SEASIDE — The Seaside City Council will hold a workshop in late September as the next, and close to final step in its 20-year visioning project.

During its meeting Monday, the council unanimously approved $3,500 to rehire the Coraggio Group to facilitate a workshop at 6 p.m. Sept. 29. The Coraggio Group, a Portland-based strategic planning and consulting firm, also helped the city facilitate a town hall meeting held earlier.

The project, “Seaside 2034: Building a Bridge to Our Future,” is nearing completion, according to Esther Moberg, the director of the Seaside Public Library and one of the project leaders.

Since the beginning of the year, the team has conducted several surveys and held community meetings to get information from public stakeholders, including people who live in, visit and work in Seaside.

The most recent step in the process was a town hall meeting that was attended by about 60 to 70 people.

With the help of the Coraggio Group, the City Council intends to finalize the vision process at the September workshop. Publicity of a final report and the Seaside vision statement is scheduled to take place in October.

City Council will use the data and vision to guide its strategic decisions as it sets goals for the city. The next City Council goal-setting session will take place in January or February.

Council members said they are pleased with how the process has gone so far.

“Everything was good. ... You kept us on track,” Councilor Tita Montero said to the project leaders, which include Moberg, Seaside Director of Tourism Jon Rahl and the city’s AmeriCorps intern Jeremy Goldsmith.

Councilor Jay Barber said he would appreciate for the team to put together a draft document containing some conclusions gleaned from the process so far for the September workshop so the council is not “starting over from scratch.”

Information on the visioning process, including a report from the recent town hall meeting, is available online at

The City Council heard a request from NorthWest Senior and Disability Services for a funding allocation of $4,000 to supplement federal and state funding received by the agency. The money will be used to bring “enhancements to programs being provided by NWSDS in Seaside,” according to an April 8 request from Rodney Schroeder, NWSDS executive director of operations, to JudyAnn Dugan, budget committee secretary.

The funding would be for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The agency, which serves Clatsop, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill counties, delivers services for the area out of a program office in Warrenton and a senior dining center in Seaside.

Programs aimed toward meeting the agency’s mission in Seaside include congregate meal sites, legal assistance, home-delivered meals, senior peer counseling, in-home and personal-care services for seniors and people with disabilities, family caregiver support services and more.

Nutrition Services Manager Kevin Grossnicklaus gave a presentation to the board. Mayor Don Larson said the board would take the request under consideration and provide approval or denial at a later date.

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