Scouts open Molalla City Council meeting
A group of Boy Scouts attended the Nov. 28 Molalla City Council meeting. After they held a flag ceremony and said the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Jimmy Thompson opened the floor for public comment and the boys asked several questions.
One asked what the city was doing about the homeless situation. Thompson asked council member Leota Childress to explain. As the director of the Warming Center, she explained that it opens at 6 p.m. and volunteers bring a hot meal and after dinner they can do a number of activities including watching television or DVDs.
"Volunteers interact with the people who come in and we do everything we can to help restore their dignity," Childress said. "This can be a hopeless situation, where rents are raised higher than a person can pay and are forced to spend nights sleeping in their cars. The county is working on the situation and it's slowly trickling down to the city. There's still lots to be done," she said.
Another Scout, Jonathon Cushman from Canby, asked how the Scouts can help out more for the city?
Public Works Director Gerald Fisher remembered there had been a group interested in taking care of the Bear Creek trail. "They would clear out the area. If you're interested, we can work on it together," Fisher told the Scout. Before leaving, he took one of Fisher's cards and Fisher said they would talk.
Dereck from Molalla asked about "stray dogs and cats and other pets."
"We don't have animal control, that's part of the [Clackamas} county's services," said City Manager Dan Huff. "The county has a spay and neuter clinic in their shelter."
"I would find a shelter and take any strays there," suggested Childress.
Huff also answered another question regarding the urban growth boundary and how that keeps the city from encroaching onto farmland. "We plan ahead, the growth rates are pretty close to 10,000 now, we can take on a few thousand."
Under New Business, the council discussed their rule book and talked about continuing use of Roberts Rules of Order or changing to Sturgis Rules of Order, which is used at the county's C-4 meetings.
They also talked about Council member Keith Swigart's idea for a Veteran's Memorial in a parking lot on South Molalla Avenue. Although more discussion will take place after the New Year, this will be a small headstone-like statue made from concrete that appears to be marble. It will contain plaques of each branch of service. A flagpole will be placed immediately behind it. There might be a plaque stating, "All gave something and Some gave all." Swigart is also looking to find donations so the city doesn't have to pay for it.