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September 25, 2012
FALLS CITY -- A transportation plan review and football at the same place on the same night?
That's what the city of Falls City is planning for this Friday.
The city has scheduled an open house on its transportation plan and potential projects on Friday at 7 p.m. to coincide with Falls City High School's home football game against St. Paul.
A table will be set up at the football field, located behind the high school at 111 North Main St., during the first half of the game and through halftime for citizens to review projects and offer comments. City planners will be on hand to answer questions.
A football game is an unusual place to seek public input, but there is a reason the city decided to choose that venue.
"We want to take the (plan) to where the citizens will actually be rather than asking them to come to us at a meeting," said City Administrator Amber Mathiesen. "A lot of the community comes to the games and the school is a central gathering place. There are not a lot of events in the city that draw that amount of people and variety of people, so taking advantage of that is pretty important."
Once completed, the plan will document existing and future transportation needs. The project will finished in spring of 2013.
Falls City received a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2011 to create the plan. A committee, of citizens, city officials and staff, ODOT and Polk County representatives and consultants are working to complete it.
For more information and future meeting dates, go to www.fallscity.org under the listing of "Falls City Transportation Plan Update."