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Council-budget committee joint meeting will be a training session for what's to come

Before Molalla's regular City Council meeting Wednesday night, there will be a joint council and budget committee meeting at 6 p.m., at the Molalla Adult Community Center at 315 Kennel Avenue. The public is welcome.

This will be a training session. It's unique to Oregon municipalities and government funding. Among the items at Budget 101 Training, they will show where the city's dollars come from and how they are allocated.

The regular council meeting will also include discussion of three ordinances and a resolution. The first ordinance amends 2018-03, Chapter 13.04, which removes late fees from water service, one that most residents will heartedly approve. Used as an example at an earlier meeting this year, it confused residents.

The second ordinance removes the business license late fee. The council members also will vote on the creation of an ordinance for land use hearings bodies and duties. Finally, the council will discuss and approve or disapprove a resolution removing the business license late fee, changing it from another chapter and having no impact or increase.

City Recorder Kelly Richardson has been working on amending portions of Molalla's city code, in some cases renaming them and separating out the fines and fees from the ordinances and combining them on to a separate list. The ones being discussed are a preliminary list and only will go into effect after being adopted by the councilors and approved by the mayor.

Other changes appear in the Citizens Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission, hearing bodies and their duties, the Water System and removal of the Design Review committee, which doesn't exist anymore.

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