YOUR GOVERNMENT: Marion County commissioners consider disaster mitigation plan

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider adopting a hazard mitigation plan intended to help the county prepare for and recover from disasters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires that cities and counties have a hazard mitigation plan in place to qualify for federal disaster grants, according to the agenda. Greg Walsh, emergency services manager for the city of Salem, will present the plan to the board. 


Commissioners will also consider granting the state Department of Transportation the right to build pedestrian and bicycle improvements on Southeast Connecticut Avenue, between MacLeay Road and Rickey Street.

The project is intended to add pedestrian walkways, bicycle lanes and curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the agenda.

The board will consider appointing Amy Goulter-Allen to the seven-member Marion County Fair Board for a term lasting through 2024. 

They will also consider adding $70,000 to a contract with Marimea Bodunov to provide residential adult foster care. The new contract would total $150,000.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. Anyone can sign up to give public comment in-person at the meeting. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.