Irrigon City Council Meeting
March 18, 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 6:02 p.m.
Council members present: Daren Strong, Christine Sorenson, Sam Heath, Joe Theisen, Margaret Anderson and Michelle Hagen. Ken Matlack via conference call at 6:12pm.
Staff present: City Manager Aaron Palmquist, City Clerk Penny Moore, new City Clerk Jessi Hoffman and Public Works Director Keith White
Audience: Barb Huwe, Deputy Neubert, and Janet Cooley
2. Mayor’s Comments
Mayor Heath introduced new staff member Jessi Hoffman to council and audience. She also announced that Penny Moore was retiring as City Clerk for the City of Irrigon. She was presented with a clock desk plaque for her dedication and service to the City of Irrigon.
3. Consent Agenda
Mayor Heath asked council for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
It was moved by Councilor Sorenson and seconded by Councilor Hagen to approve and accept the Consent Agenda with all items as presented.
a. Approval of Minutes – February 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
Barb Huwe asked when the “City Clean Up the Week” will be? City Manager Aaron Palmquist responded that it will be April 1 through April 7, 2014. A letter will be sent to Community members.
Change in Agenda to bring forward Moratorium – Medical Marijuana Facilities and removed Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Advisory Committee.
5. Moratorium – Medical Marijuana Facilities
At 6:12pm Councilor Matlack joined the council by phone.
In light of Oregon Senate Bill 1531, Councilor Sorenson moved to proceed forward with joint public hearings with Morrow County and all five cities. Upon the conclusion of the public Hearings the City of Irrigon will consider a moratorium ordinance on medical marijuana facilities within the City of Irrigon for submission to the Oregon Health Authority by May 1, 2014 to sunset on April 30, 2015 unless sooner resolved to review current ordinance and land use rules and processes. Furthermore, Councilor Sorenson additionally moved that the council members attend the joint public hearing on Thursday April 10, 2014 to be held at the River Front- Port of Morrow. Motion seconded by Joe Theisen.
Floor opened for further discussion.
Palmquist stated that we currently have a Ordinance that is in place, but because of our State legislation having changed the law 3 times is confusing. This Moratorium just freezes all processes so we can look at what we can do as a city and land use issues. Multiple items in the latest 1531 have created some conflict for land use issues and this Moratorium allows for cities to freeze it. Otherwise, if they don’t, the cities don’t have any jurisdiction and the State will take away our home rule. Palmquist state that staff recommendation is to move forward. There would be a Ordinance that would come after the public hearings. The county has taken the lead, paying the bills, because it has the potential for land use conflicts due to certain zoning. The motion passed unanimously.
Palmquist added following the vote, that Morrow County Court & the cities of Boardman, Heppner, Ione, Irrigon, and Lexington will hold two joint Public Hearings.
The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 6:30pm at the Heppner City Hall.
The Second meeting will be Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 6:30pm at the Port of Morrow Riverfront Center
6. Resolution 14-03 Transferring and Increasing Appropriations in the 2013-2014 Budget
Mayor Heath asked Manager Palmquist to explain to the council this resolution. Palmquist said there was a need to adjust the current budget that was adopted before the city had final numbers for the Cities 2012 Sewer Conversion Project loan items. It was moved by Councilor Strong and seconded by Councilor Hagen to approve Resolution 14-03 in transferring and increasing appropriations for the current 2013-14 budget as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
7. Ordinance 224-14 – Century Link Franchise
Manager Palmquist read the second reading of Ordinance 224-14. Palmquist has met with CenturyLink regarding the franchise agreement in making the document processes current and relevant. It was moved by Councilor Anderson and seconded by Councilor Hagen to adopt Ordinance No. 224-14 for the franchise agreement with CenturyLink to provide, operate and maintain telecommunications network within the City of Irrigon. Motion passed unanimously.
8. Draft IGA with Oregon Trail Library District (OTLD)
Manager Palmquist sent a letter to OTLD Director Marsha Richmond and the OTLD Board members and attached a
draft Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Irrigon and the OTLD for their review and recommendations. The effort is to keep communications open and the process moving forward. The City is waiting to hear back for the OTLD on the city’s over sight of system development charges (SDC) that should had been rendered at the time of the permitting back in January 2013.
9. Third Party CPA Consultant Update
Manager Palmquist and Finance Officer Amanda Slawson have met with The Barnett & Moro CPA. There are two areas that need attention (water and sewer), recommendations will be forth coming.
10. Ordinance No. 225-14 – Flag Strip Dedication to Public Right of Way
Mayor Heath announced the first read of proposed Ordinance No. 225-14. Manager Palmquist reviewed Ordinance No. 225-14, reading by title only, dedicating the flag strip as a public right of way.
With no further business the meeting was adjourned.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00p.m.