By Dora Totoian • Of The News-Register • 

Council declines support of letter directed at state

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If you want to help out the downtown core shut down 3rd street to traffic so you can allow the restaurants and tasting rooms to have more outdoor seating/tents. Similar to what was done during the summer. Traffic can flow through 1st or 2nd street and there is plenty of parking on either side for other businesses. Side benefit of not having lifted pick-up trucks peacocking down 3rd street. Not a cure all since its outdoor dining in January bit any little bit helps and we need these businesses to survive if we want any resemblance of a downtown once this is all over.

Don Dix

mobergm20 has it correct -- 3rd is no longer as useful as it has been in the past (3rd was a state highway). The trees, kiosks, and curb bumps have squeezed 3rd into a route that is better fitted for foot traffic and makes auto travel awkward. By closing 3rd (permanently), the shops and eateries can expand business and seating into the vacated street, which was especially effective (for business) during the late summer (under the circumstances).

Closing 3rd would be a positive step for downtown businesses and the city in general.

David S. Wall


This article has at least three(3) salient issues worthy of transmittal.

1.) COVID-19 has changed our society forever.

The McMinnville City Council has, in a sense, condemned the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce to "twist in the wind" instead of supporting the business community utilizing safe and creative methodologies to support the re-opening of local business.

As businesses continue to economically collapse, will revenues relied on by the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce also be reduced to force their dissolution?

Has the Chamber of Commerce become obsolete?

Working at home, the use of social media, a collapsing economy could very well end the parasitic association the Chamber of Commerce enjoys with local participating businesses and governmental financial support of tourism.

The President of the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce (as of 11.05.20) is a Member of "Yamhill County Economic Development Community Grant Program" as seen here:

The aforementioned "Grant Program" has recommended monies in the past, to benefit their own respective organizations. Perhaps, the same group might be able to "bailout" the Chamber should the "loss of revenue" from collapsed businesses influence the Chamber's survivability as a viable organization.

The President of the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce also oversees the "ZOOM" meetings of "The Yamhill County Parkway Committee" which will be discussed shortly.

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David S. Wall

David S. Wall

Post #2

2.) The implementation of [HB 2001] and its' evil twin [HB 2003] has destroyed single-family zoning in Oregon and compels cities, depending on their populations, to include a variety of housing types.

[HB 2001] and [HB 2003} are "unfunded mandates" and cities would do well to file law suit(s) to address the following;

As prestigious and all other McMinnville single-family neighborhoods are invaded by duplexes and or other housing types, who is going to pay compensation for the diminution of property value, the owners will endure?

Who would pay top dollar for single family residential properties amidst low-income, very low-income housing types with their imported squalor?

Is the diminution of property values caused by [HB 2001] and [HB 2003] a de facto governmental taking of personal property as so eloquently codified in the 5th Amendment of our sacred Constitution?

How about "tax credits" to be given for low-income properties in once single-family zoned McMinnville neighborhoods? Has the 14th Amendment been abandoned as well?

Let us not forget, who pays for the annual "Housing Needs Assessment?"

Each year, year after year cities must produce a "Housing Needs Assessment" which is an ongoing inventory of housing types.

How will the City Council add the fee required to conduct this unfunded mandate-through your sewer bills?

Speaking of dramatic sewer bill increases; will this be the straw that will break everyone in McMinnville's back....the costs of infrastructure to accommodate the additional housing types in once single-family zoned neighborhoods?

That's right...if the duplex or whatever housing type cannot be serviced by the existing operational sewer line...guess who pays for the upgrade?

And the aforementioned is for sewers; don't forget other services such as electricity, potable water, increased garbage collection rates...the list goes on and on.

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David S. Wall

David S. Wall

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Wow, the intermingling of "some Federal Funds" to reduce McMinnville's financial obligation for the next generation of an "obsolete-before it is built-Newberg-Dundee Bypass."

Where have we seen this folly before? The Yamhelas Westsider Trail?

I wonder what "some Federal Funds" means and what exactly is McMinnville's obligation(s)?

Were some of the "Funds" used to back-date, by six(6) months for a "Consultant Contract" for a Washington D.C. lobbyist firm?

Check-out the December 10, 2020 BOC meeting and contract language here:

[The Contract pages are here: 71-76]

Look at the life of the contract relationship and taxpayer's monies spent...Man, I wish I could have gotten a piece of that action.

How was this firm the position of dried chicken bones, thrown from a shaken dice cup...or was the decision based on a spiritual epiphany?

The By-Pass project is being rammed down taxpayer's throats...pristine properties are going to be sacrificed to fund what some call, "The Portland to the Coast freeway."

Is this project needed?

Check-out "Yamhill County's Parkway Committee here:"

Next meeting, should be February 18th.

David S. Wall


I completly agree with closing 3rd street..

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