May 16, 2017
Residents: Deb Comini, Valerie Freeman, Paul Gehlar
Organizations: Evan Osborne, Capitol [sic] City Cycleshare
City and County Representatives: Councilor Kaser; Sgt. Kevin Hill, SPD; Courtney Knox Busch, Mayor/City Manager’s Office
The regular meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the First Christian Church at 685 Marion Street NE, Salem. The Chair and Secretary-Treasurer were present.
The minutes of the April meeting were approved by unanimous consent.
Councilor Kaser reported on the City’s Strategic Planning Project process (still in Phase 2) and that there will be an open house at 6p on June 1st at Broadway Commons. The hearing on the Planning Commission’s recommended code amendments affecting short-term “AirBnB” type rentals, now being offered contrary to existing regulations, was continued to the next regular meeting of the Council on May 22d. The Citizens’ Budget Committee approved the staff recommendation to include the Mayor’s Homeless Rental Initiative Program (HRAP) in the recommended 2017-2018 budget, along with updates to the Comprehensive Plan, deferred infrastructure maintenance, and a fire marshall position.
Sgt. Kevin Hill reported the City continues to expect a surge of visitors beginning around August 17 in anticipation of the total eclipse at 10:17 on Monday, August 21st, there will be a "Coffee with a Cop" on Thursday, May 25 from 9 to 11a at the new Starbuck's on Church Street, and that otherwise everything is pretty normal.
The board heard presentations by Courtney Knox Busch about murals (“Mirror Maze” and “Waldo Stewards”) going in downtown, and by Evan Osborne about a bicycle sharing program similar to one starting up in Corvallis, that he expects to launch in Salem some time this summer through his non-profit, Osborne Adventures.
There being no other business before the board, the meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.