On April 18, 2016, the City Council adopted the first “Five-Year Action Plan and Annual One-Year Implementation Plan for the Wilsonville Tourism Development Strategy” developed by the new Tourism Promotion Committee. The plan recommends three primary sets of actions and studies to be executed starting this year that implement the longer-range, five-year components of the larger “Visit Wilsonville” tourism strategy. Major elements of the plan include: identifying a dedicated staff person or contractor to implement the plan; creating a website for Wilsonville tourism; and conducting various studies, including a visitor profile study, destination marketing strategy plan and feasibility studies for an all-weather/indoor, multi-purpose facility and a hotel/conference center.
At the meeting the City Council also approved a resolution authorizing the City to acquire approximately 17,624-square-feet of right-of-way, 9,271-square-feet of permanent easement area and 23,130-square-feet of temporary easement needed for the Tooze Road widening and improvement project on the unimproved section of the roadway east of the intersection with SW Grahams Ferry Road. The project, which extends along the northern edge of the Villebois neighborhood, is identified as a priority in the City’s Transportation System Plan and the easements and right-of-way acquisitions are planned to be completed this year with construction scheduled to begin in the second half of next year.
The Council also approved a resolution authorizing the City to refinance water revenue bonds on or after June 1, 2016, with the expectation of saving the City approximately $150,000 in interest.
The City Council continued until May 16 a public hearing planned for a proposed 14-lot subdivision on Canyon Creek Road South. The continuation is needed in order to provide the Development Review Board (DRB) Panel B more time for additional consideration of the land-use applications and development proposal prior to City Council consideration and the public hearing.
During the Mayor’s Business portion of the meeting, Mayor Tim Knapp issued three proclamations. The first proclamation declares May 1-7 as Construction Safety Week in order to call attention to the important role that safety plays in the construction industry and building trades. The second proclamation identifies May 1-7 as Drinking Water Week in order to acknowledge the City’s important role as a provider of clean and abundant drinking water. The third proclamation declares May 1-7 as Municipal Clerks Week and extends the City Council’s appreciation to City Recorder Sandra King for the vital services she provides the community.
Also under Mayor’s Business, the Mayor announced that for the 19th consecutive year since 1997, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the City of Wilsonville with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Attainment of the Certificate of Achievement, the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, represents a significant accomplishment by the City.
During the Communications portion of the meeting, the City Council heard a report about federal affairs from Megan McKibben, Clackamas County Field Representative for the Office of Congressman Kurt Schrader.
Prior to the regular meeting at the work session City Council heard reports on the Transit Master Plan Update currently underway by the South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), the Information Technology Strategic Plan and an update on the Road Maintenance Fee.
Community members are able to watch a replay of all or a portion of the City Council meetings on Comcast/Xfinity Ch. 30, Frontier Ch. 32 or on the City’s video-on-demand service at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/WilsonvilleTV.