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Volume 7, Issue 6


June 2009

Community Announcements

Scouts collect old flags for retirement

Boy Scout Troop 208, in partnership with the American Legion, is offering to collect old or worn out flags for respectful retirement. If you have a flag that needs replacement, bring it to the Cedar Mill Farmers Market on Saturday, June 6 between 8am and 1pm. A limited number of new American Flags will be available. The Cedar Mill Farmers Market is located just west of Murray on NW Cornell Road.

Troop member Adam Rosencrans reminds us that the current US flag, with thirteen stripes and fifty stars, has been in use for fifty years this July 4th. When a flag is worn and old, it should be retired through a formal burning ceremony. There are only two groups in the entire world allowed to retire a U.S. flag; the Military and the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 208 Boy Scouts will perform flag retirement ceremonies at campouts during the year. 

Beaverton now offers traffic school alternative

Qualified drivers who have received a citation for a moving violation—not involving an accident—will have the opportunity to complete a traffic safety education program and have the charge dismissed, under the City of Beaverton’s new traffic school diversion program.

“The goal of traffic school is to improve public safety by motivating those who have received citations to become safer drivers,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “Beaverton’s new traffic school option will give drivers the opportunity to change their driving habits.”

Drivers are eligible for consideration for traffic school if all of the following apply: Cited for a moving violation that does not involve an accident; the driver has no previous moving violation or traffic crime convictions within the last two years; the driver has not participated in a Traffic School Program in the last two years; he driver holds a valid non-commercial driver license or permit; the driver meets eligibility requirements set forth by the Court as determined at the Court appearance.

Those drivers who volunteer for traffic school agree to plead guilty or no contest, complete a traffic course from the list of approved schools within 60 days, and pay a traffic school fee to the court (instead of the base fine) that is equivalent to 75 percent of the base fine. When those conditions are met, the charge will be dismissed and will not appear on the driving record. Please call (503) 526-2290 for information about the Beaverton Municipal Court, approved traffic schools, and the traffic school diversion program.

OASIS seeks seniors for tutoring

To find out how you can provide much needed academic support to our schools, attend an informational meeting to learn how the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program helps students become more confident learners.

Two sessions are scheduled this month: at the OASIS conference room located at Downtown Macy’s 4th floor on Thursday, June 25 from 1:00-2:30; and at the Beaverton Library, 12375 SW 5th Ave., Beaverton, on Tuesday, June 30 from 1:00-2:30.

For more information call 503-241-3059 or 503-833-3636.

Urban Road Maintenance Advisory Committee seeks members

Washington County’s Board of Commissioners has created an advisory committee for the Urban Road Maintenance District (URMD). The URMD collects taxes and maintains roads within the county’s large urbanized unincorporated areas, which includes most of Cedar Mill.

The committee will advise the Board of Commissioners and county staff on matters related to road maintenance provided by the URMD. They will review and make recommendations regarding service levels and annual work programs, assist in evaluating the cost effectiveness and efficiency of URMD, and advise on continuation of URMD and/or other long-range funding opportunities for road maintenance.

If you are a resident of URMD (check your property tax bill) and would like to be involved in evaluating and planning for road maintenance, contact Victoria Saager, Public Information Office, at 503-846-7616 or by email at Victoria_Saager@co.washington.or.us

Volunteers needed to help build Cedar Mill Park Trail

The trail connecting 107th Street to Cedar Mill Park will be built this month, and volunteers are needed to help Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) get the job done. See below for details.

The trail was initially planned when the Brady family sold their property to the district for an addition to the park in 2007. Their homesite was then re-sold to a family, while a narrow strip on the north side was retained for the trail. The remaining natural area expands the forested west side of Cedar Mill Park. Volunteers have been clearing ivy, blackberries and other invasives from the property.

The Brady Trail was used by generations of schoolchildren to get to Cedar Mill School, so it will be nice to have it functioning again. It also adds a wonderful connection for people who want a pleasant walk around the neighborhood. It connects with short on-street segments to Jordan Park to the north and Husen Park to the west. It’s also going to come in handy for people who want to attend the Cedar Mill Park Concert in August.

THPRD staff are plotting the trail route, according to Bruce Barbarasch, Superintendent of Natural Resources and Trails Management. “We intend to do minimal if any excavation since this is a temporary alignment. We will build a small raised wooden section on the NW edge of the existing park to get through a shallow drainage area.” The trail will avoid large trees and buildings, and will be a simple chip-surface trail. A more permanent asphalt trail, suitable for bikes, strollers and wheelchairs, will probably be built in the future when other improvements are scheduled for Cedar Mill Park.

Sign up to help with the trailbuilding on the website: thprd.org/about/volunteer/environmental.cfm. The project is scheduled for Saturday, July 18, but the date may be moved up. If that happens, you will receive email or phone notification. Please bring work gloves, a shovel and re-usable water bottle to drink from throughout the project. Refreshments and a water cooler will be provided!

Sunset Swim Center celebrates reopening

THPRD officials will be on hand June 13 from 1:30 to 2 pm to celebrate the renovation project just finished at the 49-year-old facility. From 2-5 pm., Sunset staff will continue the festivities with free open swimming, games and refreshments. The outdoor wading pool will be open for children ages 6 and under.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize the patrons as well as the people who worked so hard on this project,” said Sunset Swim Center Supervisor Margaret Keehn. “We’re excited. The pool looks great.”

The $275,000 project kicked off implementation of the $100 million bond measure that voters passed last November. Bourke Construction, a contractor for THPRD, repaired the air tunnel, which is located under the pool deck and encircles the pool.




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