Message from the Mayor
As Spring peeks out from the clouds, I am cautiously optimistic that COVID-19 is in the rearview mirror. Still, it may be right behind us in chase mode. Understandably, some people may make a choice to continue masking and distancing while others may be comfortable without masks. Please be respectful of different comfort levels with the easing of State guidelines.
City Council held its annual work planning session in February with input from 99 residents via a community survey. Although our project list is not finalized, general consensus is to continue work on existing goals. Staff is helping evaluate some of next year’s project list to see what could be added based on budgets and staff time. The Council Work Plan will be finalized in March.
The City continues to work in collaboration with numerous organizations in the Mid-Columbia region to address the homeless crisis that has worsened around the State in the last two years. To help us address ways to get people into stable housing, several large grants have either already been awarded or are expected to be in the next two years.
Downtown parking always comes into mind as summer nears. The City is removing more coin-only meters and adding 14 new pay stations on Cascade, Columbia, and Front streets. Please download either Passport Parking, WayToPark, or ParkMobile apps if you have a smart phone. It makes life easier when you can pull into any space, pull out your phone, make three clicks and pay your fee. You’ll get reminders when parking time is running low and can add more time from wherever you might be!
Looking forward to a beautiful Spring in the Gorge!
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