD – Community Garden
             ii. Tool Library proposal Greg Bartz Bowman - MUST

4) City Staff Liaison Pat DuVal report/comments

5) Light Rail meeting – this month/jointly held with Design and landmarks Committee meeting relating to Kellogg Creek LR Bridge 6:30pm City Hall Chambers 6:30-10pm October 17th

6) Asst. Supt Ron Stewart, NCSD and Mayor Jeremy Ferguson- proposed school operational levy

7) City Boards and Commissions members’ reports

PSAC –Linda Hedges

8) Scarecrow Contest

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Scarecrow Contest

artMOB will be spookifying City Hall again this year and needs your help!

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: best traditional or contemporary, group/organization, and character.

The scarecrows will be displayed in front of City Hall between October 19th and 31st.

Those wishing to participate must return an entry form by Friday October 14th and drop off their entry on Wednesday October 19th at City Hall—10722 SE Main St—between 6:00pm and 7:00pm.

See the artMOB website for photos from last year’s contest here:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fall into Gardening

Clackamas County Master Gardeners Fall Garden Fair
Saturday October 8th from 9:30am to Noon
at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive
Attend "10 minute university" seminars, have your soil PH tested, and have questions answered by Master Gardeners. Click HERE for a complete schedule of the days events.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Backpack Buddies: Drive, Drop, & Donate

The Backpack Buddy program provides two meals to hungry students each weekend. Organizers are grateful to several new funding providers who are helping the program create cooperative relationships that mean more students will be fed. Please see the video below from KATU to learn more about the program.

Drive Drop and Donate takes place this weekend, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, at four participating Safeway Stores in Milwaukie, Oak Grove and Clackamas. You can also donate food at any North Clackamas elementary school and Wichita School. Here are the Safeway locations:
•12032 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Clackamas
•15099 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie
•4320 S.E. King Road, Milwaukie
•14840 S.E. Webster Road, Milwaukie

In addition, donations to the Backpack Buddy program can be mailed to:
Backpack Buddy Program
P.O. Box 595
Clackamas, OR 97015

You'll find more information about the Backpack Buddy Program at the North Clackamas School District website. You can contact Joe Krumm directly at or at (503) 353-6017.

Monday, September 26, 2011

September Meeting Notes

7:00pm, September 12, 2011
Public Safety Building Community Room

Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver, Chairperson, was ill, so Linda Hedges, secretary, led the meeting.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Library Expansion Task Force Survey

Most anyone who has visited Milwaukie's Ledding Library knows it is way too small, the amount of items circulated through the library have grown while the library has stayed the same size. For example, in august 2005 47,341 items were circulated while in August 2011 60,601 items were circulated, a growth of over 13,000 items for just the month! (See the complete statistics here)

A citizen task force has been formed to study the options available for expanding the library. You can read the agendas and minutes from their meetings here.

Please give the Library Expansion Task Force your thoughts by taking this survey.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Neighborhood Picnic a BIG Success!

About 125 neighbors, fire and police officers, city staff and local business people joined together for the August 8th Campbell NDA Neighborhood Picnic. This year Shawn Brannan, a face painter, brought color and humor to the faces of many children and Siobhan Kennedy, a massage therapist from Healing Path, brought comfort to those with knots in their backs and necks. Joining neighbors were Councilor David Hedges (hot dog cooker), four officers from station 2 of Clackamas County Fire District #1 at 3200 SE Harrison, Police Chief Bob Jordan, City Manager Bill Monahan, City Recorder and HCNDA's staff liaison Pat DuVal, and Councilor Joe Loomis. From the noise levels it sounded like the kids were having fun and neighbors were getting to know each other better on a beautiful August evening. Thanks to Sarah and Darin Smith, David Aschenbrenner, Glen Ropella, Renee White, Tracy and Chris Pease, Lars Campbell and Rebekah Phillips, Sharon Hayes, Darlene Albertson, Ruby Inman and Linda Hedges for helping put together such a fun event. Thanks also to Nick Loomis for provision of the frozen yogurt dessert, and to St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church for provision of some of the supplies. Also, to raffle prize donations from Tempus Dictum, Papa Murphy's, North Clackamas Aquatic Park, Blount International (Oregon Chain Saw), Milwaukie Farmer's Market, The Gardensmith, and the Clackamas County Office of Sustainability which donated a rain barrel for the raffle.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Neighborhood Picnic, This Monday at 6pm!

Neighbors, you are all invited to the third annual neighborhood picnic at Homewood Park!

Monday, August 8th 6:00pm to 7:30pm on SE Home Avenue, just south of Monroe.

We will have a hot dog dinner with salads, watermelon, and lemonade. There will be information tables about city events, neighborhood businesses, sustainability and emergency preparedness. AND drawing for prizes donated by local businesses for the adults and face painting for the kids.

To help us plan for food we really need people to RSVP, each family who RSVP's before noon on Sunday will be entered in the drawing for prizes (you must be present to win)
If you would prefer a vegetarian hot dog, let us know when your RSVP.
Email your RSVP to or call Linda at: 503-343-0022

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lunch Time Concerts in Scott Park

The Historic Milwaukie NDA and the Friends of the Library present the 2011 concert series--every Wednesday at Noon in the Scott Park amphitheater behind the Ledding Library!

The Friends of the Ledding Library will be selling snacks and soft drinks, or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy the music!

Here is a list of Concerts in August:
· August 3rd: Stu Kenzel & Lynne Hyde – Folk and country

· August 10th: Scott White & Ray Davis – Cool blue jazz
· August 17th: Sky in the Road – Folk
· August 24th: Robbie Laws Trio – Blues innovations
· August 31st: Johnny Martin Trio – Jazz lyrics of the past

Friday, July 22, 2011

What does our Community Need? Share Your Voice!

* Are residents of the county struggling to afford housing?
* Are neighborhoods in need of improvements?
* How can we use limited federal grants most effectively?

Clackamas County Community Development Division is preparing a Consolidated Plan to prioritize spending from several federal grants (CDBG, ESG and HOME) over the next 5-years (2012-2016). Citizen input will help us assess needs and set priorities for selecting project activities. As part of that assessment, we would like to hear from you on what you see as the major needs in your community.

Click here to answer a short Clackamas County survey.

The survey will close on August 15, 2011.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Where will Campbell Students Go To School This Fall?

Most Campbell students will attend Ardenwald and Lewelling next year, with a handful of students (within walking distance) moving to Linwood.

Here is a link to a full sized map, it is a huge PDF, so it may load slowly.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Concert For Backpack Buddies Friday July 22

Hunger is a growing problem for families in Clackamas County, but volunteers serving the Backpack Buddies program are working to help children in need. The program, serving 800 students in 20 North Clackamas elementary schools, provides nutritious weekend food packages to children during the school year.

GracePointe Church, one of many program sponsors, will hold a July 22 benefit concert to help purchase food for their program, which serves kids at Lewelling Elementary. The event features the release of Scott Brockett's new CD, and the $10 admission cost includes a copy of the CD for each attendee.

Brockett was the 2010 winner of Portland Idol. Guest speaker David Sarasohn from The Oregonian will make a presentation during intermission.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on July 22. The first set will begin at 7 p.m.
GracePointe Church at 10750 S.E. 42nd Avenue.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
Click here to learn more about the Backpack Buddies program.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Milwaukie Daze July 22 to 23

This will be a fun weekend in downtown Milwaukie! A sampling of events are listed below; see the full schedule here.

Friday July 22nd
7pm Carnival rides on the waterfront
Field games and bounce houses for kids, petting zoo, free movie night at the Waldorf School, see more information here.

Saturday July 23rd
7am Waffle Feed to support Milwaukie High School Dance Team, $5 on the corner of Main & Harrison
Annual 9K for K9 walk, registration starts at 9am Click here for more information.
Milwaukie Daze Parade at 10:30am
Poetry Picnic at the Ledding Library, 2pm
Carnival rides, vendors & more on the waterfront
Live music & beer tent
Jet boat rides and tour a PT boat
AND: Fireworks after dusk!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Art for Light Rail Stations

We had a lively discussion at our monthly meeting last night about the art proposed for the Milwaukie area light rail stations. We agreed that everyone's taste in art varies with their experiences; some people prefer modern art, others are more traditional. The art to be installed in Milwaukie should be a reflection of Milwaukie. Please take a look at the proposals (linked below) and send your comments to either your neighborhood leadership or Tri Mets Public Art Coordinator, Michelle Traver.

Here is a link to a PDF of the proposals.

Here is a link to the latest information on Milwaukie Light Rail. 

Tri Met holds monthly Light Rail meetings where you can share your ideas and opinions with Light Rail staff. The next meeting is Mon, July 18th 6:30pm at Milwaukie Grange (12015 SE. 22nd Avenue)

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13th, Join staff from the City of Milwaukie and Tri Met for a walking tour of the Trolley Trail and Light Rail alignment segments between 22nd Ave. and Park Avenues. Meet at the Milwaukie Grange (12015 SE. 22nd Avenue) at Contact JoAnn Herrigel at (503) 786-7508 for more information.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Concerts in Scott Park

The Historic Milwaukie NDA and the Friends of the Library present the 2011 concert series--every Wednesday at Noon in the Scott Park amphitheater behind the Ledding Library!

The Friends of the Ledding Library will be selling snacks and soft drinks, or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy the music!

Here is a list of Concerts in July:
· July 13th: Ellen Whyte & Jean-Pierre Garau – Different Shades of Blues

· July 20st: Twisted Pick – Folk and bluegrass
· July 27th: Kevin Selfe and the Tornado – High energy blues

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sign up for CodeRed Emergency telephone notification system

The CodeRED Emergency Notification System  is an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the City in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action.

Here is a link to more information and online sign up instructions. Here is a link to a PBS article about how few people are singed up to receive revers 911 calls. If you use a cell phone be sure to register that number!

Those residents and businesses without Internet access can call the Milwaukie Police Department at 503-786-7406 to register their emergency information by phone.

Friday, July 8, 2011

July 11th Meeting Agenda

7:00pm, July 11, 2011
Milwaukie Public Safety Building
Building Entrance, South End of Parking Lot

1) Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver, Chairperson

2) Milwaukie Police Update - Chief Jordan

3) Jason Smith, Blount Industries

4) Information:
  • Minutes from previous meeting
  • Treasurer and Grants Report – David Aschenbrenner
    1) Milwaukie Festival grant
    2) Budget for picnic
  •  City Liaison Pat DuVal report/comments
  • Parks Report: Sarah Smith
  • Light Rail monthly meeting
  • City Boards and Commissions members’ reports
  • PSAC – Mary Weaver and Linda Hedges
5) Picnic Planning – August 8th meeting

Next Meeting will be at Homewood Park August 8th NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC, 6-7:30pm

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Potential For Brown Water, Crews Flushing Water System

City of Milwaukie water crews began a comprehensive, systematic flushing of the water system in an area encompassing more than 7,000 customers on July 7, 2011. This coordinated program will clear pipes of sediment and dramatically reduce the potential of future brown water incidents. The program is expected to last about 10 days.

The flushing will be conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., in the Hector Campbell, Lake Road and Linwood Neighborhoods, as well as in the International Way Industrial Area. Water crews will isolate six zones within the work area and will flush and clear pipes, primarily through opening fire hydrants, in each zone before moving on to the next one. City stormwater crews will be working in conjunction with the water crews to manage the water, and the water will be treated before entering the stormwater system.
During this flushing program customers may see discolored water in their faucets when crews are working in their immediate area. Should customers see discolored water, it’s best to run the bath tub cold water faucet until clear water returns. The City’s water is safe to drink, even when discolored.

Here is a link to a map of where crews are currently working.
Project Contacts:
Public Affairs Coordinator Grady Wheeler, (503) 786-7503
Water Supervisor Mike Clark, (503) 786-7617

Friday, June 24, 2011

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Neighborhood Picnic, August 8th

The 3rd Annual Neighborhood Picnic is scheduled for Monday August 8th from 6 to 7:30pm at Homewood Park. We need several volunteers to help with the following items:

  • Raffle prizes and picnic sponsorship: someone to coordinate with local businesses to provide raffle prizes for picnic attendees, and/or donate food for the picnic
  • Activity planning: Coordinate games or activities for kids (face painting, story telling, etc.) and arrange information stations for the adults.
  • Menu: Plan and shop for the meal, and secure serving pieces, plates, cups, etc.
  • Picnic Set-up: Set up tables, chairs, and garbage cans (from the city truck parked on-site)
  • Cooking: Cook the hot item on the grill, set-up and refresh buffet
  • Picnic Tear-down: Clean up after the picnic, return tables, chairs, etc to the city truck.
If you want to help please contact Linda Hedges: 503-343-0022
 And please encourage a neighbor to team up with you on our volunteer committee! The list of tasks above looks long, but with a few people helping with each part, it's not that much to do.

Every Corner Is a Crosswalk!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Agenda June 13th HCNDA Meeting

7:00pm, June 13, 2011
Milwaukie Public Safety Building
Building Entrance, South End of Parking Lot

1) Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver, Chairperson
2) Milwaukie Police Update - Chief Jordan
3) Information:
a) Minutes from previous meeting
b) Treasurer and Grants Report – David Aschenbrenner
c) City Liaison Pat DuVal report/comments
d) Light Rail report
4) Parks Report: Sarah Smith
5) August Picnic Planning
6) Campbell School replacement report – Mary Weaver
7) PSAC Report: Mary Weaver and Linda Hedges
8) Other Information and Comments:

Clackamas FD1 Newsletter: and monthly in the HCNDA’s email at

Next Meeting will be Monday July 11th, 7pm at the Public Safety Bldg. Community Room

Members of the HCNDA are those who live in, own property in, work in, or represent a business or nonprofit organization within the Hector Campbell NDA boundaries. Only members are entitled to make motions and to vote. Others are welcome to attend and to contribute to discussion. Find your appropriate neighborhood at

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Traveling RecMobile for Kids Ages 6-10

June 20 – August 5
Join the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District Summer Rec Staff at selected parks throughout the area. The traveling RecMobile will be loaded with tons of fun and the Summer Rec Staff will be ready to lead children in a variety of games, sports, crafts, and other activities. This is a FREE drop-in program. Children may come and go as they please. Parent/Guardian must fill out a registration form on-site before child may attend. Children under age 6 must have a parent/guardian present to aid the child. Check out the schedule HERE.

Monday, May 16, 2011

3rd Annual 9K for K9 Walk

The Milwaukie Public Safety Committee is partnering with the Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation to raise money for our Police K-9 dogs, Jag & Shaka by organizing the 3rd Annual 9K for K9 Walk!

Saturday July 23rd, 2011

For more information and to register online click here.

Pick your time to walk, 3K, 6K or full 9K route for fun or sponsor someone else’s participation.

Bring your dog, your neighbors dog, or just walk with your neighbors!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Community Congress VII

Community Congress VII: Best Practices

Wednesday, May 18 from 6 to 9 pm

Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is inviting residents, business owners, elected leaders, service providers and young leaders to help identify and discuss best practices for citizen participation.

The Complete Communities Congress will be held Wednesday, May 18 from 6 to 9 pm at Clackamas Community College – Gregory Forum, 19600 South Molalla Avenue, Oregon City. There is no charge for this event and refreshments will be served.

Attendees will be asked to participate in discussions to identify ways to effectively communicate with the County and how the County can communicate with citizens in a meaningful and timely way. Participants will be asked to describe an experience where citizen participation worked best and to suggest best practices for citizen participation that the county should consider.

The Congress is part of Complete Communities for Clackamas County, a nationally-recognized citizen engagement program that began in 1999 as a response by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) to citizen requests for increased participation in decisions that affect their lives.

Since its inception, the BCC has hosted six Community Congresses, providing an opportunity for hundreds of local officials, citizens, education and business leaders to work together on a range of issues.

To RSVP for the May 18 Congress, please contact Alisha Dishaw by phone at 503-278-3461 or email at

For more information about Complete Communities contact Barbara Smolak at 503-655-8552 or email at

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hector Campbell Neighborhood Walking Tour

Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m
Walkers in the Ardenwald Neighborhood
The ‘Walk Milwaukie’ series got off to an incredible start last month when about 45 residents came out to tour the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood.

The series’ organizer, Paul Klein, hopes to build on that success at this month’s tour of the Hector Campbell Neighborhood on Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m.
“Everybody is welcome, including well behaved dogs on leashes,” Paul explains.

Participants should meet at Hector Campbell School for the approximately 2 ½ mile, about 90 minute, walk.

How far can Milwaukie walk? Campaign Kick-off Walk at City Hall, 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11th!

Monday, May 9, 2011

May Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes

May 9, 2011, 7pm
Public Safety Building

Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver Chairman; in attendance were Milwaukie Police Chief Bob Jordan, City Recorder Pat DuVal our city staff liaison, Frank Lamp representing Milwaukie Community Club, City Councilor David Hedges, NCSD Asst. Supt. Ron Stewart, NCSD Government and Community Relations Director Joe Krumm, Kathleen McFarlane, McFarlane’s Bark, Rick Till, Tsunami Crew, HCNDA Secretary Linda Hedges, HCNDA Treasurer David Aschenbrenner, HCNDA Parks Coordinator Sarah Smith, 4 visitors from other neighborhoods and 7 neighbors

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

Treasurer’s report: Our budget is in good standing at this time. We have been asked by Milwaukie Festival Daze to contribute to their budget. They will be provided with the grant application form. Action: Linda Hedges

City Liaison Report: Pat DuVal had nothing to report. There were no questions for her.

Police Report: The Chief distributed April property crime statistics. The Department’s new drug sniffing K-9 officer, Shaka, this past weekend aided in her first felony arrest for drugs found in a vehicle.

Chief Jordan reported on the recent firing and prosecution of one of our officers who had falsified his leave records while working on assignment with Tri-Met police. The suspicion was first reported by one of our own officers. He said he was very proud that his officers’ standards of integrity led to the prosecution, guilty plea to official misconduct and dismissal of this officer. A neighbor commented on how much we appreciate the Chief’s transparency regarding what happens with the department.

A visitor from Ardenwald neighborhood raised a question of speeding traffic on King Road between 36th and 42nd. This is on the border between our neighborhood and Ardenwald’s. The Chief took note of this area for traffic analysis and the neighbor was advised to also attend Ardenwald’s NDA meeting to raise this issue. This might be worthy of consideration for a future WSMP project.

The Chief described the current deployment of a loaner LED speed display sign. He plans to purchase 1 or 2 in the next fiscal year. These signs can be easily moved from one location to another. The models being considered collect data even when the speed display is not on,, so it is easy to make a comparison between when it’s off and when it’s on to determine if it is a speed deterrent. So far it is clearly working as a speed deterrent on Stanley Avenue. It does require a clear signal as it operates off the internet, so not all locations will work.

There were some questions about on-going problems with teenagers misbehaving in Homewood Park. The Chief encouraged neighbors to always call either 911 or the non-emergency police dispatch number 503-786-7500 if they see something they don’t think is right. He did remind the group that unless they are drinking or under-age smoking the “suspect subjects” also have a right to use of the park within the city’s guidelines. But police will always go and determine whether or not criminal activity is occurring. Definitely if people are in the natural area off the path or in the park after dark they need to be questioned.

A neighbor enquired of the Chief whether we have sufficient staffing. He said that given the nature of the city, that we have two state highways running through town that are not policed by any other agency, and the kind of calls our officers typically have, along with technological tools (such as the photo radar van) he feels we have adequate staffing. He does have a half time position in the next budget to hire an evidence and property technician.

Campbell School Future Use of Buildings: Asst. Supt. Of Operations Ron Stewart and Gov’t Relations Director Krumm led a discussion about the district’s policies relating to the future use of the school. This information is available on their website. Discussion centered around future use of the fields and gyms by sports organizations (may cost more for the gym due to custodian pay requirement) and desire to have another school or a municipal or social service agency use the buildings. Comments, suggestions or queries and applications for school building use can be emailed to The timeline for gathering community input on the future use is short – the school district will make recommendations to the Board and a decision will probably be made before July in case there is a private school that may wish to start up in September.

Sarah Smith, HCNDA Parks Coordinator, asked about the possibility of having a community garden in the upper field. She was advised to submit a proposal to the school district for it.

One neighbor mentioned that Milwaukie has needed a Community Center for a long time. She noted that there is no place for children and youth to go for entertainment and the Campbell school site could be ideal for such a project. There was also mention that the Portland Police Activities League had at one time mentioned establishing a youth activities center in Milwaukie. Mr. Krumm advised people to write in to propose the projects, although funding these activities could not be done by the school district. Mr. Aschenbrenner, Chair of the City’s Budget Committee, commented that it is not likely the city of Milwaukie has funding for it either.

There were questions about security of the buildings once school is out. Milwaukie PD has permission to be an agent for the school district and can trespass or arrest people who commit crimes on the school property. Neighbors who view anything unusual should either call 911 or the non-emergency police dispatch number 503-786-7500.

Walking the Neighborhoods – Paul Klein The second Walk the Milwaukie neighborhoods walk will be Sunday May 15th at 1pm starting at Campbell School parking lot. It will tour about 2.5 miles of Campbell neighborhood. The following month’s walk will be Historic Milwaukie’s neighborhood. He also mentioned a 3K walk commencing from City Hall at 6pm on Wednesday May 11th celebrating the Decade of Action for Road Safety, a UN sponsored global effort to reduce traffic related road deaths across the world. Mr. Klein can be contacted at or 503-652-8891.

Grocery Co-Op: Vince Alvarez attended to explain his idea of starting a Milwaukie Co-Op. Members would join for a currently undetermined amount of money, and the co-op would carry basic food items and locally made produce and products. The hope is to locate it near the Light Rail station so people can pick up necessities on their way home. The co-op is led by a Steering Committee of members, and seeks to improve the quality and nutrition of available foods.

OFFICER ELECTIONS: The current slate of officers was re-elected: Mary Weaver Chair, Linda Hedges Secretary, Sarah Smith Parks Coordinator and David Aschenbrenner Treasurer.
Public Safety Advisory Committee Report:

Photo Radar Van: Mary Weaver spoke about the current thorny issue over continuation of a contract to operate the photo radar van in Milwaukie. At the last Council meeting when Chief Jordan brought the proposed contract to Council for a vote, Mayor Ferguson and Councilor Miller changed their minds from their February 1st agreement that gave Chief Jordan the instruction to pursue the contract, and indicated they would vote against the contract along with Councilor Loomis who has already stated his opposition to the van. The council vote was postponed until the May 17th Council session. Click HERE to view video of the meeting (scroll down to "Photo Radar Contract Authorization")

A neighbor expressed great concern which was echoed by others regarding the process concerning the photo radar van issue. All the NDA's and PSAC supported continuing the van, and 4 of 5 Councilors agreed. When 2 of them decided to reverse their thinking, there was no discussion with all the groups that had recommended a yes vote and would have been no opportunity to give further testimony if the vote had not been postponed at the last minute. There was also no substantial new information presented that would account for why continuing the van is not in the best interest of Milwaukie citizens.

It is even more concerning when such great progress has been made in cooperation and communication among the NDA's and between NDA leadership and Council, particularly around traffic safety issues and the Walk Safely Milwaukie Program. It was very surprising for all the city's advisory groups to be discounted in this way, as well as our police department. To realize it could occur with ANY issue in the city puts a real strain on our trust in city government.

Mary Weaver had researched and made available a 77 page report including statistics and data in support of photo radar van operations. Campbell NDA had already voted unanimously for the van and sent a letter of support to Council in January. It was agreed that another letter of support was needed. David Aschenbrenner moved and Linda Hedges seconded a motion to support approving the contract for continuation of the photo radar van in Milwaukie as it currently operates. Vote in support: 8 for, 0 against, 2 abstentions (including Councilor Hedges who does not vote at NDA meetings). Neighbors were encouraged to contact the Mayor and Councilors to advise them of their support and to attend the May 17th Council session to show support for the van.

3 Creeks Natural Area vs Clackamas County DOT and CCC
Rick Till, a representative of the Tsunami Crew, an environmental action group active in restoration and preservation of the 3 Creeks area near Harmony Road, attended and distributed literature asking for our support in the continuing effort to stop County and Clackamas Community College plans to build an access road into CCC through the Oak savannah in the 3 Creeks natural area adjacent to the Harmony road campus. Neighbors were asked to contact County commissioners to express support against the plans.
Action: Linda Hedges to write a letter from the NDA in support of “no build” option.

Other Information and Comments:

a) Campbell School Farewell: June 11th – community is invited; food and fun for all the family

b) HOMEWOOD PARK WORK PARTY MAY 14TH; 9am-noon, bring gloves, wheelbarrows; will be spreading wood chips

c) Light Rail Meetings: The third Monday of each month a regular Light Rail Advisory Committee meeting is held at the Public Safety Building, 7pm. Look on the city’s website for more information. Now is the time to attend and be part of the input on design elements of the stations and bridge.

d) Planning has commenced for the 2011 August Homewood Park Picnic. More helpers are needed!! Please contact Mary Weaver, Linda Hedges or Sarah Smith to assist. The picnic is planned for Monday, August 8, from 6:00-7:00pm. A postcard or flyer will be mailed to all neighbors. There will be a raffle again.

Clackamas County FD #1’s latest newsletter is available on: and monthly in the NDA’s email at

Next Meeting will be 7pm on June 13, 2011

Read about this meeting and other important news at our website:

Prepared by: Linda M Hedges Approved: Mary Weaver May 11, 2011

Homewood Park Trail Work Party!

Join neighborhood volunteers spreading wood chips on the trail at Homewood Park.

Saturday, May 14th, 9am to noon

Refreshments will be provided. Please wear gloves, and dress for the weather. If you have a wheel barrow, PLEASE bring it!

2009 Wood Chipping in's time to add more.
RSVP (to help us plan for refreshments) to or 503-653-0015

Home Energy IQ Workshop

How much energy and money can you save?
What is the single biggest energy user in your home?

Do you need to install insulation or simply change your habits?

Monday, May 16th,   6-8pm, at Willamette View
12705 SE River Road,  Milwaukie, OR 97222

Presented in collaboration with Clean Energy Works Oregon, and Energy Trust of Oregon, this workshop will teach you how energy works in a home and what impact your actions can have. You'll develop a deeper understanding of home-energy use, the effects of appliances and systems on your utility bills and how changing simple behaviors can reduce your energy and carbon footprint. You'll also learn about what you can do to increase comfort and indoor air quality, how to distinguish do-it-yourself techniques from projects that may require professional services, and understand what diagnostic testing can do for your home.

Workshop topics include:

•Identify your household energy use and how it changes over time

•Take a whole-home approach to energy efficiency

•Recognize the most cost-efficient energy improvements for your home

•Save energy and improve your home's comfort, health and safety

•Reduce your environmental footprint

•Learn about incentives, rebates and financing available

For questions or more information, call 503-742-4460

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 9th HC NDA Meeting Agenda

1) Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver, Chairperson

2) Milwaukie Police Update - Chief Jordan

3) Information:
a) Minutes from previous meeting
b) Treasurer and Grants Report – David Aschenbrenner
1. Grant request: Milwaukie Daze
c) City Liaison Pat DuVal report/comments

4) NCSD Assistant Supt. Ron Stewart and Mr. Joe Krumm, Director of Government and Community Relations – the future of Campbell school

5) PSAC Report: Mary Weaver and Linda Hedges
6) Officer Elections for 2011-12
7) Other Information and Comments:
a) Campbell School Farewell – June 11th
b) August meeting – Neighborhood Picnic planning
c) May 14th – Homewood Park work party
d) May 15th – Hector Campbell Neighborhood Walk
e) Light Rail monthly meeting

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Vacant School Building Reuse Policy to be disscused on May 9th

North Clackamas School District Assistant Superintendent Ron Stewart and Government Relations Director Joe Krumm will attend the Hector Campbell NDA monthly meeting on May 9th at 7pm in the Public Safety Building (3200 SE Harrison Street). Discussion will center around their proposed policy for reuse of vacant building (such as Campbell School). Neighbors, Campbell PTA members and staff, business owners in our neighborhood and City Councilors and city staff are invited to attend.

Click HERE for a PDF of The proposed policy for reuse of vacant buildings. The proposed policy refers to the school districts Strategic Plan several times, click HERE to read it.

The future of the school building is important to our neighborhood. We are pleased that the School District is willing to include our neighborhood in the discussion. PLEASE come to the meeting and share your ideas.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Proposed Campbell School boundaries

For those interested, here is the link to to NCSD's proposed school boundaries
for Campbell (and clackamas) school children attending different schools next
year. Note that the box that says "Campbell to Lewelling" nearly obscures the entire
area outlined in dark blue where children will go to Lewelling next year. It is
basically 53rd to 72nd between Monroe and King Road.
If you have questions or comments about it please contact North Clackamas
School District Government Relations Director Joe Krumm at or your School Board members.


If that doesn't work, go to the North Clackamas School District website and follow the link to the boundary map.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

HCNDA April 11 2011 Meeting Minutes

Introductions and Welcome: Mary Weaver Chairman; in attendance were Milwaukie Police Chief Bob Jordan, City Recorder Pat DuVal our city staff liaison, Frank Lamp representing Milwaukie Community Club, HCNDA Secretary Linda Hedges, HCNDA Treasurer David Aschenbrenner, HCNDA Parks Coordinator Sarah Smith, Ms. Peg Tarbox of Friends of Ledding Library, Mr. Paul Klein and 7 neighbors

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

Treasurer’s report: The first annual financial report has been prepared for City staff and no additional grants are outstanding. Sarah Smith made a motion, seconded by David Aschenbrenner, that we set aside a $2,000 budget for park maintenance and improvements this year. The motion passed unanimously.

City Liaison Report: Pat DuVal reported that the Pond House is open selling books in support of Friends of Ledding Library on Fridays and Saturdays from 11-4. She reported that the Budget Committee will be meeting several times during April, but that there were no new big issues identified in the budget. The Volunteer Recognition Brunch will be Saturday April 16th at the Masonic Lodge.

Police Report: MPD and Providence Milwaukie Hospital are partnering with PSAC to present the Prescription Turn-In Day on April 30th 9am-2pm at the Public Safety Building. A Shredding Day will be held on June 18th.

The Chief distributed March statistics on both property crime and traffic accidents. Interestingly, most traffic accidents occur between 8am and 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Chief reported that a client of the Johnson Creek Secure Treatment Facility was returned to Oregon State Hospital after committing an assault on a stranger in a SE Portland store where he had been escorted by a staff person. The Facility reported the incident on time and as it should have done. Multnomah County DA’s office did not prosecute. There was some discussion regarding issues and procedures at the Facility.

The Department has acquired a new drug sniffing K-9 named Shaka that has been made available from the Washougal, Washington Police Department. The dog is already trained and certified, and the city has chosen Officer Billy Wells as the dog’s partner.

There were some questions about on-going problems in Homewood Park with groups of teen-agers and also adult men sitting at or on the picnic table by the play area, driving away parents with young children who would like to enjoy the play area but who feel intimidated. The Chief encouraged neighbors to always call either 911 or the non-emergency police dispatch number 503-786-7500 if they see something they don’t think is right. He did remind the group that unless they are drinking or under-age smoking the “suspect subjects” also have a right to use of the park within the city’s guidelines.

Code Enforcement – Sarah Lander Sarah described her and her co-worker Tim Salyers’ responsibilities to enforce city ordinances and parking regulations. She distributed a flyer about what to do about barking dogs, and about various problems she and Mr. Salyers face within the city. The issues most often reported are noxious weed and grass growth (over 8 inches high), barking dogs, illegally parked vehicles and debris. She outlined the process for resolving complaints, and suggested that if there is a neighbor-to-neighbor dispute the County does have mediator services which can help resolve on-going issues. More information is available on the city’s website.

Campbell School Closure and New Boundaries Mary Weaver reported she and Joby Twigg and Tracy Pease attended a meeting with NCSD staff, Principal Curtis Long and members of HC PTA and others from Clackamas Elementary and Linwood Schools to discuss options for the redrawing of the school boundaries. She passed around 3 maps showing various options for drawing the lines. Linda Hedges moved and Darlene Albertson seconded to support Option 3, which sends all Campbell school children to either Ardenwald or Lewelling and draws the boundary line straight down Home Avenue, providing all children on Home Avenue are sent to the same school. That motion passed unanimously. There is another meeting Wednesday the 13th to further discuss the boundaries; the NCSD and board have made no decisions yet though. Mary said she would like to have a meeting between HCNDA, the PTA members from Campbell and the PTA and NDAs from Lewelling and Ardenwald to discuss how to best support the children through these changes.

A neighbor pointed out that the NCSD recently mailed out a newsletter that said that Campbell school will be leased out to make money for the school district. She expressed concern over how the property might be used. Mary reported that the current zoning is R-7, single family housing, like the surrounding neighborhood. An exception had been made at the time the school was built. Any use other than subdividing the property for housing development (unlikely in this economic climate) will require permits and planning approval. Mary advised the HCNDA has sent the NCSD a letter outlining our preferred guidelines regarding future use of the property. NOTE: A neighbor asked for this letter to be distributed. ACTION: Linda Hedges

Concern was expressed that the ball fields and gym should continue to be a resource for the use of local community members, and Mary advised the NCSD has stated it will continue to do so for the near future.

Friends of Ledding Library – Peg Tarbox described the reasons why the Library is so important to support, and encouraged those who aren’t already members to join Friends which supports the Library in a number of ways. She said the annual Book Sale will be held at Portland Waldorf School June 24-26, and Pond House is open weekly 11-4 on Fridays and Saturdays to sell books. The Farmers Market also has a book sale booth.

Walking the Neighborhoods – Paul Klein An architect and history buff, Mr. Klein has undertaken the project of planning a walk through each of the 7 residential neighborhoods over the next 7 months. Neighbors were asked to contact him with ideas about what points of interest exist in our own neighborhood, where the walk will be held on May 15th. There will be a historical tour in downtown Milwaukie on May 22nd. Mr. Klein can be contacted at or 503-652-8891.

Public Safety Advisory Committee Report: nothing at this time

Other Information and Comments:
a) Light Rail Meetings: The third Monday of each month a regular Light Rail Advisory Committee meeting is held at the Public Safety Building, 7pm. Look on the city’s website for more information. Now is the time to attend and be part of the input on design elements of the stations and bridge.

b) Earthquake Preparedness: Drop, Cover and Hold drill 10am April 30th. Practice the proper way to respond during an earthquake by crawling under a desk, table or bed or up against one, hold on, cover head and neck if possible. Statewide exercise to remind everyone to be prepared and know what to do.

c) Walk Safely Milwaukie Program: Linda Hedges reported that HCNDA is turning in 3 proposals for infrastructure funding: path up Home Avenue from Wilma Ct. to Hunter Ct., 2 crosswalks at the north and south side of 42nd and Washington, and road painting in front of Homewood Park to make drivers better aware of the park. An Awareness and Education project that is a flyer reporting changes to bus routes, schools and on neighborhood changes will be distributed to the neighborhood.

d) The City has a water main replacement project going on 42nd and King and down to Washington. Permits allow work at night.

e) Next month’s meeting: NCSD Asst. Supt. Ron Stewart and Gov’t Relations Director Joe Krumm will speak about Campbell school closure and future use of the building


Clackamas County FD #1’s latest newsletter is available on: and monthly in the NDA’s email at

Next Meeting will be 7pm on May 9, 2011

Prepared by: Linda M Hedges Approved: Mary Weaver April 12, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

2011 Officer Elections at May 9th HC Neighborhood Association Meeting

Officers for 2011-12 will be elected at our May 9th Campbell NDA meeting. If you are interested in volunteering as an officer or would like to know more about what duties that would entail please contact Mary Weaver at or Linda Hedges at

Friday, April 1, 2011

Unwanted Prescription Drug Turn-in Event

Saturday April 30th from 9am to 1pm the Milwaukie Police Department, Providence Milwaukie Pharmacy and Milwaukie Public Safety Advisory Committee are sponsoring a Prescription Drug Turn-In day in the parking lot of the Public Safety Building at 3200 SE Harrison Street in Milwaukie. Expired or unwanted drugs, sharps in a container and empty used pill bottles will all be accepted. Just drive in and drop off!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

First Friday Art a la Carte

The Art a la Carte, First Friday series set to kick-off the 2011 season on April 1st, and organizers are hoping to build on the incredible success the event enjoyed in its inaugural season.

Every first Friday of the month hundreds of residents take to Milwaukie’s Downtown streets to hear great live music, eat great food, listen to live poetry, and take in fantastic local art.

The series also features activities for kids, so the event is perfect for the entire family.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

John Denver Tribute this Sunday for North Clackamas Family Support Center

The Milwaukie Community club is sponsoring a musical program Sunday afternoon, March 20th from 2 to 4 p.m. to benefit the North Clackamas Family Support Center (see the end of this post for info about the NCFSC.)  The program is a 'John Denver Tribute", provided by Ted Vigil who looks and sound like John Denver, and will be singing his favorite numbers. Home made cookies will be served at the intermission.  Tickets are $10 person. For information call 503-799-8633.

Milwaukie Community Center10666 SE 42nd Ave (SE 42nd & Jackson) Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
 North Clackamas Family Support Center is a community-based program that provides services, referrals and information to individuals and families.

Our services include:
Homeless Liaison Services; Lunch Buddy Program; Ready, Set, Go! Program; Clothes Closet - Children’s Clothing available; Computer Lab; School Supplies; Hygiene Supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, etc); Limited emergency food (as available); Counseling services provided by Clackamas County Community Health; Assistance with Oregon Health Plan and Foodstamp applications

Information and Referrals:
Food; Clothing; Housing; Parenting; Family Safety; Individual & Family Counseling; Domestic Violence; Food stamps; Medical care; Dental care; Oregon Health Plan/Medical Insurance
And much more !!

Referrals can be made by: Parents, Teachers, Principals, School Counselors, School Nurses, Community Members, You !

Donations of children’s clothing, school supplies, hygiene items, and non-perishable food items gladly accepted. For more information, please contact our office at (503) 353-5663.