By HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Bend city councilors are taking their $190 million transportation bond measure to the streets, meeting with community groups to promote the plan and answer questions from hesitate voters.
The bond – the largest ever asked for by the city – would fund about 45 individual transportation projects across Bend.
With such a big project, residents have a lot of questions. City councilors are working to meet groups in the community to help clarify the complicated bond measure.
“We’ve been to the rotary clubs, we’re going to be at City Club, so we’re really opening this up to as many people as we possibly can,” said councilor Chris Piper.
Piper said council members will attend two to three meetings a week with community groups until primary elections in May.
“We’re able to connect one on one and one to many, and really help answer those questions,” Piper said.
Piper visited with members of some Bend neighborhood associations on Thursday night.
Some hesitations from the neighborhood association include trusting the city after disappointment with the previous construction on Reed Market Road.
“I assure you, there will be many people who vote no for that one reason,” said Mike Walker, a member of the River West Neighborhood Association. “They don’t have faith in the city.”
Piper says the bond measure would fund more improvements to Reed Market that weren’t possible with limited funds last time.
Members from the River West Neighborhood will continue to work with the city to get more questions answered before sending out a synopsis of the bond to hundreds of members.
“We’re giving people the chance to ask questions,” Walker said.