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CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

DECEMBER 8, 2011


1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Woodruff called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. Mayor Woodruff and Councilors Kelly, Brown, Hanes, Campbell, Cutter and Holland answered the roll. A quorum was present.
2. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the November 10, 2010 meeting. Councilor Kelly moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Holland seconded. Mayor Woodruff clarified that the Council would be holding a workshop session to discuss economic development in January, rather than as part of the regular Council meeting. The motion to approve the minutes then carried unanimously on a voice vote.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.
4. CORRESPONDENCE: The Council considered the letter of resignation from Planning Commissioner Power. The vacancy will be advertised on the website, and it was suggested that a newspaper ad also be placed, directing interested people to the website for more information.
5. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS: None.
6. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Holland expressed disappointment that the community garden space is being taken back by the owners of the property. He suggested that the open space that will be available after the High School might be a consideration, though that will be at least a couple of years away. A brief discussion ensued. Councilor Holland indicated that he would contact the members of the gardening group to find out more information on their plans and ideas. Councilor Kelly mentioned that he had taken a walk along the new Woodland Trail and was very impressed. City Manager Leonard added that there are still plans to put in signage, benches and a bridge before the project is complete. At a recent SOLCOT meeting, the County had offered three "I" beams which can serve as the base for the bridge, though the County Commissioners would still need to approve the idea. Mayor Woodruff commented that Lint Slough and the Woodland Trail are both places that make the town very special. She noted that the mural dedication went well, and was impressed by the number of people that participated, despite the very inclement weather. She reviewed the recent rural tourism meeting held at Rumiís and encouraged interested people to attend the upcoming trainings. There had also been a good turnout for the Yaquina John Point input meeting and the Mayor noted that it was exciting to see community participation. There will be a Newport City Council discussion on economic development on the 15th of December, the Mayor and Councilor Campbell plan to attend, and Councilor Brown indicated she might be there as well.
7. REPORTS: City Manager Leonard noted that as part of the Yaquina John Point discussion it was suggested that there might be an opportunity to put in a pedestrian trail across a PUD easement on the east side of Highway 101 near the seawall, though there is a large chasm that would need to be crossed. A brief discussion ensued regarding the necessity of an annual joint meeting of the County Commissioners and the City Council, and Ms. Leonard indicated she would convey the Councilís consensus. The Public Works crew has been utilizing the new lift truck to preemptively trim trees, which has resulted in a definite decrease in damage caused by the recent high winds. Ms. Leonard reported on a request from NOAA to use the Starr Street parking area for a van pool, which would work well as there is usually not much use of the area. Councilor Kelly suggested that NOAA also work with the Lincoln County Transit, and he will bring up the possibility of changing or adding hours that would fit with the work schedule at the next Transit Board meeting that he attends. He also suggested a commemorative monument or plaque for the Woodland Trail and Ms. Leonard responded that there will probably be some sort of memorialization for the grant. Councilor Hanes asked about the new time-limited parking at the Post Office and Ms. Leonard noted that this had been done to alleviate the problems with vehicles for sale that were being left there for long periods. Having the signage will also assist the deputies in enforcement. Discussion ensued regarding some traffic issues, including a request for additional signage on Maple Street to help slow down traffic, putting additional speed dots on Cedar Street at the first curve, and the prohibitive expense of hot-stamping the intersection on Range Drive. Ms. Leonard stated that Jenny DeMaris will be at the January meeting to give a report on the county-wide disaster plan, and Mayor Woodruff noted that the LDS Church has a very extensive plan in place as well. Ms. Leonard indicated that ODOT was still working on amending their sign code for tsunami evacuation route signage, and also indicated that once the LIDAR readings are completed for the county she will be coordinating with Frankie Petrie from Yachats Fire to look at doing some elevation signage. Mayor Woodruff indicated that she had met with the owner of the hardware store, who would be willing to donate five flagpoles at the Veteranís Park so that all branches of service have representation. Additionally, other upgrades to the park might be considered. Ms. Leonard will try and contact someone from the local VFW to see if they have any ideas or would be willing to be involved.
 Reports from the Public Works Director, the City Librarian and the City Planner were included in the packet materials.
8. GOOD OF THE ORDER: Nothing further.
9. ADJOURNMENT: At 2:55 p.m., there being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
Reda Q. Eckerman, City Recorder

APPROVED by the Waldport City Council this 12th day of January, 2012.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 12th day of January , 2012.

Susan Woodruff, Mayor