Several residents ask council members for help with city events and potential buildings

Canby's Oct. 17 City Council meeting saw several residents bring up some problems as well as announcements. But two items stuck out.

The first involved the TV studio belonging to Channel 5. Hannah Ray Lambert wanted to know why she hadn't been able to use the studio to make and record videos. While she'd been able to use it as a volunteer a few years ago, she called and wrote but none of her requests were answered. She said she'd approached the mayor in August without an answer.

Mayor Brian Hodson apologized and Council member Sarah Spoon offered to address the situation.

"I'm not aware of anyone being denied access," she said.

City Administrator Rick Robinson also suggested that she should attend Channel 5's board meetings because the city council has no authority over the channel.

However, Council member Tyler Smith asked to put together a supplemental budget meeting to go over what the city pays the channel.

Patty Green voiced the second problem. She asked the city council to look into a potential new business being called the "Shakespeare Project." This features a potential company that may come into the city's southeast industrial area. She called the project huge, "a 35-acre building or a half million square foot building," much larger than her three and a half acres. She's worried that it will impact her well water as well as how to sleep with 840 trucks moving through the area 24/7.

Hodson noted that there's a steep learning curve with any new business. The city, he said, is in conversation with the company and its developer. Green said the infrastructure isn't available to serve the structure or the trucks and that she's worried about her well water.

The mayor said he would follow up with planning.

Garden Club President Cathy Smith asked for volunteers to help the club plant roses on Highway 99. The group will be planting 50 rosebushes on Nov. 17 beginning at 10 a.m. She asked many of the local clubs and students to come help out as they did last year, and noted that the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs will probably sent people.

Greg Perez announced a Pig Feed at the American Legion on Nov. 11. Beginning at 10:15, they will post colors and may even have a plane at the event. The event is open to all.

Among the announcements was Downtown Canby's Spooktacular Village for the Main Street Kid's Costume Parade at 4:30 p.m. starting at the Clock tower on NE 2nd Avenue led by Mayor Hodson with a police escort. There also will be trick or treating among downtown businesses from 3- to 6 p.m., Halloween Crafts and Book Giveaway at the library between 3- and 6 p.m. and Hot Rod Dreamworks Scarecrow Contest. Voting for the scarecrows is between Oct. 22 and Oct. 30 at midnight at HYPERLINK "" or in person at the store.

Carol Rosen
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