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)
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).
- General Fund Revenue
- 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.
City Administrator search
Presentation on affordable housing which is currently scheduled for Nov. 7th.
Pioneer Hall-decision points.
Council process issues.
Downtown beautification program including sidewalks and cleanliness and street programs.
Structure of commissions.
Liaisons to departments.
Compliance with ADA.
Public Input at Study Sessions.
Goal setting/strategic planning.
Master Plan for Urban Trees.
R3 - Affordable Housing.
SDC’s and Fees.
Prioritize on which topic to discuss first.
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
*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.