Matilda Deas, Canby's senior planner, provided the Herald with the latest information on those planning and development services activities

STOCK IMAGE - Canby Community ParkPark and Recreation Maintenance Funding Survey

Canby's Park and Recreation Advisory Board conducted two surveys during the last year with 952 residents responding to questions designed to indicate whether there was support for park maintenance, Deas said.

The city currently has about $850,000 set aside for parks in its fiscal year 2016-17 budget — an amount set to increase in the 2017-18 budget due to all of the new construction in town — which it raised through system development charges levied on new development, but Canby does not have the funds available to hire and pay for staff to maintain those parks, city officials repeatedly have said.

"The city doesn't feel like the general fund can adequately fund park maintenance," Deas said. "We looked at what worked in other communities and tried to determine what we can do here."

The first survey was broader based about park use in general while the second drilled down to focus primarily on park maintenance funding.

According to the survey results posted on the city's website, 83 percent of respondents said they think Canby parks facilities, programs and services should be funded through grants or donations, 65 percent said registration fees for classes and activities and 59 percent said partnerships with private recreation providers. Additionally, 56 percent were in favor of creating a park district.

S. Ivy Street Enhancements

This $2 million project has been on the back burner "seemingly forever," Mayor Brian Hodson previously told the Herald.

The city wants to reconstruct the intersection of S. Ivy Street and Township Road, straightening out Township and installing a stop light.

"We've had (Canby Area Transportation) CAT buses that drive down there that can't see well when pulling into that intersection," Deas said. "That's kind of dangerous, so we want to make it safer for all of the kids and everyone who walks down there."

The project also would install sidewalks, a bike lane, and a storm drainage system, and would require the acquisition of easements from Highway 99E south to Lee Elementary School. The city of Canby, the county and the state are trying to determine if this project will require one, two or three intergovernmental agreements (IGAs).

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