The Boardman City Council allocated $10,000 each year for the next two fiscal years to provide sidewalks in all areas in the city currently without sidewalks.

The city current requires sidewalks to be installed when a new development or project is built within city limits.

Approximately 13,000 feet of sidewalk will be needed to finish areas that are undeveloped or on properties that were developed before city regulations required sidewalks. The city will work with property owners to complete the project by the end of 2014.

Other priorities for the city include the paving of Olson road, the installation of electric lines along N.E. Front Street for a future farmers market and paving of N.E Columbia Avenue.

In other business, the Boardman Council:

• Heard a presentation from Morrow County School Superintendant Dirk Dirksen regarding the school’s budget reduction for the next two or three years and the need to renew the serial levy in May.

• Heard an update from Kim Travis of the Oregon Solutions Team on ideas the team has come up with to promote the development of Boardman. One idea the team has is to offer gap-financing for developers of new home construction in Boardman. Another idea is to encourage business growth by offering incentives.

The next council meeting is March 20 at 7 p.m. at Boardman City Hall.

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