Council has busy evening
Canby's city council was presented with eight ordinances to discuss and vote for or against on May 2, and passed them all with little discussion. After announcing six proclamations, the council got down to work on the ordinances.
Julie Wehling, Canby Area Transit director, asked for authorization to buy three replacement busses for the Canby Area Transit fleet to replace three busses that are no longer useful. Date of delivery is likely to be about seven months from the date of the order. The old busses will be evaluated for use as back up or sent to auction.
Wehling recommends purchasing one 20-passenger bus and two 16-passenger busses. Total cost is $418,031 with grant funds of $367,887 grant funds. Sales of the potentially retired buses historically run about $5,000 each.
Council members gave Wehling unanimous authorization to purchase the three vehicles from Creative Bus Sales of Canby by unanimous vote.
Members next voted unanimously to establish criminal history record check policies for applicants for employment, appointed volunteers, contractors and subcontractors with the city. The reason for ordinance, according to Rick Robinson, city administrator, is to protect citizens in case of problems whether it be a former thief volunteering to run a food booth or a sex offender working with kids.
Already agreeing that a new transient tax should be 6 percent (see other story), members unanimously passed Ordinance 1477 establishing that transient tax. They also passed an ordinance authorizing a contract with PMAM to provide an alarm program and collection services with the city as well as amending the municipal code pertaining to alarms.
City Council members unanimously agreed to two ordinances, the first for a contract with Eagle Elsner, Inc. in the amount of $758,447 and not to exceed $850,000 for 2018 street resurfacing and declaring an emergency. In Part B of this contract, council members authorized a contract with Slurry Seal Inc., for $141,185 not to exceed $200,000 for 2018 street resurfacing and slurry seal.
In the final ordinance councilors unanimously authorized a contract with Heard Farms to remove wastewater sludge. This agreement is entering its third year. Staff looked at three different options, but determined Heard Farms is the best. The contractor didn't raise rates.
The proclamations included water safety month, walk and bike challenge month, poppy days in Canby, public works weeks and historic preservation month. Another reminded folks of the letter carriers food drive that provides food to the food bank in Canby.