Public Notice

                THE CITY OF IRRIGON PLANNING COMMISSION will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at 6:00  p.m.

                 Amendments to the City’s Transportation Support Plan (TSP) and Comprehensive Plan, along with minor City Development Code updates as they relate to the TSP and Comp Plan.

                 The meeting will provide the Planning Commission the opportunity to review the pending Comprehensive Plan, TSP and adoption Ordinance for the City of Irrigon. Documents to be reviewed will be Comprehensive Plan, Development Code Amendments, Updated Section Five (5) of the TSP as they relate to Bicycle and Pedestrian areas, and Appendixes.

                             Opportunity to voice support or opposition to the above proposal or to ask questions will be provided.  Failure to raise an issue in person or by letter or failure to provide sufficient specificity to afford the decision maker an opportunity to respond to the issue precludes appeal to the Land Use Board of Appeals based on those issues. 

               Copies of the Proposed TSP and Comprehensive Plan Amendments and any relevant documents are available for review at City Hall.  For more information, please contact the City Manager at 541-922-3047.

May 6, 2014 Planning Commission Meeting Agenda

               

Irrigon Planning Commission

 Agenda

    May 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m

Irrigon City Hall

500 NE Main Avenue

  

1.  Call to Order and Roll Call

2.  Approve Minutes: 

  • March 4, 2014 Planning Commission minutes
  • April 17 , 2014 Kittleson & Associates Meeting Summary of Joint City Council / Planning Commission

3.  Public Hearing – Variance – Standley, 545 E California Ave.

4.  Deliberations – Public Hearing Variance – Standley, 545 E California Ave.

5.  TGM Bike/PED Grant Update

6.  Second Quarter Building Permits Report

7.  Additional Discussion

 

Adjournment:

 

Next Regular Meeting: City of Irrigon Planning Commission – June 3, 2014

All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

 

April 15, 2014 City Council Meeting Minutes

Minutes

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

e. Correspondence

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.

 

Submitted by/

Jessi Hoffman

City Clerk

 

 

 

City of Irrigon Bounty on Noxious Weed

PSA

(Public Service Announcement)

City of Irrigon Bounty on Noxious Weed

Beginning Saturday, June 14, 2014 running till all bags are distributed or August 30, 2014, whichever comes first, the city will pay $1,00 per bag collected of the noxious “goat head” weed.

The Puncture vine (Tribulus Terestris) seeds or burs, also known as “Goat Heads”, and contain 20 seeds equipped with sharp spines capable of puncturing a bike tire or bringing pain when stepped on. It only takes three (3) weeks for this weed to sprout and make seeds. They can lay dormant up to 20 years until the right conditions for them to grow and spread. Unless you stop it!

The Bounty:

The city seeks the aid of community members to control this terrible weed. Only Goat Head seeds and vines will count toward the bounty. No other weeds such as tumble weed are allowed.

The Bags:

The Puncture vine and their seeds (Goat Heads) need to be collected in bags provided by the city and returned to City Hall to receive the $1.00 per bag bounty. Bags can be picked up at Irrigon City Hall M-F, 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Timeframe:

The program begins Saturday, June 14, 2014 and runs till all bags are distributed or August 30, 2014, whichever comes first.

Areas of Concern:

The most critical areas are the city’s bike/pedestrian paths, sidewalk cracks, city alley ways, side areas along streets, and parks.

This is a great opportunity for our city’s youth to raise money for their organization, extra spending money, or to do some civic service for our community. For more information on the program, contact Irrigon City Hall at 541-922-3047.

City of Irrigon

Puncturevine Control Program

Thank you for participating in our Puncturevine Control Program. The City will pay $1.00 per bag from June 14, 2014 to the end of August or until all bags are distributed. Below are the program’s guidelines and pictures of the noxious weed, also known as “Goat Heads”.

  • Program runs Saturday, June 14, 2014 to the end of August, or until the all bags are distributed. 
  • Puncturevine collection must be within the City limits of Irrigon. 
  • Must use garbage bags provided by the City to participate. 
  • Bags can be picked up Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Filled bags can be returned to City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Participants can pick up three (3) bags at one time and must return all filled bags before receiving more.
  •  Bags must be filled to capacity with only goat head vines and seeds, tied shut and returned to City Hall to receive the $1.00 per bag “bounty”.
  • Participants should try to collect as many seed pods as possible while gathering the plants.
  • Areas of Concern are:
    • Bike and Pedestrian paths
    • Sidewalk Cracks
    • City Alley ways
    • Parks
    • Sides areas along city streets

Call Irrigon City Hall if you have any further questions, 922-3047.

            Puncture vine Plant  and  Puncturevine Seed Pods

   

 

April 22, 2014 Budget committee Agenda

Irrigon Budget Committee Agenda

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

April 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Irrigon City Hall, 500 NE Main Avenue

 

 

1.  Call to Order                                                                                Mayor

 

2.  Appointment of Chairperson                                                       Mayor

 

3.  Roll Call                                                                                      Chairperson

 

4.  Budget Message                                                                          City Manager, Budget Officer

 

5.  Budget Review (no public comment)                                          Budget Committee

 

6.   Adjournment                                                                                                

 

 2014-2015 Proposed Budget                                                         

NOTICE OF CITY OF IRRIGON BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING

 

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the City of Irrigon, Morrow County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, will be held at the Irrigon City Hall 500 NE Main Ave, Irrigon, OR 97844.  The meeting will take place on May 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comment from the public on the budget and state revenue sharing.  If necessary, a subsequent meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the same place and time.  This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place.  Any person may appear at that meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after April 16, 2014 at the Irrigon City Hall, 500 NE Main Ave, Irrigon, OR 97844, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

2014-2015 Proposed Budget

April 15, 2014 City Council Meeting Agenda and Packet

AGENDA

Irrigon City Council Meeting

April 15, 2014 – 6:00 PM

Irrigon City Hall – 500 NE Main Avenue

 

 

1.              Call to Order/Pledge/Roll Call

 

2.              Mayor’s Comments

 

3.             * Consent Agenda (The Consent Agenda allows the Council to approve all items together without discussion or individual motions.  Councilors can request an item be removed for later in the meeting and discussion)

 

    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

              e. Correspondence

 

4.       Public Comment – Maximum 5 minutes/person 

This is the time provided for individuals wishing to address the Council, at their discretion, regarding issues that are not    already on the agenda. Please sign-up on the clipboard.

 

5.        Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Advisory Committee (Jerry Breazeale)

 

6.        Morrow County Health District Bond Measure– Dan Grigg

 

7.        Arbor Day Proclamation (Friday, April 18, 2014) – Mayor

 

8.        * Ordinance No. 225-14 “Flag Strip Dedication to Public Right of Way” (Staff)

 

9.        Third Party CPA Consultant Update (Staff)

 

10.      * Ordinance No. 226-14 “Medical Marijuana Facilities Moratorium” (Staff)

 

11.     Ordinance No. 227-14 “Water Rates and Fees” (First Read)

 

12.     Resolution 14-04 “Sewer Rates and Fees” (First Read)

 

13.     Items for Future Council Meetings

 

Adjournment

 

Executive Session:  ORS 192.660  (2) (h) To consult with counsel concerning the legal rights and duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.

 

Next Regular Meeting Date – May 20, 2014 

 Click here for city council packet for meeting:City Council Packet 4/15/2014

* Denotes a motion and vote required.

If you would like to attend and need assistance, please phone Irrigon City Hall at 1.541.922.3047 or TTY relay 1.800.735.2900

Records Requests:  The public may request documents for review, as legally applicable. A written request shall be submitted with a response in 5 business days of the time and cost for such public document request.  City will proceed upon written notice to proceed or disregard the request.

March 18, 2014 Irrigon City Council Meeting Minutes

 

Minutes

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

              e. Correspondence

 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.

 

Submitted by/

Jessi Hoffman

City Clerk

 

 

April 8, 2014 Planning Commission and City Council Joint Workshop Agenda

City Council

And

Planning Commission

 Joint Workshop

 Agenda

April 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Stokes Landing Senior Center

195 NW Opal Place

 

  1. Call to Order and Roll Call

 

  1. Joint TGM Bike/PED      Workshop with Kittleson & Associates Consultants

 

Adjournment:

 

Next Regular Meeting: City of Irrigon Planning Commission- May 6, 2014

All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Notice: Planning Commission Meeting rescheduled for April 8, 2014

 

Notice

 

The City Of Irrigon

 

Planning Commission Meeting

 

Scheduled for

 

April 1, 2014 is moved to

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

 

At 6 p.m. for a

 

Joint Workshop Meeting with

 

City Council on the TGM bike/Ped Grant

 

Held at

 

Stokes Landing Senior Center

 

195 NW Opal Place