The Banks Metropolis Council accepted its 2020-21 work plan, which focuses on the native authorities’s method to sustainable progress, and managing sources and group providers.
Banks Metropolis Corridor. Photograph: Brenda SchafferBANKS – The Banks Metropolis Council accepted its 2020-21 work plan, which focuses on the native authorities’s method to sustainable progress, and managing sources and group providers.Each fiscal municipal 12 months, which runs from July 1 – June 30, town council and administrative workers draft a working plan that outlines subjects, data, and which handful of points may be the cynosure of the 12 months forward.Mission assertion The Banks Metropolis Council work plan’s mission assertion says elected and administrative officers will try to successfully handle sources whereas persevering with to counterpoint the group, present long-term stability, sustainable progress, and ample group providers whereas sustaining environmental duty and offering a clear, protected group the place folks really feel comfy residing. “Basically, the work plan is how (elected officials and city department heads) come together to set goals,” Banks Metropolis Supervisor Jolynn Becker mentioned. “For instance, (the council) is looking into putting a roundabout or a stoplight at the intersection of (NW) Main Street, and (NW) Banks Road where it turns into (NW) Cedar Canyon Road. It also wants to continue to enhance existing businesses along Main Street, maximize the use of existing parking areas, find areas for additional parking, and grow the retail base to meet the needs of residents and tourists.”[We rely on subscribers to keep the lights on at the Banks Post. Support us with a digital subscription: Click here to start]2037 imaginative and prescient planThe council work plan additionally consists of the “Banks Vision 2037 Plan,” that are six-recommendations initially put forth in 2017.The six factors embody recognizing and constructing three districts inside Banks — Southtown, Midtown, and the normal/historic Downtown. Commerce Road and the Mill District may very well be thought of a sub-district of downtown, the plan says.Creating new upgrades to streetscapes so the three Major Road districts show uniformity, but with refined variations which are distinctive to every space. Establishing new multi-use public plazas to be used by group members and guests/vacationers, ideally connecting Major Road to the brand new developable lands within the Westside city progress boundary.Persevering with to advertise Banks as an rising group wealthy with leisure alternatives, together with an abundance of trailheads, assist areas, and the creation of latest trailheads. Lastly, the plan requires setting and codifying new requirements, particular to every district, for business and industrial constructions and developments, so as to create high quality and to acceptable a rural really feel throughout the particular person improvement areas.2018 to 2023 roadmapThe metropolis of Banks has 4 targets in its future targets roadmap. These targets are:– Enough Housing — Creating a transparent plan and system for offering water infrastructure to assist new improvement; offering a versatile code and course of to encourage numerous housing sorts; and proactively collaborating with non-public builders.– Native Jobs — Enhancing entry to broadband infrastructure; specializing in the Enterprise Retention and Enlargement (BRE) program; and getting ready native industrial websites.– Vibrant Major Road — Enhancing current companies alongside Major Road; maximizing using current parking areas; and rising the retail base to fulfill the wants of vacationers and residents. — Thriving Tourism — Proactively pursuing the Major Road Plaza venture, and supporting vacationer amenity improvement.New trailhead parkingThe council work plan outlines two tasks that target constant improvement and enlargement throughout the metropolis of Banks and its city progress boundary — further parking for the Banks-Vernonia Trailhead, and the development of a group heart. Further parking for the Banks-Vernonia Trailhead is spearheaded by the Banks Metropolis Council, the Washington County Land Use and Transportation Board (LUT), the Salmonberry Path Intergovernmental Company, and Oregon State Parks and Recreation. The town, since 2017, actively has been trying to create new parking across the trailhead as use has grown in recognition. Work was underway in 2017 to enhance overflow within the parking space however development was stopped when the Oregon Division of Transportation (ODOT) mentioned a 100-foot buffer was required between the railroad tracks and the driveway.At the moment, the Salmonberry Path Intergovernmental Company is creating idea plans to develop further parking, and it hopes to have interaction in dialog with the LUT to see if the board will approve the venture, which isn’t slated to start development till 2021-22. The council’s work plan says presently the price of the venture is unknown, however that the funding supply probably would come from “general funds, grants, and [sic] state park.” Constructing a Banks group centerThis venture is a part of town’s City Renewal Company (URA) plans and the Banks Imaginative and prescient 2037 Plan. Its essential targets are to analysis completely different choices, establish land the place the group heart might be constructed, and to safe long-term funding from the URA.These main the venture to create a Banks group heart embody town council, the URA, the Banks Financial Growth Fee, and metropolis workers.The price of the venture depends upon the precise dimension, scope, and extent of the group heart’s constructions. Deliberate funding sources embody non-public funding for constructing constructions and metropolis of Banks/URA funds for a public right-of-way plaza and the mandatory infrastructure.Non-operational car ordinanceThe metropolis’s work plan particulars three tasks it plans to undertake so as to keep and maintenance town’s aesthetics — the creation of a non-operational car ordinance; the continuation of emergency preparedness coordination and plans; and transferring paper paperwork to Laserfiche.The town’s work plan says a non-operational car ordinance is important “to keep properties from being devalued due to junk, attractive nuisances, and hazards.”The city manager’s office, the public works department, and police are developing an ordinance that will be presented to the city council for approval. The ordinance is likely to require a fine — similar to ordinances in other Oregon cities — to be paid by the owner of a non-operational vehicle or vehicles visibly parked on property within the Banks city limits. Details of the ordinance, however, are not included in the council’s work plan as the final draft of the new code has yet to be completed. Emergency preparednessThe city also plans to continue coordinating emergency preparedness exercises among city staff, Banks Fire District No. 13, the Banks School District, and the Banks City Council. Each group developed a tabletop exercise in October 2019 that created several posts and tasks that need to be addressed as part of the daily operations of the city. The council’s work plan says the city, along with the other aforementioned agencies, applied for a grant to help with tasks needed to be performed during a catastrophic emergency, such as a wildfire or major earthquake. The grant amount sought ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. LaserficheThe city has many official documents that are paper-based and not electronic. Additionally, the city has several areas where paper documents are stored, including copies of documents that pertain to more than one department. The city wants to transfer those documents to Laserfiche, which is similar to microfiche used by libraries across Oregon and the U.S., but Laserfiche is a privately-owned software development company that creates records management. According to FinancesOnline.com, which provides reviews of tech products similar to the product reviews provided by ConsumerReports.org, Laserfiche pricing is based on a per-user, per-month basis, and typically runs $60-per-month per user, or $54-per-month if paid annually. Community services Finally, the city’s work plan calls for projects that provide new events and opportunities. Park improvements top the list of community services. They would include creating a basketball court, a covered area, a concrete extension, and additional playground equipment. Currently, the city’s Park, Recreation and Tree Board is creating a nonprofit organization called “Friends of Banks Parks” to assist offset the price of enhancements.The work plan says a brand new basketball courtroom, which incorporates two full-sized courts and lighting, will price $300,000. The brand new coated space will price $20,000 for supplies and one other $20,000 for labor and prepping the positioning for development. The extra concrete extension with a rail across the edges will price $38,000. New playground gear, primarily to be used by pre-schoolers, would price a further $35,000 — $15,000 for supplies and $20,000 for labor and prepping the positioning.Metropolis occasions on maintain resulting from Covid-19Along with the park enhancements, town additionally deliberate a collection of quarterly group occasions, however these occasions are on maintain indefinitely because of the outbreak of Covid-19. The town’s group occasions calendar is on the market for viewing on its web site. The Banks Metropolis Council’s 2020-21 work plan is on the market to learn as a part of the Might 12 metropolis council agenda packet. You’ll be able to learn the council’s work plan right here by scrolling right down to web page 48 of the council agenda packet.