The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Salem Public Library, Anderson Room (585 Liberty Street SE).
There's a bunch of new materials posted to the task force's web page.
Here's the bridge bracket with eliminations to date added:
But I expect that the rhetorical move will be to say - "you've gone this far, now are you really willing to tank it all and say that the no-build is best?" By placing the no-build at the end, the process may bluff a bit, and hope to ratchet up the drama and tension.
At the same time, it appears already that no single alternative will prevail as "preferred alternative." An early tally at the July 24th meeting:
Alternative 4D: 5 votesIn lieu of a preferred alternative, the consultant team is preparing a "feedback memo," which will detail the range of opinions on the non-eliminated alternatives.
No Build Alternative: 4 votes
Alternative 2A: 3 votes
Alternative 4A: 1 vote
Alternative 4B: 1 vote
There's also a tally of comments on the draft EIS and informal poll. Just reading them, they are not easy to understand. The percentages corresponding to the first column below (marked with the "no build" flag) sum to 191.9 rather than an even 100, so without more explanation it is not possible to say what they mean exactly - but as with the task force, there's no single alternative with a commanding majority.
an annotated version of the bike connectivity grid.
The meeting notes (July 11th, July 24th) themselves are somewhat interesting, and it is good to see a number of Task Force members raising and reiterating concerns and objections. At the same time, some of the statements by staff are non-sensical or wrong. For example, in discussing the funding, one staff person said:
TIGER grants have $500 million grant minimum now, so not sure if cost is such a big factor with Alternative 3.But this is not true! According to the USDOT,
On June 22, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded nearly $500 million from the TIGER 2012 program to 47 transportation projects in 34 states and the District of Columbia.The $500 million is the total grant amount, not a minimum for a single grant! This misstatement is indicative of the funding fantasia under which boondoggle boosters labor.
If you go, there is time for public comment, and at the meeting on the 24th, one person presented interesting studies and policies from the 1980s and 90s that he sugggested were being ignored or minimized.
Since the Task Force does not appear likely to achieve consensus and land on a single preferred alternative, the Oversight Team will probably freelance rather than pick "no build." Perhaps they're the ones least able to say, "we've gone this far, but nevertheless we're going to pack it in for the most sensible option, the no-build choice."
They will meet on Thursday, August 23, 12:00 to 2:00 pm, at Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Government, 100 High St. SE, Suite 200.