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Minutes October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016

The Enterprise City Council held a Work session to review the Employee Policy Manual at 7:00 p.m.

The Enterprise City Council met in regular session on Monday October 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.  Those present were Mayor Steve Lear; Councilor Larry Christman, Stacey Karvoski, Bill Coffin, Jenni Word, Bill Elliott; Staff Michele Young, Denine Rautenstrauch, Joel Fish.

Guests: George Hill, Chris Pritchard, Randy Strohm, Fred Tippett, Brice Bliven, Chuck Anderson, Daniel Sticka, Josh Kesecker, Michael Moore, Wendy Stewart

Pledge of Allegiance



Councilor Karvoski made and Councilor Christman seconded the motion to approve the September 12, 2016 and October 3, 2016 Council minutes and September 2016 accts payable register.

Motion passed unanimously.


Randy Strohm wanting to discuss his sewer line – Mayor Lear asked Mr. Strohm to only discuss information we have not already heard from prior comments.

Randy stated that he is here to prevent some other citizen from going through what he and his wife went through.   He is requesting that we change our current ordinance that would require the Public Works Director to investigate a complaint before taking action.  He asked that we add a paragraph to do a preliminary investigation by doing excavation, dye checking, etc. 

Councilor Elliott stated that where we run into problems is we do not have information on private lines.  The letter came from our best guest, we had no records. 

Councilor Christman stated that some of our maps are 50 years plus old and not always are correct.  We are looking into a GIS program to will provide more accurate information on city lines.

Mayor called attention to a letter from the Alpenmeister, Chuck Anderson regarding this year’s Alpenfest.  There was a 15% increase in sales, 30% in adult beverages.  He thanks the city for the $500 grant.  Mayor Lear stated the mugs that were sold had Historic Downtown Enterprise and went over very well.


Ronnie is out on injury but did provide a written report on his department activities giving an updated on the water project.

Administrative Dept. - Michele provided a written report regarding activities in her department.  Michele requested that one more council be added to our checking account as it is becoming difficult to find someone available to sign checks.  Michel asked that we add Councilor Karvoski and that we have Councilor Elliott take over her duties of reviewing the bank statements.  Councilor Christman made and Councilor Word seconded the motion to approve Councilor Karvoski to the checking account and having Councilor Elliott review the bank statement. Motion passed unanimously.

Police Department -   Joel stated that for the prior month we had 192 complaints in town, 31 were traffic stops, 27 reports taken.  He submitted a written report for the councils review.

Joel stated they did a mass casualty exercise with the hospital and Sheriff Dept.   WE hired Jacob Curtis to the Police Department and he starts October 24th.  He will hopefully get to the February academy.  Feb 2 through June 9.

Fire Department – Paul Karvoski provided a report giving the detail of their calls for the month of Sept.


Councilor Karvoski stated they reviewed the three applications received and the Motel Tax Committee recommends the following: Wallowa Valley Ice Rink $2000; GEMS Winterfest $2000; and Fishtrap no award. 

Mayor Lear asked to discuss Fishtrap – did we talk to the school.  Councilor Word and Elliott stated their budget is over $400,000 and most that attend the Big Read are locals, it is held in various granges throughout the county.  They did speak to the Superintendent and she stated that the school has not found an age appropriate book on Vietnam yet.

Mayor Lear stated that they bring in a lot of professionals, they do a lot in the community work that is free.  Mayor Lear felt we should give them something.  Councilor Karvoski asked if he had a recommendation.   Mayor Lear stated just something to show our support as a community project.  Councilor Elliott stated the reason we recommended what we did is it is not a big focal event like the other events held in Enterprise and they have a large budget.

Councilor Coffin made a motion to recommend that we award

Wallowa Valley Ice Rink - $2000; Winterfest - $2000 and Fishtrap $500. 

Motion failed due to no second

Councilor Christman made a motion to approve Wallowa Valley Ice Rink - $2000; Winterfest - $2000, Motion was seconded by Councilor Word.  Motion passed unanimously.



Councilor Karvoski stated that the application considered Ashley Sullivan, Walter Smith, Chuck Corak and George Hill and Dan Sticka.  George Hill and Dan Sticka are now running for office and Chuck Corak has withdrawn his application.

Bill Coffin asked why we have to do this tonight.  Why can’t we wait until elections are over?

Mayor Lear stated we have deferred this twice already and recommends that we move forward.

Councilor Christman made and Councilor Word seconded the motion to Ashley Sullivan to fill the remaining term of Laura Miller.  Motion passed with 5 in favor and Councilor Coffin opposing.  Ashley Sullivan is appointed.


Mayor Lear read Resolution No. 608 by title,


WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Enterprise is authorized and directed under the provisions of Ordinance no. 349 to adopt rules and regulations for the administration  of the personnel system created in said ordinance; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Enterprise does hereby adopt the “2016 City of Enterprise Employee Handbook”, repealing Resolution No. 356 and all subsequent amendments attached to that resolution.

This resolution shall be effective immediately following it passage by the Enterprise City Council.

Councilor Coffin made and Councilor Word seconded the motion.  Michele conducted a Roll Call Vote, the roll call vote was unanimous.  Resolution No. 608 passed unanimously.

Mayor Lear called the meeting adjourn at 8:36am.


                                                                                                Steve Lear, Mayor



Michele R. Young, City Admin./Recorder