The City will hold a public hearing on proposed fee changes at 7 p.m. on June 19 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street, Bend. The proposed fee changes will be effective July 1, 2019.
Increases are proposed for System Development Charges, ambulance charges (the phase-in of fee increases approved by Council in 2017), utility fees (stormwater 3%, water 1%, sewer 6%), and building and planning development fees (3%).
To see the agenda for the Council meeting for more information, click here.
The City is planning to pair Police officers and Fire inspectors for an Illegal Fireworks Task Force to respond exclusively to illegal fireworks calls in late June and early July. The task force will patrol areas where data have shown a higher use of illegal fireworks.
The task force, being scheduled for the nights of June 27 and 28 and July 3, 5 and 6, will focus on problematic areas identified by data, but will also respond to calls as able.
The City Council prioritized increasing illegal fireworks enforcement activities as part of a comprehensive wildfire resilience plan.
Fireworks that explode, fly more than 12 inches in the air or move laterally more than six feet are illegal to possess and use in Oregon.
Those who witness the use of illegal fireworks can call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. Please do not call 911 to report fireworks unless there is a confirmed fire or injury.
The City is asking residents to participate in a brief online survey about transportation. The survey will be available until July 19th. To access the survey: click here.
The City of Bend is considering making strategic investments to reduce traffic congestion and improve the safety of neighborhood streets. These improvements could require an increase in local taxes or fees. Nothing has been decided yet – there will be many opportunities to engage in community discussions in the coming months.
The online survey complements and supplements a statistically valid phone survey that was recently conducted, and is one of many inputs that the City is taking as it updates the transportation system plan. To learn more about what’s going on with Bend's Transportation Plan visit www.bendoregon.gov/tsp.
Good Morning Summit West Neighborhood Association:
The NorthWest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market will be held each Saturday beginning June 8 and ending September 22, 2019.
We anticipate that the following may affect your residence/business/transit.
Visit www.NWXFarmersMarket.com to learn more. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have and we hope you'll join us at the market this summer!
Preparation beats panic! So, please join your neighbors in becoming wildfire-ready on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm!
Bend’s westside is particularly vulnerable to wildfire. The Two Bulls fire five years ago had large parts of our neighborhood on notice to evacuate, while recent fires in California quickly overtook the cities of Santa Rosa, Redding, and Paradise.
Century West Neighborhood Association and OSU-Cascades are sponsoring an important event to help us be better prepared. CWNA has kindly invited residents of Summit West NA to attend the meeting. (This takes the place of a Spring meeting for SWNA.)
All events are free, but OSU asks that folks register for the event so they can estimate space needs. To register, click the button above or click here.
When: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: OSU Cascades Campus — see check-in info below
Program: attend two of the following sessions
The first three sessions will be offered twice: from 11-12 and again from 1-2.
Bring the kids! You’ll find resources to take home, including a property self-assessment, a fire-resistant planting guide, and more! The Bend Fire Department will have the Community Engine on campus.
(Note to FireWise communities - this event satisfies your annual education event for FireWise re-certification.)
Please lend a hand to help your neighborhood! The relocation of two Board members out of our neighborhood has created openings that we’d like to fill. The Board meets at least quarterly, and holds at least one Membership/Annual meeting each year. Board members can expect to put in 3-4 hours per month on behalf of the Neighborhood Association.
If you're interested or want to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org and a current board member will be in touch.
City Councilors have scheduled a listening session about the future of Mirror Pond on Monday, April 22nd from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.
The meeting will be held at the Deschutes County building at 1300 NW Wall Street, in the Barnes and Sawyer rooms on the 1st floor.
A panel will discuss:
• The public involvement process
• Long term plans for Mirror Pond Dam
• The environmental perspective
• Permits obtained for dredging
After the panel, public comments will be taken (3 minutes per person). This is your chance to tell Councilors your ideas about Mirror Pond and the City's role.
The Bend City Council recently announced the goals that it has adopted for the City (and itself) for the period July 2, 2019 through June 30, 2021.
Bend City Councilors on Wednesday approved an aggressive package of two-year goals for the City. The 2019-21 goals stay focused on core services provided by the City while addressing emerging issues such as mental health needs and wildfire resiliency. And, reflecting the community’s feedback from a recent statistically-valid survey, the goals place a heavy value on transportation and affordable housing.
The Council Goals 2019-21 fall into four general categories:
• Economic Vitality: Housing, Jobs, Managing Growth Strategies in this goal seek to increase opportunities for additional housing and housing types, affordable housing and employment lands through public-private partnerships.
• Transportation & Infrastructure Strategies aim to maximize access and mobility for all users through a community-accepted funding plan. This requires an investment in transportation projects, including: Neff Road/Purcell Boulevard intersection, Reed Market Road/Bond Street roundabout, Highway 20/Greenwood Avenue sidewalks, Newport Avenue from College Way to 9th Street, Simpson Avenue/Columbia Street intersection, Butler Market Road/Wells Acres Road roundabout and other improvements.
• Public Health & Safety Strategies aim to preserve current service levels and response times, address crime, add more support for mental health issues and homelessness and build wildfire resilience.
• Effective & Efficient City Operations Strategies run the gamut from facility planning to managing data systems better to updating the City’s charter. Work will also include developing an equity, diversity and inclusion program.
In their deliberations, Council added one additional action item under the Effective & Efficient City Operations Goal to develop a balance sheet that shows a financial snapshot of the City’s long term liabilities and financial commitments.
City Council Goals influence how discretional funds are used in the upcoming, two-year budget planning process. The City anticipates requiring up to $5.6 million in additional revenue to implement this biennial work plan. The Council anticipates raising additional money primarily by raising franchise fees and increasing transportation system development charges.
You can read more about the goals and their associated sub-objectives here: https://bend.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=9&event_id=320&meta_id=29993
BEND CITY COUNCIL VALUE STATEMENT
We, the City Council, believe that Bend is a unique community that people are drawn to because it is an outstanding place to live. We desire to demonstrate consistent stewardship of resources and quality of life. We will be guided in decision-making by following these values as the foundation for public trust and confidence: INCLUSIVITY ∙ SUSTAINABILITY ∙ PARTNERSHIPS ∙ STEWARDSHIP ∙ RESPONSIVENESS
And interestingly the city has a budget dashboard to look at revenue collection here:
Greenwood Avenue, from Third Street west to U.S. 97 (Bend Parkway), will be closed to westbound traffic for approximately seven weeks beginning April 1, 2019. The closure is for the safety of the traveling public as BNSF Railway replaces railroad bridge decking on the bridge over Greenwood Avenue.
Westbound traffic on Greenwood Avenue, between Third Street and U.S. 97, will be detoured to Revere Avenue. Eastbound traffic on Greenwood Avenue will continue uninterrupted for the duration of the project.
Greenwood Avenue closures and detours will be in place Monday through Thursday each week. All lanes of Greenwood Avenue will be open to both eastbound and westbound traffic Thursday evening through Sunday evening each week.
The project is expected to be completed by May 17, 2019. Upon project completion, all lanes of Greenwood Avenue will resume normal eastbound and westbound operations.