Irrigon City Council Meeting
February 17, 2015 – 6:00 PM
1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance – 6:09 pm
Council members present: Christine Sorenson, Sam Heath, Daren Strong, Ken Matlack, Margaret Anderson. Martin Brown and Michelle Hagen had excused absence.
Staff present: City Manager Aaron Palmquist, City Clerk Jessi Hoffman and Public Works Director Keith White had a excused absence.
Audience: Deputy Neubert, Sue Oliver, Tamara Reid, Gerald Breazeale, Jeanette Meyers, Amanda & Cody Holland, Patti Burris, Karen and Burrel Cooley.
2. Mayor’s Comments
Mayor Heath stated the she recently made her first trip to the waste water treatment facility. Darrell Gale had asked Heath to observe operations as he and Chuck Osgood were conducting tests to find a possible solution to help meet the nitrogen level requirements set forth by DEQ. Heath stated that Public Works Director Keith White had mentioned in his Public Works report, the requirement level now at 20 mg/l will soon decrease to a required 10 mg/l. Heath stated that the weather was not the greatest on the day, but she did have access to outside air at the facility. There was little, if any odor!
Mayor Heath stated that at last week’s Chamber Luncheon, Bob Green, Director of the Good Shepherd Community Health District, presented attendees with an informative overview of the help they provide local communities and surrounding areas. Heath stated that she brought back a flyer that indicated they will take old vehicles. The owner will be provided with a tax credit voucher for $500.00 and if the vehicle is in great enough shape to go to auction, the owner then could receive another voucher for the difference of the initial $500.00 and what the car actually sold for to apply to your tax credit. This may be of interest to some who want to rid their property of old vehicles. Heath said they take care of the whole process.
3. *Consent Agenda
Mayor Heath asked Council for a motion to approve all items together without discussion or individual motions. Heath stated that the Council may request an item be removed for later in the meeting and discussion. It was moved by Councilor Anderson Sorensonand seconded by Councilor Strong to approve and accept the Consent Agenda with all items as presented.
a. Approval of Minutes – January 20, 2015
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
Mayor Heath stated that there is a maximum 3 minutes/person. Maximum 30 Minutes allotted time for public comments. This is the time provided for individuals wishing to address the Council, at their discretion. Please sign-up on the clipboard required.
Mayor Heath asked if there was any public comment at this time?
Cody Holland stated that he was a new resident of Irrigon for about 6 months. He stated that his children attend the Irrigon schools and his wife is from the Irrigon area. He is learning more and more about the community as he becomes a member. Cody stated that one of the things that he has been striving to do is establish an AA and a NA group in the community. He stated that it has been difficult to find a location to do that. Cody asked the Council for any suggestions on how and where to go about obtaining a location. Cody also stated that a second concern he had is with a social entity in Irrigon not connected with the City of Irrigon. Cody also stated he wanted to get more information on when meetings are being held.
Manager Palmquist stated that the first Tuesday of every month is the Planning Commission Meetings and on every third Tuesday of the month is the City Council Meetings.
Sue Oliver stated that she is not technically a city resident, because she lives out by the hatchery, which makes her out of city limits. Sue stated that she wanted to come tonight and say thank you for volunteering for this kind of work. I realize how much work it is. Sue stated that she has lived out by the Hatchery since 1992 and has watched Irrigon grow. When Sue moved here there was a grocery store. Sue stated that she wished there was another store. Sue also stated that in the past six years she has not been so involved in the local politics and local happenings. She used to be more involved with when she had time, but recently the Oregon Department of Energy decided to close their Hermiston office, leaving her with a little more time on her hands. Sue stated that lead her to asking what the heck is going on with the Irrigon Library. We have this beautiful building and she knows so many people that have worked hard and long for the library. Sue stated that she is trying to get involved so she has a understanding of what’s going on. Sue also stated that she has plans of going to the OTLD meeting tomorrow night and that she requested time on their agenda to speak.
Gerald Breazeale stated that most of you know I was City Manager from 2005 to 2013, and though that was not a part of his speech Breazeale stated that he would like the Council to know that. Breazeale also stated that none of the current Councilors except Councilor Matlack where on the Council when the concept of the library and the attachment to City Hall was discussed. Breazeale stated that most of the City Council is new, and for that reason Breazeale stated that he wanted to do his version of a timeline. Breazeale read and gave a timeline from 2002 to 2015 to the City Council.
5. Public Hearing Supplemental Budget Revision
Mayor Heath stated that most of you are aware of the unexpected grant from the Columbia River Enterprise Zone II. Heath also stated that in order for us to revise our current budget for the fiscal year, we must hold a Public Hearing.
Public Hearing opened at 6:35 pm
Mayor Heath called for any abstentions or conflicts of interest. None were abstained City Manager Palmquist made an opening statement that according to Oregon Budget Law this increases the percentage of appropriations over 10% and we have to do a supplemental budget to take that money in. Palmquist also noted, so others are aware Resolution 15-01 revises appropriations for resources and expenditures requirements. Palmquist stated that the $75,000.00 still has a process to go through and it will be split in half and presented to the Council at next month’s meeting.
Mayor Heath asked if there was any proponents at this time you may step forward and if you are in favor you may state why.
Sue Oliver stated that she fully supports the City of Irrigon excepting the grant of $75,000.00 and looks forward to see how it will be used in the future.
Tammy Reid asked who will be on the Committee?
Manager Palmquist stated it would be members of the taxing districts.
Mayor Heath asked if there were any opponents? If you oppose to revising the budget for the fiscal year, please come forward and state why. There were no opposing comments.
Public Hearing closed at 6:45pm
6. *Resolution 15-01 “Supplemental Budget Revision”
City Manager Palmquist read Resolution 15-01.
Mayor Heath asked the Council if there was a motion to adopt the unexpected grant from the CREZ II and places into the City’s current fiscal year budget and amend the appropriate funds. Councilor Strong moved to adopted Resolution 15-01. Councilor Anderson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
7. OTLD Update
Mayor Heath stated that since our last meeting there has been communication between the lawyers. The City Manager, Pro tem, and Mayor Heath provided some feedback on that shared communication. With that said the lawyer will continue to represent community stakeholders and act in the best interests of the tax payers while complying with the building codes set forth by the State of Oregon Building Code. Nothing formal has been presented for the council at this time. We are hopeful with the District’s most recent decision (January 7th, 2015).
8. Items for Future Council Meetings
- Fee Schedule – March 2015
- Four Public Hearings (Safe Routes, Definitions, Zoning Amendments)-March2015
- Needs and Issues (N&I) Committee
- Morrow County Comp Plan Update Process-March 2015
- Budget Committee Member Appointments – March 2015
- Cluster Box Discussion – April 2015
Councilor Anderson motioned to adjourn meeting. Councilor Strong seconded the motion.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 p.m.
Next Regular Meeting Date – March 17, 2015