Irrigon City Council Meeting
May 20, 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, and Gerald Breazeale
2. Mayor’s Comments
Mayor Heath reminded the Council of the 100th Anniversary Celebration for Three Mile Falls Dam on
May 22, 2014. Celebration is from 9:00 am to 3:00pm.
3. Consent Agenda
Mayor Heath asked council for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
It was moved by Councilor Matlack 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. Finance Officer
ii. City Manager
c. Accounts Payable
d. Morrow County Sheriff Report
The motion passed unanimously.
4. Public Comment
Gerald Breazeale updated the Council on the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Gerald explained how ODOT has begun a project to update the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and that it will provide a vision for the entire state system, including locally owned facilities, while defining the role of the State and ODOT. Gerald also states that he has been appointed to serve on the Pedestrian Plan Policy Committee representing Eastern Oregon.
Barb Huwe wanted to say thank you on the behalf of the Irrigon library for all the help. Barb also wanted to remind everyone of the annual softball tournament coming up and that there is many openings for volunteer help.
5. CTUIR Bus Service to Irrigon – Information Update(staff)
Manager Palmquist provided an update to the ridership on the usage of the public transportation in Irrigon.
6. Public Hearing – Adjustment of Utility (Water ORD#227-14 and Sewer RES#14-04) Rates and Changes
Mayor Heath opened the public meeting at 6:35 pm
Barb Huwe stated that she is a 100% for Ordinance No. 227-14 and Resolution 14-04. A lot of money is being taken away from the city when everyone is not paying.
No other public comment.
Mayor Heath closed the public meeting at 6:38 pm
7. *Ordinance No. 227-14 – “Water Rates and Fees” (Second Read)
Manger Palmquist read the second read on Ordinance No. 227-14 by title. A motion was made by Councilor Anderson and was seconded by Councilor Sorenson. Motion passed unanimously.
8. *Resolution 14-04 “Sewer Rates and Fees” (Second Read)
Manager Palmquist read the second read on Resolution 14-04 by title. A motion was made by Councilor Strong and was seconded by Councilor Anderson. Motion passed unanimously.
9. Information (Staff)
Manger Palmquist read the Goat Head Bounty Program information to the Council. Palmquist also said with the warm weather we are seeing those pesky goat heads beginning to flourish. The program will begin on June 15, 2014. Palmquist also said while this will be our first year it may be a little slow to catch on. We believe it can provide a great opportunity for our area youth and community members to partner in keeping Irrigon clean and free of unwanted items.
10. Emergency Table Top Exercise – Update (Mayor)
Mayor Heath said on April 30, 2014 there was an Emergency Table Top Exercise here at City Hall. It was a good turnout from all the major players. Everyone worked very well together for which we can probably attribute this to the process learned from prior training when the Umatilla Chemical Depot was operating.
11. *Resolution 14-05 “Credit Card Holders and City Manager Spending Authority”
Manager Palmquist read Resolution 14-05. Palmquist stated this item is here for a couple reasons. The first being that we need to update names of those authorized to use the city credit card(s). We are proposing to add one specifically for Public Works Director Keith White as public works has had one card and it is used for repair purchase and travel/training. Too often the limit is reached because of conflicting purchase opportunities. The second is to provide documented authorization for cutting a check between council meetings. A motion was made by Councilor Sorenson and seconded by Councilor Matlack. The motion passed unanimously.
12. Ordinance No. 230-14 “Inland Franchise” (First Read)
Manager Palmquist read the first read on Ordinance No. 230-14.
13. Ordinance No. 231-14 “Windwave Franchise” (First Read)
Manager Palmquist read the first read on Ordinance No. 231-14.
14. Ordinance No. 232-14 “EOT Franchise” (First Read)
Manager Palmquist read the first read on Ordinance No. 232-14.
15. Items for Future Council Meetings
With no further business the meeting was adjourned.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:53 p.m.