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Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations Apr 2021 Meeting: Tue, Apr 13, 2021 7PM-8:45PM

04/13/2021 - 7:00pm
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Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations Apr 2021 Meeting: Tue, Apr 13, 2021 7PM-8:45PM. Public Welcome. Get Involved!. Info here!

Public Welcome. Get Involved!

When: Tue, Apr 13, 2021 7PM-8:45PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

Please note, this is a Zoom meeting. For additional information about this meeting or how to attend via Zoom, please visit the Coalition webpage, and view the agenda.

For more information about the Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations, contact Carol Rulla, Coalition President, at 503-663-1466 or crullaor@gmail.com.

Urban Forestry Subcommittee Meeting: Mon, Apr 19, 2021 4:30PM-5:30PM

04/19/2021 - 4:30pm
04/19/2021 - 5:30pm
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Urban Forestry Subcommittee Meeting: Mon, Apr 19, 2021 4:30PM--5:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Apr 19, 2021 4:30PM--5:30PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

In order to protect public health, safety, and welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gresham Urban Forestry Subcommittee will meet remotely at 4:30 pm on April 19, via Zoom.

Instructions to participate

People who wish to speak during the meeting, provide written comments, are unable to access the meeting remotely, or are otherwise unable to participate in the meeting, should notify staff 24 hours in advance of the meeting for instructions and assistance. This allows the City time to provide alternate arrangements, if needed.

Please contact Tina Osterink at Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2392 for participation instructions or more information about the meeting.

The Urban Forestry Subcommittee advises the City Council and staff about tree preservation, tree species, and for the City's street tree list and trees to be designated to the City's significant tree list.

How should Gresham spend $5.4M Metro parks funds?

How should Gresham spend $5.4M Metro parks funds? Survey ends April 26, 2021. Info here! Click to enlarge.
PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Barbara Kinzie Christman is one of the residents who objects to the Headwaters project in Southwest Gresham. The 30-home development would require removal of 250 mature fir trees, which abutt a undeveloped park and two wetland areas.

Source: Gresham Outlook, April 8 2021
By Teresa Carson

Survey asks folks to rate 10 possible projects, buying Headwaters site is one option

The city of Gresham launched a survey on how to use its Metro parks funds, and depending on public input, could purchase the controversial proposed Headwaters housing development site for park land.

The survey opened Monday, April 5, and asks people's opinions on how to use the $5.4 million that Gresham is getting from the 2019 Metro Parks and Nature bond measure.

There are 10 proposed parks projects totaling $13 million. That's more than twice the funds available from the Metro bond. The survey asks folks to pick the three projects they see as most important.

"The mayor and City Council want to provide an opportunity for public input and want to hear how residents would like to see the city spend our "local share" of this money," said Elizabeth Coffey, Gresham's director of communications. The Headwaters property is included as one of 10 potential projects that could be purchased with these funds," "There are lots of competing needs for this $5.4 million, which is why it is critical that residents tune in and let us know what their priorities are," she added.

The $5.4 million can be used for parks or natural resources projects that boost access to nature, water quality, habitat and protect against climate change. The money cannot be spent on playgrounds, sports fields, recreation programs, pools or fountains.

City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 4, to review the results of the public outreach and vote on disposition of the Metro funds, including potential purchase of the Headwaters property.

The proposed Headwaters development has stirred controversy in Gresham and beyond.

Development of the 7.82 acre tract would cut down a dense stand of more than 250 mature fir trees adjacent to a protected wetland area and park. The city approved the project and no appeal was filed.

Formerly owned by the late Helen Shaull, the wedge-shaped property is at 3535 W. Powell Blvd. It is about half-mile east of the Highland Fair shopping center.

The forested site is next to Fairview Creek headwaters, the undeveloped Southwest Community Park and near the Grant Butte Wetlands owned by the city of Gresham. The southwest portion of the site is a Habitat Conservation Area.

A project at Fujitsu Ponds is one of the 10 proposed uses for the $5.4 million in Metro bond funds. The city of Gresham has opened a survey for residents to rank the 10 projects in importance. Info here!
COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - A project at Fujitsu Ponds is one of the 10 proposed uses for the $5.4 million in Metro bond funds. The city of Gresham has opened a survey for residents to rank the 10 projects in importance.

"The Shaull property would be a purchase, while all the other projects are for properties that the city already owns. If the Shaull property is not purchased by the city, it will be forever lost. The other parks projects may get money in the future," said Janet Unruh, who does not want to see the Headwaters development proceed.

In addition to the proposed Headwaters purchase, the other nine projects included in the survey are:

• Columbia View Park, 1000 N.E. 169th Ave. The city's $850,000 proposal calls for a nature play area, making trails accessible, a Columbia Gorge viewpoint and other improvements.

• Southeast Neighborhood Park, 3003 S.E. Barnes Road. Trails, picnic facilities, signs and a nature play area would be added to this 6.5 acre undeveloped park at a cost of $600,000.

• Jenne Butte Neighborhood Park, 2358 S.W. Border Way, would get a wetland viewpoint, trails, picnic facilities and more, for $1.2 million.

• East Gresham Neighborhood Park, 237 S.E. Williams Road, would get improvements such as signage, trails, picnic facilities and a nature play area at a cost of $650,000.

• Southeast Community Park, 5600 S.E. Salquist Road, would see soft and paved trails, picnic facilities, a restroom, nature play area, off-leash dog area, and more, at a price of $2 million.

• Southwest Community Park, 3333 West Powell Blvd., would get improvements that could include picnic areas, wetland viewing, trails community gardens, a restroom and more, at a cost of $2.25 million.

• Hogan Butte Nature Education Center, would purchase the undeveloped forest land north of Hogan Butte Nature Park, 757 S.E. Gabbert Road. A home on the property would become the accessible Nature Education Center to engage students in a native plant nursery and other operations. This would cost $700,000.

• Fujitsu Ponds, off Glisan Street near Salish ponds, would get improvements worth $1.75 million. The upgrades would eliminate warm water from going into these ponds, benefiting wildlife and reducing flooding risk. A public natural are would be created.

• Forest health recovery. The proposal is to spend $1 million on forest restoration and safety efforts all over Gresham.

SGS Development LLC, headquartered in Bend, bought the Shaull property for around $1 million and plans to develop the lots and sell the property to a builder to construct the 30 homes.

Chet Antonsen, of SGS Development, said Metro and Gresham had first right of refusal on the property and declined to buy it.

Another of the 10 proposals would spend $2 million on upgrades at Southeast Community Park, a 6. 5 acre undeveloped site on Southeast Barnes Road. Click to enlarge.
COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - Another of the 10 proposals would spend $2 million on upgrades at Southeast Community Park, a 6. 5 acre undeveloped site on Southeast Barnes Road.

SGS is asking $2.5 million for the acreage now. The city would spend about $500,000 for improvements for a total cost of $3 million.

The proposed development unleashed a torrent of public comment and controversy. The city received many comments, all opposed to the Headwaters development, from local residents to the The Audubon Society of Portland.

John Bildsoe, vice president of the Coalition of Gresham Neighborhoods, wrote that arrowheads and other artifacts from Indigenous people have been found on the site.

After similar community pushback in 2014, SGS sold the Gantenbein Farm property at 2826 N.W. Division St. it planned to develop, to Metro, Gresham and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). That property is now the part of the Grant Butte Wetlands.

Take the survey
Share your thoughts on how the city could use its portion of Metro parks funds by taking a survey at: GreshamOregon.gov/Parks-Planning

For more information email: ParkOptions@GreshamOregon.gov or leave a voicemail: 503-618-2145. Instructions will be in English and Spanish.

Paper surveys will be available upon request.

The survey is due by Monday, April 26.

Survey responses are limited to one per person. Duplicate submittals will be removed.


This story first appeared in The Outlook. Support community newspapers. Subscribe at http://savinglocalnews.com

City Council Business Meeting: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 1PM-2PM

04/20/2021 - 1:00pm
04/20/2021 - 2:00pm
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City Council Business Meeting: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 1PM-. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 1PM-2PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

How to attend the meeting

  • For meeting log-in/call-in information, please see the meeting agenda on the Council Meeting Agendas and Videos page.
  • If you're unable to access the meeting via Zoom, you may contact the City Recorder at 503-618-2697 by 10:00 am on the Monday before the meeting so the City can provide alternate arrangements.

How to provide testimony

  • To testify during a Council meeting, provide testimony in writing to City Recorder Susanjoy Wright at Susanjoy.Wright@GreshamOregon.gov 24 hours before the meeting to allow the testimony to be forwarded to the City Council.
  • If you're unable to provide written comments in advance, or are unable to access the meeting via Zoom, notify the City Recorder at 503-618-2697 24 hours in advance of the meeting so we can provide alternate arrangements.

General meeting information

Regular Council meetings allow necessary City business to be dealt with, such as citizen recognition, citizen advisory committee reports, bid awards, resolutions, ordinances, public hearings, etc.

For more information contact the City Recorder at 503-618-2697.

Read more about Council meetings.

Organic Vegetable Gardening: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 6:30PM-8PM

04/20/2021 - 6:30pm
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Organic Vegetable Gardening: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 6:30PM-8PM. Gardening Workshop. Info here!

Gardening Workshop

When: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 6:30PM-8PM
Where: Gresham Japanese Garden
Main City Park
Get Map!

Join members of the Friends of the Gresham Japanese Garden for a free class in the greenhouse.

Instructor Jim Buck will cover how to improve your garden.s health and our environment by growing organically.

Register Organic Vegetable Gardening

All classes and workshops follow COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Masks are required.

Learn more about the Gresham Japanese Garden or email info@greshamjapanesegarden.com.

Budget Committee Meeting #1: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 6PM-9PM

04/20/2021 - 6:00pm
04/20/2021 - 9:00pm
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Budget Committee Meeting #1: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 6PM-9PM. Public Welcome. Info here!

Public Welcome

When: Tue, Apr 20, 2021 6PM-9PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

How to participate:
In conformance with the governor.s limitations on public gatherings, the meeting will be conducted electronically using Zoom, an online meeting platform. The meeting structure is consistent with the governor.s Executive Order No. 20-16.

Please note: Citizens wishing to testify during this Budget Committee meeting on the fiscal year 2021/22 budget are asked to provide testimony in writing ONLY and send your written testimony to Budget and Finance Director, Sharron Monohon at Sharron.Monohon@GreshamOregon.gov no later than 24 hours before the meeting to allow the testimony to be forwarded to the Budget Committee.

Persons who desire to provide testimony and are unable to provide written comments in advance or are otherwise unable to access the meeting via Zoom are encouraged to notify the City by calling 503-618-2890, 24 hours in advance of the meeting so that the City can provide alternate arrangements.

Persons who desire to provide comments regarding the hearing on possible use of Oregon Revenue Sharing Funds should submit separate testimony, following the same procedures as described above.

Meeting login or or call-in information to access the meeting will be provided by April 19.

Budget documents will be available by April 19.

Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Apr 21, 2021 6:30PM-7:30PM

04/21/2021 - 6:30pm
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Design Commission Meeting: Wed, Apr 21, 2021 6:30PM--7:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Wed, Apr 21, 2021 6:30PM--7:30PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

In order to protect public health, safety and welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gresham Design Commission will meet remotely at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 21, via Zoom.

Instructions to participate

People who wish to speak during the meeting, provide written comments, are unable to access the meeting remotely, or are otherwise unable to participate in the meeting, should notify staff 24 hours in advance of the meeting for instructions and assistance. This allows the City time to provide alternate arrangements.

Please contact Jamie.Thomes@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2842 for participation instructions or more information.

The Design Commission is the primary advising subcommittee to the City Council on design excellence for the built environment of the city.

The Commission assists in the development and application of design standards and guidelines, and will conduct hearings as necessary to ensure that proposed public and private projects achieve these standards.

Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Apr 26, 2021 6:30PM-7:30PM

04/26/2021 - 6:30pm
04/26/2021 - 7:30pm
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Planning Commission Meeting: Mon, Apr 26, 2021 6:30PM--7:30PM. Get involved, Make a difference. Info here!

Get involved, Make a difference

When: Mon, Apr 26, 2021 6:30PM--7:30PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom

In order to protect public health, safety, and welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gresham Planning Commission will meet remotely at 6:30 pm on Monday, April 26, via Zoom.

Instructions to participate

People who wish to speak during the meeting, provide written comments, are unable to access the meeting remotely, or are otherwise unable to participate in the meeting, should notify staff 24 hours in advance of the meeting for instructions and assistance. This allows the City time to provide alternate arrangements, if needed.

Please contact Amanda Lunsford at Amanda.Lunsford@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2221 for participation instructions or more information about the meeting.

The Planning Commission advises the City Council on long-range, comprehensive planning and land use issues within Gresham.

Budget Committee Meeting #2: Tue, Apr 27, 2021 6PM-9PM

04/27/2021 - 5:00pm
04/27/2021 - 9:00pm
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Budget Committee Meeting #2: Tue, Apr 27, 2021 6PM-9PM. Public Welcome. Info here!

Public Welcome

When: Tue, Apr 27, 2021 6PM-9PM
Where: Online meeting via Zoom
Get Map!

How to participate:
In conformance with the governor.s limitations on public gatherings, the meeting will be conducted electronically using Zoom, an online meeting platform. The meeting structure is consistent with the governor.s Executive Order No. 20-16.

Please note: Citizens wishing to testify during this Budget Committee meeting on the fiscal year 2021/22 budget are asked to provide testimony in writing ONLY and send your written testimony to Budget and Finance Director, Sharron Monohon at Sharron.Monohon@GreshamOregon.gov no later than 24 hours before the meeting to allow the testimony to be forwarded to the Budget Committee.

Persons who desire to provide testimony and are unable to provide written comments in advance or are otherwise unable to access the meeting via Zoom are encouraged to notify the City by calling 503-618-2890, 24 hours in advance of the meeting so that the City can provide alternate arrangements.

Meeting login or or call-in information to access this meeting will be provided by April 26.

Budget documents will be available by April 19.

Virtual Mt. Hood Jazz Festival: Fri-Sun, Apr 30-May 2, 2021 10:30AM-9PM

04/30/2021 - 10:30am
05/02/2021 - 9:00pm
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Virtual Mt. Hood Jazz Festival: Fri-Sun, Apr 30-May 2, 2021 10:30AM-9PM. Let's Get Jazzed!. Info here!

Free Family Event!

When: Fri-Sun, Apr 30-May 2, 2021
10:30AM-9PM
Where: Online Virtual Festival

Get jazzed! The 2021 Mt. Hood Jazz Festival goes online for a virtual three-day immersion in the jazz culture.

You can watch the entire festival lineup for free. Featuring performances, workshops and master classes by famous artists and educators.

View the Virtual Jazz Festival schedule here!

Watch Livestreamed on:

Learn more about the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival.

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