By DAVID COURTLAND
Pilot Staff Writer
The Brookings City Council unanimously voted Monday to expand the city limits towards Brookings Airport, adding 11.5 acres north of Airport Road for development.
"I don't see anything out of place to the extent that it would stop what's being done," Councilor Larry Curry said after a public hearing that heard arguments both for and against annexation.
The annexation includes a "cherry stem" that extends south from Airport Road down Parkview Drive, prompting a protest by Parkview resident Susan Wimberly.
"Parkview Drive is narrow, winding and is inadequate for future traffic demands," said Wimberly, who estimated traffic would increase 534 trips per day with development.
But the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) said the road is currently only handling 25 percent of its traffic capacity, Jim Capp of Western Land Use Services told councilors.
"There will be an impact on traffic on Parkview Drive, I can't and I won't tell you it's not going to happen," said Capp.
"But Parkview Drive is operating at the lowest of ODOT's six capacity levels."
Capp, who represented annexation applicants Michael Mahar and Pete Smart, said traffic studies have indicated the road will continue to have traffic flow at less than 60 percent of its capacity for the next 15 years.
The council also unanimously passed two ordinances and a resolution in support of the annexation.
In other business, City Manager Leroy Blodgett told the council he had discovered Pelican Bay Telecommunications isn't eligible for a loan the city endorsed its application for at its Oct. 17 meeting.
After discussing whether or not they wanted to withdraw that resolution, the consensus among councilors was that the city needs to reconsider its collaboration with the Port of Brookings Harbor to compete with Charter Cable.
Rick Dentino said the point of setting up the non-profit in the first place was to address complaints from residents about Charter's service, which there have reportedly been fewer of in recent months.
"If we were actually the ones who effected better services, we did so by saber-rattling," said Councilor Rick Dentino. "So let's put away our sabers until we need them again."
Councilors agreed to bring the matter up for discussion at the next meeting of Pelican Bay's board of directors.
Early in the meeting Chuck Gage was given a certificate of appreciation for his five years with the city's Public Works Department.