After almost an hour-and-a-half special session on the controversial Main Street proposal, the issue is still not resolved...until Thursday.
ODOT personnel gave a presentation on the studies, plans, revised plans, and other data on their improvement of Main, from High to Bridge streets. A preliminary analysis showed that having only two traffic lanes - as suggested and petitioned by businessman Bruce Arnold, instead of ODOT's four - actually would worsen the flow.
But questions from the audience, including businesspeople and the Fire Chief, showed that interest remained in the so-called "road diet."
ODOT also offered a modification of their four-lane plan with many parking places shoehorned back into the rebuild of the street, but requiring cutting into the sidewalk.
They also pointed out that if the project is not committed to by mid-April, the city would not have the opportunity to use the major grant for it...or be able to win it again for about two years.
Mayor Jack Everson offered to call a special session Thursday for a final vote, instead of voting Monday. He also suggested that a third alternative would be to go with the ODOT plan and then reassess it after a few years.
Bill Bonner gave an overview on the numbers involved in possibly moving city offices from the Municipal Building at 35 South Paint to the old City Hall at 26 South Paint after the courts have moved out.
He said City Hall is a more distinguished building, but size matters - City Hall has about 2,500 less square feet.
Bonner hesitated to give exact cost estimates because he needed more solid numbers on replacing all 74 windows, new heating & cooling, new floors, and repairs to the exterior.
Council will start a monthly financial review session, with this month's April 29th.
Council also met in executive session "to discuss police personnel."
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ODOT's presentation on the Main Street rebuild - and the two-lane variation