Letters for Aug. 16
Happy Valley's Scouters Mountain has been clearcut.
Rather than try to preserve the camp for future generations of youth, the Boy Scouts sold it to the highest bidder to build a 600-home housing development. Thousands of trees were cut down to make room, and wildlife habitat destroyed. Deer and coyotes are being forced into surrounding neighborhoods.
Mayor Lori DeRemer and the Happy Valley City Council eagerly approved the project over the almost unanimous opposition of city residents.
Fallout from recall still affecting Gladstone
I am an avid supporter of revitalizing downtown Gladstone, and voted for the measure that authorized the city to pursue construction of a combined City Hall and library on Portland Avenue. At this time the concept is in limbo because Gladstone sued Clackamas County over its intention to withhold money that was committed to the new library.
In spite of all the claims, it seems clear that the library dispute was a driving factor in the May recall of two councilors. A Clackamas Review article immediately after the election focused on the library, and the possibility that replacement councilors would support dropping the city's lawsuit against the county. There are several opinions on where that would leave the city. One thing is certain; the future of the new library will be decided by the direction the council chooses in the coming weeks.
At a time when Gladstone faces many obstacles, it's upsetting that we lost our City Manager Eric Swanson. Prior to the recall vote, Eric had already been criticized and attacked by Susan Liston and others. I am not the only person who's curious if Eric resigned because of the recall outcome. Those who questioned Eric's performance seem to have forgotten the mess that he inherited, and the progress that was occurring.
The future of the library is uncertain, and the need to replace our City Hall and the police station is growing. Regardless of the political atmosphere in Gladstone, City Council faces many challenging decisions, and securing a permanent replacement for Eric is one of the most important.
The acting city manager is Jacque Betz. I am beginning to wonder why she or any other qualified individual would apply for that job permanently. In spite of being short handed Jacque and the staff are doing a good job of keeping things on track.
As we move forward I hope that as many citizens as possible are aware of what's being considered for our future. Big plans for revitalizing downtown, and possible changes to many of the city streets are in the mix. There will be positives and negatives that come with change, and we will all share the costs.
Yes on OC's Measure 3-517
Voters! You should vote yes on 3-517. Oregon City needs a new police station, and the good news is it will NOT require any new taxes or fees.
The current station is in desperate need of replacement. The current buildings cannot be remodeled to meet seismic requirements. Also, the current location is not large enough to accommodate a building and parking which meets future needs. The planned site will consolidate police services under one roof. The already purchased site for the station is the old Mount Pleasant school.
The new station will enhance community safety with a modern facility for our fair city. The old location was built when Oregon City was less than half its current population. The new facility is a necessary development of the positive growth in Oregon City.
Please vote yes on Measure 3-517.
Traffic increase shouldn't be a surprise
The city of Portland is complaining about the continuing increase of traffic not only on the main roads but that it has moved to the surface/neighborhood streets, especially during the commuting hours. Well, Portland, it seems you have brought this upon yourself. You just keep building, building, building so everyone and anyone from anywhere in the world that wants to live and/or have a business in Portland, Oregon, can come here and stay.
You built all those apartments with no parking on site, thinking all those people will take public transportation, which they are not. They brought their vehicles, park their vehicles on the neighborhood streets, and drive their vehicles to commute. So the increase of traffic should be no surprise to the city of Portland.