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City Council Votes 4-3 to Move Forward with Membrane Filtration 

This drawing, from a past City Council presentation on water treatment options, accurately portrays the flow of tonight's meeting.
  • This drawing, from a past City Council presentation on water treatment options, accurately portrays the flow of tonight's meeting.

After a lengthy debate on whether to use ultraviolet lights or membranes to filter Bend's surface water, the City Council voted 4-3 in favor of moving forward with the stalled membrane option, effectively putting to rest a 5-year discussion.

But the decision making approach left many in the audience, as well as a few councilors, scratching their heads. Instead of moving to accept or reject the unnumbered resolution on the agenda, to "proceed with membrane filtration treatment for the city's Bridgecreek pipeline replacement project," Councilor Victor Chudowsky introduced a motion to effectively revert back to the resolution approved by council in 2010 to move forward with membrane filtration.

While opinion in the preceding discussions had been split evenly between the UV camp (Mayor Jim Clinton and Councilors Doug Knight and Sally Russell) and the membrane camp (Councilors Jodie Barram, Scott Ramsay and Chudowsky), that tie was broken by Councilor Mark Capell, who had remained silent during the debate on account of a "potential conflict" regarding his brother's employment with the company contracted to construct the filtration system.

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Erin Rook

Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...
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