Falls City adopts progressive plan for future

Falls City residents are moving forward.   By looking backwards.

FALLS CITY -- Falls City residents are moving forward.

By looking backwards.

Members of the town's Historic Landmark Commission are busy researching the history of local buildings.

It's all part of Fall City's strategic plan.

City officials also got a $300,000 grant from the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department to revitalize N. Main Street.

The entire plan adopted by city councilors covers a wide gamut of areas, including infrastructure, parks and recreation and economic development.

Councilors met Sept. 23 last year to begin setting goals for the city.

With the help of Dave Galati, executive director for the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, councilors took a Saturday and listed more than 60 projects that city officials should consider.

That was followed in October by a forum where local residents were asked for their opinions. Some two dozen people attended and were provided with a list from the goal-setting session.

Councilors told City Administrator Rick Hohnbaum to come with a complete list of goals from the two meetings as well as strategies to meet them.

"The plan was intended to be a living document, constantly evolving as new issues are identified and objectives are met," Hohnbaum said.

Some of the ideas include:

♦ Create a business and downtown development team to promote commercial and industrial development.

♦ Create a downtown development concept plan.

♦ Develop a commercial area at intersection of Parry and Bridge streets.

♦ Create a committee to coordinate ongoing community beautification efforts.

♦ Encourage local clubs, churches, organizations, and businesses adopt specific places and place signs recognizing participating businesses.

♦ Improve street signs in town.

♦ Hold a youth summit with school principals, youth group leaders, student leaders, city councilors and so on.

♦ Create a "Civic Day" at schools during which students create and implement small improvement projects in the community.

♦ Consider the possibility of a local police department.

♦ Create a community center.

♦ Develop a master parks plan.

♦ Start a Nite Court-style basketball program at the Falls City High School.

♦ Develop and update street, water, sewer and storm drainage system development charges.

♦ Develop a plan for a pedestrian sidewalk network.

♦ Develop an improvement and maintenance plan for the Third Street steps.

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