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Jim KnappCommissioner - District #1 - Port of Chelan811 Willowbrook DrWenatchee, WA 98801 Tel: (509) 663-5740Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Lodge Water District
Jim Knapp (Commissioner)
was sworn into office on July 1, 1995.
Knapp fed up with county ...
Knapp fed up with county commission
Jim Knapp, a board member of the Oak Lodge Water District, says he has had enough of what he calls "the devious deception of the county commissioners."
While speaking to the Boring Citizen Planning Organization
reminded attendees that he
is a chief petitioner against the way the commission is handling the Portland-to-Milwaukie light rail project.
petition, which would be on the Sept. 18 ballot, would require the commission to put any decision for rail projects to a vote of county residents before committing funds.
believes decisions should not be made without citizens advising the decision makers.
has testified to the commission and asked questions, but has received no responses.
"What I have been finding out," he
said, "is that the commissioners want to spend money on a Portland agenda that doesn't fit Clackamas County.
was appalled when he
found out (from the Cascade Policy Institute) the light rail project would cost at least $205 million per mile.
"For that price," he
said, "we could buy big fancy rock-star buses for 200 years."
Choosing to pay for part of that project, Knapp
said, is typical of many other commission decisions.
"I've had enough, like you have," he
told the Boring CPO group.
"There are no goals; there's no master plan that I can lay my hands on; and I don't know what direction we're going in. It's incredible.
I couldn't run a business more than six months the way this county is haphazardly run."
Outside of the meeting, Knapp
told The Post he
has gained special skills during 35 years of business experience.
Since 1995, he has served on the Oak Lodge Water District board balancing budgets and handling public funds.
"You can feel the energy in ...
"You can feel the energy in the air," petition co-sponsor Jim Knapp said as he was handed a stack of 240 voter signatures.
and the other opponents had hoped to collect about 12,000 signatures by the 5 p.m. deadline last week, enough to likely guarantee the measure a spot on the May 15 primary election ballot.
Instead, they had received only about 8,000 signatures by late in the afternoon.
was not disappointed.
Petitions had been circulating for just five days.
A ballot title challenge delayed the start of signature gathering by nearly three weeks.
is convinced the measure would have qualified for the May ballot without the delay.
is confident of collecting more than enough signatures to place it on the Sept. 18 special election ballot.
"We will make it on the ballot and it will pass," said Knapp, owner of Knapp Construction Co.
is also confident that county voters will ultimately reject the county's plan to pay a share of the massive TriMet project.
says opponents are prepared to sue the commission if it provides the money after voters say otherwise.
and the others say Metro uses them as a redevelopment tool to force oversized housing complexes on modest residential neighborhoods.
Knapp is on the Oak Grove Water Board.
"They've thrown everything they had against us in the past and we've still won," Knapp
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