MARCH 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 O'Brien, Dunn, Warwick, Christenson, Cutter and Holland answered the roll. A quorum was present.
2. MINUTES: The Council considered the minutes from the February 9, 2017 meeting. Councilor Holland moved to accept the minutes as presented. Councilor Warwick seconded and the motion carried unanimously on a voice vote.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS/PRESENTATIONS: John Maré addressed the Council regarding the Waldport Walkers' discovery of a small colony of people apparently camping out near the top of the Woodland Trail.
4. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS:
A. Board Memberships: Discussion ensued regarding the available positions. Councilor Cutter noted that he could attend the Cascades West Area Commission on Transportation meetings as they are held in Toledo. He will continue on as the Council representative for the Council of Governments as well, however, he will not be able to serve on the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council. Councilor Holland noted that the majority of work done on that council is by email, so he would continue to serve. He will also be the alternative on the Solid Waste Advisory Council.
B. Parks & Recreation Master Plan: The Council reviewed the proposed goals and estimated costs for improvements to the City's parks. Discussion ensued regarding the Bridgeview Trail, the Lint Slough Trail, the Waziyata Beach Access, and the Old Town Trail, which all may eventually be integrated into a trail system. City Manager Kemp noted that the Feasibility Study for the Open Space had been initiated, and informed the Council of the plans for a pocket park near the new Dollar General store site.
C. Other Issues: None.
5. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND CONCERNS: None.
6. REPORTS: The reports from the City Manager, City Librarian and City Planner were included in the packet materials. City Manager Kemp reviewed his written report, noting that staff had been unsuccessful in locating any regulations regarding cats. He had provided preliminary updated cost estimates for the South Sewer LID, and consensus of the Council was to continue monitoring costs and researching potential funding opportunities, but there was no urgency in corresponding with the land owners until such time as the City decides to move forward with the project. Mr. Kemp noted the City's preparations for the upcoming August eclipse event included reserving 10 porta-potties to be placed in several locations around town. The City will also be coordinating with the School District in order to provide some facilities and designated viewing areas.
Public Works Director Andry gave a verbal report on the activities in his department, noting that the crew has been extremely busy with issues resulting from the unusual amount of rain. In February, the water plant recorded 21.6" of rain for the month, with an additional 6" of rain already in March. However, due to the department's previous efforts, there had been no overtime for downed trees or limbs. despite the high winds and heavy rains.
7. EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 2:53 p.m., the Council recessed into Executive Session, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(I), to review and evaluate, pursuant to standards, criteria and policy directives adopted by the governing body, the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member unless the person whose performance is being reviewed and evaluated requests a public hearing. The topic of the discussion was a performance review for City Manager Kemp.
8. ACTIONS, IF ANY, FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 3:25 p.m. the Council reconvened into Open Session. Councilor Cutter moved to approve a wage increase of 3% and the standard cost of living increase as provided to all City employees, effective as of July 1, 2017. Councilor Warwick seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.
9. ADJOURNMENT: At 3:27 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 13th day of April, 2017.
SIGNED by the Mayor this 13th day of April, 2017.
Susan Woodruff, Mayor