CPO endorses a petition to withdraw from the regional government

The Boring Community Planning Organization has voted to endorse a petition to withdraw from Metro, the regional government.

At the Boring CPO’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7, 34 voting members of the CPO cast their votes to end the series “To Metro or Not To Metro” brought forth by Chairman Steve Bates and other members of the organization.

The paper ballot had three possible options: do nothing, endorse a petition to withdraw from Metro; or support the annexation of the rest of Boring into Metro. by: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - At the meeting on Jan. 7, the Boring CPO participated in a paper ballot vote on what to do about the Metro border running through their area.

The ballots were formally read at 7:30 p.m. The vote passed with 24 of the 34 votes in favor of supporting the petition.

At the end of the meeting, Bates presented the CPO with petition packets that had been pre-stuffed in anticipation of the voting outcome. The packets were available for members to check out and circulate in their neighborhoods.

On Monday, Jan. 13, Bates sent the petition statement to Oregon House representatives Mark Johnson, Shemia Fagan, Bill Kennemer, Andy Olson and Jim Thompson.

The petition asks for the introduction and passage of a House bill that will change the boundaries of Metro. The petition asks that Oregon Revised Statute 268.030(3), which gives the definition of Metro, be amended to read that the Metro area: “lies within the boundaries of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties with the exception of the Boring area in Clackamas County. The eastern boundary of the ‘Metropolitan Area’ within Clackamas County is the eastern boundary of the city of Damascus.”

During the meeting, the discussion turned toward whether the petition would make a difference. One CPO member said, “Now is the time.” The CPO’s goal is to make this an election issue and get current legislative candidates interested in their cause.

Bates presented the petition to the Clackamas County Commission the morning of Thursday, Jan. 9. Bates said Commissioner Paul Savas made some comments agreeing with the people of Boring in terms of unrest about the town being half in and half out of Metro.

“We’re getting off the ground,” said Bates of the process.

Bates hopes the signatures will be gathered by the end of April ready to be sent out on or around May 1.

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