Members of the council are Bill Boyd, Lynn Delph, Juan Avila and Dennis Snider. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the council:
FEE SCHEDULE: Discuss city fee schedule. Thul asked for a volunteer from the council to draft a fee schedule that will cover all the new ordinances the city expects to adopt later this year. There were no volunteers.
PUBLIC WORKS: Accepted low bids from FEH Headquarters for a chipper, and from Tumac for a Kubota pallet fork frame. FEH's bid was $3,800 and Tumac's was $1,045. Unanimous for both.
DONATION: Agreed to donate $350 for the Easter Egg Hunt. Unanimous.
FUND TRANSFER: Passed resolution to transfer $4,000 from the State Street contingency fund to temporary help so the summer employee could start sooner. Unanimous.
- MARTHA'S HOUSE: Passed resolution supporting Martha's House, a homeless shelter being built in Hermiston. Unanimous.
- CHAMBER PROJECT: Awarded bid for the grit chamber project to the lowest bidder, Gyllenberg Construction, of Baker City. Gyllenberg was one of eight bidders, with the low bid of $24,911. Unanimous.
- RESIGNATION: Accepted resignation of Amy Mayer from the planning commission. Unanimous. Those interested in filling the vacant position can contact City Hall.
- FALSE ALARMS: Discussed repeated false alarms at businesses. Thul said some cities fine businesses who have excessive false alarms.
- CLEAR VISION: Discussed problem of shrubbery or other items blocking drivers' view at intersections. The council will probably ask property owners for assistance in resolving the situation.
- SATURDAY MARKET: Agreed to allow use of the lot at Main and Franklin streets for a Saturday Market if the market is established.
- POLICE DEPARTMENT: Tabled until April 23 discussion of raising ceiling on allowable purchases by police department. Unanimous. The special council meeting will be at 10 a.m.
- COMP TIME: Voted to allow police officers to cash out for compensation time. Sgt Henningsen was granted compensation for 214 hours and Officer Gardner was granted compensation for 58 hours. Vote was 4-1 with Snyder voting no.
- LARGE ANIMALS: Voted to establish a moratorium on allowing large animals within the city until the new ordinances are adopted. Unanimous.