Too often, residents aren't able to let the powers-that-be know what problems are bothering them. In Molalla, there is a time and a place for residents to bring their problems and questions to Mayor Keith Swigart.
It happens on the first Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Cowboy Coffee House. Swigart sits down with local residents and talks about things they want to discuss.
This past Tuesday, Rae Lynn Botsford, the chair of the Planning Commission, joined Swigart to talk about the intersection of Leroy and Highway 211. This is where, when Cascade Center is built, cars can drive in and out.
The developer, the city and the Planning Commission all want ODOT to put a stoplight or other traffic deterrent at the intersection. The developer even said he would pay for it, but ODOT said it's not necessary.
Botsford has started a letter-writing campaign to let ODOT know that too often accidents happen in that area and something must be done before another pedestrian is hurt or another accident happens.
Swigart notes the coffees are a quaint, quiet setting, perfect for people to come and ask questions and share their concerns about Molalla and its future.
"The entire City Council is passionate about this town and we believe people, not only in the city, but also the surrounding area, share the same passion. The citizens of this city elected us to represent them and we need their input to do the best job possible," he told the Pioneer in an email. "So come and have coffee with the mayor or councilor and let us know how we're doing or let us know where you think improvements are needed."
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