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Do you have a question about Wilsonville that nobody has adequately answered for you?

If you're left wondering, others may be too. Ask us! We'll try to track down an answer. We're looking for queries, not policy questions. For example:

  • Who was Wilsonville named for?
  • How did Charbonneau become part of Wilsonville?
  • Is there a frog pond in Frog Pond?

You get the idea! Ask your question below.

Do you have a question about Wilsonville that nobody has adequately answered for you?

If you're left wondering, others may be too. Ask us! We'll try to track down an answer. We're looking for queries, not policy questions. For example:

  • Who was Wilsonville named for?
  • How did Charbonneau become part of Wilsonville?
  • Is there a frog pond in Frog Pond?

You get the idea! Ask your question below.

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    I asked about any ordinances or concerns/restrictions concerning drones in Wilsonville and never got a response that I could find. As an HOA president we are wanting to restrict drones in our commons areas due to safety, privacy & noise. Any suggestions/help here?

    emrusso asked 26 days ago

    Feb. 3, 2021: Drone usage is regulated by State law. Here's what our Legal department found with regard to drone use, citing ORS 837.370: 

     Operation over privately owned premises; penalties. 

    (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, a person may not operate an unmanned aircraft system over the boundaries of privately owned premises in a manner so as to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly harass or annoy the owner or occupant of the privately owned premises.
    (2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to the use of an unmanned aircraft system by a law enforcement agency under ORS 837.335.
    (3) (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection, violation of subsection (1) of this section is a Class B violation.
       (b) If, at the time of the offense, the person has one prior conviction under this section, violation of subsection (1) of this section is a Class A violation.
       (c) If, at the time of the offense, the person has two or more prior convictions under this section, violation of subsection (1) of this section is a Class B misdemeanor.
       (d) If the court imposes a sentence of probation for a violation under paragraph (c) of this subsection, the court may order as a condition of probation that the person may not possess an unmanned aircraft system. [2017 c.502 §4]

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    is there an ordinance about the placement of basketball hoops on city/neighborhood streets?

    emrusso asked 2 months ago

    Dec. 29, 2020: Leaving any item in the street or public right-of-way (including sidewalks) for an extended period is a safety hazard to pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. A basketball hoop must be placed in an area removed from the public right-of-way, such as a private driveway, in compliance with City Code Section 5.200 (Storage of Motor Vehicles and Other Property on the Street), which reads: No person shall store or permit to be stored on a street or other public property, without permission of the Council, a motor vehicle, boat, trailer, camper, mobile home, travel trailer, or other personal property, including portable storage containers, for a period in excess of seventy-two (72) hours, without moving at least three vehicle lengths away.

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    A follow up on my question regarding blowing leaves into the street...So its not a violation of city codes? So the city does not fine or prevent home owners from blowing all their leaves into the street? The city simply discourages it? I'm asking because if there is no violation then as an HOA we have no basis to stop this practice other then environmental issues as you state in your response. Is this correct?

    emrusso asked 4 months ago

    Nov. 13, 2020: Per City Code, blowing leaves into the street (8.314(1)) IS a violation. Enforcement may include stop work orders, termination of permits, civil penalties, or City abatement and an assessment of costs.

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    Can we blow our leaves into the street? As an HOA member I'm asking so I may educate our community.

    emrusso asked 4 months ago

    Nov. 12, 2020: No, please don't. Raking or blowing fall leaves, grass clippings or any other yard debris onto streets should be avoided, because these items cannot be removed effectively by street sweepers. The accumulation of leaves on streets also endangers motorists and bike riders, whose tires may slip on wet leaves. Leaves and other yard debris may harm waterways, or cause flooding and can starve fish by depleting oxygen as they decay. The annual Leaf Drop-Off Day is this Saturday, Nov. 14, at City Hall. 


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    There is a definite need to repaint the "guide striping" when crossing northbound across Wilsonville Road out of the Main Street area (northbound Town Center Loop West). I was subject to severe road rage incident this evening because it's not clear at all which lane to turn into westbound on Wilsonville Road!! Long overdue for "maintenance striping"!!!

    Beachblu asked 9 months ago

    June 4, 2020: Thanks for bringing your recent experience to our attention. I checked in with Public Works, they are aware, and had already requested that Clackamas County complete this re-striping activity while working in the Wilsonville area. I have no time frame, unfortunately, but your query is giving them an opportunity to check in and reiterate our need to move this up the priority list.

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    Is there a plan for the empty building next to the starbucks at 30299 SW Boones Ferry Rd Unit 102 Wilsonville, OR 97070? Is there a way for people to suggest what business should utilize that space or for people to contact business to inquire if they would start a new location there? For example, I think it would be great if we could get a Trader Joe’s to open in that area.

    Cleverusername asked 10 months ago

    May 13, 2020: Alas, the space is not available. A former Albertsons grocery, the space remains under lease to Albertsons Companies, Inc., thru 2028.  The company opted to close the store, but continue payments, after purchasing the Safeway location in Wilsonville Town Center. 

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    With children out of school and more people working from home, the need for adequate Broadband services to homes has become a necessity. However, many homes do not have adequate Broadband in their homes to support the additional use the COVID-19 virus has caused. Is Wilsonville looking at the Broadband needs of our communities for now and the future? If so, how do I get involved to help support this need?

    aaronwoo1 asked 11 months ago

    Thanks for the question, Aaron.  We've identified a few resources that may be help in-need families get broadband access.  

    The FCC's Keep Americans Connected pledge is to keep Americans connected to internet service during the pandemic.  Participating companies -- including Comcast and Frontier --  are waiving late fees, postponing disconnects and creating Wi-Fi hotspots for free Internet usage. 

    For residents seeking new residential service, the Internet Essentials service, from Comcast, provides low cost service to eligible households.  New customers may receive two months of free service in response to the Coronavirus emergency.

    Additionally, Oregon Lifeline reduces the monthly cost of phone or broadband service for qualifying low-income Oregon households. Those who qualify are eligible to receive free or reduced-rate services.

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    What EMS Ambulance Service is available in Wilsonville and the surrounding area?

    Rocky asked 12 months ago

    Hi Rocky, I'm told that American Medical Response (AMR) provides emergency medical services in Wilsonville. Additionallly, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue operates a medical unit. 

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    This question is for Wastewater Treatment - What to do about greasy, oily food residue in jars and bottles? There is a conflict brewing about recycling food containers. In order to prevent a greasy blob from forming in city pipes to the treatment plant, should citizens not wash out salad dressing, marinara jars or other containers that are greasy after use? In order to recycle these type of containers, Metro wants them washed and clean for recycling. I wash these empty containers with a dish soap that has a "strong" degreaser. I have been told I should throw away these greasy, oily containers because by washing them I am sending grease into the city pipes and to the grease blob. What is the correct answer to this Catch 22 question? Any clarification would be appreciated. Thank you for looking into this mystery.

    DagneSunrise asked about 1 year ago

    Dec. 20, 2019: A great question, Dagne. Yes, you are correct that grease or oils should not be poured down sinks (or into toilets). Hot cooking oil should be placed in a metal can to cool and solidify, then placed in the garbage. As for preparing those glass containers for recycling, our in-house expert suggests substantially draining the contents into a bag or onto a paper towel to be disposed. At that point, you may safely rinse any trace amounts of residual oil or grease in the sink.

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    Are there any 55 or over communities in Wilsonville

    Rea asked about 1 year ago

    Dec. 20, 2019: Yes, Rea, there are three independent living communities in Wilsonville for adults over the age of 55. Creekside Woods (7825 SW Wilsonville Rd.) and Wiedemann Park (29940 SW Brown Rd.) target renters over the age of 62, subject to eligibility; income limits do apply. Portera at the Grove (8945 SW Ash Meadows Cir.) targets people over 55, with no income limits. Additionally, the city has four assisted living communities: The Marquis, SpringRidge at Charbonneau, The Springs and Brookdale.