Former commissioner: More good to come for Oregon City
Four years ago I was elected to Position 1 of the Oregon City Commission. Unfortunately I was not re-elected, but I would like to congratulate Rocky Smith and Rachel Lyles Smith for being elected to the commission.
As a commissioner, I found myself not only busy with commission work, but also representing this city in various other capacities: helping relocate 50 families from a landslide, sitting on the Library Building Committee, serving on the steering committee for the Oregon City Homeless Solutions Coalition, assisting on the Urban Renewal Commission to enhance our Main Street, serving as a board member for South Fork Water Board and lastly participating on the OCPD/Municipal Court building committee.
I felt I became part of a "family" of employees who keep this city operating, who every day do what is in the best interests of its citizens.
Their efforts have given us an award-winning Main Street; a AA bond rating; a new award-winning library with a monthly door count of 40,000 users; a former cement plant now housing 800 folks; and collaborative relationships with the college, county, state and Metro on various projects in the city, including the Blue Heron/Legacy Riverwalk.
And to my fellow commissioners, Nancy Ide and Renate Mengelberg, thank you for showing such a high degree of professionalism and dedication, and a great face for this community. I also had the opportunity to serve with other great commissioners, Carol Pauli, Daphne Wuest and Rocky Smith.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your city commissioner. And I thank my family for giving me the freedom to serve.
There are many more great things to happen in this city, and I encourage citizens to participate when and where you can.
Brian Shaw is a former Oregon City commissioner.