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, 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.