PREVIEW: Coming council meeting will see recommendation for $5 parks maintenance fee
The following includes a few items of interest on the evening's agenda, including a recommendation from the Canby Parks and Recreation Advisory Board regarding the implementation of a $5 park maintenance fee, and the annual report from Canby Main Street, a marketing arm of the city.
Recommendation about Parks and Recreation Funding
The City of Canby collects revenue for its parks and recreation department through system development charges (SDCs) — one time fees collected from developers during new construction.
At the start of the current fiscal year, the City of Canby had about $2.5 million in its parks and recreation budget — that number will increase during the next year as new development occurs throughout the city — but under state law, that funding only can be used to build new parks (capital expenditures) and not for maintenance, repair work, supplies, et al.
Revenue in government budgets can't be used for just any assessed need. For instance, collected money that goes into the enterprise fund can only be used for the needs of sewer, wastewater, storm water, etc. If, for example, Canby Area Transit needs a new bus, the city simply cannot move money from its enterprise fund to pay for a new bus.
Likewise, the city's 2017-18 fiscal year budget shows that the total financial requirements for Canby's existing parks — for instance Wait Park, Canby Community Park, Legacy Park and Maple Street Park — was projected to be $590,733, however, the city cannot use any of the $2.5 million-or-so it's collected through SDCs to pay for park maintenance and other needs.
"SDCs can only be used to increase capacity and not for maintenance or replacement of existing equipment," City Administrator Rick Robinson said via email.
A recent survey conducted by the Canby Planning Department found that there are many, many citizens who want more parks and recreational opportunities in Canby.
The Canby Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, a volunteer board not to be confused with the Canby Area Park and Recreation District, an elected body, recommends near-term and long-term objectives.
First, in the near-term the committee recommends establishing a $5 monthly park maintenance fee.
Second, the long-term goal is to establish a special park district that specifically addresses the needs of the Canby community.
The Canby City Council will discuss and debate this recommendations during its Wednesday, Aug. 2 meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Canby Main Street annual report
Canby Main Street is an Urban Renewal Agency program with a mission to "carry out the Canby urban renewal plan to ensure economic vitality in the downtown commercial district, to revitalize buildings and street environments, and to enhance Canby's identity by promoting downtown," city documents show.
Main Street programs take place in cities throughout the U.S.; two years ago Canby Main Street Manager Jamie Stickel received an award recognizing her as the top manager of the program in the entire U.S.
"Promotion creates a positive image that will rekindle community pride mad improve consumer and investor confidence in our commercial district," Stickel said. "Advertising, retail promotions, special events, and marketing campaigns help sell the image and promise of Main Street to the community and surrounding region."
Some of the upcoming and highly-visible events, among many others, put on by Canby Main Street include downtown's First Friday, last summer's unveiling of the Canby Heritage Trail, this summer's July 4 Canby Independence Day Celebration, Canby's Big Night Out — this year it takes place downtown Aug. 26 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. — the October 31 Downtown Spooktacular Village, and Light Up the Night on December 2, when downtown's Wait Park is light up by Christmas- and holiday-themed lights and decorations in the trees and throughout the park.
To read details and the park and rec committee's recommendations, and to view the entire Aug.2 Canby City Council agenda and packet, go online to www.canbyoregon.gov/CityGovernment/council/documents/08-02-2017CCPacket.pdf
For more information about Canby Main Street go online to visit its website at canbymainstreet.weebly.com/index.html.
To watch the Canby City Council meeting live on the CTV Channel 5 YouTube channel go online to www.youtube.com/channel/UCR1jlAaabxY4tLuHGBz-XUQ.