This week the City of Gresham facilitated a positive and productive
between residents and developers to review the scope required for the
Wal-Mart traffic study. Fifteen community members met with Kittelson,
Pacland and City staff to address traffic concerns including local
pedestrians on Springwater Trail, neighborhood short-cuts, Fire Station
and the 2-lane bridge south of Safeway. The meeting resulted in an
study scope to address those issues. The City has requested a list of
"hot-spots" from members, due Friday, to include in the final scoping
requirements. Please forward any questions or concerns regarding
issues in your area. The City now estimates 3-4 weeks before the
study is complete and the review period will begin.
Community awareness and resident action is important to our success.
have already gathered over 3,000 signatures to our petition, and expect
equal numbers to contact the Planner directly during the review period.
must also look ahead to the appeal phase, when our land use attorney
critical. Fundraising to continue her service is much needed.
We will hold a rummage sale on April 23, 2005 at West Gresham
from 10a-5p. We seeking new or used saleable items and will arrange
or delivery beginning Saturday, April 16. Please phone 503.756.7206 to
arrangements to donate your items. Preferably, items should be dropped
on Friday, April 22 between 4-9pm at the school. We can use help with
planning and organization of this event, and will need volunteer
on Friday evening and Saturday. Please email if you would like to help
NOT ANOTHER WAL-MART RALLY! Saturday, April 16 from 11am - 1pm.
Past street-corner rallies have been very effective at raising public
awareness, gathering signatures to our petition, and selling yard
This weekend we will target the intersection at 182nd & Powell, and
meet in the Shari's parking lot. We are seeking volunteers to come for
least one hour and help picket the site and wave at traffic. T-shirts
now available and will be offered at a discount to rally participants!
own creative campaign signs are also welcome to help attract attention,
as "Save Our Community" "Get Involved" "This Site Not Right" or "No
in the Creek". Please remember to focus on our mission to OPPOSE
THIS SITE. Campaign brochures will be available for public handouts
that volunteers have the correct information to use as talking points.
Thanks are due to each of you who take the time from your busy lives to
attend meetings and events. Gresham First is truly an incredible group
people, and together we can make a difference in our community!