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The Metro and Wilsonville committee also opens possibility for storm relief funding.

The Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee recommended the approval of funding for two projects and opened the door for a new process to fund initiatives that would address storm damage during a meeting Tuesday, March 30.

The city receives $1 from Metro for every ton of wet waste produced by Republic Services and that money goes toward projects that benefit the community. The committee is made up of Wilsonville and Metro councilors as well as Wilsonville residents. Wilsonville City Council will need to vote to approve the reccomendations.

This year, the only two applications presented at the meeting were accepted. However, four other applications were withdrawn by the city or deemed not to meet the goals of the program, which include improving the appearance or environmental quality of the community, reducing the amount or toxicity of waste, benefiting underserved populations and increasing safety, among others.

One $6,750 project would add new bleachers and railings to a Little League field at Inza R. Wood Middle School. The project applicant is Wilsonville Little League, which stated that it serves more than 300 players in Wilsonville and organizes summer and fall baseball games.

"The current bleachers at Wood Middle School field No. 1 are in poor condition. Replacing the bleachers will result in an improvement of the appearance and usability of the facilities," the WLL application read.

Meanwhile the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society could receive $10,600 to conduct an oral history project where local students would interview community members about their reflections and experiences living through the pandemic, national unrest and wildfires in 2020.

The funding would be used for new recording equipment as well as the hiring of former Spokesman editor Leslie Pugmire Hole to oversee the project and teach the students interviewing techniques.

"The Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society values its oral history collection, much of which documents the community's early decades and formation. Collecting histories from today's residents about today's happenings will be a new value-added project and provide an important vehicle for the community to better understand its values and culture," the application read.

The application indicated that the interviews will be available at the Wilsonville Public Library and potentially broadcast and printed in other places.

Whereas the city noted that there were over $100,000 in funds available, less than $20,000 of that was allocated. With that in mind, and considering the extensive damage caused by the recent ice storm, City Manager Bryan Cosgrove proposed the committee open up a new application process for projects that could help cleanup and restoration efforts related to the event.

Cosgrove indicated that the city needs additional funding to perform projects like removing, purchasing and planting street trees and said he didn't expect potential Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements to fully cover expenses from the storm (which he said exceeded $650,000). Along with the city, local groups could also apply for funding. Cosgrove said he would flesh out details with staff and bring them back to the committee at a future meeting.


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