Letters: Reprieve on Oatfield House demolition; Gibson focused on community service
You and the Clackamas Review provided great help as we tried to save the historic Oatfield House from demolition ("Philip T. Oatfield House threatened with demolition in Oak Grove," Feb. 1), and on April 24, the developer withdrew his appication. We have stopped the clock.
The story in last week's edition ("Oatfield House may get reprieve from demolition") was just one more example of the Review's importance to the local community for all the great news coverage appearing in Pamplin Media Group newspapers.
Gibson focused on community service
I strongly support Terry John Gibson for Clackamas Fire District #1 Board of Directors Position 4, one of two open positions in the May 16 election.
I know Terry from the last few years when we collaborated on the consolidation of the the Oak Lodge Sanitary District, where Terry was president of the board, and the Oak Lodge Water District, where I was a board commissioner. The consolidation is underway right now.
Terry has lived in Jennings Lodge for 27 years and has an extraordinary history of community service all over Clackamas County. For example:
1. He was director of the Oak Lodge Sanitary District for six years, serving as president twice. Under his leadership, the sanitary-water-district consolidation happened, forming the Oak Lodge Water Services District, which is on track to save an estimated $425,000 annual savings.
2. Terry has served on the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council for six years, the last three as chair, where he worked with the local county and city governments as well regional and state organizations.
3. Terry was founding president of the board of directors for Schoolyard Farms, which placed the first working farm on public elementary school grounds in Oregon, and which is helping to lift the standard of living in the economically challenged community of Jennings Lodge and Oak Grove. This farm also makes the community stronger by providing food, a 700-square-foot shelter, and water from a rain-fed 3,000-gallon tank available in case of an emergency. The second farm in this program is located at New Urban High School in Oak Grove and will help to empower youth looking for alternative and meaningful careers that urban agriculture can satisfy and are desperately needed.
4. Terry has also been one of the leaders of the McLoughlin Area Plan Implementation Team (MAP-IT) that has been working with the community to get sensible redevelopment for the 99E corridor between Milwaukie and Gladstone. The recent breakthrough with the county on the overlay zone for the Orange Line station at Park Avenue is in large part to Terry's patient dedication to the MAP vision in spite of the uphill struggle with former county administrations.
If, like me, you want a fire director who has always focused on serving the community rather than on politics, then vote for Terry John Gibson for Position 4 on the Clackamas Fire #1 Board of Directors.