Mayor McBride appointed, opening council seat
Following the resignation of Mayor Paul Blackburn, City Council interviewed three applicants and voted to appoint Council President Kate McBride as Hood River’s next mayor. McBride, who was born and raised in Hood River, is well-acquainted with city government, having served seven years each on City Council and the Hood River Planning Commission. She was appointed to a vacant Council seat in 2011, prior to being elected in 2012.
“I have enjoyed working to keep our City a great place to reside for all the residents of the City, from working on details of infrastructure, improvements and maintenance, to listening and making decisions regarding diverse ideas on housing, parks, parking, zoning regulations, or resolutions to keep the City fiscally sound,” McBride shared in her application. “Most processes involve compromise and change. Navigating change while keeping livability values for all people that make up the fabric of a thriving City is very important to me.”
McBride welcomes suggestions and open communication between council and the citizens of Hood River and can be reached by her message line or email: (541) 436-0654, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leaf Drop-off Resumes at Public Works
The City of Hood River is now providing leaf drop-off to city residents at the Hood River Public Works facility between 8:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday as a free fall season service.
Residents will be required to empty any bagged leaves. This service is for city residents. Other yard debris (including grass clippings, branches or other brush) can be placed in organic waste roll carts for pick up by Hood River Garbage Service on regularly scheduled pick up days, or delivered to Hood River Garbage Transfer Station at 3440 Guignard Road (541-386-4676).
Businesses and residents are reminded that leaves must not be raked or blown into the gutter as they could plug storm drains and cause flooding. If there are catch basins near your property, please help keep them clear of leaves and debris to assist water drainage.
The City of Hood River Public Works department is located at 1200 18th Street, Hood River. For further information, contact City of Hood River Public Works Department at 541-386-2383. If you would like to have leaves for mulch, please call Marlo Messmer at 541-387-5201 with your name, address and phone number.
Downtown Parking Study nears conclusion
The City of Hood River’s current Downtown Parking Study promises a comprehensive approach to downtown parking and will soon conclude with a final report on recommended strategies to ease downtown parking congestion. Addressing parking challenges is particularly important to the City as it experiences growth in both development and tourism, changing the landscape for parking supply and demand. The 2019 Parking Study has thus far helped the City understand current parking conditions for both on-street and off-street systems, examined specific issue areas, and provided opportunities for community input. The study’s recommendations will likely be translated into new parking policies and management strategies that support community goals for housing and livability.
A summary of select strategies available to address parking issues have been identified during the study. These issues have been detailed in seven White Papers available on the City’s website.
The Downtown Parking Study has been guided by Rick Williams Consulting, parking and transportation specialists, with assistance from Fehr & Peers on the impacts of technology on future needs. An ad hoc committee (made of up downtown business owners, property owners, maintenance officials and city councilors) has worked to define the scope of the study, help select consultants, and has continued to participate in efforts. The scope of work includes identifying current parking supply, evaluating requirements for additional parking, as well as establishing alternatives to meet current and future need. The final Parking Strategies Report will cover immediate, short-term and long-term management practices, and is expected to be released by the end of this year.
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