On July 20, 2015, the Wilsonville City Council approved a request by the City’s transit agency, South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), to enter into a contract to purchase technology services that enhance the efficiency of both the fixed route and Dial-a-Ride services. Once installed, the new technology allows transit riders to identify the location of buses in real-time from a mobile device or computer. The new technology software-hardware package also improves dispatch scheduling, reporting/feedback and on-board announcement systems. The system upgrades are to be installed over the next five years, with federal grants covering 80% of the $285,999 project cost.
The Council also approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Tualatin Valley Water District and the City of Hillsboro that governs how the partners will collaborate to build a portion of the regional water pipeline along the Kinsman Road extension between Barber Street and Boeckman Road in Wilsonville slated for construction next year. The estimated $1 billion, 30-mile pipeline that is to run north through Wilsonville from the City’s Willamette River Water Treatment Plant to Hillsboro is projected to be operational in 2026.
Related to the construction of the Kinsman Road extension, the City Council approved acquisition of a remnant parcel and additional right-of-way easements needed for the road extension.
In preparation for a potential advisory vote in November on forming a new Urban Renewal District in the Coffee Creek Industrial Area, the Council held a public hearing to approve minor changes to City Code that ensure consistency with state election law and ballot measure-filing requirements. The Council also continued the decision on whether or not to hold a November advisory vote on forming the new Coffee Lake Industrial District to the next City Council meeting on August 3 in order to first allow more time to complete research and analysis on the proposed urban renewal area.
During the meeting the Council also approved a new, two-year collective bargaining agreement with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503, which represents SMART drivers and other staff.
At work session prior to the City Council meeting, the Council heard reports from staff and consultants and discussed several matters, including proposed Coffee Creek Industrial Area Form Based Code and recent state legislative enactments pertaining to implementing Ballot Measure 91 that legalized the production and sale of recreational marijuana.