Salem City Council looks back at 2022 achievements

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Salem City Council looks back at 2022 achievements

The final Salem City Council meeting of 2022 will conclude with a look back at the city’s accomplishments over the past year.

The year-in-review highlights the passage of the 2022 Salem Safety and Livability Bond measure, which will add $300 million in infrastructure work over the course of 10 years and the addition of the Salem Livability and Outreach Services team to work with homeless encampments .

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The city also received $13 million in federal funding to make McGilchrist Street safer for cars, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The list includes adding more street art, tearing down blighted spaces and creating a new city flag.

Crews demolish the former Union Gospel Mission on December 1st.

Several housing and homeless services projects are also cited as key achievements. The city’s first ever navigation center will open later this winter. The 52-unit Yaquina Hall and 60-unit Sequoia Crossings Salem Housing Authority projects are expected to open in the spring.

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The Public Works Shopping Complex and the Customer Service Center at Salem City Hall are also nearing completion.

The list also pointed to several new and returning community events such as the Ironman race, free First Friday concerts, expanded outdoor dining, and more recently the downtown holiday parade and lights at Riverfront Park.

Other meeting agenda items include:

  • Proclamation for soliciting votes of the general election.
  • Acquisition of property for improvement of Shelton Ditch.
  • Authorizes the sale of general obligations up to and including $300 million.
  • Amendments to multiple ground leases at Salem Municipal Airport.
  • Authorization to apply for FEMA grant to fund three risk mitigation projects.

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The meeting is at 6:00 p.m. It is virtual and can be viewed on Comcast Cable CCTV Channel 21 or on the Salem YouTube channel in English/American Sign Language and Spanish.

Written public comments on agenda items can be emailed to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. Monday. Or register in advance between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday at cityofsalem.net/Pages/Public-Comment-at-Salem-City-Council-Meeting.aspx to speak during the meeting via Zoom.

For questions, comments and news tips, email reporter Whitney Woodworth at [email protected], call 503-910-6616 or follow on Twitter @wmwoodworth

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