Neighborhood Connections: January 2012

City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections, August 2011. Find Out What's Happening in and Around Your City. Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

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Crime Reports
Residents can now access current property crime data on the City's website. The crime information is mapped so residents can get a visual perspective of actual crime reports submitted. This data is updated monthly and also includes crime prevention tips and trends. Read more

Neighborhood Safety Forum
The winter Neighborhood Safety Forum will be on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Sgt. Hernandez will give an update on the Special Enforcement Team’s (SET) activities. There will also be a special presentation from the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team (EMGET) Read more

Community Forum for Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF)
The community forum, on February 22, will provide information and a facilitated discussion about the process for locating wireless communications on utility poles in the public right-of-way. Read more

Basic Mediation Training
East Metro Mediation will have its annual 40-hour training in April; applications are due February 27, 2012. Participants will learn how to help others resolve conflicts through an interactive training. Those wanting to volunteer with East Metro Mediation must take this class; it’s also open to those wanting to learn mediation skills. Read more

New Downtown Development Rules Proposed
Urban Design & Planning welcomes comments on draft Downtown Code changes intended to remove obstacles to development while ensuring the community’s vision for Downtown. The Planning Commission work session regarding the Code changes is Feb. 13. Contact Brian Martin, Associate Planner, at 503-618-2266 or with questions or comments. For summary and draft. Read more

Charter Review Committee
The committee will meet to discuss its draft report to Council on the City’s Charter on January 24 and February 2. The final committee report will be presented to Council on February 7 Read more

Gresham Composts – Businesses Recycling Food Scraps
Restaurants, groceries, and other businesses that handle food now have the opportunity to separate any trimmings from their regular garbage. Food scrap recycling diverts valuable materials from heading to the landfill, creating a valuable soil amendment which can be used at nurseries, vineyards, or in gardens. Read more

Workshop: Negotiation for Win-Win Solutions
East Metro Mediation will be teaching “Negotiation for Win-Win Solutions” at Troutdale’s City Conference Building, 223 S. Buxton, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. There’s no cost for residents of Wood Village, Troutdale, Fairview or Gresham. Pre-registration is required. Read more

What’s Your Opinion of Code Violations in Your Neighborhood?
Last chance! Help us determine if the City is addressing what you indicate are your biggest code concerns, how we're doing resolving those complaints from a customer service standpoint, and how we're doing communicating if you report a possible violation. Take the survey

Earth Day is April 21
Mark your Calendars for this year’s Earth Day. We will be collecting rigid plastics/clean plastic bags (not accepted in curbside recycling), Styrofoam (rigid Polystyrene, no foam or food related Styrofoam), paper shredding (limit 4 boxes per household), fluorescent tubes and lights, and cell phones. If you would like to volunteer, contact 503-618-2694 or Read more

Water Crews Flushing Pipes
This year's water flushing, valve and hydrant maintenance program runs Jan. 30 through April in the Grant Butte Service Level in Gresham, which includes portions of the Centennial, Northwest, Hollybrook, Central City and Northeast neighborhoods. Signs in the neighborhood will let you know in advance when flushing is coming, and our Web page will be updated to let you know where we are flushing. Read more

Raptor ID Class
Join Metro naturalist James Davis on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. to learn more about hawks, eagles and falcons, how to tell these groups of raptors apart and the key points for identifying the most common species in Oregon. Read more

Winter Birds in Your Yard
This class will cover bird feeding basics and identification of some of our winter visitors as well as familiar birds seen in our yards and neighborhoods throughout the year. Read more

Amphibian Surveys: Volunteers Needed
We are recruiting volunteers now for the 2012 surveys which will begin middle of February and run through June. Each year, the City surveys frog, toad and salamander populations at 200 sites in Gresham to assess the health of our natural areas and to better protect state listed (declining) species. Read more

February is Plant a Tree Month (Free Tree Giveaway)
The Watershed Division is offering winter opportunities to prepare your yard for a fabulous spring. Look for ordering native plants, tree offers, rain garden grants, and more. Read more

Texas Hold ‘Em Fundraiser
Join the Gresham Downtown Development Association and The Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association for a Poker-Night Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, at 4th Street Brewing to help with the costs of the 2011 Spirit of Christmas Event. Read more

Auditions for East County’s Got Talent
Calling all musicians, singers, actors, and more. Mark your calendar for the March 24 auditions for East County’s Got Talent to be held Friday, April 20. Apply & Read more

Free Activities at the Library
Looking for something to keep your kids busy? The library has hundreds of free events and classes for children (and adults) of all ages. Read more

Volunteer Today at Girl Scouts
You can make a difference in the lives of girls! We are looking for troop leaders in your area. If you have a few hours each month, we can connect you with other adults in your area to star up a new Girl Scouts troop. Email for information. .Read more

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