Bend lists Mirror Pond applicants

By Hillary Borrud / The Bulletin

The Mirror Pond ad hoc committee will wait until at least mid-October to select a couple of citizen members from among 11 applicants for the openings. In the meantime, two members of the committee and an attorney for the Bend Park & Recreation District will meet privately with Pacific Power, the utility company which owns the dam that created Mirror Pond.

The Bend City Council and park district board created the ad hoc committee to gather information such as Pacific Power’s plans for the dam. The committee is supposed to report back to the City Council and park district board with a recommendation for the future of Mirror Pond. The Deschutes River is depositing silt that will eventually build into wetlands in the pond.

The ad hoc committee includes two Bend city councilors, two park board members, park district Executive Director Don Horton and Bend Community Development Director Mel Oberst. City councilors and park board members also said earlier this year that up to three citizens should be on the committee.

Citizens who met the Sept. 13 application deadline have a variety of backgrounds, according to their resumés and letters of interest.

Daniel Wadosky owned a Bend accounting and tax firm from 1984 to 2003. Recently, Wadosky worked as a volunteer on river habitat restoration projects; he wrote in a statement that this experience provided him with a valuable perspective on Mirror Pond.

Mike Olin wrote that he has lived in Bend for 39 years, and was involved in a previous Mirror Pond committee and in the Old Bend Neighborhood Association.

J. Ned Dempsey is a civil engineer and the owner and president of Century West Engineering Corp., which works on projects such as designing and operating water quality and flow monitoring stations. Dempsey previously worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, studying sediment buildup and working on other stream projects, according to his resumé.

Rick Storm wrote in a letter to the committee that he has experience in large construction projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is now retired and wants to contribute to the community.

Michael Minckler wrote that he has lived on Northwest Federal Street, near the Deschutes River, for nearly 30 years, and has “a good perspective of Bend and the importance of Mirror Pond.”

Matt Schiffman owns Venable Auction House LLC in downtown Bend, just a couple of blocks from Mirror Pond. Schiffman wrote the pond is a centerpiece of culture for the city, and “it is the touchpoint for so many Central Oregon residents to international visitors.”

Jan Wick owns Avion Water Co. and in a letter to the ad hoc committee wrote that he served “over many years on a number of planning and user groups with respect to the management of the flows in the Deschutes River …” Wick wrote that he has experience working with entities such as the Oregon Water Resources Department, Trout Unlimited and the Deschutes River Conservancy.

Foster Fell wrote that his bachelor’s degree in soil science and his experience assessing stream habitat provide him with valuable expertise for the committee.

Ed Boero owns Cascade Advisory Group Inc., an investment firm, and wrote in a letter to the park district that the community needs to decide soon how to manage Mirror Pond because the cost will only increase in the future. “Although I currently do not have a strong opinion on the best course of action, I fully realize that Mirror Pond and the Deschutes River are iconic symbols of our community,” Boero wrote.

Craig Coyner was mayor of Bend in 1984, the last time the community dredged sediment from Mirror Pond. Coyner wrote that he has historical knowledge of Mirror Pond and experience writing legal contracts.

Matt Shinderman is a member of the Mirror Pond Steering Committee, which has also reviewed options to manage the pond. Shinderman is also a board member of the civic group Bend 2030. Betsy Warriner, president of the Bend 2030 board of directors, wrote that “as a member of the OSU-Cascades faculty, Matt specializes in environmental policy, sustainability, ecological assessment of urban landscapes, and ecological restoration.”

Mirror Pond Project Manager Jim Figurski said city and parks officials have not yet scheduled the next meeting of the Mirror Pond ad hoc committee.

“We’re really waiting for the resolution of some of those discussions with Pacific Power,” Figurski said. “That’s going to happen the first part of October.”

The next committee meeting might be as soon as mid-October, and Figurski said the agenda will include a discussion of applicants for openings on the committee. The goal is that after the Pacific Power meetings, officials will have the information necessary to make decisions about the future of Mirror Pond, Figurski said.

“My personal hope as a project manager is that we can keep this moving so that we don’t lose the momentum that’s been created with the project so far,” Figurski said.

Source: The Bulletin ©2013

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