Bikeways Committee

When they met: Wednesday, April 26.

What they did: After dividing up responsibilities for grant reporting, the group opted to accept an ACTS grant. The group discussed fulfilling grant requirements through a bike/walk to school partnership, bicycle repair classes at the Iris Festival or RiverFair and hosting a bike repair class in September. The group also decided to focus on helmet distribution this year at the Public Works-EMS Open House set for next week. David Dempster urged the committee to focus on the Iris Festival’s bike ride as opposed to having a training class.

Who was there: Robert Fox, Jerry Lelack, David Dempster, Chri Christensen, Jim Taylor. Absent: Jeremy Jensen and Jim Merrill.

Next meeting: May 19, 2010.

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Parks Advisory Board

When they met: Tuesday, April 13

What they did: After the board discussed a cut that removed portable toilets from several community parks, the board voted to ask the council to restore those cuts. (Editor’s Note: The Budget Committee did just that last week.) All but David Philbrick voted to recommend reinstating fertilizing and weed control for park lawn areas, with Philbrick saying he wasn’t comfortable with using chemicals on athletic surfaces. Jim Parent, who is a board member and also Keizer Soccer Club’s director of coaching, said Keizer staff should consider scheduling school facilities within the city of Keizer. The City of Salem currently handles this for all Salem-Keizer School properties. Some board members said they have had little or no cooperation from the school district in trying to meet with them to discuss land-sharing agreements.

Who was there: Jeanne Bond-Esser, Garry Whalen, Clint Holland, Alex Pellico, David Philbrick, Rick Day, A.J. Nash, Danny Boyd and Jim Parent. Absent: David McKane.
Next meeting: May 11, 2010 (minutes unavailable as of press time)

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Traffic Safety Commission

When they met: Thursday, April 22

What they did: The group recommended adding lighting per Portland General Electric design on Wheatland Road from River Road N. to the north city limits. Public works  staff said Dearborn Avenue would be closed for two to three weeks from Claggett Creek Park eastward as work on the sanitary sewer system is completed. They also suggested a pedestrian safety measure at Plymouth Drive and River Road.

Who was there: Donna Bradley, Richard Hoover, Larry Dimatteo, Ed Thompson, Joel Stein and David McKane. Absent: Eamon Bishop and Curt McCormack.

Next meeting: May 27, 2010.