Initiatives include stump grinding and pruning of trees damaged by winter storm.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WILSONVILLE - The Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee recommended the approval of funding for storm relief projects.

Five months later, clean-up from last winter's damaging ice storm is still ongoing. To help this effort, the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee recommended the approval of $80,500 in funding to various groups in need of assistance during a meeting Wednesday, July 14.

The Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program is funded via a per-ton fee charged by the Metro government on solid-waste transfer stations in the Portland area. The program already dolled out money to the Wilsonville-Boones Ferry History Society for a 2020 oral history project and to Wilsonville Little League for new bleachers at Inza. R Wood Middle School Little League fields.

The largest contribution would be $42,000 to assist community members in need of stump grinding services. The city estimated that over 140 residents would be helped in its application, which requested $49,000.

Next, the committee recommended $20,800 for the Arbor Villebois homeowners association, which wants to clean up a protected natural area that it says includes many damaged trees. The HOA requested just over $63,000 and indicated money from the program may mean not having to make homeowners pay for a special assessment.

The nonprofit organization Friends of Trees, meanwhile, would receive $15,000 to perform tree pruning and removing broken limbs on approximately 100 trees in town.

Finally, the committee suggested providing $2,200 to Al Kader Shriners to prune a large oak tree on its property and $500 to the Rivergreen HOA to prune a tree located on Southwest McKenzie Court.

Wilsonville City Council will ultimately vote on whether to approve the grant funding Monday, Aug. 2.

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