MILTON-FREEWATER - There will be a master plan for the South Hill neighborhood.

At its regular meeting Monday night, the Milton-Freewater City Council unanimously approved authorizing the city to sign an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The South Hill plan is the second of two projects that have received grant funding from the Transportation and Growth Management Program for planning purposes. Milton-Freewater planner Gina Hartzheim said the grant is for $49,998, with the city matching it with in-kind services totaling $4,936.

The South Hill neighborhood is comprised of about 400 acres of undeveloped "view property" along Oregon Highway 11 at the southern edge of the city's urban growth boundary. The master plan will analyze opportunities and constraints for tying that land into the existing street systems.

ODOT and the city will look at the possibilities of creating a system of pedestrian paths and sidewalks as well as bike facilities. The study will also look at the most "efficient and harmonious" use of residential and commercial lands within the neighborhood.

Public hearings will be held on the plan, which will be used to guide the management of land and transportation facilities as well as the design and implementation of streets over the next 20 years. A draft is expected by June.

In other business, the council:

•Unanimously authorized signing a five-year lease with Jeanne LaMon, doing business as Shangri-La Salon & Boutique beginning Feb. 1. LaMon will open a day spa on the top floor of the Carnegie Library building on Main Street, the old library.

•Amended the municipal code to make the theft of utility services punishable in municipal court for prosecution.

•Gave special recognition to emergency communications specialist Marianne Barr and officers Pat Garrett and Marcus Goodwater for their roles in saving a 3-year-old boy who was choking on a piece of candy.

•Learned Councilor Debbie Kelley is seeking members for the Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Committee. Those interested in serving should contact Kelley through Assistant City Manager Linda Hall at 938-8242 or Janelle Woody of Horizon at 938-5658.

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