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City Council Meeting Summary

Listed below is the summary of all the items coming to the Council at the study session on August 31 and the regular Council meeting on September 1.  For the complete agenda and agenda packet click here.
Study Session of August 31, 2015
1.   Discussion of City Recorder charter amendment. This is a continuation of a discussion begun at the May 4, 2015, study session of whether to refer a charter amendment to the voters to make the City Recorder an appointed position.
2.   Ashland Fire & Rescue Operational and Staffing Information. This is the second study session pursuant to a request by the Mayor to discuss the mission and future of Ashland Fire & Rescue.
Business Meeting for September 1, 2015
Item 1 is one Council sees on a regular basis (minutes, liquor licenses, commission appointments, etc.)
2.         Award of contract to apparent low bidder for the Oak Street railroad crossing pedestrian improvement. The Council is asked to approve award of a construction contract for the Oak St. Railroad Crossing Pedestrian Improvement project. On August 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. bids submitted for the Oak St. Railroad Project were opened and publicly read. Bids were received from four contractors with KOGAP Enterprises, Inc. providing the low bid.
  1. Public hearing and reading of ordinances titled, “An ordinance amending the City of Ashland Comprehensive Plan to add a Normal Neighborhood plan designation to Chapter II [Introduction and Definitions], add the Normal Neighborhood land categories to Chapter IV [Housing Element], change the Comprehensive Plan map designation for approximately 94 acres of land within the City of Ashland urban growth boundary from single family residential and suburban residential to the Normal Neighborhood plan designation, and adopt the Normal Neighborhood Plan Framework as a supporting document to the City of Ashland Comprehensive Plan”
      “An ordinance amending the Street Dedication map, Planned Intersection and Roadway Improvement map, and the Planned Bikeway Network map of the Ashland Transportation System plan for the Normal Neighborhood plan area and amending street design standards within the Ashland Municipal Code Chapter 18.4.6 to add a new shared street classification”
      “An ordinance amending the Ashland Municipal Code creating a new Chapter 18.3.4 Normal Neighborhood District, amending Chapter to add a Normal Neighborhood zoning classification, and amending Chapter to add a Normal Neighborhood Special District.”. The three ordinances presented for consideration amend the Comprehensive Plan, Transportation System Plan, and Municipal Code Chapter 18 (Land Use Ordinance) to implement the Normal Neighborhood Plan.
The Normal Neighborhood Plan area includes 94 acres that is presently outside the city limits, yet within the established Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The existing Comprehensive Plan designations for the area anticipate the future urbanization of this area with single family (SFR) and suburban residential developments. The housing density expected for SFR lands would range from 4.5 to six units per acre on average. Suburban residential lands typically accommodate attached housing options with densities between 7.2 and nine units per acre
The Normal Neighborhood Plan will guide future development associated with approximately 94 acres of unincorporated lands within Ashland’s Urban Growth Boundary.  Upon annexation of properties in the Normal Neighborhood district, the plan establishes land use policies, standards, and guidelines that promote the construction of diverse housing types and a neighborhood network of connected streets, walkways and cycling facilities, while requiring integration of, and protection for, the neighborhood’s natural areas, consisting of wetlands, creeks and associated floodplains and riparian areas. The neighborhood plan includes detailed maps and graphics illustrating key objectives while providing flexibility and encouraging innovative development alternatives.
1.   8th Quarterly Financial Report of the 2013-15 Biennium. The Administrative Services Department submits financial reports to Council on a quarterly basis to provide assurance of budget compliance and for informational and comparative purposes throughout the year.
This report is for the “eighth or final quarter” covering April through June 2015 of the two-year budget with comparisons to budget, between years and to other periods.  Even though we have tried to simplify our comparisons they can be complex, thus confusing, and we apologize for this in advance.
These is preliminary final information for the 2013-15 biennium and the June 30, 2015, financial report.  Some information is likely to change as the annual audit is currently in process.
For more information call 541-488-6002.

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