DECEMBER 10, 2015
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Woodruff called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. Mayor Woodruff and Councilors O'Brien, Gates, Christenson, Campbell and Cutter answered the roll. Councilor Holland was absent. A quorum was present.
2. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the November 12, 2015 meeting. Councilor Cutter moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Campbell seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS/PRESENTATIONS: Tom Cropper addressed the Council regarding natural disasters.
4. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
Noting the presence of additional candidates for the vacant position, Mayor Woodruff moved Item B up on the agenda. Letters of interest from Ms. Stole and Mr. Dunn were distributed at the meeting. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Cutter moved to table the discussion until the January meeting, and asked that all the candidates be invited to attend. Councilor Christenson seconded, and the motion carried unanimously. With regard to the proposed ordinance language, consensus of the Council was to bring a revision to the next Council meeting that would state that each Commissioner would be appointed to a four-year term, commencing on the date of appointment, and that no Commissioner would serve in excess of twelve consecutive years.
A. PERS State & Local Government Rate Pool (SLGRP): City Manager Kemp reviewed the options of either remaining independent or joining the pool. It was noted that the opportunity was available every two years, but the decision to join is irrevocable once made. Currently the City's rate is much lower than the pool's. Following discussion, Councilor Cutter moved to have the City remain independent for the next two years. Councilor Campbell seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
B. Planning Commission: Previously addressed.
C. Other Issues: None.
5. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor Campbell noted appreciation should be given to John Hockema for the donation of the Community Christmas tree, and to Pioneer Telephone and the City's Public Works department, who were responsible for putting it up and decorating it with lights. Councilor Cutter suggested that staff consider looking into grants for putting up flashing lights at pedestrian crossings. Mayor Woodruff mentioned that the Transit committee had obtained agreement from Lincoln County Transit to make stops at the new clinic. She also reported that she had been part of an ad hoc committee that met with the CEO of Ray's Market to discuss consideration of the needs of the community with regard to retail pricing.
6. REPORTS: The written reports from the City Librarian, Public Works Director and City Planner were included in the packet materials. City Manager Kemp reported that Southwest Lincoln Water District has filed a petition to form a people's utility district, and the issue is anticipated to be on the May, 2016 ballot, which may have an effect on the City's ability to provide utilities within the City limits that are also within the District's boundaries. He indicated that he would keep the Council apprised. Mr. Kemp noted that the City had been successful in obtaining a $60,000 grant from the Department of Land Conservation and Development for the Industrial Park master plan, which brings the total grant allocation for the plan to $120,000. Letters have been sent to the affected property owners about the process.
7. GOOD OF THE ORDER: Nothing further.
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:31 p.m., there being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned. The Council then joined with members of the Planning Commission, the Library Board, and the City employees for a holiday celebration.
Reda Q. Eckerman, City Recorder
APPROVED by the Waldport City Council this 14th day of January, 2016.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 14th day of January, 2016.
Susan Woodruff, Mayor