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Council also adopts new methodology regarding system developement charges for parks

STAFF PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik, left, is sworn in by Municipal Judge Jack Morris Monday night.Tualatin's new mayor along with three members of the Tualatin City Council were sworn in Monday night amid a packed conference room at the Juanita Pohl Center.

Frank Bubenik became the first new mayor in almost a quarter of a century while three councilors, Nancy Grimes, Bridget Brooks and Maria Reyes, were all sworn in. All four were sworn in by Tualatin Municipal Court Judge Jack Morris.

The gathering was believed to have been the largest in the council chambers in at least the last decade, according to Councilor Joelle Davis, who later in the evening was reappointed council president.

In other council news Monday, the council:

• Heard a report from Judge Morris, who along with Court Administrator Cortney Kammerer, is marking the 10th anniversary of the local court. Morris said his judicial philosophy involving traffic court is if not to make people's appearances before him enjoyable to at least make the experience tolerable.

"For a lot of folks, our little court is (their) first contact with the court system," he told the council.

TIMES PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Tualatin City Councilor Bridget Brooks is sworn in by Municipal Judge Jack Morris Monday night.Councilor Robert Kellogg later noted he still sees lots of people on their cell phones and asked what the fine was for getting pulled over? The judge replied that a first offense is $265 and it increases significantly for a second offense with a third offense considered a criminal misdemeanor.

• Adopted an ordinance that changes the methodology regarding parks system development charges, commonly referred to as SDCs. SDCs are charges paid by developers to pay for infrastructure. Mayor Bubenik said all the adoption did was set a cap on what could be charged, an amount he doesn't expect will be charged, and sets no specific rates yet. That could come this spring but Bubenik said there are no plans to "price us out of the competition" regarding other cities when it comes to setting those rates.

Still Councilor Paul Morrison said since there is limited development in Tualatin his fear is that developers will think twice about building in Tualatin and asked that the adoption be delayed.

TIMES PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Tualatin City Councilor Nancy Grimes, left, is sworn in by Municipal Judge Jack Morris Monday night.Meanwhile, two meetings were set for next week, one addressing next steps regarding the Southwest Corridor light rail project, the other an open house to look at the Basalt Creek comprehensive plan.

The Basalt Creek meeting is set for Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Horizon Christian High School, 23370 SW Boones Ferry Road. The meeting will highlight the area's guiding document for land use for an area that will be developed by both Wilsonville and Tualatin.

TIMES PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Tualatin City Councilorf Maria Reyes is sworn in by Municipal Judge Jack Morris Monday night.Two days later, TriMet will host a community meeting to discuss plans for building a light rail station and park and ride at Bridgeport Village on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Tigard Public Library. The 6 to 7:30 p.m. meeting, entitled "Bonita to Bridgeport," will allow the agency to get feedback from the public on their planned Southwest Corridor light rail project. That will include any concerns residents have about the possibility the Village Inn Restaurant could be displaced. TriMet officials previously have said they are working on alternatives, so that the restaurant that was moved once already, could stay put.

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