On the agenda for Monday are two directly related items:
- Update on Marine Drive and next steps
- Neighborhood Workgroup—Update/Revise/Align West Salem Neighborhood Plan starting with Traffic & Transportation
- Update on West Salem Business District Zoning Code Clean-Up Project
- Update on the Over-Crossing Study (2nd Street)
At the May 1st meeting there were about 16 people. This has seemed like a normal count for a neighborhood association meeting. It is a weakness of our neighborhood association system that there seem to be groups of 10-15 regulars, most of whom are also on the boards of the neighborhood associations, who decide the official positions of the associations. They aren't actually all that representative. But has been difficult to generate broader levels of interest.
At the May 15th meeting, which had an update on the lead abatement project on Patterson Street, about 32 people attended.
At the June 5th meeting which was advertised by the SRC advocacy group Salem Bridge Solutions as a call to action, nearly 80 people attended.
The group is advertising Monday's meeting strongly also.
It certainly looks like transportation in West Salem is going to be contested loudly, maybe even bitterly, this summer and into the fall and winter.
|Mischaracterizing a proposal for the Marine Drive ROW|
Amend the City of Salem budget to remove $3,542,920 of funding from the Project No. 711503 to construct Marine Drive from Glen Creek Road to Cameo Street and redirect the funding to Project No. 61463 to purchase right-of-way and begin construction of Marine Drive from 5th Avenue to Harritt Drive.There is lots of other misunderstanding and ignorance about the SRC out there. So at the meetings, there could be an opportunity to dig into policy, dig into the SRC's process and analysis, and explain why building a giant bridge and highway is:
- Bad for emissions and the environment
- Bad for livable, walkable neighborhoods
- Bad for health
- Fiscally unsustainable
|We just pretty much ignore these|
(or satisfy them procedurally rather than substantively)
The West Salem Neighborhood Association meets Monday the 19th at 7:00 P.M. in Roth’s West, Mezzanine (1130 Wallace Rd NW).