Minutes October 14, 2013
The Enterprise City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Those present were Mayor Margie Shaw; Councilors Larry Christman, Stacey Karvoski, Tim Parks, Bill Coffin, Jenni Word, Laura Miller; City Attorney Roland Johnson; Staff Michele Young, Ronnie Neil, Denine Rautenstrauch and Wes Kilgore.
Guests: Brandon Miller, Fred Tippett, Steve Lear, Toni Leech, Christine Eaves, Sondra Lozier, Bruce Bliven, Charleen Haines, Alan Peffley.
Press: Rob Ruth of the Wallowa County Chieftain.
Mayor Shaw called the meeting to order. Two additions to the agenda were added. Christine Eaves to discuss an upcoming Halloween event downtown called Trunk R'Treat and Steve Lear requested to be added to discuss downtown parking and his Sewer bill as it relates to Resolution No. 566. Councilor Miller made and Councilor Karvoski seconded the motion to approve the added agenda items and the September 9th and 13th, 2013 meeting minutes. Motion passed unanimously.
Christine Eaves requested permission to have a Halloween event downtown called Trunk R Treat. Participants will park their vehicles with the trunks facing the sidewalks so that kids can walk along the sidewalks and get their treats from trunks. Michele stated that since there is not a street closure there is no need for an actual event permit. Councilor Coffin made and Councilor Miller seconded the motion approve the request to allow the vehicles backed into the curbs for the event. Motion passed unanimously. Christine was thanked for putting this event together.
Steve Lear, owner of Lear's Main Street Pub and Grill stated he recently received a ticket for leaving his vehicle on Main Street on a Friday. Friday is the day the Public Works Dept. usually cleans streets. Steve stated currently the signs have set hour every day of the week. Steve asked that either the city enforce the current ordinance as it is written or re-write it to what the intent is instead of enforcing it randomly. Steve asked that we write the ordinance so that it makes sense.
Steve asked about Resolution No. 566, this is the resolution that sets rates for water and sewer. Steve felt he was being charged differently than what the council intended when it set the new rate structure. Michele stated that she has discussed this with Steve and the Resolution is written exactly as the council intended, it has Steve's signature on it when he was Mayor. After discussion Steve stated he would come it and review his bill with Michele.
Toni Leach and Bruce Bliven asked to be able to speak to the council, the council let them proceed.
Toni Leach turned in a petition to the city council with 200 signatures opposing rate increases. She read 3 letters in opposition, two letters were not identified who they were and one from Tom Cutter.
Bruce thanked the city for putting the minutes and agenda on the website. Bruce stated the engineer had commented that he should have 50 psi and could it go down to 20 if we had a draw from fire trucks.
Bruce asked how many fire trucks would it take to do that. Ronnie was unsure what he was asking. Bruce asked if any of the alternatives provides just the minimum. Bruce asked the city has design plans for the future fire hall and he felt the city should have considered the old Sterling Bank.
Bruce complained about the Chinese restaurant and the mess behind their business.
The Council and Staff attempted to answer his question by saying yes, there is a minimum fix; the city has not had actual building designs drawn up on a fire-hall and won't for quite some time; we are not sure if there is an ordinance violation at the Chinese Restaurant.
Motel Tax Grant Awards:
The Motel Tax Committee (Councilors Karvoski, Word and Parks) reported on their recommendations for Motel Tax Grant Awards. The following motions were made:
Ice Rink $2000 Councilor Christman made and Councilor Word seconded the motion
to award $2000 to the Wallowa Valley Ice Rink.
Alpenfest $2000 – Councilor Miller made and Councilor Karvoski seconded the motion to award Alpenfest $2,000. Motion passed with 4 in favor and Mayor Shaw and Councilor Christman opposing.
Enterprise Facilitation $2000:
Councilor Word made and Councilor Miller seconded the Motion which passed unanimously to award the Enterprise Facilitation $2000.00.
Municipal Court Operations:
Councilor Miller and Karvoski reported that hey will be meeting with Roland, and then the District Attorney Mona Williams. They hope to have a recommendation to the Council at the next meeting regarding Municipal Court.
Golf Course Rd. Annexation:
Michele review the spreadsheet giving the property tax information the council requested regarding what the impacts would be if the city annexed Golf Course Rd. The findings showed only a few properties would see an increase, when you take into consideration the reduction in city user fees some actually would realize a savings. Councilors Miller and Karvoski agreed to work on this.
City website update -Michele and Denine reported to the Council that Jeff Baird did a system update on our website and then did some training with them. Denine reported that we will be able to get email addresses through the city website for each councilor and we will work individually with everyone on that. They asked to Council to please go to the website occasionally to see all of the additions, they wanted to hear from them if they liked it.
Water Improvement Project:
Water Project update – Mayor Shaw stated that we needed to make some decisions on the Water Improvement Project Mayor Shaw stated the city held a work session last week, it was advertised but no one showed up. Toni Leech said she knew about it from the radio but someone told her it was not public.
Councilor Miller reported that it would be $500 per day penalty if we choose not to do anything and that it would cost $11.02 per month for doing nothing. Councilor Miller stated that we haven't applied for the loan yet.
Bruce Bliven accused the City of not knowing what the cost of the project is and asked if it has even be designed yet asking the city if we even knew what we had. Ronnie Neil replied that we know exactly what we have for a system. Councilor Christman commented on how much we turned back from the Sewer Project, it was done under budget.
Larry made a motion that we move forward with the least cost option which is Alternative 2.
Councilor Coffin made a comment that we just improve the area in question and then do a 20-30 year capital improvement plan. We still owe $360,000 on the last water project. Councilor Christman asked Councilor Coffin if he wanted to debt the city 1.2m for 9 households, Councilor Miller stated that it just didn't make any sense.
Councilor Christman stated Alt. 2 is conditional in financing and we direct the City Admin. & Public Works Director to apply.
The Motion was seconded by Councilor Karvoski. Councilor Word asked that if we move forward that we still look at other ways to help senior low income citizens such as a rate adjustment or something. Questions were called. Motion passed with 6 in favor and Councilor Coffin opposing.
Warde Park Improvements.
Michele requested that the Parks Committee meet this winter to discuss needed improvements to Warde Park and to discuss what to do with the lot we just purchased. The Parks Committee is Mayor Shaw and Councilor Coffin and Parks. Councilor Miller stated that part of the discussion she hoped would be for possible parking on the new vacant lot.
Employee of the Quarter:
Councilor Miller stated that the Employee of the Quarter is going to be Tanner Shelton. Tanner came with great recommendations. Councilor Parks and Councilor Christman seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
Design Guidelines info:
Michele showed the Council the new Design Guidelines Document that the Landmarks Commission has been working this year. It will be put on the City Website. Michele stated they are all very proud of this document. Heidi Slaybaugh of Pinnacle Architect put this together, it was paid for through a grant.
Request for funding from Enterprise Merchants for funding for Winterfest:
Sondra Lozier presented a request for funding from the Opportunity fund for Winterfest this year. Carpet One is sponsoring the residential lighting contest. Mayor Shaw recommended that we approve this. Sondra stated that Winterfest overall was a huge success again last year. Councilor Karvoski made a motion to award them $3200 as requested, the motion was seconded by Councilor Christman and passed unanimously.
Library Board Members appointed.
Councilor Christman made and Councilor Karvoski seconded the motion to appoint Carla Fisher and Jackie Bobbinger to the Library Board as recommended. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Shaw asked how the 100 year celebration is coming. Denine stated they are selling raffle tickets .
Sondra stated there is only 5 Carnegie's used as libraries currently.
Mayor Shaw complimented Ronnie on the condition of the streets. Toni Leech asked about the new restrooms, she stated people are using their vacuum trash to dump from the park trash and asked if we could put garbage cans at the restrooms. Ronnie stated that he would do that.
Departments heads had nothing to add from their written reports and other discussion items from tonight's meeting.
Being no further business the meeting was adjourn.
Margie Shaw, Mayor
Michele R. Young, City Admin./Recorder