|2010 City Accomplishment Highlights|
Some of the highlights for 2010 included:
FUNDING FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A NORTHEAST GATE WAY REVITALIZATION PLAN - A $98,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation will fund the development of a revitalization plan for a 60-acre area, located generally of the Granary District. This area is bordered on the west by the Portland and Willamette railroad, on the east by Lafayette Avenue (including the old Cook School property), on the south by 5th street and the north by 14th street.
COUNCIL APPROVAL FOR A STUDY TO ADDRESS FUTURE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES- Facing increased costs and rising demands for service, the Fire Department and City Council began a review of ambulance service delivery options for the future. This study includes both public and private options and a combination of public/private partnerships.
COMPLETION OF NEW PARK FACILITIES - A new 4-acre neighborhood park ‘CHEGWYN FARMS’ ‘was completed featuring open space, walking paths, several children’s play structures, a picnic shelter and picnic tables. Chegwyn Farms is located on NE Hembree Street, north of Burnett Road. The $765,000 construction cost was funded with park bond proceeds approved by the citizens of McMinnville. New Park Construction also included completion a 1.2-mile long bicycle & pedestrian pathway from NW 2nd Street north to Baker Creek Road and completion of a new 4-acre Dog Park which is the City’s first off-leash dog park and is now a very popular facility for both dogs and their owners. The park is located on Riverside Drive east of Lafayette Avenue.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CITY’S SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM – One of the major Capital improvement projects consisting of rehabilitation and reconstruction work to approximately 4.5 miles of sewer line with an estimated cost of the nearly $4 million was completed in the area around McMinnville High School and the area above Cozine Creek. The work improved water quality in Cozine Creek, removed storm run-off inflow and infiltration from the sewer system, reduced the risk of sewage overflows into Cozine Creek and the Yamhill River, and eliminated the need for expansion of the sewer treatment plant in the foreseeable future.
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING - For the 21st consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association recognized the “spirit of transparency and full disclosure” of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that the City prepares that undergoes review and scrutiny by both the Council and Staff Audit Committee and the City’s independent financial auditor.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT - A new parallel runway and an infield taxiway connecting both runways was constructed at a cost of $1.2 million. The cost was funded by a 90% Federal Aviation Administration grant and a 10% matching City contribution.