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The Canby City Council has given the OK to the building of splash pad at Maple Street Park

Interesting is a good word to tack onto the Aug. 7 Canby City Council meeting where the Grant Street arch and the splash pad won initial votes, and Trygve Berge was sworn in as the sixth council member by Judge Rod Grafe.

In addition, council members held two public hearings, which also passed later as ordinances.

City Administrator Rick Robinson explained Ordinance 1518, which establishes a budget of $475,000 for construction of the Splash Pad at Maple Street Park. If is sounds a bit high, you're probably right because the pad's cost is only about half of that. But Robinson added that it also covers related improvements.

Those improvements include a covered seating area allowing for a shady area that's not sitting on the grass. The 2KG Contractors, Inc. also will be removing the cracked and hard to play on old tennis courts to later build new ones and to design and build the splash pad and add more parking on the north side of Maple Street by 2021 so that park users don't have to park in front of homes.

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Since Canby is the Garden Spot, the splash pad will feature flower-like spritzers. The pad itself will be circular so that water can reach the entire surface, which will be covered by a non-slip concrete surface. It also comes with a 25-year warrantee. Robinson said he expects the splash pad to be finished by Memorial Day 2020. He expects the new tennis courts to be available for play in 2021.

All the ordinances were approved unanimously and will come back for second readings, most at the Aug. 21 meeting. However, the one amending of Canby's Comprehensive Plan and Title 16 of the Canby Municipal Code, will have a second reading at the meeting on Sept. 4 to allow the planning staff to ensure the new code's changes are correct.

Also during the Council meeting, another public hearing was held, which also received no reactions.

Staff explained the annexation of all remaining portions of Southeast Township Road's public right-of-way from the western boundary of Molalla Forest Road and the western boundary of Mulino Road.

The annexation includes the portion of right-of-way that crosses the Union Pacific Railroad crossing. No resident promoted or opposed the annexation.

Prior to the council meeting, the Urban Renewal Agency, which is basically the City Council, met to discuss the Grant Street arch project with representatives Blythe Sacho and Brian Mares from Scott |Edwards Architecture LLC. This concept has been discussed for 20 years and it finally appears to be getting off the ground.

Some of the URA members thought the city's board and commission members needed to find out about the project and the group decided to invite those people as well as volunteers that always are available to help with events to help decide on the arch and what will go on it.

When everyone seemed satisfied, URA Chair Robinson said, "I'm comfortable to go to the next step."

This is what is going to happen:

"Our takeaway is to go back and work up another kind of hybrid drawing that will come back to you," Robinson told the members and Sacho and Mares. "We'll send it to you (city council members) first by email. When we get your comments back we'll distribute it to the city's community members and then hold a follow-up meeting similar to this one ensuring everyone has an invite."

And then get final input and go right to design drawings and out to bid this spring."

At the URA meeting prior to the council meeting, the members voted to authorize Robinson to execute a contract with Scott | Edwards Architecture LLC for design, bid and contract administration of the Grant Street Arch.

During the Citizen Input section of the Council meeting, Christie Smith invited Canby residents to a Diversity Night Out. The event will be held at Locust Park on Aug. 24 from 3- to 7 p.m. by the Canby Transgender Alliance. Everyone is invited and can bring a dish to share and a chair or a blanket.

Council members passed a resolution for the City Administrator to execute a 50-year ground lease between the city and the Canby Fire District allowing faster responses for residents living on the north side of the city. They also passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a contract with Curran-McLeod Consulting Engineers to design and construction phase engineering services to provide clarifier improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.

They also passed a contract to purchase a new street sweeper, and another with Landscape Structures, Inc. to provide an all-weather surface at Legacy Park.


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