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To create more transparency in your local government, recent successes are listed below. City Council goals inform staff work, so please find those successes grouped based on City Council's 2018 goals. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 503-787-3631 or at

Goal 1: Maintain City infrastructure at adequate levels to meet current and future regulatory requirements.

  • Funding received through Community Development Block Grants for wastewater project

  • $150k in ODOT Small City Allotment Grant funds on street improvements in FY19

  • $100k in ODOT Small City Allotment Grant funds on street improvements in FY20

  • Parry Road water mainline replacement in-work

Goal 2: Maintain and broaden community understanding of City government and operations by enhancing community communications.

  • Held town hall for public input on CDBG Wastewater project

  • Councilor leadership and participation in community events (SOLVe, Summer Celebration, Pride, Spring Clean, etc.)

  • Cost-free overhaul of city website to improve communication with the public

  • Water/sewer bill credit card payment now available through city website

  • Photos of City Councilors and staff added to the website for increased transparency

  • Hosted Census 2020 representative at a public meeting

  • Dedicated new Polk County Sheriff's Office Sub-Station (located in Fire Hall)

  • Awarded sub-grantee status for Community Development Block Grants and Loans for housing rehabilitation (more info on how to apply to rehab your home here)

  • Implemented Falls City High School Internship Program

Goal 3: Develop a strategy to encourage economic development in Falls City.

  • Received a Business Oregon Local Economic Opportunity Fund and engaged in a thorough Community Visioning project

  • With funding from the Ford Family Foundation and the Pacific Power Foundation, received a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) member to engage in community and economic development projects

  • Formed the Falls City Steering Committee to represent the community through the Visioning results and spearhead community projects

  • Received a Certified Local Government grant to fund high school students' project to create an app documenting historical landmarks in town

Goal 4: Explore options to enhance public safety and implement a code enforcement program with availabile resources.

  • Have built strong relationship with the Polk County Sheriff's Office

  • Installed "porkchop" posts and replaced Stop signs at the intersection of Mitchell and Bridge Streets

  • Awarded $98k through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant and $10k from Weyehaueser to outfit the Fire Department's brush rig

  • Continue to explore options for a sustainable code enforcement program, while accepting Code Violation reports at City Hall

Accomplishments: Issues
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