Richard Reid, a founding member of Salem City Watch, has put out an informative email message about the urgent need for people concerned about the direction Salem is going, and the quality of life here, to come to one of the final meetings of the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Police Facility Task Force:
Wednesday, March 11, 6 to 8 pm, Broadway Commons (upstairs), 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem
I went to the last Task Force meeting, but got there late and didn't speak during the public comment time.
Which, appropriately, was at the beginning of the meeting, when it should be. Disturbingly, the agenda for the March 11 meeting shows public comments at the end -- very closed-minded and insulting to Salem's citizens.
Download Police Facilty Task Force Agenda
Even if you don't want to say anything to the Task Force, just being there sends a positive message: "I care about how the City plans to spend up to $80 million of our tax money. I want you to do the wisest and most cost-effective thing."
Here's Reid's message.
I've corrected the starting time of the meeting to 6 pm, and how long members of the public can speak to 2 minutes. Below it I'll share a Facebook post from Salem Community Vision about the upcoming meeting which includes some additional important information.
2. The "discussion topics" are always so vague and do not communicate much to interested citizens.
3. What is the purpose of this meeting ? The mayor announced that the committee has served its purpose. The chair announced that he is writing a draft of a final report, and that draft mentions the Civic Center six times.
4. What outcome is being targeted ? The Finance Director gave a report on an $80.5M [million] bond measure, which the polls indicate will surely fail.
Some committee members are intent on setting some sensible Site Selection Criteria, e.g. 4+ acre site, surface parking, expandability, but no real criteria has been adopted yet, and the chair has indicated this might be the next to last meeting.