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City of West Linn Mayor Criticizes New Tolling Survey - 09/28/23

WEST LINN, OR – Sept 28, 2023 – City of West Linn Mayor Rory Bialostosky wrote a letter to Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) leaders criticizing the agency’s recently released survey, which purportedly asks for feedback on how to build a regional tolling system that “works for our communities.”

“The survey appears to represent an attempt by ODOT to manipulate public input to receive only positive feedback for ODOT’s plan to institute the Regional Mobility Pricing Project,” Bialostosky wrote. “The survey presented to the public quashes dissent and some questions lack essential context and lead members of the public to select answers that represent conclusions that they may not wish to support.”

Bialostosky identified several issues, including questions that lack context and rely on misleading assumptions; survey design that does not allow for meaningful public dissent from the State’s tolling plans; and presentation of options that have not been analyzed with sufficient rigor to allow local governments and the public to comment meaningfully. He supported his analysis with details from the survey language as well as public feedback posted on social media.

“While toll collection has been paused until 2026, the State continues to barrel down the path of inequitable tolling that is not regional and will result in some residents paying drastically more than others solely based on where people live in the region and their activities in daily life,” Bialostosky concluded. “Key data detailing localized diversion in the different scenarios is also missing, precluding local governments and residents from expressing informed opinions on the options. If equity truly is the central tenet of the ODOT process, as is always talked about by officials and key legislators, the current tolling plan and approach cannot move forward.”

Read Mayor Bialostosky’s letter in full at:

Megan Big John
Megan Big John
City of West Linn Announces Megan Big John will be Parks and Recreation Director (Photo) - 09/26/23

The City of West Linn is pleased to announce that Megan Big John will be joining our team October 16th as Parks and Recreation Director.  Big John, a West Linn resident, is currently the Parks Manager with the City of Lake Oswego, OR, where she oversees Parks Division staff in all aspects of day-to-day maintenance and improvements to developed parks and natural areas. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Oregon State University and has over 20 years of public and private sector experience in parks, landscaping, and community involvement. During her 14 years at the City of Lake Oswego, Big John has been a part of parks maintenance, parks development planning, recreation programs, and budgeting. She’s actively involved in the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association, currently serving as Director at Large and previously as President of the Maintenance and Construction Section. 

“I’m thrilled about this hire,” said West Linn City Manager John Williams. “Megan brings deep experience in the field, excellent local knowledge, and an open, transparent approach to community outreach. West Linn’s parks and natural areas are a huge part of our city’s livability, and Megan is exactly the kind of leader our community and our Parks and Recreation Department need to lead us into the future.”

Big John said, “I am very excited to have this opportunity to join the West Linn Parks and Recreation team! It will be an honor to serve the West Linn community and to support the dedicated parks and programing staff.”

Megan Big John succeeds Ken Warner as West Linn Parks and Recreation Director. Warner was Director for almost four years as a capstone to over 30 years of service in West Linn. Williams said: “I want to thank Ken for his long service to our community. He’s touched the lives of thousands of West Linn kids through his leadership of our recreation programs since the 1990s, and more recently led the entire department through very difficult years during the COVID-19 pandemic, ice storms, and more. Ken will really be missed.”

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Attached Media Files: Megan Big John