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State of Banks? Good.

Banks Mayor Pete Edison gave his "State of the City" talk at the Banks Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, Jan. 9.

He started by reviewing the previous year, in which the city had to find replacements for the city manager, city planner, city attorney, city recorder, mayor and two city councilors.

Edison then mentioned current openings on city committees, including the Budget Committee, Planning Commission, and the Park, Recreation and Tree Board.

The city council's goals for 2014 include:

n Create a formal plan for water-tank maintenance. With a planned expansion expected to double the size of the city, water will be a future topic of discussion.

n Fix the lumber mill water meter, which doesn’t perform when high flows hit.

n Develop a downtown master plan with help from community input and consultants’ opinions.

n Develop a plan for emergency situations that is coordinated between the city, its school district and fire department.

n Secure funding for the second phase of the library expansion.

n Complete zoning ordinance changes.

n Create an economic development task force to enhance existing businesses and help generate new ones.

“If we continue what we’re doing I think we can achieve a lot,” Edison said.

Library needs more outside monetary support

Banks Public Library leaders are starting the new year with a new strategy to make the second phase of the library expansion — which includes adding a new community room — a reality.

“We need to have a stronger plan in place for fundraising,” said library director Denise Holmes. “We know we have a lot of support from the community for the library.”

City officials are looking at adjusting the project budget and plan to work with a consultant on a capital campaign to assist with local fundraising and the grant-writing process. Library boosters plan to apply for a technical assistance grant, which would allow them to hire a consultant.

“I think we have a really good chance of getting the technical assistance grant,” said Jolynn Becker, Banks city manager.

Citizens can weigh in on downtown master plan

The Banks City Council and Planning Commission will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the city council chambers, 13680 N.W. Main St., to discuss a new master plan for downtown.

City officials have been discussing renovating the downtown area to be more pedestrian-friendly and welcoming to new and existing businesses as well as zoning changes for style and future two-story structures.

It’s not a decision-making meeting, but local residents can hear Jay Renkens of MIG Inc. present a report compiled from inspections and a town hall meeting last November. Renkens will discuss the planning process and foreseeable complications. He'll also add suggestions about how to create a master plan and meet goals.

Public hearing for Banks Lumber Mill

The city of Banks will host a public hearing at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 13680 N.W. Main St. in Banks, to review the site design for the Banks Lumber Mill’s 8,635-square-foot addition. The addition will house new mill equipment and a chipper. Oral and written testimony is welcome.

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