Vernonia City News-Report From the March 4, 2012 City Council Meeting

At the March 4, 2013 City Council Meeting:

Parrow Chairs Meeting-City Council President Randy Parrow was the chairperson for the meeting; Mayor Josette Mitchell was absent.  Councilman Bruce MacNair was also absent from the meeting.

Council Appoints Three to Committees-Council appointed Sally Harrison to serve on the Budget Committee, Jeffrey Goodman to the Planning Commission and Marie Williams to the Parks Committee.

Council Receives Memo on Kay Arbitration-Council received a memo from Ruben D. Cleaveland, the Assistant City Attorney, informing them that the City had prevailed in the personnel matter involving former police officer Michael Kay.  Kay had been terminated by the City, had filed a grievance and the matter proceeded to arbitration.  The arbitrator ruled that the City had just cause to terminate Kay.

CC Rider Reduction Presentation Rescheduled-A presentation to explain proposed CCRider Transportation service reductions was rescheduled for March 18.  CCRider is proposing to reduce its service in many areas including the Nehalem Valley Route which serves Vernonia.  Reductions include reducing Dial-A-Ride service to Tuesday and Thursday, five hours each day and reducing the Nehalem Valley service to Monday, Wednesday and Friday and eliminating the midday loop.

Council Approves Request to Review Park Plan-Council approved a request from the Parks Committee and directed staff to request design specifications for the construction of the New Spencer Park from the Vernonia School District for review by a third party.  The School District is responsible for the construction of a baseball field and two soccer fields which will be turned over to the City of Vernonia.  The Parks Committee would like to ensure that the end product that the City receives is built to industry standards.

Mayor Authorized to Sign IGA-Council authorized the Mayor to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Clean Water Services for assistance with elements of the City’s biosolids plan in relation to sludge removal.

City Declares Surplus Property-Council approved resolution 5-13 declaring a 1988Liberty Manufactured Home owned by the City to be surplus property to be disposed of.