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There are many changes in store as the leaves fall

King City police chief lists new programs and regulations


Welcome, autumn weather! Now is the time to make the transition from summertime activities to autumn ones.

In this column, I have included some information that you may find interesting at this time of year.

Fireplace and wood stove regulations

We are also entering fireplace season. It is always a good idea to have your chimney, fireplace or wood stove cleaned and inspected every year.

Please only burn clean dry wood or pellets in your fireplace or stove. Burning green wood or other things can create large amounts of smoke and irritants that will affect the health of you and your neighbors. There are ordinances in effect for issuing citations for improper burning.

Help Me Home

Many residents have heard of Project Lifesaver, a program that assists locating missing or lost adults or children. The program, which is provided countywide by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, uses a radio device carried by the protected individual that can be tracked by radio-receiving equipment.

Now there is a new program through the sheriff's office that is not expensive and can assist law enforcement in bringing home lost or missing love ones. The new program, Help Me Home, can augment Project Lifesaver or be used by itself.

This program enables residents who have the responsibility for an adult or child who may become lost and have difficulty providing vital information, to enroll the protected person in an endangered-person registry.

This registry is confidential and maintained by the sheriff's office. The data collected includes a passport-sized photo and information such as address, name and phone number.

The stored data allows law enforcement to identify a located missing or lost person and return that person home. The cost to enroll in the Help Me Home program is $20, and the enrollment is valid for two years.

To participate, all you have to do is complete an enrollment application and pay the $20 fee. Applications and program information can be at obtained at www.co.washington.or.us/helpmehome or contact Marcia Langer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 503-846-6048.

If you have any questions about the program, you may also contact me at the King City Police Department at 503 620-8851.

Power outage information

We have had a dose of wintertime weather recently and as a reminder, it is important to be prepared. I am passing on some tips from the PGE and the King City Community Emergency Response Team so you will be prepared as the storm season approaches.

During a storm-related power outage, PGE will clear down power lines first, then check generation sources, repair transmission lines, repair substations, repair distribution lines, then repair neighborhood tap lines and finally connect individual customers. So the word is patience.

To be prepared, PGE suggests that customers have an emergency kit that contains the following: Hand-crank or battery-powered flashlight and radio; battery-powered clock; car adapter for cell phones and laptops plus extra batteries; and emergency phone numbers, including the PGE outage number.

When the power goes out, report it on the PGE outage line, 503 464-7777. For more info on power outages, you may go to www.PortlandGeneral.com/Outage.

In addition, King City CERT recommends that you have a 72-hour kit that contains at least the following: Water (one gallon per day per person); non-perishable food for three days; first-aid kit; medications for three days; sanitary items (toilet paper and wet wipes); some cash; and extra clothing and a blanket.

Fall clean-up

Many residents have been or will be doing their last big outside clean-up for the year. Often this involves the disposing of many left-over items such as paint, garden sprays, etc.

If you have any of the following items left over from summer gardening or home projects, you should contact Metro at 503 234-3000 for disposal information: paints and stains; batteries; pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and poisons; art and hobby chemicals; motor oil and anti-freeze; aerosol-spray products; thinners and solvents; medical syringes and blades; cleaners and disinfectants; and fluorescent bulbs, tubes and ballasts.

You may be able drop these type of items at two Metro locations: Metro Central Station, 6161 N.W. 61st Ave., Portland, Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Metro South Station, 2001 S.W. Washington St., Oregon City, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Studded tires and chains

It is the time of year when the weather can turn nasty with rain and possibly snow. Along with the bad weather comes the time to think about studded tires and tire chains.

Nov. 1 to March 31 is the time you can have studded tires on your vehicle. To read up on the rules regarding studded tires and tire chains as well as state travel requirements, you can go to www.tripcheck.com/ or call ODOT at 1-800-275-6368.

The website and phone number also provide information on winter travel conditions in the metro area and other parts of the state. In addition, at most tire stores you can pick up a copy of the Oregon Department of Transportation's Guide to Oregon's Chain and Traction Tire Law.

Pick up fall leaves

King City does not provide leaf pick-up. Each property owner is responsible for cleaning up and disposing of the leaves from his or her property.

Leaves that are not picked up often find their way down the street to the storm drains. This causes back-ups in the drainage system and can result in flooding.

Also, remember that there are noise limits in effect for backpack blowers used within the city. Excessive noise can result in a citation when the use is disturbing your neighbors. Please be courteous when using power equipment.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

This event should get applause from those residents entitled to a handicapped-parking permit.

It seems that a crook nicknamed the "Sticky Note Bandit" would use accomplices who worked in various stores in a particular city to place notes in the cash registers, indicating that the store owed a particular person a refund from a purchase.

The crook then would enter the store with false ID and pick up the alleged refund. On this occasion our "I think I am a smart crook" parked in a handicapped-parking space near the victim store.

While the crook was inside, a police officer noticed the illegally parked vehicle and while citing the vehicle for the violation, the officer recognized the name from a recently published most-wanted bulletin.

Alas, our "Sticky Note Bandit" received a double dose: a citation for the handicapped-parking violation and an arrest for theft with a trip to jail. This just goes to show you must have a valid handicapped-parking permit if you want to use the space.

So, until next time, be good, be neighborly, and be safe.