Council approves 18 citizen advisory board appointments

Just in time for the new year, the city council approved 18 appointments made by Mayor John Kovash for various citizen advisory boards during a Dec. 16 meeting. The appointments included positions on the economic development committee, the historic review board, the planning commission and the utility advisory board, among others.

“There are a lot of committees and boards that need to help the city and the city council govern the city,” Kovash said. “And we’re very grateful that we have citizen volunteers who come forward to go to meetings, give us their ideas, give us their input and make things happen in West Linn.”

The appointments were approved as follows:

Audit committee: Nathan Reagan

Budget committee: Mike Linder

Economic development committee: Mark Harris, Levi Manselle, Pete Wall and Dave Saxe

Historic review board: James Manning and Jim Mattis

Library Board: Tom Miller and Pam North

Parks and recreation board: Vicki Handy and Amy Murphy

Planning commission: Jesse Knight and Ryerson Schwark

Sustainability advisory board: Tamara Gilbert and Paula Ryan

Transportation advisory board: Joyce Jackson

Utility advisory board: Jon Miller

Take West Linn communication survey

The city of West Linn is looking to learn more about how residents prefer to receive local government information. Residents are asked to take a few minutes to participate in a survey, the results of which will help the city better prioritize public resources.

According to the city, responses will be kept strictly confidential and will not be tied to any demographic information about residents. The survey can be found at

Boy Scouts will recycle Christmas trees

Local Boy Scout Troop 396 will be recycling Christmas trees again this year for an $8 dollar donation. Trees will be picked up curbside anywhere in the West Linn area (ZIP code 97068).

Pickup dates are Dec. 29, Jan. 4 and Jan. 5. Trees should be curbside by 9 a.m. on the day of pickup with the donation attached to the tree in a plastic bag (check made out to Boy Scout Troop 396). Trees will be taken to S&H Logging in West Linn for composting. To schedule a pickup, call 503-539-2783 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Maddax Woods holiday lights are on nightly

In its 10th year, Maddax Woods will be lit daily from 4 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31. Come and enjoy a magical walk down a lighted accessible path through the woods and to the viewing platform on the Willamette River.

Maddax Woods is located at 5785 River St. in West Linn.

Register for Sandelie Mud Run

Registration is open for the 2014 Sandelie Mud Run on Sandelie Golf Course. The event date is Jan. 11 and the race is limited to the first 250 entries.

There will be a 5K and a 10K event available, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

To register, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a paper entry. For more information, call 503-655-1461.

Volunteer at Maddax Woods

Maddax Woods needs help to fight back against English ivy and other non-native invasive plants. You can volunteer to help save the trees, native plants and animals in the nature parks. Every third Saturday of each month there are park restoration events. All individuals, families and groups are invited.

Volunteers meet at 9 a.m. at the Maddax Woods parking area located at 5785 River St. in West Linn. The event hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring sturdy shoes and gloves.

For more information, contact Steve Miesen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-722-9581.

Volunteer group meets weekly at Mary S. Young State Park

Volunteers meet every Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Mary S. Young State Park, 19900 Willamette Drive. Email or call John Linman or Dave Kruse about details or meet at the tool shed in the gravel parking lot. Bring your own work gloves. All necessary tools are provided.

For more information, contact Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-636-0134.

For invasive species removal inquires, contact Kruse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-656-5922.

For second Saturday invasive species removal, contact Lorie Griffith at 503-803-0678. 

Volunteer at the library

Many of the hundreds of items the West Linn Public Library checks in and shelves each day are handled by volunteers.

The library is currently looking for people age 14 and older who can make a regular commitment to shelve library materials, keep shelves organized and participate in occasional special projects.

For more information, call Shasta Barnes at the library at 503-656-7853, ext. 3020, or visit

WLACC seeks volunteer bus driver

The West Linn Adult Community Center is looking for a volunteer bus driver with a current commerical driver’s license to drive its 18-passenger bus that takes members on daytime trips several times a month.

At times it involves just a few hours, while other trips last most of the day.

The community center has several drivers that it rotates through, and so it is not a significant time commitment.

Anyone interested in this volunteer position should contact the West Linn Adult Community Center at 503-557-4704.

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