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City Hall topic of Troutdale town hall

Troutdale mayor asks for public opinion tonight


The city of Troutdale wants public input tonight, Sept. 16, on a future site for City Hall.

Mayor Doug Daoust will convene a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. at the Troutdale Police Community Room, 234 S.W. Kendall Court.

Topics for discussion will include: Where should City Hall be located? How much space is needed? What functions and services should it have? How much should be spent?

In April, following criticism for lack of public involvement, Troutdale City Council approved a resolution to follow a transparent process in planning for a potential new city hall or the replacement or repair of the old city hall.

Troutdale has been considering options for a different building since the old city hall, built in 1923, was determined uninhabitable. It’s now vacant.

City operations were relocated in May 2012, and divided between two leased spaces, which councilors feel are inadequate.

Over the past couple of years, the city has received at least five unsolicited proposals to build a new city hall, all of which the City Council has refused, mainly because of high costs.

At a Dec. 10 meeting, many Troutdale residents voiced concern following a proposal by local businessman Junki Yoshida to build a new city hall and lease it to the city with a purchase option.

While it was discussed at several council meetings, some in the community said the Yoshida proposal lacked adequate public involvement and taxpayers were not given a voice in the deal.

People asked the council to consider a more transparent process such as when residents voted on a bond to fund the new Troutdale police station.

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