Nov. 30, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Place: Hope Fellowship Church
Co-President Phil Morton gave a summary of the LHNA financial status. The LHNA has completely paid the engineer and attorney bills for their essential work on the Bypass, so we have no debt. There is approximately $2,000 in the bank account of which $600 is assigned to the LHNA in general and the remaining approximately $1,400 is for the South Parrett Mt. Emergency Program.
Bypass Impact Committee Report: Chairman Stan Halle
Every three months the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) reports on progress in redirecting Wilsonville Road to terminate on Hwy. 219 south of Wynooksi Road. To date, all actions (funding, rights-of-way, etc.) are within the schedule specified in the six-party agreement. This change in Wilsonville Road is scheduled to be open in the second half of 2020. From the opening of Phase I of the Bypass this year until 2020, the present location of Wilsonville Road at Springbrook Road will be right-in, right-out. Phase II of the Bypass (i.e. from Hwy 219 to 99 at Rex Hill) is being pursued. In order to secure funding, all parties need to be in agreement. One entity planned to develop a parcel within the right-of-way for the Bypass but it has now been planned in a different location out of the way of the Bypass. ODOT is scheduled to announce the cost of Phase II on February 17, 2017.
Speaker: Sgt. Donald Stackpole, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department
Sgt. Stackpole discussed property safety in response to several recent burglaries and attempted burglaries on the south side of Parrett Mountain.
Our area has less crime compared to some other parts of the county.
Burglars are interested in targeting places where they cannot be noticed and taking items that are transportable and easily sold.
Neighborhood contacts. The most important thing one can do to beep property safe is to have neighborhood contacts. Know your neighbors and be familiar with their family members, habits, and vehicles so you can recognize unusual vehicles or activity. If you don’t know your neighbors, this is a good time of year to bring them a plate of cookies and initiate contact.
If you will be gone for a while, give a neighbor your departure and return dates, contact information, and ask them to watch your house. In Yamhill County, you can ask request a vacation home check by the Sheriff’s department. As they are able, an officer will come and walk around the house exterior occasionally.
Both Yamhill and Clackamas Co. sheriff departments are understaffed. They prioritize responses to the greatest emergencies first, so a completed burglary may take a while to get to.
Inventory valuables. To facilitate return of stolen goods and to estimate their value, it helps to have a record of the brand name, make, model, and serial number of equipment and electronics. These may be visible on the item and can be photographed. It is also helpful to have documentation of the value of the item. If an item is valuable and lacks a serial number, you can engrave an “owner applied number” (e.g. your initials and a random number) on the item. In addition to such numeric tracking, or for things that cannot be engraved (e.g. a ring), it is helpful to have photographic documentation of unique identifiers, like scratches, to help identify the item as yours.
Physical location. What property is attractive to burglars? A place that looks uncared for is more attractive than a place that is neat because they can get in and out without being noticed.
Burglars do not want to be detected and want to act quickly. Homes near the road allow a quick get-away, but activity is visible. Long driveways provide less visibility but, if discovered, it is harder to escape, especially if there were a gate. Lighting and barking dogs (large or small) are deterrents. Any barking could alert neighbors of their presence.
Cameras of various descriptions, quality, and cost help in identifying unauthorized visitors. “Trail cams” as used by hunters are motion detector units and are relatively inexpensive to set up the camera and drive past it adjusting the camera to photograph license plates of passing vehicles.
Alarms or surveillance systems from local stores or specialty businesses are helpful.
Burglars enter through unsecured openings e.g. unlocked windows or doors.
Keep valuables out of sight. Close blinds; keep valuables away from windows.
When to contact Sheriff’s Office:
If you come into your house and see cabinets open that you didn’t leave open (or similar sense that something is out of place), don’t proceed, in case someone is still in the house. Leave the property and call 911.
Clackamas County: 503 655-8211
Yamhill County: 503 434-6500 (this works for law enforcement, fire, and medical.)
Mail theft: This is common, especially at this time of year. It helps to have a locking mailbox.
Packages are easily stolen. Contact your delivery people and tell them where to leave packages that are out of sight, or have a neighbor pick up packages if you expect a package.
Be aware of your surroundings. Know what is normal so you can report what is out of place.
Bottom line: Do not force a confrontation. Do not put yourself in danger. After all, it is only “stuff” and your safety is more important.
Old Business: None
It has been noted that many LHNA General Meetings have had low attendance. A survey was sent out to all who are on the LHNA email list to learn what topics members want covered at meetings, and if different dates or times would improve participation. Please complete the survey and email us or mail to LHNA PO Box 2556, Wilsonville, OR 97070. Copies are also available at this evening’s meeting.
A question from the floor asked if Yamhill County was planning to pave other gravel roads in our area as they did Earlwood Road. Cheryl commented that the paving of Earlwood was a county initiative and that the road department’s budget will be less for such actions when they need to support funding of Phase I of the Bypass. However, if paving is desired, people could contact the County Commissioners or the Director of Public Works. Sgt. Stackpole added that the Yamhill County Road Improvement Advisory Committee (RIAC) discusses such road improvements. Contact the Public Works Department for information on participating in a RIAC meeting.
Next LHNA meeting is the holiday potluck on Jan. 18, 2017 at Magness Tree Farm.
Minutes submitted by Cheryl McCaffrey, Secretary.
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