LO-Tigard water project has strict conditions

WEST LINN, Ore. (KOIN) — Lamont King lives near the construction of a water treatment plant in West Linn. But the water being treated is for Lake Oswego and Tigard.

King and other homeowners told KOIN 6 News they feel deceived and ignored by city officials when this project is discussed.

“Joel said, ‘We didn’t write anything down,’” King said. “If they actually looked at other sites, why didn’t they write anything down about it?”

The Joel he referred to is Joel Komerak, who is in charge of the Joint Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Plant.

The project was unanimously rejected — 7-0 — in 2012 by West Linn’s planning commission. Yet, it still went forward.

“I think the project changed fairly dramatically between what the planning commisssion was presented with and  what the West Linn council was presented with,” Komerak told KOIN 6 News.

Not possible, King said.

“According to our city code, if the plans change more than 10% it would require it to go back to the planning ocmmission,” he said.

It didn’t, and the West Linn City Council signed off on the project.

Komerak said West Linn imposed more than 100 conditions to mitigate the impact of the construction, and not one has been violated.

Neighbors told KOIN 6 News they feel helpless when things like this happen. And some said they’re owed money from the city in a lawsuit settlement.

“Every time you call and they’re very sorry about the inconveniences, but nothing will be done about it,” King said. “I would hate to try and sell my house in the next three years because of all the construction.”

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