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Body of missing 21-year-old swimmer recovered in Sandy River; Troutdale Council incentivizes restaurants

PMG FILE PHOTO - PlayEast is hosting outdoor events for youths in Troutdale and Wood Village.Pop-in to Play

A new program is launching this summer to help get kids outdoors and active.

Pop-in Play will run Tuesday, July 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 3, for children ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 10. The game-based physical program offers kids a variety of exercises in Troutdale at Columbia Park, 1900 S.W. Cherry Park Road, and in Wood Village at Donald Robertson Park, 24300 N.E. Halsey St.

The programs are led by staff from PlayEast.

Body of missing swimmer recovered in Sandy River

The body of a 21-year-old swimmer who went missing near Dabney State Park last week was recovered Saturday afternoon, July 3, after an extensive search by Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies.

Jose Miguel Pascual, of Portland, was last seen swimming in the Sandy River at the state park near Springdale on Tuesday, June 29. Callers said he went underwater and did not resurface.

Deputies, along with firefighters from the Corbett and Gresham fire departments, arrived in an attempt to find Pascual. First responders noted the river was discolored due to glacial runoff from Mount Hood.

The search was hampered by poor conditions. Swimmers and dive teams entered the water around 4:30 p.m., but because of "zero visibility" those methods could not continue due to safety reasons. The search also had to be postponed several days last week due to dangerous conditions.

Specially trained volunteers with Trauma Intervention Program provided emotional aid, support and resources to Pascual's grieving family.

Troutdale Council incentivizes restaurants

Troutdale leaders are looking to bring more places to eat and drink into the community, with a series of incentives that make the community friendlier for entrepreneurs.

One of the significant costs to expanding, or starting, a restaurant are system development charges, which ensure construction contributes to expanding water, sewer, roads, and parks. During a May 11 meeting, council approved and increased the restaurant SDC incentive program for the third year in a row. Any new or expanding restaurant that gets a building permit before Jan. 1, 2022, will receive a 60% reduction in sewer SDCs.

That could lead to savings of nearly $80,000 for some restaurants.

To account for the financial viability of utilities, council also authorized the city's general fund to repay those costs.

Housing ramps up in Troutdale

As we near the second half of 2021, housing activity is already set to eclipse last year's numbers by a longshot.

As of July 1, about 20 homes in Troutdale have received permits to begin construction, nearly double what was permitted last year. There are 20 units currently under review to obtain permits, and another 40 to 50 expected to be submitted by the end of the year.

With the influx of housing applications, the city hired an additional permit specialist to help with the workload.


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