Molalla City Council chooses budget officer for URA and City Budgets
Molalla's City Council members selected City Manager Dan Huff as the budget officer for the fiscal year 2020-21 for the Urban Renewal Agency and the upcoming fiscal year city budget. Finance Director Chaunee Seifried announced there will be a budget meeting on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Adult Center. No other meetings are currently scheduled, but more will be added if necessary.
Council members also considered Ordinance 2020-01, which annexes 15.52 acres at the southwest corner of Oregon Highways 211/213 and assigns a general commercial (C-2) zoning designation. The land currently is zoned for farming but is vacant. The land is within the Urban Growth Boundary and likely will be used for retail, although no new development is planned at this time.
The Planning Commission recommended approval of the annexation and zone change. Lyle Stanton, who represents the owners, who have owned the land for at least several generations, told Council members, "…the development will be retail or mixed--housing above retail shops."
Council members voted twice to approve the ordinance without opposition allowing it to go into law after 30 days.
During the Public Comment period, Molalla resident Lynn Harrington described the noxious smell coming from the hemp processing plant. She said she decided to investigate during which she found that if hemp is freshly harvested and immediately processed there is no smell. However, if processing doesn't immediately follow harvest, the hemp can ferment creating the smells that have plagued homeowners.
Planning Director Alice Cannon is working with the Molalla plant to eliminate the smell. She noted there have been many complaints and the plant has been put on notice. There will be a meeting about this on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. temporarily planned for the second-floor courtroom at City Hall. She requested concerned people show up and show their interest in reducing and/or eliminating the smell.
Huff noted that a draft of the Visioning Plan, almost three years in works, should be available to pass out to Council members at the next meeting on Jan. 22.
Natalee Litchfield, the student liaison to the council, asked members what they thought of giving at least high school juniors and seniors the ability to go off campus for lunch. Most of the council members said they didn't think a 30-minute lunch period was long enough since there are no restaurants near the high school.
Important Budget Dates
The City of Molalla noted the steps to be taken in preparation of the 2020-21 budget for the Urban Renewal and city fiscal budgets. These are the steps and process of events leading to adoption of the 2020-21 budget.
The budget committee has one opening for a citizen member. Those interested should contact City Recorder Christie DeSantis.
January—Appoint a budget officer for Urban Renewal and the city by resolution
--Budget worksheets delivered to departments
March 16—Department heads submit final proposed budgets to the budget officer
April—Budget 101 presentation, if needed
April 10—Budget officer/finance finish final budget worksheets
April 19-22—Publish notice of first budget committee meeting to include shared revenue hearing and public comment, to be posted on the website
April 29—Budget Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Molalla Adult Center
May 5-12—Additional budget meetings if needed
--Budget Committee approves and forwards budgets to city council
June 3—Publish notice of Budget
June 10--Budget hearing before the City Council
July 15—Submit tax certification document to the County Assessor
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