The month of May will be special for our community. That is when Police Chief Bill Middleton is expected to return from his second tour of duty. I know the community shares in our gratitude for his service and safe return to us. As reported earlier this year, Bill returned stateside a few months ago and is out of harm's way while he finishes up his work.
Bill's military service is a bit higher profile because of his roll in our community but not much different than the hundreds of local men and women connected to the Sherwood community that are serving our nation around the world. We wish each of them a safe and speedy return.
City Council continues to line up its work plan within Sherwood for the coming year. Most important will be building a balanced budget. This will have its difficulties with the current housing market slowdown. We will start construction of a new reservoir as called for in the Water Master Plan. We will also continue our development of the Wilsonville water plant as a new water source to support our system. We will continue our planning for growth, specifically Area 54-55 (south of town to Brookman Road). The City will also market the area in Old Town known as the Cannery Site. It will be marketed to developers who will build a project as outlined by The Urban Renewal Board (Please see our web site for details www.ci.Sherwood.or.us). We will also begin a search for an Economic Development Manager so that we may become proactive in getting a business base to locate in Sherwood. Our communications utility will be expanding to service more businesses in Sherwood with speed of light communications and we will review opportunities for increased service for wireless communications. Ever present road, sewer, and stormwater projects are planned, as well as updates for the sewer and storm water master plans (not very interesting - but very important). The Parks board will be discussing implementation of the newly adopted Parks Master Plan and Council will address the City's need for a Cultural Arts Center.
With other governments and municipalities, we have many things that are either planned or are in the hopper to begin working on. It is time again to update our sports field Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the School District. Further we will be, advocating for the creation of a school system development charge (SDC) program from our representatives in Salem. We will also be urging Salem to help with other issues. We would like them to clear up Measure 37 language and we will advocate for more road maintenance dollars and support more expansion of our transportation infrastructure; I-5 to 99W connector, Tualatin-Sherwood Rd. improvements, capacity expansion of I-217 and I-5, and improvements to 99W. From our local transportation providers, we will also urge improved Tri-Met service routes in Sherwood, and support Metro and Tri-Met's efforts to build commuter rail from McMinnville to Milwaukie - going through Sherwood, Tigard, and Lake Oswego.
Looks like another busy year for our Board Volunteers, Council and staff.