What happened in September?

How does SESNA keep you connected? Here are some highlights from the September meeting.

We shared announcements!

  • On Monday, October 2 at 5:15, the City of Salem will hold its volunteer recognition event at the Main Library.  Loucks Auditorium. Our neighbor Dave MacMillan will receive an award!
  • The long-vacant home at 1545 Trade Street SE has been gutted and is for sale.
  • Salem’s new chapter of Democratic Socialists of America had its first meeting on Wednesday, September 27. More info at http://www.dsausa.org/

We heard from our City Councilor!

  • The City of Salem is exploring becoming a UNICEF Child Friendly City. Staff are investigating exactly what this entails.
  • City Council refused to pass a sit-lie ordinance for downtown, and instead created a workgroup to explore ways to productively and proactively manage issues raised by downtown merchants.
  • City Council has directed staff to develop an environmental strategy and action plan.

We learned about the Library bond!

  • Lois Stark from the Library Fund told us about the bond measure on the November ballot (Measure 24-423). The $18.6M project will provide seismic upgrades to the building and parking structure; replace the HVAC system; renovate the roof; and add solar panels.
  • Cost to homeowners is 12 cents per year for each $1,000 of assessed home value. A $200,000 home would see a tax increase of $24 per year; in return, we get a library that will be safer, more energy efficient, and more modern.
  • Keep an eye out for a letter to the editor from board member Bill Smaldone!

We discussed the State Street Corridor plan!

  • City Councilors Tom Andersen and Cara Kaser have requested an additional public meeting following the recent open house.
  • Many expressed disappointment that City staff disregarded the clear public demand for a “road diet” on State from 13th to 25th Streets.
  • Our neighbors to the north are concerned about impacts to the Court-Chemeketa Historic District of redevelopment along State, a matter not addressed in the public meeting.
  • SESNA will provide a position paper for Mayor and Council on the public process and the outcomes.

We learned that sidewalk repairs are coming to SESNA!

  • The City of Salem has been repairing sidewalks in a “concentric circle” pattern, targeting one area per year. SESNA’s turn is coming. There is $1M in the budget for sidewalk repairs and replacements; this probably won’t get everything, but we can work to help set priorities to make our sidewalks safe for walking, pushing strollers, and rolling in wheelchairs.
  • We will learn more about this at our October annual meeting.

We started planning our October annual meeting!

  • Meeting will be held at Kaneko Commons on Tuesday, October 24, from 7-9 pm.
  • Mayor Bennett will speak.
  • A City representative will discuss the coming sidewalk repairs.
  • SESNA’s Beautification Committee will give awards to three neighbors (of ten nominated!) who have renovated their homes, and share pictures of the honorable mentions.
  • SESNA will also invite Salem for Refugees and the Salem Human Rights and Relations Commission to speak.
  • The board approved spending up to $150 for refreshments, so come enjoy a tasty snack!

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