The Wilsonville City Council held a first reading and approved a “Restricted Truck Zone” ordinance that prohibits semi-trucks from passing through an eastern segment of Wilsonville Road between Town Center Loop East and Boeckman Road. The truck restriction allows local deliveries, but does not allow semi-trucks to use Wilsonville Road as a cut through alternative to the freeway . The through-truck restriction strives to address concerns about noise, safety and vibration as the large freight trucks pass through the largely residential neighborhoods and schools along this portion of Wilsonville Road. The proposed restriction also seeks to discourage the use of Wilsonville Road as an alternate route between Interstate 5 and Interstate 205. If approved, City Council intends to evaluate the restriction for a 90-day period after adoption to determine whether the ban is effective.
A second reading of the ordinance is planned for the next City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 17. The ordinance and restriction will take effect 30 days after that. The City Council has left the public record open until the next meeting in order to provide the public and stakeholders with additional time to comment on the proposed ordinance. Public testimony may be presented at the next City Council meeting on Mon. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. or, in the alternative, written testimony may be sent to City Recorder Sandra King at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville, OR 97070 and will be added to the public record.
The Wilsonville City Council also held a first reading and approved an ordinance to address evolving wireless communications facilities, including small cell/distributed antenna systems siting. The City Council recognizes the need to balance the concern over potential aesthetic issues related to the proliferation of wireless communications facilities with the benefit that these providers can offer in enhancing cellular coverage for Wilsonville residents, businesses and visitors. The new code provides flexibility for the siting of needed wireless communications facilities while balancing the need to preserve City aesthetics and be in in compliance with City, state and federal law. The ordinance will have a second reading at the next City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
The City Council adopted a resolution for a supplemental budget adjustment for the 2016-17 fiscal year that increases the overall budget and shifts funds between various funds and line items. The adjustment is needed to update the budget for an occurrence or condition that was not known at the time the budget was adopted. The adjustment includes additional funding available from last fiscal year to increase the capital project program as well as to the materials and services and capital outlay categories.
During the communications portion of the meeting City Natural Resource Manager and staff from Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides gave an update on the City’s new Bee Stewards Program that is focused on improving bee habitat and promoting the health and abundance of pollinators in Wilsonville.
Under New Business the Council adopted a resolution that approves South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) to purchase a seventeen-passenger bus using a $68,195 grant from Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and a matching contribution from the City of $10,267. The bus is to be delivered within about six months of being ordered.
During work session prior to the meeting, City Council heard reports regarding infrastructure funding for the Frog Pond West planning area and an update on the road maintenance fee task force’s recommendations.
Community members are able to watch a replay of all or a portion of the City Council meetings on Comcast/Xfinity Ch. 30, Frontier Ch. 32 or on the City’s video-on-demand service at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/WilsonvilleTV.