The city's Fire District Board puts 10-year $4.9 million bond issue on Nov. 6 ballot for a number of needs

The Canby Fire District Board will be at the Sept. 19 City Council meeting to present and discuss the Board's 10-year, $4.9 million bond issue, which is a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The funds from the bond will be used to upgrade medical response and firefighting equipment, make repairs and improvements to the main station, purchase a ladder truck and refurbish or replace aging apparatus, provide some upgrades to the station south of Canby on Highway 170 and create a Northside Medic Response Station.

The bond measure's affects depend on the value of the property within the district. The tax rate for the bond is estimated not to exceed $0.28 per $1,000 of assessed property value. For example, a home assessed at $280,000 would be about $78 per year. That's about an overall average.

The Fire District serves a 54 square mile area including Canby and Barlow as well as surrounding suburban and rural communities. It provides emergency medical response, ambulance transportation, fire suppression, community risk reduction, emergency preparation/response and hazardous materials response. If the bond doesn't pass, cost to maintain aging equipment and the district's two stations would likely increase. The lack of funds also could impact response time because stations aren't designed to handle increasing emergency call volume and apparatus could be out of service for repairs.

The district's mission is to provide outstanding service to the community delivered with skilled professionalism and commitment to safety. It hopes to continue to provide highly skilled and efficient responses to fire and medical emergencies while working together with the community to prevent the next emergency.

For more information about the Fire District, the bond Measure 3-542, visit it at 221 South Pine Street or call 503-266-5851 or use the contact form at

The History and Landmark Commission will discuss its 2019-2020 Program Plan, which offers 15 proposed projects. These include marker repair and cleaning at Zion Cemetery, the Tier III project, Web footprint expansion, local registry project, all-star community heritage designation, local heritage tree program and farming heritage project. It also hopes to work on an indigenous peoples' heritage and city parks heritage project, and plans to do an Oral History program and the annual essay contest as well as the Veteran's Recognition project.

Other business includes a vote on Ordinance 1495, which approves a contract with PBS Engineering & Environment Inc. for transportation engineering and technical services of North Quiet Zone improvements from North Elm Street to North Grant Street to North Ivy Street.

Carol Rosen
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