MINUTES FOR THE STUDY SESSION
ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL
February 5, 2007
Civic Center Council Chambers
1175 E. Main Street
|CALL TO ORDER|
Mayor Morrison called the Study Session to order at 5:15 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers. He clarified the Council would be reviewing tomorrow's meeting agenda and requested they identify their questions for staff. He added this was an attempt to keep the regular meetings efficient and enable the Council to complete the agenda items.
Councilors Hardesty, Navickas, Jackson, and Chapman were present. Hartzell arrived at 5:20 p.m. Councilor Silbiger arrived at 7 p.m.
|1.||Look Ahead Review.|
City Administrator Martha Bennett reviewed the items on the Council Look Ahead and noted this document is constantly in flux. She stated that some of the agenda items slated for the February 20 meeting would likely be pushed to a subsequent meeting and noted the Council is scheduled to have a study session on February 22 to discuss "Right Water, Right Use".
Ms. Bennett noted the request from Philip Lang has been placed on the Look Ahead. She explained Council received a letter from Mr. Lang expressing concern about the bricks at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival complex, suggesting that they violate City policy and the City could be liable for any injuries. She stated there is a policy that enables citizens to request agenda items, however staff does not have to honor the date requested. Mayor Morrison commented that this issue has been raised before by Mr. Lang and questioned if it could be handled administratively.
Assistant City Attorney Richard Appicello clarified the Street and Police Banner Right of Way item. Ms. Bennett added that several citizens have come forward requesting clarification regarding pole banners. She stated staff will bring forward the issues and let Council resolve this since the Municipal Code does not provide a satisfactory answer.
Mr. Appicello also clarified the Parade Permit Procedures item. He noted the City Attorney has made changes to the current procedures to reflect a recent federal case so that the City is protected against a future claim. Councilor Hardesty requested a summary of the federal case when this issue is brought forward.
Councilor Navickas requested staff provide the names of citizens who have requested items be placed on the agenda. Ms. Bennett clarified this information would be included in the staff reports.
|2.||Discussion of Ashland Fiber Network Five-Year Business Plan.|
Informational Technology Director Joe Franell presented the AFN 5-year Business Plan to the Council. He voiced his support for the plan and noted that it would change over time. He briefly commented on the 3-year plan and stated this is the restructuring year, next year money will be expended on capital and replacement components, and year three and the years following will be looking to AFN to generate positive cash flow.
Mr. Franell reviewed each page of the plan with the Council, and noted the following highlights on each section:
|3.||Review of Regular Meeting Agenda for February 6, 2007.|
Mayor Morrison explained the purpose of this item is for Council to identify questions. Councilor Hardesty stated she has questions about the Annual Budget Process, the Transient Occupancy Tax, and the Library Funding Options; Councilor Jackson stated she has a question about the Ethics Provision; and Councilor Navickas requested they discuss the study session process.
Transient Occupancy Tax
Library Funding Options
Annual Budget Process
Study Session Process
Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
April Lucas, Assistant to City Recorder