Thank you to everyone who attended my first community outreach Happy Hour on July 23 at 5-0-3 Restaurant in West Linn! I had a great time and learned a lot. I am tentatively planning another Happy Hour on October 22, 2013. I hope to see you there, especially if you couldn’t make last week’s event.
Per the request of some citizens who attended last week, I wanted to follow-up on a few issues that were discussed:
I enjoyed learning more about the Friends of Maddax Woods’ future plans for this community resource. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by, I encourage you to do so, or wait until this holiday season when Maddax Woods is lit for the holidays.
To learn more about Maddox Woods, click here.
Robinwood Station Conditional Use Permit
There were some questions about the requirement for a conditional use permit for the Robinwood Station. This West Linn Tidings news story accurately summarizes the process that needs to be followed for this community center to continue to be operational.
Trails Master Plan
As you may know, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board and Transportation Advisory Board held a public hearing last week on the Trails Master Plan. Next, this Plan will go to the Planning Commission, and then to the City Council. Trails and connectivity are important to me and to West Linn, and I look forward to hearing from you about the draft Plan. The plan documents can be reviewed here. The majority of the council could place the trails master plan out to a vote, but this is not a realistic option for a long-range planning document. If another parks bond is proposed, it is possible for money to be placed for the trails plan. This would have to be decided by the council at a later time.
Cedar & Goat Islands
Some concerns were raised about Cedar Island use and I have relayed these concerns to the West Linn Parks & Recreation Department. Thank you for bringing these items to the City’s attention. I have passed the idea of stronger signs to the parks and recreation department, and if you should have any enforcement issues on the islands, please call the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. They are outside the jurisdiction of the West Linn Police.
Marylhust Heights Park
Similarly, some concerns were raised about off-leash dogs in Marylhurst Park. As a reminder, dogs should remain on leash in all City parks except the designated off-leash area in Mary S. Young Park. And please remember to pick up after your dogs when you’re out and about. Please direct enforcement to the West Linn Police Department.
City Council Rules
The Council did adjust the rules to allow clarifying questions per the Mayor’s discretion. I would encourage speakers to stay after the community comments portion to so Council and Staff can respond to resident concerns.
I learned that some West Linn Library patrons are frustrated with Gramor’s signs in Central Village about no library parking in Gramor lots. If you’re like my family, you use both the Library and Central Village stores during a trip to this part of West Linn. I know that Holly Mercer, West Linn’s new Library Director, is working closely with Gramor to develop a stronger relationship that recognizes the important role the Library plays in Central Village business success and prosperity. I will continue to support her efforts and reach out to Gramor as well.
Accountability for Park Fees, Street Fees, Library District Share, and Arts Fee
Transparency of City finances is very important to build trust with the community. For the history of the street fee fund please see the attached graphic below – click for larger image:
The City does promote and dedicates 1% to the Arts. Currently the new West Linn Police Station will qualify and funds have been set aside for public art within the building, as well as the new parking lot at the West Linn Public Library.
Information about Library District Capital Money is included in the library projects in the Capital Improvement Plan. Also, there were some questions about parks fees and library district capital funds; these monies are accounted for and planned for in the West Linn Capital Improvement Plan and Biennial Budget. click for larger image.
Proposed street fees increase
I heard some questions about street fees and I encourage everyone to tune in for a Council discussion on this topic on Monday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m. We will also be collecting citizen input on the best ways to continue our investment in Streets.
Robinwood Business District/Robinwood NA
A question was raised about the Highway 43 visioning project and the master plan for this area. This continues to be an area of interest for the City Council, and with our Council priority related to economic development, we anticipate further, future conversations about this important area of commerce. The Robinwood business area continues to be very vibrant, and our Economic Development Director Chris Kerr welcomes any ideas and suggestions for ways to help increase business engagement in this area. Chris’ email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to encourage Robinwood to create their own signature event for their area and will be speaking at an upcoming neighborhood association meeting.