A mural decorates the intersection of Belmont and Cottage Northeast on Nov. 30.

The last Salem City Council meeting of 2022 will end with a look back at the city’s accomplishments over the past year.

The year-in-review highlights the passing of the 2022 Salem Safety and Livability Bond measure, which will add $300 million in infrastructure work over the course of 10 years and the addition of the Salem Livability and Outreach Services team to work with homeless encampments.

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The city also received $13 million in federal funding to make McGilchrist Street safer for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

The list includes adding more street art, demolishing blighted spaces and creating a new city flag.

Crews demolish the former Union Gospel Mission on Dec. 1.

Several housing and homelessness services projects are also pointed to as key accomplishments. The city’s first-ever navigation center is set to open later this winter. The 52-unit Yaquina Hall and 60-unit Sequoia Crossings Salem Housing Authority projects are slated to open in the spring.

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Also nearing completion is the Public Works Shops Complex and the Customer Service Center at Salem City Hall.

The list also pointed to several new and returning community events like the Ironman race, free first friday concerts, expanded outdoor dining, and more recently, the downtown holiday parade and lights at Riverfront Park.

Other meeting agenda items include:

  • Proclamation for the canvass of votes from the general election.
  • Acquisition of property for Shelton ditch improvement.
  • Authorize the sale of general obligation bonds up to and including $300 million.
  • Amendments to multiple ground leases at Salem Municipal Airport.
  • Authorization to apply for FEMA grant to fund three hazard mitigation projects.

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The meeting is at 6 p.m. It is virtual and can be watched on Comcast Cable CCTV Channel 21 or on the Salem YouTube channel in English/American Sign Language and Spanish.

Written public comments on agenda items can be emailed by 5 p.m. Monday to cityrecorder@cityofsalem.net. Or pre-register between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday at cityofsalem.net/Pages/Public-Comment-at-Salem-City-Council-Meeting.aspx to speak during the meeting via Zoom. 

For questions, comments and news tips, email reporter Whitney Woodworth at wmwoodworth@statesmanjournal.com, call 503-910-6616 or follow on Twitter @wmwoodworth





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