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City approves sale of city shops land

The Sandy City Council recently approved a negotiated agreement for the sale of the old city shops property.

The sale price of $775,000 would net the city somewhat more than $600,000 after some expenses or deductions for creek-bank stabilization, demolition of existing buildings and environmental cleanup.

The sale is to Northwest Housing Alternatives, which is still in the process of gaining financing for its project, which might not start construction until late this year or early in 2014.

The added city revenue has been added to the 2013-2015 biennial budget to offset the need for dependence on reduced amounts of tax revenue.

Campfires, off-road vehicles restricted

Campfires and use of off-highway vehicles is now restricted in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

The latest restriction is specific to the McCubbins Gulch and Rock Creek trail system. Also restricted is smoking outside of enclosed buildings or vehicles.

Campfires are allowed only in designated campgrounds within a safe fire ring. Visit the following web address to learn which campgrounds allow campfires in designated fire rings: fs.usda.gov/mthood. On the website, look for Mt. Hood Highlights and Recent News.

Generally, the restricted area includes land on the east side of the mountain, east of Highway 35 as well as east of Highway 26 after its junction with 35.

City needs help with land-use planning

The city of Sandy is seeking interested applicants to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission.

The planning panel reviews land-use applications and advises the Sandy City Council on legislative changes. The commission typically meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

The person appointed to this position must live within the city limits. Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter describing their interest in the position and any special qualifications they have.

Letters should be received in City Hall by Aug. 9 and addressed to Tracy Brown, planning and development director, city of Sandy, 39250 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy 97055. Also acceptable are email letters to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, call Brown at 503-668-4886.

Election protocols revised as safeguard

The Clackamas County Elections office has released the findings and recommendations of an election committee formed after allegations of ballot tampering last fall were announced.

Among the findings of the committee was the fact that internal cameras would not have detected ballot tampering since there was no way for cameras to review all of the processing sites.

Among the recommendations for changes were the following: realigning processing tables where ballot envelopes are opened, giving observers a better view; enhancing the oath that temporary workers take; allowing only green and purple pens at ballot processing tables; increasing the number of supervisors at processing tables; and allowing only the processing team to be seated at processing tables — all others must stand.

Reading event gears up at library

The Sandy Library staff will hold this summer’s “Let’s Talk About It” program Aug. 20 in the library’s community room. Community members are invited to read the same book, and then to come together to discuss it.

Author Bob Welch will present a program for children and a program targeted to adults. The two sessions will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For more information, call the library at 503-668-5537 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .