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Are residents being represented?

I attended the recent “meet the contractor” meeting hosted by the Lake Oswego-Tigard partnership (LOT). For those of you who don’t know, LOT is constructing a $250 million-plus industrial water treatment plant in the middle of one of our residential neighborhoods in West Linn with little or no oversight from our own city.

This was demonstrated again on Tuesday night when the neighbors gathered and not a single representative from our city or City Council was in attendance. Many issues were discussed and the issue with trucks and noise was quickly dismissed because “major industrial projects require both.” Questions about rights of citizens were deflected by LOT, and their representative stated that we needed to address those concerns with our own city; his concern was basically for LOT.

The highlight came when we found out that the noise was only going to increase with the pipeline being installed under the river.

Major sound barriers are being installed but the noise will be so extreme that LOT is offering to relocate residents within 300 feet to other accommodations during the estimated two week construction period for installing the pipe. This work will be done 24/7 and our city has no regulations for noise generated during construction.

Where was our own city staff and council members? This has been the history of the entire project which provides little or no benefit to our own city.

Our city Planning Commission unanimously rejected this project as entirely inappropriate for our neighborhood and was overruled by our City Council.

The benefits claimed by the city to West Linn are not supported by the facts and even the onetime payment only came about because the citizens objected to the project at the Planning Commission and they listened.

The City Council has since made changes to the Planning Commission and replaced the chairman to seemingly ensure that they listen more closely to the city staff and not the citizens they serve.

Lamont King

West Linn

White Oak Savanna thank you BBQ planned

There will be a thank you BBQ from noon to 2 p.m. on June 21, at the white oak savanna, 2425 Tannler Drive. The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will be our honored guests. They will speak about the savanna being part of the ceded tribal land and the “Forever Land.”

Also present will be representatives from several elected offices including staff from Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, staff from Rep. Kurt Schrader, state Sen. Richard Devlin and Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette. There will be a poet, Samuel Roderick Roxas-Chua, present to read one of his poems.

This BBQ rib lunch is being co-sponsored by Albertson’s Market and NLWL, a local nonprofit organization that has been working on the savanna for over 10 years.

The BBQ is free to all white oak savanna supporters. This is to thank those who have helped by donating their time and/or money to making the white oak savanna into a restored public natural park and significant wildlife habitat. Please bring a chair and sit and relax and enjoy the afternoon. There will be a donation jar present and donations will be happily received. We are in full fundraising mode to match the Metro grant of $500,000 we were recently awarded.

Roberta Schwarz

West Linn




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