Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, the City’s new Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee met for a second occasion to consider projects and recommends to the City Council awarding a total of $69,543 in funding to four different projects in Wilsonville.
2016 Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee Project Recommendations:
The community enhancement projects recommended for funding include:
• Memorial Park “Dog Park” Relocation Project: $25,000
Project proposes to relocate the enclosed, off-leash dog-run area of park, including creating 37 parking spaces and installing new fencing, drinking-water fountains, two covered shelters with benches and dog-play elements.
• “Bee Stewards” Wilsonville Pollinator Improvement Project: $21,433
Project proposes to: 1) create productive pollinator habitats on City and School District-owned property, utilizing volunteers and youth organizations to help plant and maintain plantings; 2) develop Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for City; 3) provide public educational opportunity and materials about pollinator habitats.
• Multifamily Waste-Reduction and Recycling Project: $16,000
Project proposes to conduct a six-month-long focused effort to increase recycling opportunities at multifamily communities, including conducting a public education campaign with signage, working with residents and property managers, distributing light-weight recycling materials tote bags and looking at possible modification of central-collection/enclosure area.
• Fluorescent Mercury-Lamp Business Recycling Program: $7,110
Project proposes to conduct two fluorescent-lamp collection events in Fall 2016 and Spring 2016 at Republic Services’ Wilsonville facility. The collection events are targeted to businesses known to use fluorescent lamps and are to be staffed by professionals, with the collected tubes being properly disposed and recycled.
About the Committee
The Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee oversees local implementation of the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program. The program is funded by a per-ton fee charged by Metro regional government on solid-waste transfer stations located in communities throughout the greater Portland region.
The Committee in essence reviews “community enhancement” projects or programs nominated by the public and members of City boards and commissions that are first assessed by City staff, and decides which projects or programs, if any, to advance with the Community Enhancement Program funds.
The Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee is composed of:
- Four (4) citizen/community members who are Wilsonville residents: Chair Brad Hughbanks, Vice Chair Larry Beck, Kate Johnson and Jimmy Lee;
- Two (2) City Council members: Mayor Tim Knapp and City Councilor Susie Stevens
- One (1) Metro Councilor: Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen, District 3, serves on the committee in ex-officio status
About the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program
The Metro Council extended effective July 1, 2015, the Metro Solid Waste Community-Enhancement Program to apply uniformly to all communities that host putrescible (biodegradable) solid-waste transfer facilities, including the Willamette Resources, Inc., (WRI) transfer facility operated by Republic Services in Wilsonville. Metro’s program started in 1988 after the Oregon Legislature allowed the assessment of fees to support communities hosting facilities that accept garbage and other waste discarded from homes and businesses. While offering value to the region as a whole, these facilities generate traffic, odors and other inconveniences to residents in adjacent host communities.
Funds collected under the Metro Community Enhancement Program are dedicated and used for “enhancing the host community of the facility from which the fees have been collected” as determined by the local government or administering committee. These funds may be used for extensive community purposes that “rehabilitate and enhance the area within the City limits.”
Goals for community enhancement projects include:
- Improve the appearance or environmental quality of the community.
- Reduce the amount or toxicity of waste.
- Increase reuse and recycling opportunities.
- Result in rehabilitation or upgrade of real or personal property owned or operated by a nonprofit organization.
- Result in the preservation or enhancement of wildlife, riparian zones, wetlands, forest lands and marine areas, and/or improve the public awareness and the opportunities to enjoy them.
- Result in improvement to, or an increase in, recreational areas and programs.
- Result in improvement in safety.
- Benefit youth, seniors, low income persons or underserved populations
- Expanding the recycling program in city parks and facilities.
- Developing a city’s first community garden.
- Newell Creek canyon environmental restoration.
- Downtown improvements in Oregon City.
- Solar-powered trash compactors and public art in Forest Grove.
- Development of the North Portland Greenway Trail.
Process and Timeline of Project Identification and Selection
The process for project identification and selection of the committee prescribed by Resolution No. 2543 (July 7, 2015) that created the program and the steering committee for the program:
- Advertise the Metro Community Enhancement program to the community and solicit project ideas and program suggestions over an approximate two-month period of December through January.
- Project and program suggestions and feedback from the public and others are forwarded for consideration during February to relevant departments, which would likely include Community Development, Park and Recreation, Transit and others.
- Staff review project nominations in February and forward with comments or recommendations to the Committee in March for consideration.
- Committee meets in March and/or April to consider project nominations and make recommendations to City Council for funding of projects.