Council approves NA consolidation
Pending resident approval, the Hidden Springs and Rosemont Summit neighborhood associations will merge into one.
More than a year after the idea was first discussed between former Rosemont Summit president Dean Suhr and Hidden Springs president Alex Kachirisky, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution granting the associations the right to consolidate.
Its been a process, Suhr said. Were combining the neighborhood associations and creating a new one, with new leadership.
The Rosemont Summit neighborhood association was disbanded in the fall of 2011 due to dwindling attendance numbers, and Suhr saw the merger as a way to re-ignite citizen engagement.
Just because were inactive, doesnt mean we dont have concerns, Suhr said.
Neighborhood associations are generally referred to as arms of the city, designed to foster and encourage communication between residents and City Hall. In West Linn, activity varies between 11 neighborhood associations.
Five associations Bolton, Marylhurst, Robinwood, Savanna Oaks and Willamette meet once each month, while others like Hidden Springs, Parker Crest and Skyline Ridge meet annually or as needed.
In proposing the merger, Suhr felt that Rosemont Summit and Hidden Springs fit naturally together as two neighborhoods that are almost entirely built out, without any forthcoming development issues that could affect residents.
In approving the resolution, city councilors said they were pleased with how the proposal was developed.
This was a fair process, City Councilor Mike Jones said. I have great faith in Dean (Suhr) and the leadership of the Hidden Springs neighborhood association.
The few comments Ive heard have been very positive, Council President Jody Carson said.
The future of neighborhood associations in West Linn has been a popular topic of late, and the consolidation effort could set a precedent for future action.
We dont mean this to be indicative of anything that could happen with other neighborhood associations, Suhr said. But we think its a good idea.
Moving forward, Suhr said there will be a combined neighborhood meeting between Rosemont Summit and Hidden Springs, allowing the public one last opportunity to provide feedback before the associations formally combine.
Wed like to be given the opportunity to form a new neighborhood association, but citizens need to weigh in, Suhr said.
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