State of the County: March 10, 2015
Commissioners held the annual State of the County on March 10 at the county Public Services Building in Oregon City. The live, interactive event prompted questions from the audience as well as social media and email. Questions covered a wide range of topics including road maintenance, public safety, light rail and economic development. The State of the County included a speech from Chair Ludlow and a video highlighting accomplishments from 2014. It was hosted by Kimberly Jacobsen. Watch the entire event.
County Legislative Dinner 2015
Clackamas County Commissioners hosted the annual legislative dinner at Marylhurst University on Jan. 29 to discuss priorities and needs with legislators, who also shared top issues of concern.
||Chair John Ludlow with Marylhurst President Melody Rose.
||Commissioners each spoke about specific legislative agenda items.
National Law Enforcement Day – Jan. 8, 2015
||Commissioners and Sheriff Craig Roberts recognized Sgt. Damon Coates at the BCC business meeting on Jan. 8 as well as National Law Enforcement Day on Jan. 9. Sgt. Coates was shot in the line of duty on Jan. 9, 2003. He attended the weekly Business Meeting with his wife, Sheriff Roberts, and Undersheriff Ellington.
Clackamas County Swearing-in Ceremony – Jan. 5, 2015
||Clackamas County Commissioners at the swearing-in ceremony for elected officials on Jan. 5, 2015. Newly-sworn electeds were: Commissioner Jim Bernard, Commissioner Paul Savas, County Clerk Sherry Hall and County Treasurer Sherry Anderson.
H3S Candidate Forum - October 22, 2014
County Commissioners attended the Health, Housing and Human Services (H3S) candidate forum on Oct. 23 at the Abernethy Center and discussed a variety of H3S related issues.
||Commissioner Savas (right) joins a group with Sen. Alan Olsen.
||Commissioner Bernard (far right) talking about veterans issues. Also Sen. Richard Devlin (left).
||Chair Ludlow (far left) in a roundtable discussion.
Clackamas Fire District demonstration
||Crew members from Clackamas Fire District #1 – Hilltop station – visited the Public Services Building on Oct. 7 to demo new vehicles and equipment for Commissioners.
BCC receives View-Masters from Tourism and Cultural Affairs - Oct. 9, 2014
||The BCC with Mt. Hood Territory View-Masters, used by Clackamas County Tourism and Cultural Affairs to promote the county. The View-Masters are given to travel writers and others around the country to showcase the attractions and beauty Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory has to offer, and inspire people to visit.
Business in the County 2014
||The BCC answered questions from the local business community at the annual Business in the County Forum luncheon at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center Sept. 24. It was hosted by the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce and Oregon City Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Rob Wheeler.
Canby Ferry 100 Year Celebration
||The Canby Ferry Centennial was held Sept. 17, attended by Chair Ludlow and commissioners Bernard, Savas and Schrader. About 100 guests also attended to learn about the Ferry history, and take a ride on the MJ Lee, and witness the unveiling of an historic interpretative panel and custom-made commemorative plaque created by Clackamas County metal artist Ron Grubbs. Guests included local residents, Canby Mayor Brian Hodson and descendents of the real MJ Lee, the first child born (1872) in the 1870-platted town of Canby.
Clackamas County Fair 2014
| ||County Commissioners participated in Fair events including the Kiddie Capers parade through Canby on Aug. 12 and celebrated the Clackamas County Fair receiving an Historic Heritage Area designation. |
| ||They also held a business meeting at the fairgrounds on Aug. 14. |
Clackamas County Employee Appreciation Day 2014
| || Commissioners attended the employee picnic on August 7 and helped recognize employees who received a special award for customer service. From left: Commissioner Martha Schrader, Commissioner Paul Savas, Commissioner Jim Bernard, County Administrator Don Krupp, Chair Ludlow, County employee Bates Russell, Commissioner Tootie Smith.|
| ||Commissioner Schrader talks with staff during the picnic.|
| ||Commissioner Bernard and Chair Ludlow joined in a game of Cornhole with County employees, and posed with the winning team: "Franks and Beans" members Tiffani Frank (H3S) and Chuck Kerns (Facilities).|
| ||More fun at the Cornhole tournament.|
Molalla 4th of July Parade – 2014
| ||Commissioner Savas speaking with a citizen and Sheriff Craig Roberts.|
| ||Commissioner Smith talking with citizens at the parade staging area.|
Veterans Service Office Open House – May 22
| ||Commissioner Schrader spoke to the crowd about the services the county VSO can provide to Clackamas County veterans.|
| ||Eric Belt, from the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, was a guest speaker at the county VSO open house.|
| ||County Commissioners and honored guests heard remarks from speakers (including Commissioner Martha Schrader) and then were given a tour of the county Veterans Service office.|
Grady Waxenfelter Memorial – May 16, 2014
Grady Waxenfelter was tragically killed in February 2014 while performing his duties for Clackamas County as a County Weighmaster.
He was a valued employee of Clackamas County for 17 years, having joined the Transportation Maintenance Division in 1997 as a mechanic.
Grady was promoted to the position of senior mechanic in 1999 and then became a County Weighmaster in 2005.
Grady was also a resident of Clackamas County, living in Estacada with his family where he was active in church and community activities.
| ||County Commission Chair John Ludlow speaks at the memorial tribute to County Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter on May 16. Chair Ludlow presented Grady's family with a copy of the BCC proclamation officially changing the name of the county fleet services building in Oregon City to the Grady J. Waxenfelter building.|
| ||Sam Irving, County Transportation Maintenance Manager, spoke at the tribute about Grady's years with the county and how much he was appreciated by his colleagues. |
| ||The county sign will be posted outside the county fleet services building on Abernethy Road in Oregon City.|
| ||County Commissioners, staff, family and friends of Grady Waxenfelter gather at Memorial Grove (on the Red Soils county campus) to view the tree and plaque dedicated to Grady's memory. The tree is an Autumn Blaze Maple.|
May 7, 2014
Clackamas Food System ONEStop
|Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader hosted the Clackamas Food System ONEStop Declaration of Cooperation Signing Ceremony on April 24 at Our Table Cooperative Farm. Commissioner Paul Savas also attended. Learn more about ONEStop.|
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day - April 24, 2014
|On National Bring Our Daughters and Sons to Work day - county staff brought their kids to the BCC business meeting where Commissioners posed for a photo with them at the BCC dais.|
|Chair Ludlow spent time with the kids making balloon art.|
Stand Up for Veterans 2014
| ||Commissioners attended the Stand Up! event for military veterans and families at Clackamas Community College April 5. The event featured info about veterans’ resources, including benefits, employment, housing, transportation, health and wellness education, and volunteerism. Commissioners Smith and Schrader were speakers.|
April 9, 2014 Town Hall
| ||There was a large turnout for the April 9 town hall meeting in Sandy, hosted by the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.|
Celebrating Staff’s Employment
| ||Each month Clackamas County Commissioners honor county employees who have reached a special year of employment. Chuck Robbins (left) is honored for his 35 years of employment with Clackamas County. |
| ||Paul Savas and Jim Bernard congratulate Naga Senthirajah (left) for 20 years with the county, most of which has been with the District Attorney’s Office.|
Town Hall: A Night in Wilsonville
Eric Postma (at right), vice chair of the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, introduced Clackamas County Commissioners during a town hall at the Wilsonville Community Center on Feb. 18. The event was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Wilsonville.
2014 Legislative Dinner
On Jan 30, state legislators along with Clackamas County Commissioners and Clackamas County staff met at the annual legislators dinner at the Museum of the Oregon Territory to discuss issues that affect the county. About 50 people attended.
| || The BCC recognized members of the county's Transportation System Plan Public Advisory Committee at the Jan. 16 evening Business Meeting. The Committee spent the last two years advising the county on transportation system improvements needed in unincorporated areas of the county over the next 20 years. Information about the TSP and other Transportation and Development initiatives and projects can be found at www.clackamas.us/transportation.|
A Safe Place Family Justice Center Grand Opening December 10, 2013
| ||Commissioners Bernard, Savas and Smith prepare to cut the ribbon for the Grand Opening of A Safe Place Family Justice Center Dec. 10.|
|Chair Ludlow spoke before a packed DSB Auditorium on Dec. 10 to celebrate the Opening of A Safe Place.|
|Visit A Safe Place to learn more about this new center and services, or to make a donation.|
Clackamas Broadband Express project complete
| ||Clackamas County Commissioners recognize staff involved in the Clackamas Broadband Express project at the weekly business meeting Dec. 5. |
|Chair John Ludlow prepares to “plug in” the county connection before a skype with Clackamas ESD — also a new broadband customer.|
Oregon Iron Works and United Streetcar: A Tour
| ||Commissioners Jim Bernard, Paul Savas and Tootie Smith tour Oregon Iron Works and United Streetcar, a Clackamas County small business that manufactures bridges, military patrol craft, hydro gates, aerospace equipment, streetcars and other products. United Streetcar is the first American manufacturer of modern streetcar vehicles in more than 60 years. They toured the plant with presidents Corey Yraguen of Oregon Iron Works and Kevin Clark of United Streetcar.|
Oak Grove Town Hall
| ||The BCC town hall in Oak Grove drew more than 40 people to Rose Villa on Nov. 12 to talk with Commissioners about current issues.|
Veteran’s Day 2013
| ||Ken Kraft, retired Army Commander and Chair of the county’s Veterans Advisory Council, and Erika Silver, county Human Services manager, spoke to the BCC Nov. 7 about benefits and opportunities available to veterans in Clackamas County. For more information, visit: www.clackamas.us/socialservices/veterans.html|
| ||County Commissioners posed with veterans – both county employees and county residents – at the weekly business meeting Nov. 7 before a special presentation regarding veteran services and Veteran’s Day. |
Business in the County: Oct. 23
County Commissioners answered questions from business leaders at the Business in the County luncheon – held at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center Oct. 23. The event was hosted by North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce and Oregon City Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Rob Wheeler.
H3S Food Drive
| ||Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) employees collected the equivalent of 28,343.87 pounds of food to feed people in need this past summer. Chair John Ludlow and members of the Board of County Commissioners are pictured at last Thursday's business meeting with a decorated chef hat made by a child living in a Housing Authority residence. The chef hat was made as part of the annual H3S food drive. |
North Clackamas Park restoration project: Sept. 18, 2013
County Commissioners Paul Savas, Martha Schrader, and Chair John Ludlow joined community partners and volunteers to celebrate the completion of a restoration project along Mt. Scott Creek at North Clackamas Park. The project is a result of the partnership of Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES), North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) and the City of Milwaukie to improve water quality and riparian habitat, while enhancing the natural beauty along lower Mt. Scott Creek within North Clackamas Park.
| ||Pictured, from left: County Commission Chair John Ludlow, Jeroen Kok from North Clackamas Parks, Mary Rose Navarro from Metro, Commissioner Paul Savas, Milwaukie Mayor Jeremy Ferguson and Gail Shaloum from WES.|
| ||Commissioner Savas speaks to the crowd about the project.|
| ||Chair Ludlow visits with guests before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.|
| || Chair Ludlow and Commissioner Schrader.|
Lake Oswego Town Hall, Sept. 11, 2013
Commissioner Schrader talks with Tina Olson and Commissioner Bernard visits with Lake Oswego City Councilor Donna Jordan.
Commissioner Jim Bernard (left) State Rep. Julie Parrish and Commissioner Paul Savas talk with citizens before the meeting.
Citizen audience at the Lake Owego City Hall.
Commissioner Tootie Smith (right) speaks with Lake Oswego City Councilor Karen Bowerman and Jerry Ghiglieri.
County Commissioners presented Bob Moore of Bob's Red Mill in Milwaukie with a certificate of appreciation Aug. 29 for his commitment to the county's economy and community service.
2013 County Fair
August 13, 2013
Banners along McLoughlin Boulevard
Aug. 8, 2013
|More than 40 McLoughlin area citizens and business owners came together August 5 to celebrate the unveiling of the first of 39 banners to be placed along McLoughlin Boulevard, urging people to Walk, Bike or Ride in Jennings Lodge and Oak Grove.|
|The first of 39 banners to be placed along McLoughlin Boulevard. The banner program is sponsored by the McLoughlin Area Plan Implementation Team (MAP-IT) and McLoughlin Area Business Association (MABA) funded by a tourism grant through the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce.|
|Commission Vice-Chair Paul Savas, an Oak Grove resident and Jennings Lodge business owner, is raised up in a cherry-picker to install the first banner. Commission Chair John Ludlow, left, keeps an eye on Paul while holding another banner to be installed in a different location.|
|Commission Chair John Ludlow, Commissioner Tootie Smith and Metro Councilor hold two of the 39 banners to be placed along McLoughlin Boulevard. Commission Vice-Chair Paul Savas, behind his colleagues in the cherry-picker bucket, shows his enthusiasm for the sign he just installed above.|
|Commission Vice-Chair Paul Savas is helped into the cherry-picker bucket while Commissioner Tootie Smith, Commission Chair John Ludlow, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette and MAP-IT Chair Ed Gronke hold up two of the 39 signs that will be placed along McLoughlin Boulevard.|
|Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette says a few words to those gathered, with MAP-IT Chair Ed Gronke by her side.|
|Commission Chair John Ludlow welcomes people to the banner unveiling ceremony, while MAP-IT Chair Ed Gronke and MAP-IT Vice-Chair Jennifer Harding look on.|
|Commission Vice-Chair Paul Savas goes the extra mile – up – to install the first of 39 banners along McLoughlin Boulevard. |
|Commissioner Tootie Smith, Commission Vice-Chair Paul Savas, Commission Chair John Ludlow, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette and MAP-IT Chair Ed Gronke displaying two of the 39 banners to be placed along McLoughlin Boulevard at the August 5 banner unveiling ceremony in the parking lot of Hale’s Restaurant in Jennings Lodge.|
Board of County Commissioners' business meeting
Aug. 8, 2013
|The commissioners attended their business meeting this morning. Commissioner Jim Bernard (left) spoke about veterans, while Tootie Smith, Chair John Ludlow, Martha Schrader and Paul Savas listen during the public comment session of the meeting.|
Groundbreaking of Sunrise JTA at Camp Withycombe
July 31, 2013
| ||Commissioner Paul Savas, Commissioner Tootie Smith, Chair John Ludlow and Commissioner Martha Schrader prepare to break ground during the Sunrise JTA Project celebration |
| ||Commissioner Paul Savas thanks all those involved in the Sunrise JTA Project. Other speakers included State Rep. Shemia Fagan (left) and former County Commissioner Ann Lininger of Oregon Iron Works. |
| ||Groundbreaking ceremony for the Sunrise JTA Project at Camp Withycombe. From left: former House Speaker Dave Hunt; Jason Tell, ODOT Region 1 Manager; Commissioner Paul Savas; Brent Kerr, Kerr Contractors; Karmen Fore, Transportation Policy Advisor to Gov. Kitzhaber; Ann Lininger, Oregon Iron Works; Commission Chair John Ludlow; State Rep. Shemia Fagan; Matt Garrett, ODOT Director; Sen. Alan Olsen; Commissioner Martha Schrader; Commissioner Tootie Smith; Lori DeRemer, Mayor of Happy Valley. |
| ||Commissioner Martha Schrader talks with former House Speaker Dave Hunt while Commissioner Paul Savas visits with State Sen. Chuck Thomsen. |
| ||Commissioner Tootie Smith and Chair John Ludlow visit with State Sen. Alan Olsen. |
NACo Achievement Awards 2013
Clackamas County was recently honored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for implementing innovative county government programs to better serve area residents. The Board of County Commissioners recognized county staff who worked on the five award-winning projects at the weekly Business Meeting July 25.
| ||The 3-D Downtown Program, offered through Clackamas County Business and Economic Development's Main Street program, is designed to spur private investment, increase property values, retain and recruit businesses, and enhance the appearance of downtowns through the use of three-dimensional visual imaging.|
| ||The year-long Clackamas County Leadership Academy is designed to develop and cultivate leadership skills in participating employees.|
| ||The North Clackamas Revitalization Area (NCRA) Sanitary Sewer Project focuses on improving inadequate infrastructure, particularly a lack of sanitary sewer service threatening public health and the environment, within the service area.|
| ||Youth Theater for Change is a partnership between Juvenile and the Arts Alliance that provides a unique experience for Clackamas County youth who have had contact with the juvenile justice system. The program offers youth an opportunity to write, produce and perform in an original play for the community.|
| ||The Transportation Safety Action Plan serves as a foundation document for the county's Transportation System Plan update, and an added incentive for safety-related projects to be included in the county's transportation capital improvement plan. This project won Best in Category for Planning, as well as an Achievement Award.|
| ||Clackamas County Technology Services also received two recent honors. One is from the Center for Digital Government – a NACo partner - which listed the county 5th in the nation for its size for best electronic practices. Computerworld Magazine also recognized the county's Broadband project with a laureate of its Honors Program.|
Interfor Kiln Tour
| ||Commission Chair John Ludlow, Martha Schrader and Jim Bernard join in one of the eight kilns on Interfor’s 60-acre lot in Molalla. When in operation, the kiln reaches 180 degrees F. while fans circulate the heated air for consistent treatment of the wood products inside. The Molalla site is one of about eight to 10 Interfor sites, with one more mill in eastern Oregon, two in Washington, three in BC (along with Interfor’s headquarters) and several mills in Georgia.|
2013-2014 Clackamas County Budget process
| ||The Clackamas County Budget Committee continued discussions on Tuesday morning, May 28, in the Development Services Building. Photographed were Commissioner Tootle Smith, Debra Newton, Commissioner Jim Bernard, Committee Chair Frank Magdlen, Commission Chair John Ludlow, Commissioner Paul Savas, Jeff Caton and Commissioner Martha Schrader.|
Community Action Impact Awards - May 16, 2013
| ||Recipient Carol Kay (center) forher work as the president of the Friends of the Ledding Library.|
Community Action Impact Awards - May 16, 2013
| ||ClackamasVolunteers in Medicine Founders Clinic recognized for their work providing freehealth care and information and referral related to health issues forlow-income adult county residents who do not have health insurance.|
Community Action Impact Awards - May 16, 2013
| ||TheAnt Farm for their work identifying local food source needs and enhancing thelocal food system.|
Boring Town Hall
| ||County Commissioners hosted the second in a series of Town Hall meetings May 14 in Boring. They started the meeting with community leaders announcing the placement of a new sign highlighting the pairing with the community of Dull, Scotland. Pictured, from left with a replica: Commissioner Smith, Rep. Bill Kennemer, Commissioner Savas, Chair Ludlow, Commissioner Bernard, Boring CPO Chair Stephen Bates and Sen. Alan Olsen.|
| ||County Commissioners recognized long-time county volunteer Neil Mast at the Business Meeting May 9. Mr. Mast is retiring as the announcer for Rex Putnam sporting events - after 41 seasons! He announced Putnam Football, boys and girls basketball, track and field meets and more. He was given an award of appreciation from Commissioners, pictured here with county staff who are Rex Putnam alum: County Treasurer Shari Anderson, County Clerk Sherry Hall, Judge Karen Brisbin, Chair Ludlow (Rex Putnam alum), Neil Mast, neighbor Les Poole, Commissioner Savas, Commissioner Smith and Public and Government Affairs Director Gary Schmidt.|
| ||Mr. Mast and Chair Ludlow|
Child Abuse Summit and Family Violence Conference
|County Commissioners attended the Child Abuse Summit and Family Violence Conference on April 26, sponsored every year by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and held in Portland. The event is a multi-disciplinary conference for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence. Commissioners are pictured here with Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.|
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
|Four commissioners played host to the employees who brought their children to the Thursday, April 25, business meeting. Pictured with the four children from left to right are Commissioner Jim Bernard, Chair John Ludlow, commissioners Tootie Smith and Paul Savas. Commissioners welcomed these and other children for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and opened their commission chambers for a tour and other activities throughout the day. Commissioner Martha Schrader was missing from the photo but was available to vote and participate by Skype, as her own daughter had given birth to a baby the night before.|
South Metro Leadership Forum – April 10, 2013
|Chair Ludlow, Commissioner Schrader and Commissioner Smith were guest speakers at the South Metro Leadership Forum - organized by the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce and held at the Al Kader Shrine Center. Commissioners spoke to local business people about their first 100 days in office as the newest members of the BCC, and initiatives the Board is working on now. |
State of the County – April 9, 2013
||During the April 9 State of the County, Commissioners answered questions from the audience and write-ins from people watching via the internet and on the Clackamas County Government Channel. The question topics included transportation, health care, jobs, public safety and economic development.
||Chair Ludlow began the State of the County with short speech about the Board's last 100 days in office and important initiatives the BCC is working on.
| More than 70 people from around the county attended the event in person.|
BCC holds Town Hall meeting in Molalla March 19
|Commissioner Tootie Smith and Colton resident Don Newell before the meeting.|
|Visiting with Chair John Ludlow and Commissioner Paul Savas.|
|Commissioner Jim Bernard (right) before the meeting.|
|Commissioner Martha Schrader visiting with citizen Richard Yarnell.|
|Molalla-area residents filled the library meeting room for the first Town Hall.|
|The BCC listens to a local resident advocating for youth and family programs.|
Feb. 25, 2013
|Clackamas County Commissioners and county staff were given a tour by City of Oregon City staff of the former Blue Heron mill site and Willamette Falls scenic area to learn more about development possibilities and the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.|
|Commissioners Bernard and Savas visit with staff before the tour.|
|Commissioners Ludlow and Savas listen to a presentation from Oregon City and county staff.|
|Commissioners visit an active construction area at the former Blue Heron mill site.|
|Commissioners Paul Savas and Tootie Smith.|
|Commission Chair John Ludlow with Willamette Falls behind him.|
State of the Cities
|BCC attends State of the Cities event on Jan 30 at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas – hosted by North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Tootie Smith|
|Commission Chair John Ludlow|
|Commissioner Martha Schrader|
|Commissioners Jim Bernard (left) and Paul Savas|
New BCC Swearing-in Ceremony: Jan. 7, 2013
|County Assessor Bob Vroman and newly-elected Commissioners prepare to take the Oath of Office.|
|Commissioner Martha Schrader and Commissioner Tootie Smith visit before the ceremony.|
|Commissioner Tootie Smith, Chair John Ludlow and Commissioner Martha Schrader.|
|Newly-elected Commissioners with Judge Norby.|
|Nearly all of the Clackamas County elected officials attended the ceremony. From left: Sheriff Craig Roberts, County Clerk Sherry Hall, Commissioner Tootie Smith, Commissioner Jim Bernard, Judge Norby, Commissioner Martha Schrader, Commissioner Paul Savas, Chair John Ludlow, Assessor Bob Vroman, Treasurer Shari Anderson and Judge Karen Brisbin. District Attorney John Foote was unable to attend.|
|Judge Susie L. Norby with all five Clackamas County Commissioners: Tootie Smith, Jim Bernard, Martha Schrader, Paul Savas and Chair John Ludlow.|
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