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What’s Going on with the WAC (Willamette Activity Center)

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The Willamette Activity Center, or WAC, now condemned, had been the home of many of Oakridge’s community services for decades. Herald photo

By GARY CARL/for The Herald  —  The Willamette Activity Center (WAC) is the subject of interest to the City Council.  An independent group of citizens has been formed. Heading that committee is Sara Altemus-Pope and Bryan Cutchen, who have been working over the past five months to obtain funding to restore the Oakridge landmark to its previous glorious condition.  They have been successful in raising a substantial amount of money to evaluate the “project” and to consider viable options.

The work of this group (The Funding Committee) could be the subject of another Highway 58 Herald report. However, this report covers a recent meeting of the City Council’s Subcommittee held on Monday August 15th at 5 pm.


The subcommittee consists of three Oakridge Council members. Those members are Mayor Chrissy Hollett and councilors Bobbie Whitney and Jan Hooker.  Their agenda included a discussion of 1) Future uses of the WAC; 2) Funding Sources; 3) Coordination with other groups and 4) Citizen applications to the subcommittee.

Who will rent the WAC?

The subcommittee spent most of their time discussing the future uses of the WAC and potential tenants.  One subject discussed was the viability of restoring the WAC’s kitchen.  Everything from medical office space to the Food Bank was considered, as well.  City Administrator, James Cleavinger, reminded the subcommittee that it is going to take about one to one- & one-half years to complete the project. They should keep that in mind before soliciting tenants for the space.

Who’s getting the funding?

After discussing potential tenants, the group moved on to the next topic, Funding Sources, Mayor Hollett simply stated, “I have nothing for funding sources”.  Then the discussion moved on to Coordination with other groups.  Of course, there is only one “other group” that being the “funding committee” mentioned hereinabove.  It was generally and unanimously agreed that there should be a cordial and amicable relationship between the “other group” and the council.  Everyone on the committee wants what is best for Oakridge.


A list of four citizen applicants for the subcommittee was presented and discussed.  All four of the applicants were approved by the subcommittee and it was decided that their names would be presented at the next city council meeting along with a recommendation from the subcommittee that they be approved.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:10 pm

Gary Carl is a retired judge of the Lane County Justice Court. He currently lives with his partner, Lynda Kamerrer & their cat, Lucy. Gary can be reached at [email protected] Gary Carl photo


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