To: Board of Commissioners
From: McLoughlin Area Plan Implementation Team (MAP-IT)
Re: Quarterly Report of Activities
Honorable Chair and Commissioners:
Since our last report to you on December 31, our committee has met three times and subcommittees have met a number of times.
Listed below are our items of primary focus during the past three months:
Street Lighting – The MAP-IT Working Group Subcommittee (formerly the Economic and Infrastructure Subcommittees) has made some good progress on this project since our last report. Working closely with the the County Dept. of Transportation, we now have final cost estimates from PGE as well as proposed locations for light installations. This subcommittee, along with MABA, is currently searching for the right firm to gather signatures for the expansion of the lighting district. We are also working together to locate possible sources of funding for the final amount needed for the infrastructure installation, about $215,000 more than is currently available from County funds.
Drive to Zero Campaign – This began as an offshoot of the recent Health Impact Assessment of the Boulevard. Working with Joe Marek of the County Department of Transportation, Clackamas Fire # 1 and other interested parties, we are taking steps toward producing a structured campaign which would include street lighting, crossing and signalization improvements as well as citizen education along McLoughlin. Our goal is “Zero Deaths, Zero Accidents.”
Jennings Lodge Retreat Center – The builder of the proposed development at this location has met with MABA, the Board of the Jennings Lodge CPO and has made a presentation to the CPO membership on its plans. We hope this will result in an outcome which comes closer to satisfying all parties involved.
Design Overlay Suggestions for Sections of McLoughlin Boulevard – Our Design Subcommittee is continuing its work on this project, beginning with the area around Park and McLoughlin. They have made three presentations to MAP-IT so far, and there will be more. This is proving a complex and sensitive subject for property owners and businesses, and we intend to proceed with caution. Of course, there will be a need for outreach to property owners, tenants and neighborhoods, as well as public hearings before we reach any conclusions. Nathan Burton, the chair of the subcommittee, has met with Clackamas County Planning Director Mike McCallister.
Open Space Preservation – Our Environmental Subcommittee continues its work with other groups on the restoration of the Boardman Wetlands. It is also deeply involved with others in ongoing volunteer efforts to protect and restore natural areas throughout our communities.
As has become our custom, we always list those areas where we feel that the County Commission could take immediate action to support one or more of the projects or programs we are studying. We list those below:
- Construct the proposed sidewalk and bikeway improvements on Jennings Ave. between McLoughlin and Oatfield. This project has appeared as a recommendation in at least three of our previous reports. The safety aspects of this improvement are obvious, and it becomes more urgent with the increase of K-6 student populations at Jennings Lodge and Candy Lane Schools, both of which use Jennings heavily as bicyclists and pedestrians. Lack of sidewalks and bike lanes has led to many “close calls.”
- Continue the cooperation with ODOT on pedestrian crosswalk safety improvements on McLoughlin.
- It is clear that we will need your strong support as the Drive to Zero campaign becomes active. We are confident we can count on that.
- We appreciate your continuing support of our efforts to add street lighting to McLoughlin Boulevard, and hope you will also do what you can, and encourage staff to do the same, to help identify a source for the additional $215,000 needed.
Our members look forward to the opportunity to be part of the solution to the needs identified.
We thank you for your support and understanding of our efforts.
Ed Gronke, Chair
Jennifer Harding, Vice-Chair
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