Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Transportation Improvement Program needs your vote!

Dear Neighborhood Associations,


The SKATS Metropolitan Planning Area (MPO) has approximately $5 million in federal transportation funds to allocate to eligible projects as part of the SKATS Transportation Improvement Program. 


Eight applications have been received. The projects will go through a review and prioritization process, with a final public involvement period of the recommendations in January/February of 2018.


Now is your first opportunity to comment on these projects.  The project applications are posted on the MWVCOG website, as well as the schedule, and there is an interactive map of the projects where you may provide comments on each project.  They welcome your feedback.  Please feel free to share this information with your members and on your social medial platforms such as Facebook or NextDoor.


Once public review and comments have been completed, the Policy Committee will hold a public hearing in February 2018 and then decide on the final awards.  For more information or questions, contact Karen Odenthal at or 503-540-1608.



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sumpter November PTC Notes

Happy Thanksgiving!


Attached are the November PTC Notes.  A couple of important points to take note of are the following:

1. Mrs. Prats gave an explanation for the extra security at Sumpter last week.  Since then, the offender has been arrested.

2. Student Store is doing very well! It is raising a lot of money which is earmarked for outdoor school--because of student store, outdoor school costs are lowered for parents!  Liz Norris has put many hours of effort and pays careful attention to what will sell. She is also mentoring student helpers as they make change and run the store. In December, students will see little plants and gifts for parents & grandparents for the holidays at the student store. Thank you for your support! Please email PTC if you have any questions.

3. There will not be a formal December PTC meeting (typically it has been very low attendance, or ICED out). Instead, we will hold a PTC Holiday Open-house on December 17th from 5:00pm-8:00pm.  Please watch for flyer.


Thank you everyone who participated in bringing food for our teachers on Monday.

Have a wonderful holiday!


Rene Tyson

PTC President


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Library Bond Website


News Release from City of Salem
Posted on FlashAlert: September 20th, 2017 1:15 PM

The City of Salem created an informational website for proposed Salem Public Library Bond Measure 17-373, which will be on the November 2017 ballot for Salem voters.

Please refer to for information about the proposed seismic retrofit, Americans with Disabilities Act, and safety improvements included in the $18.6 million bond measure.

Contact Info:
Kenny Larson, Communications and Community Engagement Director
City of Salem -- City Manager's Office
503-588-66363 |


Tuesday, August 29, 2017



News Release from City of Salem
Posted on FlashAlert: August 29th, 2017 9:00 AM

Downloadable file: Life Jacket Station

SALEM -- The City of Salem announces a Life Jacket Loaner Program to promote water safety on the Willamette River. The United States Coast Guard reports that many victims of drowning accidents were not wearing life jackets. According to the North American Safe Boating Council "life jacket wear is the simplest strategy to stay safe while enjoying your favorite recreational water activity."

The City of Salem Life Jacket Loaner Station is intended to provide access to life jackets for visitors to use while on the Willamette River. The program provides life jackets in various sizes along with instructions on proper sizing.

Fire Chief Niblock noted that "residents who wish to support the Life Jacket Loaner Program may do so by making a monetary donation." Monetary donations will be accepted at Salem Fire Station #1, located at 370 Trade Street SE, between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Monetary donations will be applied towards the purchase of additional life jackets. Each donation is considered a charitable contribution and will be confirmed by providing the donor with a receipt. The City is not accepting donations of used life jackets.

A temporary station has been placed in Wallace Marine Park near the public swimming area. The City's Public Works Department with assistance from the Oregon Department of Corrections will be installing two permanent Life Jacket Loaner Stations in the next month. One located in the swimming area of Wallace Marine Park and the other located near the boat launch in Wallace Marine Park.

Additional information regarding life jacket safety can be found here:


Contact Info:
Carl DeCarlo, Deputy Chief
City of Salem -- Fire Department


Friday, July 28, 2017

Coffee with the Mayor

The City Manager’s office has asked that I be sure to share with you Mayor Chuck Bennett coming to your area. He will host Coffee with Mayor Chuck on Friday, August 11 from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at Shari’s Restaurant at 5005 Commercial Street SE. Councilor Steve McCoid will also be on hand to discuss your neighborhood needs and concerns. Please share widely with everyone in Ward 4. Here is a link to the Facebook event page:

Thank you and have a great weekend!




News Release from City of Salem
Posted on FlashAlert: July 28th, 2017 8:30 AM

Carrying out the policies of City Council, employees in the Budget and Finance Division actively work behind the scenes to manage the City's debt and find opportunities to decrease interest costs paid by taxpayers. Thanks to refinancing and prepayments of Utility Fund bond obligations, the City's cost reduction efforts have saved residents $11.5 million dollars. These actions continue the City's long-standing practice to prepay and refinance debt when market conditions are favorable.

The savings come from the City refinancing a 2009 obligation to the Utility Fund, and early payoff of a $4.8 million Utility Fund loan from the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. The money saved will be put toward maintaining the systems necessary to deliver clean water, and treat sewage and storm water. It also relieves the commitment of other revenue sources that support services outside of the utility.

"It is because of our credit rating that we are able to get such good interest rates and savings," says City Manager Steve Powers. "The fact that Salem can offer the level of service it does, with per capita property tax revenues equal to cities much smaller than us, is a testament to our sound management practices."

The City had its AA credit rating from Standard & Poor's Global Rating for its general obligation bonds affirmed in 2016. In June 2017, Moody's, another ratings agency, upgraded the credit rating of the City's Utility Fund to Aa2. Both of these ratings show that Salem is a quality, low credit risk borrower, and that the City has a very strong ability to meet its financial commitments. These very strong scores come after a comprehensive evaluation by the ratings agencies of the City's management practices, past financial performance, and overall economic health of the community. Like credit ratings for individuals, the better the rating, the easier it is to get a loan and the lower the interest costs.

The City is in the process of another rate review that should produce favorable results for issuing bonds that will pay for the construction of the new police facility Salem voters approved in May 2017. With a favorable credit rating and interest rates, the City is looking at prepayment and refinancing options on voter-approved debt for the Streets and Bridges, and Fire Bonds.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

News Release from City of Salem


News Release from City of Salem
Posted on FlashAlert: June 29th, 2017 8:00 AM

On June 26, 2017 the Salem City Council adopted a $559.3 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. In addition to continuing the public safety and livability investments from last year, the budget includes several enhancements to set in motion the City's strategic plan.

For several months, the City has undertaken a strategic planning effort with the primary goal of engaging the community and elected officials to sustain efficient and effective delivery of Salem's services. Through extensive outreach and engagement, including a 2016 resident satisfaction survey, the City Council developed six initial priorities in the strategic plan. These priorities will further the City's mission to provide "... fiscally sustainable and quality services to enrich the lives of present and future residents, the quality of the environment and neighborhoods, and the vitality of our economy."

The Adopted FY 2017-18 Budget, and other recent Council actions, promote the six identified priorities:

* Vision for Growth and Development: inclusion of a multi-year Comprehensive Plan update to help guide future growth and development.

* Affordable Housing, Social Services, Homelessness: $1.4 million supporting enhancements for a joint community program to assist the hardest-to-house with temporary housing and additional support services through non-profit organizations.

* Critical Infrastructure: support of a November 2017 ballot measure to seismically upgrade and extend the life of the City Library, funding to begin work on the voter-approved $61.8 million public safety facility, an additional $350,000 for deferred maintenance, and $55.7 million for improvements to the City's transportation and utility systems and infrastructure.

* Economic Development and Downtown: continued investment in improvements to job creation and downtown vibrancy.

* Sustainable Service Delivery: dedicated funding to continue the strategic planning initiative and survey residents to inform future policy decisions.

* Public Transportation: continued partnership with the Salem-Keizer Transit District to support improvements to the public transportation system in our community.

Other budget enhancements to help achieve the vision of a safe and livable capital city include an additional deputy fire marshal to assist with inspections and fire safety.

Financial Status
The City's finances are well managed. Staffing levels remain low as a result of layoffs, attrition and cost reduction measures. These previous actions and temporary PERS relief (later overturned by the Oregon Supreme Court) have enabled the City's General Fund to remain on solid financial ground.

However, the service level the community demands and needs exceed revenues. Rising personnel costs, including an anticipated increase in PERS rates, impacts the FY 2017-18 budget. Reducing City staff could decrease some employee-related costs but would not change the City's PERS obligation.

The City's General Fund supports operations in public safety, planning, code enforcement, public library, municipal court, parks and recreation, urban development, and necessary support services. The January 2017 Five Year Financial Forecast of the General Fund shows a structural imbalance between available revenue and the cost of providing services. Relieving this imbalance may require additional revenue sources to prevent significant service reductions. New sources of revenue, however, are unlikely to cover all of the increasing costs.

The Budget Process
Through April and May 2017, the Citizen Budget Committee, comprising elected and appointed members, met to consider community input on the City's revenue estimates, as well as the costs of providing service and capital projects. The Budget Committee held a total of five meetings to review input and develop a recommended budget for the City Council. The Council conducted a public hearing on the budget on June 12 and adopted the budget on June 26. The City of Salem's new budget year starts July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018.

The Citizen Budget Committee meetings were televised on CCTV and streamed live on the City's Facebook page. You can view past meetings at and at

For more, check out our web page on the City's budget and plan for capital improvements


Friday, June 23, 2017

Sumpter June 2017 Meeting Notes

PTC June 2017 Meeting Notes

1.       Welcome and introductions

Attendance: Tony Penrose, Alicia Matson, Jennifer Koenig, Rene Tyson, Jenny Hannant, Ginger Stover, Amy Tanikawa, Michelle Morrow, Kent Eiter, Janet Prats, Ro Ochoa, Karen Ochoa, Jane Morris, Faith Branson

2.                   Approval of May Minutes: Jenny Hannant motioned to approve, Tony Penrose seconded, motion passed.

3.                   School Report Mrs. Prats:

a.2 students (auction winners) were principal for a day-went well

b. Staffing changes for next year: Brittney Oliver moved to LRC , some teachers switched grades that they are going to teach. Mrs. Prats is trying hard to not have any grade blends but won’t know for sure until all students enroll at the beginning of September. If you know someone who is going into Kindergarten PLEASE encourage them to enroll asap.

4.                   Next year’s budget: PTC reviewed each line item in the budget, made adjustments as needed and voted to allocate next year’s budget. Alicia Matson motioned to approve $44,050 for next year’s budget and Jenny Hannant seconded the motion, motion passed.


Thursday, May 25, 2017



News Release from City of Salem
Posted on FlashAlert: May 25th, 2017 8:43 AM

Due to the warm weather forecast for this weekend, splash fountains will begin operation earlier than originally scheduled. The Riverfront fountain will open upon completion of the renovation.

City of Salem self-operating splash fountain hours are listed below. They will operate seven days a week.

Opening May 26, 2017:

10 a.m. -- 8 p.m. Riverfront Park, 200 Water Street NE, upon completion of renovation
10 a.m. -- 8 p.m. River Road Park, 3045 River Road N
12 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Fairmount Park, 650 Rural Street S
12 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Avenue NE
12 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Wes Bennett Park, 2200 Baxter Road SE
12 p.m. -- 8 p.m. West Salem Park, 265 Rosemont Avenue NW
12 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Englewood Park, 1260 19th Street NE

For additional information, please contact the Parks Operations office by phone at 503-588-6336, or by email at


Friday, April 21, 2017

Sumpter Parent Club Notes

Sumpter Parent Club Notes

April 2017

Attendance: Jennifer Koenig, Jenny Hannant, Rene Tyson, Alicia Matson, Megan Zacek, Britany Springer, Casie Mendez, Michelle Morrow, Amy Tanikawa, Janet Prats, Tony Penrose, Faith Branson, Nicole Francis, Jennis Sadler, Melissa Wellard

1.       Welcome and Introductions

2.       Approval of March Meeting Minutes: Alicia Matson Motions to approve, Jenny Hannant Seconds, Motion passed.

3.       School Report: Janet Prats reported 567 kids and Rob, the head custodian, left to work at a different school. (He wanted a different shift that was unavailable at Sumpter.)


A parent asked why is the Spinami Toy closed on the playground?  Answer: Sumpter does not have the personal to keep a designated staff member manning that one toy, which is necessary because students continue to use it in an unsafe way. Several other elementary schools are having trouble with this particular purchase (Salem School district installed several of these over the summer), and the District is in negotiations with the toy company to adhere a component that will make the toy more safe to use. There have been three accidents and the District Risk Management team recommended to discontinue use for now.


4.       Treasure’s Report by Alicia: Grand total for Auction/Dinner:  $16, 203.96

Alicia gave a short history of PTC’s money-raising efforts.  She encouraged the PTC to always end the fiscal year with $20,000 in savings because during lean years, the PTC has had to draw on the savings in order to meet the needs of the school.  Traditionally there have been 2 major fund-raisers: Jog-a-Thon in the fall and the Sock-Hop/Auction in May.  Three years ago we separated the Sock-Hop/Auction into two events so now there are 3 main fund-raising events.  In 2008 the jog-a-thon raised 17K. In 2016 it raised 22.5K.  In 2008 the sock-hop Auction raised $6400.  And in 2017 the auction raised 16K.  Keep growing but also, please keep a reserve for the future.

5.       Funds Requests

a.       Gym Renovation proposal: Alicia Matson makes a motion to approve 15k for gym renovation—specifically to purchase a projector/cage/etc to be used for gym and whole-school events. Casie Mendez seconds, motion passed.

b.      Mrs. Allemann requested funds for classroom plants and supplies: Discussion:  Mrs. Allemann requested that the 1st grade teachers be able to use the left-over monies not used on fieldtrips for doing a flower project for mothers.  This request came out of a decision by the first grade teachers to not take the first grade class on a particular field trip this year.  They felt that the main redeeming part of that field trip was planting flowers in pots, and the kids can do this at school without taking as much instructional time.


A discussion ensued about PTC’s desire and commitment to every classroom attending a field trip at least once per year and some parents felt that field trip monies should not be used for on-campus activities. With this in mind, Casie Mendez motioned to donate up to $400 for the first grade’s special project (this is not from field trip money) and Rene Tyson seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Further discussion in regards to defining terms (does “field trip” mean strictly off-campus or not?), as well as redefining how monies are dispersed for field trips need to happen soon. Some teachers said that all the research required to figure costs and options within budgets is very time consuming and doing the leg-work discourages teachers from exploring new and fun field trip ideas. Some PTC members expressed a willingness to research options and to take care of the money part of the field trips so that teachers would not have the extra stress of the money part.  Parents were disappointed to hear that some grades charged the students $2 per person for a field trip earlier in the year. PTC functions to fund these events and wants teachers to let us know if they need more money for a special field trip.

c.       National Administrative Professionals Day gifts: Jennifer Koenig motioned to allocate $40 to  give special gifts to both admin people. Casie Mendez seconds. Motion passed.

d.      National Principal’s Day gift: Jennifer Koenig motioned to approve $20 to spend on a gift. Rene Tyson seconded. Motion passed.

6.       Upcoming Events

April 14th Last DAY to turn in Yearbook Pre-Order form

April 19th Volunteer Appreciation Event in the Library at 4:00

May 1st National Principal’s day

May 1st 5th Food Drive

May 1st Staff Appreciation Week (PTC is doing food on Tue/Thurs. Watch for sign-up genius to help)

May 8th National Nurse Day

May 9th 2017-2018 Sumpter PTC Board Elections

May 19th SockHop at Sumpter

June 1st School BBQ

June 15th 5th Grade Graduation

7.       Other Business:

a.       A parent requested that we change the SOCK HOP to a Hawaiian Luau Party instead. After some discussion it was agreed that this request can be revisited for next year, but much has already been planned, so it is too late to change the theme for 2017

b.      Tupperware fundraiser opportunity—good opportunity to visit for next year.  Possibly host a vender fund-raising event prior to Christmas.




News Release from City of Salem
Posted on FlashAlert: April 21st, 2017 11:38 AM

2017 Public Works Construction Projects are underway with more than 30 in-house and contracted projects to be completed. Significant projects benefiting Salem residents include:

Kuebler Boulevard SE and Mill Creek Drive SE--Intersection Improvements
The City is adding a new traffic signal, signs, road striping, and sidewalks to the intersection of Kuebler Boulevard SE and Mill Creek Drive SE. These improvements will accommodate the Henningsen Cold Storage development currently underway at the Mill Creek Corporate Center. Kodiak Pacific Construction is the contractor and the signal should be operational by
June 30, 2017.

Court Street NE--Pedestrian Bridge Replacement
The deteriorating wooden pedestrian bridge over Mill Creek will be replaced with a new steel bridge. The new bridge will be elevated to prevent flooding. Construction is expected to be complete by November 2017.

Salem Heights Elementary School--Sidewalk Widening
The sidewalks in front of Salem Heights Elementary School will be widened from five feet to eight feet to improve pedestrian safety along the Liberty Road S and Madrona Avenue S intersection. Construction is expected to be complete by October 2017.

Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE--Intersection Improvements
Fulfilling a recommendation from the Central Mobility Study, approved by City Council in 2013, a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE. This signal will improve the pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Union Street Bridge and Downtown Salem. In addition, the City will add a right turn lane on eastbound Union
Street NE and install a small median island to protect bicyclists crossing the intersection. Total project cost is estimated to be $1,150,000. The project is in the bid phase with construction expected to be complete by November 2017.

Patterson Street NW--Waterline Package
This water main improvement project will replace approximately 1,135 feet of aged, 2-inch cast iron pipe with 8-inch ductile iron pipe. North Core USA, LLC is the contractor and will begin work in May. The project will be complete by August 2017. Affected streets are Patterson Avenue NW from Glen Creek Road NW to Lavona Drive NW; Lavona Drive NW from Patterson Avenue NW to View Drive NW; View Drive NW from Lavona Drive NW to Klarr Court NW; and Klarr Court NW from View Drive NW to Pali Drive NW.

13th Street NE and Mill Creek Rain Garden
This storm water improvement project will install a rain garden to provide water quality treatment for an area east and west along Marion Street NE and the flow along one block of 13th Street NE. The project is in the final design phase and construction is expected to be complete by
December 2017.

Cordon Road SE at Gaffin Road SE--Traffic Signal Improvements
A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Cordon Road SE and Gaffin Road SE to accommodate increasing traffic at the intersection. Preliminary work by PGE begins in April. Tornado Soft Excavation is the construction contractor and construction is expected to be complete by November 2017.

Mill Creek Corporate Center--Kuebler Boulevard Water Main Loop
3,200 linear feet of 12-inch ductile iron water main will be installed this fall to complete a loop along Kuebler Boulevard SE in the Mill Creek Corporate Center between Aumsville Hwy SE and Henningsen Court S. This estimated $1,000,000 project is currently in the design phase. Bids open in July with construction to be completed by the end of the year.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Accessory Dwelling Unit

The Recommendation to City Council for Code Amendment Case No. CA17-03 is attached for your information. Hard copies go out in the mail today to those of you who are to receive one.


Code Amendment Summary: Amendments to Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapters 111, 400, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 521, 522, 523, 524, 532, 551, 553, 554, 700, and 806 to establish standards for accessory dwelling units and allow such uses in the RA, RS, RD, RM-I, RM-II, RH, CO, CR, CG, CB, NCMU, IC, IP, and IG zones.


The proposed amendments can be viewed on the City’s website at the following location:


Please direct questions or comments to the CASE MANAGER:


Eunice Kim, Planner II



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Homelessness in Salem

At our March meeting we welcomed Michael Livingston and Sarah Owens to talk to us about homelessness in Salem. Jerry Jones joined them and gave a very clear breakdown of this population in our community.


Here are two interviews that were done with him recently and give further insight into our brothers and sisters who are homeless.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

What is a Neighborhood Association?

This video features our two City of Salem Neighborhood Liaisons discussing Salem’s Neighborhood Associations.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sumpter Parent Teacher Club Agenda

Sumpter Parent Teacher Club Agenda

February 7,  2017


1. Welcome and Introductions


2. Approval of January Meeting Minutes


3. School Report - Janet Prats


4. Treasurer’s Report- Alicia Matson explaining options for credit card payment

·         Voting on credit card option


5. Funds Requests




6. Upcoming Events

    -Off Site Auction/Dinner

    -Set date for Sock Hop

    -Looking for Chair person for Staff Appreciation Week






7. Other Business -

Friday, January 27, 2017

News Release from City of Salem


News Release from City of Salem
Posted on FlashAlert: January 27th, 2017 8:32 AM

Friday, January 27, 2017

The City of Salem and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) are pleased to announce that we have reached an understanding on the expansion to Salem's Urban Growth Boundary and amendment to the Transportation System Plan. This understanding will support our mutual goals to provide transportation choices for people traveling to, through, and within Salem. A well-designed transportation network is vital for a healthy and vibrant community and provides street connectivity and transportation options to serve the needs of our City and region. This agreement will allow us to cooperatively pursue these goals.

The agreement is a result of dialog between the City and DLCD following the City's decision in December approving an expansion of Salem's Urban Growth Boundary and amendment to the Transportation System Plan, which allows the City to continue the planning process for a new bridge across the Willamette River. Once constructed, the crossing will provide another choice for people coming from or bound for west Salem, Polk County, and the coast.

In late December, DLCD filed a notice of intent to appeal the City's decision. As a result, the City and DLCD came together to create greater understanding of the issues and identify areas of agreement. These meetings were facilitated by the Governor's Office Mid-Valley Regional Solutions program, and included the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The City and DLCD agreed on a path forward and to work cooperatively on the issues of transportation choices raised in the appeal. As a result of this understanding, DLCD is withdrawing their appeal of the City's decision.

We are committed to working together to further refine Salem's progress in advancing transportation options in Salem and the region.

Contact Info:
Kenny Larson, Communications and Community Engagement Manager
City of Salem -- City Manager's Office
503-588-6363 |

Matt Crall, Planning Services Division Manager
Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
503-934-0046 |


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Siddique Family Memorial

As many of you know we lost a dear member or our Sumpter community last week.  Many of you asked me how you could help the family in any way and I wanted to share with you all this GO FUND ME website that has been created to help her family during this time.  She will be greatly missed.


Monday, January 16, 2017

SGNA Parks and Grants


CERT Program

As a community we need to be prepared for dealing with natural disasters. CERT is a program that you will be hearing more about and we need leaders to step up in these zones. We will be providing more information and looking for participants in the weeks/months ahead.

Sal em Parks Foundation Grant Application

At our January meeting, we received information about the potential for one of our parks to receive some TLC and have it paid for through a grant. Here is more information and the application. As a board, the SGNA will be looking at projects and we welcome any and all input from our neighbors in our area.

Monday, January 2, 2017


Hello Neighbors!
We are getting some momentum on preparing our area for emergencies!

We will be having our first official South Gateway CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Meeting on Sunday, January 8th from 6:00-7:30pm at Our Savior's Lutheran's Meeting Hall. 1770 Baxter Road SE | Salem, OR 97306. This is not in the main church building, but in the smaller building closer to Baxter road and at the top of the hill.

These meetings will occur at the same time and place each month, the SECOND SUNDAY FROM 6-7:30pm.

If you are interested in just finding out more about CERT or about preparing your own home for a disaster or in heading up, or joining, a team for your own South Salem neighborhood or in establishing caches full of emergency supplies or if you want to be part of organizing this entire South Gateway area with CERT teams, then we welcome you to join us.

I hope to see you there.
Juli Stubblefield