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Citizens appointed to police station steering committee

The West Linn City Council approved a motion to appoint members to the newly formed Police Station Steering Committee during its Dec. 12 meeting.

The citizens chosen are Troy Bowers, Bill Hill, Thomas Frank, Karen Hensley, Grant Oakes, Glen Friedman and Dennis Richey. Each of the seven members previously served on the task force responsible for getting the police station measure passed.

'I'm pleased and honored that I was appointed,' Hill said. 'Our goal will be to make sure each tax dollar will be spent prudently.'

During its Nov. 28 meeting, the city council authorized the sale of $8.5 million in general obligation bonds with a 20-year term. The bonds will pay for the acquisition, design, construction and furnishing of the new police station, which will be located at Eighth Avenue and 13th Street. The measure passed on Nov. 4 with 3,994 to 3,454 votes.

To oversee the process, the city council created the citizen steering committee. This steering committee will act as a go-between for the contractors and the city council, making recommendations along the way.

'I'm really excited about the opportunity,' Hill said. 'We are ready to go forward.'

The steering committee will then form a larger design committee of up 20 neighbors, stakeholders, police department employees and other community representatives. This group will give input on what the building will look like inside and out, as well as the landscaping surrounding the building.

Mayor John Kovash said additions to the committee could be made at any time if the council wishes to make additional appointments.

Teri Cummings voted against the nominations during the meeting, citing a concern about one of the members.

No dates have been set yet for the steering committee to start meeting, but City Manager Chris Jordan said he hopes to get the group together before Christmas.