MARCH 10, 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 February 10, 2011 meeting. Councilor Cutter moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Hanes seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
3. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: P.H. Dunaway addressed the Council regarding the conditions at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, where there is currently a waiting list for dropoffs, and a sheltering fee. Her concern is that people would be discouraged and would abandon their pets, especially cats, rather than taking them there. She asked the Council to urge the shelter to accept pets on presentation.
4. PUBLIC HEARING(S): Proposed Amendments to Waldport Development Code Title 16 Regarding Tower Facilities: Mayor Woodruff opened the public hearing, calling for abstentions, bias, conflicts of interest or ex parte contact. None were announced, and there were no objections to any member of the Council participating in the hearing.
City Planner Larry Lewis provided the Council with a synopsis of the proposed revisions, and explained that the Planning Commission had reviewed this, held public hearings, and subsequently forwarded the document to the Council for final approval. A brief discussion ensued regarding wind turbines. It was determined that this issue probably needed some regulations but not as a part of the current revisions.
Ed Peterson addressed the council reiterating his opinion that it should be left to the conditional use process in any zone. A brief discussion ensued regarding the process for conditional uses, property owner rights, and defining communication towers to exclude uses such as ham radio.
Mayor Woodruff closed the public hearing and opened the discussion. Councilor Cutter moved to add the term "commercial" to the language to differentiate between amateur and profit-making uses. Councilor Hanes seconded and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote. It was noted that code amendments for energy towers would be forthcoming but was not part of this code amendment. Discussion then ensued regarding allowing tower facilities in residential zones as a conditional use. Councilor Cutter moved to remove residential zones from the exemption and to allow tower facilities as a conditional use. Councilor Campbell seconded and the motion carried, with Councilors Kelly, Hanes, Campbell, Cutter and Holland voting "Aye", and Mayor Woodruff and Councilor Brown voting "Nay". Councilor Cutter moved to approve the amended language as outlined in the Council packet materials, Councilor Campbell seconded, and the motion carried, with Mayor Woodruff and Councilors Kelly, Hanes, Brown, Campbell and Cutter voting "Aye", Councilor Holland abstaining. Councilor Cutter then moved to amend the proposed amended language with the additional amendments as proposed at this meeting. Councilor Kelly seconded, and the motion carried with Councilors Kelly, Hanes, Campbell, Cutter and Holland voting "Aye", Mayor Woodruff and Councilor Brown voting "Nay". Staff noted that the amending ordinance will be included in the next Council packet for approval at the April meeting.
5. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Annual Presentation of District Attorney Activities: Mr. Bovett was not present at the meeting, so the item will be placed on a future agenda.
B. Presentation by Herman Welch re Lincoln County School District Bond Measure: Mr. Welch addressed the Council regarding this issue and provided a Power Point presentation. A brief discussion ensued. Mr. Welch asked if the Council would consider passing a resolution of support. Councilor Cutter moved to have a resolution drafted to support the measure and authorize the Mayor to sign it upon completion. Councilor Campbell seconded, and the motion carried, with Mayor Woodruff and Councilors Kelly, Brown, Campbell, Cutter and Holland voting "Aye", Councilor Hanes voting "Nay".
6. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Holland reported that the first meeting in regard to the proposed mural would be happening on March 11. Mayor Woodruff read the letter of appreciation from the Port of Alsea into the record. Councilor Cutter asked about the status of the animal shelter. No action was taken. Mayor Woodruff announced that the annual "If I Were Mayor" contest would be starting soon. Councilor Campbell indicated he would visit the school to see if interest in the contest could be promoted. Consensus of the Council was that an award could be presented if there is an outstanding submission.
7. STAFF REPORTS:
Ms. Leonard reported that the March 8 Centennial party had been a success, with over 250 people attending. A brief discussion ensued regarding the recent tsunami siren incident, and Ms. Leonard noted that the current sirens were around 60 years old and were experiencing various issues. She asked the Council to start thinking about the future of the siren system, noting that over the last five years the City has spent almost $20,000 to maintain the current ones. She then gave a review of the Public Works department activities, noting that the crew was currently working on the sewer laterals in Old Town, and repaving would be starting soon, depending on weather.
City Librarian and City Planner reports were contained in the packet materials.
8. GOOD OF THE ORDER: Nothing further.
9. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:50 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 14th day of April,
SIGNED by the Mayor this 14th day of April, 2011.
Susan Woodruff, Mayor