Light rail project funding changes calls for special meeting

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MILWAUKIE, Ore.-A special city council meeting will be held Tuesday night to discuss the latest funding decision for the proposed Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail project.

The Milwaukie City Council plans on hearing TriMet’s response to the Federal Transportation Administration’s decision on July 23rd to provide 50 percent federal funding for the project. TriMet originally requested 60 percent federal match for the project.

The special meeting will be held at Milwaukie City Hall (10722 S.E. Main St. in Milwaukie) on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at 6 p.m. Milwaukie Mayor Jeremy Ferguson plans to allow public testimony at this meeting.

Johnson Creek cleanup event, October FOTJP work party

From Marianne Colgrove:

Hi all Friends of Tideman Johnson!

I hope you’re enjoying this off-again-on-again summer we’re having. My tomatoes are confused but the weeds are growing like crazy!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Saturday August 28th, Johnson Creek Cleanup (map it) 9 a.m. – noon, followed by post-clean up party

Once again, we are partnering with the Overland Park Coalition to help clean up trash from Johnson Creek. Meet up at Mill Park (corner of Overland and Linwood ) between 8 and 9 am to sign up and pick the team you want to work on. There will be three teams in Tideman Johnson – two in the creek and one on the ground in the park itself. Bring gloves and boots that you don’t mind getting wet. After the clean-up, we’ll reconvene at Mill Park for the post-clean up party.

Ardenwald Elementary Back to School ‘Haircut-A-Thon’

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Make sure your child is looking sharp when going back to school with a haircut and help support the Ardenwald Parent Teacher Organization.

The Ardenwald PTO is holding a back to school “Hair Cut-A-Thon” on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at the Ardenwald Elementary School (8950 S.E. 36th Ave. in Milwaukie) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tiffany Martin, Ardenwald PTO Secretary, and two other stylists from Salon Demara in downtown Milwaukie, will be donating their time providing the haircuts.

The haircuts are for children ages 13 and under. The cost is $10 per child and all proceeds go to Ardenwald PTO. No appointment is necessary, but please arrive by 3 p.m. to make sure you are on the list.

Download Flyer (32 kb PDF)

Springwater Trail segment finally reopens

A two-mile segment of Springwater Trail has reopened to bicycle and pedestrian traffic today after being closed nearly two and a half months for repaving.

Portland Parks & Recreation announced today that Springwater Trail between S.E. 28th Ave. and S.E. Linwood/Flavel Ave. has reopened, but trail users should be aware that there is still some finishing work to be done.

The trail was originally set to reopen on June 15, but an unusually wet June and production delays for fabricating the metal bollards pushed back the completion date.

On August 9, the Springwater Trail segment between S.E. Linwood/Flavel Ave. to I-205 will close.

Wastewater main repair may impact JCB traffic

A wastewater main at S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd.and S.E. Brookside has broken and repair work is in progress.

Traffic on S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd.within Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood may be congested during the emergency repair as workers may need to disrupt traffic.

Milwaukie Public Works expects the repairs to take a couple of days, depending on the extent of the damage.