In the mean time, rain and river lead the agenda for Monday.
Though it's been out for a few weeks, and is not itself on the agenda for Council, a couple of renderings of the Minto bridge design are just hitting the news. (Maybe there's unannounced grant funding news?)
|Via City of Salem and Greenworks|
|January 2012 Flood|
For the garden, the Glenn and Gibson Creeks Watershed Council propose additional "Interpretive signage,"which "will help visitors understand the role of stormwater, the purpose of rain gardens and the Willamette River ecosystem."
Speaking of the flood, Council proper will receive an information report on flood damages and repairs. The projected total looks like $8.5 million. FEMA's reimbursed almost a quarter million so far. The big-ticket item is repair of the Winter Street bridge over Shelton Ditch, and that's estimated to cost $3.6M, for which FEMA will reimburse 90%. A temporary fix has allowed the bridge to be reopened, but the major, structural repairs are yet to come.
Missed Opportunities in Infrastructure
Also on the agenda are some infrastructure elements that are likely counter-productive or cosmetic.
The Urban Renewal Agency proposes to fund the Second Street NW parking lot with $500,000 with unobligated urban renewal funds.
Treating Second Street this way is just a huge missed opportunity for a truly multi-modal streetway.
(It may also be worth pointing out that the tax-increment would come from property taxes; no gas tax, license fees, or other auto user fees would fund these roadway changes and parking stalls for car storage.)
City staff also recommend additional conditions to the development just south of Mission on 23rd.