On June 15, 2015, the Council adopted a resolution creating the Wilsonville Tourism Promotion Committee that is charged to implement the Wilsonville Tourism Development Strategy and oversee City-County tourism-development grant programs. To be housed in the City’s Park & Recreation Department with support from the City Manager’s Office, the new 12-member committee is to be composed of seven voting members who represent the greater Wilsonville-area hospitality and tourism industry and five non-voting, ex-officio members to provide advice and consultation to the committee. Advisory members include representatives of Clackamas County Tourism agency, Washington County Visitors Association and the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Parks & Recreation staff and a City Councilor liaison.
The City Council reviewed and approved two separate matters under New Business. The Council adopted a resolution that authorizes a support grant for the utility-relief program operated by the nonprofit Wilsonville Community Sharing food-bank and social-service assistance organization. The Council took action after a June 1 discussion at work session to modify the current contract criteria. City staff will work with principals of Community Sharing to develop guidelines on use of the utility-relief program for approval by Council later this year.
The Wilsonville City Council held a public hearing and adopted a resolution authorizing a supplemental budget adjustment to “close-out” the current 2014-15 fiscal year that ends June 30. The standard budget adjustment accounts for various project and program funds that may be over or under the original budget approved in June 2014 based on timing, interfund transfers, project-scope modification and other factors.
The City Council also approved a contract for janitorial services of City facilities and also authorized a $2 million, five-year capital interfund loan from the General Fund to the Stormwater Capital Fund to finance capital improvements as planned in the 2014 Stormwater Utility Rate Review.
During the Communications portion of the meeting, representatives of Greater Portland Inc. (GPI) presented on the regional economic-development organization’s activities and goals. Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden, Small Cities Consortium Chair and GPI board member, Alisa Pyszka, Vice President of Recruitment and Expansion, said that GPI’s focus is primarily on business retention designed to retain current jobs and business expansion to develop new higher-wage positions.
At work session prior to the City Council meeting, the Council heard reports from staff and consultants on several matters, including:• Polling results of residents regarding their views on the costs and services of a potential aquatic and recreation center;• A planned feasibility over the summer of possible changes to the West Side Urban Renewal Area that would examine issues related to extending tax-increment financing to the Coffee Creek industrial area;• Basalt Creek urban concept planning progress and potential boundary lines between the cities of Tualatin and Wilsonville; and• Frog Pond urban concept planning progress and various potential infrastructure and home-building costs that will influence decisions on development plans.