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City looking for input on community bonds; Rabid bat discovered in Clackamas County

City looking for input on community bonds

Like most cities, the City of West Linn borrows money for capital projects, which are major construction projects intended to serve citizens long-term. To borrow money for such projects, voter approval is required if property taxes will be used to repay the borrowed funds. These loans are referred to as bonds.

By 2021, two bonds issued by the City of West Linn will be fully paid off. These bonds are the 2009A General Obligation (GO) Bond for parks and the 2010 Refunding Bond for the Library.

The West Linn City Council is considering asking voters to continue these bond levies to provide $15-20 million for new or upgraded parks, facilities and other public improvement projects. If approved, there would not be an increase in taxes, rather, the existing levy of 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation would remain in place. The existing tax levy of 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation is equivalent to about $126 for a home with an assessed value of $300,000.

The survey below is designed to solicit community feedback about possible projects to be paid for through this proposed new GO Bond. Funds would be used only on major construction projects, not city operations. Feedback received through this survey will be evaluated by the West Linn Citizens Budget Committee, which will make a final recommendation to the City Council later this year.

The survey will close on Oct. 20, 2017. Find it at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WLBond.

Rabid bat discovered in Clackamas County

The Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed that a bat from Clackamas County tested positive for rabies on Sept. 21.

The bat was found at a private residence in Clackamas County. There was no bite or direct exposure to the bat that would put any involved people at risk for getting rabies from this bat. 

The homeowner's dog is up-to-date on rabies vaccination, but is still being closely monitored for 45 days per public health protocol in case of any unwitnessed exposures. If the dog had not been up-to-date on its vaccinations, more extreme monitoring or even euthanasia would need to be considered.

"Because there is a risk of bats transmitting rabies to people and their pets, it is important to avoid touching animals that appear sick and to keep pets (including dogs, cats, and ferrets) current on their rabies vaccinations," said Dr. Sarah Present, Clackamas County Health Officer.

For more information, visit Clackamas County Public Health Division's website at www.clackamas.us/publichealth/rabies.html or call 503-655-8411.

Aurora seeking creators of historical quilt

While visitors are attending the 45th annual Old Aurora Colony Museum Quilt Show Oct. 13-22, on display will be a crazy quilt made by unknown locals more than 80 years ago. The friendship quilt was made in 1936 by women and girls in the Woodburn area, possibly winning a prize at the Oregon State Fair. It was later donated to the Woodburn Senior Estate Quilters. "We would love to know more about this quilt and the people who embroidered their names on it," said Patrick Harris, executive director of the museum. "Some names might be recognizable to descendants living in the Woodburn/Hubbard/Aurora/Canby/Wilsonville area. From the melodious Euphemia Bean to the simpler B H Wells, we're hoping people who attend our show can tell us who some of these people were, and if this was made by a church circle, perhaps 4H club, or some other group."To find out more about the quilt show, go to auroracolony.org.

County seeks members on health services

advisory board

Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking interested residents to serve on county Advisory Boards and Commissions (ABCs). These ABCs offer residents the opportunity to become very involved in specific activities and the goals of Clackamas County. New ABC openings from the past week include the Hospital Facility Authority of Clackamas County Board. This board has six openings and will be joined by one Clackamas County Commissioner. The board has been inactive for a number of years, so initial terms will be staggered with two two-year terms, two three-year terms and two four-year terms. The board is authorized to review and decide, among other duties, the appropriateness of issuing revenue bonds as a conduit financing for construction and expansion of hospital facilities and other health services and elderly care facilities. Read more on the board at web3.clackamas.us/abc/abc.jsp.

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