Boating rules untenable for everyone
I would like to clarify my objections to the OSMB new rules on the Willamette River. I am not opposed to the rules because large waves rock my dock. I am opposed to the rules for three reasons. First, the rules are discriminatory and merely move the problem of large wakes from one area to another while actually intensify the problem in the "hell zones" by removing the WED ban. By creating zones the OSMB is sacrificing one area of the river to save another. Why is one zone of the river more valuable than another?
Secondly the 300-foot distance is not realistic or enforceable. The OSMB's own analysis showed that in many areas the boats would only be required to be "230 -240 feet from a dock." That is if there is only one boat. On most days numerous boats will be surfing and OAR regulations state that the boats may move over to avoid other boats. This means multiple boats could be passing an area simultaneously all at distances of 240 feet or less. I do not see how the sheriffs can enforce these rules. How is the sheriff to know where 230 feet is, versus 180 feet? Even if they reasonably thought that a boat was well off the distances how are they going to prove it? If they can't prove it they can't enforce it.
Lastly, the rules do nothing to address the safety issues faced by those actually USING the river.
I'm on the river in motorized and non-motorized boats year-round and know that the large waves cause safety issues for other boaters.
Prioritize people, not dogs
I do not now own a dog, but have had several over the years. I really love dogs and the many benefits they provide to their owners, but...
Almost every day, my wife and I walk the Town Center Loop, and pass the mid-block crosswalk near City Hall/Police Department/Arts & Tech High School/Wilsonville Community Center/Town Center Shopping area and Creekside Woods Senior Apartments. And almost every day, I see cars passing through the marked crosswalk with little or no notice to occupants of the crosswalk waiting to cross.
There are no electronic crosswalk signals here, but rather only a small sign in the center of the road admonishing drivers to stop for occupants of the crosswalk. On bright, sunny, summer days, the area is shaded by trees, and on cloudy days it's just simply shaded. I have lost count of the number of times that I have seen handicapped senior citizens, students, and others waiting to cross the mid-block crossing or, worse yet, stuck between the lines in the middle of the road while drivers buzz on through without notice. Oftentimes, the shade makes it nearly impossible for drivers to see someone on the sidewalk.
I recognize and understand that the City has more projects and ways to spend money than they have money to spend, but I personally believe that a pedestrian activated, electronic flashing sign, similar to the one on Canyon Road and located at the crosswalk on both sides of the street should receive priority over a new dog park.
I personally think it is a better use of funds than waiting for someone to be seriously injured or killed at the crosswalk.
Robert C. McQuown
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