The Council Finance Subcommittee met earlier this week and the draft was a major topic. (Full meeting packet, 100+ pp. here.)
is a five-year plan for financing major public assets based on City-adopted master plans, goals and policies. The purpose of a CIP is to match scarce financial resources with the capital needs of a growing community and to preserve or enhance existing capital assets to provide efficient city services.The "Keep Salem Moving" bond is run through now, so our total projected transportation spending is down and the project list is smaller.
(By comparision, here's the same table from a few years back...the dollar amounts are a lot bigger! It's interesting that because of reduced driving and lower gas prices the 1% bikeway fund dropped from $94,000 to $70,000 in 2016-17 in the four years. The SDC dollar amount is a lot different, too, but I'm not sure that's significant.)
There was only one surprise in the list, and I will have to do some research to see if it really counts as a surprise - maybe it is just something I missed.
But it was unexpected to see the McGilchrist project tied to a TIGER grant application. (Vague preliminary discussion of a $20 million application here and here, but I missed a note that application had been formally submitted.) Frankly, based on what I have read about TIGER grants elsewhere in the country, it's really hard to see the City of Salem as having assembled a competitive application. McGilchrist is not an obvious match. We'll see.
There's a bunch of projects out by the Mill Creek and "Sustainable Energy" office parks, and it's hard not to feel these are just a waste on what will eventually be stranded assets and infrastructure.
- Winter-Maple bike boulevard projects, including the crossing projects being evaluated in the Enhance non-highway grant program.
- Middle Commercial crossing projects from the Commercial-Vista Corridor Study, currently going through the All Roads Transportation Safety grant program.
- There's some new federal funding for both the 2015-2020 Transportation Improvement Program as well as the 2018-2023 TIP, and hopefully the City will apply for non-auto mobility and safety projects! Pre-applications are due April 29th.
Also, folks who are following the Police Station may be interested in the Finance Committee's discussion of bonding.
What's going on here exactly? The $175 million is probably a transportation successor to the 2008 "Keep Salem Moving" bond, but it's bigger and probably contains some Third Bridgery, so that's something to watch. I don't know what is the probable nature of the $35 million.
This is mostly beyond our scope here, but I suspect some readers may find this of interest.