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AuEust 30, 2017111w IN Era I PAGE 15 il By Audrey Caro Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council unanimously approved an inter- governmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transpor- tation at a special meeting on Aug. 28. Councilor James Goble was absent. The agreement, referred to as the Multimodal Transportation Enhancement Program, is to con- struct a multi-use path, sidewalks and bike lanes along Highway 20 from 54th Avenue to Riggs Hill Road, across from the Shea Point rest area, in the city of Sweet Home. The matter was on the agenda of the Aug. 22 meeting for council action. In a request for council ac- tion on the Aug. 22 agenda, city staff engineer Joe Graybill offered three options to councilors: re- ject the agreement and cancel the project, reject the agreement and re-apply for an additional grant, or accept the local agency agree- ment and authorize the agree- ment. GraybiU offered some back- ground. "As part of a major 3R road- way improvement to Main Street by ODOT in 1999, the sidewalks being constructed stopped short of the east city limits - Riggs Hill Road/Shea Point - at 54th Av- enue in Foster," Graybill said. " The active railroad trestle was a design constraint to sidewalks continuing eastward. Consul- tations with ODOT, the (Army Start of FJdsUn8 6' Wa Ucway. USACOE Foster Res. (Dashed Line). Reroutefl Segment of Proposed Trail. - Slg~. Bank Prote Oo~ ~ o oo~n~ 6ore Ave B f-- w/AOA Ramps Crossing Main St* ROa~W'~ Bank. - ru~s~nl (typ} Power & Lisht Poles In Ftooosed Ph,~e2 Front~e ~ f-- R~ocate 2x E~sUn~-- . ~~~ ~ ~idewalk foe -- --~ne ~ v,#'- - Mante~ SecUon a~ swa~e. par~=o- RR nnd~ ~. / Adjust foe Vegetation. / Ou~'' / ~op S~ewalk ft. Mahl St. Hwy 20, 55~h A Crossfn~ under s~=~ s~e~,k ~ ~ ~-o,~de ~wank ~ue ~Recrealion Zone W/ "~ / [ Mare St, ~ Hi~lway,l~20,1~:T~ AVel~.ue to R~ggs Hill ROad ! -~ ~.~ :~ ff Side ~ ~d ff BileKane 8e(h S~des; 55m Ave. to 5Cm Ave c~ -~ "---I "----5 l 8~ ~"~e & Run S' 'nm"r'~ ') ~'m~ 2"~ar~' s atmc~*~ Ra'* ~ - ----~ Me.an ~, 11' Ff~ Lane, Off [~ Paddng Alias, J ~',~,~ Corps of Engineers), and (Al- bany & Eastern Railroad) over the years have morphed into a sidewalk accessibility plan that can provide east-west ac- cess and serve many customers." In 2012, Sweet Home Engineering staff applied to the ODOT State- wide Transportation Improve- ment Program grant process to fund sidewalks, safe crossings, parking, and a wide shoreline multi-use path that connected from an existing one off 60th Ave eastward to the USACOE Shea Point Overlook, Graybill said. That project was approved on December 18, 2014. Councilors did not make a decision at the Aug. 22 meeting; they had more questions. City Manager Ray Towry invited Brennan Burbank, local project delivery coordinator from Cit7 of Sweet Home THIS DIAGRAM shows planned improvements between 54th Avenue and Riggs Hill Road (Shea Point) that will be financed by the agreement. ODOT, to answer those questions, hanced project," he said. "One thing in my conversa- The Original amount that was tion with Brennan is there is a lit- funded was $1.8 million dollars fie bit of time constraint as far as including a Sweet Home match of funding is concerned and ODOT$523,535. needs an answer on this, prefer- "When Joe (Graybill) sub- ably by this week," Towry said. mitred the application for the Burbank started by saying enhanced program, the original that no funds were at risk for the project was for $2.9 million," Bur- project if councilors decided not bank said. "Once we started dig- to sign the IGA. ging into this 10 months ago, we "I see this as something thatlooked at the awarded amount you as the city are doing a favor compared to what was applied for. for ODOT in signing this IGA, this Obviously, there's a big difference first IGA, with later following up there - a $1.1 million difference." with an amendment to subtractThe revised total project cost some funds," Burbank said. $2,168,087 but with more federal "By signing the IGA, the cityand state funds, Sweet Home's agreed to depositing $25,880.40 match amount is $299,534.51. in the month of September to-Burbank said the revised ward the design phase of the en- project does not include two por- Linn County Sheriff: warns of check scam Linn County Sheriff Bruce Ri- ley last week warned county resi- dents of a check scam - after he himself received two bogus checks sent to him in a "priority marl" en- velope, he said. "At this time, we know of two business names involved in the scams: Multi Aquaculture Systems, INC. from New York, and Euro- shine Cleaning, INC. from Califor- nia," Riley said. His office checked with one of the companies and was told there is a scam involving checks with the company name be- ing sent to people; the company has reported this scam to its lo- cal law enforcement, Riley said. Riley warned members of the pub- lic not to fall prey to these types of sEams. If you fall victim to one of these scams and have been defrauded of money or personal information, contact your local law enforcement agency and report it immediately. SPECIAL TUES - FRh 7/lIV/- 9,4 M MON g SAT: 8Atvl-9Arvl 2200 MAIN ST. SWEET HOME NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY If you suspect a scam and have not been defrauded, we recommend re- porting this activity directly to the United States Department of Jus- tice at www.justice.gov/criminal/ fraud/contact/report-fraud.html. Over 30 years experience Free estimates Locally owned Tear-offs with no mess tions that they could apply for that as it fluctuates in the sum- federal fun~ls for later, including a mer, people can still come from portion of the path and "a broad the pathway to that area (at the access stairway down into the wa- ter and below the. water level so See Improvements, Page 18 Valley Custom Sealcoating Inc. Paving & Asphalt Crack Filling Sealing & FREE ESTIMATES General Contractor CCB # ! 45937 Salem: Albany: 503-566-7979 541-967-8336 ALL WORK GUARANTEED Sweet Home: 541-367- ?-27 Bonded& ALPACA Made in USA Altera Regular SALE25% SELF %