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Council taking WL in wrong direction

A column by Brenda Perry, entitled “City should work for residents, not developers” and a letter by Jack Norby entitled “Treatment plant chickens come to roost” in May 15 Tidings were both very relevant in pointing out how detrimental West Linn’s City Council (consisting of Mayor John Kovash, and councilors Jody Carson, Jenni Tan, Mike Jones and Thomas Frank) is by not serving the best interests of West Linn residents but in serving the interests of developers with the outrageous “regulatory streamlining,” dubbed the “developers’ dream list” by Perry and by serving Lake Oswego’s interests by approving the very disruptive enlargement of Lake Oswego’s water treatment plant in West Linn with its attendant problem-creating 4-foot diameter pipe to convey water from that treatment plant to Lake Oswego.

That pipe’s installation will seriously disrupt traffic on Highway 43 from about its junction with Hidden Springs Road and northward through the rest of West Linn as well as be a considerable economic detriment, during its installation, to businesses along that section of Highway 43.

Also, in a column by West Linn’s Mayor John Kovash in the May 22 Tidings, he falsely describes a Bland intertie pump station as costing $674,008 in contrast to it being priced at $1,250,000 in Table 8-3 on page 8-6 and on page 8-7 of the 2008 adopted Water Master Plan and falsely describes its pumping capacity as 1200 gallons per minute (gpm) instead of as 1800 gpm as designated on PLATE 1 in the 2008 adopted Water Master Plan. He also unquestionably copies officialdom in claiming the pump station will provide much needed additional backup supply to the Rosemont pressure zone. That’s a ruse. There’s no shortage of water supply to the Rosemont zone since developers were previously required to 1. expand the Horton Pump Station and 2. rebuild the View Drive Pump Station and have it feed a pipe to supply water up into the Rosemont zone. Both of these projects were for the purpose of feeding adequate water into the Rosemont zone through build out of West Linn within its present boundary.

Even though the above pump station is to be paid for with growth impact fees on developers (SDCs), it’s a waste of SDCs which could be used for legitimate purposes elsewhere because that pump station is not needed at all when properly confining West Linn within its present boundary. The only purpose for that pump station is to feed water outside West Linn’s current boundary for urban development into the Stafford Triangle.

Unfortunately, our City Council has already approved of and built that pump station under the false excuse that it was needed to supply water to a new school built along Rosemont Road. Our City Council is certainly deplorable in many respects. It’s very regrettable that the considerable effort to mount a recall of this council fell just a little short of success.

As a consequence, we have to continue to put up with this council and City Manager Chris Jordan. They have a stranglehold on city government. It’s very detrimental and against the best interests and wellbeing of West Linn and its residents.

Bob Thomas is a resident of West Linn.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kristen Wyatt, West Linn assistaint city manager, offered this response to Bob Thomas’ asserstion regarding the city building infrastructure to serve the Stafford area:

“The Water Master Plan and its projects are based on current West Linn boundaries.  This information is found on Page 1 of the Executive Summary of the Water Master Plan. Mr. Thomas believes that the Water Master Plan includes projects to serve the Stafford area. As Page 1 notes, this is not the case.”

Find the Master Water Plan at westlinnoregon.gov/publicworks/water.




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