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City of Newberg Engages in RFP Process to Hire Outside Legal Services - 11/13/20

(NEWBERG, OR) – After discussions with the Newberg Mayor and Council President regarding the legal needs of the City, the City Attorney, Truman Stone, has agreed to step aside to allow the City to engage an outside law firm to provide a higher level of legal service to the City than can be provided by a single in-house, general counsel. 

In response to budgetary constraints which he encountered starting in 2013, Mr. Stone trimmed the legal department by 1.5 FTE, saving the City approximately $600,000.00 over that time. These efforts were meant to be a temporary response to budgetary problems, and not seen as sustainable in the long term. For several recent budget years, Mr. Stone proposed adding an Assistant City Attorney position in line with many peer cities. The City decided to allocate limited resources to other competing priorities and not increase funding to the City Attorney’s office. Going forward, the City will solicit proposals from law firms to provide future legal services.

The Mayor and Council wish to express their gratitude to Mr. Stone for his seven years of service to the City and his professionalism throughout his tenure.

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New Sidewalks at Memorial Park
New Sidewalks at Memorial Park
City of Newberg Breaks Ground on Memorial Sidewalk Project (Photo) - 11/10/20

(NEWBERG, OR) – The City of Newberg broke ground on a new project to install sidewalks around Memorial Park on October 26, 2020. The project is part of a renewed effort to improve sidewalks around the community, making a more walkable, and accessible community for all. The project will install 1,000 feet of six foot wide sidewalks on S Howard Street, S Blaine Street, and E Fifth Street adjacent to Memorial Park. The project also includes the construction, or reconstruction, of 15 ADA compliant curb ramps and is scheduled to be finished by Thanksgiving weekend.

The project is in tandem with a strengthened effort to replace sidewalks around Newberg. The past three years saw the completion of new sidewalks on Villa Road and College Street, and in 2019, the City worked with Project Sidewalk, an online software program that allows community members to document and label sidewalks throughout the City of Newberg. As of 2019, 100% of streets and sidewalks had a first review and 62% of the labels were verified. Project Sidewalk was completed in part thanks to hundreds of dedicated residents.

Along with the effort to ensure all sidewalks along City property are up to code, the City has also begun a new program to help property owners replace their own sidewalks. The Residential Sidewalk Grant and Loan Program and the Business Sidewalk Loan Program were created to lessen the burden property owners face when needing to replace sidewalks along their property by giving property owners access to funds and waiving permit fees at the City.

The Residential Grant Program will reimburse residents half of the repair cost of a sidewalk up to $1,500. An additional $500 can be added to the grant if repairs are needed because of trees. Loans from the Residential Loan Program are given to projects that will cost over $2,500. The maximum amount of the loan is $6,000 and an interest rate of 4% applies to the monthly repayment. A lien on the property will create the repayment if the property is sold or transferred.

The Business Loan Program also requires an estimated cost of over $2,500 and a maximum loan amount of $6,000. To qualify for the loan a business must be locally owned, not be a franchise of a larger business, and have 20 or fewer full-time employees.

Applications for all three programs are open now and will remain open until funds are depleted. Once funds are depleted, the program will reopen in July of 2021. The loan and grants packets can be found at the City’s website: www.NewbergOregon.gov/sidewalks

The City’s focus on sidewalks responds to the Newberg City Council’s goal established in January of 2020 to further develop strategies that hold diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values. Studies show that lowest income households are the most likely to utilize sidewalks as a means to get to work and for transportation, and sidewalks are paramount to ensuring accessibility for all community members. Additionally, sidewalks create safer communities. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, roadways without sidewalks are more than twice as likely to have pedestrian crashes as sites with sidewalks on both sides of the street.

The Memorial Sidewalk Project and the Sidewalk Grant and Loan Programs are being funded by gas taxes collected by the City. The new sidewalks and ADA accessible ramps around Memorial Park are an important piece to increasing accessibility to community functions and mobility. The City of Newberg thanks the residents of Newberg who have been active advocates for creating a more accessible, and walkable, community.

Attached Media Files: New Sidewalks at Memorial Park