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Study Session

Minutes
Monday, April 30, 2018

CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION

MINUTES
Monday, April 30, 2018
Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street

 
 
Mayor Stromberg called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM
 
Councilor Slattery, Councilor Bachman, Councilor Morris and Councilor Seffinger were present.  Councilor Rosenthal was absent.
 
  1. Public Input (15 min)
 
Huelz Hutcheon- Ashland- Spoke regarding the speakers and monitor in the lobby not working.  He spoke regarding having solar panel roofs on old and new buildings.
 
  1. Discussion of Senior Issues (45 min)
 
Councilor Slattery gave a Staff report.  He spoke that it was discussed to create a study group to discuss aging in Ashland and the services provided.
 
Councilor Seffinger spoke that she brought this issue up 4 years ago and that there have been changes since that time.  She gave Council a handout that she wrote up in the Ashland Daily Tidings 4 years ago (see attached).  
 
Items discussed were:
  • Ageism
  • Growing senior population
  • Future senior issues
  • Services for seniors
  • Budget and Strategic Planning
  • Installing a handrail at the Japanese Garden
  • Senior Services Division in the Parks and Recreation Department
  • The search for a Superintendent for Senior Services
  • Creating a Senior Program Advisory Committee
  • Poverty growth in seniors
  • 46% of people in Ashland are over 50
  • Homelessness in elderly individuals
  • Housing for all ages
  • Council and Parks role to this issue
  • Parking for seniors
  • Trails for seniors
  • Transportation for seniors
 
It was decided to have Councilor Bachman and Councilor Seffinger work with Staff on establishing a working group to discuss senior issues and bring it back to the Council. 
 
  1. Civic Donations Policy Review (30 min)
 
City Attorney, David Lohman gave a staff report. He went over the draft policy.
 
Council discussed whether or not to accept donations that have initial or ongoing costs. The Council came to a consensus to look at these donations case by case. 
 
It was decided that the policy would be revised and brought back to Council.
 
Interim City Administrator discussed the Look Ahead.  It was suggested to move the selection of Councilor Position #6 and the Approval of Employee Health Benefits Plan before the Public Hearing at the Council Business Meeting tomorrow night.   
 
Mayor Stromberg spoke regarding marijuana dispensaries staying open later than 7 PM.  This would need an Ordinance change.  This was decided to bring back to the Council with more information.
 
 
The Council adjourned to Executive Session at 6:41PM for real property transaction, pursuant to ORS 190.660(2)(e)
 
Respectfully submitted by:
 
____________________________________
City Recorder, Melissa Huhtala
 
 
Attest:
 
____________________________________
Mayor Stromberg

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