Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Minutes 8/16/16

 August 16, 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: Deb Comini
Organizations: Simon Sandusky, UGM; Shaney Starr, First Christian Church; Quandray Robinson, Q’s Corner Barber Shop (arrived after public comment)
City and County Representatives: Councilor and Mayor-elect Bennett, Officer DeMarco, Toni Whitler, Salem Parks Operations Division and Salem Parks Improvement Fund coordinator, Cara Kaser, Ward 1 Councilor-elect
Guests: Aaron Terpening, CB2 Architects for Paul Gehlar; Jeremy Mills, NEN

The regular meeting of the CanDo Board of Directors was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 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 July meeting were approved unanimously.

Officer DeMarco, filling in for Officer Hill, reported that things had been quiet downtown and thanked those who assisted with or attended the National Night Out party at South Block Apartments.  He also cautioned against shopping downtown with one’s dog(s) during hot weather, as cars heat up faster than most people realize.

Councilor Bennett reminded the board that residents could cool off at City libraries and Center 50+, and that we need to look after each other during heat waves.  He reported on the recent recommendation of the Public Works Department’s Water/Wastewater Task Force (of which he is a member) to “reduce rates for…670 irrigators, from $4.24 per unit (748 gallons) to $2.97 per unit” and to raise residential rates “to make up the lost revenue to the city – estimated at $600,000 per year.”  See remainder of Statesman Journal coverage here and staff comments to the Task Force here.  Councilor Bennett said a public hearing before the Council was planned for October 10.

In public comment, Cara Kaser brought to the board’s attention a concern from Quandray Robinson, owner of Q’s Corner Barber Shop at 651 High Street, about the negative effect of the neighborhood’s varied parking restrictions on his business.  Simon Sandusky informed the board that UGM had closed its locker program because of the difficulty preventing the lockers from being used to store drugs, and to expect a report on UGM’s capital campaign for its new shelter in late fall.  Chair Hoffman reported that the board had received the traffic report on the proposed Starbucks drive-thru, he was researching the concerns expressed by the board, and, as the deadline for comments was November 9, the board could take up the question at its October meeting if anyone felt the need at that point.       

The board then heard a presentation from Toni Whitler on CANDO’s parks and the Salem Parks Improvement Fund, followed by a brief presentation by Aaron Terpening about a four-story mixed-use building being planned for the corner of Front and Court Streets that would add 40 1-2 bedroom apartments downtown, and more residents to CANDO. 

There being no other business before the board, the meeting of the Board of Directors adjourned at 7:00 p.m. 

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