What exactly is a Hamlet?
We’re glad you asked! A hamlet is a form of local government for small communities that allows citizens to organize and coordinate community activities. Hamlet’s do not provide services such as utilities or fire protection, and do not have the authority to levy taxes or fees. The Hamlet exists on behalf of its residents.
When was the Hamlet of Beavercreek formed?
Beavercreek has been recognized since the early 1900s. In the summer of 2006, residents voted to become Oregon’s first hamlet, which was approved by the Clackamas Board of Commissioners. Hamlet of Beavercreek community meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Beavercreek Grange to provide input on a range of topics including resident land use applications, community events, educational presentations, local resources, and more.
What is the history of the Beavercreek Bulletin?
The Bulletin’s first issue came out in September 1998. It was just two pages with an article about the Beavercreek Bust – an event that used to be hosted by the Beavercreek Boosters each year, a community calendar, and a few local ads.
Fast forward to 2017 and the Bulletin is almost 20 pages, yet its original mission has remained intact: to inform and educate residents on key issues that affect the Hamlet in order to protect and preserve our rural way of life. In 1998, the key issue facing residents was encroaching urban growth. Being in a Hamlet gave residents a voice in the matter. Today, the Hamlet continues to monitor and provide input on urban growth projects such as the Beavercreek Road Concept Plan, among others. Reading this paper and attending monthly meetings are the best ways to stay informed.
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