Jim also comments on the proposed zoning changes to the City code which would result in a blanket rezone of 2,600 acres there by eliminating opportunity for public comment by those adjacent to a development in the rezoned area.
In addition he responded to Kiewit Construction’s request for issues regarding the Empire and 27th ST Interconnect project currently out for bid. Some concerns include construction noise, detours, infringement on Pine Nursery Park and increased truck traffic for the project which will include a roundabouts at Purcell and Empire, 27th ST. and Empire and 27th ST. and Butler Market. There will be pedestrian improvements on Purcell and improvements at Butler Market.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s office is seeking permit to build a 5,000 sq. ft. Crisis Stabilization Center on it campus at Poe Shoals Rd. It would provide health services for inmates in distress.
Don Leonard said two changes to the City Charter will be on the May ballot – Removing Council compensation from the charter and election of a mayor by the voters. Don has been appointed to a Compensation committee to develop new compensation guidelines for City Council members. At present they are paid $200 per month. The change will allow a committee to determine fair compensation and propose any increase.
The Neighborhood Roundtable members have presented concepts for a charter to be a City committee and are working with the City Manager and Legal staff to develop specific language. The new body would be called the Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (NLA). Such a committee would be advisory to the Mayor and City Council, providing citizen input on policy.
Joette Storm reported the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Emergency Management is proceeding with formation of a Community Organizations Active in Disasters COAD network. Joette will be facilitating a meeting of the Steering Committee for that group. The network would inventory community assets that could be deployed in a disaster.
The City is recruiting for members of a Climate Action Committee to implement the Climate Action Plan. Applications are on the City website and are due March 2.
A motion was passed without objection to seek street lighting on 18th Street between Empire and Cooley roads. Although 18th is an arterial that serves homes, schools and businesses, there is no lighting. Joette Storm will prepare the application for the City.
Time Change - in response to suggestions from members, BANA will change the time of general membership meetings to 6 p.m. beginning with the March 12 meeting. Representatives of Fred Meyer are scheduled to update us on their proposed shopping center at Cooley and Rt. 20.