For all the mania the MPO has had for the Salem River Crossing, it's crickets now! Maybe it's merely a superficial observation, but it's interesting that on the agenda there is nothing about the finality of Council's vote on the SRC earlier this month. Maybe there will be informal conversation - or maybe there is only secret plotting now. The silence is a little strange and seems worth noting.
What is on the agenda and new, is a proposal to support Safe Routes to School personnel.
|The agenda item|
|The end of a draft letter to Cherriots|
Why is SKATS telling Cherriots about Bend?
As I read it, the tone and language is less about supporting an existing application for funding, but is rather more like a pitch to Cherriots to make the application. It doesn't actually read like everybody's on the same page quite yet. Instead they're trying to talk Cherriots into making this "non-infrastructure grant" application, which Cherriots has already once declined to do. The whole things just feels a little unsettled rather than firm. ("Come on, Cherriots, you can do it!" It's also not clear yet how much of a committed partner is the School District. The McNary/St. Edward mess suggests the District remains committed instead to autoism and to larger parking lots. A District fully invested in Safe Routes would have managed the problems at McNary very differently.)
How the partial funding fits is also not clear. I can't find the citation, but I seem to recall that when the SR2S grant that supported the position for Salem and Eugene was announced, it was for three years, and stepped down by thirds each year with the assumption that local funding sources would be found and would kick in to cover the salary. The grant contained a phase-out.
This may be mistaken and should be regarded as very tentative, but it is possible that this SKATS/Cherriots proposal is a piece of that funding to continue the current position.
A more exciting interpretation is that this would represent a wholly new hire and position and would represent an expansion in the SR2S programming here.
So we'll see what it ends up being.
|SR2S programming is part of Cherriots Strategic Plan|
|Look for the historic sign|
next to the entry
This regular Meeting of the SKATS Policy Committee meets Tuesday the 26th at noon. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Table Five 08.