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Infrastructure upgrades and Rockwood Rising groundbreaking planned in coming year

PMG FILE PHOTO - The highlight of Greshams planned 2019 capital improvement projects is the groundbreaking for Rockwood Rising. During the Gresham Redevelopment Commission's meeting Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 19, the commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 City Council work plan, which touched on development projects across the community.

According to the plan, many significant capital improvement projects are on the slate for this year. Two highlights are groundbreaking for the Rockwood Rising catalyst site, which will create a Rockwood town center and create economic opportunities. The plan also calls for improvements along Sandy Boulevard.

There will be transportation-based improvements along Palmquist Road. Staff will come up with designs for Hogan Road, Northeast Cleveland Avenue and the intersection of Northwest 223rd and Stark Street. The city has already chosen a transportation plan for the Pleasant Valley neighborhood, and the traffic signal and turn lane will be upgraded at Northeast 181st Avenue and Glisan Street.

Gresham's Wastewater Treatment Plant will see improvements in its ability to process solids, while the Grant Butte reservoirs will have seismic retrofits to the piping.

Other citywide projects include:

n Stormwater retrofit projects to protect stream health, as well as a rehab and repair of the stormwater pipe system.

n In the summer, the transportation department will fill potholes and replace pavement.

n Along school routes, the city will continue adding enhancements for pedestrians, like rectangular rapid flashing beacon crosswalks.

n The master plan for the wastewater infrastructure will be updated.

n Across the community staff will repair and replace water pipelines, as well as complete upsizing projects.

Budget Committee appointment

PMG FILE PHOTO - Ryan JohnsonDuring the meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Ryan Johnson to the Gresham Redevelopment Commission Budget Committee.

The 14-member budget committee comprises an even split between the seven commissioners and seven members of the community. Johnson fills one of two vacant seats on the committee.

Johnson has lived in East Multnomah County and worked in Gresham for the last 21 years. He is the assistant service manager at Gresham Ford and owns rental properties in Gresham and Portland. He and his wife also support a number of nonprofits in the community.

Johnson graduated from high school in California in 1998, and attended Mt. Hood Community College. He also graduated from the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy in 2017.

He will serve a three-year term on the Budget Committee.

Did you know?

One section of the 2019 Council Work Plan provided a snapshot of the city. Some of the statistics that were shared included:

n 74,500 calls annually responded to by the Gresham Police Department

n 16,300 calls annually responded to by Gresham Fire and Emergency Services

n More than 35,000 attendees at free community events put on by the city in 2018

n More than 9,000 children supported through free Summer Kids in the Park, free weekend recreation programs and the city's partnership with Family of Friends Mentoring

n 4,700 code compliance cases resolved in 2018

n More than 75,000 customer visits to Gresham City Hall for passports, permits and other services in 2018

n 13 million gallons of wastewater processed per day in Gresham's wastewater treatment plant

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