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The next Woodburn City Council meeting will double as a citywide barbecue and celebration of several successful summer projects

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Woodburn City Council will hold a meeting/community barbecue on Monday, Aug. 26, which will include ribbon cuttings to celebrate a renovated city hall, public library park and First Street improvements.Get ready to toast the successes of Woodburn's summer and barbecue with city leaders and officials.

On Monday, Aug. 26, a City Council meeting/Community Barbecue will take place at Woodburn City Hall, 270 Montgomery St., and the Downtown Plaza. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the barbecue is anticipated to strike up shortly afterward.

The uncharacteristically festive element added to this council meeting comes as a recognition of several projects coming to fruition and wrapping up on time, all within the same vicinity: First Street improvements, a new park at the Woodburn Public Library and ronovation of Woodburn City Hall.

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Woodburn City Council will hold a meeting/community barbecue on Monday, Aug. 26, which will include ribbon cuttings to celebrate a renovated city hall, public library park and First Street improvements.

The tone and mood of the council meeting toward the tail end of the August 12 session exhibited a staff and panel toasting recent community events, Fiesta Mexicana and National Night Out, in addition to tipping hats over the First Street project. The latter transpired smoothly despite obstacles, such as finding 11 buried fuel tanks (they knew of 3 going into the project) all of which had to be removed and thoroughly cleaned up.

All this unfolded with a vagabond city staff that just recently moved back to its permanent, renovated digs.

"I have to say, this takes cleaning up Woodburn too a whole new level," Councilor Lisa Ellsworth said.

"We're very excited about it; I have a big smile on my face as I walk down and look at all the work that's being done," City Administrator Scott Derickson answered. "I actually did a little dance downtown where one particular difficult building existed that made my life challenging for a number of years. That's now been solved."

There was more coming.

"I'm just excited that it's cleaner and safer, and we have an environmentally safe city now," said Councilor Sharon Schaub. "All of those tanks under ground leaking fuel, very dangerous (now gone)."

Councilor Robrer Carney said he looked forward to inviting the public in to see the new city hall and council chambers and greeting people on the street to get a feel for how the projects are received.

"I'm all about the images," Mayor Eric Swenson chipped in. "So when I drive downtown and see all the bricks and stripes in the parking lot, everything I see now I have this understanding that it took, in some cases 10 years, in some cases a year to do just that...the innovation and ideas that our city staff has to make things happen is quite incredible."

"Downtown is just gorgeous," Ellsworth added. "I can wear a pair of heels and go out to dinner in downtown Woodburn now."

Anything else?

"I might suggest that you wear good walking shoes on the 26th for our city council community barbecue," Derickson advised. "Because we will be cutting a ribbon here at city hall, for our new peace poll and landscape project, for First Street and library park playground equipment. So we will be walking around."

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Woodburn City Council will hold a meeting/community barbecue on Monday, Aug. 26, which will include ribbon cuttings to celebrate a renovated city hall, public library park and First Street improvements.

If you go

What: Woodburn City Council meeting & Community Barbecue

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26; barbecue is expected to begin about 7 p.m.

Where: City Hall, 270 Montgomery St. & Downtown Plaza

Features: Ribbon cuttings, including one at city hall and Woodburn Public Library


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