|Rhody CPO meets in person for first time in two years posted on 01/01/2022|
The last time the Rhododendron Community Planning
Organization (CPO) held an in-person meeting, various dignitaries (and a cake)
were on hand to celebrate the first of two centennial celebrations for the
community. This month, the group will hold its first in-person meeting since
then, a break of two years thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s going to feel great,” Steve Graeper, CPO President,
said. “It’s long overdue and we’ll be able to start a communication process
that has been lacking for the past two years.”
The agenda includes a series of guest speakers, leading off
with Hoodland Fire District Chief Jim Price, who will discuss his vision for
the district and possibly making Rhododendron a Firewise community. Bill
Messner and Julie Hernandez will represent Portland General Electric and will
discuss wildfire management and preemptive outages, followed by a short
discussion with Marci Slater about the Hoodland Park District that will be put
to voters in May 2022.
Graeper also plans on providing updates on a possible
Rhododendron Gateway Arch sign and next steps on the Rhody Rising efforts to
revitalize the community. He noted that after the recent completion of a
transportation growth grant, he hopes to get the Oregon Department of
Transportation (ODOT) to do a traffic study (more in-depth than a speed study)
in an attempt to make Hwy. 26 in Rhododendron more pedestrian friendly.
“It was not my idea to put the highway on a road diet,”
Graeper said, referring to the idea of reducing the lanes on Hwy. 26 to a
single lane in each direction in Rhododendron. “That was ODOT’s idea. It’s just
The meeting will also feature the election of new officers
for the CPO, with Graeper planning on no longer serving on the board.
“It’s time for a change,” he said.
The CPO meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan.
15, at the Mt. Hood Village RV Resort, 65000 Hwy. 26 in Welches.
A full agenda is expected to be posted in the Rhododendron
Post Office in early January.
Graeper noted that COVID-19 protocols will be in place,
including masking, but the specific measures in place may change based on
recommendations at the time.
“It’s a very fluid environment with COVID, we don’t know
what the requirements will be,” he said.
By Garth Guibord/MT