A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR:
Mayor of Bend, Sally Russell
Everyone in Bend plays a part in keeping our community
healthy and safe as Deschutes County sees an increase in the number of
new cases of COVID-19.
MEET BEND'S NEW POLICE CHIEF
Bend's new Police Chief, Michael Krantz
The City of Bend has selected Portland Police Bureau Assistant Chief Michael Krantz as Bendís next Police Chief. Krantz will serve the 115-year-old Bend Police Department in the position previously held by Chief Jim Porter, who retired after more than 29 years of service to the Bend community.
Krantz is a 27-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau. While serving in Portland, he built the bureauís Office of Community Engagement to support the development of ongoing relationships and trust with the greater Portland community. Krantz also managed the development and implementation of the bureauís Racial Equity Plan, focused on addressing the root causes of inequities within the bureau and with community access to the bureau. He also served in strategic services, criminal intelligence, rapid response and training capacities.
UPDATE: BEND'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM PLAN
Bendís Transportation System Plan is ready for adoption. After more than two years of research and public involvement, City staff, the Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee and the Transportation Steering Committee have completed a final draft of Bendís updated Transportation System Plan
The public hearing phase for the adoption of the plan began
on July 13 with a Planning Commission and City Council work session, and
continues through August 19 with a City Council hearing.
STAGE 1 WATER CURTAILMENT ISSUED
In recognition of the July 1 Drought Declaration for
Deschutes County, a Stage 1 water curtailment alert has been issued for
the City of Bend. This Stage 1 water curtailment alert, in accordance
with our state-approved water conservation and management plan, will not
require any mandatory actions by customers at this time. It serves as a
reminder that everyone needs to be responsible with water use. Read the full press release here.
FIRST NEIGHBORHOOD STREET SAFETY PROGRAM COMPLETED
Building on the success of the Neighborhood Greenways
project, Councilors prioritized funding for the creation of a traffic
safety program in the 2019-2021 biennial budget. With neighborhood
speeding and its effect on livability as one of the top complaints the
City receives each year, the Neighborhood Street Safety Program was
created to build small-scale residential street projects to help address
EXPANDING SPACES FOR OUTDOOR BUSINESS USE
Some businesses in downtown Bend have temporarily
expanded their operations into the right-of-way to help meet COVID-19
physical distancing requirements. The use of right-of-way for business
operations is part of a City program to help support local businesses
that might need more space to operate during the reopening process.
PHASE 2 OF NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAYS UNDERWAY
In March 2020, Councilors approved Phase 2 of the Bicycle
Greenways project, also known as Neighborhood Greenways, on multiple
streets including NW Milwaukee, SE 2nd, SE Roosevelt, SE Centennial and
SE Paiute. Councilors approved designating speeds of 20 mph on these Neighborhood Greenways when posted.
TRAFFIC CHANGES COMING TO BUTLER MARKET ROAD AND 27TH STREET
As part of the Empire Corridor
Improvements Project, the new roundabout at Butler Market Road and 27th
Street will be partially opened to north-south traffic beginning in
mid-August. This is the first of a series of traffic and detour changes
along Butler Market Road as three new roundabouts near their completion
in early fall.
DESCHUTES RIVER CLEANUP DAY
The City continues being an active supporter of the Upper
Deschutes Watershed Councilís Deschutes River Cleanup Day, taking
place this year on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
CLEAN WATER WORKS STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST WINNERS
Bella Moon, Grand Prize Winner
Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 Clean Water Works Video Contest!
All winners received prizes. As grand prize winner, Bella
wins the opportunity to work with media professionals to convert her
30-second film into a professional public service announcement focusing
on pollution prevention to protect our river and have it debut at the
PUBLIC HEARING FOR CORE AREA TAX INCREMENT FINANCE PLAN
On August 5, 2020, City Council will hold a public
hearing on the adoption of the Core Area Tax Increment Finance (TIF)
Plan, commonly called Urban Renewal. The hearing is the result of a
multi-year public process that included a public advisory board,
community surveys, open houses and events, and presentations to
applicable taxing districts.
At the City council meeting on July 15, Council began discussing the possibility of placing a general obligation bond measure for transportation projects on the November 2020 ballot. The $190 million bond would likely include the same projects listed in the May 2020 ballot measure. Council removed the measure from the May ballot amid uncertainty of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. No decision was made on a bond measure at the Council meeting. Council will continue its discussion during its Aug. 5 meeting.
COVID-19: Discouraging Travel to Bend
To help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community, Council voted to direct the City Manager to re-issue an administrative order discouraging travel to Bend. The order will be similar to the one issued in May, which expired when Deschutes County entered Phase 2 of Reopening Oregon. This new administrative order will expire on Labor Day. Council is expected to ratify the order on Aug. 5.
PROWELL SPRINGS NAME IS OFFICIAL!
On July 9, the U.S. Board of Geographic Names approved
"Prowell Springs" as the name for the source of Bendís surface water.
The name honors the late Roger Prowell who worked in the Cityís water
division for 24 years, ultimately serving as its Water Quality
Supervisor. Prowell was known for his unwavering dedication to
protecting the water quality within the Bend Municipal Watershed where
the springs are located.
UTILITY RATE INCREASES
New utility rates went into effect July 1, 2020. You may notice some changes to your bill as a result. Visit bendoregon.gov/utilityrates for more information.