Springfield City Council to decide on $800k infrastructure proposal

The proposal will not cost the city or neighbors any extra money.

Posted: Feb 16, 2020 6:30 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss and decide on a proposal which would direct over $800,000 to infrastructure maintenance and repair via new city staff hires.

If this proposal is accepted, Springfield City Council will hire seven additional staff members to work on what they call "public facing... program needs" and neighbors would see improvements from those hirings in their neighborhood.

The proposal will not cost the city or neighbors any extra money.

The passage of House Bill 2017 resulted in the city receiving a larger amount of funds made available from state fuel taxes and money from vehicle registration fees.

The city says over the past decade, wear and usage of infrastructure has increased while staffing has stayed the same.

This work plan will specifically help with street surfaces, wastewater pipelines, stormwater pipes and bioswales -- which are channels created to direct stormwater runoff and also help recharge groundwater.

Neighbors are already talking about changes they would like to see made -- starting with the streets.

"Anybody who has had a complaint about the roads has the same complaint about the same things," said Seth Sollars, one Springfield resident. "Part of that is people at fault. They don't say anything because they have the mentality that nothing will get done."

The proposal was brought forward with the goal to not only improve infrastructure but maintain areas that are strong.

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