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Olson Honored at Kennewick Council Meeting

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Kennewick council meeting to honor Bob Olsen. Kennewick council meeting to honor Bob Olsen.

At Tuesday nights Kennewick City Council meeting they will be celebrating Councilman Olson’s significant contributions during his long tenure on the City Council. 

Here is some of the information he will be recognized for:

  • R.E. “Bob” Olson was elected to City Council and has served in that capacity since, January 1, 1988 , after serving 9 years on the Board of Adjustment, and has served as a Councilman for 27 years.
     
  • He has worked towards improving local transportation infrastructure, including greater regional cooperation on transportation issues. He has served as Chair of the Regional Surface Transportation Program Committee that deals with the allocation of millions of dollars for area transportation projects. He has supported and been an active member of the Benton-Franklin-Walla Walla Good Roads and Transportation Association for more than 15 years, and served on the Transit Board for 19 years; and
     
  • Bob Olson was appointed to the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments in January 1992 and continues today serving on the Policy Advisory Committee for Transportation Planning, and on the Executive Board, and as Chair of the Budget Committee.  He was elected President of the Council of Governments in March 2000 and served four terms. 
     
  • Bob Olson was appointed by Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond in 2012 to serve on the State’s Transportation Improvement Board.
     
  • Bob Olson’s vigorous and sincere interest throughout the years have been reflected in the positive recognition and growth that the City has attained.  Accomplishments include major infrastructure improvements in Vista Field and Columbia Park, lower levees along the river, a new convention center, water and wastewater treatment plant improvements, downtown streetscape improvements, the Southridge Sports & Events Complex, and a new Police Station.   Mr. Olson also supported the city-wide signal coordination program and numerous street capital projects including, the Edison Street Interchange, Steptoe Street Extension, and the Columbia Center Boulevard Widening and Railroad Grade Separation project.
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