OCTOBER 9, 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. A quorum was present.
2. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Jeannie Hafner gave a brief update on the Range Drive neighborhood watch, noting that they had 33 people show up to the first meeting.
Katherine Pederson, representing the Aquatic Center, provided a Power Point presentation on the Center, and asked that the Council consider sending a letter of support to the Newport City Council if they felt this was a good cause. Councilor Cutter asked if they were still planning on asking for a bond for operating expenses, and was told that this may be a possibility, but maybe not for a couple of years.
3. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Hanes asked about the progress on the planter boxes, noting that the soil has been put in the containers. Ms. Leonard indicated that she had yet not heard back from the contractors. Councilor Havens reported that he had attended the League of Oregon Cities conference the previous week, and had found it to be very informative.
4. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the September 11 meeting. Councilor Kelly moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Woodruff seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
Noting the presence of Caroline Bauman and Nic Dahl, Mayor Welch asked to move items 11A and 11B up on the agenda. There were no objections.
Caroline Bauman, representing the Economic Development Alliance, presented the Alliance’s long-range plan. She reviewed the assets the City has and the grant opportunities available, and offered to assist in developing a strategy for Waldport.
Nic Dahl addressed the Council regarding bear-proof trash containers. He explained that after the land fill was closed in the mid 90's there were about 2 dozen bears that had been hanging around that area. They installed electric fences and light sensors, and currently only have one resident bear. He demonstrated the features of the containers, and noted that although they were not 100% bear-proof, they were fairly effective as a deterrent. However, in order to service those containers, the drivers do have to exit the truck and manually open the containers prior to dumping them. The cans themselves cost about four times as much as a regular cart. The company had reviewed the additional costs, and had come up with a proposed monthly rate for customers who might be interested. Discussion ensued regarding additional strategies to curb bear problems, such as cleaning cans, enclosing garbage in bags, and putting cans in the garage or other enclosures.
5. CORRESPONDENCE: None.
6. PUBLIC HEARING: None.
7. CITY MANAGER REPORT: Ms. Leonard reviewed the Sheriff’s report for the month, and noted that it was available for review in the conference room. She then gave a brief Power Point presentation on the activities of the Code Compliance Officer, showing some before and after results. Ms. Leonard reported that the logging operation at Peterson Park was completed, and the City had determined that there had not been any damage to the road, probably due at least in part to the fact that the trucks were careful to obey the speed limit. The playground equipment has been installed at Crestline Park, and the restroom has been manufactured and should be here on the 20th of October. There will be some picnic tables and benches installed, and Crestview Hills Golf Course is donating grass seed to seed the park.
8. COMMITTEE REPORTS: None.
9. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: The Council considered the Planning Report and the Library minutes. No action was necessary.
10. CONSENT CALENDAR: The Council considered the Consent Calendar, consisting of a contract renewal for the City Engineer and Surplus Property Resolution No. 1127. Councilor Cutter moved to approve the Consent Calendar. Councilor Hanes seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
11. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Economic Development Alliance: Previously addressed.
B. Followup on "The Bear Facts": Previously addressed.
C. Continuation of Discussion on Water Rate Structure for High Volume Users. Councilor Campbell recused himself from the discussion and voting on this issue, and left the room. Mayor Welch noted that there were some reasonable differences on this topic, but that the Council could disagree without becoming disagreeable. Ms. Leonard reviewed the methodology used to determine the rate, and noted that this rate could also be made available to the school district, as they have a 2" irrigation meter for the football field. Discussion ensued. Councilor Cutter moved to approve the rate as recommended. Councilor Havens seconded. The motion carried on a roll call vote of the members present, with Councilors Kelly, Hanes, Woodruff, Cutter and Havens voting "Aye", Mayor Welch voting "Nay". Ms. Leonard noted that the rate would be effective the first of October. Councilor Campbell then reentered the room and took up his seat at the table.
D. Other Issues: Mayor Welch indicated that October 10th would be Tsunami Awareness Day, and the School District and the Fire District will be involved. There are 100 students from Corvallis that will be distributing tsunami maps throughout Waldport as part of their Public Service Day.
Councilor Woodruff notified the Council that she would be visiting former Councilor Church in Vancouver, where he is recovering from surgery. Mayor Welch noted that former Council President Gene Moore had passed away recently. Councilor Havens informed the Council that the next SERT training would be Tuesday, October 14 at the Waldport Fire Hall.
12. ADJOURNMENT: At 4:25 p.m., 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 13th day of November, 2008.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 13th day of November, 2008.
Herman Welch, Mayor