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Meeting in Phoenix Over Renewal Issue

phoenix potPHOENIX, Ore. — Both Phoenix City Council and the Phoenix Urban Renal Agency’s Council will meet Thursday night to try to see how they can make improvements for the future, after frustrations spilled over on Tuesday.

In that meeting, discussion of current project priorities were discussed, but then the meeting shifted and focused on ways to improve the current structure and communication.

Combining the two councils into one 12-person committee was proposed, which Mayor Jeff Bellah said upset some of the members on the Phoenix Urban Renewal Council.

After the meeting, one member of the Phoenix Urban Renewal Council was said to have resigned as a result of the discussion. On Thursday night, the mayor will present an idea he says will be a compromise and move the city in the right direction.

“What we’re hoping is to put some actions in place that will get us all in the same, not just mind-set, but on the same page in terms of what the plans are for the future,” said Mayor of Phoenix Jeff Bellah.

Currently, two members of the Phoenix City Council also sit on the Urban Renewal Board, but that could change depending on Thursday night’s proposals.

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  1. Hank says:

    We need to have more transparency regarding this so-called ‘renewal’ project. Phoenix claims to have over $17 million to spend on this folly, yet it bans legitimate businesses in the form of medical marijuana.

    Just where is this money coming from, and what are the intentions of city ‘planners’ to renovate a relatively decrepit town? Why the huge rush with a giant freeway project going nowhere? I suspect there is a lot of dirty dealing going on with all the secrecy around these renovations.

    A good start would be to put the money into better use by reducing our outrageous water bills. Raising the rates so dramatically is a back-handed and very sneaky way for small towns to generate revenue. I’d rather have my tax dollars going to renovate 50-plus-year-old infrastructure and not so much for the cosmetic face lift of an old town. Phoenix wasn’t even charming to begin with, and it’s certainly no Jacksonville, worthy of restoration.

    We were never asked how to spend these newly generated funds, and therein lie a big part of the problems small towns face with city planners running with only greed and personal gain as their motivation.

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