Sunday, July 23, 2017

City Council, July 24th - Eclipse Mania

Council meets on Monday, and the eclipse is casting a long shadow.

There's a solution for anxiety!
(at least in the urban area)

Maybe it will be a banner day for paletas

Jane knew about efficient transport
Right now we are just executing a spectacular whiff on mobility solutions for it.

On the agenda is a discussion of "2017 Eclipse City Planning and Preparedness" and so far, we've been missing on one of the best mobility solutions around. This is an opportunity for the City to trumpet the advantages of bicycling, and they are refusing it.

There's an update on parking meters:
The initial Capitol Mall on-street parking upgrade project was broken into two phases.... In total, 1,001 parking spaces were upgraded to new technology through the purchase of (119) pay stations and (52) smart meters. Since implementation of the new technology the City has seen a significant increase in revenue, both in the legislative and non-legislative years.

After implementation of Phases I and II, an analysis was completed to determine future phases....Based on this data, the Phase III area will encompass parking south of State Street, including Willamette University, some on-street parking around the Salem Hospital, Civic Center, and the South Block Apartments.... The implementation will not affect any previously designated Carpool or RP Permit Areas, nor will it include any areas within the Downtown Parking District. Parking meters and time limits for parking are generally prohibited in the Downtown Parking District pursuant to SRC 102.045, which as adopted 2013 in response to a petition initiative.

If future funding becomes available, Phase IV is currently slated for the area north of Marion Street extending up to E Street between Front and Church Streets. Depending on the timing in which future funding becomes available, a confirmation analysis would be conducted to confirm if this is still the best Phase IV option.
There are some details on a proposed revision to the November Library bond.
Shall City Council increase the proposed Library bond measure by $3,300,000, to a total of $18,600,000, by including required Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements and replacement of building systems?
More on the Minto Bridge (previous note and more discussion here):
Shall City Council approve the attached grant amendment to receive $150,000 of Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area funding for the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge?....

A total of $9.9 million has been allocated to the design and construction of the Bridge.
  • Oregon Department of Transportation: $2,954,563
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: $ 750,000
  • Riverfront Downtown URA - Design: $1,600,900
  • Riverfront Downtown URA - Construction: $4,369,100
  • South Waterfront URA: $ 212,700
  • City of Salem Parks: $ 10,640
  • Department of Environmental Quality: $ 49,500
Total $9,947,403...

Since the project was originally budgeted and scoped, delays during construction have contributed to a $150,000 increase, bringing the total cost to $10,097.403.

The primary cause of the delay was the late delivery of the arches which contributed to the additional seven months of construction required to complete the project.
There's an information report on an dispute in an appeal to Council on a land use decision regarding the boundaries of a parking lot and access drive between Garten Foundation and a proposed Hotel on Hawthorne. There will be a hearing later in August and maybe more to say then.

Totally car-dependent
And the Housing Authority will be talking again about an affordable housing project at the Caplinger site. It's 168 units for about $20 million total cost.

This is a great example of the disconnect between housing and transportation right now. The staff report focuses on driving, assuming car ownership and its costs, not on walking or biking and the household savings these might represent:
Proximity to commercial services is excellent with a Winco anchored shopping center 1.1 miles from the property. In addition to Eyre Elementary very close to the project, Houck Middle School is 0.8 miles away. Easy access to Cordon Rd (0.1 miles), Highway 22 (1.4 miles) and I-5 (1.7 miles) are also great advantages for the future residents.

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