As you may recall, City Council adopted an ordinance in December of 2018 to encourage the use of reusable bags and limit the use of checkout plastic bags. It was set to go into effect in July with enforcement beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
Earlier this month, the Oregon state legislature also passed a bill banning single-use plastic checkout bags statewide that takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. The bill is largely similar to the City’s ordinance and also includes plastic restaurant take-out bags and the fee for bags provided to customers is at least five cents (compared to the City’s 10 cent minimum).
We did it! BANA's Board of Directors asked the city engineer for the Empire Roundabout project to consider lowering the speed limit on Desert Sage to 20 mph during the period when the street would be a detour around the construction. For such changes, the City of Bend actually has to request permission from the State Department of Transportation.
Sinclair Burr was successful in changing the speed. He also placed a very large speed bump at the bottom of the hill.
The City is planning to pair Police officers and Fire inspectors for an Illegal Fireworks Task Force to respond exclusively to illegal fireworks calls in late June and early July. The task force will patrol areas where data have shown a higher use of illegal fireworks.
“If you’ve had a lot of fireworks in your neighborhood in the past, you can expect to see some patrols this year,” said Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Howe.
The task force, being scheduled for the nights of June 27 and 28 and July 3, 5 and 6, will focus on problematic areas identified by data, but will also respond to calls as able.
Congratulations to the six persons elected to serve on BANA's board at the June 12 annual meeting. Jeff Silverman will be the new Chair, Cindy King, continues as Vice Chair. Jim Beauchemin continues as Land use Chair and Matt Bryant as Neighborhood Leadership Alliance. Joining the four continuing members are Lara Hodge and Thomas Fisher.
Members also approved adding descriptions of the officer roles and separating the Secretary and Treasurer duties for better management.
In order to clarify the duties of the officers, the Board is proposing to update the bylaws. BANA has a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and a Land Use Committee chair. The amendments separate the Secretary and Treasurer roles and add the representative for the Neighborhood Leadership Alliance. See proposed language below.
One important task at the June 12 BANA annual meeting is the election of a Board of Directors. Offering to continue are:
Jeff Silverman, Chair
Cindy King, Vice Chair
Area residents Thomas Fisher, a retired educator, Lara Hodge, a property manager, and Jordan Marx, a realtor are standing for one of the three open positions.
In addition members will be asked to vote on a proposed bylaws update.