ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION — The city’s 100 Mile Challenge continues through the end of this month, and so far participants have not been deterred by rain, according to the city.

The 100 Mile Challenge is a pilot project aiming to encourage active transportation. Citizens who leave their cars at home and track trips they take by walking, biking or using public transit have qualified for incentives when they hit the 100-mile mark each month.

So far, all of the small trips taken without cars have added up to big savings, according to the city. For example, participants in October logged 12,055 active transportation miles, saving an estimated $2,678 and 413 gallons of gasoline, and preventing the emission of 7,725 pounds of carbon dioxide, the city reported.

Participants who have logged at least 100 miles since the program began in July will be eligible to win a bicycle at the end of the year. For more information, go to

FOOTHILLS — The city council is poised to adopt the Foothills urban renewal plan.

The council on Dec. 4 advanced the plan to the final meeting after making a few changes: removing a project that would relocated a Portland General Electric substation, adding a floodplain mitigation project and reducing tax-increment funding allocated to a staircase at A Avenue. The final meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

GRANTS — The city council recently awarded more than $23,000 in neighborhood enhancement grants to 12 neighborhood associations. The money will fund projects like neighborhood signs, emergency preparedness efforts and community building activities.

E-TICKETS — The police department has been working to implement a new electronic ticketing program. The system allows officers to issue citations with a computer and portable printer, saving processing time as well as time for records and court staff members. The program will also cut back on paper use. It as paid for by the city and with grant money from the state.

ROADSIDE SIGNS — The city’s public works division has received three more trailer-mounted “variable message sign” reader boards through a federal grant. The boards help communicate information to motorists and pedestrians about issues involving the right of way, such as emergency routes, traffic delay alerts and construction detours. U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants had already helped he city obtain two of the same message trailers; in addition, they have paid for an emergency generator, a saw that can cut through concrete and steel pipe and a portable “light plant,” according to the city.

STREET SWEEPER — The public works department also has a new street sweeper. The city budgeted for this piece of equipment, which arrived Dec. 4., to replace an old sweeper that averaged an hour of repair work for every day it was used.

OUTSIDE OF THE CITY — The Friends of Stafford will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. today to provide updates about an upcoming public hearing and discuss additional issues stemming from efforts to fight land-use plans of S&H Logging. A hearing related to S&H’s proposed composting facility on Borland Road is set for Dec. 20, according to the group.

Stafford lies between Lake Oswego, West Linn and Tualatin. The Friends of Stafford meeting will take place at Stafford Primary School, 19875 SW Stafford Road in West Linn.

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