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What sorts of things has the CANDO Board been working on in recent years?
Working with the City and CANDO members to develop an effective process for addressing non-emergent "quality of life" issues downtown. See, e.g., the Downtown Homeless Solutions Task Force (Mar-Apr 2018).
Evaluating the City's proposed sit/lie ordinance as an effective response to non-emergent "quality of life" issues downtown. (Completed)
Approving the use of communication funds to purchase personal flotation devices for Wallace Marine Park.
Amending CANDO's bylaws. (Completed)
Recommending that the City initiate a pilot locker program for residents who have no other place to store their belongings.
Responding to neighbors' concerns about "quality of life" issues on Church Street.
Actively participating in the Salem Main Street program and the City's Strategic Planning Process.
Initiating planning to recreate the Marion - Polk Continuum of Care to more effectively plan and coordinate local homeless housing and services.
Obtaining grants to install additional playground equipment at Pringle Park. (Completed)
Support for bike boulevards and other pedestrian/bike/transportation safety and access initiatives.
Support for solutions to the problems due to residents' lack of access to basic services, including after-hours toilet facilities. Salem Weekly coverage; City Staff Information Report; KMUZ coverage, CANDO's 'Homeless Issues, and News from the Continuum.
Support for revisions to Salem Revised Code, Chapter 86 (“Tree Code”) (see Minutes of CANDO’s July 2015 meeting, the Urban Forestry page, and CANDO's recommendations.)(Completed)
Obtaining grants to install a piece of play equipment ("The Comet”) at Pringle Park and a bike repair station at Riverfront Park. (Completed)
Support for restoration of the Grand Theatre's original signage (replica). (Completed)
Support for the 2016 and 2015 High Street Hustle fitness event. Also on FB. (Completed)
Collaborating with the Buell Grange on an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project “Toward One Oregon.” (Completed.)
The CANDO board has also been monitoring, and will continue to monitor, processes and decisions concerning the health of the City’s General Fund, the so-called quality-of-life issues and the adequacy of social services and affordable housing in the downtown area, the selection of a new City Manager, seismic upgrades to the Center and Marion Street bridges, City Hall and the Library, the proposed new Police Facility, the completion of the pedestrian bridge to Minto-Brown Island, and the regulation of mobile food units, marijuana dispensaries, and parking downtown. In addition, CANDO routinely reviews variance and other types of requests respecting development, land use, traffic and city-owned trees in the downtown area.
Want to know what’s happening at the City Council meetings? Listen to KMUZ’s (100.7 FM in Salem) next-morning reports by CANDO's Michael Livingston on “Willamette Wakeup”, and check out past shows at the WWU Archive.
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