As my final city councilor term comes to an end, it gives me cause to reflect back on the past nine-plus years that I have had the honor and privilege to serve the citizens of this city I love.

I have had the pleasure to work with a diverse group of Milwaukie citizens who accepted the challenge to serve the community as a councilor or mayor.

Their styles and methods of governing were, and are, as different as their personalities. But, there was one thread of commonality that held all of us together and that was to make Milwaukie a better place live, work and play now and in the future.

This statement also applies to the entire professional city staff that I have had the pleasure to work with over the years and all of our politically and community-minded citizens that serve the city as volunteers on our boards and commissions or as neighborhood leaders.

On the rare occasion I hear the statement “the council never gets anything done!” I find that statement hurtful and humorous at the same time. That assertion couldn’t be further from the truth. Not to say that all of the citizens, nor even I, are in favor of all of council actions that have brought change to our community, but there have been many accomplishments.

Here’s a list of a few of the accomplishments that come to mind: North Main Village, Street Surface Maintenance Program, Walk Safely Milwaukie Program, development or purchase of land for five neighborhood parks, City Hall Sculpture Garden.

I want to say thank you to the current City Council, City Manager Bill Monahan, City Recorder Pat DuVal and Community Development Director Kenny Asher for making my last couple of years of serving on the City Council some of the most rewarding and enjoyable of my tenure.

Milwaukie Councilor Joe Loomis will step down from City Council at the end of this year.

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