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Woodburn City Attorney files petition with Oregon Supreme Court on UGB case

By Bob Shields, Woodburn City Attorney

Last week, at the direction of the Woodburn City Council, I filed a petition in the Oregon Supreme Court for review of the recent court ruling in Woodburn’s long-running urban growth boundary (UGB) expansion case. 

Being a public servant is a high calling

Whenever I get the chance, I really enjoy talking to young people about careers in public service, including the rewards and challenges that typically come with the territory. When talking to people about public service, I often field questions about politics, making decisions and working in a transparent “fish bowl” of local governments and the always changing dynamics of our communities.  So when a student recently asked me why I care so much about local government, I really took the time to think about how I arrived at my current station in life and why I’m so blessed to be doing the work that I love.

Tax fraud is no laughing matter

As it is the season for folks to wrap up filing their taxes, the Woodburn Police Department wanted to pass on some information about how to deal with income tax fraud, courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission ( There have already been some local reports of tax fraud/identity theft.

Naming of new street, transit center a well thought out process

By Kathy Figley

Woodburn Mayor


If you’ve been driving along Highway 214 east of the interchange, you’ve noticed that our transit and park and ride facility is nearly complete. Shelters and Electric Vehicle charging stations are the next steps and will be happening soon. While it won’t be in full use until the full interchange is closer to final completion, it’s already an active stop for the Amtrak bus and a number of carpoolers.

City Council to name Transit Center, new street at March 24 meeting

The Woodburn City Council has a unique responsibility before them, one that doesn’t come along very often — naming a new street and the new Transit Center.

When schools go into lockdown, don't call 911 to get info

I have received a few questions about the recent school “Lockdown” that occurred this week. Here’s a little bit about what happened.

Legion Park Project Designed to be Highly Sustainable

The City of Woodburn is dedicated to ensuring that its capital improvement projects are developed in a sustainable manner. This involves a making a commitment to integrating the environmental, economic, and social practices that will increase the community’s quality of life, while promoting responsible management of resources. This concept has been an overriding theme throughout the design phase of the Legion Park Rehabilitation project, which is set to hit full speed later this summer.

Reducing the risk of vehicle theft

Recently in Woodburn, there have been multiple thefts of vehicles in various neighborhoods throughout town.  Reducing the opportunity for your vehicle to be stolen may make the difference.

Council to take action on Marijuana dispensaries

On Aug. 14, 2013 Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 3460 into law. This new law allows medical marijuana dispensaries to open throughout Oregon under certain restrictions in commercial and agricultural zones, as well as directing the Oregon Health Authority to develop rules to regulate and permit dispensaries.

Our readers will recall that last November, the Woodburn City Council reviewed a staff report and information packet on the evolving issue of medical marijuana dispensaries. You can see the full November staff report and packet here.


The Request for Proposals for the acquisition and redevelopment of the Association Building closed September 22, 2014.  The Association Building is an iconic, 10,000 square foot, two-story building, owned by the City of Woodburn, and is located in the heart of the historic downtown at 347 N. Front Street.  Redevelopment of the building is seen as a catalyst for the downtown and the Agency is eager to find the best use for the building.


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