Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee
About the Committee
The Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee oversees local implementation of the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program. The program is funded by a per-ton fee charged by Metro regional government on solid-waste transfer stations located in communities throughout the greater Portland region.
The Committee in essence reviews “community enhancement” projects or programs nominated by the public and members of City boards and commissions that are first assessed by City staff, and decides which projects or programs, if any, to advance with the Community Enhancement Program funds.
The Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee is composed of:
- Four (4) citizen/community members who are Wilsonville residents: Chair Brad Hughbanks, Vice Chair Larry Beck, Kate Johnson and Jimmy Lee;
- Two (2) City Council members: Mayor Tim Knapp and City Councilor Susie Stevens
- One (1) Metro Councilor: Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen, District 3, serves on the committee in ex-officio status
About the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program
The Metro Council extended effective July 1, 2015, the Metro 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.
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.”
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
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:
- Advertise the Metro Community Enhancement program to the community and solicit project ideas and program suggestions over an approximate two-month period of December through January.
- Project and program suggestions and feedback from the public and others are forwarded for consideration during February to relevant departments, which would likely include Community Development, Park and Recreation, Transit and others.
- Staff review project nominations in February and forward with comments or recommendations to the Committee in March for consideration.
- Committee meets in March and/or April to consider project nominations and make recommendations to City Council for funding of projects.
2017 Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee Projects:
Art and Culture Survey and Strategic Plan
Beauty and the Bridge Interpretive Signs
Graham Oaks Nature Park Pedestrian Safety Crossing
Community Reader Board and Wilsonville Public Library Signage
Beauty and the Bridge Lighting Feasibility Study
2017 Community Health Fair
Clackamas Community College-Wilsonville Campus Public Art Project.