Monday, April 28, 2014

Weekly Media Releases and Announcements 4.21.14


Community Leaders, 

Please share the media releases below with your members.  Thank you




From:  Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

04-24-14


Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Board approves one-year moratorium on medical marijuana facilities in unincorporated areas

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners today adopted an ordinance to set a moratorium until May 1, 2015 on the operation of medical marijuana facilities in unincorporated Clackamas County.  The new ordinance goes into effect immediately.

The proposed ordinance was adopted after the Commissioners heard from a number of residents, some in favor of the moratorium and others opposed, at public hearings April 3 and today. 

Commissioners said passage of a moratorium now will allow the county to make an informed decision on potential future regulations.

"I don’t think any of us up here have any doubt that (medical) marijuana does some good for some people,” said Chair John Ludlow. “We will not make a decision on time, place and manner in a vacuum.”

“I believe this moratorium will provide Clackamas County sufficient time to answer the questions of land use, code violations, community impacts, and legal regulations,” said Commissioner Martha Schrader in a written statement. Schrader was unable to attend because she was representing the county in a meeting with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and representatives from a large corporation seeking to invest in this region.

“I’m going to support a moratorium but I am going to continue in my efforts to put in safeguards for youth. We’re going to move forward in a very thoughtful manner,” said Commissioner Tootie Smith.

“I want to look deeper into the federal prescription issue,” said Commissioner Paul Savas. “But we can’t do this after the fact – we have to take advantage of this opportunity from the state to approve a moratorium.”

“It’s important that the county and Sheriff’s Office have a role in whether a facility deserves a license and (approving a moratorium) will give us time to work on that,” said Commissioner Jim Bernard.

Medical marijuana dispensaries are licensed through the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). At this time OHA has approved three licensed dispensaries in Clackamas County, but the location of those facilities is confidential unless the owner/operator allows the OHA to release the information.  The county has no authority over dispensaries that operate in incorporated areas of the county.

The ordinance charges the Sheriff's Office with enforcement of the moratorium.

The Board acted quickly in response to a new state law that gives local governments the opportunity to impose a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries up until May 1, 2015, if the ordinance is adopted by May 1. 

For more information, contact please contact Tim Heider at 503-742-6911 or theider@clackamas.us

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4-23-14

                                                                                              Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County releases independent review of contracting practices at Water Environment Services

Clackamas County has publicly released an independent report into contracting practices at the Department of Water Environment Services (WES). The review was ordered by County
Administrator Don Krupp following allegations raised in an arbitrator’s decision involving a former WES employee. A copy of the review is attached.

Below is a statement released by Administrator Krupp to county staff of the release of the report.

“As you are aware, I asked for an independent review of contracting practices at Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES) in response to a February 10, 2014 arbitrator’s
Opinion and Order regarding a disputed employee termination in the department.  At the same time I placed Mike Kuenzi, WES director, on administrative leave. 

The independent review has been completed and a copy of the report is attached.

In light of this report, I am working with Mr. Kuenzi to determine the process for his departure as director of WES.  The County will begin a competitive recruitment for a new WES director.  Until that time, the County will contract with a third-party wastewater agency to provide leadership of WES.  I will have more to say about this once I have negotiated a mutually agreeable contract.  In the meantime, Liz Garcia will continue to serve as the interim Director.  I very much appreciate the great job she has done during this challenging time.

I am taking the following steps to address the report’s findings and re-affirm the County’s commitment to sound stewardship of public dollars:
  • Cancelling the contract with CFM Strategic Communications that was a subject of the contract review.
  • Requiring WES managers to use purchasing checklists that were put into place in 2011 but not yet fully implemented.
  • Assigning dedicated purchasing staff directly to WES but under the direction and authority of the Finance Director. The assigned staff will ensure that local contracting review board rules and best practices are being followed.
I am confident that these actions will result in better oversight and further ensure the responsible and transparent expenditures of public monies.
This has been a difficult period for all of us and particularly for WES employees. We are now moving forward to ensure that our citizens, ratepayers and the public receive the highest ethical and professional services from Clackamas County employees, departments and agencies.”







From:  Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, (503) 742-5911

04-23-14

                                                                                                 Media Advisory

Clackamas County to hold “meet and greet” April 30 for Department of Transportation and Development finalists

Clackamas County will host a public “meet and greet” gathering with finalists for the open director position at the Department of Transportation and Development Wednesday, April 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The gathering will be held in the Development Services Building, rooms 119 and 120. The rooms are located on the main floor of the building near the public reception desk.

This gathering will afford members of the public an opportunity to meet and mingle with the finalists. The candidates are in the final stages of a recruitment process that includes interviews with county staff and the County Commissioners.

Summary work histories for each candidate are attached.

The finalists are:
·        Vincent Akhimie, who presently is a contract director for the Department of Public Works in Avon Park, Florida.
·        Barbara Cartmill, who is serving as Clackamas County’s acting DTD director.
·        John Morgan, a consultant and a former Community Development manager for Damascus.
·        Keith Stahley, Community Planning and Development director in Olympia, Washington.
The director position has been vacant since former director Cam Gilmour resigned last May to accept a senior management position with the Washington Department of Transportation. 

For more information please contact Tim Heider at (503) 742-5911 or theider@clackamas.us


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From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas Co. Department of Transportation and Development, 503-742-4274

4-21-14


Media and Interested Parties

Senior dogs ‘on sale’ at Clackamas County Dog Services through May 3

Clackamas County Dog Services (CCDS) is offering a 75% discount on adoption fees for all dogs six years and older through Saturday, May 3.  Adoptions are available from 11:30 a.m. to
5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, at the CCDS Animal Adoption and Education Center, 13141 SE Highway 212, Clackamas. 

CCDS staff will be on hand to help people find the perfect canine companion. Dogs available for adoption can be viewed in advance at http://www.clackamas.us/dogs/.  Adoption application forms are also available online athttp://www.clackamas.us/dogs/forms/adoptapp.html so interested pet owners can apply before visiting the shelter to speed up the adoption process.

Dog Services Assistant Manager Tamara Moxon says that, though puppies get most of the attention, there are some real advantages to adopting a senior dog.

"Older dogs," says Moxon, "are more likely to be already house-trained, have learned many of the other rules about living in a home and can be particularly affectionate.  They can be an especially good choice for people who are looking for a dog that's a little less active."

CCDS provides a wide variety of dog services throughout Clackamas County including dog licensing; sick, injured and emergency dog rescue; pet protective custody, bite investigations, vicious or feral dog removal, quarantine of dogs that have bitten and are not rabies vaccinated, inspection of dog kennels, obedience training classes, pet first aid classes and spay/neuter services. 

More information about Clackamas County Dog Services is available by going to www.clackamas.us/dogs or https://www.facebook.com/ClackamasCountyDogServices or calling 503-655-8628.



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From: Pam Girtman, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4353
4-21-14



Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County seeks volunteers for advisory boards and commissions
The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is seeking volunteers for about 50 boards and commissions. The following are listed as current openings on the county’s advisory boards and commissions.
Any resident who would like to apply for a citizen volunteer group, may do so by applying on the online application at http://www.clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp.
The name of the advisory group is shown below with its deadline for applying.
Arts Alliance: http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20140407.html Tuesday, April 22
Milwaukie Center Community Advisory Board (North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District): http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20140407a.html Thursday, April 24
Committee for Service District No. 5: http://www.clackamas.us/pr20140331a.html Friday, April 25
Aging Services Advisory Council: http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20140410.html Tuesday, April 29
Diversity Leadership Council: http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20140324b.html Tuesday, April 29
Historic Review Board: http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20140324c.html Tuesday, April 29
County Parks Advisory Board: http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20140313a.html Tuesday, May 20
Interested individuals need to complete an application form. For an application form, contact Public and Government Affairs at 503-742-4353 or at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

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 From: Tracy Moreland, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-655-8520

4-16-14

                                                 
Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County to host Export Forum May 22

Clackamas County Business and Economic Development is hosting the third annual ”Exporting Clackamas County” forum on Thursday, May 22, at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City.

The Export Forum is open to businesses located in Clackamas County who export goods and services around the world.
Exporting is a critical component of Clackamas County’s business community and the local economy. The production of exported goods and services creates jobs both directly and indirectly in the supply chain.  
Business and Economic Development created an Exporting Initiative which includes educational and networking opportunities throughout the year, including the Export Forum.
“We want to increase awareness of export assistance programs for businesses and share best practices,” said Catherine Comer, Business and Economic Development manager.   
Registration is required.
To learn more about Clackamas County’s Export Initiative, go to: www.clackamas.us/business/export.html

To register for the forum or for more information, contact Cindy Hagen at 503-742-4328 or

Barbara Smolak | Public and Government Affairs
Clackamas County | 2051 Kaen Road | Oregon City, OR 97045
503.655.8552 | barbarasmo@clackamas.us


Friday, April 25, 2014

This week’s roundup of the Land Use News!


Welcome to this week’s roundup of the Land Use News!
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The Oregonian
The proposed changes in city land-use laws would restrict short-term rentals to primary residences to prevent residential properties from becoming ...

Portland Business Journal (blog)
Elissa Gertler is a long-time veteran of Portland-area land use planning with a resume that includes stints with the Clark County Homebuilders ...

The Oregonian
The land-use "grand bargain," a deal struck among legislators, local governments and activists in February, will have ripple effects on Washington ...

The Oregonian
Over two months have elapsed since the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed the Washington County Board of Commissioners' decision to allocate ...

Portland Tribune
Transportation director calls traffic 'public health threat' ... City Club and the Oregon Active Transportation Summit at the downtown Sentinel Hotel.

The Oregonian
This map illustrates some of the changes in land designations brought by the land-use "grand bargain." The dark-green area north of U.S. 26 includes ...

Ontario Argus Observer
The committee is appointed by the Land Conservation and Development Commission to advise the commission on citizen involvement in land use ...

Polk County Itemizer-Observer
After nearly two years of fighting to see Wallace Bridge, his dream for an equestrian center, built in Polk County, project developer J.W. Millegan may explore other options…

Bend Bulletin
Regional organization unique in Oregon ... Issues commonly discussed at COCO meetings including transportation, water and land use. According to ...

The Oregonian
The Damascus City Council is trying to stop seven property owners from leaving the city under House Bill 4029, which was passed in February…


Laura Lehman, AICP | Land Use & Transportation Planner
Planning Services Division
Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
635 Capitol Street NE, Suite 150 | Salem, OR  97301-2540
Office: (503) 934-0059 | Fax: (503) 378-5518

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rhododendron CPO meeting for May 19

Happy Day after Easter Everyone!

Please mark your calendars for Monday, May 19 at 7PM for a Rhododendron CPO meeting. The venue and an agenda will follow, but the CPO wanted to give everyone a heads up so we could have a good turn out. 

Tracy Moreland with Clackamas County Roads has asked for some time to present to the CPO some information regarding Road Maintenance and Funding, which may directly effect roads in our area.  Plus, we have some business to conduct and it’s about time we had a meeting to let everyone know what’s happening, since we’ve been so quiet for some time.

Please mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing everyone the evening of May 19th.


Steven G. Graeper, President
Rhododendron CPO
P.O. Box 33
Rhododendron, OR   97049

Clackamas County Board to hold second hearing April 24 on medical marijuana moratorium

Good morning community leaders,

Please share the media release below with your members and anyone who may be interested in attending the April 24 second hearing on the medical marijuana moratorium.

Thank you,
Barbara

Barbara Smolak | Public and Government Affairs
Clackamas County | 2051 Kaen Road | Oregon City, OR 97045
503.655.8552 | barbarasmo@clackamas.us



From:  Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

4-17-14




Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Board to hold second hearing April 24 on medical marijuana moratorium

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is moving forward to adopt an ordinance to set a moratorium at least until May 1, 2015 on the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Clackamas County.

The first public hearing on the proposed ordinance was held April 3.  The second hearing will be held during the Board of Commissioners Business Meeting at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 24, in the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City. 

People who would like to make written comments may do so by 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, to Clackamas County Planning & Zoning, Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045 or Zoninginfo@clackamas.us or 503-742-4500.

The Board is acting quickly in response to a new state law that gives local governments the option to impose a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries if they adopt an ordinance by May 1, 2014.  The law also states that the moratorium can remain in effect up to May 1, 2015, unless it is extended by the state legislature.

The proposed draft ordinance is available in the Board business meeting packet at http://www.clackamas.us/bcc/documents/businesspackets/bcc20140403.pdf.


For more information, contact Mike McCallister at 503-742-4522 or mikem@clackamas.us.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Land Use News!


Land Use News!
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The Oregonian
Oregon City Commission to approve land-use plan that rezones 478 acres in ... Land outside the city would have to be annexed before it could be ...

But Jessica Horning, the transit and active transportation liaison for the Oregon Department of Transportation's Region 1 (which contains the Portland ...

Statesman Journal
Eighteen western Oregon counties have received $39.6 million in another set of one-time federal payments for lands once owned by the Oregon ...

Corvallis Gazette Times
Members of the Corvallis City Club received a seminar on land-use issues at their monthly meeting Monday at the Boys & Girls Club…

KMTR NewsSource 16
Oregon residents are driving less, and Oregon Department of Transportation statistics find that those still driving are behind the ...

The Oregonian
Cue the land-use grand bargain, the swift-moving and unprecedented legislative process that undid, then redid, the urban and rural reserves in ...

The Oregonian
... the Portland City Council. The council's decision can also be appealed to the state Land Use Board of Appeals...

Metro News
Leaders from across the region Friday seemed willing to invest more – perhaps significantly more – in transportation...

The Oregonian
Apple has taken over a small hydroelectric project at a Central Oregon site near the company’s new data center in Prineville…



Laura Lehman, AICP | Land Use & Transportation Planner
Planning Services Division
Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
635 Capitol Street NE, Suite 150 | Salem, OR  97301-2540
Office: (503) 934-0059 | Fax: (503) 378-5518

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