After a whirlwind of West Linn City Council and West Linn-Wilsonville School Board meetings, frenzied community discussion and hints at a legal battle over the last two weeks, the City Council decided to ask voters to approve a $3.5 million bond for the purchase and improvements of Oppenlander fields.

Based on a late-night decision made at 11 p.m. Feb. 14, the council aims to purchase the Oppenlander property from the district for only $120,000 — nearly $6.4 million less than what the district wants for the property based on an initial appraisal — and use the rest of the $3.5 million for park improvements and bond costs, if voters approve the measure in the May 17 election. Councilor Bill Relyea proposed the figure and the council voted for its approval with only seconds before the city's system entered an automatic shutoff at 11 p.m. Even though Mayor Jules Walters and Council President Rory Bialostosky stated a preference for a middle ground between the two sales figures, Councilor Todd Jones provided the only "no" vote to the resolution.