Neighborhood Enhancement Action Team tackles neighborhood livability issues with collaboration and creativity - 05/11/16
GRESHAM, Ore. -- The City of Gresham recently announced a continued dedication to creatively addressing neighborhood livability issues with the creation of the new Neighborhood Enhancement Action Team (NEAT). This collaborative, cross-departmental team of code compliance, law enforcement, rental housing and others will partner together and take an innovative approach to enhancing the quality of life of citizens with an on-the-ground, hands-on approach.
Many citizens may remember the Broken Windows Task Force that began in 2009 to address a wide range of livability issues. This task force led to the City's popular Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET), a police department focused effort that was working to address livability issues within neighborhoods. Now, the City is further enhancing these efforts through the formation of the Neighborhood Enhancement Action Team that includes NET officers along with others from across the City. NEAT will share a co-working space within City Hall and meet regularly to discuss complex cases and strategize practical solutions.
"Our residents expect creativity, expedience and collaboration in the services they receive from the City of Gresham. With NEAT, that is exactly what we are delivering," said Mayor Shane Bemis.
NEAT members have already been working over the last few months to improve the quality of life within our community. Their focus includes:
* Abandoned properties.
* Homeless camps.
* Chronic nuisance residential and multi-family neighborhood issues.
* Drug-impacted areas.
* Public safety.
"The dedicated members of NEAT are efficient, effective and committed to improving the quality of life for our community neighborhoods," said Eric Schmidt, Community Development Director.
Citizens may report livability concerns such as abandoned properties, squatters and the like through the My Gresham app (www.GreshamOregon.gov/MyGresham) or by calling 503-618-2463.
Fun on Wheels: Transportation Safety Fair & Bike Rodeo May 14
GRESHAM, Ore. -- The City of Gresham is hosting its annual Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Arts Plaza, 401 N.E. Second St.
The all-ages event will feature:
* A bike helmet giveaway, sizes toddler through XL, sponsored by the Oregon Nurses Association.
* Expert bike helmet fitting.
* No-charge booster seats to qualifying families, sponsored by Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.
* Bicycle safety checks from trained Bikes for Humanity mechanics.
* Donate bikes and bike parts for collection on site by Bikes for Humanity, which refurbishes for needy families.
* Bicycle safety booths and tips for kids and adults.
* Bike rodeo with a variety of two-wheeled challenges.
* Bicycle raffle.
The event is free and open to the public; all services are free of charge.
Don't have a bike? Loaner bikes will be available to use at the Bike Rodeo.
"The Bike Rodeo gives kids and parents a chance to learn the rules and a place to practice," said event organizer Sandra Doubleday. "They'll learn a bike is a vehicle with the same rules as a car: stop at traffic lights and travel in the same direction as traffic."
Participants young and old are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets for safety checks. Youth are especially encouraged to attend. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people aged 5 to 24 make up about 60 percent of all bike-related emergency room visits in the United States each year.
The City's Transportation Planning Division sponsors the Transportation Safety Fair with support from the Oregon Nurses Association Constituent Association 1; Bikes for Humanity PDX; Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel; Boy and Girl Scouts and Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) volunteers.
For more information on the Transportation Safety Fair, contact Sandra Doubleday at 503-618-2816 or Sandra.Doubleday@GreshamOregon.gov
Gresham seeks participants for Community Center Task Force
GRESHAM, OR. -- The Community Center Task Force (CCTF) will explore the most popular idea submitted through the Rise Advance Dream ("RAD") Gresham community outreach effort: to bring a community center to Gresham. Citizens asked for a place where families and the community could come together to celebrate, learn and be active. Community centers often have aquatic centers, gymnasiums, community meeting spaces and programming for youth and senior citizens.
The Task Force will assess the community priorities for a community center including program offerings, amenities and options for ongoing maintenance and operations. City staff will report the findings and recommendations of the CCTF to the City Council and the community this summer.
The City Council identified strengthening opportunities for families and children as a priority in the 2016 Council Work Plan, including the evaluation of new recreational opportunities.
Residents may apply for the Community Center Task Force online at http://greshamoregon.gov/city/template.aspx?id=291190.
The application period closes May 13.
Gresham celebrates National Bike Month (Photo)
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Get ready to pedal. Gresham's Bike Month, traditionally celebrated each May with a variety of free and fun community activities, gets an early start with some kickoff events in April.
Bike Month in Gresham features 15 events, including the popular Transportation Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo on May 14, plus group bike rides, treats on the trails, a helmet giveaway, volunteers conducting bike counts on local trails, and a free bike wash and lube workshop on April 28 at the City Hall loading dock.
Everyone can compete in the Bike More Challenge Kickoff Celebration. Bike for points, prizes and bragging rights. Join the City's team or register one on the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's Bike More Challenge website: http://www.bikemorechallenge.com/
"Bicycling continues to become more accessible to residents as a healthy and inexpensive alternative to travel, and our staff are working to make that option as easy and as fun as possible," said Katherine Kelly, Transportation Planning Manager for the City.
Volunteers are needed to help at a variety of bike-themed activities. Contact Sandra Doubleday at 503-618-2816.
For a complete list of events and volunteer opportunities visit www.GreshamOregon.gov/BikeMonth.
Gresham, a designated League of American Bicyclists "Bicycle Friendly City" since 2010, has more than 117 miles of bike lanes throughout Gresham and popular bike routes including the Springwater Corridor, Gresham-Fairview Trail and Main City Park Spur Trail. Last year, 177,643 bicyclists used Gresham's segment of the Springwater Trail, and 18,197 bicyclists used the Gresham-Fairview Trail.
Bike Month activities are supported and sponsored with help from our partners: Oregon Nurses Association Constituent Association 1; Bikes for Humanity PDX; Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel; and The League of American Bicyclists.
Attachments: Gresham Bike Month Schedule of Activities; 2 photos courtesy of City of Gresham