DECEMBER 11, 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 and Cutter answered the roll. Councilor Havens was excused. A quorum
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: David Peltier addressed the Council regarding his endeavors to find an individual believed to be responsible for several crimes in the area, asking the Council for help in spreading the word. Sherrie Smolen addressed the Council regarding concerns about people allowing their dogs to defecate in areas along the beach and throughout the City, suggesting that the City look at putting in "doggie waystations" to dispense plastic bags for owners to put their dog’s waste in. Stacie Bukowski added information regarding water quality and DEQ standards. John Maré addressed the Council as a veterinarian and microbiologist, stating that dogs carry bacteria that can infect sea lions and vice versa, and noting that the Port of Alsea felt strongly enough about this to put in 3 waste stations.
3. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Kelly commented on the landscaping at the skate park. Councilor Cutter noted that federal infrastructure funding would soon be available, and suggested that the City put together a list of potential projects. Mayor Welch stated that he would be attending the Mayor’s group in January, and that he would be making the point that all cities should be eligible for such funding, not just the large ones. Ms. Leonard noted that the funding may come to the states and then they make a decision whether it would be applied to statewide projects or whether cities could obtain the funding. Councilor Hanes wondered about the status of putting the audio files on the website and Councilor Cutter responded that he was looking at ways to reduce the size of the file and improve the quality.
4. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the November 13, 2008 meeting. Councilor Kelly moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Cutter seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: None.
6. PUBLIC HEARING: None.
Mayor Welch invited Rich Glasgow, from LinCom, to speak about the reverse 911 system that Lincoln County is currently working on. Mr. Glasgow gave a review of the process that will enable the County to contact many citizens simultaneously to notify them of manmade or natural disaster occurrences.
7. CITY MANAGER REPORT: Ms. Leonard noted that the landscaper was almost done with the landscaping at the skatepark, and the finish work on the sidewalk at Crestline Park was near completion. Bumps have been placed on Cedar Street and Crestline to ensure that vehicles maintain the correct lane. The City is working with PUD to replace the light above the high school. Recent communication from the contractor for the Mercantile building indicate that he been instructed to paint the outside of the building. Ms. Leonard reported that the latest decision from ODOT was that they were not going to replace the Lint Slough bridge, but would be using cathodization to preserve the structure. She responded to them promptly, noting that the current bridge does not have adequate bike and pedestrian facilities, and met with an ODOT representative on-site. Mayor Welch indicated that he would also be in contact with COG regarding this issue, as this has been part of the City’s plans for the past five years. The final item in Ms. Leonard’s report was a brief review of the current situation on Willow Street, next to the Alsea Bay Market. For many years the street has been one-way only, but with the current improvements to Highway 101 and the fact that many people appear to ignore the one-way designation, it may be time to look at making it a two-way street. The width of the street is adequate for two travel lanes, and the City will be reviewing the issue and will proceed from there.
8. COMMITTEE REPORTS: Mayor Welch reviewed his notes from the recent CIF meeting, which dealt with the issue of purchasing local products and services, and encouraged the Council and City to look at ways to promote this. Ms. Leonard mentioned that the Community Center has set up a program to provide local vendors space on Saturdays to sell their wares. Though it will end in a couple of weeks, the plans are to hopefully begin again in May and continue through November or December. Councilor Woodruff noted that there was a county-wide group that was already looking at this issue as well.
9. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: The Council considered the following items: Library minutes and circulation report, Planning report, Planning Commission minutes from October, and the proposed budget schedule for the 2009/2010 budget. No action was necessary.
10. CONSENT CALENDAR: No items.
11. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Acceptance of Abstract of Votes: Councilor Cutter moved to accept the abstract. Councilor Woodruff seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
B. City of Waldport Annual Financial Report for June 30, 2008: Councilor Cutter moved to acknowledge receipt of the audit, to note that the auditors have found the financial statements to be presented fairly in all material respects, and to file a copy of the report with the Secretary of State. Councilor Woodruff seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote. Mayor Welch congratulated Ms. Leonard and Ms. Lawson for a job well done.
C. Alsea Cable Franchise Renewal: Ms. Leonard explained that this is a continuing 5-year franchise. The only substantial change from the previous agreement was the addition of penalties for late payments. A brief discussion ensued. Councilor Cutter suggested that the City request as-builts, and Ms. Leonard responded that she could certainly ask. Hearing no objections, Mayor Welch read the ordinance by title only for the first and second readings. Councilor Hanes moved to approve Ordinance No. 725. Councilor Woodruff seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
D. Other issues: Mayor Welch announced that "Christmas In Waldport" would start on December 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the Interpretive Center. He also noted that he had spent several hours with Ms. McKinley, the director of the Learning Center, and would be bringing further information to the Council in 2009.
12. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:53 pm., there being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.
Reda A. Quinlan, City Recorder
APPROVED by the Waldport City Council this 8th day of
SIGNED by the Mayor this 8th day of January, 2009.
Herman Welch, Mayor