Canby's City Council covered a diverse number of topics at its last meeting of 2019.
A happy note started off the evening's discussion, as Carol Palmer discussed the Heritage and Landmark Commission's preliminary plans for the city's 150th anniversary over the summer.
One of the topics was the city seal that was designed by Gentry Cutsforth in 1870 with the theme "Home of Good Earth."
Palmer said they may be re-branding a new seal and retire the old one, but there's still much to be discussed about that.
The celebration will last from March through August and will be discussed on Jan. 14 at a meeting at the library from 2- to 3:30 p.m. City Administrator Scott McClure noted that Canby's dahlia is under consideration but will be more colorful with about five or six different colors.
Council President Tim Dale suggested getting students from all the schools involved. While he humorously wasn't sure if he remembered the 1969 celebration, he remembered parades, the governor and princesses.
There will be a meeting at the library on Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for those interested in discussing the survey that currently is online and at the Adult Center, the Canby Center and the library in paper form. The survey will end on Jan. 10 and be a major topic of conversation at a later meeting.
Council members voted to pass Resolution 1329, which allows a short portion of North Maple Street to become jurisdiction of the city rather than the county.
Currently, the county is the authority of the street that is 490 linear feet and 50 feet wide while it is within city boundaries.
Some discussion about the efficiency of the street occurred but McClure felt it is safe. It passed.
Another vote was taken after McClure brought up the need to add another staff person to the Planning Department. All agreed there was enough money to fund the position and that it was necessary given all the on-going development services needed in town. The council voted to pass it.
"It will keep the community going in the right direction," said Mayor Brian Hodson.
Members spent time discussing the importance of shrinking the Canby Area Park and Recreation district. Part of the problem is a Clackamas County Special District with taxing authority and hasn't been able to pass a tax measure to fund the district. A smaller district might enable an easier path to pass a tax measure.
Mark Triebwasser, chair of Canby Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, brought up the idea and noted that there is no way to get funding for the district without reducing it. Members determined there currently is no framework.
The council decided to put it to a work session before making a decision.
Earlier in the meeting it was announced that Andrey Chernishov completed his service on the Planning Commission and didn't want to be reappointed.
Michael Hutchinson had applied to join the commission and he was appointed by the council.
In other business, City Recorder Melissa Bisset talked about applications for the various committees; whether these needed to stay as they are now or put specific questions on some. This could be a uniform process with supplemental questions. Council member Greg Parker agreed to come back at the first meeting in February with an answer to the dilemma.
People are responding to the surveys on the design of the Splash Pad. McClure noted there are 110 surveys have come in. Kids and adults are looking at the posters at the library and determining what will look best.
"It's going nicely," he told the council members.
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