Increased car use hurting neighborhood livability

To the editor:

I read in the Canby Herald this week that the police are going to put up new signs to help slow speeders along what north side neighbors now refer to as “the north side bypass.” This name came about because it's become a shortcut for out-of-town commuters to bypass downtown Canby and zip along Territorial Road from Highway 99E to N. Birch Street, turn down to Knights Bridge Road and head out of town to the west.

No stoplights, no delays and only a couple of stop signs. Hundreds of commuters speed along this route daily, over 3,200 by the city’s own count, every single day. That’s one million vehicles per year on streets designated as neighborhood routes only.

Plus, these people are in a hurry to get to work. They tear around the corner and accelerate, creating noise that no one should have to tolerate in an otherwise nice neighborhood. They damage our roads, mutilate the signs and never spend any money to help pay for them.

I’m afraid that my home is losing value because of it. It is not the quality of livability that I expected prior to moving here.

I appreciate the city’s new efforts to put up signs; I hope and pray that this will be a good solution.

Barbara Rodgers


North Marion library project coming soon

To the editor:

The North Marion Community Library Association will have a fundraiser to launch the projected opening of its long-awaited library with a dine and dance event Saturday, Feb. 15, the day after St. Valentine’s day at Topaz, a homestyle food and wine bar at, 3519 Thid St., in Hubbard.

The event will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m, with live music by Portland’s Level 2 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

While the Canby Herald is filled with stories of building a larger library to accommodate the many activities fostered for the educational, artistic, and societal growth of Canby residents, and the Woodburn Independent has reported similar daytime and weekend efforts to enlarge the community involvement of those in Woodburn, the rest of north Marion County residents that want the same (service) need to “pony up” a substantial family fee for library membership. That’s because organizing for permits and licenses, renting and managing materials takes some long-planned-for financing.

By June of this year, however, there’ll be some changes made.

Aurora, Broadacres, Butteville, Donald, Fargo and Hubbard will be signing up for their library cards to borrow reading and listening materials from the North Marion Community Library Association — located on the lower floor of Aurora’s Presbyterian Church. Talk about community outreach and enrichment.

Members of the NMCLA are asking that you purchase tickets now from the members, as it is the policy of Topaz that no tickets will be sold at the door for this special fundraiser. Two tickets are $50, with a single ticket costing $30.

Please support your newest local library and treat someone special to dinner and dance music when you purchase your tickets early by calling 503-678-1960 or 541-749-8088.

Jan Metzger, secretary

NM Community Library Association


Effort needs to be made to keep Canby clean

To the editor:

My family loves living in Canby. When we first moved here 10 years ago, we thought it was a classy little town. Now, it looks more like a trashy little town with trash littering Highway 99E, Knights Bridge Road, parking lots, downtown Canby and just about everywhere else.

Not even the urban renewal and beautification projects can hide our trash problems. Certainly, our community leaders and residents see the trash, but nothing seems to be done about it.

There are “none so blind as those that will not see.”

Do we have a trash task force in this city? Is there an “Adopt a Road” program? Do we have groups of volunteers who give their time to pick up after others who irresponsibly litter out streets?

Don’t even get me started on cigarette butts littering our parks, shopping centers and streets. It’s sad.

Isn’t it time for all of us to pitch in and pick up trash before Canby starts looking like a city dump? Let’s keep Canby clean.

Darlene Toole


Police should have better things to do than ticket

To the editor:

A friend of mine recently got a traffic ticket from a Canby cop while driving outside the city limits of Canby.

What was the big crime, you may ask, that caused a Canby policeman to stop someone outside the city? The ticket was for driving 67 mph in a 55 zone while driving on Highway 99E north of Canby.

If the Canby Police are so bored they have to write frivolous traffic tickets outside of town, maybe it’s time to lay off a few Canby cops and save the taxpayers some money.

Glenn Lenhardt


Contract Publishing

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