Late last Spring you might recall a version of the final report, presented to the Planning Commission.
That version of the report has been tweaked slightly and posted again (old from May 2016, new from February 2017; both are at the old website, and the new City site doesn't appear to have them yet; hopefully the City won't orphan the links and create massive linkrot!) and it looks like the City is setting up a new round of updates.
And there is substantial news to deliver.
|From the 2018 - 2023 TIP|
|Buffered bike lanes and enhanced crosswalk near Waldo Ave SE|
|People crossing here still won't get a crosswalk|
So at both SCAN and Morningside on Wednesday the City will be giving an update on the Commercial-Vista plan.
SCAN, but not Morningside, will also get an update on the 2018-2023 TIP. See discussion here.
The South Central Association of Neighbors meets Wednesday the 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the South Salem High School Library, 1910 Church St SE.
In the Morningside minutes, Councilor Nanke spoke about transit and ride-booking companies, and seemed to make explicit, or at least sidle up to, the idea current in some libertarian circles that ride-booking is a substitute for transit:
Brad [Nanke] went on to mention there are three ways to handle city transit problems: busses, taxis and Uber/Lift [sic]. He said one of the issues City can best deal with is the need for background checks on the prospective drivers (Police can do this more thoroughly than cab/ ride providers. There were a few more comments on the subject, and a mention that Uber and Lift are both less expensive than taxi service. [Cherriots Board member] Bob Krebs added that Salem Transit is not opposed to Lift or Uber as long as they are required to meet the same rules (standards) as Taxi, but they a(and Taxi) are way more expensive than Transit service. Someone mentioned that possible unionization may have some impact as well. There were some comments on relative safety of Uber and Lift vs. Taxi and Transit.Ride-booking is not a substitute for transit and in fact arguments like this slide all too easily into arguments to discontinue transit with ride-booking as the replacement. (See here for more on ride-booking. Here's a transit consultant on ride-booking's impacts and threat. When the matter comes back to Council there will be more to say. SCV reports this will be March 13th.)
The Morningside Neighborhood Association meets at Pringle Creek Community Painters Hall, 3911 Village Center Drive SE on Wednesday the 8th at 6:30 PM.
Park Improvement Grant Awards
In other news, two bike projects won funding from the City:
City Announces Salem Park Improvement Fund Grant Awards
The City has awarded Salem Park Improvement Fund grants to six Neighborhood Associations around the City. These grants are an opportunity for the Salem’s Neighborhood Associations to partner with the City to make park improvements. The following associations were awarded grants:
- NESCA was awarded $20,000 for installing a bicycle pump track at Geer Park in partnership with Salem Area Trail Alliance.
- NOLA was awarded $2,600 for installing a bike rack at Brown Rd. Park
- Northgate was awarded $22,000 for improvements to the cricket field
- West Salem was awarded $5,800 for installing a drinking fountain at West Salem Park
- SCAN was awarded $9,000 for a beautification project at McKinley School Park
- SESNA was awarded $7,500 for removal of berm at Richmond School Park
|Latest concept plan - via SATA|
The $30,000 Goodworks Grant from the Rotary Club of Salem, $20,000 Oregon Community Foundation Grant, individual contributions from many of you, support from local businesses like Withnell Motor Co and Venti’s Cafe places our fundraising efforts at $91,500!So this latest $20,000 looks like it places them at a little over $110,000.