The City has assembled a trio of project applications for Federal funding:
SKATS is soliciting for transportation projects that will be ready for contract in fiscal years 2019, 2020, and 2021. The total federal funds available for this solicitation is $5 million....I think this is a result of extra funding from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program. From back in July at SKATS:
[the three projects are] for Brown Road NE Complete Streets, McGilchrist Street SE Complete Streets, and Orchard Heights Road NW Pedestrian and Pavement Improvement.
The addition of CMAQ funds for SKATS in FY 2019 to FY 2021 provides an opportunity to review projects in the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and add projects using federal STBGP-U funds that were not programmed in the TIP. Approximately $5 million will be available for projects for obligation in FY 2019 through 2021. Staff and TAC members need to discuss the project identification and application process that should start this summer.One of the projects was already funded and needs completion funding. It is identified as the highest priority.
The project will construct sidewalks and bike lanes on Brown Road NE between San Francisco Drive NE and Sunnyview Road NE and add a turn lane at the intersection with Sunnyview Road NE. Brown Road NE is a collector street that provides access to Scott Elementary School, is located on a bus route, and is adjacent to a future park site.The other two are new:
Additional costs were identified during project design. In particular, right-of-way costs are approximately three times greater than originally estimated and hazardous material has been identified that will require special disposal. Because this project already has federal funds, staff recommends that this be the City’s highest priority for additional federal funds. [italics added]
- [A project on Orchard Heights] will fill in two missing segments of sidewalk....The first segment is approximately 340 feet long and is adjacent to the Glen Creek Village Housing Authority Apartment Complex. The second segment is approximately 500 feet long and is along the frontage of a City water reservoir. The project will also construct a median at the entrance to the park opposite Parkway Drive to facilitate pedestrian access to the park.
- In 2016, the City was awarded federal funds for right-of-way acquisition for the additional width needed along McGilchrist Street SE and at intersections, with the exception of the intersection at 22nd Street SE. The intersection of 22nd Street SE and McGilchrist Street SE is an off-set intersection that will be realigned as part of the project. The right-of-way for this intersection was not included in the previous application because of higher costs associated with the realignment. Staff recommends that the City apply for the additional right-of-way needed to realign 22nd Street SE at McGilchrist Street SE.
|From the TSP with inset detail from Staff Report,|
and added comment on tier 3 prioirty
|The Bike and Walk Proclamation|
- Center 50+ Advisory Commission Age-Friendly Initiative
- Councilor Cook offers Resolution No. 2017-44 for Salem to become a Child Friendly City
- Councilor Cook also asks for a Letter of support for funding for Safe Routes to School Educational Grants. (The Legislature boosted infrastructure funding, but not programming. This asks the Oregon Transportation Commission to boost that other side of it.)
- The Mayor is proclaming Bike and Walk to School Day.
|Age-friendly? People crossing here still won't get a crosswalk|
The proclamations and resolutions and goals are important first steps, but it has been difficult to carry and grow them from tinkering on the fringes into systemic changes.
|A popular proposal for a very large not-age-friendly thing|
In this light, a proposal for a "Sit-Lie" ordinance is rather ironic. (Are we a friendly and inclusive city only when you have a job - or independent wealth - that yields sufficient income to house you off the streets and provide you with auto mobility?)
|From the Commercial Vista Corridor study|
Others have discussed the proposal in detail.
CANDO has been following it and their notes are very much worth reading.
a public statement with very strong language:
This ordinance deeply troubles me. On one hand, I have great respect for Chief Moore and his staff who are simply trying to solve a problem the best way they see fit. And I am sympathetic to business owners who regularly have people sleeping in their doorways and defecating on the sidewalk in front of their businesses. On the other hand, I have rarely seen a positive outcome in my almost 29-year law enforcement career when we criminalize the human condition.It looks very much like the proposal needs serious work and amendment to approach anything actually useful. It is possible that it represents an approach so deeply flawed that it cannot be salvaged at all.
When your circumstance makes your existence a crime, there are no good outcomes. I know that the goal of this ordinance is not to arrest people. However, that will be the inevitable outcome. People will be arrested, they will often not appear in court, they will get arrested again and the cycle will repeat. Over and over and over.
(Update: CANDO has a detailed summary on the public comment, debate, and Council's defeat of the proposal: "Salem's Deceased Sit-Lie Ordinance.")
And finally there's also an interesting notice for a preliminary planning decision for homes on 68 acres just south of Hillcrest and north of Keubler.