Mielke testifies in Clackamas

The Oregonian is reporting that Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke lauded Clackamas County commissioners at a Thursday meeting for their bravery in taking up a resolution opposing the Columbia River Crossing project.

The Oregonian reports:

“I appreciate you taking up this very controversial issue,” Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke told the board Thursday. “It takes a lot of guts.”

The Clackamas County commissioners failed to pass the resolution in question, but Clark County commissioners elected the same day to add a very similar resolution to their agenda this coming Tuesday.

Compare his statements Thursday to what he said Jan. 30 when he originally turned away the addition of such a resolution.

From our story:

“(Being neutral) is what we’re asking those we pay dues to, to do,” Mielke said.

His comment there is made in reference to the commission’s January decision to withdraw funding to the Columbia River Economic Development Council because it supports the current Columbia River Crossing project.

Mielke has a chance to make a final statement on where he stands with his vote next week.

Clark County commissioners take up the matter at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the county Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street, on the sixth floor.

Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle covers Clark County government for The Columbian. He can be followed on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ehidle, on Twitter at @col_clarkgov or contacted by email at erik.hidle@columbian.com

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