Local briefs for Aug. 6


Roadwork set for local area

Multnomah County will apply chip seals, a pavement surface treatment, to rural-area roads in East County next week, starting Monday, Aug. 8.

Roadwork is scheduled from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for certain days on Lusted Road, Pleasant Home Road and possibly Southeast Clatsop Road, depending on progress. The work is weather dependent. Flaggers will direct traffic. Asphalt paving is scheduled for several busier roads in East County cities in September.

Sale benefits youth programs

Donations from families throughout the Gresham area will be offered at a large community rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, at the former Saturn dealership in Gresham at Sundial Avenue and Stark Street.

Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Gresham, the sale will include a range of items from tools to toys. Proceeds from the sale will go to community youth activities including the Police Activities League, Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts and various school programs. The sale raised more than $3,000 last year.

Donations from families are welcome anytime during the week of Aug. 8. Volunteers might be available to pick up items from local residences by calling event Chairman Ed Beaver or Club President Ed DeSantis at 503-516-6969. Anything not sold during the event will be donated to the Salvation Army, which will have a truck on site.

Animal shelter at capacity with cats

The Multnomah County Animal Services shelter in Troutdale is at capacity for cats this summer and is asking the community to lend a hand by adopting.

The shelter, 1700 W. Historic Columbia River Highway, is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday; and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The county's animal shelter, which is unique in the tri-county area because it takes every cat brought to its door, has stretched its capacity to house 118 cats and kittens.

The adoption fee for Multnomah County resides for cats older than 1 is $12 and $50 for kittens 6-11 months old. The adoption fee for non-county residents is $50 for cats 6 months and older. Kittens less than 6 months old are $100 for all adopters. Fees include the services of spay or neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, the cat's first set of required shots, a health exam, a license and virus tests for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency.

Local mayors attend state conference

Mayors from throughout Oregon met in Madras, Aug. 4-6, for the annual Oregon Mayors Association conference.

The conference included a roundtable meeting on human trafficking and its effects on youth in Oregon communities. Mayors also got to meet with agency directors, including Matthew Garrett, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation; Scott Nelson, jobs and economic policy adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber; and Tim McCabe, director of the Oregon Business Development Department.

Representatives from Aumsville, Brookings and Sisters - communities that experienced disasters in 2010 and 2011 - shared information about what did and did not go well in their dealing with a disaster. Troutdale experienced flooding because of last winter's storms, exacerbated by bridge construction in the Sandy River.

In addition, Troutdale Mayor Jim Kight, City Manager Craig Ward and Building Safety Manager Dick Bohlmann returned from a weeklong training program in disaster preparedness at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md.

Elected and non-elected public officials, police and fire chiefs worked together on teams to address disasters based on actual events such as fires, tornadoes and flooding. The cost of training is supported by Homeland Security, which includes housing and transportation.