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Meeting on Feb. 26 discusses changes to various sections of Municipal Code Chapter 13

Molalla's Public Works Department revised wording in four sections of Molalla's Municipal Code Chapter 13. The four sections include Chapter 13.02 for utility payments for public services; chapter 13.08 for sanitary sewers; Chapter 13.12 sewer and water main extensions; and chapter 13.13 surface water manager.

These changes will be voted on at the March 11 meeting and if adopted become specific ordinances to the Molalla Municipal Code. The first discussed was Chapter 13.02 or Public Services, which updates several changes that were brought as amendments, said Public Works Director Gerald Fisher at the Council meeting.

The second revision changes sanitary sewers by creating sewer customer classes, such as residential, commercial #1, #2, #3 and #4 and industrial. Each class has an impact on the treatment process explaining the concentration and what's in the water in each class.

For example, class number one would be schools and churches that have kitchens but do no preparation, only storing and heating is done in them. Class number two would be for preparation uses for kitchens in buildings such as churches and hospitals with garbage disposals where preparation is done. Class number three is for bakeries and restaurants where its necessary to prepare food or meals. Number four includes septic haulers who eventually may be using the sanitary sewers. The industrial category is identified under federal statutes.

The third revision deals with sewer and water main extensions that carry waste throughout sewers within the city limits. For example, if a housing project is completed within the city and sewers must be extended to accommodate the new homes the requirements and permit costs will all be equal.

And finally, the revision to chapter 13.13 for surface water management wasn't in the Municipal Code. The fee and stormwater permit now are included. Fisher called this a big change from today's code, which helps promote city wants and needs that must comply with the erosion control permit.

In other reports, Fisher explained that the city and Oregon Department of Transportation continue to move forward on the signal at Main Street (Highway 211) and Molalla Avenue. ODOT is reviewing policy, he said, and making sure there are left turn pockets.

Fisher also reported an odd fact; that 12,000 cars move on Highways 211 and 213 daily.

In other news, Council President Leota Childress noted the first Celebrate Molalla meeting of the year will happen on March 2 at 10 a.m. in the City Hall Conference room. She announced the celebration will be earlier this year on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and that there will be additional and new things happening this year.

Last, but certainly not least, Natalee Litchfield, high school liaison was happy to announce that this year's Share the Love made $147,695 for the Campbell, Blatter and Us-Zapata families. Of that total, one donor, who asked to remain anonymous and isn't from Molalla, gave $55,000.

Carol Rosen
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