Minutes April 14, 2014
April 14, 2014
The Enterprise City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Those present were Mayor Margie Shaw; Councilors Jenni Word, Laura Miller, Bill Coffin, Tim Parks, Stacey Karvoski; City Attorney Roland Johnson; Staff Ronnie Neil, Denine Rautenstrauch, Wes Kilgore and Michele Young, and Michelle Bloker
Guests: Sondra Lozier, Brandon Miller, Sue & Larry Wagner, Chuck Anderson, Carmen Gurule’, Wilma Anderson, Matt King
Press: Rob Ruth of the Chieftain and Katie Nesbit of the Observer
Pledge of Allegiance
Councilor Miller made and Councilor Word seconded the motion to approve the February 10 & March 10, 2014 council minutes. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Shaw read a letter from Mr. Harold Marcum regarding Union City Council’s ban on wildlife and about parking problems at Les Schwab. The Council did not take any action on the wildlife ban.Michele Young stated she spoke with Les Schwab about this, we have talked to them before and she was assured they would keep larger pickups off of the corner.
Civil Penalties Ordinance proposal.
Roland emailed a draft of the Civil Penalties Ordinance to all Council members and staff. This provides a civil penalty and an infraction to civil court and he deleted jail time but put it as a question to the council.
Animals, dangerous, fire, explosive, open burning, garbage junk, etc. have all been included. He then proposed another ordinance that provides penalty procedures.
After discussion it was recommended to come back to next month’s Council meeting for discussion and adoption if ready.
Mayor Shaw commented that she would feel better if we had a work-session to discuss this. They want to schedule the week of April 5, 2015.
Food Court Lease proposal
Nicole Wilcox introduced herself and is proposing to lease the city lot adjacent to the Fire hall. Nicole presented a draft conceptual drawing for a Food Court. This would provide a place for people to bring their specialized food trailers in one area like you see in other cities. Her idea is to bring business to the city lot, this would provide income to the city as well for the future use of this property.
Roland stated that there is a state law regarding property not immediately needed for public use, it may be leased. There was discussion regarding potential opposition. Nicole stated that competition is nothing but good for business. People will eat and buy where they want. City Attorney Roland Johnson stated that Michele had asked for a legal opinion on leasing. Roland reported that if the city does not have an immediate need for the parcel it can lease this property by statute.
Mayor Shaw and other councilors all voiced support that this would be a good opportunity for Enterprise. They discussed some of the interested persons who may want to lease and most of them already either cater or have a business. This would provide more pedestrian traffic around the city.
Councilor Coffin made a motion directing Roland and Michele to proceed with contract negotiations for a short term lease. Councilor Miller seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
MOTEL TAX AWARDS
The Motel Tax Committee who were Councilors Word, Parks and Karvoski submitted a recommended slate of awards:
Mountain High Broncs $1,500
GEMS – Downtown Flower Project $2000
Hells Canyon Mule Days $2,000
Wallowa Resources $500
Juniper Jam Music Festival $1,500
Courthouse Concert Series $2,000
GEMS – Bowlby Bash $2,000
WallowaLand Trust $500
Enterprise Elks Lodge $2,000
W.V. Community Ice Rink recommend “0”
W.V. Golf Association recommend “0”
Farmers Market $2,000
The committee reported that while the Flower Project does not rate as high in the grading of applications the committee felt it was very important for our downtown to look good during the tourist season. They also reported that that last two applicants who they have recommended no grants is because they are for capital improvement items. The council denied the Golf Course last year but did give them an Opportunity Fund Grant for an equipment purchase.
Councilor Karvoski made a motion to approve as recommended by the Motel Tax Committee, Councilor Miller seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
OPPORTUNITY GRANT AWARD
Gary Bethscheider submitted a letter to the City which was reviewed by the Motel Tax Committee for an Opportunity Fund Grant. He was asking for $2,000 to cover travel and marketing for the Wallowa County Thunder-Run. The Motel Tax Committee recommended no, they did not feel travel was an appropriate use of the opportunity fund. Councilor Miller asked Gary to express his budget.Gary stated he could use it for just marketing/advertising efforts. After discussion Mayor Shaw recommended that we grant him $1,000.00. Councilor Coffin made a motion to award $1,000 for Marketing, Councilor Parks seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
FARMERS MARKET NO-PARKING AREA APPROVED
Mayor Shaw reported that she, Councilors Miller and Coffin met with Beth Gibans, Mary Swanson, and Cloud 9 Bakery owners to discuss the proposal for closed parking spaces. They all agreed that 4 spaces could be given, two on Main and two on First Street on the corners excluding the handicap spaces and the Farmers Market are responsible for marking and closing them. Councilor Parks made and Councilor Word seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
HEATING FEASIBILITY STUDY PRESENTED FOR FIREHALL/LIBARY
Matt King of Wallowa Resources presented the findings of their Feasibility Study for heating alternatives for the City Hall/Fire Hall and the Library. They viewed both chip and pellet sources. Our buildings fall under the pellet category. The boilers would stay in place for those extreme cold periods as just a backup. It would cost $180,000 in capital costs. The pay back is about 16 ½ years and there is a tax credit through the Dept. of Energy.
Ralph Swinehart and Matt have discussed the cities plan on building a new Fire Hall asking the question where would the system be placed. They felt it could be put in the back corner of the building in a container so that it would be portable. There would be a line that would feed the pellets underground to the Library. Another possibility would be for Community Solutions to be the owner of the system and they would sell us heat just as Pacific Power. Matt stated that he would submit the study to Michele Young for review and they would like to meet with the city as soon as the city is ready.
Michelle Bloker stated she received a Crosswalk Grant for the Police Dept. and she wanted to review this with the Council. They are meeting with media, circuit court and the council. There will be 4 people involved, a decoy, a spotter and two chase vehicles. It will be video recorded and put on radar. They received $1,100 in grant funds. On July 4th they will be at River & Main; July 25th at River and Litch; Aug 9th North and Holmes and finally on Sept. 6th at River and Greenwood. They will do 2-3 hours. They place a cone in the roadway, put in signs telling the public. It is a proactive grant. Michelle stated that at every crosswalk it is a legal requirement to stop. Councilor Parks stated that we also need to train people on how to cross crosswalks. No action taken and Michelle was thanked for working on this.
Resolution No. 580 - Authorizing a loan with IFA – Councilor Miller made and Councilor Karvoski seconded the motion to approve Resolution No. 580. Michele took a Roll Call with 5 in favor and Councilor Coffin abstaining.
Ordinance No. 575 – Marijuana Moratorium. Michele stated that by passing this ordinance it gives the city an opportunity to adopt guidelines. Part of this will be land use regulations and some will be set by ordinance and it gives us one year to adopt the guideline. Councilor Coffin made and Councilor Miller seconded the motion. Michele took a Roll Call vote which passed with all Councilors voting yes.
Alpenfest Street Closure request - Chuck stated that they want to expand the scope of their activities in September. They want to have a procession from Main Street Motors to the Courthouse Gazebo. They want to include a one day street fair on that Thursday on the block adjacent to the Courthouse. He will be working with GEMS so that it can be a benefit for GEMS, he will be attending their meeting in the morning. They will ask for a Police escort for the procession. They asked the Mayor or appointed person to be their VIP. Councilor Karvoski made and Councilor Coffin seconded the motion which passed unanimously to grant the street closure as presented.
Country Inn Alley – Ronnie reported to the council that he graded the alleys and graveled streets and right after he did that the owners of the Country Inn dug two trenches across the alley and blocked the alley with debris, Ronnie presented pictures of the damage. Wilma Anderson stated that they are just trying to make the alley safe for children. Chief Kilgore stated that he has observed the alley and does not see much traffic come through it, but maybe he was there on the wrong day. There was discussion regarding the ongoing problems in the alley and the responsibilities of the Public Works Dept. in maintaining public streets and alleys. Councilor Miller proposed to Wilma that they build fences along their property boundaries so that children that are staying there don’t run into the public alley. After further discussion Wilma volunteered to pay for speed zone signs limited the speed to 10 mph. Councilor Parks made and Councilor Coffin seconded the motion directing Ronnie to order two 10 mph speed zone signs and place them at each end of the alley at Wilma’s expense. Motion passed with 5 in favor and Councilor Miller opposing.
Sondra Lozier thanked the city for the marijuana moratorium.
DEPARTMENT HEAD DISCUSSION
Chief Kilgore reported that our K-9 dog has a bad hip and even if surgery is done the vet cannot guarantee that it will last so they would like to re-assign Verina to a new home and retire her from Police Work. Councilor Karvoski made and Councilor Word seconded the motion giving the Chief the authorization to find a new home for Verina. Motion passed unanimously.
Councilor Coffin made and Council Parks seconded the motion authorizing the Chief to pursue finding a replacement K-9 dog. Motion passed unanimously.
Departments provided the council with written reports on activities within their departments.
Being no further business the meeting was adjourn.
Margie Shaw, Mayor
Michele R. Young, City Admin./Recorder