My column in the March 7 Tidings only had room within the 550 word limit to cover just part of the many gross fabrications Mayor Kovash made within his Feb. 28 Tidings column.

In his column’s remainder he essentially bragged about arranging to receive $5 million from Lake Oswego for its use of our right of way along Highway 43 to install an oversized 4-foot-diameter waterline to run from West Linn to Lake Oswego carrying water for Lake Oswego and Tigard from an enlarged Lake Oswego treatment plant in West Linn approved by West Linn’s city council.

Instead of following the planning commission’s responsible lead of denying Lake Oswego’s application for expansion of its water treatment plant in West Linn, our council instead unanimously approved its expansion under condition that West Linn extracts $5 million from Lake Oswego. This council action has been appealed to LUBA.

That $5 million won’t be used in any way to counter losses to be suffered by West Linn businesses along Highway 43 north of its junction with Hidden Springs Road due to major disruption of that section of Highway 43 when trenched for installation of the above-mentioned 4-foot-diameter waterline.

Kovash also ridiculously claimed that buried water transmission lines leading from an enlarged Lake Oswego treatment plant in West Linn will be built to withstand a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. That’s grossly false. An earthquake of such a very high magnitude will almost certainly rupture those particular lines but also rupture all of the existing water lines in West Linn. Also all electricity supplies will be disrupted so no water treatment plant could be operated anyway. Furthermore, I believe there’s a high likelihood that Lake Oswego’s treatment plant in West Linn could be seriously damaged because it’s located in the lowest regions of West Linn where alluvial soil deposits will suffer liquefaction during such an earthquake.

So Kovash shows his utter ignorance by spouting such nonsense.

Kovash, with the rest of the council, has sat on the budget committee. They’ve been derelict in their duties by not directing the proper use of the large amount of monies that have repeatedly occurred annually in ending fund balances in the water fund. The last was $1,495,817. They’ve been far more than ample to cover the relatively small water fund reserve requirements. The large remainders should have been used to immediately fund needed waterline improvements and replacements. But that wasn’t done.

Other funds have also been available for this, as described in the first column in my blog. It’s accessed by typing in the address bar of any Internet browser.

Consequently, it’s outrageous that the utility advisory board recommended an 18 percent water rate increase and the council plans to ask voters to approve it, falsely claiming it’s absolutely needed for necessary repairs and replacements of waterlines.

Now Kovash says that the $5 million coming from Lake Oswego means water system improvements like rebuilding the Bolton Reservoir can move forward. This council, being irresponsibly wedded to the oversized and excessively expensive 2008 adopted water master plan, will pursue building its oversized 4-million-gallon Bolton Reservoir at a cost of $8 million in 2008 dollars instead of responsibly building the ample 2.4-million-gallon Bolton Reservoir for $3,515,000 in 2008 dollars outlined in the 2004 adopted plan.

Bob Thomas is a West Linn resident.

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