Rivergrove Report - December 2017

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PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

TYPE III PUBLIC HEARING FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 4640 DOGWOOD DRIVE

On Monday, December 4, the Planning Commission will hold a Type III public hearing for a development permit application for a deck renovation and new patio in the floodplain at 4640 Dogwood Drive, submitted by Dan Kelley for owner Connie Dalton. Information about this application can be obtained by contacting the city at info@cityofrivergrove.com, by calling 503.639.6919 or by writing to the City at P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Electronic copies will be provided at no charge; there is a nominal fee for paper copies. Application materials can be viewed at City Hall by appointment, contact information above.

COMPLETENESS REVIEW FOR A DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 5638 DOGWOOD DRIVE

At the Monday, December 4, 2017 meeting, the Planning Commission will review for completeness the development application for the renovation of a single family home in the floodplain at 5638 Dogwood Drive, submitted by Arne and Colleen Nyberg.

TYPE IV PUBLIC HEARING FOR AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

The City of Rivergrove will hold Type IV public hearing at the City Council meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the River Grove Elementary School library, 5850 McEwan Road, Lake Oswego, to consider proposed legislative amendments to the Rivergrove Comprehensive Plan Introduction, Goal #10 Housing and Goal #12 Transportation. (Local file no. 2016-05.). The Amendments stipulate changes to the annexation policy and a text correction in the Transportation goal. The amendment approval criteria and procedures followed will be pursuant to the Rivergrove Comprehensive Plan, the Rivergrove Land Development Code sections 4.120, 6.225-6.230, 8.030-8.050 and the Portland Metro amendment provisions.  The proposed amendments (Local file no. 2016-05) can be downloaded from the Rivergrove website at http://www.cityofrivergrove.org. Copies of the amendments and the city staff report can also be obtained for a nominal fee by contacting the office staff at 503.639.6919, emailing info@cityofrivergrove.com or writing to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. A copy can be viewed by appointment only at Rivergrove City Hall, 4924 Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact city staff to make an appointment. For additional information concerning the proposed amendments you may contact the city staff at 503.639.6919 or info@cityofrivergrove.com.

DAUSMAN FAMILY CONSTRUCTS AND DONATES LITTLE FREE LIBRARY TO LLOYD MINOR PARK

The Dausman Family has donated a Free Little Library, a free book exchange, located on the west side of Lloyd Minor Park along Tualamere. Quentin and Andrew Dausman worked hard all summer to construct the wood library. Stop by to take a book or bring a book to share. Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, or to see Rivergrove’s Free Little Library (Charter number 60381) on the world map, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.

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JACOB MCKAY SWORN-IN AS NEW COMMISSIONER

Jacob McKay was sworn-in to a seat on the Planning Commission at the beginning of the November meeting. His background in construction will no doubt be an asset to the Planning Commission. Welcome, Commissioner McKay!

DECISIONS

  • Commissioner Jonathan Sweet was unanimously elected Vice Chair of the Planning Commission.
  • The Planning Commission denied a tree removal permit for a lot at 4620 Dogwood Drive.
  • The development permit application for a deck renovation and new patio in the floodplain at 4640 Dogwood Dr. was deemed complete.
  • A retroactive Tree Removal Permit for an apple tree in the floodplain at 6540 Childs Road was approved.
  • The Planning Commission approved amendments to Ordinance 70-2001 and the Rivergrove Land Development Ordinance to allow docks (Local file no. 2017-01) and sent the amendments to City Council.
  • City Council adopted Ordinance 91-2017 that amends Ordinance 70-2001 and the Rivergrove Land Development Ordinance to allow docks.

MAYOR'S MESSAGE

Soon, by mail, you'll receive the annual Rivergrove Giving Letter. As I'm sure you know, Rivergrove has no city tax, so your generous contributions go a long way toward improving life in our little city, especially in our city parks.  I'd like to thank you in advance for remembering Rivergrove at this time of year. Our City Manager, Leanne Moll, will send you a letter for tax purposes with each donation.

                 I wish you and your family a joyful holiday season!

 
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Rivergrove Report - November 2017

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PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

SURVEY RESULTS AVAILABLE — PROPOSED TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICES ON CHILDS/PILKINGTON ROAD

Results from the Traffic Calming Survey distributed to all residents last month are available here. The majority of Rivergrove residents support the installation of traffic calming devices on local roads.

TYPE IV PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOD ORDINANCE TO ALLOW DOCKS

On Monday, November 6, 2017 at the Planning Commission Meeting and on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Rivergrove will hold a Type IV public hearing at 7 p.m. in the River Grove Elementary School library, 5850 McEwan Road, Lake Oswego, to consider an amendment to Ordinance 70-2001 Section IV Water Quality Resource Area to allow a dock as a conditional use in the Water Quality Resource Area, local file number 2017-01. The amendment also proposes dock construction standards in subsection G Development Standards. The amendment approval criteria and procedures followed will be pursuant to the Rivergrove Comprehensive Plan and the Rivergrove Land Development Ordinance sections 4.120 and 6.225-6.230 and 8.030-8.050.

The proposed amendment to the Flood Ordinance (Local file number 2017-01) can be downloaded from the Rivergrove website here. Copies of the amendments and the city staff report can also be obtained for a nominal fee by contacting the office staff at 503.639.6919, emailing info@cityofrivergrove.com or writing to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. A copy can be viewed by appointment only at Rivergrove City Hall, 4924 Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact city staff to make an appointment. For additional information concerning the proposed amendments you may contact the city staff at 503.639.6919 or info@cityofrivergrove.com.

TYPE III PUBLIC HEARING FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 4620 DOGWOOD DRIVE

On Monday, November 6, the Planning Commission will hold a Type III public hearing for the application to build a single family home at 4620 Dogwood Drive, submitted by applicant Larry Todd of Maywood Homes (owner, Steve Edelman). Information about this application can be obtained by contacting the city at info@cityofrivergrove.com, by calling 503.639.6919 or by writing to the City at P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Electronic copies will be provided at no charge; there is a nominal fee for paper copies. Application materials can be viewed at City Hall by appointment, contact information above.

COMPLETENESS REVIEW FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 4640 DOGWOOD DRIVE

At the Monday, November 6, 2017 meeting, the Planning Commission will review for completeness the development application for a deck renovation and new patio in the floodplain at 4640 Dogwood Drive, submitted by Dan Kelley for owner Connie Dalton.

REVIEW OF RETROACTIVE TREE REMOVAL APPLICATION AT 6540 CHILDS ROAD

On Monday, November 6, 2017 the Planning Commission will review a retroactive Tree Removal Application for an apple tree with beaver damange in the floodplain at 6540 Childs Road, submitted by Steve Mason.

THANK YOU FORMER PLANNING COMMISSION VICE CHAIR CASEY CAMERON

The City wishes to thank Casey Cameron for serving on the all-volunteer Planning Commission since August 2015. Casey has contributed considerably at Planning Commission meetings helping reach decisions on a wide variety of development applications.  Thank you, Casey, for serving your city.

DECISIONS

  • The development permit application for a single family home at 4620 Dogwood Drive was deemed complete and approved.
  • The Planning Commission approved the Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan (Local file no. 2016-05) and a hearing has been set for December 11, 2017.
  • A retroactive Tree Removal Permit for a Douglas Fir in the floodplain at 4546 Dogwood Drive was approved.
  • Mayor Heather Kibbey proclaimed the City of Rivergrove will celebrate Arbor Day 2018 on April 27, 2018.

MAYOR'S MESSAGE

When you receive your property tax bill from the County shortly, you will notice that there is no City tax—one of the benefits of owning a home in Rivergrove. That is the reason why volunteers are such an important asset. Our newsletter is so full this month, so there is a tiny space allotted to the Mayor's Message. But I want to use it to thank all of our City volunteers—Councilors, Planning Commissioners, Tree Board and Transportation Committee members, and everyone who has devoted time or contributed money to help make Rivergrove a better place to live.

 
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Rivergrove Report - October 2017

PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

CITIZEN INPUT NEEDED — PROPOSED TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICES ON CHILDS/PILKINGTON ROAD

The Rivergrove Transportation Committee will hold an informational meeting on proposed traffic calming devices on Childs and Pilkington Roads from 6:00-7:00 pm, Monday, October 9th, at the River Grove Elementary School library. The public is invited to learn what is being discussed and to give opinions about the proposed devices. To see the options and give your input, visit https://goo.gl/forms/3vJVGkJOnUNIYbpF2 or print and complete the paper survey and bring to the meeting or drop off at City Hall, 4924 Childs Road. 

TEMPORARY “YOUR SPEED IS…” SIGN INSTALLED ON CHILDS ROAD

The County has loaned us a temporary, mobile, "Your Speed Is…" sign for 30 days. It was installed on September 22nd facing east on Childs Road at Megly Court. The County has made the suggestion that permanent signs of this type may slow traffic on Childs Road; however, their literature expresses some concern over the longevity of the slowing effect.

CONTINUATION OF TYPE IV PUBLIC HEARING FOR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REVISIONS ORDINANCE #90-2016

On Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the River Grove Elementary School Library, the Planning Commission will hold a continuation of public hearing for amendments to the comprehensive plan (Ordinance 90-2016), which will affect the introduction, housing, and transportation sections. This hearing is deliberation only. The proposed amendments are at www.cityofrivergrove.org/proposed-ordinance-90-2016 and available for viewing by appointment at the Rivergrove City Hall, 4924 Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact City Staff at 503.639.6919 or leanne@cityofrivergrove.com. A copy of the ordinances is available for a nominal fee by contacting city staff or by writing to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

COMPLETENESS REVIEW FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 4620 DOGWOOD DRIVE

At the Monday, October 2, 2017 meeting, the Planning Commission will review for completeness the development application for a single family home at 4620 Dogwood Drive, submitted by Larry Todd of Maywood Homes.

REVIEW OF RETROACTIVE TREE REMOVAL APPLICATION AT 4546 DOGWOOD DRIVE

On Monday, October 2, 2017 the Planning Commission will review a retroactive Tree Removal Application for a Douglas Fir in the floodplain at 4546 Dogwood Drive submitted by Gail Myer for owner Betty Shogren.

DONATIONS FOR PARK IMPROVEMENT —PLEASE CHIP IN

Lloyd Minor Park is in need of 1500 cubic feet of cedar chips to level the ground underneath the swingset. Donations of any size are gratefully accepted. Please mail checks to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. All donations are fully tax deductible. You will receive an acknowledgement letter from the City for your tax records. Look for other opportunities to improve Rivergrove in the 2017 Giving Letter, coming soon.

MAYOR's MESSAGE

Our Rivergrove Transportation Committee has been working for the past two years to create a plan for a safer Childs Road. It has been a difficult two years for them, because Childs is a County road and the City has only minor jurisdiction over traffic control issues. The Committee has presented proposals in the past, only to find that the County would not approve them. However, now the County has given its word that traffic calming devices acceptable to the local fire departments would be acceptable to the County. So the Committee is coming back to the citizens to ask our opinion about road features that have received the okay from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and appear to be possible to construct. With this newsletter you'll find a link to a survey of possibilities. The City has funds to complete some of these items, and others could be covered by a Safe Routes to School grant in 2018.

With traffic expected to increase in the future, now is the time for us to do whatever is possible to slow and prevent through traffic and make the crossings safer. Since we don't have jurisdiction of the road, our options are very limited. But let's do what we can as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the County will loan us a temporary, "Your Speed Is…" sign for 30 days.

Please complete your survey by Sunday, October 8th and plan to attend a meeting on Monday, October 9th, 6 pm to 7 pm. in the River Grove Elementary School Library, to discuss the results of the survey and weigh in on a plan for Childs Road.

 
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Rivergrove Report - September 2017

Planning Commission and City Council Topics

ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT LLOYD MINOR PARK

Join your neighbors for the annual Rivergrove Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 10th from 2-4pm in Lloyd Minor Park (Dogwood, between Marlin and Tualamere Avenues). Please bring chairs for your family. (We will have some chairs available, but not enough for all.) Activities for children, ice cream bars, and lots of good conversation await.

TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE DIVISION CHIEF ALLEN KENNEDY AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Division Chief Allen Kennedy will give a State of the District presentation at the City Council meeting on Monday, September 18 at 7:00 pm at the River Grove Elementary School library. Come to hear the report on incidents as well as future plans for TVF&R in our area. Questions from the public are welcome.

CALLING ALL TEENS! EARN YOUR FOOD HANDLERS CERTIFICATE

Are you 14 or older? Would you like to work at the annual City of Rivergrove Ice Cream Social? The City will pay for you to earn your Oregon Food Handlers Certificate and serve ice cream. Interested? Have questions? Email City Manager/City Recorder Leanne Moll to learn more: leanne@cityofrivergrove.com

Decisions

  • The Planning Commission approved a tree removal application for a cypress tree in the floodplain at 5690 Childs Road.

Former Mayor Ted Creedon, 1943-2017

Theodore “Ted” George Creedon, 74, of Rivergrove, Oregon, died peacefully on July 24, 2017 in his home with his family by his side. Cause of death was complications from Parkinson's and cancer. The funeral was held at Resurrection Catholic Parish in Tualatin on July 29, followed by interment in Canby at Zion Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ted served as Mayor of Rivergrove for three years, worked with the Department of Environmental Quality to clean up the Tualatin River, and helped engineer the water system for Lloyd Minor Park. Ted and his wife Doris hosted City Council meetings at their home for three years

Ted was known for his brilliant mind, love of the outdoors and devotion to his children and grandchildren. He passionately encouraged curiosity and working with your hands, giving him a special connection with each of his kids and grandkids. A true renaissance man and autodidact, Ted was just as able to rebuild a ‘76 Chevy engine as to expertly split wood or cook escargots. He died feeling he still had so much more to teach others.

Ted prayed the rosary daily, and his deep Catholic faith was a great comfort, especially in his last month. He’ll be remembered for his fierce independent streak, love of books and history, and pride in his own accomplishments and those of his family. His family will never forget his incredible laugh, his detailed instructions on how to do something the right way, his keen observations on the world, To read more about and his passion for living. and his passion for living.

He is preceded in death by his parents Olga V. Creedon and Theodore J. Creedon, and his sister Kathy Creedon and brother Dennis Creedon. He is survived by his wife, Doris, his daughters Jill, Erin and Sarah, his son Michael, and six grandchildren.

Read more about Ted’s extraordinary life.

Thank you to Doris Creedon and Sarah Creedon Nassif

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Rivergrove Report - August 2017

PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

***THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET ON AUGUST 7 AT 7 P.M. IN LLOYD MINOR PARK***

AUGUST CITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELED

The August 14th City Council Meeting has been canceled. City Council will convene again on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the River Grove Elementary School Library.

REVIEW OF TREE REMOVAL APPLICATION AT 5690 CHILDS ROAD

At the August 7, 2017 Planning Commission meeting, the commissioners will consider a tree removal application for a cypress tree in the floodplain, submitted by Bradley and Katherine Jackson, 5690 Childs Road.

Mayor's Message

By now you've heard about Oregon's new $100 million-per-year Transportation Plan, passed by the State Legislature this session. I want to tell you exactly how Rivergrove will benefit. Through 2027, the City can expect $118,500 in funds earmarked for transportation, in addition to our current highway funds, in the following amounts for the next 5 biennial periods: $10,800, $20,400, $25,300, $30, 100 and $31,900.

In addition, $10 million per year (increasing to $15 million a year) has been set aside for the Safe Routes to School funding and Rivergrove will most certainly be submitting a grant application for some of that money. Since River Grove Elementary is a Title I school, the matching funds needed are only 20% of the total cost, instead of 40%.

As an update on the Transportation Committee's traffic calming project for Childs Road, there has been a change in the plans, but a green light of sorts. The City has waited almost two years for the County to rewrite its road standards to allow traffic calming on a collector road—something we had expected to take 6 months—while our raised crosswalks, median island and street painting were put on hold.

Finally the County has agreed to step out of the design loop and allow Rivergrove to construct anything the local fire departments allow. This means a whole different set of options. The Transportation Committee will be working on costs and suggestions, then the public will be invited it weigh in.

Transportation is one of the issues our Metro Mayors' Consortium lobbyists have been working hard on, along with the Recreational Immunity bill (SB 327), which also passed, and protects city employees and volunteers from lawsuits.

Wishing you all a happy summer! Save Sunday September 10th for our annual get-together—another Ice Cream Social this year.