CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION
Mayor Stromberg called the Study Session to order at 5:30 p.m.
Councilor Slattery, Councilor Morris, Councilor Seffinger and Councilor Darrow were present.
Councilor Lemhouse and Councilor Rosenthal were absent.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street
I. Public Input (15 minutes, maximum)
Brian Comnes -444 Parkridge Pl., Ashland –Spoke regarding the 10x20. He spoke that there needs to be move research on the location. He recommended sending this back to Staff for re-work.
Tom Marvin -245 Timberlake Dr., Ashland-Spoke regarding the 10x20. He suggested moving ahead with an RFP.
Cara Cruickshank-1193 Ashland Rd., Ashland – Spoke regarding the 10x20. Spoke in concern with the packet not being totally complete. Suggested to get the RFP going and to start the project sooner than later.
Huelz Gutcheon- 2253 HWY 99, Ashland – Spoke regarding the automotive industry. He explained that in 2030 80% of personnel cars will be electric. Spoke that the 10x20 project is a great start and suggested having the 10x20 in City limits.
II. Look Ahead review
Interim City Administrator, John Karns gave an overview of the Look Ahead.
Councilor Slattery spoke that ORHA is coming to give a report on a job match. Councilor Slattery suggested for ORHA to give Council a report on strategic planning.
Councilor Slattery suggested to add AFN discussion on a Study Session or a Regular Council Meeting. Mr. Karns explained it will be brought to Council early next year.
Mayor Stromberg suggested to add a Study Session regarding wildlife in Ashland during the first quarter.
Councilor Slattery suggested to have a Study session on downtown beautification soon.
III. 10 by 20 Ordinance – Activity Update
Assistant to the Interim City Administrator, Adam Hanks and Interim Director of Electric, Tom McBartlett gave an update on the 10x20 Ordinance.
Mr. Hanks explained that the site location has not been established.
Pacific Crest Consultant, Scott Lowring gave an overview of the Biological Assessment of Imperatrice Property.
Mayor Stromberg questioned if there are any parts of the site that are unique which needs special treatment. Mr. Lowering spoke that above the canal there are rare plant populations which holds value.
Mr. Hanks went over the BPA Letter. Council discussed:
- Transmission costs.
- Off grid solar panels.
- Costs per household.
- Possibility of return of investment.
- Hydro power verses solar power.
Mr. Hanks went over the Matrix showing all alternatives that would not be subject to take or pay surcharge.
It was suggested to create a study group to discuss the 10x20 and bring back to Council.
IV. Clarification of Council rules (continuation of discussion of November 20)
Due to time this item was tabled.
The Study Session was adjourned at 7:00 PM
Respectfully submitted by:
City Recorder, Melissa Huhtala
Immediately following the study session Council will hold an executive session for real property transaction, pursuant to ORS 190.660(2)(e)
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