I support the reelection of Frank O'Donnell to Oregon City's Commission Position 3.
In my 16 years on the City Commission, the last four as mayor, I have never seen any commission member who has studied in more detail the action items before the commission.
O'Donnell is a fiscal conservative who as a private citizen was involved in an initiative that limited the amount that Oregon City's water rate could increase. He has taken action to pay off the debt of Oregon City's Urban Renewal District, eliminating the more than $500,000 interest that would have accrued under current rates.
There is always pressure to expand our urban growth boundary. This must be done in a responsible fashion that protects our natural resources and assures that new development includes park land.
Commissioner O'Donnell is committed to carefully evaluating any annex proposals being brought forth to the City Commission. The current updating of the Beavercreek plan currently before the commission protects quality upland and riparian areas and establishes a pathway connecting future parks.
It is not clear that O'Donnell's opposition, who is endorsed by the Home Builders Association, will support efforts like these. O'Donnell is receiving no financial support from any special interest group for his campaign, and we can rest assured that any decisions he makes will be in the best interest of the citizens of Oregon City.
Doug Neeley is a former city commissioner and mayor. Currently he's a member of Oregon City's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Natural Resource Committee and Urban Renewal Commission.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.