PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS
***THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET ON AUGUST 7 AT 7 P.M. IN LLOYD MINOR PARK***
AUGUST CITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELED
The August 14th City Council Meeting has been canceled. City Council will convene again on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the River Grove Elementary School Library.
REVIEW OF TREE REMOVAL APPLICATION AT 5690 CHILDS ROAD
At the August 7, 2017 Planning Commission meeting, the commissioners will consider a tree removal application for a cypress tree in the floodplain, submitted by Bradley and Katherine Jackson, 5690 Childs Road.
By now you've heard about Oregon's new $100 million-per-year Transportation Plan, passed by the State Legislature this session. I want to tell you exactly how Rivergrove will benefit. Through 2027, the City can expect $118,500 in funds earmarked for transportation, in addition to our current highway funds, in the following amounts for the next 5 biennial periods: $10,800, $20,400, $25,300, $30, 100 and $31,900.
In addition, $10 million per year (increasing to $15 million a year) has been set aside for the Safe Routes to School funding and Rivergrove will most certainly be submitting a grant application for some of that money. Since River Grove Elementary is a Title I school, the matching funds needed are only 20% of the total cost, instead of 40%.
As an update on the Transportation Committee's traffic calming project for Childs Road, there has been a change in the plans, but a green light of sorts. The City has waited almost two years for the County to rewrite its road standards to allow traffic calming on a collector road—something we had expected to take 6 months—while our raised crosswalks, median island and street painting were put on hold.
Finally the County has agreed to step out of the design loop and allow Rivergrove to construct anything the local fire departments allow. This means a whole different set of options. The Transportation Committee will be working on costs and suggestions, then the public will be invited it weigh in.
Transportation is one of the issues our Metro Mayors' Consortium lobbyists have been working hard on, along with the Recreational Immunity bill (SB 327), which also passed, and protects city employees and volunteers from lawsuits.
Wishing you all a happy summer! Save Sunday September 10th for our annual get-together—another Ice Cream Social this year.