Make Neighborhood Associations work

The importance of a Neighborhood Association should not be underestimated. They fill many functions, not the least of which is to provide residents with the opportunity to help shape the future of their city. Active Neighborhood Associations maintain and improve the quality of life in their city, increase participation in local decision making and form an effective partnership between the local council and residents.

The ideal Neighborhood Association will establish and maintain a close working relationship with the City Council, Planning Commission and other boards and commissions. They support the election or appointment of qualified candidates for the various offices, promote locally owned business and business development in commercial districts and review proposed construction and zoning changes to insure that they reflect the existing neighborhood character.

Progressive cities use Neighborhood Associations effectively by establishing communication channels through newsletters, a website and regular meetings. Some of the most desirable cities in the region such as Bend, Corvallis and Lake Oswego have active and effective Neighborhood Associations. This would be an excellent time for the City of West Linn to reexamine their relationship with the Neighborhood Associations and see what works. I suggest that rather than trying to disband the Neighborhood Associations, the city should investigate ways to encourage citizen participation in the local chapters. Working in partnership with the dedicated Neighborhood Associations volunteers would improve communication within the community resulting in fewer misunderstandings and acrimonious meetings. This approach would lead to a happier and more prosperous community.

Paul Pieper

West Linn

All of WL’s water resources should be protected

Where did the idea come from that our streams and wetlands that are overrun with blackberries and other invasives are, therefore, less valuable and don’t deserve the same protections of those that are better kept?

Everyone knows that you can hire an expert to support any outcome you desire, as long as the price is right. What West Linn residents might not know is the City Council is poised to allow developers to hire a “qualified professional” to determine how close to build next to a degraded water resource in an “alternative review process.”

Show me a pristine water resource in West Linn. You can bet that developers will reach for a 15 foot setback or 30 percent of the water resource and without any water resource experts on city staff, that’s what they’ll get.

If you don’t defend and care for our water resources who will? Tell the council to retain codes that give water resources equal protections in order that they will be restored to function the way they are meant, and stop this idea that people who degrade water resources should be rewarded.

Karie Oakes

West Linn

Did you graduate from West Linn High in 1964?

The West Linn High School class of 1964 Committee has been busy planning our 50th class reunion activities.

Friday evening, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m., a casual buffet dinner and festivities will be held at the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City.

The following day, Aug. 16, our class will be the honored class and hosting the WLHS All Alumni Picnic for anyone who graduated from WLHS prior to June 30, 1964.

The potluck picnic will be held in Hammerle/Bolton Park at 11 a.m.

Saturday evening a moonlight jet boat cruise on the Willamette River will launch at 7:30 p.m. For more information, email JoAnn Weber Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Barbara Riggs

Battleground, Wash.

(formerly West Linn)

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