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by: Jonathan House, Sherwood's old schoolhouse, shown here before the city razed it last December, may soon have a new owner

City to hold public hearing on 2008-09 proposed budget

The city council will hold a public hearing on the city's 2008-09 budget at its regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 in the council chambers of City Hall.

A copy of the proposed 2008-09 budget can be downloaded from the city's Web site at www.ci.sherwood.or.us.

The proposed $51 million budget includes six new staff positions, including two police captains; a database administrator; project engineer; water supervisor; and mechanic.

The budget also includes a 3.2 percent cost of living increase for all employees as well as 2.5 percent step increases. Employee insurance costs are estimated to increase 10 percent in 2008-09.

Another significant change includes a 25 percent increase in water rates, approved by the city council in January, to help repay the city's bond debt for the water pipeline project to Wilsonville's water treatment plant.

'Old schoolhouse' site opened to development proposals

The city's Urban Renewal Agency Board of Directors has sent out a request for proposals to develop the 'old schoolhouse' site in Old Town Sherwood.

According to the RFP, the city's goals for redevelopment include:

• purchase of the property giving the URA a condominium interest in a portion of the basement level;

• Construction that closely replicates the original schoolhouse building; and

• development of a business on the main floor that will be compatible with other businesses in the Old Town area.

According to Tom Nelson, the city's director of economic development, the site has attracted at least one interested buyer, so the city wanted to get an RFP out as soon as possible to see what types of development ideas are out there.

'We want to get some responses fairly quick,' Nelson said. 'We know of one party who is interested, so rather than possibly seeing that one go away and not having any birds in the bush, we decided to go ahead and get something out.'

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Friday, May 7. A full version of the city's RFP can be downloaded from the city's Web site at www.ci.sherwood.or.us.

After the URA Board collects proposals, a selection committee, composed of city staff, URA Board members and a member of the Cultural Arts Commission, will review the applications and foward a recommendation on to the URA Board for final approval.

Flower baskets are coming to Old Town

Sherwood's Old Town will soon be a lot brighter. The city is set to hang about 70 flower baskets from the Old Town lampposts in May. The city already has a watering system in place to maintain the baskets.