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The City Council’s Finance Committee unanimously supported a proposed capital improvement plan from Interim City Manager Danielle West on Feb. 9, sending it for a vote from the Council in March.

The proposed document would look to fund $10.5 million worth of city projects around the city.

The committee’s vote came a week after city staff shared lists of funding requests they had made for West’s consideration, which totaled $50 million in projects. West cautioned not all the projects could be recommended.

Projects that West recommends to receive full funding include those from Portland Public Schools, including heating and cooling infrastructure at three schools and rebuilding the playground at Lincoln Middle School.

Traffic at the intersection of High and Congress streets in Portland, with Congress Square Park in the background. The intersection has seen substantial redesign and reconstruction over the last year. (Portland Phoenix/Jim Neuger)

Other projects West recommends include $700,000 for ongoing redesign work for Congress Square Park (a project that would require another $700,000 in the following year’s CIP), facilities improvements at aging fire stations, a fix for a foundation leak at the Troubh Ice Arena and updating the city’s information technology infrastructure with new servers.

A CIP is a five-year financing plan for construction and other public improvement projects, but which requires annual approval for the upcoming slate of proposals.


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