The City of Stayton has applied for $2.7 million in Oregon Lottery funds for sewer improvements, and a public hearing for the proposal is scheduled for Friday, May 5, before state legislators.
House Bill 5030 would issue lottery bonds to various agencies, including the city, and would make funds available as of July 1. The bill is currently before the Joint Subcommittee on Capital Construction.
If awarded, the city would use the funds to expand sewer capacity along Ida St., which would allow new development and protect the system during high rain storms. Around $1.9 million has already been set aside for the project through city and county funds, with an overall estimated cost of $4.6 million.
Friday’s hearing would be the first held for HB 5030, and local residents are being asked to show their support. The Stayton Sublimity Chamber of Commerce issued an action alert Thursday calling on residents to attend the hearing in person or virtually, and to email letters of support.
“The City’s funding request of $2,685,418 will help complete the necessary upgrades to existing infrastructure and allow for new development to occur, opening up multiple areas within the Stayton downtown area to residential, commercial and industrial development or redevelopment that are currently restricted due to the capacity issues,” said the Chamber.
The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in Room H-178 at the Capitol Building (900 Court St. NE) and a virtual link will be available at the subcommittee’s website. Written testimony can be submitted through the sub committee’s website.