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Wood Village races draw unopposed candidates

Mark Clark runs for position 4; Peggy Minter for position 1

Mark Clark - position 4

WOOD VILLAGE - Mark Clark is running unopposed for City Council Position 4. Clark, who ran for City Council in 2004 and lost the race to opponent Patricia Smith, said one of his primary concerns is the increasing cost of police and fire protection.

Clark said he decided to run again after Mayor Dave Fuller asked him to.

Wood Village contracts police and fire protection services out to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Gresham Fire and Emergency Services, respectively.

Although Clark said he is generally satisfied with the quality of service Wood Village is receiving from these agencies, he is concerned that the residents have little if any say in how their money is spent in these areas.

He would like to see the Wood Village City Council explore other options, to make sure the residents are getting the best deal for their money.

The city's water and sewer infrastructure is also a concern for Clark, who believes the city needs to improve its inflow and infiltration systems, as there is too much storm water runoff.

Although he is not a gambler himself, Clark said he is not against the proposed casino and entertainment center that two Lake Oswego residents have proposed building at the former Multnomah Greyhound Park site.

Clark said he spent some time at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde talking to people about their opinions of the casino. Some of the people he talked to thought there needed to be more parking but otherwise had positive things to say, Clark said.

He also is in favor of the proposed development because he believes the traffic generated by the casino will create less noise than the barking dogs at the former greyhound park or the air traffic overhead.

One topic that surfaces periodically is the idea that the three small cities - Wood Village, Troutdale and Fairview - should merge, or at least consolidate services.

Clark said he is against the idea of consolidation, as Wood Village has the lowest property tax rates in the area. He also is concerned that it would create animosity among the cities as each has its own individual identity.

Rather than taking that away, Clark would like to see a new zip code created for Wood Village to strengthen the city's individual identity. Wood Village mail is now sent under Troutdale's zip code.

If elected, Clark would urge better communication between the various local jurisdictions.

'I always like to keep the door open,' Clark said. 'You never want to burn bridges. You have to get along with your neighbors.'

Clark believes his previous governmental experience will benefit the citizens of Wood Village. He hopes to put that experience to use in implementing changes to the city's water and wastewater programs.

About Mark Clark

Age: 51.

Family: Wife, Mary; four children, two of whom live at home; and five grandchildren.

Career: Engineer for Providence Health System for two years. He

previously spent 14 years as a public works director in Texas.

Hobbies, interests: Checking out local Saturday markets.

Years in Wood Village: Four.

Activities and

committees: Wood Village Planning Commission and chairman of the city's Plans and Review Board. He was formerly involved with a number of service organizations, including the Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary and Toastmasters. He is also a former member of the American Water Works Association and American Asphalt Institute. He was also part of the Red River Authority of Texas.

Peggy Minter - position 1

WOOD VILLAGE - Council President Peggy Minter is running unopposed for Position 1 in the Nov. 7 election.

Minter, who has served on the Wood Village City Council for 10 years, said she decided to run for re-election because she feels she has something to contribute to the city.

'I am not a politician,' Minter said. 'I am just someone who volunteers her time to the city, and I have a vision for Wood Village - that it be a safe, livable, inexpensive place to live.'

However, keeping things inexpensive could prove to be a challenge.

'The biggest issue facing Wood Village is the budgetary issue,' Minter said.

Although the city has been able to cover the rising costs of services by making cuts in other areas, expenses continue to rise.

'We just have to get more creative all the time,' Minter said. 'It's challenging but exciting.'

Wood Village's infrastructure is also a concern for Minter. The city's sewer and water systems are more than 50 years old and are in need of replacement, Minter said, adding that the projects could be rather costly.

In order to keep the costs to the citizens low, the city has spent much of its reserves and doesn't have tons of money set aside for major infrastructure improvements, Minter said.

Minter does see some bright spots though.

'I am thrilled that the Wood Village Town Center is developing,' Minter said. 'And I support the entertainment center. It will bring development … and increase property values.'

Minter sees the proposed entertainment center, which will include a 500,000-square-foot casino in the place of the old Multnomah Greyhound Park, as being positive because property taxes brought in from the casino could help reduce individual property taxes for the residents.

However, she is against the proposed 242nd connector, but only because it would become a designated freight route.

'It would be great for moving people, but not trucks,' Minter said, adding that she was afraid the placement of the road and the additional noise it would generate would decrease residents' property values.

One of Minter's goals is to get more people involved in city government, especially when it comes to voting. 'A city is an expression of its citizens and those citizens must vocalize their concerns,' Minter said.

One area where Minter thinks Wood Village is succeeding is in the services the citizens receive.

'I absolutely love the service we are getting from the sheriff's office,' Minter said. 'I feel very protected; I feel very cared for, and I feel very safe.'

Peggy Minter

Age: 53.

Family: Single, no children. She has a 15-year-old dog and two cats.

Career: Licensed tax preparer at Corry's Tax Service in Wood Village since 2003. She is one month away from being licensed as an enrolled agent.

Hobbies, interests: Traveling, reading and

genealogy.

Years in Wood Village: 12.

Activities and committees: Wood Village City Council, 10 years; City Council President; and Fairview/Wood Village Sewer Review Board. She

formerly served on the Wood Village Budget Committee, one year; East Multnomah County Transportation Committee; Environmental Services Council Advisory Committee; and Three City Ad Hoc Fire Service Study Committee.