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Send letters to the North Pole in Gresham; Fairview plans new food cart pod, seeks committee members

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - There are two mailboxes in Gresham where children can send letters to Santa Claus.Send letters to the North Pole

The city of Gresham has partnered with special friends of the community — Santa's helpers — to help bring extra holiday joy this season.

Santa's helpers have installed two "Letters to Santa" red mailboxes, one in the Gresham Arts Plaza, 488 N.E. Third St., and another at Rockwood Central Park, 17707 S.E. Main St. The boxes will allow children to send off their letters directly to the North Pole.

Santa thanks Gresham staff for assisting in the installation and Hollywood Signs for donating.

Fairview plans food cart pod

The Fairview Urban Renewal Agency has started the development of a food cart site at the Southeast corner of 223rd Avenue and Halsey Street.

The new food cart pod will feature a permanent building for covered indoor dining, an outdoor plaza for eating, a farmer's market and area for kids to play.

The Fairview Planning Commission is reviewing requirements for food cart pods and there will be a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 12, with the time yet to be announced.

Designs for the food cart plaza will be developed the first part of 2021.

The city has heard repeatedly that the community wants more places to eat and hang out in Fairview and the new food carts is one answer to that need.

Fairview seeks committee members

The Fairview City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on six community committees. The city needs to fill four positions on the budget committee, two on the planning commission, three on the parks and recreation committee, four on economic development, three on community engagement and two on public safety.

Committee descriptions are available in the volunteer opportunities tab at Interested folks should complete an online application at To request a printed application contact the City Recorder at 503-674-6224.

The application deadline is is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. The City Council is scheduled to consider appointments at the Wednesday, January 20. Budget Committee and Planning Commission candidates will be interviewed prior to appointment consideration.

Call 503-674-6224 with questions or for more information.

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