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Oak Lodge Water District

14496 S.E. River Road

Portland, Oregon 97267

United States

Company Description

The Oak Lodge Water District was formed in 1922 in conformance with ORS Chapter 264. The Board of Directors is comprised of five residents of the District and is elected biennially on a staggered term basis. The Mission of the District is to "Provide qu ... more

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Employment History


Port of Chelan County


Knapp Construction, Inc.

Project Manager

Various corporations


County Commissioner

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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, Knapp reminded attendees that he is a chief petitioner against the way the commission is handling the Portland-to-Milwaukie light rail project.
His 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.
He believes decisions should not be made without citizens advising the decision makers.
Knapp says he 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.
But Knapp said he 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.

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"You can feel the energy in the air," petition co-sponsor Jim Knapp said as he was handed a stack of 240 voter signatures.

Knapp 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.
Knapp 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. Knapp is convinced the measure would have qualified for the May ballot without the delay. He 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.
Knapp is also confident that county voters will ultimately reject the county's plan to pay a share of the massive TriMet project.
But Knapp says opponents are prepared to sue the commission if it provides the money after voters say otherwise.
Knapp 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 says.




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