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West Linn Historic City Hall Listed on National Register of Historic Places - 10/27/21

WEST LINN, OR – October 27, 2021

We are excited to share that the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office just announced that West Linn’s Historic City Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places! The recognition of the property’s significance is a key component to revitalizing the area as a gateway and anchor for the West Linn Waterfront Project and the Willamette Falls Heritage Area.

The listing will allow the City and its partner, the Willamette Falls and Landings Heritage Coalition (WFLHC), to apply for grants and funding for planned restoration work to Historic City Hall. The City and the WFLHC are moving forward with building renovations to create a cultural center operated by the WFLHC. Once renovated, Historic City Hall will have community meeting facilities, office spaces, and an interpretive center highlighting area history and displaying local artwork.

“This is a tremendous achievement for our community and the Waterfront Area,” Mayor Walters stated, “I am excited for the momentum this brings to revitalizing the Historic City Hall Building and the surrounding area.” 

Historic City Hall was unique in that it was conceived as a public-private partnership in 1936, housing government services and commercial businesses. Funded through the Public Works Administration relief program of the Great Depression, Historic City Hall served as a center of city life, housing the council chambers, city offices, library, police station, post office, and a grocery market that was the flagship store to what would later become the Thriftway grocery store chain throughout Oregon. 

Progress towards renovation of Historic City Hall as a destination cultural heritage and community center remains underway, thanks to our tribal partners, area landowners, Willamette Falls and Landings Heritage Coalition, Clackamas County, and funding from the 2018 General Obligation Bond passed by voters.

 

Interested in learning more about the history of West Linn, Historic City Hall and the area? Read the application materials submitted for National Registry of Historic Places here

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City of West Linn Boil Water Advisory LIFTED for Robinwood Pressure Zone - 10/17/21

West Linn, OR--Sunday, October 17, 2021

The City of West Linn has received water quality testing results from water samples taken following the water main break near Trillium Drive and Old River Drive that occurred on Friday. As of Sunday morning the boil water advisory has been lifted for the Robinwood Water Pressure Zone and water quality tests have confirmed the water is safe for consumptionPlease note that most West Linn residents were not affected by the original water quality advisory and are not affected by this notice.  

West Linn residents in the Robinwood Water Pressure Zone were notified on Friday October 15, 2021 of a potential problem with their drinking water and were advised to boil drinking water until further notice. We are pleased to report that the problem has been corrected and that it is no longer necessary to boil water or take steps to disinfect your water. The original cause of the the issue was a water main break caused by a large vehicle hitting and damaging a fire hydrant near Trillum Drive and Old River Drive.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Water is safe to drink and may be used as normal. 

 

More information and map of originally affected area available at the incident website here:  https://bit.ly/3AJuUSB

City of West Linn Boil Water Notice Issued: Robinwood Pressure Zone Only - 10/15/21

West Linn, OR – October 15, 2021

BOIL WATER NOTICE:  A damaged water main has caused disruption to the City water system in the Robinwood Pressure Zone ONLY. City crews have repaired the damage, but out of caution and due to possible loss of pressure a BOIL WATER NOTICE HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE ROBINWOOD PRESSURE ZONE ONLY.

PLEASE NOTE: Most homes in West Linn are NOT affected by this boil notice. Residents in the Robinwood Pressure Zone on the attached map are advised to boil water until water quality samples return from the lab (expected on Sunday) - we will update the City webpage page and City social media when samples have returned. Please see the attached boil water notice and City website at https://bit.ly/3AJuUSB for further details. Check the attached map to see if your water is affected. 

West Linn Announces Final Police Chief Candidates - 10/15/21

WEST LINN, OR – October 15, 2021 –Three finalists for the West Linn Chief of Police position have been selected following an extensive community input, screening, and preliminary interview process. The finalists include Port of Portland Police Captain Cory Chase, Acting West Linn Police Chief Peter Mahuna, and Leadership Program Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Terry Moss.

Chase oversees law enforcement at Portland International Airport, General Aviation, and surrounding Port properties in his current role as Captain for the Port of Portland Police Department. Chase worked for the Port Police Department as a Patrol Operations Lieutenant and Special Operations Lieutenant since 2012 before being promoted to Captain in 2017. Prior to working for the Port, Chase was a Patrol Officer for the Prineville Police Department, and held a number of positions of increasing responsibility for the Redmond Police Department, including Police Officer and Field Training Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant. Chase highlights accomplishments such as improvements to department culture, reforming training/evaluation/use-of-force programs, and leading an evolving diversity, equity, and inclusion program to create transparency and community partnership. He has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree from Columbia Southern University. 

Mahuna has been Acting Chief of the West Linn Police Department (WLPD) since April of 2020 and Captain for West Linn since 2018. Mahuna has been serving the Portland Metropolitan area for 29 years, most recently as Captain of the Drugs and Vice Division for the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). He also rose through the ranks at PPB through positions in Operations, Investigations, and Services Departments, including supervisory roles. Mahuna highlights transformative cultural changes he made in the Sex Crimes and Personnel Divisions while at PPB, current collaborative relationships with police oversight and community groups, and leading the WLPD through a challenging period of history, including local and national racial injustice, COVID-19, a historic ice storm, and wildfires. Mahuna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Pacific University, holds an Executive Certificate from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, and is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police. 

Moss currently serves as the Leadership Program Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), developing curriculum and providing police training on a wide range of topics for the past three years. Moss has 30 years of police experience, beginning as a Reserve Officer for the City of Molalla, before becoming a full-time Officer for 27 years for the City of St. Helens. He promoted through every rank in the organization and spent the last five years as the St. Helen’s Chief of Police. As the Chief of Police, he led the agency through the accreditation process and helped to develop a countywide Crisis Intervention Team. In 2018 he received the Max Patterson award from the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police for presenting programs of outstanding benefit to young people of all ages in the community. Moss holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Portland State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Finalists will take part in a comprehensive in-person Assessment Center Exercise on October 28 with representatives of a number of community groups, including the West Linn Police Accountability and Oversight Task Force, Building Bridges, West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, West Linn Community for Police Reform, and each neighborhood association. This exercise will be publicly broadcast for the community and is designed to measure critical job competencies identified by the community. 

Two additional evaluations for October 29 have been developed in partnership with Emergency Services Consulting International, our expert in public safety recruitment. These are not community-based evaluations and will not be publicly broadcast, they will be performed by the City Manager; City leadership; Derrick Peterson, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Captain and President of the local chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); Luke Strait, Milwaukie Police Chief and Don Johnson, Lake Oswego Fire Chief and former Chief of Police.

Data provided from all the evaluations, along with valuable input from community and other stakeholder groups will be combined and used in the decision making process. The City Manager expects to make a final decision in November after careful review and analysis of all provided information. 

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