On March 16, 2015, at the meeting of the Wilsonville City Council, the Council adopted a resolution authorizing South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), the City’s public transportation agency, to purchase two 35-foot, 35-passenger, low-floor, heavy- duty, clean-diesel buses. The purchase price of $758,306 to acquire the two buses is to be financed primarily by a grant from the Federal Transportation Agency covering 84% of the cost ($636,977), with the balance paid for by local matching-funds from SMART’s purchase reserve fund. The new buses, which take approximately 18 months to be manufactured and delivered, replace two 1990 buses that now have nearly one million miles each of service use. To ensure the City is getting the best price for the vehicles without incurring additional procurement costs, SMART is “piggybacking” on Lane Transit District’s prior request for proposals for buses and purchasing the buses from Gillig, the lowest responsible bidder.
Under the Consent Agenda, the City Council adopted five resolutions that renew property-tax exemptions under state law totaling $44,730 for five, nonprofit multifamily properties with 366 rental units serving low-income and senior residents in Wilsonville. Together with other affordable housing subsidies, rents for low-income families, seniors, and individuals are lowered by approximately $308,000 over a twelve-month period.
Under New Business, the Council set a hearing date of April 6, 2014 to consider an on the record Appeal of the Development Review Board Panel B’s conditional approval of a two-parcel land partition for property located at 28205 SW Canyon Creek Road.
During worksession prior to the meeting, the Council received an update from the Willamette Water Supply Project regarding a new preferred pipeline route extending from Wilsonville to Hillsboro and is to be operational by 2026. The Council also discussed the City’s branding strategy.