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April 8 — New City Councilors

Two new members of the Springfield City Council have taken office recently. Damien Pitts was appointed on March 8, 2021 to fill the vacancy from Ward 1 and Kori Rodley  took office in January following her lection from Ward 3 in the November 2020 election.

Damien hails from Memphis, Tennessee. After high school, he joined the United States Army where he served as a Human Intelligence Collector/Korean linguist for ten years, serving in such places as California, Arizona, Korea, Hawaii, Afghanistan, and Iraq. After leaving the Army, Damien attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, and a Masters in Sociology. He currently works as an Academic Adviser and Diversity Initiatives Specialist in the Lundquist College of Business. He also is the advisor of the UO Diverse Organization of Business Students, as well as Delta Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, and serves as a board member for the Oregon Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  

In his spare time, he likes to bake pound cakes, listen to slow music, and watch the Food Network  or telenovelas.  

 

 

Kori Rodley is a lifelong Oregonian who first moved to the area in the mid-eighties and attended both Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. She currently works as Director of Equity and Engagement for United Way of Lane County and has spent more than 25 years in nonprofit management and government/community service. She has been active in the Springfield community for some time, including serving on the Springfield Budget Committee and the Springfield Utility Board Budget Committee.

Rodley has served on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations and served as the chair of the Equity and Access Advisory Board for Lane County, the Community Development Block Grants Committee, and as past president of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.

With her spouse, Teri, she has five adult children and they are the proud grandmas to 4 year-old Calvin and the newest addition, Penny (born in October 2020.) 

October 17

Todd Hamilton, newly appointed Superintendent of the Springfield School District will give us his view of the upcoming school year. Mr. Hamilton has supported a number of community partnerships aimed at addressing the social, emotional and learning needs of students. This intentional partnership with community organizations is something that Hamilton appreciates about Springfield and will continue to build upon moving forward.

April 18

Main Street is consistently ranked as one of the most unsafe city streets in Oregon based on the severity and frequency of traffic crashes. The City of Springfield and the Oregon Department of Transportation have launched the Main Street Safety Project to address this safety problem to save lives, reduce injuries, and lessen property damage. Community engagement is vital to inform the selection of infrastructure solutions that help to ensure safe, accessible transportation for everyone, whether by foot, bike, mobility device, bus, or car!

Molly Markarian, a Senior Planner for the City of Springfield, will provide an overview of the project, a summary of community input and technical analysis completed during round one of community engagement, including an update from the City Council work session on March 11, and seek your input on the draft goals and objectives as part of round two of community engagement.

Ms. Markarian manages a variety of comprehensive land use and infrastructure planning efforts. Over the past 11 years, she has also worked on affordable housing, community development, historic preservation, and current development efforts with the City. Prior to working for the City, Molly worked as the Latino Business Programs Manager for the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation. Molly graduated from MIT with a Master’s in City Planning with a concentration in Housing, Community, and Economic Development.

 

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