Members of the council are Bill Boyd, Lynn Delph, Julie Schuld, and Juan Avila. Mayor is Duane Thul. With all present Wednesday the council:

  • PIO: Approved development of policy and establishment of a public information officer position. Goals of the program are to create and maintain a website and a Facebook page, set up a guide outlining protocols between city and media, establish a point of contact for city information, and guidelines for handling requests for information and publishing press releases. Unanimous.

  • JUDGE: Appointed Sam Tucker and John Magana as alternate pro tem judges for Municipal Court. They will be available when Judge Maureen McCormach is not available. Unanimous.

  • CITY HALL: Approved two change orders for the City Hall project. One order changed the engineering costs from $4,000 to $6,000 to cover additional items, and added $15,939 for repair and replacement of joists. Unanimous for both.

  • PROPERTIES: Referred to the city attorney negotiations with Hansell Farms to transfer 8.2 acres of city-owned property to Hansell Farms. The property is in the center of Hansell property. State law doesn't allow the city to sell the property but the city can give the acreage "fin consideration."

  • ORDINANCES: Tabled until next month consideration of new ordinances. Unanimous.

  • SHORT SCHOOLS: Approved attendance at schools for public works employees Scott Spendlove and Loy Knutzen. Spendlove will attend a school in Seaside for backflow recertification, and Knutzen will attend a school in Ontario. Unanimous.

  • TREES: Authorized removal of a dead willow and a dead maple tree in Elliott Park. Both trees have been in poor condition for several years. Unanimous.

  • AWERE: Appointed Chet Mills as the Weston representative on the AWERE board. Unanimous.

  • BASKETS: Learned the city has received an $1,881 grant from Wildhorse Foundation that will pay for seven hanging flower baskets and seasonal banners.

  • LIBRARY: Agreed to pay mileage reimbursement to librarian Kathleen Schmidtgall to attend a library directors meeting Jan. 18 in Pendleton. Unanimous.


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