Urban renewal plan approved
RIVERSIDE — On top of approving the first reading of a resolution to amend the city’s urban renewal plan, the Riverside City Council waived the other two readings to approve the resolution during Monday’s regular meeting.
After a public hearing on the issue in which the council received no feedback from the public, the unanimous decision was to move forward with the amendment. There was little discussion among council members before the resolution was approved.
After the vote, Riverside City Administrator Rusty Rogerson requested the council waive the other two public hearings required, saying that if the council didn’t, the city wouldn’t make the deadline. The council approved the request.
The resolution expands the previously established Riverside urban renewal areas to include parts of the downtown.
Rogerson said two other entities are being affected by the resolution — the Highland School District and the Washington County Board of Supervisors. He said both entities consented to the resolution, but there was one concern from the Highland School Board.
“Their primary concern was that we were renewing the TIF that is out by the casino,” Rogerson said. ‘That is not our TIF. That is the county’s TIF.”
The property being added to the urban renewal area goes from Ella Street to Boise Street, Rogerson said. It also adds 11.9 acres the city recently purchased. The plan authorizes the undertaking of new projects, such as: the Highway 22 infrastructure project; the downtown improvements project, which includes sidewalk replacement; and using TIF funds to support the construction of streets necessary for the development of a housing subdivision.
In other business, the council:
• heard a report from Roger Duffey concerning problems related to the drainage sewer on his property. The council agreed to begin studying the issue;
• approved a liquor license for the city’s blues fest on May 18;
• approved a liquor and tobacco license for Kum and Go;
• received an engineering update from city engineer Mike Hart;
• approved a pay estimate for the WRH lift station 3;
• approved a pay estimate for K&N Excavating;
• set public hearings for a budget amendment and an ordinance chapter 92 change for the May 20 meeting;
• appointed Neil Bombei as the city’s building inspector;
• voted to hold off proceeding with the Cherry Lane project and the water main project until the beginning of the fiscal year;
• committed $5,000 of a requested $12,000 for the establishment of a watershed Management Coalition. Council member Christine Kirkwood, who made the motion, said she wanted to learn more about the issue before committing the full amount;
• approved a request for funding Camp Highland for $3,000; and
• approved grants to Mariellen Bower, Bryan Lenz, Bruce Duling, and VFW Riverside.