NOVEMBER 3, 2005 WORKSHOP
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Beckstead called the
meeting to order at 6:04 p.m. Mayor Beckstead and Councilors Kelly, Woodruff,
Welch, Campbell and Church answered the roll. Councilor Hanes arrived at 6:06
p.m. A quorum was present.
2. WORKSHOP SESSION: Mr. Lewis and Ms. Leonard provided an overview of the City’s plans, policies and Code. A lively discussion ensued.
3. ADJOURNMENT: At 7:04 p.m., the workshop session adjourned.
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: At 7:05 p.m. Mayor Beckstead
called the meeting to order. Mayor Beckstead and Councilors Kelly, Hanes,
Woodruff, Welch, Campbell and Church answered the roll. A quorum was present.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Katherine Pfeiffer gave a brief review of the Oregon Health Action Campaign, noting in particular the plight of uninsured children. She asked the Council’s assistance in making people aware of the availability of health care coverage for their children as well as adults.
Noting the presence of Bruce McCrum, Mayor Beckstead moved Item 8 A up on the agenda and administered the oath of office to the new Municipal Court Judge.
The Council then resumed Citizen Comments and Concerns. Barbara Davis addressed the Council regarding a letter about a tree preservation ordinance. Discussion ensued. It was noted by several Council members that in light of Measure 37 it might not be wise to pass any ordinance which would prohibit tree-cutting, but that it might be possible to find a means of encouraging developers and property owners to preserve their trees. The issue was referred to the Finance and Administration Committee to review.
Deputy Bruster addressed the Council and gave his monthly report. Councilor Welch asked if meth use was a serious problem in our community, and Deputy Bruster responded that the number of burglaries is directly related to meth use. Councilor Campbell noted that the Finance and Administration Committee would be looking at the issue of hours for the skatepark, and Deputy Bruster noted that posting specific hours would be helpful from a law enforcement standpoint. Following a brief discussion, it was determined that the building numbering ordinance language would be amended to allow the Sheriff’s Department to assist in enforcement. The final item on Deputy Bruster’s report was a request to allow the Oregon State Police to share the office space with the Sheriff’s Department. Consensus of the Council was favorable.
3. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: None.
4. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the October 6, 2005 meeting. Councilor Welch moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Campbell seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. STAFF REPORTS:
A. City Manager: Ms. Leonard indicated that there was only one item on her report, regarding the addition of a new page on the City’s website entitled "Where Do My Taxes Go?"
B. Public Works Superintendent : Mr. McClung reported that in regard to the lagoon project, he will be meeting with the DEQ representative on November 29 to review possible land application sites. The South Sewer project is still on schedule, and repaving will be done as soon as the contractor is satisfied with the compaction rate. The Public Works crew has been busy working on keeping the storm drains unplugged, and clearing some of the trees in Crestline Park to improve visibility.
6. COMMITTEE REPORTS:
A. CIF: Councilor Welch reported that he had attended a two-hour presentation on methamphetimine. He noted that he still didn’t know if the problem is wide-spread in Waldport, but would be discussing the issue further with District Attorney Bernice Barnett.
B. Finance and Administration: Councilor Campbell reported that the Committee had met to discuss franchise fees for Pioneer Telephone. The recommendation from the Committee was to leave the franchise fee at 4%, as the entity is a cooperative and any increase might have an impact on dividends to users. Councilor Kelly moved to keep the franchise fee at 4% for the next five years. Councilor Campbell seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
7. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: The Council considered the following items: Library Board minutes and circulation report, Municipal Court report, Planner report, and the minutes from the September 27 and October 11 Planning Commission meetings. No action was necessary.
8. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Administration of Oath of Office to Municipal Judge Bruce McCrum: Previously addressed.
B. Pioneer Telephone Franchise Fee Review: Previously addressed.
C. Senior Citizens Advisory Board Status: Ms. Leonard explained that the Board had been created to advise the City during the construction of the center and to assist in setting operational policies and guidelines. However, there was no requirement to keep an advisory board, and the membership has been steadily dwindling over the past several years. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Welch moved to dissolve the board. Councilor Woodruff seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote. Ms. Leonard was asked to forward the appreciation of the Council to the remaining members of the Board. Staff will draft a resolution memorializing the action for adoption at the next Council meeting.
D. Other Issues: Councilor Campbell noted that Mr. Murry from Land and Sea Development had informed him that they are planning to make the cul-de-sacs 45' after all.
9. GOOD OF THE ORDER: Nothing further.
10. ADJOURNMENT: At 8:45 p.m., there being nothing further to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.
Reda A. Quinlan, City Clerk
APPROVED by the Waldport City Council this 1st day of
SIGNED by the Mayor this 1st day of December, 2005.
Scott Beckstead, Mayor