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City council to vote on name for new street Monday night

For the first time in years, the city of Woodburn has an opportunity to name a street.

The new street leads from Evergreen Road to the new transit center off of Highway 214, created as part of the Interstate 5 Interchange Project.

The city is proposing to name the transit facility the Woodburn Memorial Transit Center, as it will be the location of the memorial to those who died and were wounded in the December 2008 West Coast Bank bombing.

The proposed name for the road, which runs past the Best Western hotel and Denny’s restaurant into the park and ride, is Bienvenidos Court.

Bienvenidos is “welcome” in Spanish, and would give a Hispanic voice to Woodburn’s largest population, which isn’t represented by any other streets in town, according to Councilor Teresa Alonso Leon.

“Since we don’t have any names in the entire city of Woodburn that reflect the Latino community, we thought it would be a great way for it to represent them,” she said at the council meeting. “We particularly like bienvenidos because it’s at the entrance of Woodburn.”

Alonso Leon said she consulted students at Chemeketa Community College and local Latino community leaders, and, out of three suggestions, they chose bienvenidos above naming it esperanza (“hope”) or Benito Juarez, after a favorite Mexican president.

“I know we’re relocating the Welcome to Woodburn sign there,” said Mayor Kathy Figley, noting a sign that’s temporarily been put in storage during the construction project. “I like that particular idea.”

But Councilor Lisa Ellsworth had another suggestion.

“I know the memorial is also going to be located there, so I would lean more toward Tennant Way,” she said, referencing Woodburn Police Capt. Tom Tennant, who died in the bank bombing. “I know a lot of citizens hold that memorial and our officers dear in their heart.”

The two other councilors who were present, Frank Lonergan and Eric Morris, said they liked both ideas.

“My only concern is, I didn’t go out and poll anybody; did we poll anybody else in the community?” Morris said. “We don’t do it very often.”

Figley also thought that having the tribute in the transit facility name and support Alonso Leon’s proposed name would be beneficial to both parties.

“We can be both reflective of the community and respectful of the people who we’ve lost and mean a lot to us,” she said.

City Administrator Scott Derickson said that usually streets are named by developers who pay for that street or it’s up to the city’s planning director.

“If these two names are what the council supports we can sent a notice out to the community and we could bring a resolution back to the council,” he said.

The council is scheduled to vote on a resolution at its 7 p.m. meeting Monday.



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