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Members table ordinance seeking to decide whether to add business, property owners to commission

One ordinance faced a vote at the May 8 Molalla City Council meeting, but it was tabled to the next meeting.

Right after Mayor Keith Swigart read the ordinance to amend allowing people within three miles of the city limits onto boards and commissions, Council member Terry Shankle suggested that property and business owners should also be allowed because, she said, "…they help us; we should give them an opportunity to be involved. They own property and businesses within the city limits and participate in our events and hand out candy to our kids on Halloween."

"What if they live in another state?" asked Elizabeth Klein, council president, and she brought up a discussion about whether property and business owners might cause a conflict of interest. That was pretty much discounted because they likely wouldn't be active in the city.

"We do have two positions that are not citizens," added DeLise Palumbo.

In the end, the council members decided to table the measure to the following meeting, May 22, to determine whether or not to add property and active business owners.

Surprisingly enough, one of two applicants for the Planning Committee doesn't live in town, but has been quite active through the years and currently is serving as president of the Molalla Chamber of Commerce. Connie Farrens also is a business and property owner in downtown.

"I am interested in being on the planning commission because I would like to be a part of our growing community," she told the council in her application. She was accepted to be on the commission.

Jacob Ray Giberson also was accepted to the commission. He lives in Molalla.

"I would like to help my community in whatever way I can," Giberson said in his application. "I believe the planning commission most fits my 20-plus year background in construction management. I think I would come into the position…with an open mind ready to help apply current code as equally and accurately as possible."

Public Works Director Gerald Fisher asked for representatives from the City Council and the planning Commission to be on the committee for the city's Water Master Plan. It's time, he said, for the 23-year-old plan to come into the 21st century.

The meeting was adjourned into executive session.


Carol Rosen
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