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Virtual Jan. 6 hearing will be open to the public, offer opportunities for testimony

COURTESY PHOTO: HOODLAND WOMENS CLUB - The proposed Hoodland Parks District would exist within the boundaries of the Hoodland Fire District, spreading from Government Camp to Summertime Road at Alder Creek.A date has been set for the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners to consider the proposal for a Hoodland Parks District landing on the May 2022 ballot. At 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, the commission will hold a virtual meeting, with a public hearing on the topic.

The meeting information and link to attend can be found online at clackamas.us/meetings/bcc/business/2022-01-06.

Clackamas County certified the parks district committee's petition to put the measure on the ballot early last month, recognizing 986 signatures – 193 signatures more than needed for certification.

After the Jan. 6 hearing, which will be open to the public and offer opportunities for testimony from opponents and proponents of the district measure, the commission will vote on whether the measure will appear on the May ballot.

"Then the campaign begins, as long as they vote (in our favor)," Slater said. "I think the numbers we got in such a short amount of time is a good indication to the county that the people out here want (the parks district)."

The parks district effort was initiated after Clackamas County made a deal with the Hoodland Women's Club, the initial trustee of the project. The club had until November 2020, according to a memorandum of understanding, to find a use for the site of the old Dorman Center — or else the county would sell the property.

This effort is now being led by a parks district-specific committee and no longer under the umbrella of the Hoodland Women's Club, though club members remain on the committee.

The proposed use is to revive the old community hub as a park and also establish a parks district to help pay for maintenance and creation of future public park lands. The land designated for the park consists of three parcels, all on Salmon River Road. That includes the former Dorman Center at 3.97 acres, 5 acres on the other side of the Oregon Department of Transportation road gravel storage, and an 11-acre strip beyond Birdie Lane.

The district would exist within the boundaries of the Hoodland Fire District, spreading from Government Camp to Summertime Road at Alder Creek.

The estimated tax rate would be 67 cents per $1,000 of assessed value of property within the district. People within the park district would not have to pay to use its facilities.

As an official district, the Hoodland Parks District would have access to grant funding to create and maintain opportunities for family and community recreation and entertainment.

"We are ready for the hearing," Slater said in December 2021. "We are very confident that what we've done follows state statute. We feel good about going forward with this."

For more information about the proposed district, visit hoodlandparkdistrict.us.


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