On Feb. 1, the Wilsonville City Council held a second reading and approved a substantial amendment to the West Side Urban Renewal Plan that includes the Villebois neighborhood and extends along Brown Road and further to the east to include a section of the Old Town neighborhood. The amendment increases the maximum indebtedness of the urban renewal district by $9.4 million to $49.4 million in order to complete a set of primarily road construction projects that were already specified in the Plan. The amendment is consistent with the Wilsonville Urban Renewal Strategic Plan adopted by Council in October 2014 as recommended by a community task force.
City Council approved a resolution that clarifies the City’s intent to align the service area boundary for the City’s public transit system, South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), to be the city limits of Wilsonville. The resolution provides SMART support to begin plans to provide transit services to areas that have been, or are planned to be, annexed into the city limits. Some areas of Wilsonville, such as the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, are currently in the Wilsonville city limits but are in the TriMet service area, so SMART staff plan to begin working with TriMet to transition these areas to be served by SMART. The resolution also allows staff to move forward with plans to serve newly-annexed, or soon to be annexed areas that are not currently served by public transit.
The City Council appointed volunteers from the community to fill a number of vacancies on the City’s various boards and commissions. The appointments include: Andrew Karr and Paul Bunn to three-year terms on the Budget Committee; Samy Nada, Fred Ruby and Samuel Scull to two-year terms on the Development Review Board; reappointment of Eric Postma and Peter Hurley and the appointment of Karman Mesbah to four-year terms on the Planning Commission; reappointment of Elaine Swyt and Steve Benson to second four-year terms on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board; and the appointment of Larry Beck, Katherine Johnson, Jimmy Lee and Roseann O’Laughlin to one-year terms on the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee. The Council also thanked other members of the public who applied for, but were not selected to fill, the various vacancies.
Under the consent agenda the Council authorized SMART to enter into a contract to expand and replace the existing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station that currently fuels four SMART buses located at the SMART office and bus yard on Boberg Road. The expansion of the CNG station is paid for in part by a Congestion Mitigation-Air Quality grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and in part from City resources.
During the communications portion of the meeting the Council heard a report on the results of a Strategic Energy Management initiative conducted in partnership with the Energy Trust of Oregon to identify energy savings opportunities at the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Willamette River Water Treatment Plant. Overall, with the help of contractors from CH2M and Veolia North America who separately operate the two treatment plants, the initiative identified over $26,000 in annual energy savings.