At the January 20, 2015 City Council Meeting:
Council Approves Budget Calendar, Appoints Budget Officer-Council approved the Budget Calendar presented by Finance Director Angie Handegard. The first Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for April 28, with additional meetings scheduled for May 5, 12, and 19. The Council also appointed City Administrator Gian Paolo Mammone as the Budget Officer. Mayor Josette Mitchell appointed former City Councilor Bruce McNair to serve as a citizen member of the Budget Committee. The Budget Committee is still looking for additional citizens to serve.
Council Agrees to Forgive Part of Water Bill-City Administrator Mammone presented Council with a report on the water leak issue that was brought before Council by resident Victoria McAdams at the January 5, 2015 City Council meeting. Mammone reported that after two months of increasingly high water usage, City staff visited the property, saw no indication of a leak and replaced the water meter at McAdams’ rental where she lives. The following month the reading still showed an unusual increase in usage (82,000) gallons. In December City staff met with McAdams and the landlord and was informed there was a leak in a toilet, which is the responsibility of the owner/renter. Mammone told Council that City policy is clear, a leak on private property is not the responsibility of the City. The outstanding balance still due for usage during the time of the issue (not including the monthly base rate and loans payments) totals $485.26. Council agreed to forgive half the usage fees and instructed city staff to send a bill for the balance to both McAdams and the landlord so they can work out payment arrangements. Mayor Mitchell said McAdams will not be subject to any shutoff procedure if the balance of payment is late.
Council Approves Senior Center Lease-Council authorized the City Administrator to sign a revised lease agreement between the City and the Senior Center for use of the Vernonia Community Learning Center (VCLC) as a Thrift Store. The proposed lease includes the VCLC building, the courtyard attached to the building and the parking area in back of the building. Rent is $12 per year and the tenant would pay $200 for the cost of administrating, drafting and executing the lease. The tenant will sublease one office space to the Vernonia Friends of the Library. During the discussion of the lease terms several items were brought forward by Jim Tierney of Community Action Team, who is assisting the Senior Center with the negotiation. Questions included: the length of the lease – either two or three years, permitted uses, and responsibility for maintenance and repairs. City legal counsel was involved in part of the discussion by phone and was asked to prepare a revised version of the lease. Council gave the City Administrator authorization to sign the lease with revisions, if approved by the Senior Center. The lease was later signed. Read More