Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association newsletter: Event tomorrow

Tomorrow’s the day

Southwest Hills Neighborhood Garden Fair.  All welcome. Meet the OSU Extension Services Master Gardeners, here to answer all your gardening and compost questions.  Snacks and beverages. Small crafts for kids. Door prizes. 2 to 4 pm, Morse Family Farm farmhouse, 595 Crest Drive, Eugene. Wheelchair accessible. Contact Rachael for more information: 541-221-2233. Free.
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So come to our Garden event tomorrow!

Three important events about our children

1) Inform yourself about an important decision at the election . We are helping with Southeast’s 4j School Board Candidate Debate.
Thursday, April 30 at 6:30pm, Hilyard Community Center in Eugene, Oregon

2) Playborhood and Free Range Kids Speaker & Forum
 Giving Our Children Freedom, Independence, and Health; from Free Range Kids to Playborhoods, how can we as a community help families and kids rediscover childhood? Mike Lanza, author of Playborhood will speak and then we will hold a forum and workshop session on the topic of creating a better city for kids and families and building a culture that supports childhood independence and freedom.

While the parents gather at the Hilyard Center the kids will work on some fun activities and games next door at the Amazon Community Center. It’s like a date-night, except dinner is free, the drinks aren’t as strong and you get to build a better community!

Join us for this special LiveMove, City of Eugene, and Safe Routes to School event!

Please register for this free event so we know how many people to expect.
Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard Street
      May 15, 2015
6:00-6:30pm Social
6:30-7:30pm Speaker Mike Lanza
7:30-8:30pm Forum & Workshop

Register here

3) Young Women’s Fire Camp
Gain leadership skills and learn about firefighting at this free camp:

Are you or do you know a young woman interested in gaining confidence and leadership skills? Want to learn what firefighting is all about? Then click on the following link to learn more and complete your application for 2015 Young Women’s Fire Camp. Fire Camp takes place July 6-10.
This year’s Fire Camp will help build your confidence, leadership and team skills, while participating in hands-on firefighting training. If you are between the ages of 15 and 19 years old, consider learning more and submitting your application by June 5th: 2015 Young Women’s Fire Ca 
Information and application form

Proposed Lane County Vehicle Fee Information
Potential Projects in Eugene Identified
In May, Lane County voters will decide whether Lane County should establish a county vehicle registration fee. If authorized by the voters, 40% of the funds will be shared with the incorporated cities throughout the county. The proposed Lane County registration fee amount is $35 per year for most vehicles and $20 per year for motorcycles and mopeds. $35 per year is equivalent to $2.92 per month.
Fee Details: If adopted, the county fee would be collected by Oregon DMV at the same time motorists obtain or renew their state vehicle registration. Most new vehicles are registered for a four-year period; subsequent renewals typically occur every two years. Certain vehicles would be exempt from the county fee under state law. Disabled veteran, government, school, farm, antique, special interest and recreational vehicles and heavy vehicles paying the weight-mile tax would be exempt from the fee under state law.
If adopted the $35 annual fee would generate approximately $11 million countywide. Approximately $6.6 million would go to the county and $4.4 million to cities based on population. The eight largest cities and projected revenues are: Eugene (about $2.7 million); Springfield (about $1 million); Cottage Grove (about $165,000); Florence (about $145,000); Junction City (about $94,000); Creswell (about $85,000); Veneta (about $80,000) and Oakridge (about $55,000).
Potential Projects
At the request of Lane County, the City of Eugene identified three projects that are currently unfunded, but could be implemented if funding becomes available, and are in need of repair according to the City’s pavement management system:
• Amazon Parkway from 24th to approximately 29th avenues, an overlay project that would cost about $440,000 and fix about 1.4 lane miles
• Franklin (westbound) from Walnut to Agate streets, an overlay project that would cost about $430,000 and fix about 1.4 lane miles
• The City portion of NW Expressway from Maxwell to about a half mile south, a reconstruction project that would cost about $1.7 million and fix about 1.9 lane miles
Oregon’s Constitution requires taxes and fees on motor vehicle fuel and use, including vehicle registration fees, to be used exclusively for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, maintenance and operation or use of public highways, roads, streets and roadside rest areas in this state.

Who we are:

Our new name: Southwest Hills neighborhood Association
Our old name: Crest Drive Citizens Association
Our area of the City: west of Willamette, extending south to the city borders, with our north boundary along 28th to Chambers then along 24th to City View.

Our contact information
For the newsletter:
For all other matters:

The officers of our Association
Chair: Juan Carlos Valle
Vice Chair: Rachael Young
Reporting Sec.: Francina Verrijt
Corresponding Sec./Treas.: David Kolb

Purpose: Our purpose is to promote community at the neighborhood level and improve the livability of the neighborhood, and to educate neighbors and provide a forum for members to identify, discuss, and resolve neighborhood issues by encouraging and facilitating communications and participation among the members on matters of common concern.

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