Woodburn letters to the editor
Woodburn Fire levy would maintain staffing levels, add training
The Woodburn Fire District is asking for an operating levy to improve and maintain staffing for the next five years.
I have spent the last 40 years in and around WFD as a firefighter and currently as a member of the board of directors. I have participated in every kind of emergency scene imaginable during that time, from major structural fires, auto accidents, hazardous materials incidents, cardiac calls and every other type of request for service imaginable. Some of these calls have gone well and some have been a bit more challenging. But all of these experiences have taught me a few simple truths.
1. An extra set of highly trained hands can make a big difference on the outcome of an emergency scene.
2. Every year the request for emergency service calls goes up.
3. Emergency calls are requiring a greater level of expertise on the part of first responders.
The levy the Woodburn Fire District is requesting will maintain staffing levels and fund additional training for firefighters. I therefore ask my fellow citizens of the Woodburn Fire District to join me in voting yes on the fire district levy this November.
Swenson's passion for everything Woodburn should mean a yes vote
My wife Cleo and I are so happy to see Eric Swenson running for mayor of Woodburn. We met Eric almost as soon as we moved to Woodburn five years ago. He just walked up the driveway while we were outside and invited us to join him and his family for the National Night Out. Wow, a total stranger taking the time to be our friend. But, as I have learned, that is Eric.
I am most impressed by the passion Eric has for everything in Woodburn, the schools where he taught, the Woodburn Proud organization, the downtown makeover, community cultural events, the businesses within the Metropolis and so much more. Everywhere we go, Eric is there even at church.
Eric consistently supports all of Woodburn activities and all of the cultures in our diverse city. Eric Swenson can make our community a better place for all. Eric has our vote for mayor!
Swenson as mayor means an involved mayor
I have one exciting name to shout: Eriiiiiic!!!
It is long overdue that we have a mayor who is INVOLVED in our community. I see Mr. Swenson around Woodburn, almost on a weekly basis. Whether he is downtown at our community events, eating out at our local restaurants or at one of our high school sporting events, he is hanging out with style and with a smile! I will be telling all my neighbors to vote in the upcoming elections! Eric Swenson for mayor!
Kelly Carlos Freeman
Local leaders endorse Measure 24-433
The community leaders and elected officials of the area served by the Woodburn Fire District urge your support of Ballot Measure 24-433.
The local option levy will provide funds to train a select group of current district firefighters to the advanced life support level. Advanced life support skills will improve the life-saving capabilities of the firefighters and strengthen the public-private partnership that currently exists between the Woodburn Fire District and the Woodburn Ambulance Service. When a medical emergency occurs, Woodburn firefighters are often first on the scene. Firefighters with advanced life support skills begin patient care and when the ambulance arrives, paramedics from Woodburn Fire and Woodburn Ambulance Service work closely together at the scene and on the way to the hospital to provide near emergency room level of patient care. Funds from the levy will ensure that one firefighter with advanced life support skills is on duty each day.
Funds from the local option levy will also ensure that four firefighters are on duty each day in the fire district. When seconds count, a four-firefighter response team is able to perform more critical life-saving tasks at fires, medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents.
In addition, funds from the levy will prevent projected firefighter layoffs and help the district's ability to handle multiple emergency calls at the same time. With the expected growth to the Woodburn, Gervais and surrounding communities and an expected increase in the demand for emergency services, it is more important than ever to support the capabilities of the Woodburn Fire District. With the cost of the levy at about $5 per month for the average homeowner, this represents an affordable investment in the safety of our communities.
Please join us in supporting the emergency services in our communities by voting "YES" for the Ballot Measure 24-433.
Woodburn City Council
Gervais City Council
Woodburn Ambulance Service
HD 22 State Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon
Matt Geiger, Woodburn Fire District Budget Committee Chair
Woodburn Police Association
Lonergan has preparation, experience and character to be mayor
As a former Woodburn City Council colleague of current Woodburn City Council President Frank Lonergan, I am pleased to endorse his candidacy for Woodburn city mayor.
In my experience with Frank I found him to be highly ethical, well prepared, willing to listen to all sides of a question in a respectable manner and work for the common good of the entire community.
A long-term resident of Woodburn, Frank has an impressive record of experience and accomplishment in both the public and private sectors. He has over 40 years of volunteer and elected service with the city of Woodburn including the Parks Board, Planning Commission, Urban Renewal Agency, Budget Committee and over 16 years on City Council.
Frank has been a small business owner and a manager of a large corporation, so he understands the need for positive economic development while balancing it with the need for livability in the overall community.
As mayor, Frank is prepared to lead Woodburn on a path of positive growth with a strong council and other city and community groups. His plans include positive economic growth, transportation, inclusive community center, completing the First Street project and positive neighborhood growth.
Frank Lonergan has the preparation, experience and character to be a great mayor for Woodburn. Please help him with your vote.
Lonergan's years of experience serving community should continue as mayor
We are writing to voice our support of Frank Lonergan for mayor of Woodburn.
Frank is a family member to us; however, he is much more to the city of Woodburn. Frank has been an active community member since the 1960s. He ran Lonergan Oil for many years in Woodburn after graduate from Oregon State University. Previous mayors are supporting Frank in this election, because they are well acquainted with his leadership abilities. Frank's leadership experience began in high school when he was named captain of the football team and continued into his professional career where he was employed as a manager until his recent retirement. He has shared his time and talents in various roles on the Woodburn City Council.
Frank's years of service to the community show that he has a positive vested interest. We support a vote for Frank Lonergan as our next mayor!
Sandy and Tom Lonergan