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CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

MARCH 14, 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 February 14, 2013 meeting. Councilor Kelly moved to approve the minutes. Councilor Campbell seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
3. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS: Ed Peterson addressed the Council regarding Urban Renewal funds being used for Fire District/Port Authority purposes. He felt that since they were taxing entities they should be raising their own funds. City Manager Leonard noted that this was considered as "partnering", and was a common practice for projects which provide community enhancements. Mr. Peterson expressed his displeasure with the decision.
4. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
 A. Planning Commission Recommendation Regarding Sign Ordinance: City Manager Leonard indicated that this recommendation came from the Planning Commission. They asked that the City consider suspending all code enforcement on signs while they were in the process of reviewing the sign ordinance, especially in regard to A-frame signage. She noted that staff was not comfortable with ceasing all enforcement, but suggested that the Council adopt a more moderate approach, considering each incident individually. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Holland moved to adopt the staff recommendation. Councilor Campbell seconded. Councilor Brown suggested that the Planning Commission consider the whole ordinance, not just the A-frame signs. Mayor Woodruff noted that the Council appreciated the Commission's input, and she hoped they would understand if the Council did not agree wholly with their recommendation. The motion then carried unanimously.
 B. Review of Available Funds & Capital Improvement Projects: The Council considered the information provided in the packet. Discussion ensued regarding sidewalks on Crestline, lighting for the welcome signs, the upcoming proposed capital improvements, and potential parks projects. Councilor Gates asked about an AV charging station, and Ms. Leonard noted that this would require three-phase wiring, so the City's options for locating such a facility are limited. Councilors Cutter and Campbell both had prior engagements and had to leave at 3:00 p.m. Ms. Leonard will check with the PUD about the cost for lighting for the welcome signs. The Council discussed the idea of putting together a volunteer beautification group to help make the downtown area more inviting. Councilor Gates volunteered to work on this idea. It was also suggested that Dahl's Disposal be contacted with regard to a community cleanup day event.
5. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Kelly reported that the lower part of Crestline from Highway 34 to Cedar Street is deteriorating, especially along the curbline. He wondered if the City has considered a long-range plan for stabilizing the area. Ms. Leonard responded that she and Public Works Director Alfano have been looking at the issue and are in the process of getting some costs for fill and backfill for that area. Councilor Holland noted that he has been in contact with the School District regarding the possibility for a community garden on the soon-to-be vacated high school property. Councilor Brown asked if there had been any interest in the open positions on the Planning Commission. Ms. Leonard indicated that no one had submitted a letter of interest yet. The vacancies are posted on the City's website. Mayor Woodruff gave an update on the clinic relocation efforts, and the Rural Tourism Studio activities. She also noted receipt of a request to proclaim April 9 as "Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service" and then read the proclamation into the record.
6. STAFF REPORTS: The reports from the Public Works Director, the City Planner and the City Librarian were in the packet materials. Ms. Leonard reported that Dahl's Disposal is now allowing commingling of glass with recyclables, so they will be removing the glass container located next to City Hall.
7. GOOD OF THE ORDER: Nothing further.
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:35 p.m., there being nothing further to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
Reda Q. Eckerman, City Recorder
APPROVED by the Waldport City Council this 11th day of April, 2013.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 11th day of April, 2013.
Susan Woodruff, Mayor