MEETING MINUTES – October 12, 2020

OCTOBER 12, 2020
Zoom meeting

In attendance: David Aschenbrenner, Chair; David Hedges, Vice-Chair; Linda Hedges, Secretary/Treasurer; Sarah Smith, Park and Gardens Director; Darin Smith, Donald Courson, Darlene Albertson, Bob and Iona Lockwood, Captain Robbie Graves (MPD), Greg Hemer (Milwaukie Museum)  

  1. Meeting was called to order by Chair 630pm


  1. Treasurer’s report: CCG: 451.13; 489.59 in checking, savings of $6010.39.


  1. Minutes from September’s meeting approved by unanimous consensus.


  1. Milwaukie Police Department report by Captain Robbie Graves

Officer Brad Walther has earned the American Legion’s State and Western Region Police Officer of the Year award for his work with Milwaukie’s American Legion project Corporal Diffie project to help local veterans connect with help and services they need.
The Milwaukie Police Department and DEA are hosting a Prescription Drug Turn-In on October 24th, 10am-2pm at the Public Safety Building. Drive-through, no need to get out of car. Entry on Monroe, exit onto Harrison.  

  1. Public Safety Advisory Committee report: Rob Reynolds was not available.


  1. Park and Gardens report: Sarah Smith

The garden is still producing well; they are donating tomatoes and peppers to the local food bank. If the weather stays fair there will be mulch delivery for preparation for winter. The park’s path could do with raking up of leaves. The small trees that were planted on the south side are mostly dead.  Long term broken fencing has not yet been replaced.

  1. Grant Request –  Milwaukie Museum Greg Hemer, the Historical Society’s Vice-President, requested $500 to help fund Ardenwald Adventures, a digital tour being produced by the MHS of a 5.5 mile route that winds through Ardenwald and the borders of Lewelling and Hector Campbell neighborhoods. It highlights historical buildings and areas, commercial buildings, current notable properties.  The $500 includes our annual museum membership fee. Linda Hedges moved to approve the grant request; Sarah Smith seconded.  Approved unanimously.
  1. Milwaukie Comprehensive Plan has been approved by Council. There were concerns voiced over some of the goals contained in it. More discussion later.


  1. The Monroe Apartments – no new information


  1.  Monroe Greenway –. The link to the most current project drawings are here:

It appears that the concept drawing has been taken down by Planning. What remains is a bike tour video.  

  1. Wood Avenue repaving – no sidewalks will be added, only street repaving


  1. Home Avenue project – the City project manager will attend our November meeting to provide more information – perhaps will have a 30% design. Linda Hedges suggested that the City should send out an informational letter to all households who live on Home Avenue plus side streets within 1 to 2 blocks of Home Avenue to ask for home owner opinions for full transparency on the project. Iona Lockwood mentioned that there have been a number of new home owners who have moved in recently and some people may have forgotten the City is planning to do this project, so a revisit of the project with those who live on the street needs to be made by the City.


  1. Concave mirror at Dick Street and Home Avenue – the Engineering Director has stated that he thinks that car drivers will come to rely too much on the mirror and that could be dangerous so he isn’t in favor of it. He suggested some road change as part of the Home Avenue project. Discussion followed, mostly that the whole point of the mirror is to BE relied on by drivers. To be discussed more.


  1. October 8th City Council Candidate’s Forum – a button is available on the HCNDA website to link viewers to the WFMC’s video.

Meeting adjourned at 7:37pm.

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Linda Hedges, Sec/Treas. 10/12/20