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W EDNESDAY , D ECEMBER 13, 2017
Silverton council axes development plan
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Silverton is amenable to planned unit developments
(PUD), but not the way this one was planned.
That is the message Silverton City Council delivered
to a packed council chambers on Monday, Dec. 4, fol-
lowing lengthy deliberation on a proposed develop-
ment of 9.51 acres on the north edge of town, south of
Hobart Road, bordering James and Jefferson streets
and west of the East Willamette Valley Railroad tracks.
The development's conceptual plan was approved
by the Silverton Planning Commission earlier, and that
approval was under appeal.
“The city council upheld the appeal, reversed the
planning commission decision, and denied the applica-
tion,” Community Development Director Jason Gottge-
The council vote was unanimous.
Two weeks earlier the council agreed to hear the pro-
posal “de novo,” as requested by an appellant of the sub-
division, Mary Rose Brandt. That agreement essential-
ly meant the council would take testimony from
scratch, which it did at length as the public hearing and
council meeting continued for more than 4 hours.
The hearing compelled the city to postpone another
controversial issue on the evening's agenda, a smoking
ban in city parks and downtown, until its first meeting
Developer Gene Oster of Silverton, his counsel, Sil-
verton attorney Owen Von Flue, and a planning engi-
neer, Natalie Janney of Multi Tech Engineering, ex-
plained to the council that they had provided the city
with all required information for the conceptual plan’s
The commission had approved the plan with 30 con-
ditions, which the developer agreed to meet.
Brandt, who lives on a James Street Century Farm
across from the proposed development, expressed con-
cerns about the project’s compatibility with the area.
“The point of planning is to (avoid) incompatible
uses,” Brandt said. “You don’t put a noisy factory next
to a nursing home, so we shouldn’t put a large housing
development next to hundreds of acres of farmland.”
Her counsel, David Coulombe of Corvallis, argued
See PLAN, Page 2A
An ‘amazing soul’
Silverton teen’s tragedy inspires acts of kindness
A planned unit development of 56 lots on roughly 9.5 acres at
608 James Street at the north end of Silverton has been a
topic of much discussion. The Silverton City Council rejected a
conceptual plan for the site that was approved earlier by the
city's planning commission. JUSTIN MUCH/STAYTON MAIL
A shout out
Silverton High School graduate Elizabeth Hoke, left, stands with her family for a group portrait. Elizabeth died in a car crash
last September. SPECIAL TO THE APPEAL TRIBUNE
“She was shy, sweet and wickedly
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smart. She grew from a shy young girl
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In the nighttime hours after Silverton High School
graduate Elizabeth Hoke died in a car crash last Sep-
tember, her parents, Anthony and Kristan, felt a grief
so heavy they wondered how they could survive until
sunrise – and then live the next day too.
“It felt like all the oxygen had been sucked out of
the room, and I couldn’t breathe,” said Anthony.
“When a child dies, you’re not wired for it as a human
In those same dark hours, a thought coalesced in
his mind. He should start a fund to help other kids do
good in the world like his daughter would’ve. To carry
on her spirit. To thank the community that made her
who she was. To survive.
“We had to find a way to carry on this amazing
soul,” he said.
Now, less than three months after Elizabeth’s
death, the Hokes and their close friends have created
to a vibrant and confident young
SILVERTON HIGH SCIENCE TEACHER, REGARDING ELIZABETH HOKE
the Elizabeth Ashley Hoke Memorial Trust, a nonprof-
it that is funding 10 scholarships for local students,
has purchased books for area schools and has hosted a
free Thanksgiving meal.
On Thanksgiving Day, more than 200 people, many
regular attendees of Silverton’s free weekly commu-
nity dinners, came to Immanuel Lutheran Church to
eat a feast conceptualized and cooked by the Hokes,
See TEEN, Page 3A
Cool, crisp weather outside around
Silverton make the cozy coffee shop at
Live Local a popular place on Wednes-
day, Dec. 6.
There weren’t any direct takers for a
Creekside Chat, but there were scat-
tered conversations whirring among local patrons that
touched on current issues around town that week, such
as growth, development and upcoming codes that may
create a smoking ban downtown and in Silverton’s
Those issues have swamped Silverton's city council-
ors, but individually councilors have marked out a seg-
ment of time during meetings to promote less contro-
versial, yet certainly community enhancing, events
A new group in that fold is Rotaract, shared by Sil-
verton City Councilor Rhett Martin, who defines it as a
service club for adults age 18 to 30. Rhett tipped his hat
to Elvi and Tim Sutton and Tess Schurter who he said
"have been an integral part of getting this going."
Silverton Rotaract will meet twice a month to ex-
change ideas, plan activities and projects and just to so-
“While the Silverton Rotary club will serve as the
sponsor, our Rotaract club will decide how to organize
and run the club and what projects and activities to car-
ry out,” Martin said.
The idea is to give young men and women the oppor-
tunity to enhance knowledge and skills that will assist
in personal and professional development while also
addressing needs of the community.
Martin said a broader Rotaract aim is to promote
better relations between people worldwide through a
framework of friendship and service.
“It offers the unique chance for young professionals
to serve their community, meet new friends, and build
their professional profile all at the same time,” Martin
said. “Regular meetings will be held (6 to 7:15 p.m.) on
the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in addi-
tion to a monthly club social gathering.”
Anyone interested in learning more about Silver-
ton’s Rotaract should attend the first meeting, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the upstairs mezzanine of Main
Street Bistro, 201 E Main St. You can also inquire at sil-
email@example.com or on Facebook at
See PROFESSIONALS, Page 2A
What: Creekside Chat
Where: Live Local Coffee, 111 Water St., Silverton
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 (First
and third Wednesdays)
Oregon invests $10.3M in CTE
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More than 200 Oregon middle and high schools
have secured career readiness grants totaling $10.3
The Career Technical Education (CTE) Revitaliza-
tion Grants will serve communities around the state
with programs focused on advanced manufacturing,
engineering, agricultural science, aviation, robotics,
forestry, home construction/renovation and biomedi-
Recipients were announced Dec. 4.
“Our state’s ability to attract and retain good jobs is
fundamentally linked to the availability of a skilled
workforce,” said Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.
“(These) grants mean that more students ... will
have access to hands-on learning programs," he said.
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"As our economy changes — especially with automa-
tion on the rise — the importance of skills training in
middle school, high school and throughout a person’s
career will only continue to grow.”
The 32 grants will leverage additional funds and re-
sources from 582 local business and community part-
ners, benefiting 205 schools statewide.
"These programs are good for students, good for
businesses, and good for local communities,” said Colt
Gill, acting state deputy superintendent.
The grants build on earlier investments by the Ore-
gon Legislature in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 totaling
The CTE Revitalization Advisory Committee re-
viewed 64 applications totaling $21 million in re-
quests. Officials said they prioritized applications
based on geographic diversity, community partner-
See CTE, Page 2A
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