Council names street after former Mayor Bob Andrews
The Newberg City Council on Monday recognized former Mayor Bon Andrews, who served 12 years as the head of the council, by naming a portion of a street after him.
By a council resolution, a portion of Howard Street adjacent to the Newberg Public Library will be renamed as Bob Andrews Way. According to council documents, the council recognizes "recognizes individuals that have made significant or lasting contributions" to Newberg, or to individuals who "represent a key part of its history" with various designations.
Creating a street name and installing a sign will have a minimal financial impact on the city, officials said.
Andrews was first elected to the council in 2002, then was elected mayor in 2006. Having spent more than 40 years in Newberg, Andrews worked on various city projects: he worked on the infrastructure expansion of the city's water system, wastewater system and storm water system, as well as enhancement of public safety programs and area growth in residential, commercial and manufacturing. Andrews participated in negotiations to annex the city into the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District and represented Newberg in the Sister City Program with Poysdorf, Austria, and Adagio City, Japan.
Council approves lowest bid for wastewater roof
At the meeting the council also agreed to a contract to replace the roof on the city's wastewater treatment operations building for just more than $122,000.
The contract will go to All About Roofs, which responded to a request for proposals with the lowest bid. All bids were for tear off, disposal and replacement of the roof at the facility on Wynooski Road.
The roof was installed in 1987 and, according to the city, has reached the end of its service life. Several areas have leaked and due to failing materials the building has seen infestations of rodents and insects. This building is the primary workplace at the plant and is also the backup emergency operations center for the city.
An approved interior remodel, such as improving electrical and communications infrastructure as well as making necessary updates per the Americans with Disabilities Act, can't begin until the risk of damage from leaks in the roof have been addressed.
The City Council also approved an ordinance allowing murals on public buildings in residential zones. The request came from library staff as part of the Yamhill County Mural Project. The project is a creation from George Fox University art professor Luke Zimmerman, and is also sponsored by the Newberg Rotary. The hope is to expand the program throughout the county. The first mural was the giant pair of hands adorning Steve's Auto service. As with that project, the annex mural is being designed and created by GFU students.
Twenty-year plan adopted
Finally, the City Council also adopted the long-gestating Community Vision and Action Plan. Goals for the 20-year plan began this past winter, and wrapped up with public feedback earlier this summer. A community event was held on Aug. 15.
Several topic categories have been identified through stakeholder interviews and from a first round of community survey work. These include: community engagement, community identity, community leadership, cultural assets, economic development and livability and development.
In each of the six visions, there were several other aspects identified. For example, under community engagement, many responders valued supporting vulnerable neighbors, youth support and building relationships; under community identity, they listed the city has a good mix of urban and rural feel and was family friendly. Under community leadership, residents wanted to see more collaboration and more cultural diversity. Residents also listed the Parks and Recreation Department, and other places and events as good cultural assets. They said to maintain livability and development, the city would need to manage growth and address infrastructure and beautification efforts. For economic development, residents saw downtown development, business and workforce development and family wage jobs as the largest issues.
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