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Council roundup: City manager profile approved, Tan named president

The first official West Linn City Council meeting of 2016 featured a packed agenda, including discussions on marijuana, the White Oak Savanna and the Tri-City Service District.

But the council also had to address a number of housekeeping items, including the appointment of a new council president.

Tan named council president

The City Council unanimously named Jenni Tan as its 2016 president Monday, Jan. 11. She replaces Thomas Frank, who served as president in 2015. Tan was nominated by City Councilor Brenda Perry, who noted that Tan was the longest-serving member on the council and thus a deserving candidate.

This is Tan’s sixth year on the City Council.

“It truly is an honor to serve this community,” Tan said before the final vote. Frank was out of town during Monday’s meeting and thus did not cast a vote.

City manager profile approved

On Monday, the council also approved the job description or “profile” for the vacant city manager job. The profile was developed by Prothman and Associates, the search firm hired in December to recruit West Linn’s new city manager after Chris Jordan resigned in August. With formal approval from the council, Prothman officially began distribution of the profile Jan. 12. The application deadline has been set for Feb. 21.

View the profile at bit.ly/1l3HWU2.

Cedaroak boat ramp grant approved

The City on Monday gained additional funding for the effort to reconstruct the Cedaroak Boat Ramp, as the council formally accepted a $900,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The grant comes on the heels of a $200,000 pledge from the Oregon State Marine Board back in November 2015. In total, the reconstruction project is expected to cost between $1.4 and $1.7 million.

Moving forward, the City will pursue a final grant of around $300,000 to complete funding for the project. That grant, according to Parks and Recreation Director Ken Worcester, would come from either the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife or the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Council retreat set for Friday

The City Council’s annual goal-setting retreat is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15, beginning at 8 a.m.

It will be held at the McLean House, 5350 River Street, and is expected to run until 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

The next regular City Council meeting is set for Feb. 8.

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