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Reservoir reopens

After deciding that terrorists do not pose a threat to Portland's water supply, Commissioner Randy Leonard decided to once again open the upper reservoir in Washington Park to the public.

A reopening ceremony was held Monday afternoon at the reservoir, located just off Southwest Lewis and Clark Circle at the west end of Salmon Street.

The City Council closed the open reservoirs in Washington and Mount Tabor parks to the public after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks. Public opposition forced the council to back down from plans to cover the reservoirs, however. Instead, the council eventually approved security plans that call for 24-hour guards at the reservoirs.

The water bureau has used and given away parts of a large treated-fabric cover it bought for the Washington Park reservoir for just under $400,000. The fabric has been cut up to wrap underground pipes and cover parks bureau ball fields. A previous effort to sell the cover on eBay was halted after the top bidder was revealed to be a city employee.


Tax measure looks likely

The campaign to pass a new tax measure for the Portland school district is gearing up, even though the Portland school board has not yet approved a measure for the ballot or even set a date for a referral vote.

Although the board has yet to act, city Commissioner Sam Adams said that political consultant Liz Kaufman has asked him to raise money for the fall campaign. Adams said he agreed because he supports the children in the district but does not know how much the board will be seeking. Kaufman has worked on previous district ballot measures.

The board is in the middle of a controversial plan by Superintendent Vicki Phillips to balance its budget by cutting some spending, restoring an expired supplemental property tax levy and closing underutilized schools.

The district serves 47,000 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.


PDC board is changing

Mark Rosenbaum was elected chairman of the Portland Development Commission on Monday afternoon as Mayor Tom Potter prepared to name two new members to the board of the PDC, the city's urban renewal agency.

Rosenbaum, president of Rosenbaum Financial, replaced Standard Insurance Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Eric Parsons, whose term expired Monday. The term of attorney Doug Blomgren also expired Monday, creating two vacancies for Potter to fill on the five-member board.

Parson and Blomgren were the last board members appointed by former Mayor Vera Katz. Potter press aide John Doussard said one replacement could be announced later this week. No date has been set for appointing the final member.

The two other board members already appointed by Potter are Bertha Ferrán, a senior mortgage consultant at Windermere Mortgage Services, and Sal Kadri, owner of ValueCAD, a high-tech company.

- Tribune staff

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