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7-17-13 edition


Thanks offered for July 4 breakfast

To the editor:

It was a beautiful day for our 14th annual July 4 Canby Historical Society’s Herman Bergman Memorial Pancake Breakfast held at Knight Elementary School which kicked off the 2013 General Canby Day celebration.

The crew hustled as we served 400 breakfasts again this year.

Many thanks to all our volunteers for their donations to our breakfast and also their donation of themselves to show up at early morning and stay until the finish to make this event so successful for us each year. Many thanks to all.

Cheryl Rahn and Vicki Lang,

co-chairs

Canby Historical Society

It took long enough for city to do right thing

To the editor:

For many years, property owners near Canby would turn their land over to developers who would build dozens of homes, often cheap, cookie-cutter designs. They simply had to petition the city and the annexation was approved.

Upon completion, the developer would move on, the owner would go to Florida for six months, and the neighbors would be left with the increased noise, traffic and overflowing schools.

Remember those days? That was the impetus for the formation of neighborhood associations.

Well, thankfully, years ago, Mayor Terry Prince and his council listened to the folks and gave us the right to vote on annexations. The citizens felt respected and were thrilled.

Since then, it's been requested, over and over again, to let the citizens of Canby vote on these huge urban renewal expenditures that so severely impact the taxpayers. But those requests have fallen on deaf ears; city leaders knew what was best for us. Until last Wednesday night.

Last Wednesday night, Canby entered the 21 century. Mayor Hodson and Councilors Dale, Hensley and Rider, a slim majority, said that they actually believe in voter input for these situations.

Imagine that. What a concept. And just in the nick of time, before a huge potential mistake was made.

That, my friends, took courage.

I encourage this council to adopt this procedure as a city ordinance so we the people can participate in major financial decisions that impact us. No more arrogance from city leaders who think they know best.

No more special interest groups claiming to represent the majority. Why did it take so long to get here? Way to go, councilors. Thank you so very much.

Roger C. Bronn

Canby

Democracy is for those who decide to show up

To the editor:

Canby learned again the other night that democracy belongs to those who show up. On Wednesday night, Canby’s elected leaders voted to stop any further work on the civic center-library project.

If others in the community wanted a different outcome, the time for arguing that would have been before the candidate filing deadline. As it was, Tim Dale, Traci Hensley and Ken Rider ran unopposed in the election. Regardless, they showed up on the ballot when no one else would and thereby earned the right to make a policy change.

We can argue whether a majority of Canby citizens wanted the project to proceed or not. But it doesn’t matter. The proposed library plan didn’t need to be perfect to proceed — it only needed four votes. Rich Ares, Clint Coleman and I voted to proceed.

To his credit, Mayor Hodson admits that his vote to stop the project at this point will have unwanted consequences — or as he put it — collateral damage.

These include the complicated unwinding of bonds already sold for a specific project, the loss of a half million dollars already spent, loss of donations already made and perhaps worst of all — loss of enthusiasm of library supporters who were well on their way to raising a million dollars for this specific project.

On Wednesday night, Mayor Hodson promised to make it right. If you are going to kill one idea, you do have a moral duty to come up with another one. One that is better.

I take the mayor at this word. If this was — as he said — the wrong project at the wrong time at the wrong price, then we need to work with the mayor as he works with the community to restore unity and build an even better plan.

Greg Parker

Canby City Councilor

Look at what Friends of the Library provide

To the editor:

With the death of the new library that Canby has so desperately needed, it is a good time to look at the Friends of the Library and what they do.

The friends are dedicated citizens of this community who give of their time and resources to support the work of the library that is not covered by the library district or by the city.

Things such as Music in the Stacks, teen programs for after hour events and movie nights, multi-part discussion series, summer reading programs for English and Spanish speakers, supplementing the budget for purchases for the library inventory of books, movies, etc.

Money is raised by selling donated books, magazines, movies and CD's that are not incorporated into the libraries lending inventory. Over the past 12 months we have supported library programs in excess of $14,000.

We are the grassroots supporters who represent the community and we need your support to carry on our work. We raise funds by holding a couple of used book sales a year, by opening the Friends Book Store within the library during library hours, and by membership sales to our community neighbors.

Our Fourth of July book sale netted $1,405 — good but not good enough to sustain the programming that is so important to our community’s children and families.

We need our community members to join as friends and family membership is only $25.

We need volunteers to help keep the bookstore in order. We need you.

Please join us and be a part of this grass roots effort to support our library, our neighbors and our city. Send us an email at:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and “friend” us on Facebook: Friends of the Canby Public Library. Thank you for your continued support.

Linda Warwick, Joyce Ares, Theresa Enderle, Kathy Stuart, Kathy Shinn, Susan Bitter, and Traci Heidt

Friends of the Library Board

Thanks offered for help with cleanup day

To the editor:

The Canby Livability Coalition would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make our 10th Annual Livability Cleanup Day a success.

On June 30, our volunteers braved 90 degree heat to sweep walkways, pull weeds, and pick up trash in downtown Canby and our parks, as well as wash the “Welcome To Canby” signs. They donated approximately 65 hours to make Canby cleaner and safer for our summer activities. Canbyites of all ages are encouraged to join us for our next Livability Cleanup Day on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

You can follow our other quality of life activities on facebook.com/CanbyLivability and CanbyLivability.org.

Sheila Tice

Canby

Hodson’s actions continue to be confusing, untrustworthy

To the editor:

Let me get this straight, Mayor Hodson, you didn’t like the Second Avenue plan for the library based on costs, debt and other factors, but you have the audacity to ruin the hard work of hundreds of people in the city and then offer up a far more spendy plan?

Are you serious.

You are a walking contradiction, sir. The only thing I can think of is that you know you treated the original project with contempt – and therefore the efforts of all involved with contempt – and tried to offer a “don’t hate me” gift in the form of this new, out-of-the-blue project.

Why would anyone in the city or the good folks from the library, trust you with anything even remotely concerning a library? You betrayed their trust and showed them a level of disrespect that has to be unprecedented in this city.

Your word cannot be trusted, Mr. Hodson. It’s just as simple as that.

Carl Rieggmann

Canby

Nothing is certain in city political situation

To the editor:

If there is one thing I have learned as both a city councilor and mayor, nothing is certain. Plans ebb and flow, opinions change, issues arise, new ideas emerge.

What I have also learned, decisions are far more reaching than what they might appear to be.

There are many factors that come into play and influence my decisions on particular issues. I have to weigh the issues of the whole city: other budget needs, public safety, and more. Of course I will hear the public’s feedback and study new developments to make an informed and prudent decision.

This last Wednesday, the Urban Renewal Agency voted to stop the current civic project that included the building of a new library. This has been a very passionately discussed subject for the past year. That evening, I very much wanted there to be a discussion about what options we had, so we could find a way to change directions without stopping. I presented one of three options to keep this going forward.

Since the meeting, some have come out saying a new library is “dead”, while others have constructively offered their own ideas and thoughts on the matter to keep it going. I have already been contacted by staff, volunteers, and several of the councilors with ideas.

I for one think and believe that, as a community, we want to see a new civic building with a much improved and enhanced library that combines with city offices, then we should make that happen.

I know that there are some that are disappointment. Conversely, there are others who are pleased it is changing. Councilor Coleman said Wednesday night he believed that Canby’s best days are ahead of us. To that, I agree. Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to share your thoughts on this or other concerns.

Mayor Brian Hodson

Canby



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