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CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

MARCH 8, 2012


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 9, 2012 meeting. Councilor Kelly moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Holland seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.
  Hearing no objection, Mayor Woodruff moved the presentation from Lincoln County Counsel Wayne Belmont up on the agenda. Mr. Belmont addressed the Council regarding the proposed animal services district formation and took questions from the Council. The presentation materials and a proposed resolution were included in the Council packet materials. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Kelly moved to approve Resolution No. 1162. Councilor Cutter seconded. Councilor Cutter moved to amend the resolution to state that the Sheriff’s Department would continue to administer the program. The motion died for lack of a second. The main motion to approve Resolution No. 1162 then carried, with Mayor Woodruff and Councilors Kelly, Brown, Campbell, Cutter and Holland voting "Aye", Councilor Hanes voting "Nay". Councilor Cutter then moved to recommend that the Sheriff’s Department continue to administer the program. Councilor Brown seconded, and the motion carried, with Mayor Woodruff and Councilors Kelly, Hanes, Brown, Campbell and Cutter voting "Aye", Councilor Holland voting "Nay".
4. PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed Municipal Code Amendments: Staff noted that an adoption ordinance to implement the amendments as proposed or additionally revised would be prepared for the April Council packet.
  As there were several members of the audience present for the topic, the Council took up the proposed language for allowing chickens and ducks first. Mayor Woodruff opened the public hearing, calling for abstentions, bias, conflicts of interest or ex parte contact. None were declared. Diana Robertson addressed the Council in support of the ordinance adoption, and cited the advantages of allowing residents to have a few chickens or ducks. There were no additional public comments, and Mayor Woodruff closed the public hearing and opened the City Council meeting to discussion. The Council debated the issue of assessing a charge for the permit, and consensus was that a fee would not be required. The permit form will contain the Code standards, and a signoff by the applicant confirming that they have read and understood those standards. Following a brief discussion regarding the potential for permitting additional types of animals, and requiring consent from neighboring properties, City Planner Lewis explained that the Planning Commission had taken these topics into consideration and had decided to recommend the code amendment as it was presented. Councilor Holland moved to approve the proposed language. Councilor Hanes seconded and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
  Mayor Woodruff opened the public hearing on street hammerheads. There were no public comments. Mayor Woodruff closed the public hearing and opened the Council meeting for discussion. Councilor Cutter asked if it could be an internal policy that the Public Works Department would not approve proposed street designs without the approval of the Fire District. Planning Commissioner Ray Woodruff, who was in attendance at the meeting, stated that this was a State requirement, which is why he originally advocated clarifying the language in the Code. Councilor Campbell moved to approve the language as presented. Councilor Cutter seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
  Mayor Woodruff opened the public hearing on geologic hazard report requirements. There were no public comments. Mayor Woodruff closed the public hearing and opened the Council meeting for deliberations. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Campbell moved to approve the language as proposed. Councilor Cutter seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
  Mayor Woodruff opened the public hearing on landscaping and underground utility requirements. There were no public comments. Mayor Woodruff closed the public hearing and opened the Council meeting for discussion. City Planner Lewis explained that originally the landscaping requirements were proposed for industrial property as well, but the Planning Commission determined that they were not applicable for that use, and proposed the changes only for commercial property. Councilor Holland moved to approve the language as proposed. Councilor Cutter seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
  Mayor Woodruff opened the public hearing on the townhouse conditional use. There were no public comments. Mayor Woodruff closed the public hearing and opened the City Council meeting for discussion. She reminded the Council of the recent presentation by Sally Bovett, representing Habitat for Humanity, and noted that this revision needed to be implemented before they could move ahead with their plans to build affordable housing near the Waldport Video store. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Holland moved to approve the language as proposed. Councilor Hanes seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
5. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS: The presentation by Wayne Belmont had been moved up on the agenda. There were no additional items for consideration.
6. COUNCIL COMMENTS: Mayor Woodruff announced that the Rural Tourism Studio was off to a good start. There were no other Council comments.
7. REPORTS: City Manager Leonard mentioned that there had been a nice article about Waldport in the recent Regional Connections publication. In regard to the proposed restroom on the south end of town, she explained that this may end up being only a single unit, given the price differences. The fixtures should all be of stainless steel, and the walls are specially made. The City will be going out for bids in the near future. Ms. Leonard then gave a brief review of the progress on the Woodland Trail, noting that the City has recently obtained access permission from the Waldport Cemetery Association and is currently working with the owner of the Land and Sea development to gain access across that property as well. This will give a direct access to the Crestline Park. The reports from the City Planner and the Library were included in the packet materials.
8. GOOD OF THE ORDER: Nothing further.
9. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:52 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 April, 2012.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 12th day of April, 2012.

Susan Woodruff, Mayor