By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Amity hopes to enhance City Park

The department uses a portion of its lottery revenue to award grants to local governments. City Administrator Larry Layton said 12 were funded last year, and Amity just missed the cut.

“The scoring system has been changed this year,” Layton told the council. He said the change should help.

 “We are more knowledgeable about the process,” he said, and that should help as well.

The city’s Park Committee made changes in this year’s application in hopes of improving Amity’s chances. 

A full kitchen was replaced with a covered work counter, a set of sinks and outdoor barbecue facilities. ADA-compliant restrooms and a hiking trail around the park were included, and Layton said the trail should boost Amity’s chances.

The city is seeking a $75,000 grant with a $25,000 match that can be met via cash, in-kind contributions or a combination. The staff is proposing allocation of $15,000 in-kind for design and administration, $5,000 in-kind for utilities and site work and $5,000 in cash from system development charges.

“Points are awarded for partnerships,” Layton said, so he suggested an effort be made to involve as many groups as possible. They could either make a cash donation or offer donated goods or services.

In other action, the council:

n Authorized spending up to $13,500 on a submersible water intake pump. The low bid was $13,025, submitted by Ernst Irrigation of St. Paul.

Recently, the level in the city’s wet well dropped to the point that its water plant was in danger of shutting down. The city anticipated needing to rent a pump for a brief period of time last year, when the South Yamhill River was at its lowest point, and was quoted a rental fee of $12,000.

n Appointed Eve Silverman to the planning commission. She replaces Carolyn Miller, who vacated her position when she was elected to the council.

Silverman was the only individual to apply for the position. She is an active Amity DIG (Downtown Improvement Group) member.

n Approved some minor route adjustments through town for the Reach the Beach bike ride, to be held Saturday, May 18. The changes affect the way riders access the Bellevue Highway once they leave high school grounds.

n Accepted an antenna from the county’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services System group. Grant funds enabled the system to offer each local city an antenna designed to support local ham radio operations during emergency situations. City staff will decide on a mounting location.


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