Johnson Creek clean-up work party this weekend

Join the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, in partnership with the Overland Park Coalition on Saturday, August 25, 2012 to help clean up Johnson Creek to improve aquatic habitat and wildlife.

The clean-up will organize at 8:45 a.m. Mill Park (S.E. Linwood Ave. and S.E. Bell Ave.) and work until 12:00 p.m. A celebratory barbecue sponsored by Fred Meyer will take place afterwards from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The event is open to all ages. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Closed toe shoes are required (no sandals) and bring work gloves.

Pre-registration is required. Contact Amy Lodholz at or call 503-652-7477 to register.

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Milwaukie Coal Task Force Meeting Aug. 15, 2012

When: Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012

Time: 5:15p – 5:30p, Overview, 5:30p-6:30p Impacts on Milwaukie

Place: Milwaukie Kitchen and Wine – 10610 SE Main Street (ok to stay past 6pm)

Purpose: Draft letters to Mayor Ferguson asking him to support a resolution against Coal Trains through Milwaukie

Update:Mayor Ferguson will be in attendance at the front end of the meeting.

Special meeting called for Aug. 21 to discuss coal train, proposed Berkley Way development

Updated: Aug. 20, 2012, 7:04 a.m.

The Ardenwal-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association has called for a special meeting for Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The meeting will be at Milwaukie Grind, 9401 S.E. 32nd Ave. in Milwaukie.

A land-use item regarding the proposed development on S.E. Berkley Way and the coal train discussion are on the agenda.

The Neighborhood Association will discuss the proposed coal train shipments through Milwaukie, which affects residents in the Ardenwald neighborhood residing next to the railroad tracks.

A representative from the Portland Chapter of the Sierra Club will be providing a presentation.  The Neighborhood Association is the having a discussion and then vote to support or oppose coal train shipment through the neighborhood.

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Harrison St. paving work starts this week

From Grady Wheeler, City of Milwaukie

The next phase of the Harrison Street reconstruction project gets underway this week when contractors begin grinding away the existing roadway and delays can be expected as traffic will be detoured around the work area.

Grinding between 32nd and 42nd Avenues will begin on Wed., Aug. 15, 2012, and treating of the base and paving will follow soon thereafter. Once this section is done, contractors will jump to night work between Highway 224 and 32nd Avenue on Harrison St.

During the work east of 32nd Avenue, traffic will be detoured to both King Road and Monroe Street. When the night work begins and shifts to the west of 32nd Avenue (including the intersection), traffic will be detoured to Oak Street.

The grinding and base treatment will create dust but the contractor will be watering the site to keep the dust down. Also, compaction of the base will include using a vibratory roller and near-by homes will feel vibration. Precautions may be needed to prevent items from falling.

Final completion is expected near Sept. 14, 2012.

In 2006 City Council enacted the Street Surface Maintenance Program (SSMP) to collect funding to help keep the City’s major arterials in decent condition. This being one of the City’s arterials, the Harrison Street Project was selected as an SSMP project. This stretch of Harrison will be completely reconstructed as part of the SSMP.