Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Minutes 7/19/16

July 19, 2016

Bruce Hoffman, Chair
Woody Dukes
Brock Campbell
Michael Livingston,
Vice Chair
Bob Hanna
Bill Holmstrom

Sarah Owens, Secretary-Treasurer
Neal Kern
Diana Dettwyler

Erma Hoffman
Rebekah Engle
David Dahle
p=present a=absent e=excused

Residents: Rosa Leonardi, Paul Gehlar
Organizations: Simon Sandusky, UGM; Parker Robertson, Wadsworth Development Group
City and County Representatives: Councilor and Mayor-elect Bennett, Officer DeMarco
Guest: Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street

The regular meeting of the CanDo Board of Directors was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the First Christian Church at 685 Marion Street NE, Salem. Bruce Hoffman was in the chair and Sarah Owens acted as Secretary.

The minutes of the June meeting were approved unanimously.

Officer DeMarco, filling in for Officer Hill, reported that things had been quiet downtown and that the Department was ready for another National Night Out.

Councilor Bennett reported that the City had posted warnings not to eat fish caught in the Willamette slough due to dioxin contamination and that the Council had been busier than usual this summer.  He noted that among other items on the agenda for the next meeting  there would be a public hearing on a proposed solid waste collection service rate rise of $7.20/month per household and on proposed amendments to the Salem Revised Code to allow the commercial growing of recreational marijuana as a conditional use in the Industrial Commercial (IC) and the Industrial Park (IP) zones.  See here for additional agenda items.  He noted in passing that he did not favor allowing retail marijuana sales downtown, but was interested in hearing from those who might disagree.  He said the City was “close getting a plaza” downtown, and would provide more detail when he could. 

In public comment Bruce Hoffman reported that he had organized a National Night Out event with the folks at South Block Apartments and handed out flyers.  Parker Robertson, the manager of the project at 205 Church Street (drive-thru Starbucks) shared the current plan for the drive-thru and promised to return when he had the traffic study results, which had been delayed.

The board then heard a presentation from Sheri Stuart about Oregon Main Street (see here).  Communities wishing to participate in the program need to do so through a legal entity.  Previously, there was some effort by Go Downtown Salem and Salem Downtown Partnership to fill this role, but they were not able to see it through.  Ms. Stuart had met with the newest group, still in the process of forming a legal entity, adopting bylaws, appointing a board, etc., and she believes they are well positioned for success.  She said CANDO would probably want to have at least an ex-officio presence on the board.  Michael Livingston, who has been meeting with the group, said he hoped to bring an action item to the CANDO board at its September meeting.  

There being no other business before the board, the meeting of the Board of Directors adjourned at 7:11 p.m.  

National Night Out Flyer

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