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Oregon City project in limbo, along with citizen volunteer who resigned effective Dec. 31

Oregon City's elected officials are heading back to the drawing board after twice failing to reach a majority vote over filling a two-year vacancy on the Urban Renewal Commission.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Mike Mitchell, a longtime member of Oregon City's Urban Renewal Commission, resigned effective Dec. 31.As of Jan. 1, a vacancy on the commission is going unfilled for the two remaining years on a four-year position previously held by Mike Mitchell, who submitted his letter of resignation effective Dec. 31.

Oregon City's major urban-renewal project is in limbo, along with the seventh member of the commission overseeing tax-increment funding.

In November, Oregon City officials said they didn't know about a recent sheriff's auction of the majority share of a proposal to build 370 housing units near the Clackamas River and used this alleged fraud as partial justification to terminate their contract with a developer.

With unanimous votes by the Urban Renewal Commission on Nov. 25, city officials are attempting to pull the plug on their deal with the current private developer for the Clackamette Cove.

City commissioners on Dec. 6 interviewed three candidates for the seventh position on the Urban Renewal Commission — Dirk Schlagenhaufer, Shawn Cross and Steve VanHaverbeke — and voted to appoint Cross to the four-year position through 2023, a position previously held by VanHaverbeke.

On Dec. 6, city commissioners were deadlocked over the appointment of the two-year Urban Renewal Commission term, so they discussed it again on Dec. 18. Mayor Dan Holladay favored Schlagenhaufer, but Commissioner Rachel Lyles Smith favored VanHaverbeke for the position.

Eventually the city commissioners voted Dec. 18 to reopen the process for accepting applications through the end of January for candidates to the two-year Urban Renewal Commission position.

For more information or to apply, visit orcity.org/bc.


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