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Minutes October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

The Enterprise City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Those present were Mayor Margie Shaw; Councilors Larry Christman, Laura Miller, Jenni Word, Tim Parks; City Attorney Roland Johnson; Staff Michele Young, Denine Rautenstrauch, Ronnie Neil, Wes Kilgore.

Absent:            Councilor Stacey Karvoski

Guest:              Wendy Stuart

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call


Ronnie Neil asked to have discussion regarding the Ice Rink location added to the agenda.



Councilor Miller made and Councilor Christman seconded the motion to approve the September 8, 2014 meeting minutes. Motion passed unanimously.


Mayor Shaw read a Letter from GEMS on the status of the Welcome Sign that will be installed by the Krumholz Park.   Mayor Shaw stated that she has talked to Mary Swanson about getting an article in the newspaper.

Mayor Shaw read a letter from Cathy Sterbentz complaining about a chainsaw that was started early in the morning. No action taken.

Mayor Shaw read a Letter from Community Connections thanking the city for their continued funding support towards their transportation and meals program.



Motel Tax Committee member Councilor Miller stated that they are recommending that all applicants get funded in full since we have available dollars. Councilor Coffin did not feel we should look at it that way and wanted to have discussion on each application. Councilor Christman agreed.

Fishtrap $2000 – Councilor Coffin doesn’t understand what the Big Read has to do with tourism, Councilor Christman agreed. Councilor Miller stated that they supported it because it is a northwest author and seemed to have more local appeal. Councilor Coffin recommended that it be reduced to $1000.00 and made a motion to grant $1000, Councilor Christman seconded it. Mayor Shaw called for a vote, Motion passed with 5 in favor and Councilor Christman opposing.

Ice Rink - $2000 - Councilor Miller moved for full grant, Councilor Parks seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

GEMS - Winterfest - $2000. Councilor Miller made and Councilor Coffin seconded the motion which passed unanimously to grant $2000.00. Wendy Stuart thanked the council for the award

EAGLE CAP EXTREME - $400. Councilor Miller made and Councilor Word seconded the motion to award the $400, motion passed unanimously.

GEMS - Mainstreet Speaker System $2000 – Councilor Miller made and Councilor Coffin seconded the motion which passed unanimously to grant the $2000.00.

Mayor Shaw challenged the city council to a donation towards the PA system for downtown, she donated $100.


Michele asked what committee the Mayor would like to use for the review of application for a Hearings Officer.   Mayor Shaw stated the Police Committee would do the selection. Michele stated we only had one applicant.


Roland reviewed a few changes in the contract that he had recommended. They were regarding the engineer’s liability and the Hold Harmless clause had some minor changes. Anderson Perry will get it back to us before the next monthly meeting.


Roland feels the initiative, if voted for will prohibit taxation. Michele stated that there has been a lot of information sharing with cities around the state. Many have implemented taxing ordinances but many have not for the reasons Roland has stated. Michele agreed with Roland that this may be premature. No action taken by the council based on Attorney advice.


Ronnie recommended to the council that the ice rink remain at the existing location. Ronnie's concern is that the grass is very new and he feels it will definitely die with the ice rink placed on it this year and the ground is not settled. After council discussion Councilor Christman made and Councilor Coffin seconded the motion to direct Ronnie to call the Ice Rink contact person and tell them we would not like the ice rink relocated until next year.   Motion passed unanimously.


Councilor Christman made and Councilor Word seconded the motion to approve Wendy Stauffer to the Library Board as recommended by the Library Board. Motion passed unanimously.


Library – Denine stated that she is selling an LOP (landowner preference) deer tag on the Nature Conservancy property. They can make up to $10,000 and it will be for the 2015 hunt

Denine stated that she has grants from Soroptimist in the amount of $500, Hurricane Creek Grange $100 and Wallowa Valley Library Foundation $250 for their Library project.

Michele updated the Council on the fundraiser the LandMarks Commission is doing for the Library as well. They are going to sell Christmas ornaments with the Library on it.

Police - Wes discussed with the council a complaint he received from Larry Aschenbrenner regarding his neighbors. He is complaining about an RV and a Motor home, stuff in the yard, tall grass, etc.   Wes provided pictures for the council to see. Technically the ordinance states the motor home should be tarped up. Wes feels that the windows are all covered and does not feel it is an eyesore. The RV has not moved for at least 6-7 years go. Both Wes and Ronnie have met with the neighbors, they feel as of now everything is okay, it might not be what Larry wanted but they feel the neighbor has been compliant.

Staff and Council talked about recent Vandalism at the city park. EPD did purchase some game cameras that could be used. Michele stated that the local Security company has been contacted about installing security cameras at the park but we haven't gotten very much response. Staff will continue to work they them.

Michele briefly reviewed her written report which reported that the new phone system has been ordered. They are also working on the final stages of the software upgrade.


Mayor Shaw closed the public session for the purposes of holding an executive session as allowed by ORS 192.660(2)(d) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations.

Mayor Shaw re-opened the public session. Councilor Word made and Councilor Christman seconded the motion to approve the 3 year labor contract with Public Works. Motion passed unanimously.

Being no further business the meeting was adjourn.


                                                                        Margie Shaw, Mayor



Michele R. Young, City Admin./Recorder