APRIL 11, 2013
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Woodruff called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. Mayor Woodruff and Councilors Kelly, Gates, Brown, Campbell, Cutter and Holland answered the roll. A quorum was present.
2. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the March 14, 2013 meeting. Councilor Holland moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Brown seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
3. CITIZEN COMMENTS/PRESENTATIONS: Rick Hill addressed the Council regarding the Green Bike Program, and made two requests of the Council. One was to consider some street markings, called "sharrows" which help to promote proper vehicular behavior for motorists and cyclists, and the other was to look at designating a bicycle trail in lower Waldport, so that cyclists would have an idea of safe bike routes and things to do in Old Town and the surrounding area. John Maré addressed the Council regarding the trail maps that the South County Trail Mapping group is working on, which will be useful for pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians and boaters.
4. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Tsunami Map Presentation: Jenny Demaris from Lincoln County Emergency Services and Tony Mooney from Central Coast Fire and Rescue addressed the Council regarding the new tsunami evacuation maps that have been done for Lincoln County, and the outreach program which will start in May. Discussion ensued regarding tsunami routes and ADA accessibility, elevation notations, liquefaction, tsunami warning methodology, and the types of events which may result in tsunami inundation.
B. Lighting for Two Welcome Signs: Ms. Leonard reported that the cost for installing lights would be $5500. Central Lincoln PUD would install the power box, and Pioneer Telephone will do the street bore. Councilor Cutter suggested installing power outlets as well, as it was much easier to do at the time of initial installation rather than at a later date. Ms. Leonard will look into this. Councilor Brown moved to approve installing the lights. Councilor Cutter seconded, and the motion carried, with Mayor Woodruff and Councilors Brown, Gates, Campbell, Cutter and Holland voting "Aye", Councilor Kelly voting "Nay".
C. Proclamations: Mayor Woodruff read the Proclamations for Child Abuse Awareness Month and Barbershop Harmony Week into the record.
D. Other Issues: Tsunami Siren Discussion: The Council took up the issue of the current tsunami siren system. As stated in previous meetings, the sirens are old, unreliable, and in need of extensive repair, but there are few parts available. It was noted as part of Ms. Demaris' presentation that the more reliable means of notification for distant tsunami events were through the reverse 911 system, and local media, as well as the local emergency services personnel. In the event of a local tsunami, initial earth tremors could potentially disrupt electricity and phone service to the sirens, rendering them useless. Also, the current issue with reverse 911 calls setting them off accidently would need to be resolved with new call boxes, and it was unknown whether that would even solve the problem. Discussion ensued. Councilor Holland felt that the City should wait to see if new call boxes for the sirens would work. Councilor Cutter mentioned that the City should start thinking about visual cues to help citizens determine where they were in relation to the tsunami zone. Mayor Woodruff indicated that the sirens may give a false sense of security, and the weekly siren tests were largely ignored. Following the discussion, Councilor Campbell moved to discontinue the sirens and make an effort to sell them. Councilor Cutter seconded, and the motion carried, with Mayor Woodruff and Councilors Kelly, Brown, Gates, Campbell and Cutter voting "Aye", Councilor Holland voting "Nay".
5. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Cutter asked that Ms. Leonard look into the "sharrows" that had been requested by Mr. Hill, and she agreed to do so. Councilor Kelly asked about the mold situation at the new elementary school, and a brief discussion ensued regarding the issue and the steps being taken to resolve it. Mayor Woodruff mentioned a recent article in the Oregonian regarding the Rural Tourism Studio, and indicated she would be attending the Governor's Conference on Tourism in May to talk about the upcoming bicycle event and other efforts. Councilors Holland and Brown indicated an interest in attending the League of Oregon Cities conference in September.
6. STAFF REPORTS: The reports from the Public Works Director, City Planner, City Librarian, and Code Compliance Officer were included in the packet materials. City Manager Leonard mentioned that she would like to explore the possibility of expanding the current Urban Renewal #2 boundaries to include other areas of the City that were in need of capital improvements. She will report back to the Council on the costs and steps involved. The rehabilitation of the water tank is proceeding on schedule. There had been a sink hole on Ruble Street in Old Town, apparently due to a collapsing sewer line. Public Works has installed a new sewer line and manhole to address the problem. They are also working on a water leak in the line that feeds Kendall Field on Starr Street.
7. GOOD OF THE ORDER: No other issues.
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:35 p.m., there being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.
Reda Q. Eckerman, City Recorder
APPROVED by the Waldport City Council this 9th day of May, 2013.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 9th day of May, 2013.
Susan Woodruff, Mayor