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Study Session

Minutes
Tuesday, August 07, 2018

MINUTES FOR THE COUNCIL STUDY SESSION
ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL
August 7, 2018
Council Chambers
1175 E. Main Street

 
Note: Items on the Agenda not considered due to time constraints are automatically continued to the next regularly scheduled Council meeting [AMC 2.04.030.E.]
 
6:00 p.m. Study Session
 
Council President Morris called the Study Session to Order at 6:03 PM.
 
Councilor Slattery, Morris, Bachman, Seffinger, Rosenthal and Jensen were present.
 
  1. Public Input (15 minutes, maximum)
 
None.
 
  1. Transportation SDC Ordinance Update Preview
 
Public Works Director Paula Brown introduced Deb Galardi of Galardi Consulting, LLC, and Senior Planner Brandon Goldman.  She thanked all involved for their hard work. 
 
Ms. Galardi went over a PowerPoint presentation (see attached).
 
Mayor Stromberg arrived at 6:15 PM.
 
Items discussed were:
  • Background of the TSDC.
  • Project objectives.
  • SDC Components:
    • Reimbursement Fee
    • Improvement Fee
    • Compliance Fee
  • Proportionate share in TSDC context.
  • Equation of TSDC.
  • Methodology Comparison from 1999, 2016 and the 2018 recommended methodology.
 
Seffinger asked Staff to define what TSDC is.  Ms Brown explained that TSDC is “Transportation System Development Charge”.  She spoke that every City street that grows in population has a direct impact to safely and conveniently drive on streets. She explained that this fee includes streets, sidewalks, bike paths and transit. She spoke that when new growth comes into the City this charge is to pay for impact to the exisiting system and help build for the future.
 
  • Growth Improvement Costs by Type.  Percentages: 50% Intersection & Roadway Improvements, 33% Pedestrian Improvements, 12% Bike Improvements, 3% Transit, 2% Crossing and 0% Studies.
 
  • Comparison of ITE Trip Rates:
    • Single family dwelling
    • Apartments
    • General office buildings
    • Hospital
    • Supermarket
    • High turnover restaurant
    • Gasoline station
    • Elementary school
    • Drive in bank
 
  • Implementation options. 
  • Comparison of TSDC’s in other cities. 
  • Incentive and discounts. 
  • Summary of Committee Recommendations.
  • Adoption schedule.
 
Rosenthal thanked Staff.  He questioned other options regarding the 3-year phase in.  He questioned if there were other options.  Ms. Brown spoke that Council could decide phase in or not. She spoke that she could bring Council options. Ms. Brown explained that Council can decide at First Reading whether to phase in or not and make the final decision at the Second Reading.
 
Slattery questioned the reasons why to phase in.  Ms. Brown explained that the main reason is due to single family homes.  She spoke that single family homes have been very low for years and if those are doubled it will be a big shock to people. 
 
City Administrator, Kelly Madding explained that Staff would look at the pros and cons from the recommendation of the Committee and Staff regarding the methodology. The question for Council will be when and how to start collecting the TSDC’s.
 
  1. North Main/Plaza – Potential Sidewalk Project
 
Ms. Brown went over the proposed project.  She spoke that Staff is ready to begin and it will be an in-house design costing $110,000.   
 
  1. Summer Water Supply Update
 
Ms. Brown gave a brief Staff report.  She spoke that Conservation Analyst, Julie Smitherman has been doing a great job getting information to the citizens.
 
 
Rosenthal questioned why the decision was made to use TID water before TAP.  Ms. Brown explained that TID is the best option financially and more proactive for the City. 
 
 
The Study Session was adjourned at 7:00 PM
 
Respectfully submitted by:
 
___________________________________________
City Recorder, Melissa Huhtala
 
 
Attest:
 
___________________________________________
Mayor Stromberg
 
 
 

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