Council to look at forming public art committee for streetscape purposes

The Philomath City Council plans to meet for a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 at City Hall with a busy agenda that includes the possible formation of an ad hoc public art committee.

The committee’s primary responsibility would be to make decisions related to incorporating public art into Philomath’s Downtown Safety and Streetscapes Improvement Project, which is scheduled to begin construction on Main and Applegate streets next summer.

The council will also vote on two ordinances related to a municipal code amendment and including the city’s Main Street Plan in the comprehensive report. Two resolutions will also be voted upon, those having to do with system development charge rates and reaffirming the city’s inclusivity proclamation.

Other agenda items include:

• A request of support for the placement of a state historical marker honoring Reuben and Mary Jane Shipley and Mount Union Cemetery in the park area along Newton Creek on the north side of James Street.

• Discussion and possible action of eliminating fares on the Philomath Connection bus services if the city receives grant money to replace lost revenue.

• Possible adoption of a housing needs analysis to become a supporting document in the city’s comprehensive plan.

• Possible approval of the scope and quote for facilitation session services provided by the League of Oregon Cities.

• Selecting a voting delegate and alternative for an upcoming League of Oregon Cities membership meeting.

• Discussion of reinstating the Transportation and Traffic Safety Commission under review of the Philomath Police Committee.

• Possible approval of a civil compromise involving Mayor Chas Jones.

• Discussion and possible action on reducing water utility rates and adding a sewer rate for nonstandard discharge.

Other routine business also appears on the agenda, including various reports from committees, councilors and staff.

City meetings can be viewed on the city’s Facebook page. Prior to the regular meeting, councilors are scheduled to meet for a work session at 5:30 p.m. to continue work on council rules.


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