Mayor, council members discuss parks board maintenance and projects at July 18 meeting

Besides a list of ordinances and resolutions, Mayor Brian Hodson brought up events and happenings around Canby. Most important, he discussed the Park Board and the deferred maintenance report.

Some projects have already been completed, he said, while others currently are being worked on. He noted the city, which hired five new parks employees, has increased service and maintenance at Legacy Park, has cleared the Forest Road Path and cleaned up the blackberries. They also are working to keep cleaning up graffiti.

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"There's a tremendous amount of work going on," Hodson said. "We've improved maintenance in parks and initiated maintenance in 34 different areas. In September, council members will each receive rating sheets and each review a couple of parks."

Those reviews will be both educational and fact finding and will help the Park Board, council members and parks staff discuss how the parks currently are managed so that they all understand what level of service is needed.

Even though most residents like and use the parks, Hodson said he thinks the city still has lots to do to show citizens how important parks are and that the city is using the $5 park fee to its best use.

Later, Jennifer Cline, public works director, explained the city is working on its deferred maintenance in its parks. Currently, she said, staff is working in two areas; reducing deferred maintenance and determining the level of service necessary to keep the parks well maintained.

"At the same time, staff is identifying the maintenance time needed to ensure our staff can support the maintenance of a new park," Cline said. The city has hired two new full time park employees and four seasonal workers, she added.

Hodson cautioned the councilors as well as those attending the meeting to not use their cell phones while driving.

The new law goes into effect Oct. 1 and contains significant fines. First offense rates range from a $260 to $1,000 fine with no crash and a two-hour online course when completed will suspend the fine but it will remain on the driver's record.

A second offense or one involving a crash has a fine between $435 to a maximum of $2,500.

A third offense within 10 years is a misdemeanor. The minimum fine is $2,000 but repeat offenders can face a fine of $6,250 and a year in jail.

He announced the grand opening for The Dahlia will be Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. and noted a tour of the TMK Creamery, which will have its grand opening on Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. The latter currently is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dryland Road.

Council members passed two resolutions and three ordinances. The resolutions include the SE 13th Avenue sanitary sewer improvement project, which will be financially reimbursed from the property owners that benefit from the project. In a housekeeping resolution, there was an annual codifying and compiling of certain general ordinances for the city. Both passed unanimously.

Among the ordinances was a second reading for Number 1485 regarding storage and abandoned vehicles on the streets. Another ordinance amended definitions for industrial hemp.

And a third adopted a franchise agreement with MCImetro Access Transmission Services Corporation, doing business as Verizon Access Transmission Services to construct, operate and maintain a telecommunications network and provide telecom services within the city of Canby.

All three were passed unopposed.

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