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Giving the city a shot at an easy $800,000

The city of Brookings is on the short list of 10 communities on the central and Southern Oregon Coast who might receive money for projects proposed to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

At stake is $800,000 to complete a multi-use bike path that would run through Harris Beach State Park, then north along Highway 101.

That’s a lot of money for a worthwhile cause.

Whether the city receives the money now rests almost entirely on the Brookings residents. And all it takes is for citizens to go online and fill out a short survey supporting the project. The process takes about five minutes.

“In order to be awarded the $800,000, we will need to show that this project has strong community support,” said city Planning Director Dianne Morris.

If all this sounds familiar, it should. Last year, people in the community cast enough online votes via a Cellular One contest to win $100,000 for Kalmiopsis Elementary School.

It’s time for a repeat performance.

We’ve checked out the ODOT survey and filled it out. It’s easy, even fun. Now it’s your turn.

The survey can be reached through the city’s website, www.brookings.or.us. or go to  www.surveymonkey.com .

The public comment period is open until Jan. 28.

If funded, the multi-use path would serve as a scenic alternative to Highway 101 for bicycles and pedestrians, and would connect to other multi-use paths. It’s about safety. It’s about tourism. It’s about improving our community!

This could be the easiest $800,000 this community has ever received, so pass the word to family, friends and neighbors.

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