Irrigon City Council Meeting
April 15, 2014 – 6:00 PM
Irrigon City Hall – 500 NE Main Avenue
1. Call to Order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance
Mayor Sam Heath called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.
Council members present: Daren Strong, Christine Sorenson, Sam Heath, Joe Theisen, Margaret Anderson, Ken Matlack. Michelle Hagen was unable to attend meeting.
Staff present: City Manager Aaron Palmquist, City Clerk Jessi Hoffman and Public Works Director Keith White
Audience: Barb Huwe, Deputy Neubert, Janet Cooley, Debbie White, Don Russel, Ester Lane, Dan
Grigg, and Len Greer.
2. Mayor’s Comments
We are all looking forward to the work that is to take place by the Port of Morrow as the City moves forward to begin work establishing a sidewalk followed by the parking lot for patrons/staff/volunteers to use conducting business with either the Oregon Trail Library or the City.
Please join us at the Little League food court on Friday the 18th @10 a.m. for Arbor Day. Hoping the weather holds out; last year was windy and cold.
Heath also wants to send thanks to all who took time out of their lives to be at last Tuesday’s workshop with the Council, Planning Commission, ODOT and Kittleson & Associates. City Manager Aaron Palmquist has been working diligently with all parties involved to make sure we stay true to our culture for this area and lock in future councils and taxpayers with language leaving little or no flexibility in decision making. Many of you have come to the table to express thoughts concerning the vision of this plan and make it known what “we the people” need for the community.
You may also have seen the notice of Decommission in regards to the Oregon Safety Corridor Program involving US730. It is no longer qualified to be considered as such due to everyone’s efforts in the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries. It also reads “Additionally, improvements to US730 & Powerline Rd will begin in early 2015.”
Mayor Heath asked City Manager Palmquist if he had anything to add. Manger Palmquist went on to say that the City of Irrigon has some very valuable employees that need to be recognized. At this time Palmquist and the Council would like to recognize Public Works Director Keith White for his service to the City of Irrigon for the past 35+ years. Public Works Director Keith White was presented with a jacket with the City of Irrigon and 36 years of service embroider on it.
Palmquist also announced the Goat Head Bounty event coming up June 15, 2014. There will be more information to come with the details, but basically the City is going to be offering a reward for picking goat heads and filling bags that the City has given out. Boardman has a similar program going that has shown a large improvement in the fight against Goat Heads.
Heath also wanted to remind and invite everyone to come and attend the Table Top Emergency
Workshop here at the Irrigon City Hall on April 30, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
3. Consent Agenda
Mayor Heath asked council for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
At this this time Councilor Joe Theisen had a question regarding page 4 of the accounts payable “should a extra principal payment of $15,000.00 be made to lower the rates”? Manager Palmquist recommended that is something to bring up and discuss during are budget meeting next week.
It was moved by Councilor Anderson and seconded by Councilor Sorenson to approve and accept the Consent Agenda with all items as presented.
a. Approval of Minutes – March 18, 2014
b. Staff Reports
i. Public Works
ii. Finance Officer
iii. City Manager
c. Accounts Payable
d. Morrow County Sheriff Report
The motion passed unanimously.
4. Public Comment
Don Russell introduced himself to the Council mentioning several things about him and his qualifications that makes him a good candidate for Morrow County Commissioner. Russell also left flyers of his resume for the public to pick up and view as well as some yard signs.
Deputy Neubert updated the council of the incident regarding the 3 pit bulls, horses and riders on April 1, 2014 around 6:00 pm. Neubert’s intent for this is to clear up any misleading information that might be going around regarding the incident.
Barb Huwe wanted to remind everyone of the Time to Shine banquet on April 25, 2014 at the Stokes Landing Senior Center. Dinner tickets are $25.00 each and need to be purchased by Friday April 18, 2014. The nomination forms also need to be turned in by April 18, 2014. Social hour is from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Dinner is from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At 8:00 pm it is Time to shine. The Irrigon City Chamber puts this on to say thank you to people in the community. Huwe also mention that you don’t need to bring your check book because there will not be an auction or raffle this time.
5. Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Advisory Committee
Mayor Heath was going to welcome Jerry Breazeale who was going to share from the Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Advisory Committee, but Breazeale was not in the audience so Heath stated we will move on to #6 on the agenda.
6. Morrow County Health District Bond Measure
Heath introduced Dan Grigg from Morrow Co. Health District to speak about the Bond Measurecoming up. Griggs handed out brochures to the Council and went through and explained eachsection of the brochure. On the very back of the brochure it has the upcoming ballot which will be mailed out at the end of April. Griggs explains that this is a big reason why I am here tonight is to make sure people understand that is not a new tax or additional tax it’s a renewal of the levy that has been in place for the last 5 years. The only thing that the ballot is asking is to renew the current levy for another 5 years. Griggs goes on to say the amount is .39 cents per thousand. Griggs also states compared to other health districts in Eastern Oregon we are quite a bit less with are tax base and as special levy combined.
Councilor Theisen ask what is the source of funding for the .60 cent difference between the Levy and the total of the .99 cents? Griggs responded we have a .60 ½ cent permanent tax base and then the special levy is renewable. So it’s the .39 cent special levy that’s going to be on the ballot for renewal.
Griggs also wanted to clarify that they are not asking for a higher amount. It’s the same as it’s always been.
Palmquist encouraged voters out there that are not available to get out and vote in Irrigon and in Boardman. Palmquist also encourages people even if they don’t agree with something to come vote and to encourage other people to get out and vote as well.
7. Arbor Day Proclamation
Mayor Heath read the Arbor Day Proclamation announcing that she proclaims April 18, 2014 as Arbor Day in the city of Irrigon, and Heath encourages all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees.
8. Ordinance No. 225-14 “Flag Strip Dedication to Public Right of Way”
Manger Palmquist read the second read for Ordinance No. 225-14, and ask the Council for a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 225-14 dedicating a flag strip on 13th Street as a public right away. Councilor Anderson motioned and Councilor Theison seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
9. Third Party CPA Consultant Update
Mayor Heath asked Manager Palmquist to give a report. Palmquist said although it is not on the agenda to vote on this item, I recommend having a ”vote of acceptance” on the Third Party CPA report in regards to the findings and considerations noted. It does not mean we take action on anything or everything, but just that we receive the information, acknowledge it, and place it on record. Palmquist ask the council if there was a motion to acknowledge the information presented to us from the Third Party CPA consultant’s report. Councilor Strong motioned and Councilor Anderson seconded. Motion passes unanimously.
10. Ordinance No. 226-14 – “Medical Marijuana Facilities Moratorium”
Manger Palmquist read verbatim on Ordinance No. 226-14. Mayor Heath ask the Council if there is a Motion to adopt Ordinance No.226-14 placing a Moratorium on Medical Marijuana Facility within the City of Irrigon through sunset of May 1, 2015, unless sooner rescinded? Councilor Sorenson. Motioned and Councilor Strong seconded. Motion passes unanimously.
11. Ordinance No. 227-14 – “Water Rates and Fees”
Manager Palmquist did the first read for Ordinance No. 227-14
12. Resolution 14-04 “Sewer Rates and Fees”
Manager Palmquist did the first read for Resolution 14-04.
13. Items for Future Council Meetings
Councilor Sorenson reported seeing people in foreclosed houses.
Manager Palmquist reminded everyone about the fund raiser that Tom Denchel is supporting for the Morrow County FFA Chapter on April 26, 2014. If you sign up and go test drive a new dodge pickup and fill a short survey the Morrow county FFA will be given $20.00 for every truck test drove.
With no further business the meeting was adjourned.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:06 p.m.