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Coronavirus, meetings, evictions, and a diversity and equity audit are all on the agenda for discussion

PMG FILE PHOTO - The city council will discuss a number of city operations and functions at its next meeting, Monday March 30. At a virtual meeting Monday, March 30, the West Linn City Council is scheduled to discuss COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a city-wide moratorium on evictions and a diversity and equity audit.

Because of state and federal restrictions on large gatherings, there won't be in-person public attendance at the meeting, but citizens can watch it live on cable channel 30 or online at the city's meeting website.

Through its website, the city has established a way for residents to give comment on individual agenda items without being present at the meetings. Citizens can either comment through the website's e-comment feature or sign up to give live video comments.

As part of its discussion on the coronavirus, the council will talk about the city's response to the disease, the recently passed moratorium on commercial and residential evictions, how neighborhood associations and citizen advisory groups should go about conducting business and the status of city facilities, operations and General Obligation bond projects.

As has become the council's practice over the past month and a half, the body will also devote a portion of the meeting to discussing diversity, equity and inclusion within the city. Part of this discussion will include an update on diversity and equity audits of the city, which councilors called for after revelations of the Michael Fesser case shook the city last month. Fesser, a black man from Portland was illegally investigated and arrested by West Linn police in 2017.

The meeting's agenda also mentions a request to the city from the Willamette Falls Paper Co, though no more information about this request was available.


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