On January 3rd, 2023 Newberg Mayor-Elect Bill Rosacker attended and spoke at the Newberg City Club meeting. Newberg City Club describes itself as a charitable organization that holds bi-monthly informative luncheons.
An audio recording of Rosacker’s speech and his responses to audience questions can be listened to with the embedded player below. While the beginning of his speech was not recorded, the bulk of it was. Rosacker primarily discussed his thoughts on the economic issues facing Newberg residents such as the high water bill fees and his desire to reduce the burden being placed on residents to cover city programs that don’t directly benefit them. He also answered questions related to the urban renewal district, system development fees, homelessness, Peace Trail Village Project and other city issues.
In attendance were other notable guests such as Newberg City Councilor Mike McBride, Newberg City Manager Will Worthey, Chehalem Parks and Recreation District Superintendent Don Clements and Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry. A reporter for the Newberg Graphic, Megan Stewart, was also present.
While the Q&A session was largely cordial, at 26:53 of the recording an unidentified attendee accused Rosacker of spreading misinformation and fear.
Rosacker and the other recently elected candidates for Newberg City Council (Peggy Kilburg, Derek Carmon and Robyn Wheatley) will be sworn into office on January 17th.