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 on: February 13, 2024, 07:08:37 AM 
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Northeast Multnomah County Community Assoc.


Oregon Parks and Rec Dept: J. Starr
OPRD is busy assessing the damage from the recent snow and ice storm. They expect to see some branches and trees down, its where they land that is concerning.  They escaped relatively unscathed with one water line break and one cracked valve.

OPRD is on boarding their seasonal staff hires

Latourell Falls trail improvements are on-going.  The trail stairs have been poured to the upper landing, the landing will be poured later.

Benson State Park parking lot will be re-paved this year, no date of work at this time.  The Agency put out State wide a request for the parking lots in the worst shape and Benson was a winner.  They will also be doing ADA improvements with the re-paving.

Vista House update: SHPO is working with a historic planner to see what all needs done on the building, including what a full rehabilitation will look like for cost.  There isn't the money to do all the work at once, so SHPO will be assessing what needs done first, and what can be done now for improvements that won't need to be removed later during a major restoration.  Once they get all the information they will be able to go out to different agencies to make requests for funds.


Corbett Water District: A. Linden

Never wanted to be an emergency worker, but the experience was also a positive one as there were a lot of good relationships made.  Thank you to Multnomah County roads for helping get their rigs back on the road, also to Oregon Health Authority, MultCo Emergency Management Services and Troutdale Water for their help.

There will be the first After Action Report on February 20, 2024 at 6:30, to be held at the fire hall. This will be in place of the regular board meeting (moved to a later date) and will be in-person, via Zoom or live streamed on the Corbett Water Department facebook page.  Due to limited space attending remotely would be best.

Thank you to NEMCCA for the letter they sent to Representative Helfrich.  It will help with funding and grants. (Sent November 2, 2023)

There will be a questionnaire posted on the Corbett Water District website for the Corbett Water District customers on 2/8/24 regarding the recent storm.  The answers to the questions or comments will be included in the After Action Presentation.  This is for customers of the District, including the school, fire department, etc.

(Discussion: will this be shared out to Corbett Area so people know its there, or will they have to go to the website to find it?  This was unknown as the questionnaire wasn't ready and would be posted after the DM had left for SDAO training.)


Corbett Fire Department: D. Redfield & R. Wunsch

During the past month CFD responded to 70 calls, including one to rescue a dog that had slid 150 feet down a hill and couldn't get out, towing an ambulance off the bottom of Corbett Hill, and a delivery truck off the top of Corbett Hill.  Not sure how they managed to get that far up the hill, but they were delivering Oxygen to a community member.  Volunteers ran the oxygen out to the home.

The Water Tender is getting closer!  The hoses for it have been picked up, and the State has said they are releasing them so we should be seeing it within the month.

The Rescue Class rig is in town and will be picked up and delivered within the week.

Recruit classes are going well!  The recruits had two training days during the bad weather and did well.

CFD is still doing Community CPR classes, the two youngest individuals to take the class were ten and a half and twelve, both did very well.  If you are interested in taking a class, or putting a group together for a class, please reach out to Duane at

With the power out during this last storm people were finding alternate ways to heat their homes and outbuildings.  There were two residential fires and two outbuildings that had fires.  Three were related to the cold weather, the fourth one is still under investigation.

Bond update: we are submitting the application to the County this week for Station 61 (Springdale).  After that is submitted we'll have a better idea of when construction will begin.

While a lot went well during this winter event, there were a couple of things that didn't go so well, changes will be made.

Some of the volunteers were unable to get out of their homes, they will be given the means to get out.

The Old Scenic Highway and the town of Latourell were isolated due to the change in snowplowing and maintenance on ODOT's part.  We knew it was coming but had one call that took hours to get out to due to the road conditions.  CFD will be notifying ODOT and MultCo roads that they will be plowing so they can have access to those who need help.  The conditions for first responders were not acceptable for protecting the community.

(Chief Wunsch and Kent Kalsch with ODOT did speak and Kent did investigate the situation.  They are working together.  MultCo Roads was unable to make the meeting and notified NEMCCA they will be at the March meeting.)

Agencies need to communicate with each other!  The fire department was never notified that some of the hydrants weren't working.  CFD will be re-working some of the rigs to add coverage, as it was mentioned above, there were four fires during the storm and having water to fight fires, and knowing what isn't available for the Department to use, is important.


Springdale Job Corp: R. Morris  S. Closser

The Center took a hit (for instance, one pipe had 23 leaks)  and where the damage from last year wasn't repaired, it just added another layer of damage.  The National Office will be out to evaluate but right now repairs are going out of the Emergency fund $20,000 at a time.

Brian Aho came out to break up the ice on the driveway as cars were parked at the bottom of the entryway and it was to the point no one could get in or out.

Rich's Tree service quoted $20,000 to take the trees off the fences, the Job Corp will be having maintenance do the work so funds can be spent on getting the students needs met.

The Center Director made the call to not evacuate the students, and then they ended up without power for a few days.  They were using generator but they were old and it was challenging for the 82 students on campus.

The new contract with Corner Systems Development begins on February 15, 2024 and the contract with the current provider ends on the 29th.  There is some overlap for training.  The new contractor will come in and do clean up, revamp the processes and get the campus where it needs to be to focus on student development.  Then a new five year contract will be awarded.

(Discussion:  We're they getting new generators for the Center?  There are two "new" generators that are on Center that are ten years old.  They used to be fired up and checked yearly, but they have never been used. After having them inspected one will be moved to the kitchen and one to the Wellness building.)


U.S. Forest Service: J. Daker

Like everyone else they have been busy dealing with the ice and snow.

Trails are open, except for the back country where the Eagle Creek fire was, those are still closed.  Keep in mind, just because the trail is open doesn't mean you should take it.  Look at the weather, the trail conditions, and make changes in your plans if either of these things change.

(Discussion:  There is a large gravel pile and some logs stuck under the highway bridge at Multnomah Falls.  Any plans to clean that up?  ODOT had crews out looking at bridge damage, they will contact USFS to see what needs done.)


FireWise: R. Uleners

Thank you to the Community for all the hours they put in, Corbett was again recognized as a FireWise Community in 2023.

On May 4, 2024 there will be another Community Preparedness Day.  This will be a home assessment tour and people can see what they can/need to do to make their homes FireWise. The time will be determined.

The Chipper Day was very successful and will be repeated this year in Mid-June.  The time and date will be determined later, so watch for more information.  There may also be two locations this year as people coming in from Aims had quite a distance to haul brush.

(Congratulations to the FireWise Team!)


Community Patrol: R. Cannon R. Uleners

Things are going smoother with the traffic patrols now with the reduction in students at the main campus.  We are having a problem with someone parking at the exit blocking the buses when they are trying to turn.  Looking for ways to mitigate the situation.

CP assisted with the warming shelter during the storm.  They had some people come in, picking up water and beds, but there were no charging stations available and that was something people needed.  Also, it was difficult providing water for people to flush toilets and water animals when all they had was the 16 ounce bottles.

(Discussion:  There was a trailer parked at the Corbett Water District that wasn't shared out with agencies and those getting out information and no one aware of it until after the trailer was removed. It had 1,000 one gallon collapsed storage containers that could have been filled with water for toilets, animals, etc.  (CP was not aware of it at all.) There was also a generator in trailer for use.  The water to fill the containers could have come from spigot at the water district, which is on the back side of the building.  CWD mentioned that the District office has never lost water and going forward they plan on having that spigot available for people to use during boil water notices.  There was also discussion that the warming shelter wasn't set up in advance by MCEMS, that information about the shelter didn't get out in a timely manner, and that the second day didn't get publicized at all.  No one knew it was there.  There was a desire for plans to be put in place in advance, better communication by MCEMS and sharing between those who have supplies with those trying to get supplies out to the community.)


Oregon State Police: Lt. Huskey

ODOT and OSP were in constant communication during this last weather event (five or six times a day), trouble shooting with each other and Multnomah County Roads.

There were 69 crashes last month that were responded to, also 296 routine stops.

Staffing is running at 62% and they have been assisting Portland Police with drug enforcement.  It has been a very good partnership, but they find they are repeatedly arresting the same people for drug dealing, and they are back on the streets before the paperwork is completed.  (Discussion: Changes to Ballot Measure 110, what the situation is regarding fentanyl, lack of teeth in the current situation to get people into rehab.)

There is a stolen vehicle saturation once a month in Portland.  Depending on the agency there have been changes in policy to allow pursuit of stolen vehicles, as studies have determined that stolen vehicles are being used in other crimes.  Gresham and similar agencies are now allowing their officers to pursue, depending on the situation and resources.

There is a black chevy tahoe that has been caught on RING stealing Amazon packages.  License plate 298 NVL. Please report if seen.

OSP reporting link:

MultCo reporting link:

(Thank you Roel for sending the two links.)


Mt Hood Community College Board of Education: D. McKeel

The college was closed during the storm, and some trees came down but no significant damage so the parking lots were empty.

The Board has been focused on doing Community outreach and has been sending two board members and the President to meetings with the Community every month.  They rounded out 2023 at the Corbett School Board in December, and were at the City of Cascade Locks in January.  They will continue to do one meeting a month.

The Board has finished their facilities master plan and are meeting with a consultant about going out for a bond.  The last one was passed in the 1970s, another failed to pass due to needing two/thirds of the voters voting.  Any work done the buildings now is done with grants or out of the maintenance funds.  The bond will not be new buildings, but will repurpose buildings for better use.  MHCC will be doing surveys and reaching out to gather information, right now it appears the bond will be going on November's ballot.

The core bond committee is meeting once a week, the larger bond committee is meeting five times between January and March.

The College is reaching out to alumni, they are having special events for them to participate in (a basketball game is coming up), and other events will be planned.

The Planetarium is open again!  You can find more information on presentations at: or on their facebook page.

The website is being redone to make it more user friendly.


ODOT: T. Lingley  K. Kalsch

The Multnomah Falls viaduct work will be starting on February 19, 2024 for five days with the removal of trees. Originally the work that could impact traffic would not be starting until Fall, but the contractor has asked for five days to do some work. There will be lane closures so plan accordingly.  The trees will be hauled out of the west end of the West viaduct.

Bridal Veil Bridge work will begin later this year.  That will be maintenance work and is to be done in conjuncture with the viaduct work.

The summer congestion plan will look a lot like last year's.  There will be a flagger at Multnomah Falls, and the Forest Service will be having time use permits at the exit 31 parking lot.

They are looking into the ebike usage and parking requirements as one of the vendors is going through the conditional use application with the County and wants to have 80 ebikes on the road every day.  ODOT is looking at where this may work as they can't be taking up ROW or other parking spaces.  (Discussion: In the past this has been a topic regarding who can ride an ebike, how old, do they need to have a motorcycle endorsement, regular license, etc.  Depending on the speed ability of the ebike you may need one of these items, or none.  There are no simple answers.)

There are some Congressional funds available to put in a quarter mile path North of Exit 18 to connect the Sandy River Bridge area to the Sandy River Delta.  This will be done to relieve congestion on Jordan Road and construction is expected to start in 2026.  They are currently working on the NSA permit with the County.

Work to replace the I-84 east bound McCord Bridge will begin in 2026.  Work is being done to minimize traffic impacts but with the area is tight and there may be a couple of weekends with full closure.  More on that later.

The level of traffic in our area and on our highways has increased and that lead to the pre-emptive closing of I-84 during the last winter event.  Salt and de-icer can work in some situations, but once it gets down to 15 degrees with the high winds it won't work.  Even when the highway is closed for traffic, the crew (down 1/3 staff right now due to budget cuts) is continuing to operate within the closure like it is open so once conditions change the road can be opened.  The goal is to keep commerce moving, when it is safe to do so.  There are a lot of drifts coming across the highway now that weren't there prior to the Eagle Creek fire, and the wind also affects the roads.  The closure went well, coming just before the rain hit, but then you also end up with trucks thinking they can take the Old Scenic Highway to avoid the closure.  This creates a different set of issues that crews need to address.

There were 10,000 trucks staged at Rafael waiting to move once the highway was opened, and even though chains were required, some won't chain up, even with a $850 citation.  There was a report of one trucker who was given a citation and told to chain up, only to have a reported crash twenty minutes later that involved the same trucker who just waited and then headed off without putting on chains.  Unfortunately that truck was not the only one.  Others who decided you could do "normal" driving speeds with chains, to also suffer bad results. OSP went "door to door" informing truckers to put on chains while in the staging area, and even then some didn't put them on.  When being escorted down I-84 after the highway opened, (at 35) when a report of an unchained truck reached the escort vehicle the lines were stopped until the chains were put on.  That did motivate the rest to make sure they were in compliance. OSP mentioned that tickets were issued by him when he caught a trucker without chains, no warnings.  Truckers know better.

Part of when the highway could be opened was affected by the loss of half the fleet in the first 24 hours due to an accident and other issues with the vehicles.  Its understood that accidents happen.

The sun came out along with warmer weather, but the Old Scenic Highway was closed at Bridal Veil due to lack of sun in some areas that kept ice and snow from melting.  The road closed sign was staffed when resources allowed, and vehicles were towed in the closed area.  ODOT can't plow if vehicles are parked on the road way and blocking the snowplows.  In this case the road was open for residents, but there may be time the road will be closed to them due to safety issues.  Unfortunately someone put a note on the barricade telling Amazon and UPS to drive around and make deliveries.  These signs were removed, those are not allowed vehicles on a closed road.  Don't put those signs up, don't drive around barricades and closed road signs.

Snowplows plow from the center of the road out.  Many do not have reversible blades, the crew does not plow driveways, you need to have your own plan for getting out of your driveway.

Rocks went through the rock fence at the West Viaduct, clean up crews are working to repair the area.

If you are an Agency and want to know when the roads will be closed or opened, you can reach out to Kent and he will add you to the Direct system.  You can receive your notifications by email or text, whichever you prefer. There are over 200 agencies that currently use the system.

There have been questions regarding when the gravel will be removed for bikers, it will be a couple of months.  Look for that happening once Winter is over.

Night crews have been out fixing potholes these past two weeks, with the freezing and the rain new ones will be showing up, but they are out working on them.

(Discussion:  local resident wanted to know why the State isn't maintaining the pull offs and sides of the roads along the Old Highway.  The large potholes are an eyesore, and it could be taken care of with one person and a gravel truck.  Why aren't they doing it?  Lack of funding was explained, Mr. Purvine said he wasn't buying it.  T. Lingley sent the following link after the meeting to share regarding the funding:

Regarding the not buying the unavailability of funding:

Additional discussion included when making the sides more attractive, you invite parking in no parking areas, and that creates a different set of issues.  )




Sasquatch Shuttle: K. Krumpschmidt

There will be a change this year where parking at the Multnomah Falls parking lot will have a fee. This fee will vary depending on the length of time you intend to stay, with a peak charge of $20.  You can still park at Bridal Veil for $5 and take the shuttle for free to Multnomah Falls to visit for those who don't want to pay for the parking at Multnomah Falls, and reduce the stress of getting there and trying to find parking.

An engineer is being hired to restripe the parking lot (MF) and to make a few changes. All parking will be maintained, along with ADA parking and spots for seven commercial vehicles. Enter here and Exit here signs will be temporarily installed while permanent ones are going through review and the Shuttle will be in constant contact with the Forest Service and OPRD to keep traffic flowing smoothly. Volunteers with the Falls will be separated from the visitor parking and will be with employees, that is still being worked out.

The parking lot will be staffed during hours of operation, they have found that staffing has lead to zero car prowls and would like to see this continue.

The Shuttle Service will begin on weekends starting May, and then going from Memorial Day to Labor Day, possibly longer.  Eventually, in the future, the goal is to have service from Troutdale to Cascade Locks.

Even cars that arrive early will find a simple, easy to use kiosk that will be battery powered, only accept cards and work even when off-line. For those who choose to not pay for parking at Multnomah Falls the car will be booted and the boot will not be removed until paid.  (This will allow the person who returns to still have a vehicle.)  If the vehicle has not been picked up at the end of the day after being booted, it will be towed.

The company has hired a full time social media specialist, and is planning a media day with all local media invited.

Shuttles will run every 30 minutes, but have the ability to move up to 15 if necessary.





 on: February 04, 2024, 11:35:30 AM 
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Come to the Bingo Night on Feb. 16 from 5-8pm at the Grade School MPB! Only $15 per person and includes a meal and 3 bingo cards and more. Aside showing up for the Bingo fundraiser, the 4th of July Planning Committee is asking our community to help pick this year’s Grand Marshall. ” If you have someone you know that you would like to nominate please send a message to the 4th of July Corbett Fun Fest Facebook page here: .... or send us an email: Please include a short message about why you think this person should be considered. We will keep nominations open until March 31st. We will then pick the top 5 nominees and post on our facebook page for voting. Thank you!”

Visit the Corbett Hometown 4th of July website here:

 on: January 25, 2024, 12:31:12 PM 
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I am a Local Coordinator for Claudia a 15 year old exchange student from Spain.
She is currently going to Corbett High School and her current host family can only host her intil Feb. 4th.
If you know anyone in the area who could host her for the remainder of the school year, i would really appreciate it!

Here is a note from Claudia:
I'm Claudia, a 15 years old girl. I'm a little bit shy at first but only at the first moment, I'm very responsible, and organized, boastful, calm,... In my free time I like to hang out with my friends, we go shopping to the mall, or to have a coffee or something, we really like to make plans together, but sometimes we only go to talk in a park and sit there during the afternoon, but it's also fun. Every week I do it two times per week. I swim and once a week I do violin class. I like other sports and hobbies like: skiing, paddle tennis, going to the beach, shopping, cooking, art, travel and more things. I'm not really sure about what I want to do after school but maybe I will do something about business administration and economy.

Sophie Grimes

 on: January 10, 2024, 04:24:23 PM 
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Thank you Victoria Purvine and NEMCCA for sharing these notes from the meeting!

NEMCCA Safety Meeting Notes

Northeast Multnomah County Community Association



OSP: Lt Huskey

 Patrol staffing is still running around 65%. I have 2 that will be going solo soon, but that means I will lose two to our Drug Enforcement Section.  I have 3 more in the Academy. 2023 proud moment:

The Portland Area Command was the leader in our Fatal 5 statistics for the state. (Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Usage, Intoxicated drivers, Distracted Driving) Fatal 5 are the category of traffic violations that cause death on our highways. This office was responsible for 415 DUII arrests. I am super proud of my folks, they work really hard.


Corbett Water District: A. Linden

Our biggest news was fixing a leak on Hurlburt that has plagued us for almost a year.

If the board and budget committee agree I plan on hiring 2 temporary field workers, this summer. I hope to hire local youths who are interested in the water industry. There are lots of opportunities for a great career as well as college funding if they are interested.

I am looking for a volunteer to help me coordinate volunteers. If you know anyone who is local and likes to organize people - have them get in touch. We have almost 10 volunteers and I'd like to get organized with policy and a program.

I am wondering if anyone has a good contact for the Job core?


Lastly, I asked about road work classes last month and was able to find some information on the ODOT website - I haven't heard back from the contact form I submitted, but am hoping that is due to the holidaze.


ODOT: T. Lingley & K. Kalsch

The Multnomah Falls Viaduct project is going forward and you'll be seeing contractors out doing some prep, but work that will be impacting traffic won't be seen until September or October.  The West Viaduct will be completely close October through May (to cars, bikes, walkers) with a turn around at Wahkeena.

This is going to be a major project and there will be a lot of public outreach to make sure the message gets out.

Terra Lingley had a two hour meeting with OPB and there was a segment heard on the radio on January 2, 2024.  It was a very thorough interview and went well.

(Notes will be updated when a link is available.)

Dabney Springs is still being discussed, currently regarding what it would take to move it and if its even feasible. (More discussion under ORPD).

Bridal Veil Bridge (East of Bridal Veil) is going to be having maintenance work done on it this year, the plan is to have the work done during the West Viaduct work, so sometime in September or October.  The Bridge had some rebar movement during its original pour and some of the rebar had worked to the surface.  Work was done on it during the 1970's but this work now needs and update.  The rebar will be treated and covered, the bridge will be pressure washed and cleaned. This will require scaffolding set up under and around the bridge. This portion of the road will not be completely shut down for work, but it will be going to one lane and you should plan on a 15-20 minute delay during travels.

The Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee will be meeting next on March 21, 2024, location to be determined.  (There is still a position available on the Board if anyone is interested. Please contact Terra Lingley for more information:

The Summer Congestion plan is expected to look a lot like last year's plan with the entrance and exists staying the same.  There may be some operational changes, but the basics should remain.  It is expected that time use permits will be issued again in the parking lot at exit 31.

Mitchell Point grand opening is being readied and is expected to happen in April or May.  This could be a progressive opening due to limited space with walkers one day, bikers another, etc.

General Fund dollars have been shifted by the Governor to ODOT but this can't be approved by the vote until the end of February.  Right now it won't make any difference if the weather event discussed right now happens this coming week, or even this year as there is a current staff reduction and if it was possible to bring people on right now, they wouldn't have enough time to be trained and up to speed for this season.  Staff is down three people in the Gorge area and the districts are moving staff around to help cover each other's areas where the need is greatest.

Right now mowing is being done during the daytime hours from Latourell to the Vista House, evenings with dry weather we could see some pothole patching.

Question regarding tolls?  Governor has said to delay implementing tolls until 2026.  This is impacting work that had been planned, including adding a third lane on I-5 to ease traffic.  There has also been some requests for further studies on the impact the tolls will have on neighboring streets when people take the side streets instead of the highway.  The tolls will not be with toll booths, but rather cars will have transponders and if you don't have one there will be a picture taken of the license plates and a bill will be sent to the vehicle owner.  The copy of an email with additional information on tolling will be at the end of the notes for those who would like to read them.



Emergency Management Systems: C. Voss

This is budget and grant season and the fact is, the more activity in the area with things like fire, the more money is available for grants.  So, if you have some projects that will do hazard mitigation, there may be a grant available for you.  Firewise might have some grants available, there is going to be some discussion. Also possible grants available for ODOT regarding mudslide mitigation.

EMS will be looking at fire evacuation zones and redoing them for the entire County. They found different zones aren't matching up between Counties and there could be multiple levels of evacuation in a neighboring County that doesn't meet our County's zones, this is one of the items they will be considering when they meet.

There will be public meetings on this subject in the near future.





Firewise: T. Kurkinen

Corbett not only met, but exceeded the required hours needed in hazard mitigation and risk reduction  this year to remain a Firewise Community.

They are looking for an Action Team of Volunteers to help those who are unable to do the risk reduction around their homes.  Please contact Tim if you are interested:


Oregon Parks and Rec Department:  D. Spangler

The Department is working with OHA to determine if it is even possible to get the water certified prior to finding out if its feasible to move the water under the road and over to Dabney.  There is concern over the high nitrate levels, the fact the spring boxes don't meet standards and would have to be changed, and the significant road block when it comes to the fact OPRD doesn't own the water rights and would need to work with the Department of State Lands to see if they can obtain the rights.  Studies will be continuing, along with public information being shared.

The Vista House is leaking.  It has leaked since it was built, but has continued to worsen every year.  The engineers have been studying possible mitigation avenues to pull the water away from the skylights, but the problem is more than a heavy caulking will resolve.  There are no easy fixes, and no real options available for under $100,000.  The engineers are looking at what it would cost of a full mitigation effort, while doing what can be done for the next 2-4 years to get by.  This project is going to be bigger than can be paid for by Oregon State Parks and funding will need to come from outside the regular budget cycle.  The last update and work done on the building was funded through the America the Beautiful grant and they probably wont' qualify for another grant.  In that case there will need to be funds brought in by the Feds, private grants, etc.  Another option would be to have the work divided up into several smaller chunks and get it done under the biennium budget over several budget cycles.  Once they have a better idea of just what kind of money is being discussed they can narrow down the discussion.  The plus is that the Executive Team is looking at getting the work done and things are in motion.  The work would require the closing of the building and Parks would be working closely with Friends of the Vista House regarding the shutdown. There is no time table for the work, the engineers are taking 2023-2025 to narrow down the true cost.  There is a project manager dedicated to this work.

Latourell Trail is closed for two to three more weeks, then will be open or closed depending on the Bridge work. Two bridges were flown in and placed recently, handrails for the bridges will be redone and the gravel leading up to and along the sides will be part of the work.  The next phase of work will have a closure from Guy Talbot to Latourell Falls.

(Discussion regarding recent firing of guns at the park - with the changes to the Women's Forum being stalled the Department is looking at installing gates to close the park.  Deferring additional information to MCSO.

Also discussion regarding a dead tree at the entrance to the Women's Forum that is concerning locals.  ODOT and OPRD will look at the situation.)



Multnomah County Sheriff's Office: Deputy Kaiser

There were reports of shoots being fired by residents in the area.  It was a case of shots being fired into the air, multiple rounds.  Deputies responded and stopped a person of interest.

The incident where a vehicle crashed into a power pole by Yoshida's is an on-going investigation.  The truck hit the pole and it is understood the power was out for several community members for over five hours.  The vehicle was stolen and the investigation is on-going.

MCSO was on the double homicide in Boring with the suspect ending their life in Clackamas County. It was a tragedy and at this time is still an on-going investigation.

Lt Stewart wants the Community to know he will be out in the area and is working on getting more patrols out to the Vista House and along the Old Scenic Highway.  He recognizes there are certain hours when the highway is being used as a speedway and will be working to mitigate the situation.  If you're a local and get caught speeding, don't expect any special treatment!

There have been some illegal dumps on Chamberlain.  One investigation appears to be a bear getting into the garbage across the road and bringing it "home" to spread around and search.  The other appears to be an individual who is purchasing beer and tossing the cans out along the road.  Discussion was, NEMCCA can use any and all donation of money to help cover their costs, but it would be nicer to not have to be picking up the cans to get it.

Discussion on body cams mentioned they are currently stalled on implementing, it is unclear why but it could be budget.

There have been some changes with the Community Patrol and it needs to be acknowledged just how much they do for the community and mentioned that there is the awareness that CP has been feeling a bit neglected this past year.  There were some changes that had to be addressed due to accreditation requirements by the State but CP is very hard working and very good at what they do. Thank you.

(Discussion:  MCSO is going in to budget talks right now.  Regarding if the CRO is on the budget or the chopping block it seems like its always in the "iffy" category.  The Community would like to see this as a funded position.)


Corbett School District: D. Fialkiewicz

On December 11, 2023 CSD received a bomb threat that came through at 10:53 in the morning.  The email was sent to the Superintendent at 10:57, and the call to 911 was made at 10:58.  The call was answered at 11 - students and faculty were already being evacuated.  By 11:10 everyone had been evacuated from the buildings and MCSO began arriving at 11:15.  It was suggested by the CRO that the students be moved to the Corbett Community Church and Todd Williams, the Transportation Director, worked quickly and effectively to get the drivers in and the buses moving.  Thanks to the work of Todd the kids were all at the church by noon.  Thank you to the Corbett Community Church for letting the students evacuate to their location, thank you to Community Patrol for coming out and helping at the church, thank you to the parents and staff for the organized and calm checking out of the students as they were picked up.  This isn't something you practice for, and the process went seamlessly as could be.   

Staff and agencies met the next day for debriefing and the kids were back on campus the next day.  The School sent a cleaning crew from ServPro to clean up after they had been there.

(Discussion: Why was the location of pick-up released to the media?  Parents were notified directly by the district on where to pick up their student.  The Superintendent did not release any information to the media until after the last student was picked up. If any information went out to the media prior to that last pick up that did not come from the District.

Doesn't the release of the pick up location make it possible for that area to now be targeted?  The District has several locations they can evacuate the students to, and those locations are not revealed.  There have been requests for evacuation plans to be released to the public but the District will not do it for that reason.

Corbett Middle School (it is not called Woodard Middle School) has had its ribbon cutting and will be open for students after break.  Hopefully everyone who wanted to had an opportunity to tour the school.  There were comments made about how good the school looks and concerns that there were a lot of frills in the building.  Be assured this is not true, it just is brand new so it looks good. (Comment from a resident who had toured the building that he did not see frills and the job was very well done.)

One of the accessory buildings at the new campus is being looked at for the administrative offices, but right now they will be staying in their current location.


Forest Service: E. Monje & N. Brodie

Efeydi's last day will be January 7, 2024, she will be going back to work at the Timberline Job Corp.  (Comment- she has been a wonderful person to work with, all of the volunteers have really enjoyed working with her and she will be missed.)

The Wildland crews will be doing burn piles weather depending, and one will be at the Sandy River Delta.  It was necessary to drop a large Oak last year due to disease and that pile will be one of the fires.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle that is devastating to the ash tree.  It has been found in a nursery in Forest Grove and traps have been set in the Sandy River Delta to monitor for movement into the area. Check the Oregon Invasive Species Council if you suspect a beetle is doing damage.  (

There has been some illegal trail building going on in our area, one area noted being lower Larch.  It is one thing to clear a tree or debris off a trail that you walk in your neighborhood, it is illegal to cut a trail into virgin forest.  Enforcement will be getting sent out to stop this work.

There are no major trail closures right now.  There was a decent size landslide above the switchbacks on the Larch trail (441) above the bridge.  Most likely work will not start on the trail repair until Spring.


Community Patrol: R. Cannon

The communication from the school was outstanding during the recent bomb threat.  The families were wonderful and kept things flowing during pick up, all very positive.  Not sure how things will look once school opens up again as they have not been asked to be at the middle school, traffic should be greatly reduced at the main campus.

Thank you to Malcolm and Kathy Freund for all the work they have been doing with the Water Department and helping them with their flagging.

(Discussion: The signage for the new school has not come through.  This has been a two year project and it would be nice to have the signs up and the speed reduced prior to school opening on Monday.  It was suggested that the District email the involved agencies and include AskODOT as ODOT has to approve school zone signs.)


Historical Society: M. Freund

Things are moving along gradually.  They are working on the railing around the deck, which is being constructed from rail road rails that came off the mountain at Palmer Mill.  The verticals to hold the rails came from the Bull Run Power House at the Sandy River.


Notes regarding tolling


SALEM -- The Oregon Transportation Commission met Tuesday, Dec. 12 for a meeting to discuss the Oregon Toll Program and ODOT's Strategic Action Plan. The commission decided to advance key elements of the low-income toll program and a report requested by Gov. Tina Kotek.


Low-Income Toll Program on Track to Set National Precedent

There are more than 300 toll programs in the United States, and Oregon will be the first in the nation to have a low-income toll program on day one of operations. This program will serve low-income travelers who cannot change their travel schedules or who travel frequently on the interstates. Importantly, the program will balance impacts to other travelers while still achieving overall program goals to reduce traffic congestion and raise revenue for transportation improvements.

The commission approved several elements to advance the low-income toll program and a draft set of administrative rules for public feedback in 2024. The drafts were developed following more than a year of study and input from two advisory committees and thousands of public comments.


Key commitments include:

Provide customers living in Oregon or Washington whose household income is up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level at least a 50% discount on tolls.

Analyze whether additional discounts for households earning up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level can be offered and still meet the toll program's congestion management, revenue, safety, and equity goals.

Exempt members of specified federally recognized tribes and tribal government vehicles from paying tolls, in recognition of their sovereignty and to provide access to historic lands. Extending this to a number of tribal governments, beyond what had been guaranteed in federal treaties, would be a first in the nation.

Exempt public transit, military, and emergency response vehicles.

The draft rules will be published in 2024 for public review and comment following legal review. In addition to discounts and exemptions, the draft rules cover the toll rate-setting process, toll payment compliance, and maintaining customer privacy and enrollment. Final adoption is expected in mid-2024.



Commission Approves Toll Report for Governor Kotek

The commission also approved the submittal of a tolling implementation report requested by Governor Kotek. The report summarizes past actions and the sequence of steps ahead to address concerns related to equitable benefits, diversion onto local streets from the interstates, allocation of net revenue generated from tolls, and ongoing transparency and accountability.

Commission members emphasized the need to address the concerns of the region without taking tolling off the table. "When you look at what's left to be done, there is a lot of room in here for comments, discussion, a thoughtful process," said Commissioner Jeff Baker about the report.

The commission's next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2024, in Salem. Sign up to receive automatic emails about the commission and its work on the website.



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Thanks Victoria Purvine of NEMCCA for putting these notes together!


Safety Notes
December 6, 2023

Historical Society:  December 12 will be the annual potluck starting at 6:30.  This will be at the fire department and ham will be provided.  A short board meeting will be held at 6.

Citizens Patrol:  The Toy Drive a couple weeks ago was a great success.  The crew collected over 1,200 toys at Fred Meyer, Kohls and Walmart locations.  Toys will be distributed at the Wood Village Baptist Church off Arata road on Sunday, December 10 from 9-12.  If you are interested in helping with any of these events please reach out to one of the CP members.
Flagging at the school is going well, getting well drenched this past week. 
PSA: There are a lot of GHOST CARS out in the morning.  These cars can't be seen by others until they put on their brakes. 
(Discussion:  When are headlights required? Anytime between sunset and sunrise. When it's raining, snowing, sleeting or hailing -think wipers. Any time when visibility less than 500 feet.  Also, when you have your running lights on these are only for the front of the car, nothing is showing on the back end.  Please, for safety of all, use your lights.)

Corbett Fire:  The volunteers are busy wrapping gifts for the Christmas Chicken to distribute to two local families.  The Christmas Chicken will be out doing the Fill the Boot to help make this happen so if you see the Chicken, any help is appreciated. 
There is a Holiday Event at the Grange on Saturday, Dec 9, and the Fire Engine will be taking Santa to the Grange, leaving the station around 11 a.m.
The Fire Department partnered with NEMCCA for the Tree Lighting and Bonfire on the 2nd. It was a very good turn out and we look forward to doing it again next year.
The new water tender may be with us earlier than expected. Originally it wasn't planned on arriving before Spring, but now it looks like we may see it by mid-January.  The tender is part of a grant given by the Fire Marshal's Office and will be white with the Corbett Fire information on it, as will the OSF Marshal insignia.  It will be housed at the new building in Springdale once that is completed. 
(Discussion:  There will be a new building in Springdale that will be rated for earthquake, and a new building Corbett. Most of the rigs will go to the new building, and a couple of the bays in the existing building will be closed off for other uses.  Pictures of the buildings were shared)
The department has been notified from Ford that they will be starting to build the new rescue unit after the first of the year.
Its been pretty quiet on calls.

Corbett Water District:  The District will be closed during the week of Christmas. 
The field crew will begin new work hours, working Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 5:00, then every other Friday they will also be working.  This is being done to cut down on overtime.
The CWD office will be closed on December 12 in the afternoon as everyone will be taking a CPR class, taught by Duane Redfield.
There will be a public meeting on January 4 regarding the Watershed Risk Plan.  Pizza will be provided.
The crew has been busy replacing water service lines, there have been several broken ones lately and they are staying busy. The PowerMull has been resurrected to assist with the work.
If you were to compare the crew today with the one from two years ago, there would only be one person still here.  Right now the crew is almost all female, (one male) and its working out great. 
Fall 2024 the EPA is requiring an inventory of all lines regarding lead components.  There may be an option to show a portion of the lines based on total inventory, but there will be an ask to homeowners for line information.

ODOT:  The next advisory committee meeting for the Historic Highway will be December 7 at the Sheriff's Office in Troutdale off Kendall. 
The Multnomah Falls Viaduct contract was awarded on November 11 and work is expected to start after the first of the year.
There will be a grand opening for the completed Mitchell Point Tunnel, time and date to be determined.
The 2024 Traffic Mitigation plan at Multnomah Falls is in discussion. There is no final plan right now, but expect to see permits being required in the I-84 parking lot, a flagger at the cross walk, and the private owner across from the lodge will be doing active management on their property.
(Discussion:  The are 22 trains a day that go through the Gorge, and that means in front of the Lodge too.  With the flooding and limits on what can be done regarding permanent walls, there are barricades in place to keep people safe.  Don't go around barricades. Don't climb over barricades.  DO keep on the paths laid out for you to travel, it's for your safety, vehicle safety and the safety of those working in the area.)
ODOT will be getting 19 million Statewide to help with the current shortfall, but don't expect to see any changes in the recently estimated level of services.  Equipment has been sold, staff has been reduced and will need to be hired and trained, and that can be done immediately.  The money may not make a difference for this Winter season.
Geologist will be out surveying the area of the Old Highway that continues to drop just passed Larch Mountain Road. 
(Discussion:  Is it safe for big trucks to go over, specifically fire engines?  This is what the geologist will be determining.  There is an on-going issue with the road sinking, and then when the paving and repairs are done the weight increases, which adds to the sinking, and it becomes a cycle. There is discussion of a viaduct being put in, and when the road was originally built there was a bridge in that location but with the angle of the hill and the make up of the hill drilling can be difficult and the bridge did not survive.  This is an issue ODOT has to address in any repair at this time.  Ultimately the repair is expected to cost upwards of ten million, so for now the fix and repair approach is being used as long as it is safe.  Closing that road and sending people up over Columbia until a repair can be done would take a collaboration with the State and County.)

Forest Service:  Bike parking at Multnomah Falls is being looked at, one permit has been turned in to the County from the Dodson area. The trail crews are addressing the landslides that have been happening with the heavy rains.  Landslides in the burn areas are expected to be an issue for the next twenty years.  (Landslides or damage, such as trees down across the trails, slough of trail, wash out, etc.)
Winter Seasonal Workers have been brought on, this is a first for the Forest Service and has been something that has been needed as a lot of the trail repair needs done during the winter months.  There are two temporaries now and they are expected to stay until April when the Summer Seasonal Workers start.
There is a new element being looked at when it comes to the Forest Service. The HVRA is an acronym for Highly Valued Resource Asset and is being used to prioritize resources during a fire or other major event. Where does the FS put their resources to protect these assets based on available staff and equipment.
A larger effort will be going in to maintaining the trails at Thousand Acres.  Some of the trails need to be elevated for safety and usage and the Forest Service will be engaging with Friends of the Sandy River Delta regarding the trails.
There are several jobs available with the Forest Service at this time:
(Discussion:  Pay station on Larch.  This one only takes cash, and there were several people at the parking lot recently that only had debit cards.  What is the plan to make sure they are getting their parking permits accessible to everyone in a world where not everyone carries cash, or only carries larger bills?  Putting up a scan code was mentioned but further discussion brought up that scammers have been putting up their own codes and then taking the money that people believe they are paying to the providing agency.  In addition, a caution was made regarding buying gift cards.  Make Sure the code bar hasn't been scratched off because once you put money on that card the scammer gets it directly into their account and the person you are gifting the card to received nothing.)

MultCo Roads:  All apprentices are on board.  They have started interviewing for a Vegetation Specialist and hope to have the position filled by the end of the month. 
Larch has been closed for the year. (Brief discussion- the post in the center of the road has always been there.  They take it out during the summer season but this year they had to leave it for the paving project.)
They have entered budget season for next year and part of the discussion is more paving work in the rural areas.  Not overlays, but real paving.  They know its an issue out here and are looking at ways to address the problems.
The mower is currently down but will be back up soon and they will be back out mowing weather permitting.  They have been working first where they have received the most comments of concern.  Will get to the rest as they can.
Haines road has a mess going on.  It appears that a company is putting in utilities and have been in the ditch, filling it in and making the water and mud run across the road.  This situation is being turned in to the person who issues the permits for work in the road right of way and they should be out next week to investigate. 

MCSO: Working with the folks at the bottom of Corbett Hill.  They are in touch with the HOPE team.
Information shared on headlight usage. (posted above)
MCSO is ticketing those who continue to park in the No Parking Zones.
(Discussion:  What about people who park on private property, or those who put up signs saying no parking but its on a fence along the road? How do you know where the ROW is?  The County or State (depending on the road) has a 40 or 50 feet Right of Way, and the road does not fall dead center of that right of way.  Don't take a measurement from the center line and think you're in the clear, you may be on someone's property, or someone's property may be in the ROW.  If you go to MultCo Sail you can find a property and take a measurement across the ROW and then click on the aerial and get a fairly accurate idea of where the property line is located.  If you need a very specific idea you need to bring in a surveyor.  Some roads in the County are completely out of the ROW, for instance, Donahue on Larch is nowhere close to the designated area.  CWD mentioned water meters are supposed to be in the ROW as this came up during the discussion.)

NEMCCA:  Litter Patrols are continuing along Corbett Hill and Chamberlain.  Jack Garrison is recruiting for additional help to expand the clean up, contact him if you are interested.
The Tree Lighting and Bonfire was December 2nd and while the bonfire did not take off as desired (and despite the best efforts of all involved) everyone had a good time.  There will be a return to collecting pallets for fire starter for next year.  Video at:
The public meeting with Senator Bonham, RSD Amelia Porterfield and Policy Advisor for the Chair Hayden Miller was well attended, had a lot of questions and comments, and answers are coming in from various agencies and are being posted on the NEMCCA facebook page. 
NEMCCA and the Fire Department are doing a PSA regarding DUIIs, please stay safe this holiday season.

OPRD: We are fully into winter operations and moving forward with projects.
Latourell Trail bridges are almost complete. Park will open in mid-December till early January. Then close again for the second phase of putting in steps.
Women’s Forum project has been paused but some lot line work will continue.
No more to report on Dabney spring. Still at same point.

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Safety Notes
November 1, 2023

Thank you to Victoria Purvine and NEMCCA for taking notes!

Historical Society:  Progress is being made to get the septic permit signed off.  With the requirement for an Authorization Notice to be updated, the drop boxes and drain lines needed to be found.  The first line was discovered to be under the fill for the museum and there was questions on the usability of the remaining lines.  EMS was hired to camera the lines, and after a brief snag on each line due to blockage, the three remaining lines were okayed for use.  
One of the boxes was found to be a distribution box and had to be changed to a drop box, this was successfully done and documented.  Paperwork has been turned in for a Certificate of Satisfaction and the only items left remaining are proving the three septic tanks that were removed were properly decommissioned.  This may require a waiver of decommission depending on pictures, documents, records.  We are waiting on the person who removed the tanks to fill out the paperwork.

Fire District:  The Training Academy has begun with eight new recruits.  They will be training twice a week, Monday evening with all the crew, and again on Wednesday evening with the academy.  Training will be for six months and after one year they will be rated as Fire Fighter 1.  
The District is working on the bond items:  meeting with ODOT (which went well), Land Use planning, permitting, and plans.  One of the new items you will see that was approved with the bond is the new rescue vehicle that should be in district in the next six months, depending on how the automotive strike affects production.  The old oil tank in Springdale is still being worked on for removal and there is one more at the main station that will need removed once the conex boxes are moved.  
If you are interested in learning CPR or taking other life safety classes please sign up at the fire station or contact Duane Redfield for information.  The District will be offering classes at a low cost to the community, and you'll be learning on the new mannequins that will monitor efficiency and correct your technique as you learn.

Grange:  On November 3 there will be the Annual pie contest and variety show.  You still have plenty of time to make those pies!  The event will be at the Grange between 6-9.
There is a community involvement film called "Join or Die" that will be shown on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30.

Corbett Water District:  There was a main line break this morning, the District Manager was out working on that break and would not make the meeting.
There was a meeting with Rockwood Water District and they shared their policy manual and what they charge with CWD.  The Fire Line charge was $29 for Rockwood.

Oregon Parks and Rec Department:  There will be two closures coming up, one that will impact the local area, which is Latourell Trail and trail head.  Parks is meeting with the contractor today and the work will include replacing two bridges and the steps up to the View point. The trail will be closed for about six weeks, most likely until Mid-December.  
Parks is in full Winter operations, seasonal workers are now laid off and the campgrounds will be closed as of today.  
Dabney Springs continues to be a discussion regarding what is feasible to do, and is addressing the concerns that were brought forward at the last Safety meeting.  There is no time line right now for when options may be available to the public.
Parks is continuing to work with the Community on the Women's Forum project. Thank you to all who have contributed to the project, they are still working on the design.
Vista House continues to have a water infiltration problem, one that has been in issue since it was built.  Long and short term solutions are being considered as they are trying to figure out what can be done.
Vista House hours will be going to Winter hours on November 3rd.  They will be Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon from 10-4 depending on weather conditions.
After weeks of trying to get the wind gauge up and working it does appear there has been a fix and you may expect to see readings starting next week.

Springdale Job Corp:  The Department of Labor is changing the contractor for the campus and there may be some changes in leadership, possibly day to day operations.  The current HLS contract will be extended for three months, then a new contractor will be coming in February 2024 for one year to make the necessary changes.  After that year a new five year contract will be put out for consideration.
Currently there are 80 students on campus and new students are coming in every two weeks.  The center would like to be up to full status of 130 students, but the dorms are on hold right now and DOL won't approve more spending on repairs until the new contractor takes over.  
SJC was rated at number 24 two years ago, but satisfaction and ranking has fallen to 97 at this point.  The change in contractors is intended to make the corrections to turn the center back around.

Corbett School District:  The Trunk or Treat was a super successful event and will definitely be something to continue going forward!  The number of kids attending was over 200 and there were around 25 trunks for the kids to visit.  
There has bean a slight delay on the switch gear for the electric at the Woodard campus and  there could be a small delay on closing the project, but they are still on track to open on January 8, 2024.  The only reason they wouldn't make that date is if there is a major weather event that takes PGE off the project to repair power lines.
There has been no update on the school zone signs.
CSD received a grant for $260,000 for electric vehicles and will have a truck and cargo van on campus soon. There will also be two charging stations and these will be available to the public for use when the school is not using them.  This grant was through PGE.
They have applied for another grant with PGE and another entity that would provide three EV buses and more charging stations.  
Congratulations to the Volleyball team! For the first time in ten years they have made the final 8 and will be playing the first seeded team on November 3rd in Eugene.

Multnomah County Roads:  There was discussion with CSD and Roads regarding the school zone signs, also historical signage with Reynolds, the time to process signage with ODOT, where the signs are in the process.  
The Bell Road school zone sign has been made and is waiting to be installed.  That should be going up over the next two weeks.
Staffing: good news, all apprentice positions have been filled!  There are eight new staff members being trained.
Next week you will see flaggers on Gordon Creek.  The County has a contractor doing core samples at approximately 2.5 miles where the trees came down.  The will be looking at the best way to rebuild the bank.  The work will be Mon-Thurs between the hours of 8:00 am to 3:30pm.  Expect delays.
The vegetation specialist position is out for recruitment and should be filled by the end of November.  The brush cutter was down for a couple of days but has returned to work (thanks given for all the clearing we've seen done).  Hazardous tree discussion - best to use seeclickfix for reporting so they can track the process in the system.
Potholes and sinkholes - The drop at mile post two on Larch is being investigated.  They don't know what is causing the drop, it is getting markedly worse, and will need to be dug up.  The pot holes on Woodard are being repaired, there has been 15 ton of cold patch put down on Brower in an attempt to make that road smoother, workers were out this week on Brower.  One of the gravel areas on Chamberlain has been patched, one more needs done.  The sink hole on Seidl is top priority, that will be worked on ahead of others.  
After the most recent hit of the Stark street bridge workers have put up "temporary" barriers.  Rock that was damaged has been moved to be stored in case it can go back, and preliminary talks have started on replacing the bridge.  This most likely means 8-10 years before any work begins, but at least the discussion has been opened.

Citizen's Patrol:  They spent their Halloween at the Vista House making sure all went well.  There was very little traffic this year, the high winds may have helped with the reduction.  The wind has been a challenge at the school with signs not being able to be used due to the wind using them to push the body around.  Thank you to Superintendent Derek for coming out and pitching in when they need help.
People have been great, thank you!

FireWise:  On November 11 and 12 there will be a chipper pilot program operating at the fire station in the back yard area.  This is a project funded by a grant that Firewise received which will be good for three years.  This year will be used to work out the kinks, finding out if people will be able to bring limbs down to the chipper, if there needs to be a collection of limbs, what works best for the community.  After the limbs are chipped the community can come and get the chips to use on their gardens, pathways, etc.  

ODOT:  As we have been warned now for several months, the level of services will be changing on the State roads.  This will be a Statewide issue, but in the Corbett area the roads will be:  I-84 staying at Level A, Troutdale to Larch will drop to Level D, Larch to Ainsworth Level E.  
Gates may be closed to the Interstate if the forecast is for snow and ice, but will reopen as quickly as possible.  Last year pilot cars were used to get traffic moving safely on the highway, with speeds being reduced into the 30s instead of full speed limit, this helped keep traffic flowing and cut down on accidents.
Expect the gates on the Old Scenic Highway to remain closed once I-84 is opened.  It may be a few days before crews can make it to work on the lower level roads, depending on staffing and severity of the storm.  ODOT will be doing what they can, when they can, but its going to be difficult for all, including those working.  The District has lost 25 positions and there will be only 3-4 people available to work at any time, although they will be doing rotating shifts so coverage will be seven days a week.  Things are just going to be different for a while.
With the school at Woodard opening in January there will be an impact on the potholes that remain at Nielsen.  Closing Dabney Springs has made it safer but the water that is working its way to the surface at the stop sign will have more traffic on it and will continue to be a problem.  (Discussion on ways to address this issue, budget limits are a factor).
Crews have been cleaning the gutters on the Old Scenic Highway from Vista House to Ainsworth.
Brush cutting will be done as time and resources allow.  For those who believe their property runs to the fog line, they may be surprised when the brush is cut.  
Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee will be meeting on December 7th from 10-2.  It will be a hybrid meeting, location to be determined.
Congestion mitigation for the upcoming year will look similar to this year with a flagger and the parking lot managed by the lessee.  (A brief power point presentation was given on the most recent data).
The award will be going out on the Viaduct repair.  The East bound Viaduct will be closed Fall 25-Spring 26 with the West bound closed Fall 24-Spring 25.
McCord Creek Bridge is scheduled to begin replacement Fall of 2025 and will have extended crossover closures onto I-84. There will be a number of days with full closure of I-84, but that will be a couple of years out.
ODOT is submitting for a 51 million dollar grant to complete the final portion of the Historic State Highway Trail, finishing the 73 miles of trail going from Troutdale to The Dalles.  This last segment is expensive as portions will need to be tunneled under the highway, and viaducts will need to be built coming out of the tunnel.  

Forest Service:  The season has ended and the restrooms and campgrounds are being closed for the winter.  For the first time the Forest Service has hired two winter seasonal workers so you will see hosts at two of the FS sites.  You will see work being done at the Sandy River Delta, both in the parking lot with striping and along the trails.   Thank you to the Corbett Fire Department for all the help you have given this year, it is greatly appreciated.

Mt Hood Community College:  The college had their accreditation visit last week, something that is done every five to seven years, and it went very well.  The report will show they have a very good support system for students, and solid strategic planning, while offering some suggestions in the instructional area.  MHCC was noted as a College that Cares, based on interviews with students, who mentioned how welcoming and helpful the staff is, including a young student that talked about how she was ready to quit when one member of the staff stepped up and assisted her in getting her financial packet and kept her in class.  
The college is also remodeling the Pony Soldier to add 75 units of student housing at affordable costs, that is on schedule to open next Spring.
You can learn more about this development at the Gresham Chamber lunch on November 14.

Oregon Historical Society Levy: this monitors how the levy money is spent and everyone was very impressed with the tour that was taken of the different societies.  They are looking for new members to join the board, contact Chair Vega-Pederson's office if you're interested.

NEMCCA: We will be hosting a public meeting with Senator Bonham, Representative Helfrich and Office of the Governor's Regional Solutions Director Amelia Porterfield on November 16 from 6:30 to 8pm at the Corbett Fire Hall.  Chair Vega-Pederson has been invited and we will update the information when her schedule is known.
The Christmas Tree Lighting will be December 2 from 5-8 with the tree turned on at 5:15.  Weather permitting there will be a bonfire, if not we'll have a BBQ for marshmallows. Games will be offered for the children, the Corbett Fire Christmas Chicken will be assisting with the games, and snacks and drinks will be provided. (Donations gladly accepted!)

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October 4, 2023

Safety Meeting Notes

Thank you to Jack Garrison for taking notes!

Attendance - There were 43 people at the October NEMCCA Information and Safety meeting including both agency representative and community members.

1.  Oregon State Parks and the Oregon Department of Transportation presented an overview briefing on the status of the Dabney spring water source near the intersection of the Historic Highway and SE Nielson Rd.   The water source has currently been diverted for safety concerns and to help address complaints covering the last seven years. These  included parking on and off the right of way, vandalism of no parking and information signs, the mud pit that is formed from cars pulling on and off the road, and a number of vehicle accidents including a serious one last January due to frozen ice from the water running across the road.   These concerns were discussed with State of Oregon representatives in a NEMCCA public meeting held in June and Oregon State Parks and ODOT were directed by the State to address this issues.  As a result the water has been diverted through the culvert under the Historic Highway.  There is an ongoing effort to explore future options; however, no options are currently ready to be presented to the public, and one option may be leave it the way it is currently.


There were public concerns expressed over the cutoff of the clean spring water source.   There was a discussion of EPA water quality requirements including recurring testing if this source would be made available once again.  NEMCCA Chair indicated that NEMCCA plans to host another meeting with State of Oregon representatives and that might be an opportunity for the public to discuss this issue; however, at this time there is no public forum working this issue.


Stare Parks did offer that free potable water was available at Lewis & Clark and that water is safe to drink.


2.  Historical Society Museum - The septic system inspection was scheduled for today, October 4th, but was canceled because the contractor had not uncovered the inspection access for the drop boxes.  An Authorization of Use is being asked for in addition to the minor tank replacement and that is adding to the inspection requirements.


3.  Corbett Water District - District is hiring for the Utility Worker One position.  Two technicians left the district last month.   Issues with the PRVs and Fire Hydrants continue. The "black" fire hydrants are still being investigated, but the one at Nielsen and Old Scenic Highway can now be painted to a higher rating.  The district is looking to hire an outside contractor to assist with the hydrants and PRVs as they are short staffed.

The status of the Hurlburt water line was discussed and there is an ongoing effort to fully understand the current status and future requirements.  There was an older 4 inch line that the District is aware has leaks, but there was a new eight inch line put in several years ago that everyone along Hurlburt was to be switched over to in that area.  The District is looking to see who is on the line, who can be moved, where the lines go, and where the valve boxes and PRV vaults are located.


4.  Multnomah County Sheriff Office - An incident at Angel's Rest regarding a loss of life was discussed.   There was a discussion regarding cars that have been left unoccupied for long periods of time, how often they are checked on, what Parks can/is doing about checking on these vehicles,  and what  options law enforcement has if  the vehicle is on right of way or in a parking lot.


5.  Corbett School District - Progress on the Woodard Campus continues and completion is expected by the end of November.  The district plans to begin operations at the campus on January 8th.   The school zone status is still being worked with County Roads.


Pink Out in support of Breast Cancer is being highlighted at all sporting events this week.  Homecoming is planned for October 20th and Parent Training is being offered to the community on October 26th for "Screen Addiction and Social Media" from 6-7pm at the Mental Health Department at the Corbett Commons.  Sign up if you're interested .  A Trunk or Treat Halloween event is planned for the school parking lot on October 31st from 6 - 8 pm.   A brochure was passed around and for more information contact Darcie at 503-504-2386.


Here is a link to copy to the school's newsletter:


6.  Oregon State Police - Staffing for patrols in our area remains at 62%.   The Governor has directed State Police to assist the City of Portland with drug task force issues.   Recruitment training classes have been accelerated with a combination of more instructors and schedule compression.  The Department is facing manpower issues due to growing number of eligible retirements and gaps in levels of experience.  Options for officer retirement and reemployment are being considered.


A question was asked of State Police and MCSO regarding street racing.  Representatives discussed how these groups coordinate their gatherings on social media which makes law enforcement response very difficult.   Also discussed were options to impound vehicles but that typically is a short term solution since all the owner needs to provide is a valid driver license and proof of insurance and can get their car back the next day.  Bottom line - difficult effort.


7.  Multnomah Community College - Fall term has started and enrollment has increased.   Two new Board members have joined the Board and a welcome was conducted for students.  A current Board focus item is community outreach.   There is an effort to increase student housing and the old Pony Solider Inn is being rehabbed and will offer 75 units for student housing.


MHCC has been recognized as Number 4 for best value and will begin offering a bachelor's degree in cyber security next year.   A recent survey indicated 87% of their students are employed within 6 months of graduation.  The new Dental Hygiene Center is open.   MHCC and Corbett Schools are working toward a partnership to offer the community a selection of classes at the new Woodard campus.


8.  Grange - On the 22nd of October from 1-4 pm the Grange will be having their annual used book sale.

Drop your books off here:  211 NE 365th Ave, Corbett (on the deck under the eaves), until Saturday, October 21.  We are accepting your lightly used books- the books you know your friends want. Please no text, reference or computer how-to books. Proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Grange Scholarship and Holiday Family Fund.  Questions?  Call Malinda Carlson 971-271-4156

On October 28th Menucha Retreat is hosting a harmonica concert at 6 pm.  And on October 29th from 2-4 pm the Grange is having a community pumpkin carving event.  There was a brief discussion about the Grange Adopt a Road litter patrol effort.    The Grange is working with the Corbett School Key Club in a joint effort.  The Grange paperwork has been completed and they will borrow equipment from NEMCCA until Country Roads gets their equipment.


9.  Citizens Patrol - The effort to provide school support is going well and in the morning they have two volunteers working from 7:35 until 8:00 am and in the evenings three volunteers from 3:30 until 4:00 pm.   CP will be supporting the football game this week and providing patrols at Vista House on Halloween to prevent vandalism.


10.  Forest Service - Discussion of ongoing personnel changes and planned expansions.   Window for new position applications will be open starting on October 19th through around Thanksgiving.   These will be for seasonal job beginning in the April to May 2024 time period


Public use restrictions have been canceled but campgrounds are now closed for the season.   A plan is being developed for work at the Sandy River Delta beginning next Spring.   Ongoing project is under way to relocate the front gate approximately 25 yards down the road from its current position.


11.  Multnomah County Roads - Introduction of two new personnel and detailed their recent promotions!  Thanked NEMCCA for the Adopt a Road effort and indicated that new signs will be erected on upper Corbett Hill Road and on Chamberlain.   Brush cutting effort underway and will continue over the winter as weather and equipment allows.  Discussion of several sink / pot holes around the community and efforts to address many of these before winter, they have already used 3400 pounds of patch in potholes and is you've seen a patched hole, it was mostly like MultCo.  The County had been in talks with Gresham regarding repairing the bad area of road on Pounder.  It looks like Gresham will not be available to help so the County will be approaching that section of road with a new method to fix the area.  Please watch for signs that work is being done.

Expecting eight new hires shortly, plus in the future the hiring of a vegetation specialist.   The work order for the school sign on Bell Road is done.  Discussion of the on going Stark Street Bridge inspection -  should be completed on October 5th.


12.  Corbett Fire District - District has nine  new recruits and training will begin on October 25th.   On October 14th the district will hold an open house in conjunction with a morning garage sale.  Garage sale will begin at 8:30 and will overlap with the Open House (starting at noon).  Both will wrap up at 3 pm.

During the open house community members will be given an opportunity to sign up for CPR training. There will be differing levels of class from "I just want to know how to do it" to "I want to be certified" and going up to Basic Life Support.  Classes will be determined by the number of interested people.


13.  Oregon Department of Transportation - The next Historic Highway Advisory Committee meeting will be on December 7th, location TBD.   The data from the Summer Timed Permit Use has been compiled and will be shared at the November NEMCCA meeting.   Multnomah Falls Viaduct project bids went out in September and the project will start in 2024 with the western viaduct closure.


14.  NEMCCA made a request for volunteers to support the on going litter patrol effort.   Contact Dave Mysinger at: or Erick Johnson at:



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Safety Meeting Notes
September 6, 2023

Thank you to Jack Garrison who took notes for NEMCCA this month.

Historical Society  - Outside deck is almost complete and electrical wiring of the inside of the building is in progress.
Oregon Highway Patrol - Staffing remains at 65% but two new hires are coming on board in October.

County Emergency Management - Provided a comprehensive overview of the Camp Creek Fire which is now 16% contained and its current size remains at a little over 1900 acres.   Currently there are over 500 management staff and firefighters on scene.

There was a discussion of the Emergency Notifications Areas / Zones and the Three Notification Level.  The first and lowest level is only provided to folks who have signed up for notifications via their phones or computers.  One of the issues is the overlap of notifications across several zones.  So some folks may get more than one notification level.
There was a positive comment of the recent Camp Creek Fire public meeting at the Grange which was attended by around 150 folks and that the Great Basin Incident Team was doing pop up updates at the Country Store.

A map was passed around showing the various water districts, in addition to Portland, that rely on Bull Run Reservoir and the various Portland water wells as a source of water.   The average daily water consumption across these water districts is 85-90 million gallons per day but summer peak use can be in the range of 100 to 110 million gallons per day.   As daily use goes down because of cooler weather a majority of the water will be produced by wells vice Bull Run.

Please Note - The Corbett Water District is not part of this Bull Run systems thus not impacted by the fire.

Corbett School - School is back in sessions and thanks to Citizen's Patrol for providing both morning and afternoon traffic control.  Over the summer the school has changed the parking lot traffic pattern and that has improved the traffic flow.

Woodard campus work is in progress.  The metal building is up and the interior is being finished.   Driveways and parking lots will be repaved this week.  Construction competition is anticipated by the end of November with a projected start of school on January 8,  2024.  Woodard school zone is still an unresolved issue but in progress; however, the school zone sign on Bell Road has been installed.

There was a lengthy discussion of the MCSO tactical training that was conducted over the summer in the Corbett School facility and the benefits to the community plus as a result of the training event the campus was surveyed and some area were identified that could be changed.  During the week that training was conducted there were many questions across the community as to what was going on and a lesson learned was the need for better community notification before the fact.

Corbett Water District - The Board has recently suspended charging customers for their private fire lines (unless they have a full-sized meter on their line). They are looking at the policy to determine the best course of action moving forward.

The CWD staff has stayed in touch with the Portland Emergency Coordination Center's daily briefing on the bull run fire and is confident that we will not be seeing this fire spread to our watershed. 
Working with the Fire Department on flow testing this summer we have determined that our PRV stations are potentially limiting hydrant flow. The board has called a zoom meeting on September 7th solely for the purpose of reviewing this topic. Please see our web site for a zoom link, or contact the office for more information

MCSO - Deputy discussed ways to notify him of suspicious activity in the community and best to email him vice telephone.   There was a lengthy overview of the school shooter training that was conducted over a week period at the Corbett Schools and MCSO also conducted training at another school over the summer.

The recent incident on Corbett Hill Road was briefly described.  Person was a local and was provided medical assistance and taken to the hospital.

There was a discussion by MCSO and Emergency Management on the mass notification of the incident in East Portland a few weeks ago.  Because of a software change which was incorrect several thousand folks including most of east county was notified to shelter in place when 911 pushed the notification.   Issue has been corrected and Emergency Management apologized for the problem.  They explained how a zone around an incident is established and how those personnel living in the area are notified.

Citizens Patrol - Discussed the change in the school traffic pattern.   Announced that East County Pioneer Association was having an event this Sunday at the Fire Hall but no further data was provided.   Citizens Patrol was thanked for supporting the NEMCCA litter patrol on Corbett Hill Road.

County Roads - There will be an internal meeting next week on rural road issues and looking to come up with a multi year plan to address the many issues.   Hiring of 10 additional workers is in progress.   There was a brief discussion of the Howard Road quarry and the impact of operations on the road and responsibility.  Ongoing determination of facts.

Grange is joining the Adopt a Road litter patrol effort and there was going to be a follow up discussion on the paperwork following the meeting.  There was a discussion about the past school effort on Evans and the need to reinstate that effort.   School Super was supportive.

The Adopt a Road policy is being rewritten and there are efforts underway to update the list of organizations that previously signed up, if they are still active and future interested in the program.   The  new policy will specify how many times a year patrols must be conducted.  NEMCCA was thanked for their efforts and the new signs on Corbett Hill Road should be installed next week.
The Owner Maintenance Policy for property owner maintenance of road right of way is also being rewritten and expect some changes down the road.  No time for release for this new policy was given but likely not near term.

Forest Service - Time of use permitting is over for the year and there will be a report on the program in the future.  Summer / Seasonal hires did a great job this year and that effort is also coming to a close soon.  There has been some issues at the Sand River Delta over reports on Twitter of potential human remains in the area.   MCSO and the Forest Service confirmed that is not true.  However, there are several personal memorial sites in the Delta and expect that these will be addressed in the future.  The E-bike use and policy is being relooked and will including designated parking areas.   Forest Service is expecting some new hires and with added manpower there is planned refocus on several issues.

Oregon State Parks - Fountain of Youth, i.e. the Dabney drinking water source is still being worked to mitigate the traffic hazards on the Historic Highway and the plan is to divert the water; however, no final solution or date of competition is available.   There was a discussion on the need to complete this project before winter.

Portland Women's Forum public meeting was recently held at the Grange and there was a great deal of public input so they are back to the drawing board to revise the plan and when updated a copy will be provided to NEMCCA for distribution.

Stare Parks has begun to adjust seasonal closing times and summer hires will be gone by October.  Parks will start closing on November 1st.

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) - There will be a report on permit use coming soon and bid process for the west viaduct reconstruction was released for bid yesterday (Sept 5th).  Construction is anticipated to begin in the Fall of 2024.

ODOT is incurring a 25 position cut due to gas tax funding reductions.  This winter they are anticipating only having one truck vice two in our area during bad weather.   Plus there will likely be more highway closures due to bad weather this winter and the lack of manpower.  New gates have been installed in various locations.

ODOT will be installing new mile post markers on the Historic Highway starting at the Troutdale Bridge in the future; however, underground utilities will likely slow the process of drilling post holes for the new signs.

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Safety Meeting Notes - May 3, 2023

Patrol staffing is back to 53%
They will be filling two Sergeant positions
Trinkets to Treasures Sale will be May 5 and May 6 from 9-4, and May 7 from 9-1.
There are still tickets available for the Tea fundraiser on June 11, contact Sandy Cartisser if you'd like to purchase.
There is a $50,000 matching grant going right now, so for every dollar you donate you can double it with this grant.  They are currently about half-way through the grant. Please consider donating.
(Discussion: Does in-kind donations of labor or materials count?
            Will contact Sandy and find out.)
Fire District:
The new water tender from the State is estimated at saving the District and locals $450,000 based on current updates.
Last year the district received $35,000 for staffing during wildfire season for patrols, manning of the station and fire protection.  We don't know if we'll be getting the funds this year, but last Friday we were notified the District has received a $30,000 grant for fire reduction. This grant will be administered by the Firewise Board.  More information on how that will be used will be coming.
The Breakfast for scholarships is coming up on June 10, 2023 and we'd love to see everyone there.  We are also looking for donations for the silent auction.  If you have something to donate please contact the fire hall.
On May 18th the fire department will be getting together with the neighboring agencies to launch the water safety programs at Dabney.
Corbett School District:
The Woodard campus is going forward.  The metal building is expected to be delivered in mid-June, the framed walls on building one and building two are almost ready for attaching the metal building.
Currently it is expected that the campus will be ready by mid-November which will give everyone a month to get the buildings ready to move in, with classes starting there after Winter break.
Contact was made with the Roads department and they are working on signs for Woodard and also for Bell road.  They don't see any problems with getting these done.
There was a recent discussion regarding the configuration of the buildings as the High school is overcrowded and having the eighth graders in the mix was too wide of a spread of ages.  The chosen option is to add two sixth grade classrooms to the Grade school and have the Middle school be seventh and eighth.  So, starting in August it will be Grade school K-6, CAPS will remain the same, Middle school 7-8 and High school 9-12.
Prom was held last week at Persimmons and a big thank you to Deputy Kaiser and Citizen's Patrol.  The event was well attended and went smoothly.
School Board elections are coming up and thank you to the Grange for holding an Open house to meet the candidates.  It was a very nice way to talk with the candidates without having a debate, definitely felt like everyone is working together for the Community instead of competing for a spot.  Get out and Vote!
Finalizing the budget tonight (5/3) if the Board votes to accept the proposal.  The ending fund balance was at a negative $250,000, which is not allowed, and the desire was to have a positive of $900,000 to one million, so the decision was made to cut $750,000 from the supplies budget (bringing the ending fund budget to $500,000) and then to not fill some of the vacant and open positions, saving another $400,000.  The changing of the school layout also made some of these cuts possible. The goal was to increase the EFB without impacting the classrooms.
What will the Woodard campus be when it is done?
            It will be the middle school.
It is understood the goal is to get the Woodard campus built, then to pass another bond in a few years to build a new Middle School and turn the Woodard campus into a CTE campus.
            Let's get this campus done first, then look at the future plans.
Did the school get the walking path grant they applied for?
            It did not, but they are looking for more grants and will try again.
How is it going with the mental health center?
            Three of the four social workers have been hired and one has already started.  It is expected that services will be available by the end of May.
Mt Hood Community College:
The Board has passed next year's budget and they are in good shape.  They don't like to raise the cost of attending and last year they didn't have to, but this year they are raising the cost $2 per credit hour.
They are continuing to meet with their Legislators to try and get help and support of continuing education.  There have been several who have come to the campus, which helps in getting support, but more is needed.
The Foundation Board held an auction and made around $200,000.  All monies will go towards scholarships once expenses have been paid.
The college has been redoing the dental hygiene clinic so they can continue to meet accreditation requirements- the students have been taking classes in another location but will be back in their classrooms next year.
There are some hybrid classes going on right now, but most of the students are back on campus.
Sheriff's Budget Advisory Committee:
In the budget process the departments turn in their "in target" budget items, which means they will fund the positions.  With the "out of target" items it means it would be nice to have it, but its not in the regular budget.
Community Resource Officers are in the "out of target" area of the budget.  There was a lot of concern regarding not having the CRO's funded (both for Corbett and Sauvie Island ) but the Chair picked those two positions up and put them in her budget.
Oregon State Parks:
The repair work on the wall at the Vista House is going well, John DiBona is doing the work.
Due to the large number of false calls to the Fire Department the faulty pull stations are off line.  Work is being done to correct the problem.
Women's Forum is going forward, the design contract is expected to be ready for presentation in a public forum by late summer.  There is a large group of community members that the State is in regular contact with regarding the progress.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be able to fulfill their contract to have a dedicated Deputy available to patrol the parks.  Its been a few years since this has been possible.
Hiring is on-going, they are looking to fill 19 seasonal positions.  There is also a student worker program- the applicant needs to be enrolled in school (either high school or college) and be between 16-18 years of age.  Information on this will be sent to the Schools.
The spring at Nielsen is being addressed by Parks and ODOT.  It will take some time, but they are working on it.  The spring was not put in by the CCC, it was placed there by the Portland Auto Club when they had their club at the current Yoshida center to fill radiators.
Job Corps:
Springdale is on pause due to being short staffed in the health and wellness department. Once we have 3 full time RNs on staff, we can begin to bring in new students again.
A date hasn't been set yet for the next Community Relations Council meeting but it will be shared out once the date is released. If anyone is interested in being added to the guest list, I encourage them to send an email to Sandra at:, she would be happy to get them an invitation. The meeting is an opportunity to come to center, meet a few of the students, take a tour, and learn about the community partnerships that they are wanting to develop.
Demolition on the water damaged dorms will start on May 8, Aho Construction will be doing that work.
There was a wonderful Meet and Greet of the School Board candidates, thank you to all who came to meet the candidates.  If you would like to know more about the candidates you can find some information at the Columbia Grange home page.
The plant share will be held at the Grange on Saturday, May 6th from 10-1.  Please come even if you don't have a plant to swap.
May 10 from 7-8:30 come to a Conversation About Forest Management for Carbon Capture & Storage.
On May 12th there will be a meeting with Representative Helfrich from 10 until noon, at the Grange.  If you have a question you'd like asked please bring it written down so if you don't have an opportunity to ask it you can leave it for the Representative to take with him.
Mother's Day, May 14th there will be a dance from 4-6 featuring the music of Caroline Oakley.
And mark your calendars for May 20th for a kids clothing exchange from 3-5.
For all events please go to :
Corbett Water District:
There will be a public hearing regarding increases on fees with the budget hearing.  These increases will affect after hour calls, etc.
The District has been going over the policy manual, meeting every other week with volunteers from the community.  This has been educational for everyone and an education program will be coming to let users know their responsibilities.
Multnomah County Roads:

Adopt a Road program is being revamped and simplified!  NEMCCA  is adopting Corbett Hill Road and the County will be providing bags, pickers, disposable vests and signs, the same thing they will do for anyone else who would like to adopt a road.  Bags will be picked up within 24 hours as long as the pick up is between Monday and Thursday.  A list will be coming out letting everyone know which roads are still available for adoption.
Various ways to fix Pounder Road have been discussed, the most recent was to have the City of Gresham come out with their machinery to take up one lane of road at a time and redo the road.  The issue that has been run into is staff is not available from Gresham on Fridays and the MultCo crew is not familiar with the equipment to be able to run it.  More conversation needs to happen.
The County is having some of the same hiring issues as other businesses, but they have recently filled the Supervisor position and are looking to fill another seven vacancies.
Discussion:  Money to fix the roads comes from the gas tax, and with the switch to electric with personal and agency vehicles the revenue is falling.  What can we do?  NEMCCA did send a letter to the County Chair and Commissioners asking for six million for roads in Unincorporated Multnomah County .  We understand that the Chair sets the budget and infrastructure needs to see some investment.
Citizens Patrol:

They will be helping with the Plant swap at the Grange this weekend, also with the Tea on June 11th.  If the school wants them at Graduation they'll be there (school said Yes!) and will be helping with the 4th of July parade and fire works.
Yes, there will be fireworks again in Corbett this year!  There will be a couple changes on the parade route for safety, lead cars will be turned into the school parking lot so cars aren't heading back down the Highway against the flow of traffic.  Come to the parking lot after the parade to see the displays.
Darcie Arnold is interested in putting up banners honoring our Veterans along the highway, name and pictures would be shown.  These could go up with the flags.  If you are a vet, or know a local vet, please get that information to Darcie.
BOEC:   (Bureau of Emergency Communication)
The Director puts out a monthly newsletter updating what is going on in the Center.  Follow the link to get a full report to download and read
The center is now adequately staffed and they are holding academies with an eye on keeping ahead of retirements and people transferring to other work.  A recent academy had 400 applicants and they were able to fill all 16 slots that were being offered.  There are a total of 41 of trainees right now, vacancies are currently at 26.
Call volume for 911 has gone up 39% since 2018 for a variety of reasons, including the number of people who have cell phones, so there can be several people who call in on one incident.
If you call 911 and are put on hold, please do not hang up.  For every hang up a call back has to be made to insure the caller doesn't need assistance.  This takes time away from answering incoming calls, so it is very important you stay on the line once you've called in.
The Directors report also does a comparison between years of call volume, performance trends, staffing and other categories that impact our 911 system.  One comparison is 911 calls for March 2022 (42,375) and March of 2023 (44,791).  You can also look to see how quickly each call was answered, a trend which has been improving for our local center.
Calls are prioritized when they come in:  911, 911 transfers from another County (like those in the Gorge that bounce over to Washington and then have to be sent back) and then non-emergency.
(Side note:  I had to step out for a moment during this portion and missed some of the discussion. I apologize for the missed information.)
There is a goal to have two numbers for people to remember to call:
911- for emergencies
311- for non-emergencies and general information
When do you call which number?
If the crime is occurring or has just occurred call 911.
The Center is implementing technology to address non-emergency calls.  This project is now in the testing stage and they are working to help it recognize heavy accents and is addressing language barriers. (It knows 100 languages)
Adding to what BOEC was saying, one of the issues that has come up over the years is the fact I-84 does not have the same mile markers as the Historic Columbia River Highway.  The mile markers for HCRH starts at Broadway and comes down Stark, then goes down HCRH, so when someone calls in and says there is an accident at they are at mile marker (fill in the blank) the calls can actually be off by several miles. This means a delay in response time.  To address this issue ODOT is putting in metal markers alongside the Historic markers so people can report both numbers.  It was also suggested in the discussion surrounding this topic that BOEC have their dispatchers ask if the marker they are referring to is concrete or metal.  Apparently some of the more experienced dispatchers do know to question this, but it will be brought up as a reminder.
I-84 is making progress with getting the second pipe under the freeway by the landslide area.  Placement under the railroad tracks was scheduled for May 3.  The Old Quarry caught three mudslides this year that would have impacted the RR and the roads, so that is working well.
The tunnel paving project is still running into a few issues and while they were hoping to get the work done before Memorial Day it will most likely be around the 4th of July before work is complete.
The Old Highway had a lot of debris come down between Larch and the Vista House this year, its kept them busy removing it.  The regular drop in the road is to the point they will be repaving on May 11th from 11-2, full road closure will be in place for that work.
On May 29th (Tuesday) there will be flaggers in place with a 15 minute hold time while ODOT removes 45 trees between the Vista House and Latourell, this is a project they are doing with State Parks.
Starting Friday, May 26th, there will be a flagger at the Crosswalk at Multnomah Falls to assist with traffic. This will be in place until September 4th.
ODOT is an agency funded by the gas tax, and with the current changes happening to the funding source, ODOT's expenditures will exceed income in one year.  What does that mean to the public?  In the past ODOT has been doing more with less, but within the year it will be noticed that they are doing less with less. I-84 is a priority one road and needs to remain at that level, but other roads may fall to a lower level and maintenance will reflect that change.  Instead of see a couple passes with the mower, you may see one.  Or instead of one, full pass, you may see the road is only cut back for line of sight and fire safety cuts will be dropped.  ODOT has worked to keep grass and vegetation at Multnomah Falls green and healthy due to the visitation attraction of the site, but going forward they will not be watering and it will be going brown.
Gates to shut down the roads in case of emergencies have started going in.  You'll be seeing them at Jordan Road , Larch, Cascade Locks and other areas where staffing has been used to shut the roads.  There will be nine gates total, they will not block the entire road so emergency vehicles can get around to respond, but they will allow for more staff to be out on the roads responding to bad weather conditions.
Some of the issues that also need to be addressed is the bike trail maintenance.  Money was put in the budget for the projects as Capital improvements, but there was around $500,000 spent on maintenance issues and this hits the operational budgets.
Forest Service:
Permits have started for Dog Mountain .  These will be for weekend hiking and will go through June 19th during the heavy flowering time.  This year the permits will be by vehicle instead of by person.
Multnomah Falls permits will start May 26 and go until September 4th for the parking lot.  No timed permits in the Waterfall Corridor this year.
Campgrounds began opening on May 1st. (Eagle Creek and Wyeth)
Herman Creek will be open next year.
Wahkeena picnic area is not yet open but should be soon. They are looking for a camp host.
Forest Service has a staffing shortage this year and are looking to do an emergency hire.  They have no seasonal field rangers at this point.
There is also a shortage of volunteers, so if you or someone you know may be interested, please check out their site.
Under the Great American Outdoors Act there are projects underway including an upgrade to the Visitor's Center at Multnomah Falls .  A design of how the new interpretive center will look should be available by the end of the year.
There was a semi stuck on the Stark Street Bridge this morning, commuting traffic, including those for the school and the buses had to be detoured.  While it is understandable that people get upset about these interruptions, there is usually no violation occurring for which the driver, or their company, can be fined.  The company will receive a hefty tow bill (ranging from $3,000 to $20,000) and any damage done to the bridge has to be repaired.
(Discussion:  at some point, even if the damage isn't visible, or if the "hit" doesn't seem that hard, the bridge will suffer enough damage that it will require major repairs or to be shut down.  This is long term issue, not a short term one, but everyone is aware.)
The CRO position is looking solid right now with the Chair putting it in her budget. Thank you to the Chair and Sheriff's Budget Advisory Committee.
You can find a link to the Chair's budget at:
A fantastic job was done by the school and Citizen's Patrol at the Prom, it was a great community effort and it went very well.  No problems to report.
The tree situation on Pounder is being looked at and MCSO is working with the owner to see what may be changed.  (There is a desire by the County to leave some of the fall down trees in the creek for fish and stream health, so while some May come out, not all will be removed.)  The owner of the property wants to be a good neighbor.
Sent a letter to the Chair and all County Commissioners asking for funding for second full time deputy in the area.  Also asked for six million in funds for road repair in Unincorporated Multnomah County .  Let them know the leftovers at the end of the budget cycle is not enough to address infrastructure.
A request to attend a Community Meeting in Corbett has been sent to the Governor, Congressman Blumenaur, Senator Bonham and Representative Helfrich for June 15.  We are waiting to hear back from the Governor and the Congressman.
Please attend the Body Cam listening session scheduled for May 18 at 6:30 at the fire hall with Chief Deputy Eriksen.


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Thank you Victoria Purvine for spending your time putting this information together for the community!


Safety Meeting April 5, 2023

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: 
We have been busy opening parks with all facilities open at this time.
We are working to get the car out of Women's Forum which is over the edge.
We in the process of repairing/replacing the fire system at Vista House to prevent false call-outs.
The Historic rock wall at Vista House will be done by the end of June and we will be removing the barriers preventing access to the circle around the building at that time.

Gorge Construction
Paving and resurfacing 6 miles of I-84 from Interstate 205 to 169th Avenue and from just east of 201st Avenue to Marine Drive (exit 17) is scheduled to begin mid-April, starting on the eastern half of the project first. Expect mostly nighttime work with some weekend closures near I-205.
Resurfacing inside the Toothrock Tunnel continues on eastbound I-84 by the Bonneville Dam (exit 40). Bridge work begins in mid-April. Around-the-clock single lane closures on I-84 from Sundays at 5 p.m. to Thursdays at 4 p.m. until Memorial Day. Periodic nighttime lane closures Sunday through Thursday nights between Multnomah Falls and Cascade Locks.
Historic Highway State Trail construction has an around-the-clock single lane closure on I-84 east until Memorial Day near Exit 56. 
Construction of two new culverts under I-84 and the Historic Highway continues to drain storm water off the steep slope one mile west of Multnomah Falls, the site of nearly 30 debris flows in 2021. Periodic single lane closures on I-84.
More details and sign up for updates:
Comment now on ODOT projects planned for 2024-2027
ODOT wants your comments on projects planned for 2024-2027 in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, also known as the STIP, that lays out where we will invest federal and state money in the transportation system - everything from roads and bridges to public transportation to bike paths and sidewalks.
Join us to learn more and share comments before April 28 at ODOT’s website, online open house, or an in-person open house:
Oregon City: April 3, 2023, 4:30 - 6:00pm. Clackamas County's Development Services Building – Auditorium, 150 Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045
Beaverton: April 8, 2023, 11:00am - 1:00pm. Beaverton Library - Meeting Room A, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, OR 97005
Hood River: April 25, 2023, 4:30 - 6:00pm. Hood River Ty Taylor Fire Station, 1785 Meyer Pkwy, Hood River, OR 97031

A fundraiser will be happening from May 5-May 7 with donations being accepted on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. 
The Sunday Tea fundraiser will be on June 11, 2023 starting at 1:30 p.m. at Glenn Otto Park.  The cost per ticket is $40, you can purchase an entire table for $320 and bring all your friends!  Donation cards are also available.  If you would like tickets or an entire packet please contact Sandy Cartisser:  503-695-5153.
The heating has been installed in the building but is not yet energized. 
Yard debris cleaning has begun.
There is an anonymous donor who is offering matching funds up to $50,000. This will be continuing throughout the 2023 year, so if you'd like to donate, please consider doing it now and "double" your donation.

Fire Department:
The department has gone out on 106 calls this year to date. Some of those have been ambulance only, a fair number of them to Thousand Acres.
Good News!  The department has received a grant for approximately $350,000 from the State Fire Marshall.  These funds were made available for Type 3 fire apparatus, Water tenders or Type 6 brush rigs.  Corbett Fire sent in an application for a 2,000 gallon water tender and we will see it in about a year.  It will be white with the Corbett Fire logo and will be stationed in the new structure in Springdale. This money was in the bond and now will not need to be spent.
Bond Update: Surveys on the properties have been completed and sites for the cisterns are being acquired.  The removal of the oil tank behind the Corbett station has been completed.  The soil was found to be contaminated and had to be dug down to 14 feet to get a clear test.  Extra cost was associated with the extra work.
Tree work along the back will begin soon.  Those trees that are decaying are going to have to come down.
The permitting process has started, Springdale should be fairly smooth, Corbett will probably take longer due to the NSA.
The Scholarship breakfast will be June 10th, so come to the breakfast on Saturday and then head over to the Tea on Sunday!  Applications for the Scholarship are due on
May 1, 2023 so if you know of a local student who wants to apply, let them know.  The Association is looking to award around $10,000 this year.
Firewise is going strong, thanks to all the hard work Corbett is now a Firewise USA Community.
AMR and all medical services have been stretched lately and in June you will see some BLS (Basic Life Support) vehicles responding to calls in Multnomah County.  In the past there have been two paramedics responding to call with AMR, now you may have EMTs responding.  The fire department can request ALS (Advanced Life Support) services if needed.  This is being done in an effort to eliminate not having any ambulances available to respond to calls, or in the case of our area, having ambulances coming from across town to respond. 
AMR is looking for 50 paramedics at this time, staffing levels, like in so many other agencies, is down.
Question:  Insurance was dropped to a resident on Deverall.  What has changed with Corbett Fire to cause this? 
The ISO rating for a community is based 40% on the fire department response, 40% on the ability of the community to provide appropriate water, and 20% on the dispatch.  Corbett has not changed on their ratings, but the new State Fire hazard map has offered insurance companies an opportunity to drop people or increase rates.  Please let the Fire Department know if this has happened to you, they would like to track this information.

(The ISO (Insurance Services Office) Fire Score is a rating that determines how well the fire department can protect your community and home. Insurance companies use the score to help set home insurance rates, as a home that is less likely to be severely damaged or destroyed by fire is cheaper to insure.)

The Legislative Committee has narrowed down the current bills in the House and Senate to nine that may affect the Corbett Community.  These are regarding fire and water issues. 
A questionnaire has gone out to those eleven people running for the Corbett School Board.  The candidates have until April 15, 2023 to respond.  These will be posted on the website.
Free Seeds- Walmart is donating seeds to the Grange and they are distributing them through the Helping Hands program, the school and to members.  A box is also being left at the Fire Hall.  Please take what you can use.

Corbett School District:
Thank you to NEMCCA and the other community groups for their letters of support for the one million dollar grant the school has applied for to put in a 3/4 mile asphalt walk path.  Since coming to the school the Superintendent is working to make the school a hub of the community, and providing a safe place for residents to exercise would be a great addition.
The middle school mold situation has passed for all the classrooms and hallways except the one room where the issue originated.  That room has been sealed off and will no longer be used.  Students have returned to the building.
All permits have been issued on the Woodard building.  They have started on the septic system and the Superintendent has called the Multnomah County Roads department and left messages twice with no response.  He will be reaching out to them again. 
Discussion:  The fact that the County never installed a school zone sign on Bell so Law Enforcement can not enforce speeding or school zone violations.  This has been an issue for ten years.  When the Superintendent is able to get in touch with the County, would he please include the request for Bell road along with the Woodard road sign.
Three mental health professionals have been hired for the new mental health center, and they will be adding one more.  Starting in May classes will begin on reducing stress and anxiety, this will be open to staff and community.

Springdale Job Corp:
Currently there are 74 students on board with the goal of having up to 87, which is all they can have on campus right now with the damage to the dorms.
Money has been approved for demolition of the eight dorm rooms, two hallways and two risers that were damaged during the water "leak".  The contract will be going out in three phases to repair the building. 
The center has been awarded money for Life/Safety items, around $131,000.  This is work that was pointed out as needing done during a recent survey of the grounds. 
Similar to other agencies, the Springdale Job Corp has 24 vacancies, including Center Director.
Trees have been damaging the fence so the center has been doing a  lot of work on the back fence line, clearing of trees and brush.

Corbett Water District:
Currently going through their budget cycle.  The revenue for the District is around one million and the cost of staff is 60% of that amount.  With the remaining 40% they are limited to the projects they can do, but replacing the sand in the filter ponds needs done.  In the past there hasn't been NSF approved sand, but now there is, with one supplier.  This replacement will take half the working budget each year for the next three years. 
The water district is applying for grants and would appreciate letter of support from other agencies and community groups.  The demographics are difficult to qualify for many grants, we are not poor enough for some grants, but we also have customers who are not above the poverty line or are on a fixed income. Something that has to be taken into account and balanced when doing any changes to costs.
CWD will be enforcing the backflow regulations.  All agriculture connections need to have one, and there is currently discussion on what is considered an irrigation connection rather than an agricultural connection. 
The Fire Department has to have fire hydrants tested twice a year to meet the ISO criteria.  In the past the Fire Department has been doing the testing, but it is normally the responsibility of the water district.  The district will be transitioning the testing over to the water district, but will be working with the fire department as a team since the fire department has the necessary tools.
CWD and the Fire Department will be putting an interagency agreement together regarding the testing to create a good working relationship.
The Grange is putting together tours of the water treatment plant, let Ana know if you're interesting in taking one.
Board meetings will continue to be hybrid video meetings.
Discussion: With the staffing needs taking 60% of the budget and the sand filter taking half of the remaining 20%, what do you see as priorities for the remaining work that needs done?
The Master Plan has identified some priorities: the sand replacement, a new sampling station, two more Pressure Release Valves, maintenance on all of the PRV's, rebuilding of the major PRV's which needs done every 5-7 years (five are in the budget for this year).

Multnomah County Roads:
Here to introduce two new members to the Safety Meeting and to answer any questions.
Discussion: New signs requested for the Woodard school zone and also for Bell road.  How do you get requests processed?  A new sign request is put in the system (use seeclickfix), it will then go to an engineer who will determine if it is warranted.  If it is, it will go into the system as needing made, the sign department will make it, and then it will be installed.  There are currently 10,000 signs in the system, if you had an older request many were dropped when the County switched to the new computer system, try requesting again.  There is no timeline for when the signs will be done, no one currently contacts a person who makes a request to let them know if the sign has been determined to be warranted or not.  Information goes in to the County, but does not come back out. 
Seeclickfix for reporting of road hazards and needed repairs is not the solution that the County appears to believe.  Information from the system may say that the work has been dispatched to a crew, leading people to believe the work is being done, when it reality nothing will be happening in a timely manner.  Work may be done by a crew and then six months later (with regards to potholes) a dump will come from the County updating work orders for work that had been done months prior, and in some cases needs done again. Seeclickfix is viewed as something that doesn't work, or something that is okay for items that can be postponed for several months, but not for work that requires immediate attention.  The system closes any reports that say vehicles are being abandoned, even though its not a case of them being abandoned by someone dumping them, but due to road conditions created by snow and ice.  Extremely hazardous conditions along lower Larch during the snow storm in early Winter were not addressed by the County and the reports to seeclickfix were immediately closed out. 
Recent attempts to get snow plowed after 4:30 on Thursday resulted in locals plowing the road themselves to be able to get in and out.  The community members were told Roads works Monday through Thursday until 4:30, if you contact MCSO regarding a hazard they can contact the person from the Roads department who has the dispatch phone, but they cannot order Roads to come out to do work, they can only recommend or close the road if its deemed too unsafe. 
Roads stated that their Union does not require them to work mandatory overtime, they work M-Th until 4:30 and all work after those hours is voluntary.  If the County Chair declares a County Emergency then they have to respond, but otherwise any person out working (snowplowing/vegetation cutting) is doing it voluntarily and if they have other plans they just say no.  The County also requires two people to respond to any call out for safety. When asked, Roads said having a local community member come and be there for a safety net is not an acceptable option.  MCSO said they can be available to assist with safety and have a Deputy respond to an incident if they are not busy in another area. It was asked if Roads has contacted the Fire Department to have someone come out and partner for safety, Roads has not done this and did not comment on it being an option. It was also pointed out that the fire department is voluntary and are always happy to help. Corbett Water said they have a plow on their truck so they can get to the treatment plant, would it be helpful to have them help with the plowing?  Fire department has also purchased a plow since they need to be able to get firefighters in to respond on calls.
There are 14 people who work the roads, four of them do some additional hours.  No one is on-call.  Discussion regarding other agencies and businesses who have rotating on-call requirements or 24 hour crews was responded to with "those are private companies". 
Roads was asked if the contact the School District regarding snow and ice on the roads to find out the local conditions since CSD has a Supervisor who drives the roads to check for bus safety since Roads is not aware of local conditions. They do not.
MCSO and Corbett Fire District #14 are here to support the Roads Department whenever they can.
The "stump dump" by Pounder and Littlepage has been looked at by the new engineer and one of the Supervisors.  The Road right of way is 40 feet and some of the stream is not in the right of way, and there is also discussion by those who monitor the streams that the stumps could be good for fish and wildlife habitat.  More work is being done and updates will come over the next few months.
The County is hiring a third Supervisor for Roads which should allow for some Supervisor time to travel the roads and monitor areas that need work. A couple of pages of notes had already been taken prior to the meeting.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office:
The community may have noticed more patrolling in the Springdale area, there is also a desire to get the traffic speed trailer out in the community again, look for it.
There is an on-line form you can use to report abandoned vehicles in District 50, or you can call and ask to speak to a deputy.  Go to, pull down the forms file, go down to Abandoned vehicles.  This sends an email to records and also sends a call out to a deputy.  It also allows the system to keep track of what is called in, what action is taken, and when someone calls for a follow up it is available.  While the on-line option is always available, please know MCSO is also there to talk to you in person if you prefer, it is not being done in place of personal contact.
Discussion: Has 311 made any difference in the call volume?  There were some incorrect numbers being given out for unincorporated Multnomah County.  MCSO went through the contact information and updates were made.
Big Picture - MCSO is down to only one vacancy on the patrol side, although the correction side is still down 50+ staff.  Patrol was able to get some lateral transfers, about half of the new hires, so they able to get out on their own quickly.  New hires are out about a year before they are able to respond to calls on their own.
The department is looking at long range staffing levels, balancing expected retirements and doing some over hiring now to compensate.
Forest Service and State Parks is in the process of getting their summer deputy on board, MCSO is just waiting on the signed contracts.
Enhanced traffic safety patrols will be seen over the next couple of months, including the Corbett area.  A Sergeant is applying for some additional traffic safety grants that will be directed to the Corbett area to assist with the issues at the Vista House and the speed racers. The Sheriff was at a meeting in Corbett in February, heard those in attendance  and is working to address the concerns.
MCSO has been working for the past two years to get a mental health professional to respond to calls involving persons in crisis. In the next one to two months MCSO will be looking to hire a mental health professional who will be a "Hot response Co-responder".  This professional will be available not only for the call, but to do follow-up. The goal is to have the position on line by summer.
Discussion: Talk with the Superintendent regarding the mental health center that how the two agencies can help each other. You need to work with each other to be successful.

Forest Servicer:
Staffing issues are also affecting the Forest Service.  Only one person applied for the seasonal position, usually have three.  That person withdrew their application this week so there will be no designated seasonals. There will be one ranger at Multnomah Falls.
Timed ticket system will be starting back up at the I-84 parking lot.
Wahkeena picnic area is still needing a host if you or anyone you know is interested.

Hosted PGE at their March board meeting.  Notes on that meeting are available on their facebook page or you can request an email. 
Sheriff Nicole Morrisey-O'Donnell was at the February Board meeting with Captain Asboe. Thank you for coming out and listening to concerns, noticed some of the items in the Safety report were items brought up.
Deputy Chief Eriksen will be at the May 18th Board meeting for a listening session with the community regarding body cameras.  Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Hall.

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