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New Scarlet Oaks added to Columbia View Park by Friends of Trees volunteers

New Scarlet Oaks added to Columbia View Park in Gresham Oregon, Jan 9, 2010 by Friends of Trees volunteers. Info here!
Volunteers plant Scarlet Oaks at
Columbia View Park. Click to view

Oaks will add a nice touch of red fall color to Columbia View Park

Scarlet Oaks added to park

By Kate Farrington, (Friends of Trees)

Friends of Trees, along with volunteers from the Nadaka Nature Park work party, planted three Scarlet Oaks in Columbia View Park (in the SE area of the park) Jan. 9th. They were planted to replace four mature cottonwoods that were recently removed.

The oaks will add a nice touch of red fall color to the park, which is currently dominated by evergreen trees.

Thanks to Lee Dayfield, who put in a lot of work to make this planting happen! Friends of Trees is excited be involved in more planting projects out in Gresham.

Neighborhood Connections: Jan 2010

City of Gresham: Neighborhood Connections Jan 2010

City of Gresham News,
Community Activities,
Workshops & More

Neighborhood Connections is a publication from the City of Gresham Communications & Community Outreach offering City of Gresham news, Public Safety information, Community Activities & Events, Training & Workshops, Volunteer Opportunities, and more.

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For more information, visit the Neighborhood Associations page at GreshamOregon.gov or contact Cathy Harrington at 503-618-2482, or email Cathy.Harrington@GreshamOregon.gov.

Landlord, mayor don’t see eye to eye on proposed Rockwood methadone clinic

Landlord, mayor don’t see eye to eye on proposed Rockwood methadone clinic at 192nd & E Burnside in Gresham.
New methadone clinic in Rockwood? Maybe. (katu.com)

"Allowing this type of business" says Gresham mayor, "would be a step in the wrong direction."

Source: katu.com (Jan. 7, 2010)

A Gresham landlord wants to fill a vacancy with a methadone clinic, but the mayor said Wednesday the area has enough clinics already.

The site is in Gresham’s Rockwood area at 192nd and East Burnside and has been vacant for more than a year. Owner Jack Medak said he just wants a business that will help pay the bills.

Cub Scouts Join October 2009 Nadaka Nature Park Clean-Up

Cub Scouts Join October 2009 Nadaka Nature Park Clean-Up
Cub Scouts Pack #740 at Nadaka
Park Cleanup. Click to enlarge

Cub Scouts remove vines and invasives as part of four Community Service projects to earn a special award.

By Lorraine Strahlmann
(Wilkes East resident. Jan 8, 2010)

If you were a young lad, where would you and your buddies be on an October Saturday morning? If you guessed Gresham Youth Football practice, this time you are wrong.

On this particular day, five (5) Cub Scouts from Gresham Pack #740 were hard at work helping clean Nadaka Nature Park of invasive plants, trees and vines.

With parental supervision the Cubs pushed wheelbarrows they filled with debris to a waiting yard waste bin provided by the City of Gresham.

UPDATE: Could a 'Big Box' store be in Wilkes East's future?

Could a 'Big Box' store be in Wilkes East's future? Four potential Gresham locations, and no 'Big Box' building code
Suzan Wells, Pres. SWNA
outside abandoned QFC store
182nd/Powell. Gresham Outlook

City identifies 181st & Halsey as one of four potential Gresham locations.

Five years later, still no 'Big Box' building code for responsible development.

According to a recent City Council report the possibility is real.

At the October 13th 2009 City Council meeting city planners presented a report that acknowledges Gresham's (Oregon's fourth largest city) need for a big-box policy. The report outlined areas of concern; a summary of how similar sized cities address those issues; and how Gresham compares.

Report recommends delay

The report recommends delaying code development saying the retail market has slowed, making another big-box development unlikely anytime soon. Besides, "A big-box store requires eight acres to accommodate parking," said John Pettis, associate comprehensive planner, "there are no vacant properties (in Gresham) that meet that requirement".

Planners did however identify four sites big enough to be redeveloped to accommodate a big-box (bigger than 100,000 sq. ft.); including 181st & Halsey. (See map below for location)

Reynolds board appoints interim leader after Fisher quits

Reynolds School District Board appointed Joyce Henstrand acting superintendent Dec 21, 2009, replacing Dr Robert Fisher who quit Dec 18th over Board decision differences.
Joyce Henstrand
Jim Clark/Gresham Outlook

The Reynolds School District Board appoints acting superintendent, replacing Dr Robert Fisher

Joyce Henstrand named acting superintendent

Source: The Gresham Outlook, Dec 22, 2009
By Rob Cullivan, The Gresham Outlook

The Reynolds School District Board appointed Joyce Henstrand, 62, acting superintendent on Monday, Dec 21, 2009.

Henstrand, the district’s executive director of instruction since 2007, has worked in the district since 2003. She succeeds Robert Fisher, who resigned Dec 18th.

Since fall 2008, Fisher had led the district, and was credited by board members for straightening out the district’s financial mess. He was supposed to serve until June 30, 2010, but he quit early, citing differences with the board over policies and other issues.

Henstrand will serve in her position until the district hires a permanent superintendent. A search is under way for a permanent district leader, and Henstrand noted she plans to apply for the job.

Six new designs for Rockwood offer a bright future for West Gresham

Univ of Oregon Sustainable Cities Initiative presented six new designs for Rockwood at the Gresham Redevelopment Commission meeting Dec 9, 2009
Community-based urban living in
West Gresham's Rockwood triangle. Click to enlarge

Sustainable Cities Year project redefines Rockwood potential.

Proximity to Portland and MAX huge factors.

"Rockwood Boulevard combines social and community goals to transform an isolated and distressed site into a vibrant neighborhood. At the heart of the six arce site is a street lined with local business creating an atmosphere bursting with activity and unique flavor."

Six new designs for Rockwood

University of Oregon graduate students involved in the year-long Sustainable Cities Year program presented six new designs for the Rockwood triangle to an enthusiastic audience at the Gresham Redevelopment Commission (GRC) meeting on Dec 9, 2009. The crowd, which divided into three groups for two presentations and a short Q&A every 20 minutes, liked what they saw.

"Community-based urban living supported by a micro economy of local business" dominated the design themes. Students cited the close proximity to downtown Portland and the importance of the adjacent MAX Blue Line as huge factors in their designs, saying Rockwood is positioned to become a vital and thriving area in West Gresham.

Capri Terrace holds Fall 2009 Neighborhood Watch meeting, hears 911 presentation.

Capri Terrace Neighborhood Watch meeting held Nov 8, 2009
Capri Terrace Fall 2009 meeting
Click to enlarge

911 presentation highlights meeting

Neighbors enjoy hot soup & warm conversation on a brisk Fall day

911 Visits Capri Terrace

The topic for the Capri Terrace neighborhood watch was "when to call 911 vs., the non-emergency number".

About 35 people attended the Fall meeting held Nov 8th. A spokesperson from the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC), Melanie Payne (Training and Development) gave the "do's and dont's" for using the 911 system. Melanie did a great job informing everyone about how the system works. She also stressed that kids need to know their address as early on as possible. People need to know when to use the non-emergency number: (503) 823-3333. "911" should only be used when the situation involves saving a Life, stopping a crime in progress, or reporting a fire.

Kevin and Tammy Hanson did a great job hosting. Just in time for Fall there were two large pots of soup, salad, and an assortment of deserts for everyone to enjoy.

Residential Compatibility Public Input Summary report now available. Project on hold, scheduled to resume in 2010.

Residential Compatibility Workshop Public Input Summary report now available. Info Here!
Good Idea, Bad Idea? You decide.

Help ensure new and existing developments are more compatible.

Read what Gresham citizens had to say on this important issue. Download the report here!

Input summary report now available

A Residential Compatibility "Public Input Summary" that describes community reaction to possible residential compatibility solutions is now available on the project website (click on “Project Documents and Meeting Materials”).

Project website (click on link, or paste in your browser) http://greshamoregon.gov/city/city-departments/planning-services/comprehensive-planning/template.aspx?id=9634.

If you attended the workshops, we encourage you to review the information to ensure participants’ comments are correctly described. New comments also are welcome.

Note: This project has been put on hold and is scheduled to resume in 2010.

Local business commits to "Green", installs rooftop solar array

Seko Worldwide's Portland Or facility installs 31Kw rooftop solar array in an effort to increase energy independence
Seko Worldwide, Portland office
Click to enlarge

Incentives greatly reduce system cost.

Solar expected to provide 80% of the company's power need.

Solar brightens local business

Another local business has commited itself to GREEN by installing rooftop solar panels at its new 33,000 square foot facility in the Wilkes East area.

The Portland office of SEKO Worldwide, a personalized global freight transportation and logistics provider, is installing a 31Kw 'grid-tie' solar system in an efforts to increase its energy independence. The 143 panel photovoltaic (PV) system will supply about 80% of the company's lighting, heating, and air conditioning power needs when it becomes operational this December.

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