Salem City Hall (Salem Reporter files)

Salem City Council's first meeting of 2019 will include two agenda items that will address the city's role in helping vulnerable populations in the region and an information report on a 111-unit apartment complex proposed in the South Gateway Neighborhood. The mayor will also assign councilors to committees.

Council will decide whether to give $45,000 to the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Initiative to pay a program coordinator. The city would join Keizer, Monmouth, Independence and Marion County in helping pay for the job, which is currently unfilled. Read the agreement here.

Council will consider extending its Mobile Response Crisis Team for another year. The team pairs a law enforcement officer with a mental health professional to respond to calls concerning mental health.

Council will learn about a proposed 111-unit apartment complex at 1881 Wiltsey Road S.E. The planning commission approved the project Dec. 19. Dave Montagne, of Montagne Development, is the developer.

Mayor Chuck Bennett will also appoint Salem councilors to several committees. Councilor Jim Lewis is poised to return to the Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Study, a group that helps decide how to spend millions in federal transportation dollars in the region and supported of a proposed third bridge.

Meeting details: Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m., Council Chambers, 555 Liberty St. S.E., Salem.

Council members: Cara Kaser, Tom Andersen, Brad Nanke, Jackie Leung, Matt Ausec, Chris Hoy, Sally Cook, Jim Lewis and Mayor Chuck Bennett.

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