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CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

DECEMBER 10, 2009


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. A quorum was present.
2. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the November 12, 2009 meeting. Councilor Kelly moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Woodruff seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
3. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: None.
4. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
 A. Dahl Disposal Year-Ed Review of Programs: Nik Dahl and Laura Kriz gave an annual update of solid waste disposal and recycling efforts, including a PowerPoint presentation and informational handouts.
 B. Consideration of Resolution Establishing Sewer and Water Rates: City Manager Leonard explained that this resolution memorialized the Council decision from the November 12, 2009 meeting to establish updated water and sewer rates. The new rates will be effective as of January 1, 2010. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Cutter moved to approve Resolution No. 1143. Councilor Kelly seconded the motion, which then carried unanimously on a voice vote.
 C. Consideration of Ordinance Updating Reserve Fee Language for Sewer and Water Funds: City Manager Leonard explained that this was a "housekeeping" ordinance, to update language pertaining to the reserve fees in both the water and sewer funds. Hearing no objection, Mayor Welch read Ordinance 730 by title only for the first and second readings. Councilor Cutter moved to approve Ordinance No. 730 as read. Councilor Woodruff seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
 D. Consideration of Updates to Comprehensive Plan: Mayor Welch suggested that the Council may want to consider a staff review of the updates at this meeting, and further discussion could then take place at the meeting in January. City Manager Leonard confirmed that there was no time urgency involved in this process, and the Council could certainly take time to review the document. City Planner Lewis gave an overview of the revisions, noting that the Planning Commission had spent almost a year on their review of the document before forwarding it on to the Council with a recommendation to approve. A brief discussion ensued. Councilor Hanes suggested a review by the City Attorney to determine liability, if any, for the City in regard to language contained in the Comprehensive Plan. City Planner Lewis indicated that he would email an electronic copy of the document to the City Council to assist in their review prior to the next Council meeting.
 E. Other Issues: None.
5. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Hanes asked about the holiday flags that the Chamber of Commerce was going to purchase. Ms. Leonard noted that she had given the Chamber specifics about the poles and the size of the flags, but the ones that were being installed were apparently incorrectly sized. Also, the City had not been made aware of the proposed installation date and Public Works had just spent time the week prior tightening up the existing banners. Councilor Woodruff whether it would be possible to install a dog waste facility at Keady Wayside, similar to the one installed at Crestline Park. Ms. Leonard indicated that this would be taken care of. Councilor Cutter announced that he would have to excuse himself early for the next three meetings, due to scheduling conflicts. Mayor Welch mentioned that he had issued an email to the Council regarding the efforts of Senitila McKinley to establish a warming center at the old middle school during the recent spate of extremely cold weather. He praised her dedication to the citizens of Waldport, for programs such as this as well as the literacy center. He may be bringing information on some of her programs to the Council at their January meeting. Mayor Welch indicated that the Council of Governments Board was very concerned about the outcome of the election in January, as programs such as meals for seniors and in-home care may have to be cut or eliminated if Measures 66 and 67 do not pass.
6. STAFF REPORTS:
 A. City Manager: Ms. Leonard reported that she had been contacted by Forest Capitol Partners regarding their slash piles, and they have decided to let them decompose naturally rather than burning them. The City was successful in obtaining an SCA Grant for $25,000 which will be used to improve Willow Street near the recent landslide area. A brief discussion regarding street conditions ensued, and Ms. Leonard noted that the Urban Renewal Agency may wish to convene in the spring to discuss potential projects, as the Urban Renewal District #2 is beginning to gain some revenue. Councilor Hanes mentioned that Norwood Drive still needed painting, especially the centerline. Ms. Leonard indicated that she would bring it to Mr. Alfano’s attention, though it may be a while before the weather cooperates.
 B. City Librarian: The Library reports were contained in the packet materials.
 C. City Planner: The Planner’s report was contained in the packet materials.
7. GOOD OF THE ORDER: Councilor Campbell announced that the new street off of Green Drive is completed, and has been named "Green Lane". Ms. Leonard mentioned that the Public Works Department has been checking vacant house meters to determine if there are leaks, following the bout of freezing temperatures early in the month. Mayor Welch noted that this was the last Council meeting for 2009, and wished everyone a pleasant holiday.
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:50 p.m., there being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Reda A. Quinlan, City Recorder

APPROVED by the Waldport City Council this 14th day of January, 2010.
SIGNED by the Mayor this
14th day of January, 2010.

Herman Welch, Mayor