Notable List of Biennial Goals for 2021-23 June 11, 2021

At the June 1, 2021, City Council adopted the 2021-2023 Council Goals. This biennial process involves a work session with Council and City staff to discuss potential projects that are in line with Council’s ongoing effort to invest in the infrastructure that serves us all. Over several months, the list of identified projects is reviewed and categorized by importance, as well as funding capacity. From this process, the goals are refined and the brought to the Council for adoption. The following summary is what City Council, with support from City staff, aim to achieve.

  • Work together and with key partners with a focus on regionalism to address shared issues and take advantage of opportunities with a focus on the beautification of our community.
  • Development and focus on new Water Quality (WQ) Division with the takeover of the daily operations and maintenance of the Water Quality infrastructure, including several capital improvements projects at WQ Treatment Plant #1, four pump stations, and a few other smaller projects, along with the development of an ordinance(s) providing guidance on the maintenance of privately-owned sewer laterals and a Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Program.
  • Continuation of efforts to repair and upgrade our streets, sidewalks, parking lots and streetlight infrastructure. To include development of management tools for scheduled maintenance and replacement such as a five-year rolling inventory and an annual report detailing project completion status along with funding source allocations spent, as well as a completion count of capital projects in each of the four areas: streets, sidewalks, parking lots and streetlights.
  • Development of a long-range planning process/needs assessment for City facilities including the replacement of Empire Fire Station and relocation of City shops, as well as focus efforts on the steps necessary to construct the new library building in John Topits Park.
  • Evaluate and explore ideas to encourage economic development, including review of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and potential annexation areas, completion of the Front Street Blueprint-a plan to re-energize the Front Street waterfront area, and continuation of focus on Empire area and investment incentives for development and redevelopment.
  • Increase the housing supply and address homelessness with potential projects to include mitigation and cleanup of the former Englewood School property for housing redevelopment, encouragement of upper floor housing in vacant or underdeveloped buildings in the Coos Bay Downtown and Empire URA districts, and development of policy approaches to addressing homelessness in our community.
  • Expand communication efforts between the City and our Citizens through projects such as development of a smart phone app to report issues directly to staff and updates to the website to a more user-friendly, information rich, and easily searchable site.
  • Consideration of several opportunities to improve our community parks, along with an update to the 2013 Park’s Master Plan with projects initially planned for Mingus Park Pool and Mingus Park, and the potential development of a sports park/athletic fields complex.
  • Rejuvenate our reserve programs with the Police and Fire Departments to encourage greater program participation and focus on continued efforts to ensure our community is, “Two Weeks Ready” in preparation for a disaster.

It is a lofty list, but definitely not outside of the possibility to complete. As we have found with past biennial goal lists, the lists are “live” and often ebb and flow with necessity of change. We will remain flexible to ensure we are focused on the needs of the community and the responsibility entrusted to maintain the City’s assets in good working order. The full list of the 2021-2023 goals can be found on the City’s website at: 

-Joe Benetti, Mayor of Coos Bay