Tuesday, January 29, 2013

City Launches Clean Streams, Clear Choices Facebook Page

News Release from: City of Salem
Posted: January 29th, 2013 9:42 AM

The City of Salem announces a new Clean Streams, Clear Choices Facebook page that provides local water and natural resources related information and news. The Facebook page will serve as a community resource for teachers, professionals, job hunters, families, and you.

The site contains announcements about local events, workshops, and presentations; City of Salem water related and natural resources related job announcements; school resource information, including grant opportunities; actions community members are taking to improve and protect local streams; pollution prevention tips; awards; and more! Find us and like us at Facebook/CleanStreamsClearChoices.

The Clean Streams, Clear Choices program was developed as an outreach tool to help address elements of the City of Salem's Stormwater Management Program that is administered by the City's Public Works Department and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit administered by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. This program shares a simple message: our everyday behaviors affect streams and our choices make a difference. When people are well informed, the best choices for clean streams and the community are clear.

Contact Info: Deborah Topp, Natural Resources Outreach Specialist City of Salem Public Works Department 503-588-6211, dtopp@cityofsalem.net

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Open Houses and Public Hearing for Proposed Cell Tower Regulations

News Release from: City of Salem
Posted: January 24th, 2013 12:00 PM

City of Salem to Host February Events Regarding Proposed Code Amendments

The City of Salem Planning Division is hosting two open houses to provide information on proposed regulations for locating cell towers and other support structures such as antennas and related equipment.

The two open houses have been scheduled as follows:
* February 7, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Anderson Room of the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE
* February 20, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE

The proposed regulations include:
* A new zoning chapter with application requirements, approval criteria, and siting and development standards
* Regulations for antennas attached to utility poles in public rights-of-way
* Design standards for cell towers near residential and commercial office zones
* Related changes to other zoning chapters.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed regulations on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm at City Hall, Council Chambers, Room 240, 555 Liberty Street SE. The public may testify at the hearing or submit written comments before the hearing to Community Development, 555 Liberty Street SE Room 305, Salem,,Oregon 97301-3503.

Additional information is available on the City of Salem website at http://www.cityofsalem.net/WirelessCodeAmendment

Please contact Pamela Cole, Case Manager, at 503-540-2309 or pcole@cityofsalem.net for additional information.

These are open, public meetings and special accommodations are available, upon request, to ensure access for individuals seeking to participate. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation, languages other than English, or persons with disabilities. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6178 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.
If you need help understanding this information, please call 503-588-6178.

Contact Info: Pamela Cole, Associate Planner, Case Manager City of Salem Community Development / Planning Division 503-540-2309, pcole@cityofsalem.net

We are looking for input and guidance on establishing regulations for skateboarding/long-boarding on streets and sidewalks within the City of Salem

In response to issues raised by the skateboarding/longboarding community, the Public Works Department is working on preparing a draft Ordinance regulating the use of skateboards and other similar forms of transportation on city streets and sidewalks.  This Ordinance is intended to support active forms of transportation like skateboarding while making sure they are used in a safe and compatible way with other users of the public right-of-way.


I have attached a conceptual list of rules based on ordinances adopted by Portland and Ashland who have led the way on this issue. We would like feedback regarding the proposed list of rules. For example:  Is this the right list?   Should we add any other items to the list?  Or Remove or modify the list?  We feel your unique perspectives as users of the public right-of-way and your familiarity with the streets in your neighborhoods could help us draft an Ordinance that would best fit the needs of Salem residents. 


If you have time on your agenda and would like us to attend an upcoming Neighborhood Association meeting to explain and discuss the proposed new rules, please call me at 503-588-6211 x7352 or email me at jjohnduff@cityofsalem.net


Thank you for your help on this item!




Judith Johnduff, AICP

Associate Transportation Planner

City of Salem Public Works Department

555 Liberty Street SE/Room 325

Salem OR 97301-3513




The City of Salem has recently adopted a comprehensive update to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Elements of the Salem Transportation System Plan.  As a part of this work issues have been raised about the use of skateboards and long-boards as a means of transportation and whether they are allowed to operate on streets or sidewalks within the City Limits.  For the most part they are neither expressly allowed nor prohibited by State and Local regulations to operate on streets or on sidewalks.  They exhibit some of the characteristics of both bicycling and walking.  This lack of regulation has created an uncertainty for people who use skateboards and long-boards to get around.  Therefore, the City is working on establishing a set of regulations that will support active forms of transportation like skateboarding while making sure they are used in a safe and compatible way with other users of the public right-of-way.


Below, please find a list of regulations identified for inclusion in the proposed new Ordinance regulating skateboards and long-boards: 


·         Allow skateboarding on most sidewalks (except in the downtown core);


·         Allow skateboarding on streets with speeds that are 25 mile per hour or lower;


·         Allow skateboarding on all streets that are striped with bike lanes (would require skateboarders to use bike lane or sidewalk);


·         Require lighting at night;


·         Require helmets for riders under the age of 16 (consistent with State law);


·         Require skateboarders to comply with Oregon Vehicle Code requirements for driving, unless they are obviously not applicable;


·         Require skateboarders to yield the right-of-way to motorized vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians;


·         Require skateboarders to ride single-file;


·         Prohibit skateboarders from towing behind motor vehicles;


·         Prohibit racing by skateboarders on public right-of-way;


·         Require skateboarders to travel at the far right side of the roadway (except when preparing to execute a turn or to avoid debris in the roadway);


·         Require skateboarders to give an audible warning when approaching pedestrians on the sidewalk;


·         Require that people operate a skateboard in a standing position, and


·         Prohibit careless riding of skateboards.






Wireless Code Amendment

You may have received questions regarding a mailing that the City sent out this week on the Planning Commission Public Hearing for Code Amendment 10-04, the proposed changes to our codes related to wireless communication facilities.  The hearing is scheduled for 5:30 pm on February 26, 2013.  The code amendment documents to be presented to the Planning Commission, community forum dates, additional information on the public hearing, and other resources are available online on our webpage at



Please note that state law required the City to mail notice to all property owners because the proposed code amendment would make changes in all zoning districts that could affect where cell towers and antennas and equipment can be located.  Because the mailing was delivered throughout the City yesterday, we are receiving a high volume of calls and many callers are being directed to voicemail.  We are making every effort to respond as quickly as possible and resolve issues with the phone calls.    


Concerned citizens may also email me at pcole@cityofsalem.net 



Sumpter Parent Club Meeting Minutes January 15th 2013

Sumpter Parent Club Minutes – Jan 15, 2013

Welcome & Introductions (sign in)

December meeting minutes approval with one correction to the date of May 4h for the Awesome 3000 – motion made by Tara Hurley and seconded by Karen Macedo.

Funds Requests

The 4th grade is requesting $324.60 more than normal for the field trip to Aurora, this is due to having two split classes a ¾ split and a 4/5 split where all students will be going on the field trip due to not having teachers that will be available to stay behind at the school to teach them that day.  Motion made by Annette Brown to approve this amount and seconded by Alicia Matson.

Treasurer’s Report/Budget – Patrick Hurley

Available balance is $19,255.78.

Patrick has been looking into Lowe’s being a possible business partner for our school.  They do $2000-$3000 grants, which could possibly be used to purchase supplies for benches in the garden area.

$5500 for technology might be freed up due to the school district facilities not being able to get to our request for the power to the ceilings to mount document cameras.

Committee Reports

Box tops- Keep bringing in those box tops as the contest runs through mid February.

Campbell’s Soup Labels-Tara Hurley had an idea to get about 7 globes to place around the library for all students to be able to use and explore while in the library.  It was agreed to start collecting labels for this after the EGC classroom gets what they are wanting from the program.

School Report

Ms. Prats reported that District testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in Math will be starting soon.  As far as State testing she would like to start after Spring Break, but due to the Rosedale computers still not being online that she might have to start testing as early as late February in order to get everyone done.  Sumpter was selected to test an additional test, the Smart Balance Test, which the 5th grade students will take the last week in April.  The 4th grade students could possibly be included in this selection as well.  Ms. Prats came to the Parent Club meeting with many volunteer needs for the school.  Annette Brown sent out a separate email listing these needs and the contact information for each.

Other Business

Annette Brown brought up if there is a need to move the Parent Club meeting to a different time of the day in order to get more people to come to the meetings. 

The Auction/Raffle Spring FUNdraiser is tentatively planned for Friday May 17th.  We are checking to make sure this works with the school calendar with Donna Robinson.


                                                                                                                                                Submitted by Jennifer Koenig


Monday, January 21, 2013

Sumpter School Needs

Hello Parents

Here are some areas that the school needs help with. Go to the office to give them your name and get more details or email the teacher directly.



Needs help with set-up and different stations during Field Day on June 11th. Contact Mrs. Morris for details: (morris_jane@salkeiz.k12.or.us)



-OAKS testing clerical work

-B3 books in their library need leveling.Contact Mrs. Ottaway for details:(ottaway_jean@salkeiz.k12.or.us)



-Videographers (shoot & edit music video of students performing "I am Awesome and I Know It"

-NED Assembly. Feb 15th - Need 2-3 parents Feb 15,19,20,21,22  to sell yo-yo's from 3:45-4:15 pm

-Participants in a counseling program advisory committee(Just getting started). Contact Mrs.Siegrist for details:(siegrist_kimberly@salkeiz.k12.or.us)



-Make multiple copies of Teacher Guides in staff book room: prats_janet@salkeiz.k12.or.us

-Create a fun monthly or a Fall, Winter, Spring community bulletin board that teaches about a character, popular K-5 learning target or facts memorization(on back of our new computer lab shelves)

-Weekly play board games with kids selected by staff in need of additional support and attention(we have a board game cart on wheels to take to Kiva areas) 

-Once a month help clean,defrag and service computer room computers(see or email Mrs. Woodworth the librarian to create schedule) woodworth_lynda@salkeiz.k12.or.us


SUMPTER PARENT CLUB- We are needing fundraiser items to raffle or auction off for our Spring FUNdraiser.  Please contact Jennifer Koenig at sumpterparentclub@gmail.com or 503-361-0280 to help collect items or if you have an item you would like to donate. The Spring Fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for May 17th.


Thanks for your continued involvement at Sumpter!

Annette Brown

President of Parent Club












Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sumpter Parent Club Agenda and Opportunities to get involved

Welcome back and hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their families. A reminder we have a Parent Club meeting at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, January 15th. Please join us!!!


Also we are planning for our big end of the year community fundraiser event.  We need volunteers to make this a success. We are going to have a few different meetings next Tuesday, January 15th to help accommodate parents schedules. Ms. Prats and Jennifer Koenig,Vice-President of the Parent Club will have a volunteer meeting at 9:40 am in the school by the trophy case and again at 3:00 pm for those that want to volunteer, but an evening meeting does not fit their schedules. They, with myself will also host a volunteer meeting at 6:00 pm before our evening meeting to discuss the fundraiser event.


Attached is the Agenda for the evening meeting!


 Two volunteer opportunities with a little more detail:


1)We are looking for 3-4 individuals to help with/and or chair; food committee, Raffle basket(gathering/displaying) committee, Business Donation committee to solicit donations from businesses and other organizations,Ticket sales(before and during event) and finance(counting) committee. We are also having a dance and the DJ and his equipment have been donated.  


2)The school counselor, Kim Siegrist has arranged for the kids to have a NED(Never give up, Encourage others, Do your best) Assembly for February 15th. We are going to need two-three volunteers from 3:45-4:15 pm to sell NED merchandise on Feb.15,19,20,21,22nd. 



If you have any questions or would like to volunteer but can't make any of the meetings, please contact us at sumpterparentclub@gmail.com



FYI:T-shirts and Sweatshirts will be hand delivered to the children on January 19th



Thank you for making this a great community to be a part of!

Annette Brown

Parent Club President


Sumpter Parent Club Agenda

January 15, 6:45pm


1.  Welcome and Introductions

2.  Approval of December Minutes

3.  Treasurer's Report

4.  School Report

5.  Committee Reports

Boxtops/Campbell’s Soup Labels

Auction/Raffle/Dance- pick date, food chair, raffle chair, ticket sales

NED(Never give up, Encourage others, Do your best) Assembly- Feb. 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

6. Other Business       



Friday, January 4, 2013

South Gateway NA January 10 Meeting Agenda


This is a courtesy reminder of the next South Gateway Neighborhood Association meeting. A link to the meeting agenda is included below.  

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South Gateway NA

January 10 MEETING

Join Us:
January 10, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1770 Baxter Rd SE

Click here for meeting agenda.
Click here for recent meeting minutes.

Meeting topics include:
[1] Introductions, Committee Reports, Approval of Minutes, Old Business;
[2] Police Report;
[3] Neighborhood Watch, Officer Jantz, Crime Prevention Unit;
[4] Salem Street Bonds Projects, Mark Becktel, Public Works;
[5] Salem Parks Volunteering, Mark Becktel, Public Works;
[6] Salem Parks Foundation, Salem Parks Foundation Grants
[7] New Business and comments or concerns from attending general members

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