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Bend Mayor Delivers Final State of the City

BEND, OR -- Mayor Sally Russell delivered her final State of the City address Tuesday night at an event hosted by the Bend Chamber of Commerce. Russell plans to step down at Wednesday's Council meeting. 

During the presentation, Mayor Russell recapped the past year, including projects she considers successes, "This past year, we changed the fireworks code." She also covered transportation projects, "We completed the GO bond project list," she added, "We actually adopted an integrated water system water plan with a focus on conservation," and she focused a lot on housing, "and worked on middle housing development code changes."

Russell also says the city will ask voters to approve a levy next year, to fund additional fire resources, including the staffing of firefighters at the Pilot Butte station, built in 2019, which currently only houses medics.

And, Russell addressed her impending resignation, saying she does not plan to run for another office any time soon, and wants to take some time off.

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