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Historic cemetery care, Wilsonville Citizens Academy, Wilsonville Developement Review Board seats and Equity Summit

Free workshop on gravestone preservation

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery assessment, marker cleaning and repair workshop Oct. 12.

The free workshop will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Corvallis IOOF Pioneer Cemetery, 434 N.W. Witham Hill Drive. It will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Register online at the Oregon State Parks store. https://bit.ly/2mo1j0w

Participants should bring a lunch, snacks, water, a stool or folding chair, gloves, hat, comfortable shoes, a pen and notepad, and camera if they want to take photos during the hands-on workshop that will take place rain or shine.

The workshop is presented by Dave Pinyerd and Bernadette Niederer of Historic Preservation Northwest. The cemetery is providing the site and a portion of the materials.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is part of the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn about the workshop or to get more information on historic cemeteries, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-986-0685.

Join the Citizens Academy

Recruitment for the 2020 Wilsonville Citizens Academy is open through Oct. 31. The City of Wilsonville's public-engagement program takes place January-March 2020, with meetings held at 6-8 p.m. every other Thursday at City Hall, 29799 S.W. Town Center Loop, Wilsonville.  

The Citizens Academy features City-hosted meetings and events designed to prepare community members for roles on local government boards and commissions, as well as area nonprofits. The Citizens Academy offers participants the opportunity to learn about the City's programs and operations, meet City staff and elected officials, and get to know fellow community members.

There is no charge for the program; class size is limited to 25 participants. 

For more information, contact Zoe Monahan, 503-570-1503; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Equity summit coming up

The neighboring cities of Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Tigard and Tualatin share commonalities and a network of partnerships among city employees, police departments, school districts, community organizations and elected officials.

With each city striving to address ever-increasing issues of equity and inclusion, agencies from each jurisdiction are collaborating to provide the area's first Multi-City Equity Summit on Saturday, Oct. 19.

This daylong event, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., aims to educate citizens and business leaders, government and police representatives, teachers and administrators, and residents of all ages who are concerned about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

The summit addresses issues related to racism, discrimination and exclusion with presentations, facilitated dialogue and action plan development at breakout sessions throughout the day.

Keynote speaker Marvin Lynn has served in a variety of leadership roles at urban public institutions. He is a professor and dean of the graduate school of education at Portland State University.

For complete program information, and to register for the event, visit multicityequity.org.

Development Review Board open seats

The City is accepting applications from those who are interested in serving a two-year term on the City's Development Review Board.

The DRB consists of two five-person panels that are empowered to review and take quasi-judicial action on land-use applications. Every application is assigned to one of the two DRB panels, which then conducts a hearing and renders decisions on all aspects of the application.

To a large degree, the decisions of the DRB determine how the city looks. DRB decisions usually are binding, but may be appealed to the City Council.

Applications for two Panel A vacancies are being accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Appointments are made by Mayor Tim Knapp and confirmed by a City Council vote. Panel A typically meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month.

For more information, or to apply, visit ci.wilsonville.or.us/drb_apply.


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