Salem council to consider affordable housing, water

Salem council to consider affordable housing, water

The Salem City Council is set to discuss a number of items at its Monday meeting, including a public hearing on water improvements in a northeast Salem neighborhood and authorizing staff to close on financing for affordable housing projects. 

The meeting is at 6 p.m. It is virtual, and can be watched at Comcast Cable CCTV Channel 21 or on the Salem YouTube channel. 

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Written public comments on agenda items can be emailed by 5 p.m. Monday to [email protected]. Or pre-register between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday at to speak during the meeting via Zoom. 

Agenda items include:

  • During the Salem Housing Authority meeting, the council will consider authorizing leadership to close on project financing for the rehabilitation of Yaquina and Southfair multi-family housing properties. The projects will have a combined 54 new affordable units and 40 rehabilitated units in Salem. 
  • A presentation on the iProtect & Respect Project. The community-wide project facilitated by Liberty House aims to support youth, families and communities by fostering positive self-worth, promoting healthy online choices and encouraging safe relationships.
  • An update of the city’s economic development strategy.
  • A Finance Committee recommendation for infrastructure bond measure.
  • A public hearing to consider Sleepy Hollow Phase 1 water system improvements. The Sleepy Hollow neighborhood’s private water system has elevated levels of arsenic. Working with the homeowners, an agreement has been reached for the residents to disconnect from the existing water system and connect to city water.

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