January 19, 2016
David Dahle, Chair
Erma Hoffman, Treasurer
Sarah Owens, Sec’y
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Residents: Bill Holmstrom, Deb Comini
Organizations: Simon Sandusky, Guest Services Manager, Union Gospel Mission, Alan Mela, Grocery Outlet
City and County Representatives: Councilor Bennett, Officer Renz
Guest: Kim Lemmon, Director, St Francis Shelter
The regular meeting of the CanDo Board of Directors was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at the First Christian Church at 685 Marion Street NE, Salem. David Dahle was in the chair and Sarah Owens acted as secretary.
The minutes of the November meeting were approved unanimously.
Officer Renz reported that ODOT and the City had that day been in conversation about who would be paying to fence off the area under the Center St. Bridge near UGM, but had no estimate as to when work was to begin. He also reported that, as of January 1, Oregon law permitted cyclists (bike and motor) to proceed at a red light if the signal "fails" to turn green after a "one full cycle." He also cautioned residents to avoid phishing scams of the sort currently circulating on Facebook under the guise of games and personality tests.
Councilor Bennett urged the board to read the latest report on pedestrian deaths, which is on the agenda for the next City Council meeting, commenting that many of the pedestrian safety improvements made in recent years were in Ward 1, and that the flashing lights at crosswalks cost the City $25K to $30K apiece. He asked residents to let him know of unmarked crosswalks or other pedestrian safety hazards that concerned them particularly, in response to which the unmarked crosswalk at Leslie Street and Commercial was identified and discussed. He also reported that a railroad “quiet zone” through downtown was expected to go into effect in the coming weeks, no “big changes” in the City’s budget were expected, and that two police officers would be added back to the Downtown Enforcement Team, perhaps more, in connection with the Courtney Bridge to Minto-Brown Island. He said there would be work session on where to site and what to include in the new police facility tomorrow, and the next phase would be how to “package” the related bond measure. Finally, Councilor Bennett announced he would not be running for the Ward 1 position on City Council, as he is running for Mayor, and encouraged the board to invite Ward 1 candidates Jan Kailuweit and Cara Kaser to its meetings.
In public comment, Sarah Owens relayed a complaint from Barbara Grant that she has seen an increase in the number of folks camping out, day and night, in the HOAP block, especially at the vacant office and back parking lot at 654 Church NE. Ms. Grant asked neighbors to call SPD’s non-emergency number when they observe camping. Bruce Hoffman let the board know that SAIF had presented to SCAN the details of its renovation/demolition plans for its Church Street facility, and would be happy to do the same for CANDO if there was interest.
The board heard a presentation from Kim Lemmon about the St. Francis Shelter.
There being no other business before the board, the meeting of the Board of Directors should have adjourned at 7:04 p.m.