A seat at the table with Growth Management Director, Nick Arnis at SCNA's Public Board Meeting Thursday
By Anne Aurand
The Bend City Council authorized about $5 million for street preservation work in Bend this summer.
This included a $4.7 million agreement with Knife River Corporation that will improve 47 lane miles with grind-and-inlay and overlay treatments. This will include work on some high-use streets including Third Street between Wilson Avenue and Badger Road, Mount Washington between Shevlin Park Road and Chandler Avenue and some areas of downtown that weren’t treated last summer. Much of this work will occur at night to minimize disruptions to the public.
The Council also approved a $334,334 contract with Intermountain Slurry Seal, Inc. for slurry seal treatments on about 34 lane miles around the City.
The attached map shows a variety of types of treatments that will occur on Bend roads. The City’s “Keep Good Roads Good” philosophy means we maintain and preserve streets with the most cost-effective treatment for the road condition — the right treatment at the right time. Treatments include:
A road’s conditions help the City determine maintenance plans. Arterial and collector streets are highest priority. Street preservation treatments can include chip seal, slurry seal, grind-and-inlay or overlay treatments, depending on the severity of the road degradation. The worst roads need full reconstruction. Reconstruction is exponentially more expensive than maintenance, not an efficient use of maintenance funds and more likely to be paid for as part of a larger Capital Improvement Program.
This proposed project by Evergreen Housing Development Group, LLC, will have 170 to 180 units of market-rate apartment homes and resident amenities together with supporting leasing, management, and operations uses, as well as parking for residents.
The location of the proposed development will be located on approximately 2.91 acres on Lot 13 of the Replat of Shevlin Riverfront southwest of the intersection of SW Shevlin Hixon Drive and SW Bradbury Way. This location borders Riverwest, Southern Crossing and Old Bend Neighborhood Associations.
The location of the meeting to discuss the proposed development:
Pavilion Party Room
1001 SW Bradbury Way
Bend, OR 97702
If you care about having a say about what gets built in your neighborhood, I hope to see you there.
By Mayor Casey Roats
Last week the nation was horrified to hear of yet another tragic school shooting. This week, a local teenager was taken into custody after allegedly making threats about his desire to shoot students at a high school. These are events that touch us all.
I wanted to say how grateful I am to Bend Police for quickly investigating the tip that they received, deeming the threat credible and taking the youth into custody in a matter of a few hours. I am also grateful that Bend-La Pine Schools foster a culture where students are encouraged to say something when they see something.
We have a wonderful partnership between Police and Schools that provide School Resource Officers in the schools. Following tips from students and parents, Bend Police and School Resource Officers have investigated three threats against our schools in the last 10 days. It gives me hope to know that this teamwork helps to address safety concerns.
It is my hope that our entire community follow the lead of local students and take a zero-tolerance approach to threats of violence. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, please speak up. Call our non-emergency line at 541-693-6911 at any time, day or night. Also, there’s a local community tip line called Safe Oregon on Firststeporegon.org, which is on the iPads of local students in grades 6 through 12. First Step is made possible thanks to collaboration between the Bend Police Department, Bend-La Pine Schools and other community partners.
I am grateful to be the Mayor of a beautiful community that values safety and security and to have public safety employees that work and train tirelessly to protect and support our residents. There are good people throughout our community that also share this goal. It’s one thing that can bring us all together and give us a shared focus.
I hope that you will join me in a personal pledge to ensure the safety and security of our community by reporting any threats of violence to the non-emergency line. As you’ve seen, these reports are taken very seriously and can result in lives saved.
Mayor Casey Roats
By Anne Aurand
Following community input and engineering analysis, speed limits will be lowered this month on the following road sections:
The new speed limit signs will have orange warning flags on top for a few weeks to call attention to the changes.
These speed changes were initiated by a combination of citizen requests and City staff in response to changing traffic and development along these corridors.
In Oregon, speeds for roads within the City that are not highways or local residential streets
(such as the aforementioned road sections) are set by Oregon Department of Transportation. The new speed limits are established based on a traffic study that looks at existing driving speeds, road characteristics, adjacent land use, access locations and more. It can take up to a year to complete this speed study. Most of these requests started this past summer.
The City asks drivers to pay attention to the new speed changes and be aware of conditions. Oregon’s basic rule speed law requires driving at the speed that is safe for conditions – this may be a speed slower than the posted speed. With winter here, it is especially important to pay attention to speed. Drive safely.
Welcome new board members, James Brown, Public Safety Coordinator and Keith Pharr, Program Coordinator and former interim Public Safety Coordinator!
All who live (rent or own) or work in the neighborhood are invited. At this public monthly meeting, we discuss issues and events that have an effect on our neighborhood. We follow an agenda and use Roberts Rules of Order. The location of the meeting is at 61478 Duncan Lane, Bend (Aaron & Heather Jones).
If you have questions about the boundaries of the Southern Crossing Neighborhood, please go to http://www.southerncrossingna.org/southern-crossing-na-map.html
Looking forward to seeing you!
Please join us Thursday, February 8, from 5 to 8 PM at the Bend Parks & Recreation District Office (Riverbend Conference Room) for 13 Bean Tex-Mex Style Soup, Chili, and Cornbread.
Mix and mingle with your neighbors and get the latest updates on Bend's current and future transportation growth challenges from the Eric King, Bend City Manager, break bread with Bill Smith, developer of the Old Mill and get an annual crime update from Sgt. Mike Landolt from PD.
If you're inclined to serve we have several board positions including programs and public safety. If you've never been to a neighborhood meeting before, join us tonight for a public board meeting.
Neighborhood associations provide opportunities for shaping the future of your neighborhood. Membership is open to all citizens who live, own property or operate a business with the association's boundaries.
Neighborhood Associations draw people closer to their city government and closer still to their fellow neighbors. Neighborhood participation gives residents a stronger, united voice in civic life and joins them in shared neighborhood projects.
Neighborhood associations are inclusive, reflecting the diversity which enriches a community. Members include families, singles, retirees, youths, business owners, faith-based organizations, schools, homeowners, renters, and many more people from every background. Formally recognized and well-developed Neighborhood Associations can provide recommendations to the local government on a variety of topics, including:
• Neighborhood streets, traffic control, and patterns
• City services
• Crime prevention
• Capital improvements
• Land use (zone changes, variances, subdivisions, and zoning ordinances)
We look forward to seeing you Thursday, February 8!
By Joshua Romero
At the Jan. 3 City Council work session, City staff made recommendations to Council related to managing events on private property. In the presentation, staff made three recommendations to Council. Councilors asked City staff to seek public input on the three recommendations.
Staff created an online survey to gather public input on each of the three recommendations. It can be found at: www.bendoregon.gov/eventsurvey. The survey closes on Feb. 9.
I’m requesting that our NA leaders take a few minutes to provide input on the staff recommendations. I’m also requesting you share it with your membership, if possible, so residents can also weigh in on the recommendations.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for your help,
Attention SCNA neighbors!
The third Thursday SCNA Board Meeting January 18th is canceled this week and is rescheduled for Thursday, January 25th, just two weeks before the General Membership Meeting and Board Elections.
Are you having the urge to serve? If so, come to our January 25th board meeting. Details to follow...
The annual General Membership and Board Elections Meeting will be held Thursday, February 8 at 5:30 pm at the Bend Parks & Rec District Office River Bend Conference Room. Special guests include Bill Smith (developer of the Old Mill), and city manager, Eric King.
Let your voice be heard! Get involved...
By Ann Aurand
To help identify barriers to housing in Central Oregon, the City of Bend and City of Redmond have jointly launched a survey to assess the status of fair housing in each community. The public is encouraged to share experiences with housing choice, affordability, transportation and other important aspects of finding a place to live in Central Oregon.
“We want to identify all the barriers our residents face,” said Bend Affordable Housing Coordinator Lynne McConnell.
Barriers to fair housing are any actions, omissions or decisions taken because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin that restrict housing choices or the availability of housing choice. Fair housing laws, intended to help protect the most vulnerable populations in a community, apply to rental and home sale transactions as well as ongoing tenancy.
Survey results will help the cities of Bend and Redmond prepare an “Assessment of Fair Housing” report for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the department that funds and regulates much of the housing activity across the country. Fair housing goals identified through this process will be implemented over the next six years through each city’s Consolidated Plan, which governs their federal dollar funding decisions.
“This process allows each City the opportunity to establish our own localized priorities,” McConnell said. “Survey results will influence important funding goals.”
Participants have until Feb. 28, 2018, to take the online survey, found at: www.FairHousingSurvey2018.com. People outside of Bend and Redmond are also invited to take the survey.
The cities of Bend and Redmond both will host public meetings before submitting the Assessment of Fair Housing. For more information, please visit http://www.bendoregon.gov/fairhousing.or or www.ci.redmond.or.us/fairhousing visit www.bendoregon.gov/fairhousing or www.ci.redmond.or.us/fairhousing.
The site is hosted by the Association Board.
“Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky.
Welcome to the Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association
We are a volunteer group of members, interested in our local neighborhood and the City of Bend. We welcome your participation.