During his city council’s workshop meeting on Thursday, Yachats Mayor Ron Brean floated a trial balloon on establishing more parking in the downtown. In short, asking the voters to authorize the city to spend up to $600,000 of city money to acquire property that could be converted to parking near Highway 101, if not right on it.
Brean said although the connection is definitely there between his idea and the City/ODOT 101 project, “there has long been agreement that the downtown doesn’t have enough convenient parking, and this would just add to attaining that goal. We added parking on 4th and 7th some time ago which helped. But there’s more work to do on it.”
Brean said under the city charter, the town can’t buy any real estate without permission of the voters. He said he’d like to see a parking area acquisition proposal on the ballot next year. Brean said he feels pretty good about having three votes in favor, and possibly a fourth one. He said councilor Greg Scott seemed reluctant in that $600,000 is a lot of money and he’d like to make sure that creating more parking is the best use of it. Brean said, “I understand his point and hopefully we’ll get to address those issues at our upcoming council meeting,” on Tuesday, the 12th at 2pm. Brean said they’re meeting on Tuesday instead of Thursday because he is attending a League of Cities meeting late next week. Brean is Vice President of the Oregon League of Cities.
More parking could make the City/ODOT streetscape proposal a bit more attractive for downtown business owners, some of whom fear losing parking spaces directly in front of their businesses. Final design and the beginning of construction of the project is sometime off into the future. Mayor Brean says the town needs to keep coming together and ‘talking out’ the issues.