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Council wraps up 2013 goals

Early each year, the West Linn City Council holds a retreat and members come up with a short list of goals they would like to accomplish by the end of the year. The following is a compilation of what the council and the city have achieved.

Transportation

The parks and recreation advisory board, transportation advisory board, planning commission and city council all approved the West Linn Trails Master Plan. Now, the trails plan will be referred to the transportation advisory board to develop criteria and prioritize the trails as funds are available. 

The city council, with the support of the citizens budget committee, approved an increase the street maintenance fees. That increase allows the city to have adequate street maintenance resources to maintain and fix West Linn’s roads. 

The city received a $140,000 transportation growth management grant for developing a new transportation system plan. The city plans to alert residents to expect a significant outreach effort to engage them.

Economic development

City staff applied for and received a grant from Metro for $220,000 to master plan the Arch Bridge area in West Linn. LMN Architects will work with city staff in 2014 to engage the community and develop a plan for this area on the Willamette River.

City staff started “Business Community Updates,” a targeted email newsletter and developed a LinkedIn group for West Linn businesses. 

Staff worked with Greater Portland Inc. and Clackamas County on the strategic employment and industrial lands inventory to identify potential sites and obstacles to development. The city also developed a unified film permitting system to encourage television and film production in West Linn.

Staff held 25 one-on-one business to business interviews to solicit feedback and provide assistance to local businesses and highlighted these meetings in the West Linn Tidings.

City staff continues to work with a diverse, interested group of citizens on their preferences and wishes for the Blue Heron site on the Willamette River.

Staff also continues to work with Clackamas County to learn more about the natural site limitations and opportunities. It is anticipated that more progress will be made on this project in 2014.

Centennial celebration

According to the city, the centennial events were well received, particularly the Music in the Park concert and birthday party in August. The city extended special thanks to the Centennial Committee for its work.

The city council redesigned the city seal for the centennial celebration. 

The council also awarded the first Robert Moore Award to Alex Kachirisky.

Water system

On Nov. 18, the council approved the franchise agreement that will provide West Linn with $5 million from the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership. 

The council designated those funds for the Bolton Reservoir project, which will result in the city having secured approximately 75 percent of the resources necessary to complete that project for West Linn’s water supply. 

Staff is updating the water fund projections and will request a recommendation from the utility advisory board regarding future water rates.

Public works staff continues to take part in community water education outreach including participation in a recent field trip to city hall by Trillium Creek Primary School students.

Aquatic center

 This ballot measure was not approved by the voters in November.

 The city thanked the community volunteers who worked on this item. A discussion on this topic has been ongoing for decades.

The city council will determine goals for 2014 on Jan. 3 and 4. 



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