Nominate a Project for the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program

About the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program

Funds collected under the Metro Community Enhancement Program are dedicated and used for “enhancing the host community of the facility from which the fees have been collected” as determined by the local government or administering committee. These funds may be used for extensive community purposes that “rehabilitate and enhance the area within the City limits.” 

The 2016 Project Nomination Period for the Community Enhancement Program Closed on Jan. 31, 2016. The 2017 project nomination period is scheduled to run Dec. 1, 2016, through Jan. 31, 2017.

Goals for community enhancement projects include:
  • Improve the appearance or environmental quality of the community.
  • Reduce the amount or toxicity of waste.
  • Increase reuse and recycling opportunities.
  • Result in rehabilitation or upgrade of real or personal property owned or operated by a nonprofit organization.
  • Result in the preservation or enhancement of wildlife, riparian zones, wetlands, forest lands and marine areas, and/or improve the public awareness and the opportunities to enjoy them.
  • Result in improvement to, or an increase in, recreational areas and programs.
  • Result in improvement in safety.
  • Benefit youth, seniors, low income persons or underserved populations.
Examples of community enhancement projects cited by Metro include:
  • Expanding the recycling program in city parks and facilities.
  • Developing a city’s first community garden.
  • Newell Creek canyon environmental restoration.
  • Downtown improvements in Oregon City.
  • Solar-powered trash compactors and public art in Forest Grove.
  • Development of the North Portland Greenway Trail.
Process and Timeline of Project Identification and Selection

The process for project identification and selection of the committee prescribed by Resolution No. 2543 (July 7, 2015) that created the program and the steering committee for the program:

  1. City advertises the Community Enhancement program to the community and solicit project ideas and program suggestions over an approximate two-month period of December through January.
  2. Project nominations from the public and others are reviewed during February to relevant City departments, which likely include Community Development, Park and Recreation, Transit and others.
  3. The list of nominated projects with staff reviews are forward to the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee in March for consideration.
  4. Community Enhancement Committee meets in March and/or April to consider project nominations and make recommendations to City Council for funding of projects.

Background Information on the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program

Metro has estimated that about $70,000 per year would be available to Wilsonville, with funds being able to be tapped starting October 2016. Current trends and potential changes in the Metro solid-waste franchise disposal program over the next few years may result in increased volumes being transferred in Wilsonville that eventually yields $100,000 or more per year of enhancement funds.

The Metro Council extended effective July 1, 2015, the regional Solid Waste Community Enhancement Program to apply uniformly to all communities that host putrescible (biodegradable) solid-waste transfer facilities, including the Willamette Resources, Inc., (WRI) transfer facility operated by Republic Services in Wilsonville. Metro’s program started in 1988 after the Oregon Legislature allowed the assessment of fees to support communities hosting facilities that accept garbage and other waste discarded from homes and businesses. While offering value to the region as a whole, these facilities generate traffic, odors and other inconveniences to residents in adjacent host communities.
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Administration Dept./Office of the City Manager, Public Affairs Division
Mark Ottenad, Public/Government Affairs Director