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Council adopts 2013 priorities

Goals include water, economic development and transportation


Transportation, an aquatic center and water rank high on this year’s city council goals.by:  CITY OF WEST LINN - The West Linn City Council is, from left, Mike Jones, Jody Carson, Mayor John Kovash, Jenni Tan and Thomas Frank.

The West Linn City Council approved its 2013 priorities during its March 11 meeting.

The goals “build off of our successful past work, and responsibly address the most pressing issues facing our city in a fiscally sustainable manner,” according to the goal document. “Our goal as a city council is to keep West Linn on the path of becoming the finest community in the state to live, work and play — both for ourselves and future generations.”

Below are city council’s outlined goals:

Transportation system maintenance and improvements

The city council will enhance pedestrian safety and bike/pedestrian opportunities.

  • The council will adopt and initiate implementation of the Master Trail Plan.
  • The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Transportation Advisory Board will solicit public input and make recommendation to planning commission in April.
  • PRAB and TAB will develop a prioritized list of pedestrian/bike projects to the capital improvement plan.
  • The planning commission will make a recommendation council in June.
  • In July the council will review and adopt the plan.
  • The council will specifically address concerns on Willamette Falls Drive (crosswalks and lighting) and Salamo Road (intersection improvements).
  • The city council will initiate required modifications to the transportation system plan.

  • The city will apply for a transportation growth management grant.
  • Aquatic center

    The city council will accept a recommendation by the aquatic center task force.

  • Support survey efforts of the task force, with survey results to be received by May 1.
  • Request a recommendation from the task force by June 1.
  • Council will make a decision regarding the recommendation by Aug. 1.
  • Blue Heron property

    The city council will create a master plan for the former Blue Heron property.

  • Hold a work session with the council, task force and WES this spring.
  • Continue communication and education efforts with stakeholders.
  • Water infrastructure

    The city council will have a long-term strategy in place for addressing the city’s maintenance and storage needs by the end of 2013.

  • Continue to educate the public on water infrastructure needs.
  • by: VERN UYETAKE - Redevelopment of the arch bridge/Bolton area is a top priority for the West Linn City Council this year.

    Economic development

  • The city council will initiate the development of a master plan and implementation strategy for the arch bridge/Bolton area.
  • Secure grant funding, if available.
  • Staff present the alternative means for supporting efforts for national and state heritage area designation.
  • The city council will modify codes and processes to remove regulatory and financial barriers and to incentivize positive community economic efforts.

  • Conduct audit of city codes, fees and processes to address state goal by end of March.
  • The economic development director, assistant city attorney and economic development committee will solicit input from affected parties (public and private developers, etc.) on possible revisions and present report with recommendations to the city council in May.
  • The planning commission will make recommendations on proposed revision to the comprehensive plan and community development codes for the council in July.
  • City council will hold hearings on proposed amendments in August.
  • Centennial celebration — celebrating community

    The city council will support city and volunteer activities to create a successful centennial event and coordinate a city birthday mid-August that incorporates the entire community.

    Other areas of interest

  • Initiate the construction of the new police station
  • The city’s long-term financial sustainability
  • Neighborhood association presidents group
  • Promote actions that support small business
  • City hall security
  • City council “road show” — hold at least two meetings outside of city hall
  • Support sustainability advisory recommendations regarding the “Natural Step” framework
  • Learn more about efforts for reopening the Willamette Falls Locks
  • The city council also approved its rules for 2013, making one adjustment.

    This year, councilors will be able to ask questions of people during community comment.

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