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Council wrap: City authorizes eminent domain for pipeline

Also, PCC considers Sherwood; council renews manager's contract; contractor hired for Brookman

Sherwood City Council authorized staff to use condemnation to acquire or lease property for a pipeline to transfer water to the city from the Wilsonville Treatment Plant.

While condemnation is not imminent, Tom Boland, a consultant with Murray Smith and Associates, told council at its Feb. 6 meeting that not all of the four property owners who might be affected by the pipeline are amenable to the idea.

The pipeline is part of the city's proposed water system, approved by voters in 2005, that would allow Sherwood to tap into the Willamette River for water through the Wilsonville plant. Boland said that most of the pipeline between the two cities will run along public right-of-way, but there is a point where the elevation becomes a problem on Parrett Mountain. There is an alternate route, but Boland said it would add 10,000 feet of pipe and $10 million in costs.

The pipe route being proposed would cross three properties, who have shown "mixed" reaction to allowing the city to lease or purchase land voluntarily. A fourth property owner has expressed interest on allowing a reservoir to be built on his property.

Council passed the motion 5-1, with Luman as the lone dissenting vote. Luman said he supported tying into the Willamette for drinking water, but wanted the city to use condemnation only as a last resort.

PCC considers Sherwood

The city and school district have been in talks with Portland Community College about the possibility of the school establishing a presence in Sherwood.

"The things we've talked about are more visions so far, and in those visions I don't think a physical structure is out out of the question," city manager Ross Schultz said.

Schultz met with PCC Sylvania Campus President Linda Gerber and Sherwood Schools Superintendent Dan Jamison. Jamison said the school district is excited about creating a partnership with Portland Community College to offer a higher education component in the district. Jamison said the traditional model is to send high school students to local community colleges to gain college experience.

"We're inviting PCC to establish a college presence in the community," said Jamison.

He said college courses could be added to the high school curriculum this spring.

"This is just the beginning," said Jamison.

Council renews manager's contract

City Council approved a new two-year contract for city manager Ross Schultz at its Feb. 20 meeting.

Schultz's salary will be $119,025, with a $4,000 additional adjustment to offset a complicated filing requirement with the Internal Revenue Service for accounting on the manager's automobile, cell phone and expense allowance.

Schultz's contract, which was post-dated to January 1, 2007, expires Dec. 31, 2009.

City hires contractor for Brookman project

Otak Inc. was chosen for the Metro-funded Brookman Addition Concept Plan in Sherwood.

The city, using a grant awarded by Metro, has hired the planning, architecture, design and engineering firm to develop a concept plan that identifies future transportation corridors, land uses and public facilities such as parks and open spaces within the 250-acre Brookman Addition study area. While developing the Brookman Addition Concept Plan, Otak will also develop and implement a public involvement plan that engages all the stakeholders and provides opportunities for meaningful dialogue about future development. Once contract negotiations are complete, the planning work will begin with the formation of an advisory committee. Anyone who would like to be included on an interested parties list to receive updates, please contact Cynthia Butler at 503-625-4202 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..