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April 23, 2013
FALLS CITY -- It isn't every day that a city takes public comment at a high school football game.
But that was the insightful and successful plan Falls City Mayor Amy Houghtaling devised when the city was putting together its transportation systems plan.
Fearing a lack of attendance at a typical public meeting, Houghtaling suggested setting up a booth at the hottest event in town during the fall months: a Mountaineers football game. The unusual open house was held Sept. 25 and the transportation systems plan is in the process of city approval.
That creativity has earned Houghtaling the recognition of the American Planning Association, which has presented her with its "Distinguished Leadership Award" for elected officials.
The award recognizes an Oregon elected official who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of planning in their community.
Falls City and state planning officials surprised Houghtaling with the announcement about the award during the April 11 Falls City City Council meeting.