During the last few months, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners has held three study sessions on transportation system needs and how they can be met. Last week the board of commissioners continued efforts to determine funding options by appointing 23 residents, community leaders and business representatives to a special task force -Street Safety, Mobility and Reliability Team (Street SMART) - to focus on this vital issue.
Street SMART will meet four times in January and February, and hold open houses and town meetings throughout the county. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for 4-7 p.m., Thursday, January 3, at the Sunnybrook Service Center, 9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd., Clackamas. The public is welcome.Commission Vice Chair Lynn Peterson said the timeline is tight because, 'We need to be prepared to offer our citizens the chance to vote on a transportation funding measure as early as this May. As time passes, our needs grow and the cost of meeting those needs continues to increase. '
'Our transportation needs keep growing,' added Commissioner Bill Kennemer, 'while revenue keeps dwindling. We are looking to these dedicated citizens to help us determine how best to keep residential and commercial traffic moving smoothly in our County and our region.'
Street SMART is scheduled to present recommendations to the County Board by the end of February. The group will be charged with developing recommendations on what steps the County should take to obtain additional funds to invest in the County's transportation system, including putting one or more transportation funding measures on the May 20, 2008, ballot.