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Study Session

Minutes
Monday, October 02, 2017

CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION MINUTES
Monday, October 2, 2017
Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street
 
Mayor Stromberg called the Study Session to order at 5:30 p.m.
 
Councilor Slattery, Councilor Morris, Councilor, Darrow, Councilor Seffinger and Councilor Lemhouse were present.  Councilor Rosenthal was absent.
 
Also present was Budget Committee Members: Garrett Furuichi, David Runkle, Shaun Moran, James Nagel, Saladin Amery, Paula Hyatt, Mary Cody.
 
Public Input (15 minutes, maximum)
None.
Mayor Stromberg moved item 3 to 2.
 
Preliminary 8th Quarter Financial Report of the 2015/17 Biennium*
 
Finance Director, Mark Welch gave a Power Point Presentation (see attached).
Items discussed:
  • General Fund Revenue
  • Taxes
  • Property Tax History
  • General Fund Expenditures
  • Removing Parks Funding
  • General Fund by Department
  • Central Service Fund
  • Reserve Fund
  • Street Fund
  • Health Benefit Fund
 
The Budget Committee discussed the funds.  Mr. Welsh referred all to Ashland.or.opengov.com for more information.
 
Look Ahead review
 
Interim City Administrator, John Karns gave an overview of the Look Ahead.
 
Mr. Karns also announced that there is Leadership Training Program beginning for City employees that
will begin this month.
 
City Council Planning Session
 
Councilor Slattery spoke regarding getting items on the Look Ahead. 
  
Each Councilor gave a list of items that they would like to add to Study Sessions.
 
Councilor Slattery:
City Administrator search
Presentation on affordable housing which is currently scheduled for Nov. 7th.
Pioneer Hall-decision points.
Council process issues.
Appointment process.
Downtown beautification program including sidewalks and cleanliness and street programs.
 
Councilor Seffinger:
Structure of commissions.
Liaisons to departments.
Compliance with ADA.
Future Bonds.
CEAP expenditures.
Strategic planning.
Public Input at Study Sessions.
 
Councilor Lemhouse:
Goal setting/strategic planning.
Downtown beautification.
Master Plan for Urban Trees.
Affordable Housing.
Council Process.
CEAP Priorities.
Croman Property.
Commission priorities.
 
Councilor Morris:
R3 - Affordable Housing.
SDC’s and Fees.
Railroad property.
Master Plans.
 
Councilor Darrow:
Prioritize on which topic to discuss first.
Briscoe School.
Downtown Sidewalks.
 
Council suggested Staff to bring a plan back to Council on how to address the topics suggested. 
 
Councilor Darrow suggested to move Study Sessions back into the Siskiyou room. Council decided to
bring this topic up again at the 2nd Study Session Meeting in November.
 
The Study Session was adjourned at 7:00 PM
 
 
Respectfully submitted by:
 
_____________________________________
City Recorder, Melissa Huhtala
 
 
Attest
 
____________________________________
Mayor Stromberg
 
*As appointed members of the City’s Budget Committee are being individually invited for discussion of Agenda Item #1, a quorum of the full Budget Committee may be in attendance.

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