They heard reports on various events including National Night Out and Grizzly/Coyote dedication

Molalla's City Council gathered for a meeting on July 24 to do some business and discuss upcoming events. It was the first meeting they held in a month and there were items that needed to be cleared up.

There was discussion to approve Resolution 2019-17 regarding the payment of bills within 30 days. Members went through several types of wording to finally approve, "…all payments due shall be paid as agreed." And, the resolution was approved as amended.

Ideas that were disregarded included "invoices that are due in 30 days are payable in 30 days," or "all net 30 bills are paid within 30 days."

City Manager Dan Huff brought up four reports alerting council members about events that are coming up. First on the list is National Night Out. This year it's scheduled for Aug. 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. featuring city service booths, such as the police, fire department, library, public works and others. Council members will have a tent with a schedule so all members won't be tied down at the same time. There also will be activities available for the kids.

Huff also noted the necessity to hold a dedication for the Coyote and the Grizzly statues recently placed in the city. Members would like to include someone from the Grand Ronde Tribe in the ceremony. The tribe does plan to produce an interpretive sign to go with the sculpture. They agreed it should be held in August, September or October, before the rains start, on a Thursday night or a Saturday. They are awaiting dates from the Grand Ronde.

Natalee Litchfield, the youth liaison to the council suggested the students at the high school become involved in the dedication.

Council members also discussed increasing awareness of the council's vacant seat, which has been open for more than four months (see related story). Huff reminded members there also is a vacancy on the library board, which meets every other month. Planning Director Alice Cannon spoke regarding a letter she's writing for the mayor and council, which all plan to sign.

This deals with the Oregon Department of Transportation's lack of interest in putting a traffic deterrent at the ingress and egress of Leroy and Highway 211.

The council, planning commission and residents near the upcoming intersection want some sort of traffic deterrent at the exit and entrance to the new center. The developer even offered to pay for and erect it for the center.

On July 24, ODOT reduced the speed limit on Highway 213 within Molalla's city limits to 35 mph.

They plan to install signs soon. This should help reduce accidents.

Carol Rosen
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