APRIL 10, 2008
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Welch called the
meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. Mayor Welch and Councilors Kelly, Hanes, Woodruff,
Campbell, Cutter and Havens answered the roll.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Glen Weaver and Don Slonaker, property owners in Peterson Park, addressed the Council regarding concerns about the proposed use of Merten Drive for the logging operation. Mayor Welch responded that the Council is sympathetic to their position, and explained that the City had originally turned down a request from Forest Capital Partners. City Manager Leonard explained that City does not have jurisdiction over the logging practices, that is between the timber company and the State of Oregon. She and the City Attorney had met with representatives of the timber company and had requested that they explore every possible access to the property. This had been done, and the only reasonable access was the Merten Drive route. An agreement has been signed by the logging company and the City, outlining the hours of work and other conditions.
3. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Mayor Welch reported that the tsunami survival emergency supplies have arrived and are at Crestview Heights School. Noting the presence of Sheriff Dotson, Councilor Kelly suggested that the deputies monitor the logging operation when it gets underway. In conjunction with tsunami preparedness Councilor Havens noted that the Baptist Church on Highway 34 near Eckman Lake has a cache of emergency supplies. Mayor Welch concurred, but also noted that the church was located in the tsunami zone. In response to a request from Councilor Hanes, Ms. Leonard stated that she would contact the League of Oregon Cities legal counsel in regard to the SEI reporting issue. Councilor Cutter stated that the Area Commission on Transportation had met to approve STIP projects. Only one project in Lincoln County, the Newport airport project, had made the list.
4. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the March 13, 2008 meetingt. Councilor Kelly moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Havens seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
Sheriff Dotson was present to address the Council. Discussion ensued regarding the activities of the department. The Council expressed a desire for some sort of activity report, and Ms. Leonard stated that she would work with the Sheriff and the deputies on this issue.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: The letter from the Aquatic Center was included in the packet materials. No action was required.
6. PUBLIC HEARING: None.
7. CITY MANAGER REPORT: Ms. Leonard noted that the 2008-2009 budget document would be mailed out to the Budget Committee members the following week. The Budget meeting will be May 13, starting at 1:30 p.m. The City Engineers are working on the LID report for constructing sewer in the southwest portion of the City, and the report will be ready for Council review in a couple of months. Ms. Leonard reviewed the Public Works activities, noting that the major project currently underway is the sliplining of the sewers in the Old Town area. The crew is working on replacing manhole covers with locking ones, as there have been vandalism problems in some areas. The Crestline Park project is scheduled to start this fiscal year, and Ms. Leonard and Mr. Lewis will be designating the walking path as soon as the weather cooperates. In regard to the Mercantile building, Ms. Leonard noted that the citations will begin as soon as the Downtown Revitalization project is done in front of the building, as it was currently impossible for any painting or other work to be done with the current condition of the street and sidewalk. Councilor Cutter asked about the donated property north of town, Ms. Leonard explained that she has held off on listing the property until the market improves.
8. COMMITTEE REPORTS: None.
9. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: The Council considered the City Planner report, the Library minutes and circulation report, and the Planning Commission minutes from January, 2008. Councilor Hanes noted that Library circulation has rebounded dramatically since the remodeling project was completed, and attributed the success to the Library staff and the community. Mayor Welch asked if the City had received any information about the hazardous area maps which had been noted in the Planning Commission minutes. Ms. Leonard will look into this. Following a brief discussion it was determined that a Municipal Court report would be provided on a quarterly basis.
10. CONSENT CALENDAR: No items.
11. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Law Enforcement Services Discussion: Previously addressed.
B. Other Issues: None.
12. ADJOURNMENT: At 4:22 p.m., there being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.
Reda A. Quinlan, City Clerk
APPROVED by the Waldport City Council this 10th day of May, 2008.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 10th day of May, 2008.
Herman Welch, Mayor