Council Recap: Molalla City Council takes care of early year business
The members of Molalla's City Council took care of business during their first meeting of 2019, swearing in new members, naming the budget manager for 2019-20 and naming member liaisons.
The first housekeeping matter was under the Molalla Urban Renewal umbrella to name City Manager Dan Huff as budget officer. That done, Mayor Jimmy Thompson closed the one meeting and opened the council meeting. First order of business was to issue the oath of office to Terry Shankle, Elizabeth Klein and Leota Childress. Shankle is newly elected to a four-year term, while Klein and Childress previously were appointed and are now serving full terms.
Klein was elected president of the council. She will serve if the mayor is unwell or unavailable. She was also selected as the primary representative to the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee with Keith Swigart as the alternate. Childress was named liaison to the Chamber of Commerce and Jody Newland is liaison to the library.
Thompson also announced that two members of the Planning Commission, Hardeep Singh Brar and Omar Reynaga, had missed at least three consecutive meetings. He suggested the council vote to eliminate them and later appoint others to take their places. Thompson connected with one who agreed he couldn't continue, but was unable to reach the other. The council agreed and will seek interested parties.
Members also adopted the 2019-20 budget calendar and selected Huff selected as the budget officer for the council. The budget committee is made up of the council members, including the mayor, as well as seven Molalla residents. There are two or three open seats for citizens, according to Kelly Richardson, city recorder.
They also passed a contract award for the PW Shops Sewer and Stormwater Improvement project requiring council approval. The city received 15 bids, with Emery & Sons the lowest responsible bid at a cost of $209,870. City staff recommends the council award the bid and the City Manager execute a contract and change orders within the approved budget.
With little discussion, members passed a resolution allowing public safety volunteers to receive a monthly wage of $800 per month; a stipend for council volunteer positions for performing administrative duties; an Oregon minimum wage for public officials for non-administrative duties including parks and recreation, public works and the library; and allowing other volunteers to have workers' compensation coverage at the onset of a job with two week's advance written notice to SAIF underwriting with SAIF approval and written confirmation of the coverage.
The meeting adjourned to executive session.