Portland City Council Weekly Roundup for May 15–19, 2017

Final votes on the City and School Board budgets, the fate of the Assistant to the Mayor position, final sale of the Reed School, and “Revive Civility Month.”

> Monday, May 15 @ 5pm — City Council Meeting

City Hall, Council Chambers (2nd floor, to the left)

Key agenda items:

  • The Council will vote to recognize “Revive Civility Month”.
  • Vote on the final Fiscal Year 2018 (July-June) School Department Budget. Public comment might be taken, but the official public hearing took place on May 1.
  • Vote on the final Fiscal Year 2018 (July-June) City Budget. Public comment might be taken, but the official public hearing was on May 1.
  • Discussion and vote on amendments to the proposed FY2018 budget regarding the position of the Assistant to the Mayor, which was a new position added last year.
  • Vote to sell the former Reed School building for $75,000 to a developer who wants to use the building for private education. The City Council voted in August 2016 to proceed with this developer’s plan, and this is the final vote to sell the property to that developer. Public comment will be taken.
  • Introduction of proposed zoning changes to allow the construction of homeless shelters in more zones around the city, not just in Bayside. (I would link to a map of the proposed zoning changes, but the maps in the official documents are unreadable, because they’re poorly-scanned color images made into black-and-white…)
    Currently there is no plan to construct a new shelter anywhere or to move the existing Oxford Street Shelter, but these zoning changes would enable the construction of a new shelter somewhere further away from where social services currently exist in the Bayside neighborhood. Public comment might be taken, not sure. The vote will take place at the next meeting.
  • As always, you can give public comment on any item not on the agenda at 6pm.

Read the agenda here and associated materials here.

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