While the MWVCOG offices are not closed, our public access doors will remain locked and no outside guests, members or visitors are permitted inside the COG office without a pre-arranged appointment. All visitors must comply with social distancing. Anyone who is coughing, appears to have a fever, or is having difficulty breathing will be asked to return at a later time.The meeting of the Policy Committee on Tuesday the 24th is consequently by phone, and not in person.
We are encouraging teleconferencing tools to facilitate meetings. We are taking these steps not only to ensure the health and safety of our employees, but also to ensure that our staff can continue to provide services to our members
|Why is the trend of this chart dismissed?|
Generally, on emissions the tone is trying to evade as much as possible, do as little as possible, and do it as late as possible. The impacts of climate action - and not the impacts of emissions themselves - are always understood as negative and something to avoid. We won't do it until we are required to and we will do the minimum. Can you imagine this attitude for the virus?
|The latest Executive Order on the March agenda|
|Minutes from February on the September letter (slightly condensed)|
|So close to seeing the problem!|
And again, the preventative actions on the virus are more decisive than preventative actions we might have taken on our roadways. Why do we see one class of deaths as preventable and meriting urgent action, but not the other?
|There are many pages of this in the draft TIP|
Due to the Governor’s request to limit personal contact, staff is proposing enhanced virtual public involvement. Staff will present a proposed on-line Open House that will be made available to the public.Presumably there will be a more public-friendly version than the pages of tables in the meeting agenda. There might be some new anticipated construction dates in it, but overall there shouldn't be any big surprises, as the project applications have been scored and subjected to a process already.
|A Mission Street "Safety" Project|
Finally, there are a couple of letters from the County and City urging on a Cordon Road/Highway 22 interchange. The Mayor writes:
I urge you to work with staff from ODOT, the City of Salem, and Marion County to identify how to best advance this essential project beyond the seemingly interminable planning phase and into tangible design and construction.The Policy Committee for the Salem Keizer Area Transportation Study meets Tuesday the 24th at noon. It will be conducted by phone. The meeting packet and agenda can be downloaded here.