Public input at six focus group meetings next week may influence how much of the actual street gets included for public use in the city’s streetscape plan. Alternative use of street-side parking space was mentioned as an item up for discussion during the January 8 Urban Renewal meeting. Put you wishlist together and attend the 5:30 January 30 meeting at the library. See details below.
Salem Municipal Broadband
Salem Municipal Broadband continues to flow toward reality as the mayor and two councilors expressed enthusiasm for the project during last Monday’s council meeting.
Mark Rasch, a returning resident, spoke in favor of making municipal broadband a priority for the City.
Mayor Bennett committed to staff and consultants,”We want to know what other cities are doing.
We believe it’s a major economic development factor, particularly in our downtown.”
The final vote on priorities is February 26, 2018. Upon approval, Urban Renewal funds will be budgeted for the $100,000 consultants for a six month study.
Are you interested in getting involved? Citizens need representation and input while creating this utility. Evaluate the proposed city action and submit your testimony to City Council before February 20.
The Streetscape Open House Summary is in and you should read it, then attend the Gathering and Event Spaces Streetscape Focus Group 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 30th at Salem Public Library Anderson Room.
Luckily, the survey seems to skew younger (shout out to 25-34!). Let’s continue that trend during the campaign.
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