Another neighborhood joins the CIO movement

There’s a new Citizen Involvement Organization in town.

CIO 4 was officially recognized by Tualatin City Council during its Oct. 22 meeting. Its boundary lines encompass the neighborhoods from Warm Springs Street to Blake Street, and from Boones Ferry Road to the Interstate 5 freeway.

Tualatin Municipal Code requires that a CIO holds annual elections for its officers, gives seven days advance notice of its meetings, submits a copy of its CIO bylaws to City Council and that its members meet at least twice a year.

According to the group’s bylaws, CIO membership is open to anyone living within CIO 4 boundaries who is at least 16 years old, and to any Tualatin resident who owns property within the region represented by CIO 4.

CIO 4 president Debbie Maryanov said she was inspired to establish the group last April after an auction to benefit Edward Byrom Elementary School, which her son attends. The prize? A lunch with Mayor Lou Ogden, who realized that Maryanov lived in his neighborhood.

“He said, ‘Hey, we’re the only neighborhood without a CIO. How’d you like to start that?’” Maryanov recalls.

The idea appealed to Maryanov, a recent Lewis and Clark Law School graduate who serves as a judicial law clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals.

“Part of the reason I moved to Portland is because this area has such a reputation for civic-mindedness,” she said.

As CIO 4 comes together, Maryanov doesn’t feel her neighborhood is particularly fired up about any one issue. She views the new CIO as serving more of a community-building role.

“(The CIO) helps our community feel like we’re a distinct neighborhood, and allows us to get to know our neighbors,” she said. “It also allows us to communicate amongst ourselves about safety issues, transportation issues, property values and the overall economic viability of the city.”

The CIO will also enable its members to become better informed about activity in city government, local businesses and other neighborhoods represented by surrounding CIOs, she adds. “And it’s a collective voice to express our interests.”

So far, CIO 4 has met twice, first to establish the group, then to approve bylaws and elect its officers. Kay Dix serves as vice president and Lynda Wittman serves as treasurer.

The next meeting will be held Friday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill, 8187 S.W. Tualatin-Sherwood Road. For more information, visit

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