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Council roundup: TSP adoption delayed, sewer project approved

Transportation Systems Plan to be discussed March 28

The West Linn City Council convened for a joint work session and regular meeting Monday, and while decisions on several items were postponed to a later date, others moved forward without issue.

Transportation Systems Plan

The council was tentatively slated to approve a new Transportation Systems Plan (TSP) Monday, but opted to wait until a special meeting March 28 to allow for several minor edits to be made.

The city is required to update its transportation plan as part of Metro’s overhauling of its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

At an October 2014 meeting, the City Council voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to work on updating the plan, and the project was originally scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015.

The new TSP will extend its reach all the way through 2040.

The plan was developed with four priorities in mind: safety; mobility, access and environment; equity; and maintenance. To that end, the 2008 TSP was updated to identify more pedestrian and bicycle projects, incorporate Safe Routes to Schools and institute new evaluation methods to measure progress.

In total, the draft TSP calls for just over $50 million in improvement projects — about $23 million of which is considered “high priority.” The City’s projected funding over the next 20 years — around $20 million — comes just shy of funding those high priority projects.

“It’s a great document,” Mayor Russ Axelrod said Monday. “It’s easy to follow and quite thorough. It addresses a lot of needs for the city.”

The edits proposed by the council were minor; one, for example, was the removal of a project that would connect the dead-end Kapteyns Street with Carriage Way in the Marylhurst area. Several residents expressed concerns about increased traffic in the area as a result of the connection.

The TSP is set to be adopted on first reading March 28.

Bolton Reservoir

The City found itself in an interesting position Monday, as it held a quasi-judicial hearing during which the applicant was the City itself.

At hand was a proposal for temporary use permits at two empty lots adjacent to the Bolton Reservoir: 6123 and 6175 Skyline Drive. As part of an ongoing project to replace the 100-plus year-old reservoir, the City needed permission to use both properties for storage, construction office space, staging and parking.

As Interim Community Development Director John Boyd wrote in a memo, “Use of the two sites during construction provides many benefits, including reducing truck trips to the site...improving construction efficiency and safety, reducing the need for shoring the reservoir excavation and improving construction access/staging.”

The council approved the permits unanimously, but only after making sure that neighbors were properly notified and had not expressed any concerns. Boyd noted that the City had not received any comments about the proposal, and there were no comments during the public testimony segment of the hearing Monday.

Sewer rehab

As part of its consent agenda, the council also approved the 2016 Sewer Rehabilitation Project, which will be contracted through Insituform Technologies for $991,640.40. The City received three bids for the project, and Insituform Technologies’ bid came in well below the engineer’s estimate of $1.1 million. The work in 2016 will cover 26,200 linear feet of aging sewer lines, mostly in the Willamette area.

Work will also be done on Territorial Drive and Failing Street.

Patrick Malee can be reached at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..