At the city council meeting on Wednesday night we…
–Welcomed the audience of Boy Scout Troop 266
–Met the newly hired Finance Director, Julie Blums
–Read a proclamation declaring September 16th Canby Public Library Day and POW/MIA Recognition Day
–Appointed Pam Judy to the Historic Review Board (welcome, Pam!)
–Transferred all of the city properties that we own on that block downtown–including the old police station, the current city hall, the planning department building, the finance department building, and the parking lot–to the Urban Renewal Agency to simplify the process of selling those lots to an interested developer. Very exciting prospect, having a planned, multi-story downtown block with mixed-use retail and apartments!
–Authorized a contract for an outside company to do community engagement and develop a transit master plan for CAT
–Finalized the ordinance on business license exemptions
–Listened to testimony about the 4 impending speed humps on N. Birch St. (thanks for coming to speak out, Drew Gallagher, Dick Templeman, and Bob Backstrom)
–Authorized a contract with Canby Excavating, Inc. to do street and sanitary improvements on NW Territorial and install the 4 speed humps. Although I do not support the executive action of installing the speed humps, I voted for this ordinance anyway, because it also authorized the street and sanitary improvements, which are much needed.
–And we listened Councilor Rocha offer his resignation from the council. He said that he is now too busy with his new responsibilities at work, as an owner, to give the council the time it requires. Best of luck to you, Todd. (Read more in the Canby Herald on this topic soon!)