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Victory: City Council approved funding

posted Apr 17, 2012, 3:43 PM by Laurent Rochette
I was not exactly sure what to expect from the working session of the Wilsonville City Council on April 16th. Despite the fact that none of us could provide comments or ask question, a fairly big group was in attendance to show support for the Metro feasibility grant of bridge to cross the Willamette river in Wilsonville.
Earlier in the day Simon Springall (@simonspringall), the chairman of the Wilsonville-French Prairie Bridge Campaign has sent to the City a petition we started 5 days earlier with 700 signatures.

Chris Neamtzu gave a staff presentation to the council. The presentation is available below. Councilors took turns asking questions. The full work session has been recorded and is available here and the discussion about the bridge starts around 5:30.
I think the key argument was the potential for tourism dollars to be spent in Wilsonville as the city could be the gateway to the French Prairie.
The important point is that the council unanimously agreed to direct the city staff to move forward with the $1.25M study. This is a keystone decision as we’re afraid the council would stop the project altogether by simply refusing the grant. It does not mean the  end of hurdles but at least the first one has been cleared.

After the work session, the council went into the “normal” meeting where public input is welcomed. I took the opportunity to thank the council for their decision emphasizing the huge local support and the potential for visitors as shown by the big number of comments on the petition from people outside Wilsonville but living around it. “Build it and they will come!”.

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Laurent Rochette,
Apr 17, 2012, 3:43 PM