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Council puts focus on operations, police facilities

The city’s operations center and a new police and emergency dispatch building rose to the top of the council’s list of facility priorities last week.

At the council’s Oct. 22 meeting, City Manager Scott Lazenby asked for direction on which of a wide range of capital projects to focus on when considering possible long-term financing plans.

Recent property sales, combined with money left over at the end of the fiscal year, mean the city has about $2.5 million to use, possibly to help solve some longtime facility problems.

Problems include:

  • A cramped and inefficient space used for public works operations

  • A need for new police and 911 dispatch centers

  • A city hall with failing windows, water intrusion and other problems

    n Upgrading or rebuilding the South Shore Fire Station

  • Expanding the public library

  • Preserving pavement on city streets

  • Finding a way to offer city services in the Lake Grove area

    The council chose to focus on the operations facility and police and 9-1-1 dispatch center. It didn’t set a date for coming back to the discussion.

    Kara Hansen can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 107. Follow her on Twitter, @LOreporter.



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