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Rep. Gorsek’s bill calls for audit of TriMet

State Rep. Chris Gorsek (D-Troutdale) has amended House Bill 3316, the TriMet governance bill, to ask the secretary of state to conduct a performance audit of TriMet.

“Questions have been raised about TriMet’s finances, operations and transparency,” said Gorsek, who is vice chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development.

“These questions deserve answers, and the audit by the secretary of state will provide answers,” he said in his own press release.

Any recommendations for change will be based on the audit, which Gorsek said will examine TriMet’s operational structure and practices, transparency of operations and functions, and its immediate and long-term fiscal condition.

“This audit by the secretary of state’s office will provide riders, advocates and the Legislature with needed information, and to my knowledge it will be the first audit conducted by an outside party,” Gorsek said.

The House Committee on Rules, in charge of determining under what rule bills come to the floor, is expected to vote on the amendment in the coming days, according to Gorsek.

Making art of an eyesore

Parris Foley, owner Fusion Gallery in downtown Troutdale, and her daughter, Brielle, have spelled the word “art” in giant letters on the chain-link fence surrounding the demolition of the Marino block.

The letters are made from bows tied and painted on scraps of an old sheet by developmentally challenged adults at the gallery.

Fusion Gallery is devoted to art and supporting people with disabilities through a nonprofit organization called Adult Learning Systems of Oregon.

“We thought we’d take advantage of the demolition and make art out of an eyesore,” Parris Foley said on a recent sunny Thursday afternoon.

Civil War-inspired quilt on display

Troutdale Historical Society member Karen Jordan, featured in the May 31 Gresham Outlook for her rendition of a famous Civil War quilt, will show her quilt at the Harlow House Museum for Troutdale’s Summerfest celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 20.

Jordan, a retired surgical nurse, who has volunteered for the historic society on scrapbook duties, did her own version of an 1863 quilt produced by Jane A. Stickle during the Civil War.

Jordan will be at the Harlow House to explain the work and demonstrate quilting.

Come early to enjoy the parade from the front lawn.

The Harlow House and Barn, 726 S.E. Historic Columbia River Highway, are open every third Saturday and is an easy stop for people going to the park for Summerfest activities.

Admission that day will be by donation.