Two representatives from Oregon's Department of Transportation spoke to city council members at Molalla's Sept. 11 City Council meeting noting that they are following through on projects.
ODOT's Tova Peltz and Paul Scarlet showed slides indicating the Toliver/OR213 project is ongoing noting that this October the Intergovernmental Agreement between Molalla and ODOT will be signed to start delivery on the project. Survey work begins this fall and by January 2020 the Oregon Transportation Commission will approve the 2021 to 2024 project. That means that the engineering phase and funds will be advanced next spring.
Peltz also noted that several improvements were on-going including the rapid flashing beacon that ODOT installed at OR211 and North Hezzie Lane that was installed last February as well as the approval this month reducing the speed limit on OR213 to 35 MPH from 40- to 45 previously. She mentioned the Open House at the Molalla Public Library on Oct. 2 for the bike/pedestrian path from OR213 to South Ona Way and replacing ADA ramps later in 2020 on OR211 in downtown Molalla.
Questions about the cost. Public Works Director Gerald Fisher noted that the city's cost can drop below the $2.2 million, once the project begins. Bills may begin as early as spring next year.
Six public hearings were opened and quickly closed as no residents wanted to speak on any of these ordinances. The council members adopted all six unopposed. Ordinance 2019-07 amended language for city council work sessions.
The remaining five ordinances 2019-08 repealed and replaced chapters on items describing actions for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. These are the steps for DEQ that will allow the new plant to take place.
Under general business, the council members discussed a complaint regarding someone smoking near a sports activity in a park. All members were loath to create a non-smoking ordinance in open air. Council member DeLise Palumbo said, "…If you push smokers to the sidewalks that's a high traffic area where everyone is walking you put them directly in the paths of people. So it doesn't makes sense to me."
Other members agreed and noted they just get out of the way of smokers, even Terry Shankle, who is very allergic to cigarette smoke. They decided they didn't need to go any further with the complaint.
Council members worked out the winter banner agreement with the Chamber and member Leota Childress suggested the council disregard actual dates because these could change year to year. Chamber President Connie Farrens noted that her organization has sold 20 for this year. The Chamber will have the banners to the city by Sept. 30 or they will not be installed by the city the new designs are approved by City Manager Huff.
Public Works Director Gerald Fisher noted that some projects are underway; the city continues to remove biosolids and to date about 95 tons have been removed and it will be continue to be monitored and removed through the winter in two to three day blocks. There was a pre-construction meeting held and the water treatment plant upgrade is now underway. Those wondering why a large truck was boring holes at the Molalla Avenue/Main Street intersection it is to ready work for the new stoplight.
The meeting was closed for the council to move into executive session.
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