Molalla to discuss open council position
Molalla is about to age up. The town's birthday is Aug. 23 when it will be 105 years old.
At the Wednesday meeting, Molalla City Council members will talk with Jody Newland who has applied for the council seat left open when Cindy Dragowsky resigned. Since Newland is the only person, so far, who has applied for the position, the council can either appoint or deny her to fill the vacancy or postpone the decision until Sept. 12.
Newland has resided in the city for eight years. She's been a city budget committee member, a support group leader for Molalla area Homeschoolers and a member of the New Horizons Fellowship as well as a volunteer at the Family Thrift Center the church runs.
"As Molalla continues to grow, we need to make smart decisions not only for today, but also looking into the future without losing sight of who we are. I want to help to make those decisions for our community," she wrote in answer to why she'd like to serve on the council.
Additionally, she said she "would like to be a part of improving communication between our council, other organizations and the community as a whole because we will be a better community when we all talk to each other. (And, listen as well!)."
Steven Deller would like to join the city's Planning Commission. The 10-year Molalla resident volunteers at Foothills Community Church and is an assistant soccer coach for Molalla Youth Sports.
"I consider Molalla my home and want to serve my family and community by getting involved. My degree in construction engineering management and my experience as a project manager may help provide insight and team oriented problem solving," Deller added in answer to why he'd like to serve on the Planning Commission.
Wave Division Holdings sent a letter of rate adjustments to the city on July 30, giving the city a 30-day notification of an adjustment under FCC regulations and under its requirements with Molalla. Starting Sept. 6, retail prices of some video services will change: local TV stations' fees will increase $3.42; expanded content or basic cable and packages including that service increase $5; premium channel tiers—HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and STARZ increase $1 each and Universal Converter set-top boxes increase by $0.95 each.
The cost rises result from programming cost increases from TV networks owned by A&E, AMC, CBS Corporation, Discovery Communications, Disney/ESPN, Fox, NBC Universal, Scripps Interactive, Turner Networks, Viacom as well as regional sports programmers, independent channel providers and local broadcast channels.
Council members also will be voting on an ordinance to replace Title 18 of the Molalla Municipal code with the Molalla sign code. These changes are designed to protect the health, safety, property and welfare of the public; provide a neat, clean, orderly and attractive community appearance; provide safe construction, location, erection and maintenance of signs; encourage signs to be well designed and astutely located; prevent clutter; and minimize adverse visual safety factors.
It will include the rules for reading and applying sign code language; area of signs; permit requirements; fees; construction and maintenance; sign removal; nonconforming signs; exempt and prohibited signs; design standard; illumination; overhanging and wall signs; temporary signs; reader boards; A-Frame signs; and residential signs among others.
City Administrator Dan Huff plans to bring up a discussion on Economic Development options for the city under future topics.