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CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

OCTOBER 13, 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 and Holland answered the roll. Councilor Cutter was excused. A quorum was present.
2. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the September 9, 2011 meeting. Councilor Kelly moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Holland seconded. The motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Lt. Jamie Russell provided a brief PowerPoint presentation on the history of the Lincoln County Jail and took questions from the Council.
 Joanne Cvar and Jorge Hernandez addressed the Council regarding Coastal Progressives and their work in combating intolerance and racial hatred in Lincoln County. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Campbell moved to authorize the Mayor to sign a supporting statement. Councilor Brown seconded. City Manager Leonard will draft the document and email it to the Council for their approval prior to signing. The motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
4. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:  Noting that there were a number of people present to discuss the removal of the stop sign, Mayor Woodruff moved the item up on the agenda. Ms. Leonard explained that she had been approached by the new owner of the house at that intersection with a request to remove the sign as he felt it was unnecessary. The following persons addressed the Council with their request to allow the sign to remain: Herman Welch, Don Ashley, Chester Wick, Joyce Anderson, and Harry Kramer. They felt that the signage had a calming effect on the traffic along Range Drive, and allowed for safety when pulling out of Fairway due to the limited left turn vision extant in that area. Additionally, with the construction of the new high school on Crestline Drive, the volume of traffic and number of younger drivers will increase. Ron Clifford, the individual who had originally asked for the removal, indicated that he had revised his opinion as to the necessity of the sign and also felt that it should remain. He suggested a couple of additional improvements to the intersection, including moving the "Stop Ahead" sign further back and putting down weather-resistant thermoplastic lettering rather than paint. Discussion also ensued regarding the presence of tandem trucks on Range Drive and weight limit concerns. After due consideration, consensus of the Council was to allow the sign to remain in place.
 A. Memorandum of Understanding for Lincoln Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program: Ms. Leonard explained that this was an ongoing program, and the document was an update to the existing arrangement. She will be attending a meeting next month and will provide the Council with an update on the program at the next Council meeting. Councilor Holland moved to approve the memorandum. Councilor Brown seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
 B. Consideration of Removal of Stop Sign, Range and Fairway: Previously addressed.
5. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Hanes wondered if the City had made any progress on additional tsunami signage. Ms. Leonard responded that ODOT had not yet gotten back to her on the issue. Councilor Hanes suggested that there may be other locations that could benefit from signage, and indicated she and Ms. Leonard could review the map done by the Public Safety Committee. Councilor Campbell reported on the Chamber of Commerce budget, noting that they are planning to set aside seed money for a welcoming sign. The designated promotional revenues from the City could be used for that purpose. Councilor Holland mentioned that the historical mural project is still a few thousand dollars short, though the Chamber may have made an additional allocation toward it. Mayor Woodruff reported that she and Councilor Holland had attended the LOC conference and found it to be very inspirational and worthwhile.
6. REPORTS: City Manager Leonard noted that Habitat for Humanity had purchased a piece of property in Old Town, and distributed a newspaper article detailing the proposed project. The Woodlands Trail project is proceeding nicely, and utilizing the work force from Parole and Probation has resulted in a reduced labor cost, allowing for the purchase of higher grade and lower maintenance materials for the structures. She mentioned that Umpqua Bank has been very supportive in the transition to a new checking account and participation in the Positive Pay program. In regard to the alternative route to the Industrial Park properties, ODOT has provided the City with the parameters and statutes which will now need to be reviewed. Ms. Leonard reviewed the activities of the Public Works department. Mayor Woodruff suggested that the City look at retaining the temporary worker to help keep the streets and sidewalks clear of weeds.
 The Public Works Director’s report and minutes, circulation report and the annual Public Library statistical report were included in the packet materials.
7. GOOD OF THE ORDER: Nothing further.
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:25 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 10th day of November, 2011.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 10th day of November, 2011.

Susan Woodruff, Mayor