Merriam-Webster defines integrity. The Oxford English Dictionary defines integrity. And now the Clark County commissioners define "integrity" in one part of a 13-page, nonbinding resolution that commissioners have finally passed by a 2-1 vote after more than a month of acrimony.
A controversial light-rail contract inked in September was still being changed hours before the C-Tran Board of Directors approved it, and board members never saw the actual agreement before the vote was taken, according to records released by the agency this month.
It's been almost a month since Oregon leaders formed a special legislative committee on the Columbia River Crossing, at which time a top state official declared immediate action was necessary to keep the project on track.
Clark County commissioners on Tuesday postponed action on a resolution admonishing the Columbia River Crossing and its sponsors for a "lack of integrity" and calling for a defunding of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement.
Although Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney has dismissed the chances of a special legislative session this year to discuss the Columbia River Crossing, he and House Speaker Tina Kotek have appointed a committee to hold hearings on it.
By Molly Harbarger, The Oregonian
October 26, 2013 2:05 p.m.
Clackamas County commissioners are in consensus that their worries about congestion on one of the county’s main arteries needs to be taken seriously in consideration of an Oregon-only solution to the $2.7 billion bridge across the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver.
Oregon lawmakers must act this fall to recommit money to the Columbia River Crossing, or the project’s schedule and political support will unravel, Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matthew Garrett told a group of business leaders and citizens in Portland this morning.