Town seeks input

Independence wants help with planning

INDEPENDENCE -- Where is Independence going and how should it get there?

Independence city officials want help in answering those questions. The first of six meetings to get public input will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Independence Elementary School.

The sessions will be led by representatives of Rural Development Initiatives, a nonprofit economic development organization.

City Manager Greg Ellis said the result of the six meetings will be a strategic plan for the community.

"The hope is for interested citizenship in Independence to participate cooperatively in making decisions to guide local growth and development while maintaining local texture and fabric of this traditional river community," he said.

"The community needs good public turnout at these meetings so we can hear a variety of views and work toward consensus concerning the future of Independence."

A lot of work has been going on Independence.

Work on an amphitheater in Riverview Park is scheduled to begin in July after the annual Fourth of July Western Days celebration.

The amphitheater project comes on the heels of a downtown improvement project that completed last summer that brought widened sidewalks and new street lights to Main Street.

Work is also scheduled to begin soon on a new Independence Public Library at the corner of Monmouth and Second streets. The old A-to-Z auto parts store will be converted into the new library.

"The Independence Renaissance just keeps on going," said Independence Mayor John McArdle.

More information about the strategic planning process is available by calling Ellis at 503-838-1212.

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