Change of Heart on Redmond Safety Fee

Redmond City Council Decides Not To Add Public Safety Fee to Residents’ Water Bills

From the beginning of a plan to add six dollars to Redmond residents’ water fees to pay for more police officers on the street, City of Redmond, Oregon Mayor George Endicott repeatedly said the Public Safety Initiative was merely a proposal and not the final word on the matter. On Tuesday night, after months of research and feedback on the so-called Public Safety Fee, Mayor Endicott and the Redmond City Council decided to table the Public Safety Initiative and prioritize public safety in the upcoming 2018-19 Budget instead.
If the Public Safety Fee had been implemented, city leaders say the funds could have paid for the hiring of up to eight more police officers in the next few years, but now, they say that number will likely be reduced to four if the city can find the available funds in the budget.

Redmond City Hall: Before and After

The old Evergreen Elementary School in Redmond has new life as Redmond’s new city hall. The iconic building that had been through many changes lay dormant for 10 years and was on the market for seven. There was talk about tearing it down, but the nearly 100-year-old building was so important to the residents, and City Hall was busting at the seams with some employees using closets as an office. So, saving the building became a labor of love to turn the old school into a state of the art facility.

Jason Neff is the project manager, and he took us on a tour during the finishing touches to show us how they kept so much of the character of the building, while also giving it a major upgrade.