Brookings City Manager Leroy Blodgett told the city council Monday that significant progress has been made toward achieving some of the councils 2001-2002 goals.

Since work began on the goals six months ago, two have been combined into one: the covered swimming pool and community center, Blodgett said.

The Swim All Year (SAY) Committee has been exploring the possibility of a covered pool that could be used all year.

After much discussion and consideration, the committee has determined that the existing pool is not worth covering, Blodgett said.

Instead, the committee is considering a new site that incorporates the covered pool with an activity or community center.

An architect will prepare a conceptual plan for the project, he said.

As for the controversial Differed Improvement Agreements, the Planning Commission and City Council will have another work session in January to discuss when a DIA should or shouldnt be issued. A DIA is when developers are allowed to build houses without making street improvements at the time, but promise to do so in the future.

There has not been any progress on the sidewalk installation and replacement plan, Blodgett said.

Work is being done on plans to revitalize the downtown area.

Those plans include identifying funding sources for the proposed Highway 101 couple, updating the urban renewal plan and creating a renewal district, expanding downtown parking and preparing a master plan for downtown.

Blodgett said the South Western Area Commission on Transportation, an advisory group to the Oregon Department of Transportation, has rated the couplet project the No. 1 priority in the Coos Curry Douglas region for state funds.

The first phase will cost approximately $5 million and could begin construction in 2003 if adequate funding can be found, Blodgett said.

The city has purchased property in the downtown area for a new parking lot.

We hope to have the lot usable this summer, he said. The city has received a grant for $30,000 from the State Regional Investment Board for the construction.

The city also received a $20,000 grant from the board and $30,000 from the U.S. Forest Service to fund a master plan and update the urban renewal plan for downtown.

The city budgeted $20,000 of its own money for the projects.

The Downtown Redevelopment Committee recently narrowed the list of candidates of consultants to four and will interview each on Jan. 5.

Work should begin soon after that and be finished no later than Nov. 15, Blodgett said.

Work to improve the citys fire department is also moving forward.

We have an engineer working on a site plan to determine if the current site of the City Hall is large enough to build a new fire hall, Blodgett said.

The city has solicited bids for a new fire truck and will likely award a contract at the councils Jan. 14 meeting, he said.