Molalla City Council acknowledges residents
Molalla's Nov. 14 City Council meeting began with Mayor Jimmy Thompson handing out Certificates of Appreciation to four people at the meeting and named five others that will be mailed. These are among the people that helped and, in some cases, continue to help with the city's Visioning Process.
Those receiving the awards were Doug Eaglebear, who got 100 students to take the initial survey. Jody Newland also won an award for her work on the project even before she joined the city council. Leota Childress and Elizabeth Klein received awards as co-chairs of the Visioning Process for spear heading the project and their continued work. Certificates also will be sent to Roxie Smith, Miguel Armanza, John Knap, Fabiola Romero and Dale Satrum.
The next agenda item dealt with Resolution 2018-19. Last summer, Clackamas County representatives made a presentation regarding support for a county-wide retail tobacco license. The councilors discussed the potential measure, which would result in charging convenience and liquor stores a fee to ensure that those under age 21 would not be allowed to purchase tobacco and/or vaping products. The state earlier had passed a law raising the purchasing age from 18 to 21.
Council members questioned whether this "sin tax" would really work. Several noted that the presentation lacked significant evidence proving such a program would work. And, councilor-elect Terry Shankle said the Chamber of Commerce hadn't received any information regarding the potential retail ordinance.
No one made a motion to accept the proposal, making their decision against it. However, Childress suggested writing a letter to explain their lack of response.
Under new business, council members passed a measure with no opposition to authorize City Manager Dan Huff to make an intergovernmental agreement with the county to transfer 1,320 feet of Ona Way (or from Highway 211 to the southern city limit) to Molalla. The northern portion of Ona Way already is part of the city. This will allow the city to manage the roadway including applying development conditions consistent with the city's code for the entire Ona Way.
Earlier this year, Clackamas County made and completed improvements to Ona Way. Once the IGA is executed, it the city will assume authority of the street.
Another item of business included the council's retreat, which will be held on Feb. 9, 2019 at the Hopkins Demonstration Forest, in Oregon City from 8 a.m. to 4- or 5 p.m. Bill Flood, the Visioning Process' facilitator will attend and act as the facilitator for the meeting.