Board chair Tammy Stevens provided an overview of the Community Leaders meeting. There are large upcoming budget cuts to Clackamas County. A survey link will be posted to The Hamlet of Beavercreek’s website at beavercreek.org where members are able to provide a voice on the county budget. (The link is also available in this issue.)
Another topic discussed was how to build Hamlet participation. Suggestions included using “welcome messaging” to new residents, leveraging social media like NextDoor, and using community events to gather contact information.
Katie Wilson, County Liaison, distributed ballots for the Hamlet board elections. Incumbent board members Cheryl Buchert, Jack Hipp, and Kenny Sernach were re-elected to serve on the Hamlet’s board of directors.
With regards to the Carus CPO survey, it was suggested to limit the options on the survey to: “Do you want to merge with The Hamlet of Beavercreek?” A Korner Park update was provided and Katie explained the Department of Transportation and Development’s strategy in taking on ownership of the property. For now, it can still be used as a community space. An update to the Courthouse was also provided.
Tammy Stevens presented land use application Z0380-19, Z0387-19 Owner Emma G Leyburn Trustee, Applicant John Kirk, 26060 S Jones Road, Beavercreek, zoned RRFF5, 4.77 acres, requesting a new Temporary Home for Care for Emma Leyburn. Issues were raised both by members and the board related to the potential threat to the fish in the creek, building 25 feet within of the allotted 100-foot boundary, and building in a high landslide susceptibility area per Statewide Landslide Information Layer of Oregon (SLIDO) maps of the area. Multiple attempts to contact the applicant were unsuccessful and there are several unanswered questions. Bill Merchant made a motion to recommend denying the application. Joe Matteo seconded the motion and the public voted unanimously in favor. The board voted unanimously in favor.
Z0398-18-C, Conditional Use, applicant Troy Snyder with Mountain Meadow Solar, property owner Dennis Pikkarainen, address 7275 S Killdeer Road, zoned Timber, 32.17 acres. This remains in LUBA proceedings.
Bill Merchant reminded Hamlet members to send requests to view the previous year’s budget to Cheryl Buchert. He provided updates to the Beavercreek Road Repaving Project and reported on the Community Road Fund Advisory Committee meeting. Jack Hipp raised concerns about the level of gravel compaction used on the new shoulder as there have been numerous accidents.
Tammy Stevens brought together the Tree Lighting Committee and is seeking more volunteers to make this year another successful one. She also provided an update of the Clackamas Soil & Water District building detailing some of the features of the facility. Saturday breakfasts are back on at the Grange. Also, the Little Free Library is built but not yet installed. Concerns were again raised about the Beavercreek Elementary School pickup and drop off traffic on Yeomen Road. Pictures were requested.
The board informed residents the November will take place one week early to avoid Thanksgiving―it will be on November 20 at 7:00 p.m. as always at the Beavercreek Grange.
The Hamlet of Beavercreek is a volunteer-run community group that exists to protect and preserve the rural culture of the area. Monthly meetings are the best place to share feedback and learn how to get involved. Join us at 7:00 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month (except for December) at the Beavercreek Grange.