City Council Meeting May 13, 2019
The Enterprise City Council held a work session for the purposes of discussing items between staff and council.
Mayor Karvoski opened up the public hearing for the Enterprise City Council meeting at 6:30PM. Those present; Mayor Karvoski, Council Members Jenni Word, Larry Christman, Micah Agnew, Chris Pritchard, Dave Elliott. Staff present; Public Works Director Ronnie Neil, City Administrator Lacey McQuead, Fire Chief Paul Karvoski, Police Chief Joel Fish, Librarian Denine Rautenstrauch.
Guests Present: Chuck Anderson, Carmen Gurule, Steven Keene, Eva Barnes, Wallowa County Farmers Market Members: Nathan Slinker, Emily Aumann and Caroline Leone.
Councilor Word made a motion to approve the consent items. Councilor Christman seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Administrative Report: City Administrator Lacey McQuead read from the report submitted to the Enterprise City Council prior to the meeting taking place. Lacey reminded the Council and Department Heads of the upcoming Budget Committee Meeting on May 20th. No questions or comments.
Fire Department: Fire Chief Paul Karvoski submitted him report at the beginning of the meeting. He reviewed the number of calls as explained in the report. No questions or comments.
Library: City Librarian Denine Rautenstrauch submitted her report prior to the meeting. She explained the attachments included with her report. The Oregon State Library has issued a new set of standards. The Library Board is working through those standards to make sure they maintain compliance. Along with the attachments was the circulation count graph, showing an increase in adult patrons on Saturdays. No questions or comments.
Police Department: Enterprise Police Chief Joel Fish read from the report submitted at the beginning of the meeting. He stated that there could have been more traffic stops that what is recorded, as he believes there are times the traffic stops are entered incorrectly. Joel explained that both Officer Cody Billman and Officer Jacob Curtis attended separate trainings during the month of April Officer Billman attended the Child Abuse Summit training in Portland and Officer Curtis was flown to San Diego by Safe Harbors, to attend the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence conference. No questions or comments.
Public Works Department: Public Works Director Ronnie Neil announced the bid numbers for the Greenwood Street/Second Street Small Cities Allotment Grant Project. He stated that Hampton’s came in significantly lower than the other bids. Hampton’s bid totaled $131,281. Ronnie explained that on top of the bid price, the City will have to pay roughly $68,000.00 for asphalt and approximately $20,000.00 in engineering expense. Ronnie further explained that due to the bids being significantly lower than anticipated, we will have extra money in the Street Maintenance category under State Street Tax Fund. He stated that he has the opportunity to purchase a used dump truck (with sander and plowing capabilities) for approximately $39,000.00. Ronnie stated that he and Lacey are currently in the process of deciding whether or not there are enough funds available for this purchase. Beyond that, Ronnie informed the council of the connection work the Public Works Crew has been completing on Greenwood Street.
Mayor Karvoski stated that following the last City Council meeting, members of the ice rink approached her with the question of whether or not the City would have funds available to assist them with moving the storage shed. She stated that she thought the City could use opportunity funds to assist them. Ronnie stated that he would ask that the Council require them to apply for a zoning application in the future, so there is a specific location in which the shed will sit. Lacey asked Mayor Karvoski if they were going to need assistance moving the shed back to the park upon completion of the Greenwood Street project. Mayor Karvoski stated they would. Lacey made a recommendation to not assist with funding to move the shed off the City Park property, but to consider assisting with the cost to move the shed back after the summer months. Councilor Agnew stated that he liked the idea of them being financially responsible for moving the shed off city property, but leave the option open to assist them in the future. City Council agreed. Topic tabled for a future date.
Fire Hall Update: Paul gave the status of the Fire Hall project, informing the council that the next deadline is the end of May. Lacey informed the council that we will have a better idea of a timeline closer to the end of the month. Paul explained that they will begin prepping and painting the fire hall floor within the next week.
The Wallowa County Farmer’s Market president, as well as two other members, Emily Aumann and Caroline Leone, announced that they had interest in bringing the County Farmer’s Market back to Enterprise on three different occasions throughout the summer, as a trial run for possible future markets. Nathan stated that their hope was to open the communication between the City Council and those involved in the market to formulate a plan that worked best for everyone. Nathan explained that they would like to start set up around 3:00PM on the third Thursday of the month, during the Courthouse Concert Series, and would have everything cleaned up by 8:00PM. Through conversation, the Council recommended he visit with the Wallowa County Courthouse regarding availability for them to set up on the grass. If they are able to get permission to have the vendors set up on the lawn, it would eliminate the issue with closing parking spaces on the same day as Circuit Court. If that doesn’t work out, they can present a different proposal to Lacey, who will bring it back before the City Council if necessary.
Liquor License Application: Eva Barnes is currently in the process for securing a liquor license for beer and wine, however she explained that she is applying for full service permit for purposes of being able to serve all alcohol at events, weddings, parties, etc. Councilor Pritchard asked if Ms. Barnes intended to serve alcohol to go out of her restaurant. Eva stated that she wants to have that option available, that if a customer comes in and orders lunch to go, they have the option of purchasing a pack of beer as well. Councilor Pritchard made a motion to approve the Liquor License Application as submitted by Eva Barnes for the Sugar Time Bakery. Councilor Word seconded the motion. Councilor Agnew abstained from voting. Motion passed unanimously.
Handicap Parking Schaffeld Dental Office: Police Chief Joel Fish explained to the council that a citizen came to him with the concern of not having any handicap accessible parking available for the dentist office on the corner or River and Greenwood Street. Ronnie stated that he wouldn’t have any issue with putting in a handicap accessible parking space at the first space coming off River onto Greenwood. Ronnie stated that he will make sure that is included in the SCA Project taking place over the next couple months.
Stop Signs: Public Works Director Ronnie Neil stated that at a previous council meeting, Councilor Pritchard brought up an issue with stop signs on Tacoma Street and Alamo Street, but the council never directed him to move forward with installing them or approving for new signs to be at that location. Ronnie stated that we need to have stop signs on Tacoma and Alamo coming out of Hillocks property onto Alamo and crossing onto Tacoma. Councilor Christman made a motion to approve the placement of the stop signs as explained by Ronnie Neil. Councilor Pritchard seconded the motion. No further discussion. Motion passed unanimously.
City Hall Parking: Councilor Agnew overheard some questions being asked about parking access on the east side of the Fire Hall building. He was interested in what the time frame would be before the parking spaces were painted. Ronnie explained that upon the completion of the project, there will be parking spaces on the east end of the building, on the north side of the City Hall, and across the street on the north side of North Street. Ronnie further explained that until the project is complete, he was unable to get in to paint the stripes as the contractors have to park their machinery there.
Willis/DEQ Discussion: During work-session, staff and City Council brought up the problem with run off from the cattle trucks at Farm Supply. Over that past years, we have had an issue with Farm Supply cleaning cattle trucks and allowing the runoff to go onto the baseball fields behind Safeway. This has been an ongoing problem since 2015, with different solutions being attempted, but none successful enough to completely eliminate the problem. The Council and Staff were not able to come up with a resolution during work session, therefore it was continued in New Business:
In regards to the issue with wastewater being placed onto the ball fields from the washing of cattle trucks, the council decided to have Police Chief Joel Fish move forward with obtaining information from DEQ, and once DEQ is able to give a little better direction in which things have to go, the City will then move forward with the necessary steps requiring Farm Supply to correct the problem. Chief Fish will have further contact with DEQ tomorrow and provide an update then.
Budget meeting- May 20th @ 6:00, Regular Council Meeting- June 10th @ 6:30PM
Meeting adjourned at 7:34PM.
Stacey Karvoski, Mayor
Lacey J. McQuead, City Administrator