Planning Commission head starts letter-writing campaign
Molalla Planning Commission head Rae Botsford spoke to City Council members at their June 26 meeting to let them know about a potential problem associated with the Cascade Project located at Highway 211 and Leroy.
The developer, the city and the Planning Commission have asked the Oregon Department of Transportation to put in a stoplight at the intersection of Highway 211 and Leroy. ODOT twice has said it doesn't need a stoplight. The developer has taken on the challenge of putting one in, ODOT still says no, that a stop sign will suffice.
The new center will have three large retail spaces, one of them possibly a grocery store as well as a coffee shop, a fast food restaurant and RV rental space. It's a heavily traveled area that is close to a school as well as apartments and a bus stop. ODOT did indicate it would open negotiations for a crosswalk.
"I am following through," Botsford told the council.
So Botsford came forward noting she was starting a letter writing campaign to ODOT. She has already spoken with the school superintendent who has agreed to send a letter. At the meeting, she asked Mayor Keith Swigart and all of the council members to write letters. And, she will be asking state Representative Rick Lewis to write a letter.
City Manager Dan Huff also noted that Senior Planner Alice Cannon had asked for and gotten permission to write a letter. He asked council members to review it so it can be sent. Swigart is supporting it and will take a letter to and bring up the idea to Clackamas County Commissioner Ken Humberston.
Meanwhile Botsford has spoken to about 25 people who are for a stoplight at the intersection; everyone but ODOT is in favor.
Other council business included a public hearing and a council vote to adopt resolution 2019-16 the city of Molalla supplemental budget for fiscal year 2018-19.