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Building a Better Bend

Bend needs to focus on the basic needs of citizens, like safety, streets, and other key city functions.


  • Keeping Bend Safe
  • Paving our roads
  • Providing reasonable land-use policies
  • Focusing on key city functions

More on Better Roads

Bill attends CTAC Meeting
Bill attended the Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee meeting. The committee gave a "small thumbs up" on council's direction related to transportation.
May 30, 2018

Bill meets with CTAC chairs
Bill met with the chairs of the Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee to help them to refocus on the Council transportation goals.
May 23, 2018

Bill supports phase 1 of Empire improvements
Bill, along with the Council, authorized a contract with Otak, Inc. for owner's representative and construction management services for the Empire Corridor Improvements Project--Phase 1 in an amount not to exceed $318,579.
May 2, 2018

Bill attends Rulemaking for Transportation System Plans
Bill continues to work for sensible state transportation rules to support a growing Bend. The state seems intent on creating artificial parking shortages, getting people our of their cars and hiring more government employees. And Salem tries to extens regulatory control over local matters. Bend is not Portland, as Bendites know and love.
March 9, 2018

Bill Votes for 14th Street Reconstruction
Bill voted to authorize an agreement for construction of the 14th Street Reconstruction Project-Phase 1.
March 7, 2018

Bill Votes to Improve Empire
Bill voted to authorize a design-build agreement with Knife River Corporation for the Empire Corridor Improvements Project.
March 7, 2018

Bill Votes for $4.7 million for Street Preservation
Bill voted to authorize an agreement with Knife River Corporation-Northwest for the construction of the Street Preservation 2018 Project in the amount of $4.7 million.
March 7,2018

Bill Meets with DBBA
Bill met with DBBA and discussed transportation issues and access to downtown from the parkway.
January 10, 2018

Bill Meets with High Lakes Elementary students
Bill met with High Lakes Elementary first-grade students to talk about Bend's future.
January 2, 2018

Bill Proposes Comprehensive Transportation Goals
At council, Bill proposed Bend's transportation system support broad-based affordable housing, economic growth and retaining Bend’s livability.  For more details, see Bill’s Transportation Goals or watch the video.
Nov 1, 2017

Bill Helps Secure Road Funding
Bend's road maintenance budget more than doubled to $7.3 million. Bend’s budget increased to a record $5.2 million/year. And the legislature stepped up too with an additional $2.1 million/yr. In addition, we secured $79.6 million of city and state funds to fix East-West congestion issues, like Empire and Murphy.
July 2017

Bill Reviews Proposed Contracts
Bill reviewed proposed contracts, including the summer 2017 street maintenance contracts.  Bill suggests and encourages more competitive procurements for road maintenance.
May 15, 2017

Bill meets with MPO and approves request for state funding for Bend’s Empire and north Highway 97
May 8, 2017

Bill Meets with the Central Oregon Association of Realtors
Bill met with and received feedback from COAR on building new roads and related fees.
May 4, 2017

Bill Meets with a Constituent about BPRD
Bill met with a constituent about concerns with Bend Parks and Recreation District spending relative to the city’s budget.
May 2, 2017

Bill Meets with COBA members
Bill brainstormed ideas on building new roads and related fees with members of the Central Oregon Builders Association.
May 2, 2017

Bill provides feedback to the Galveston Avenue Corridor Parking Study on problems with safety and parking in the area.
April 27, 2017

Bill discusses funding for Empire with ODOT and MPO members.
April 25, 2017

Bill bikes with Bend Bikes to learn about cycling safety issues.
April 22, 2017

Bill met with city staff and Bend MPO members to discuss how to shape transportation issues so that the city and MPO support each other. 
April 18
The MPO should focus on larger road systems with direct connections to ODOT and the county plus intelligent transportation system management.

Bill chaired Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting and planned upcoming meeting agenda for MPO.
April 13

County Commission and City Council Joint Session
April 11
Bill met to review the ways the city and county could work together to support the city’s annexation of new land and other issues of mutual concern.

Bill met with a CET Board member about the bus system; he maintains that on an average bus, there are 1 – 2 riders. 
April 10

Facts about buses:

  • Cost/Ride including buses = $8.60/ride.
  • A comparable ride on Uber costs around $6.20 and emits less pollution.
  • The city spends about the same amount from the general fund for the bus system and fixing roads – $1.7 million.  Both the bus system and roads are supported by other sources of revenue too. 
  • Peak hours on a bus cap out at 40% of capacity of the bus.
  • Many routes run with no riders at all.

Bill now serves on the Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation (COACT); February 2017
COACT offers a forum for discussing, understanding, and coordinating the transportation issues affecting Central Oregon.

Bill now serves as board chair of the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). February 2017
The MPO represents the federally designated regional transportation planning organization for Bend.

Bill met with leaders of Central Oregon LandWatch for a discussion related to housing issues and land use.
February 2017



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