Civic Calendar

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Today

Bend Planning Commission — The Planning Commission is expected to meet beginning at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 710 NW Wall St. The commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a development application by the Bend Park & Recreation District for the Colorado Avenue Dam safe passage project. The commission is expected to visit the site of the proposed project as part of the hearing.

Tuesday

Bend Park & Recreation District — The district board of directors is expected to meet, in a work session, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the district office, 799 SW Columbia St. The board is scheduled to receive updates on the Deschutes River Trail, a branding campaign broadcast on television and radio and the estimated cost and scope of a senior center project. The board is expected to meet at 7 p.m. in regular session to consider whether to purchase roughly 37 acres of land in southeast Bend from JL Ward Co., for more than $3.6 million, for a future park. The board will also meet in executive session to review the performance of public employees.

Wednesday

Bend City Council — The City Council is expected to meet, in a work session, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 710 NW Wall St. A regular meeting is expected to begin at 7 p.m. The council will likely discuss whether to approve a $200,000 increase to a contract with consultants developing new water, sewer and stormwater rates, which would bring the total contract ceiling to $450,000. The City Council will also vote on an ordinance that would allow the Bend Park & Recreation District to avoid building a roundabout at the intersection of Simpson Avenue and Columbia Street when the district builds a multi-use pavilion nearby, as currently required upon the development of that property. The park district is only developing a portion of the approximately 11-acre property, and the proposed ordinance would require construction of the roundabout when the remainder of the property is developed. The council will also vote whether to approve an enterprise zone tax exemption for Agere Pharmaceuticals Inc., which could cost the city more than $20,000 in lost property tax revenue over five years, according to a city report.

Thursday

Sisters Community Assets Committee — The committee is expected to meet beginning at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 520 E Cascade Ave. The committee is scheduled to discuss options for four possible projects that could benefit the community: an art, science or history building; an expo center; a Sisters Park and Recreation field house; and a winter sports park.