SEASIDE — If the future is what you make it, then the Seaside City Council is ready to work with local residents to do just that.

Each city councilor received an assignment Monday night from members of the city’s Vision 2034 Committee, which has been working several months to develop a direction for the city to head in the next 20 years.

The councilors will meet with residents, employees and visitors to discuss a specific area of interest and to ask what should be maintained and what should be changed in Seaside.

Jon Rahl, director of the Seaside Visitors Bureau, who is on the Vision 2034 Committee, said the topics assigned to each councilor were the most popular areas that popped up in surveys given to residents, visitors and students in grades kindergarten through high school. At least 55 percent of the 522 survey respondents said they would like to participate in additional visioning activities.

Rahl and Esther Moberg, director of the Seaside Public Library, asked the councilors to organize a meeting with survey respondents who had expressed interest in becoming more involved in the project.

The meetings will occur between Friday and May 30, but the deadline may be extended slightly.

In addition, a “student summit” is planned May 21 at Seaside High School, and a town hall meeting will be held in June.

The topics of interest assigned to each councilor were:

• Public safety: Don Johnson

• Business development: Randy Frank

• Environment: Jay Barber

• Parks and recreation: Dana Phillips

• Arts and culture: Tita Montero

• Family involvement: Stubby Lyons

The councilors also will be paired with community partners who don’t hold an elected office.

Mayor Don Larson will oversee all of the topics and meetings and coordinate results with the Vision 2034 Committee.

Those attending the visioning meetings will be asked on each topic what Seaside’s status is now, where people want to go in that area, what the community should be like and what it will take to get there.

Montero asked Rahl and Moberg if they would define the topics, but Rahl said the topics were kept broad for a reason.

“I’m not sure any of us here wants to define ‘arts and culture’ or ‘business development,’ he said. “I don’t think we want to encourage any constraint.”

Moberg said the councilors could invite people who worked daily in the topic areas, such as those in the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District or in the arts or business. But, she cautioned, others who aren’t as involved in those areas should also be invited to participate.

“I can see this as being quite extensive,” Larson said.

Montero agreed.

“This is a way for people to expand on what they said in the survey,” she said.

In other business Monday night, the council:

• Approved the formation of a Seaside Public Library foundation. The foundation will establish a 501(c)3 organization to collect donations that will support capital projects and services.

• Recommended approval to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for a liquor license for Nonni’s Italian Bistro, which will open at 831 Broadway. The applicant was Nancy McKeown, who also operates McKeown’s Restaurant in Seaside.

• Approved a bid of $251,897 to Best Electrical, a Clackamas contractor, for upgrading seven pump stations.


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