Letters to the Editor
Follow the money, stop the bleeding
Please join me in hitting the STOP button on three councilors that continue to squander our tax dollars.
They preside over hours and hours of meetings while the city attorney is billing his hourly rate!
For much of 2019, taxpayers bankrolled several additional attorneys as well as a facilitator. The facilitator's bill is reaching $70,000 and counting. Yet, after employing these outside professionals, the council meetings remain lengthy.
As recently as Nov. 12, Councilor Relyea reacted in a disrespectful manner toward our elected mayor in a public meeting. Councilors Relyea, Cummings and Sakelik pushed an expensive agenda to strip our city manager of supervision over the city attorney.
The costs incurred included legal advice, staff work and $10-15,000 to place a charter amendment in the November special election that voters had rejected twice before, neglecting pressing issues and wasting taxpayer dollars.
After the voters sent a mandate to the council, I was hopeful these three councilors would focus on collaborating with the other members of the council and city staff.
Instead, they returned with an agenda that overrides the recommendations of staff and needs of our community.
They have pushed an ill-advised project daylighting a 400-yard drain storm pipe running along Tannler Drive in White Oak Savanna Park to only have the storm water return to a pipe. The feasibility study alone will cost taxpayers $20,000. The entire project could cost upwards of a million dollars.
The City Manager has reduced staff and services as a result of a strained budget.
Is it worth the investment to daylight a storm drain just to watch it flow back into a pipe? Stormwater runoff remains a problem in many neighborhoods, but rank lower than the daylighting project.
It's time to hold these councilors to task: provide needed services to ALL of West Linn, not just the vocal few!
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