News in Brief
Wilsonville mental health facility rejected
The application for the proposed 62,000-square-foot behavioral health facility from Universal Health Services was rejected by the Oregon Health Authority. The facility was proposed to be situated on approximately 8.72 acres at S.W. Day Road and S.W. Boones Ferry Road.
In early 2016, the City approved the facility's application and the Development Review Board Panel B recommended that the City Council approve the application for development. In March the City Council adopted an annexation, comprehensive map amendment and zone amendment to allow for the facility if the project was approved by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
The City Council and City staff expressed at the
time that the facility would bring in higher-wage jobs and be
an asset to the community. However, the application was re-
jected by the OHA due to
Universal Health Services' problematic history at its other facilities.
Now, the project is on hold until the application denial is either appealed or the company decides to sell the property.
"When projects are approved (by the City), the approval is good for two years and they expire if nothing is developed," said Daniel Pauly, City of Wilsonville Senior Planner. "If Universal Health doesn't appeal and nothing changes and the project doesn't happen, the landowner can sell the property and it will be something else."
ODFW seeks volunteers for councils
Applications are currently being accepted for one Landowner Representative opening on the statewide Access and Habitat Board.
The South Willamette, North Willamette, Deschutes-Klamath and Malheur Councils all have positions open for Landowner Representatives. The Malheur Council also has a Chair and Hunter Representative position openings. The deadline to apply for all of these positions is Monday, April 17.
People with an interest and experience in forestry, agriculture or ranching, and hunting and wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply. Please contact Isaac Sanders at 503-947-6087 or visit dfw.state.or.us/lands/AH/get_involved.asp for more information on the positions and application forms.
Oregon State Police launch car care program
In an effort to improve public safety and assist the communities we serve, the Oregon State Police (OSP) is proud to announce a partnership with Advance Auto Parts/Carquest Auto Parts on our new "Car Care Program."
OSP Troopers will be offering drivers stopped for a minor equipment violation a voucher that provides a discount on automotive parts purchased at any Advance Auto Parts or participating Carquest Auto Parts store.
According to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton, "When an OSP Trooper stops a vehicle for an equipment violation, they understand some individuals defer maintenance on their automobile to pay for other necessities instead, such as groceries and rent. The Car Care Program allows us in a small way to assist individuals and families with improving the safety of their vehicle and our highways.
Every OSP Trooper understands they can influence the trajectory of a person's life, which is why 'Compassion' is a core value of our agency." Starting February 21, the Oregon State Police started distributing these vouchers statewide. In 2016, the Oregon State Police issued over 20,000 warnings/citations for equipment violations. Seventy-seven percent of these violations were due to ORS 816.330 — Operating without Required Lighting. Required lighting includes all external vehicle lighting such as blinkers, headlights, and tail lights.