Sept. 27, 2016
Moderator: Karen Bjorklund
Recorder: Jane Morrison
Location: Church of the Nazarene Church
Notice for the meeting was made in a press release to the Clackamas Review newspapers, and emailed to people on the JLCPO e-mail list of interested parties.
Call to Order at 7 p.m. – JLCPO Chair Karen Bjorklund
County Commissioner Position #4 Candidates Forum with Tootie Smith and Ken Humberston
Karen Bjorklund thanked all who submitted questions for the candidates and explained format for tonight’s forum. Based on previous candidates’ forums, each candidate would get 90 seconds to respond to each question, read by Carol Mastronarde and Stephanie Kurzenhauser, with final remarks at the close. Both candidates had been emailed the topics in advance.
Topics covered by the citizens’ questions included:
- The distinction between treatment of unincorporated parts of the County of the BCC in comparison to incorporated cities;
- Ensuring meaningful citizen involvement in the decisions made by county officials and staff on land use, library service, parks and other important issues;
- The weight or consideration given to the advice and recommendations of the various Citizens Advisory Boards;
- What the candidate has done or what would do to help us get a community park in Jennings Lodge;
- Would the candidate support a stronger tree ordinance in Clackamas County to protect our rapidly declining tree canopy, and financial incentives to encourage property owners to preserve large, mature trees;
- Does the candidate agree or disagree that incorporating is a good suggestion for Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge;
- How would they help us evaluate what’s best for our community, if we explore whether or not to become a hamlet, village or city;
- Would the candidate support construction of a new Oak Lodge library using County funds, as the County did for Happy Valley;
- Planning development treatment of developers versus residents, and do County land use regulations and permitting processes do enough to assure the public interest;
- Solutions the candidate would advocate to solve the escalating homeless crisis; and
- Specific things the candidate would accomplish for Jennings Lodge over the next two years.
After the candidates gave their closing statements, Karen thanked them for participating, acknowledging that it’s not an easy thing to get up in front of an audience and answer questions like this.
Preparing questions for house district 40 candidates at October CPO Meeting:
Mark Meek and Evon Tekorius, House District 40 candidates, will answer questions at our October meeting. Karen said that as with our previous candidate forums, people are asked to submit their questions in advance, in this case by Oct. 7. Since a scheduled presentation on related background information could be not presented as planned at the meeting, Karen said she would email the information to all on our email list once she received it.
- Approval of the August minutes
- Treasurer’s Report
Reports & updates
Land Use: No new land use applications.
Update on ERC Development Applications: Kris Balle, on behalf of the Friends of Jennings Lodge, reported:
- Lennar’s 2016 application is before the Land use Board of Appeals (LUBA) this Thursday. The Friends’ main argument will be that the 2016 application is “substantially similar” to the 2015 application. (As per Clackamas County regulations, if an application has been denied, new applications submitted within two years cannot be substantially similar.)
- On the 2015 application, the State Court of Appeals mostly agreed with the LUBA decision, and unless the decision was appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court, the application would be sent back to Clackamas County for the Hearings Officer to decide how to proceed, given the LUBA instructions on how to write the opinion. (Options include (1) hold another public hearing and have more arguments presented, (2) not hold a public hearing, or (3) reverse his decision.) However, the Friends have decided to ask the Oregon Supreme Court to review the case.
Library Services: Grover Jeffrey Bornefeld reviewed the dates for Gladstone and County decisions, as well as the dates for the termination of the Intergovernmental Agreement between Gladstone and the County. He provided an update, with Stephanie Kurzenhauser, regarding the sources of funding for an Oak Grove Library. The sources of funding include the Library Reserves. He also reminded all that the $1 million given to Gladstone for the community library had already been spent, and that the cost of the Happy Valley Library was $4 million.
- Karen announced the Oct. 19 Sheriff’s/District Attorney’s Offices’ Town hall Meeting for Oak Grove & Jennings Lodge on “Homeless in Our Neighborhoods”, 6:30 p.m. at Riverside School.
- Karen also mentioned the Oct. 5 County Commissioners’ Town Hall meeting, the last of the year, in Happy Valley, focusing on the ballot measures on fuel tax & 3% marijuana business tax in the unincorporated area.
- Ron Campbell of the Concord Partnership announced the Partnership’s next meeting on Oct. 6, when architect drawings for different building use options would be shown.
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