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Panel lists priorities for downtown
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Posted on March 28 2013, 10:44am by Mark Esper in Local News category

Downtown Silverton on Wednesday morning, March 27.

The Silverton Downtown Revitalization Committee presented a list of draft recommendations to the Town Council on Monday that included more attractive street lighting, landscaping, and converting vacant lots into pocket parks.

And the panel also advised development of a prototype custom-made trashcan for possible deployment on Greene Street at a cost of $650. The Town Council approved that expenditure unanimously.

The 10-member panel was co-chaired by Eileen Fjerstad and Janice Sanders. Also serving on the panel were Town Trustee Karla Safranski, Cindy Bryant, Amy Swonger, Kevin Baldwin, Gary Davis, Mike Geryak, Fritz Klinke and Tiffany DeKay. Town Planning Director Bob Nevins also participated in the group’s meetings, which began last year.

Fjerstad pointed out that downtown redevelopment initiatives are nothing new to Silverton, but results have been less than satisfactory so far.

“Other plans have found places on the shelves somewhere,” Fjerstad told the Town Council. “What we’ve undertaken to do is find a way to actually get things done and make decisions we can implement despite restrictions” such as budget limitations.

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