Regional City Managers Forum
April 20, 2023 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Bend, OR (April 4, 2023): The City Club of Central Oregon will feature city managers from around the region at the Annual Regional City Managers Forum on April 20th at Tetherow Resort. The forum will be moderated by Tammy Baney, Executive Director of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council.
Central Oregon has many concerns in common across the region including homelessness, economic development, infrastructure, water and tourism. Join City Club to hear about how the region is growing together, what is unique in each community and collaborative solutions that are being pursued across the region. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the forum.
The panelists include: Eric King, City Manager-Bend; Geoff Wullschlager, City Manager-La Pine; Steve Forrester, City Manager-Prineville; Keith Witcosky, City Manager-Redmond, Sisters (interim)-Joe O'Neil, Interim City Manager-Sisters; and Christy Wurster, Interim City Manager-Madras.
Event: Regional City Managers Forum
When: April 20, 2023
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Tetherow Resort Event Pavilion
Register and more information here: https://cityclubco.org
March 16, 2023
The Bend Park and Recreation District July 4th Pet Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The parade will begin at 10:00 am at Harmon Park and end at 12:00 pm at Drake Park.
The route is the same as last year; starting at Harmon Park,
travelling NW on Harmon Blvd,
east on Newport Ave,
SW on Wall St,
NW on Franklin Ave to Riverside Blvd, ending at Drake Park.
There will be significant road closures for this event. Please see the map included for road closures and parade route. We anticipate that the following route may impact your residence/business/transit on July 4, 2023: •
Riverside Blvd (Broadway St to Tumalo Ave) –7:00AM to 1:00PM •
Galveston Ave (Riverfront St to Columbia St) – 7:00AM to 12:00PM •
Harmon Blvd (Columbia St to Newport Ave) –7:00AM to 1:00PM •
Drake Rd (NW 6th St to Newport Ave) – 8:30AM – 1:00PM •
Nashville Ave (Newport Ave to NW 6th St) – closed 8:30AM – 1:00PM •
Newport Ave (NW 9th St to Bond St) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Wall St (Bond St to Louisiana Ave) – 8:30AM 10 1:00PM •
Franklin Ave (Bond St to Broadway St) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM • Idaho Ave (State to Riverside Blvd) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Kansas Ave (State St to Riverside Blvd – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Congress (Kansas Ave to Louisiana Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Louisiana Ave (Broadway St to Riverside Blvd) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Broadway St (Louisiana Ave to Franklin Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Riverfront St (Hixon Ave to Tumalo Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Hartford Ave (Columbia St to Harmon Blvd) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Jacksonville Ave (Columbia St to Harmon Blvd) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Kingston Ave (Columbia St to Harmon Blvd) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Milwaukee Ave (Columbia St to Harmon Blvd) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Columbia St (Milwaukee Ave to Nashville Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Federal St (Milwaukee Ave to Nashville Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
NW 8th St (Newport Ave to Ogden Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
NW 7th St (Newport Ave to Ogden Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
NW 6th St (Newport Ave to Ogden Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
NW 5th St (Newport Ave to Ogden Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
NW 3rd St (Newport Ave to Portland Ave) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Awbrey Rd (Newport Ave to NW 1st St) – 8:30AM to 1:00PM •
Brooks St (Newport Ave to N Mirror Pond Lot) – 8:30AM to 1:00P
We hope to see you there!
To learn more information about the event, please visit our webpage,
For questions, comments or concerns, please contact BPRD Rentals & Events Supervisor Becky Rexford; (541) 706-6120, BeckyR@bendparksandrec.org.
Submit comments/questions/complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org for up to three months after the event has ended. Special event permit requirements may be found at http://www.bendoregon.gov/specialevents
Post Date: 03/17/2023 9:00 AM
The Awbrey Butte Waterline Improvement Project will improve Bend’s ability to deliver water across the City and increase the system’s resiliency and reliability by installing approximately 4.25 miles of pipeline.
Project Update – March 2023 Currently, there is limited fieldwork planned for March. However, residents will receive notifications of any changes.
On May 9, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the City of Bend will host an informational meeting for Phase 1 of the Awbrey Butte Waterline Improvement Project. The meeting will cover essential topics, such as the project's goals and purpose, construction phasing, construction impacts and the timeline of the subprojects. We invite you to meet our project team members and learn about our plans to keep our neighbors informed. Phase 1 improvements will begin in June and be constructed in stages through the winter of 2023 to minimize traffic impacts.
Portland Avenue roadway improvements will be built as a synergy project concurrent with the Awbrey Butte Distribution Improvement Project. Safety, traffic calming and multimodal connectivity improvements along the Portland Avenue corridor are currently being evaluated and are in the planning phase. The design of potential improvements along the corridor will begin this spring. The City plans to hold an in-person meeting to discuss the improvements with the public this summer.
The City is committed to keeping neighbors informed throughout the project through the project website, public informational meetings, mailings, emails, and door hangers. In advance of construction activities in your neighborhood, residents will receive a more detailed notification with specific information regarding construction impacts. For more information, contact the project team at email@example.com.
You may also monitor current and upcoming detours and closures at www.bendoregon.gov/traffic.
Project Map – subject to change Additional information and Subproject details for the Awbrey Butte Waterline Improvement Project can be found at www.bendoregon.gov/awbrey-waterline.
TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULEThe project design and construction will be completed in phases. The schedule below will be updated as more information becomes available and is subject to change. This project is utilizing an alternative delivery method known as Progressive Design-Build, which includes selecting the contractor and engineer simultaneously. Therefore, some of the design will overlap with portions of construction throughout the project. Individual properties may not be impacted for the entire duration of the construction schedules presented below.
Tentative Design Schedule:
Subprojects 1, 3, 4, 5, 6: September 2022 - fall 2023
Subprojects 2, 7, 8, 9: November 2022 - spring 2024
Tentative Construction Schedule:
Subproject 1: June 2023 – fall 2023
Subproject 2: early 2024 – late 2024
Subproject 3: fall 2023
Subproject 4: fall 2023 – early 2024
Subproject 5: fall 2023 – spring 2024
Subproject 6: fall 2023
Subproject 7: early 2024 – fall 2024
Subproject 8: early 2024 – winter 2025
Subproject 9: early 2024 – fall 2024
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
The NorthWest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market will be held each Saturday beginning June 3 and ending October 14, 2023.
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!
The City of Bend seeks community feedback to guide priorities and direction for the next two years. People in Bend may receive a call or a text in early December asking participants to answer questions about the City and City services. Phone calls and texts requesting survey participation will begin December 1.
The community survey intends to get a sense of how Bend residents perceive City services and to assess what City services the community prioritizes. The phone survey should take about 10 minutes. Community participation will help the City set priorities and will be presented to the Bend City Council as they embark on their next round of biennial goal setting.
Also, for those who don’t get randomly chosen for a call on a cell phone or a landline, the City will launch a similar online Community Survey on December 12 so everyone can have an opportunity to provide input. The online survey will be available in English and Spanish. Online survey results will complement the representative phone survey and will also be shared with the Council. Watch bendoregon.gov for the online survey later in December.
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We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of e-bikes on the roads! We recognize e-bikes can be useful and fun. However, we want to make sure the community knows the rules that apply to them.
In Oregon, e-bikes are not legal for kids under 16 to ride.
We’re seeing a lot of kids zooming around on them, and it’s important for parents to know that this is illegal.
Kids under the age of 16 usually don’t have experience driving and may not know all the “rules of the road.” Specifically, we’re seeing kids riding against the flow of traffic on the wrong side of the road, not using correct hand signals to alert drivers to their intended route of travel, and improperly using sidewalks or crossing roads.
These mistakes are exceptionally dangerous as drivers could be unable to see the e-bike and rider, expect them to be traveling at lower speeds than they are, or fail to anticipate the bicyclist's route of travel – leading to an accident.
The speed at which e-bikes are traveling may be illegal.
In Oregon, e-bikes are generally supposed to top out at 20 mph, but we often see e-bikes bombing past traffic at dangerous speeds. Slower speeds can help decrease the likelihood of an accident. If an accident occurs and a car is damaged or someone is injured and it’s the bike’s fault, the bicyclist would be held liable.
Additionally, e-bikes that go faster than 20 mph may be considered a moped or a motorcycle, which would require a license, registration and insurance.
We recommend bicyclists wear helmets, and please remember that bicyclists under the age of 16 are required to wear them.
We have seen many accidents involving e-bikes, and with school back in session and many students riding to school, we worry this could increase.
A helmet can do wonders to protect e-bike riders from suffering a life-altering injury. Head trauma is the most common injury and the leading cause of death and disability in accidents involving bikes. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of death or injury and reduce the severity of the injury in the event of an accident.
E-bikes are not legal to ride on sidewalks.
Regular bicycles are allowed on sidewalks, but e-bikes are not. Cycling on sidewalks may pose danger to bicyclists, pedestrians, and even drivers. Cars tend to look at bike lanes and roads for cyclists, and don’t see them or expect them to be on the sidewalks, increasing accidents. Pedestrians move much slower and are often unprepared for faster-moving bikes.
Only e-bikes built for passengers should carry them.
Specialized cargo bicycles and cargo e-bicycles can carry multiple kids or larger, heavier loads. A person can carry passengers on an e-bike if it is designed and safely equipped for passengers. Additionally, passengers should be aware of distracting or endangering the operator of the e-bike, and operators should keep passenger safety in mind.
It’s great to see people having so much fun on e-bikes - we just want everyone in Bend to be safe. We have growing concerns that someone could be injured or killed from improperly using e-bikes, and we don’t want to wait for that to happen – we want to be proactive and ensure people know the rules and know how to keep themselves and their kids safe.
If your family owns an electric bike, help us by prioritizing e-bike safety in your own home!
The City of Bend is committed to protecting the quality, safety, and long-term supplies of our water. The Awbrey Butte Waterline Improvement Project was prioritized as a critical project based on the ability to meet current and future capacity demand, upgrade existing aging and undersized pipes, improve west to east conveyance and increase flows for fire suppression. The project will improve Bend’s water delivery and increase the system’s resiliency and reliability by updating approximately 4.25 miles of water pipeline.
Over the upcoming months, survey crews will be conducting land surveying throughout the project area. Crews will capture the existing topography, roadway and surface features as the starting point for the design of the waterline. These activities will primarily be done along the sides of roadways and the edges of the right-of-way with minimal impacts on traffic and residential access.
Some surveying may be necessary within roadways. During these times, please be aware of cones, survey trucks and road signs that may be placed to notify drivers and cyclists of obstructions ahead. For the safety of the workers, please drive cautiously in these areas.
The first phase of work, the design of the project, began in August 2022. Design for the entire project will extend through late 2023. Construction will occur in two phases and is expected to begin in summer 2023 and continue through the end of 2024.
Project Map – subject to change
Additional information and subproject details for the Awbrey Butte Waterline Improvement Project can be found at bendoregon.gov/awbrey-waterline.
A memo from Nadine McCrindle, Red Cross Executive Director for the Central & Eastern Oregon Chapter:
With a significant increase in wildfire risk around the state of Oregon underway, I wanted to give you a brief update on the activities of the Red Cross Cascades Region.
In collaboration with local governments and community partners we currently have one emergency shelter open, supporting the Van Meter fire burning in Klamath County. With this weekend’s increase in wind and the concern of wildfire expansion, we are in close communication with local emergency managers to identify where additional support may be needed.
The Cascades Region has been supporting wildfire disaster responses for several weeks already with trained Red Cross volunteers assisting with the Rum Creek, Cedar Creek, Van Meter and McKinney fires so far this month. Conditions with wildfires change rapidly and we encourage all Oregonians to be prepared to evacuate. You can encourage your constituents to download the Red Cross Emergency app for real-time alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and expert advice on wildfires.
Be sure to follow our social media for real-time updates and preparedness tips.
· Facebook @RedCrossCascades
· Twitter @RedCrossCasc
· Instagram @RedCrossCascades
OSU’s Sustainable Tourism Lab has embarked on a 5-year research project to better understand community sentiment towards tourism. Here is a quick story about it on KTVZ
The goal of this survey is to ensure that the voices from all of Bend's neighborhoods are represented and heard.
Please participate through the following QR CODE
Two Vacancies on Bend City Council - Councilors will appoint people to fill vacant seats for the remainder of the year
Bend City Councilors declared two Council vacancies at their May 18 meeting, triggering a selection process that is open to community members interested in being appointed to the Bend City Council for the remainder of this year. In separate announcements, Mayor Sally Russell and Councilor Rita Schenkelberg publicized that they both were resigning and that the May 18 Council meeting would be their final meeting.
During the May 18 meeting, Councilors appointed Mayor Pro-Tem Gena Goodman-Campbell as the new Mayor. Councilors then chose Anthony Broadman to serve as the new Mayor Pro-Tem. Goodman-Campbell will complete Russell’s Mayoral term (Council Position 7) which expires the end of 2022.
The move into the seat of Mayor created one vacancy for Goodman-Campbell’s seat, (Council Position 5), which also expires in 2022. The other vacancy is for Schenkelberg’s seat, (Council Position 4).
Both appointees will serve on the Council for the rest of 2022. Both Council positions will be on the ballot for the general election in November, at which time both seats need to be filled by election. The appointees will serve on the Council until the newly elected Councilors take office on January 4, 2023.
The person elected by voters into Schenkelberg’s seat will serve out the remaining two years of Schenkelberg’s term instead of a typical four-year term.
Community members interested in being appointed can apply at www.bendoregon.gov/council-application found at www.bendoregon.gov/citycouncil between May 19 and June 1. Appointees must be registered to vote in Oregon and must have resided in the city continuously during the twelve months immediately preceding the appointment.
If more than 10 people apply for the vacancies, a subcommittee of councilors (Anthony Broadman, Melanie Kebler and Megan Perkins) will convene to review the applications and suggest candidates for interviews. If fewer than 10 people apply, the whole Council will interview all applicants. Councilors will hold special public meetings in early June to conduct interviews. (Watch www.bendoregon.gov/councilagenda for meeting information.)
The City’s Charter says a vacancy in the council shall be filled within 30 days by appointment by the council but if the council does not fill the vacancy by an appointment within 30 days, then the vacancy gets filled at the next election, which would be in November.
For more detail, section 21 of the Bend Charter and section 9 of the City Council Rules explain the requirements associated with the process to fill vacancies.
More information about the 2022 Council elections can be found here.