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.
The community enhancement projects recommended for funding include: • Memorial Park “Dog Park” Relocation Project: $25,000• “Bee Stewards” Wilsonville Pollinator Improvement Project: $21,433• Multifamily Waste-Reduction and Recycling Project: $16,000• Fluorescent Mercury-Lamp Business Recycling Program: $7,110
A fifth project, Frog Pond Church Campus Restoration Project, is still under consideration by the committee to allow committee members more time to research and gather information about the proposal prior to reaching a final funding decision. This project is planned to be reviewed for funding at the committee’s next meeting that is to be scheduled for May or June.
Project nominations from the public and public agencies were first reviewed by City staff and then forwarded for consideration to the new seven-member Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee, which is composed of four community members—Chair Brad Hughbanks, Vice Chair Larry Beck, Kate Johnson and Jimmy Lee; Mayor Tim Knapp and City Councilor Susie Stevens; and Metro District Three Councilor Craig Dirksen. The committee was formed over the 2015-16 period as a part of the new Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program.
Funded by a per-ton charge on biodegradable solid-waste, the Community Enhancement Program was extended by Metro regional government effective July 2015 to cover all cities with a waste-transfer facility, including the Willamette Resources Inc. facility operated by Republic Services in Wilsonville. Metro estimates that about $85,000 per year in community enhancement funds would be available to Wilsonville; current trends and potential changes in the Metro solid-waste franchise disposal program over the next few years may result in increased volumes being transferred that eventually yield $100,000 per year of enhancement funds. Funds may be used immediately on smaller projects or accumulated for up to three years to underwrite a larger project.
The Community Enhancement Program funding is used for “enhancing the host community of the facility from which the fees have been collected” to fund projects that “rehabilitate and enhance the area within the city.” Eligible projects can improve the appearance or environmental quality of the community, increase reuse and recycling opportunities or improve recreational areas and programs. Program proposals will be accepted again next winter, Dec. 1, 2016, through Jan. 31, 2017, with potential project awards next spring.
For more information about the program or the 2016 projects recommended for funding approval visit www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/CommunityEnhancement.