Opinion: Happy Valley development proposal endangers public health
Citizens of my neighborhood were at the Dec. 7 Happy Valley City Council meeting to speak out against a proposed industrial complex on Southeast Armstrong Circle that would ruin our land values, potentially contaminate groundwater wells, destroy grazing and nesting grounds for migratory geese and pollute the neighborhood.
Mayor Tom Ellis told more than 20 people there that the city knows of no plans or proposals for the area and that it's only a hypothetical development. As soon as Mayor Ellis said that, he invited us to stay for the rest of the meeting but said it would probably bore us and chuckled.
As soon as the group left, City Manager Jason Tuck spoke about how he had a meeting with ODOT to propose temporary rule changes to allow more traffic in the area for the development. Then Michael Walter, a development leader for the city, spoke about how he has talked with business and city leaders about potential jobs created by the development.
Mayor Ellis had blatantly lied or misled the group, since they obviously have talked about this development and don't want us involved. I would like get the word out to the community about how the leaders in Happy Valley treat their citizens by misleading them and pushing through development at the cost of public safety and health, along with no regard to legacy neighborhoods that have been here for more than 45 years.
Ryan Founds is a resident of the unincorporated Damascus neighborhood just outside of the current Happy Valley city limits.
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