Letters to the Editor
No taxation without representation in Charbonneau
There are no British warships bearing tea on the Willamette approaching the serene community of Charbonneau, but there is a tempest brewing.
Nine members on the Charbonneau Country Club (CCC) Board of Directors are proceeding with two multimillion-dollar projects without a homeowners vote. Adding insult to injury, the projects' seed funding is with homeowner dues.
To hijack their constituents' vote, the board is retroactively using the Consumer Price Index between 1978 and now to raise those dues (41 years)! Subterfuge?
The two initiatives are:
¦ The "activity center." The board purchased the old restaurant building for $620,000 with no vote by homeowners. Construction costs for the demolition, redesign/rebuild are "guesstimated" to be in the $3 million to $5million range.
¦ Merging CCC and the Charbonneau Golf Club. Negotiations/discussions have been taking place for some time with little community knowledge or input. Both initiatives are advancing without the board's commitment to a homeowners' vote.
Why this denial of majority rule? The board apparently believes they have a clearer future community vision and are better informed. The irony is that despite this seeming hubris, the board and the residents have the same objective of enhancing the
beauty and value of Charbonneau.
The board should just simply say, via resolution, it plans to inform the homeowners of its recommendation(s) supported with a cost/benefit analysis, then let us vote.
How to lower the boiling Willamette to a simmer? Let the people vote.
State not making ldecisions locally
Two stories in the Nov. 6 Spokesman caught my attention.
First, the decision by the Oregon aviation board to hold a vote over 170 miles from the affected area. I can empathize with the residents in opposition to the airport expan-
The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) did the same thing to boaters when they shut down an entire section of the Willamette River to watersking and held the vote in Bend.
This seems to be the way state agencies handle business now. Rather than deal with opposition, they just go as far away as possible, traveling at taxpayer expense, and hold a vote.
Second was the article on Willamette Riverkeeper's attempt to have the Oregon Division of State Lands add new restrictions to the the Willamette River. They would like to see a 3,500-pound limit on boats using the river.
This number was selected because that is what is currently in place on private Oswego Lake. The river is not a small private lake and should not have the same restrictions. Furthermore, I spoke to the Lake Oswego corporation, the ones responsible for making theses rules.
I was told the 3,500-pound restriction was not based on any science or study, but was selected years ago based on the largest boats using the lake at that time. Any new rules or restrictions on the Willamette River need to be based on something more scientific than the arbitrary selection of a weight limit.
It is hypocritical of Riverkeeper to say they don't want one group to keep others from enjoying the river and at the same time try and stop one group from enjoying the river.
Share your giving story
The first Tuesday following Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday which, for many nonprofits, is a day for concentrated fundraising. The timing is designed to help people kick off their season of giving with generosity.
Giving Tuesday, which falls on Dec. 3, seeks to bring attention to worthy causes around the world and help people become more involved and generous in their communities. The nonprofits that are participating in Giving Tuesday will use social media to promote, inform and inspire others to give of their time and money.
One aspect of the Giving Tuesday campaign is called My Giving Story. People who have had positive experiences helping in their communities can write an essay describing what they did and the result for both the charity and the participants themselves.
The prompt for the essay is, "Every Act of Giving Has a Story, What's Yours?" A panel of judges will choose the top essays for prizes of up to $10,000, which is awarded to the author's favorite nonprofit.
Living Waters of Hope, a nonprofit based in Canby, is registered as a Giving Tuesday participant.
Living Waters of Hope
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