Letters for Oct. 23
There is a rush on the part of Metro and Clackamas County governments to push something at us with total disregard for our opinions or any analysis of the negative impacts to us, our parks and our neighborhoods.
One of the proposals is an Oak Grove to Lake Oswego bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists which would have its footings in Rivervilla Park, the on/off ramps right next to houses on Courtney Road and attempt to route pedestrians and cyclists each day through a quiet neighborhood. I say "attempt" because a majority of survey respondents when asked how often they would use the bridge said they might use the bridge once a month, once a year or never. So you build a costly bridge and just hope they will come?
As if that isn't bad enough, talk now is about building a bigger bridge across the river for transit buses between Rivervilla Park and on the Lake Oswego side possibly Foothills Park.
The rush is to try to get this project included in the 2020 Metro Transportation Bond Measure.
I am urging Metro to slow down and take stock of the impact this ill-conceived project will have. I urge all citizens to sign an online petition and say no to this project and all its ill effects. You can sign the petition at facebook.com/SayNoToMetro.
If you are not a Facebook user just go to the link and scroll down to "Sign the Petition."
Your voice will make a difference!
Devil is in the details
The costly Oak Grove to Lake Oswego bridge may seem to some a great concept. But as with most things, the devil is in the details.
Some details: It was first introduced by Metro and Clackamas County as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge, and Metro did an online survey. Only 11% of people who answered the question — would they use it as part of a commute to work — answered yes. I suspect even those 11% had no idea that once across the bridge they have nearly a two-mile hike or a steep bicycle ride to get to the nearest transit station.
Now, there is yet another idea from our governments. Let's look at putting transit buses across that bridge and get people out of their cars. So, we now have a much more expensive bridge paid by us taxpayers, disrupting an existing residential area with footings, loud steel decking, and ramps and buses towering 75 feet over houses in a quiet neighborhood.
Please pay attention and make your opinions known to county commissioners and Metro councilors.
Time is short!
Raise our water/sewer rates
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Gladstone City Council began to take testimony on and to discuss a potential water and sewer rate increase. Clearly no one is in favor of paying higher rates, but Gladstone suffers from years of stagnant utility rates that did not keep up with inflation, much less allow for improvements. In the city's past, infrastructure maintenance was systematically either deferred or ignored.
Today, the water and sewer systems in Gladstone are in a general state of dysfunction and are desperately in need of upgrading, or in certain areas being replaced completely. Quality of life demands clean water and a fully functioning sewage system. Thank you to the City Council and city administration for tackling this tough issue.
Am I anxious to pay more money for water and sewer? No.
Are raising these rates to update our water and sewer systems needed? Yes. Gladstone needs this increase to continue to provide clean water and functioning sewers.
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