Take the Clackamas County community survey

Clackamas County residents are invited to go online and take the 2014 Clackamas County Community Survey.

The countywide survey, compiled by DHM research, measures public attitudes about county services and major issues of importance. DHM Research conducted a telephone survey of Clackamas County residents using the same questions contained in the online survey.

Citizens can take the survey at The survey will remain online through April 4.

For those who want to complete a paper copy of the survey, send your request to Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, OR 97045 or call 503-655-8751.

Enter ‘If I Were Mayor, I Would ... ’ contest

West Linn Mayor John Kovash invites all West Linn fourth- and fifth-graders to participate in a coloring contest.

Students should color a response to the question, “If I Were Mayor, I Would ... “ and submit it to the city of West Linn.

All entrants will be honored by the city council at a special meeting, and the winning entry will be entered into an Oregon Mayor’s Association statewide contest to win an Apple iPad Air tablet.

All poster entries are due to West Linn City Hall (22500 Salamo Road, West Linn) by April 14. The poster contest is open to students enrolled in grades four and five or being home-schooled at the same grade level for the 2013-14 school year. Poster size must be a minimum of 17 inches and a maximum of 28 inches in height or width.

Students are encouraged to use any art medium. The poster may be in color or in black or white. The student’s name and email address for their parent or guardian must appear on the back of the poster.

Entries must be turned in with an entry form, which can be found at city hall.

Take Rosemont Ridge’s WL transportation survey

The city is getting ready to update its long-range transportation plan and the Rosemont Ridge Middle School PTO is looking for input from citizens.

West Linn is required to maintain a 25-year plan that aligns necessary transportation investments with expected population and employment changes over that timeframe. The region expects to house more than 1 million new residents by 2040 and expects to have significantly less transportation revenue for new projects and maintenance over that same time.

How the city accommodates all of these new residents with limited money for new transportation improvements and maintenance will be a central theme of the upcoming discussions. One way to do this is to encourage more pedestrian and bicycle activity, and that means improving safety and convenience for walkers, bikers and school-aged children.

The survey is available at

Free paper shredding event scheduled

Join the West Linn Sustainability Advisory Board for a free on-site shred event to help recycle documents while protecting your identity and the environment.

The community shred event and recycle day is set for April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Linn City Hall, 22500 Salamo Road. The first two banker size boxes are free; each additional box carries a $5 charge.

This event is fast and easy. Drive through and drop off your boxes.

The event also includes free e-waste drop off for home computers, televisions, laptops and other electronics.

The West Linn Lions will be collecting eyeglasses, hearing aids and cellphones.

Ace Computer Repair will wipe computer hard drives for $10 each.

Great Outdoor Adventure set to return

to Mary S. Young State Park this summer

The Great Outdoor Adventure will be offered again in 2014, the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department announced.

This outdoor and nature-based community overnight camp will be held at Mary S. Young State Park Aug. 16-17.

The event is designed to provide local families the opportunity to camp and learn about the outdoors right in West Linn.

In 2013 the event included a campsite, outdoor and nature education opportunities, interactive activities, a movie on the big screen, a camp fire, night hikes, contests and a light breakfast on Sunday.

In 2014, the city is looking to expand both the outdoor activities and educational opportunities.

LOT conducts water treatment plant tours

The first monthly public tour of construction activities at the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Treatment Plant took place Jan. 23.

Tour participants were able to view construction from the existing filter decks, learn about the different activities occurring and ask questions from project staff.

Tours are held monthly on the fourth Thursday, starting at 10 a.m. and lasting 30 minutes. The next tour is scheduled for March 27.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. You can sign up by calling the hotline at 503-697-6502, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or registering in person at the bi-monthly neighborhood meetings.

Because the tour is located within an active construction zone, visitors will be required to wear sturdy, close-toed shoes. Hard hats and safety vests will be provided.

For more information about the project, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call the hotline at 503-697-6502 or visit

Historic resources rehabilitation grant available

Funds are still available for the 2013 round of the rehabilitation grant program for restoration, rehabilitation or repair of historic buildings.

To qualify for the grant, the building must be an eligible contributing building in the National Register Willamette Falls Neighborhood Historic District or listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places. Projects must be on the exterior of the building, but cannot be new construction or an addition. All projects must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

There is a limited amount of available funding and it will be distributed based on the degree to which the work meets the following priorities:

  • First priority: Restores integrity to the architectural style by removing incompatible features, alterations or additions, and restores missing or altered historic features on elevations visible from the public right of way.
  • Second priority: Removes incompatible features or restores missing or altered historic features on elevations not visible from the public right of way.
  • Third priority: Repairs or replaces in-kind deteriorated historic features that are visible from the public right of way or projects that preserve the integrity, safety and stability of elevations of the building not visible from the right of way.
  • Grant applications are available in the planning department at West Linn City Hall or online. Applications must be submitted by March 24 and will be reviewed by the Historic Review Board in April. The grants are limited to a maximum of $2,000 and require a 50 percent match. The project must be completed with all paperwork submitted by July 31. Direct any questions to Sara Javoronok, associate planner, at 503-722-5512.

    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

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