City Offers Matching Grants for Neighborhood Projects, Events

The following was clipped from the City of Eugene’s web site.

The City of Eugene has released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking applications for grants for neighborhood physical improvement projects or one-time neighborhood-building activities. Neighborhood Matching Grants are available for projects such as playground improvements, community gardens, and neighborhood events.

Proposals will be accepted from groups of people who live, work, or own property within the area affected by the grant. City funds requested must be matched by at least the same amount of cash donations, donated materials and supplies, or volunteer labor. Grant requests for amounts between a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $25,000 will be considered. The value of the total project may not exceed $50,000. Grant applications must be endorsed by the respective neighborhood association. A citizen advisory committee rates the applications based on tangible neighborhood benefit, community involvement, and project readiness. Project sites are not required to be on property within City of Eugene limits, but must be within the Urban Growth Boundary.

Fourteen projects were funded in 2007. The Eugene City Council resumed funding the popular community-building program this year, after budget reductions caused it to be discontinued from 2004 through 2007. The Council has allocated $50,000 per year for the program through fiscal year 2009.

Grant packets are available on the City’s web site,, and also at the Permit and Information Center (Atrium Building-99 West 10th Ave.), City Hall, the downtown, Bethel and Sheldon branch libraries and all community centers. The deadline for a required preliminary review is February 25, 2008. Final applications are due on March 31, 2008. Awards will be announced in May 2008. For more information about the Neighborhood Matching Grants Program, contact Michael Kinnison, Planning and Development Department, 682-5009, or

RRCO Response to the Proposed Schmitz Homeplace Tentative PUD.

Lydia McKinney
City of Eugene Planning Division
Re: Schmitz Homeplace Tentative PUD
December 19, 2007

Dear Ms. McKinney,

I am writing on behalf of the River Road Community Organization (RRCO) Board, in response to the proposed Schmitz Homeplace Tentative PUD.

After meeting with the owners of the property and the developers, as well as taking comments from neighbors, the RRCO Board has the following comments and suggestions.

First, we appreciate the fact that the owner and the developers have been willing to meet on several occassions with both the board and with the public regarding this PUD. We understand that there have already been modifications to the PUD, based on this previous input. In this spirit, we hope that some of our concerns and proposals can still be incorporated into the final plans.

The primary issues with this PUD seem to revolve around traffic management and impact on the neighborhood. To that end, it has been proposed that

1) Stop signs be installed at the corners of Harvey and Hatton at intersections with Evergreen.

2) Consider again the installation of a traffic light at Hatton and River Road, to facilitate both vehicular and pedestrian access. This will encourage routing of traffic onto River Road directly, and away from Evergreen and Howard (where there is a traffic signal). Please consider that there are two schools located west of this development on Howard Ave, and many children walk this road morning and afternoon. Adding traffic to Howard Ave. will create additional dangers for these young pedestrians.

3) Add traffic calming measures such as speed bumps, at both the north and south ends of the development, on Evergreen Lane. Speed bumps would make Evergreen Lane a safer street as it would discourage Schmitz Homeplace residents from using Evergreen. Residents entering and exiting the PUD would be more encouraged to use the Hatton Ave. access to River Road, as intended.

4) Protect current neighbors from future assessments for road improvements, which will most likely be needed as a result of degradation due to increased traffic. Future road improvements should include neighborhood input regarding design.

Thank you for adding our recommendations for consideration as this project moves forward. Please continue to inform us of any changes and activity that transpires.


Jolene Siemsen
RRCO Board, co-chair
190 Hawthorne Ave
Eugene, OR 97404

River Road and Trainsong Pollution Concerns

Please see the January 28, 2008 attached letter to Paul S. (Max) Rosenberg, Western Region Cleanup Program Manager, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The letter is a follow up and request from the River Road Community Organization to a letter from Mr Rosenberg on November 8, 2007.

PDF of November 1, 2007 Meeting
Oregon Ecology – Union Pacific Railyard Cleanup, Eugene Oregon 9/21/2007
Oregon Toxics Alliance “Eugene Railyard Contamination”

Oregon DEQ – Land Quality Enviromental Cleanup – Union Pacific Railyard Cleanup, Eugene
Environmental Health Assessment Program (EHAP) – NW Eugene Area Canceer Study
Oregon Department of Human Services – Public Health Assessment  2007
Register-Guard  “Switching Stories” 8/12/07
Register-Guard “For neighbors, information is sidetracked” 8/12/07
Register-Guard “Railroad presents cleanup plan” 7/13/2007
Eugene Weekly  “Tainsong’s Pollution Purgatory” 7/19/2007
Eugene Weekly “Toxic Trainyards” 6/7/2007
Eugene Weekly “For the Long Haul” 3/24/2005
Eugnene Weekly “Railyard Forum” 2/6/2003