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 TO BE 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 out 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.