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.