AUGUST 11, 2016
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, Cutter and Holland were present. Councilor Christenson was excused. Councilor Campbell arrived at 2:30 p.m. A quorum was present.
2, MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from July 14, 2016. Councilor Holland moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Gates seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
3. CITIZEN COMMENTS/PRESENTATIONS: None.
4. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Former Public Works Property: Jeff Alexander was present to speak about his preliminary proposal for the property. Citing 27 years as a brewmaster/distiller/vinter, he outlined his plans for a brewery, distillery, and brew pub. Additionally, he indicated that he would like to include an art gallery, and some outdoor recreational activities such as a kayak launch, bocci ball or other such offerings. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Cutter moved to authorize City Manager Kemp to enter into negotiations with Mr. Alexander, with a time limit of 90 days, with any mutually acceptable agreement brought forth to the Council. Councilor Holland seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
B. Park Rules: The Council considered the proposed resolution. City Manager Kemp explained that adoption of the rules would enhance the capability of the Sheriff's Department in controlling problems. Councilor Cutter noted concern regarding the Crestline Park area and the proximity of the trees, which could harbor potential dangers for people utilizing the park. Public Works Director Andry will obtain an estimate on the cost for fencing. Further discussion ensued regarding alternative methods of enforcement and surveillance, such as enhanced citizen patrols, cameras, neighborhood watch groups, etc. Councilor Cutter noted that those items may be a topic for further discussion. He then moved to approve Resolution No. 1215. Councilor Gates seconded. A concern was raised regarding #9, with regard to motorized vehicles. Councilor Cutter amended his motion to include the words "or as authorized by the City" after the words "parking areas". Councilor Gates seconded the amendment, and the motion, as amended, then carried on a voice vote. Another brief discussion took place regarding the possibility of forming a committee to explore ways to make parks safer and more user friendly. Mayor Woodruff suggested waiting to see what results may come from the Sheriff's office now that the new rules are in place. The topic will be discussed at the September meeting, with a possible workshop then scheduled for October or November.
C. Housing Workshop: A lengthy discussion ensued regarding the issue of affordable housing and the various factors that have contributed to the problem, on a local as well as a national level. Economic Development Planner Rachel Cotton noted that currently working groups are being formed throughout cities and counties to eventually present a unified front to address the issue. Following further discussion it was determined that staff will continue to work on the process, and will keep the Council apprised on what further steps or actions may need to be taken.
5. Council Comments/Concerns: Councilor Campbell noted an issue that should be looked at was the Community Center and certain groups' sense of entitlement. Mr. Kemp will follow up with this. Councilor Campbell asked about the condition of the dump station. Discussion ensued regarding the potential for relocation, and the current dump fees which, according to Public Works Director Andry, do not cover the costs for treatment. He noted that most dump stations are charging at least $8 per dump, and the City has been charging $3 per dump since that rate was established in 1993. Following further discussion, Councilor Campbell moved to increase the dump fees to $10. Councilor Cutter seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote. A resolution memorializing the Council decision and setting a start date will be brought to the September Council meeting for consideration and adoption. Councilor Campbell brought up the issue of banners. It was suggested that the City might just want to do without them, considering the expense of purchase/installation and the effects of coastal weather. It was also suggested that possibly metal sculptures or LED light displays might be more cost effective.
6. REPORTS: The reports from the City Manager, Public Works Director, City Planner and Code Compliance Officer were in the packet materials. City Manager Kemp reviewed his report. Discussion ensued regarding the proposed site for the sea lion sculpture, and the Council concurred with the proposed site, near the intersection of Norwood, Starr and Highway 101, though Councilor Cutter noted a concern about people jaywalking to view the sculpture.
8. GOOD OF THE ORDER: City Manager Kemp noted that the Friends of the Library booksale would be August 12 and 13, up at the new Public Works facility on Ann Street. He noted that citizens have commended the Public Works crew for all of their hard work in assisting with this project.
8. ADJOURNMENT: At 4:05 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 8th day of September, 2016.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 8th day of September, 2016.
Susan Woodruff, Mayor