FEBRUARY 9, 2017
1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Woodruff called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. Mayor Woodruff and Councilors Warwick, Dunn, Cutter and Holland answered the roll. Councilor O'Brien at 2:10 p.m. Councilor Christenson was excused. A quorum was present.
2. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the January 12, 2017 meeting. Councilor Dunn moved to approve the minutes as presented. Councilor Warwick seconded, and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS: None.
4. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Consideration of Resolution Recommending Restoring Recreational Immunity Rights: City Manager Kemp explained that the League of Oregon Cities had requested that the Council consider this resolution, as courts had found that employees could be found liable even when working for an immune entity. The resolution states that the City would support legislation to restore recreational immunity. Following a brief discussion, Councilor Holland moved to approve Resolution 1219. Councilor Cutter seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
B. Update for Providing Sanitary Sewer to South Waldport: City Manager Kemp explained that landowners in that area have been questioning about when they were going to receive sewer services, evidently not understanding that the initial phase of the LID only provided for an expansion of the existing system in preparation for eventual service to that area. The actual provision of sewer infrastructure will involve an additional assessment, along with the imposition of system development charges. That phase of the project has not yet been initiated, largely due to the recent recession. Staff has designed a brochure to be mailed to the affected properties, explaining the project and the remaining steps to be taken, both to provide information and to ascertain interest in proceeding. Following discussion, consensus of the Council was to include some estimated costs in the brochure, along with an explanation of financing options.
C. Goal Review: The Council reviewed the update to the City's goals, noting the progress being made on the identified categories. Consensus of the Council was to have a discussion on the prioritization of projects in the Parks Master Plan at the March Council meeting.
D. Other Issues: None.
5. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: Councilor O'Brien indicated that a citizen had requested the Council consider including cats in the Animal Control section of the Municipal Code. Following a brief discussion, it was determined that staff would research the issue.
6. REPORTS: The written reports from the City Manager, City Librarian and Public Works Director were included in the packet material. City Manager Kemp noted that he had spoken with the owner of the Mercantile building, who had indicated he had been considering some plans for the building. Mr. Kemp outlined the City's concerns and will continue to pursue resolution. It was noted that Central Lincoln PUD received permission to install a payment drop location in the City Hall parking lot, since their building was in the process of being sold.
7. EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 3:00 p.m. the Council recessed into Executive Session, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(h), to consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed. The topic of discussion was the water tank project.
At 4:24 p.m. the Council reconvened into Open Session.
8. ACTIONS, IF ANY, FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION: None.
9. ADJOURNMENT: At 4:25 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 March, 2017.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 9th day of March, 2017.
Susan Woodruff, Mayor