Motorcycle riders present go-bags with needed things for kids in difficult situations

HERALD PHOTO: CAROL ROSEN - The Willamette Valley Victory Riders present red go-bags stuffed animals, toilet items, games, books and other necessary things for kids who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

Following a short, but succinct annual report on Main Street activities by Jamie Stickle, the new Economic Development Director, a group of motorcycle riders came to speak about children that find themselves in challenging situations. These cycle riders from Willamette Valley Victory Riders have put together a number of red bags filled with stuffed animals, toilet items, games, books and other necessary things for kids who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

They presented eight of these bags to the city for police and possibly firefighters to help ease a bad situation for kids. Even though Brandon Smith, president of the organization, said this condition it may seldom happen here in Canby, such situations do happen and these bags may provide comfort for these children.

The noise variance for the city, Canby High School and Canby Fire District was brought up for a second reading and this time passed by a vote of 5-1, with Tracy Heidt again the lone vote against it. Earlier, Paul Ylvisaker, who last meeting asked to stop the school's touch down noise, had explained to the council that the noise from the high school's fireworks during football games was too loud and that providing it a variance was against other city laws.

His noise comments were backed up by Council member Sarah Spoon who said she lives about five blocks from the school and the noise is always surprising and quite concussive. She also noted the announcer's voice could be heard clearly at her home. She said she hopes the district would find a way to reduce the decibels, because there's no other recourse for residents. "You can come and complain, but this is kind of an unusual advantage for the school," she added.

Members also passed Ordinance 1492, which will allow the city to create an opportunity fund agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to reconstruct the intersection of North Elm Street and Highway 99E. It requires taking down a light pole and will improve the public right-of-way. The city will pay half the cost and do the repairs allowing the reconstruction to take place and finish within the next two years. The city's cost is not to exceed $137,951.

Eventually, the city, railroad and ODOT will do the same at Grant and Ivy Streets,

Prior to the Council meeting, members met to discuss the Park Master Plan and determine funding for it. They plan a second meeting before the Sept. 5 meeting to continue to discuss recommendations for various parks including Auburn Hills and a splash pad.

Mayor Brian Hodson also wanted to know if the council would agree to draft a letter supporting a ballot measure for a portable housing amendment. This would provide affordable housing without complete ownership.

In other news, Councilman Tim Dale announced that Canby Utility moved to its new offices last week and will hold an open house in October. He stressed that the Utility's drive through is open.

Carol Rosen
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