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CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

FEBRUARY 12, 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. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: John Maré addressed the Council as an Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) representative, noting that State Parks and ORTAC have placed the Oregon Coast Trail on their high priority list. He has been working diligently for several months to increase the visibility of the portion of trail from the north end of the Alsea Bay Bridge to Cape Perpetua. Trail markers are now available from State Parks, and he wondered with whom he should coordinate in regard to placing the markers. Consensus of the Council was to have him work with City Manager Leonard.
3. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Kelly gave an update on the progress of the South County college campus for OCCC, and encouraged Council members to visit the facility. Councilor Cutter reviewed his visit to Washington DC for the recent inauguration. Mayor Welch reported on the recent Oregon Mayors Association meeting. In response to a query from Councilor Hanes, Councilor Cutter noted he was still working on reducing the size and improving the quality of the Council meeting audio files.
4. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the January 8, 2009 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.
7. CITY MANAGER REPORT: The Council considered the written report provided by Ms. Leonard, who was on vacation. Mayor Welch noted that the Willow Street slide area looked as though it might be a problem. Following a brief discussion, consensus of the Council was to take the issue up with Ms. Leonard when she returned. Councilor Woodruff suggested the Council consider a consensus or motion to use local contractors and resources on projects. Discussion ensued. Staff noted that the City does try to utilize local contractors whenever possible. Mayor Welch noted that he was pleased to see the progress being made on obtaining an easement on Southworth Creek.
8. COMMITTEE REPORTS: None.
9. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS: The Council considered the following items: Library Board minutes and Circulation report; a Municipal Court Annual Report, Planning Commission minutes from December; and a Sheriff’s summary of January activities, which had been distributed at the meeting. Staff noted that the detailed monthly Sheriff report was available in the conference room. No action was necessary.
10. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
 A. Economic Development Grant Proposal: Councilor Cutter mentioned that OSU does banners that feature alumni and their accomplishments, and he was checking to see if they might be interested in putting up some here. Councilor Woodruff indicated that she was on the committee that would be reviewing the proposals, and felt that there was a good chance that this project could get funding. She suggested that the City include some in-kind monies and maybe some matching funds. There were no objections from the Council. Councilor Campbell then moved to approve submitting the proposal. Councilor Woodruff seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
 B. Other Issues: Councilor Woodruff noted that there would be a Small Cities Region 1 meeting in Toledo, and she would be more than happy to carpool if any of the rest of the Council was planning on attending. She also mentioned that there would be Sustainability conference in April and asked if the Council would like her to attend. Consensus of the Council was favorable.
 Mayor Welch indicated that he had been attending some of the recent LinCom meetings, and wondered if the Council would like him to represent the City in the absence of Ms. Leonard, who was the designated representative. A brief discussion ensued. There were no objections from the Council. Mayor Welch indicated that he would attend the meeting, and if a vote was asked for, he would not vote against seeking other sources of service.
 Mayor Welch informed the Council that he had met with the Mayor of Yachats the previous week, and one item of conversation had been to possibly have a joint meeting. Following a brief discussion, it was suggested that the Mayors come up with a proposed agenda for both Councils to approve.
 Mayor Welch noted that he had attended a "Stand for Children" meeting, and he was in support of reinstituting the Headstart program in Waldport. Discussion ensued about how this could be integrated with the efforts of the Literacy Center.
12. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:18 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 12th day of March, 2009.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 12th day of March, 2009.

Herman Welch, Mayor