MINUTES FOR THE CONTINUED MEETING
ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL
August 8, 2001 - 7:00 p.m.
Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor DeBoer called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers.
Councilors Laws, Hartzell, Hanson, and Hearn were present. Councilors Morrison and Reid were absent.
1. Reading by title only of "A Resolution amending the pay schedule for management and confidential employees."
City Administrator Greg Scoles explained that the proposed resolution would adjust the pay schedule for the Management Team, Division Supervisors, Mid-Level Supervisors, Confidential Employees, City Recorder, and Municipal Judge. The proposed 3.5% adjustment would be commensurate with the adjustments granted by contract to the City’s five bargaining units, which represent the remaining employees. The increase was anticipated in the approved 2000/01 budget in anticipation of the adjustment. In the past, the council determined that it was important to maintain reasonable salary differentials between organized employees and the supervisory/management staff, which allows the City to maintain a competitive pay schedule.
Councilors Hearn/Hartzell m/s to approve Resolution #2001-23. Councilor Laws made a request to abstain from voting due to direct economic conflict. Councilors Hartzell/Hearn m/s to approve the request. Voice Vote: all AYES. Motion passed. Roll Call Vote on first motion: Hartzell, Hanson and Hearn - YES. Motion passed.
2. First reading of "An Ordinance amending section 11.30.020 of the Ashland Municipal Code to Exempt the Hargadine Parking Facility from Downtown Employee Parking Restrictions."
Scoles briefly explained the proposed ordinance permitting persons employed in the Downtown Parking District to park in the newly constructed Hargadine Parking Facility. Council discussed tracking employee parking to gather information about patterns in order to develop a plan to encourage them to park in the facility.
Councilors Laws/Hanson m/s to approve Ordinance 2871. DISCUSSION: Hartzell requested information on use patterns. Scoles clarified that the new facility would be managed by Diamond Parking in a manner similar to street parking. Roll Call Vote: Laws, Hartzell, Hanson, and Hearn - YES. Motion passed.
OTHER BUSINESS FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS
Hartzell requested council's thoughts regarding initiating a mobile home ordinance to protect owners. Laws offered his supported and noted that any commission or committee may speak to the city attorney to develop a draft ordinance before bringing it to council. DeBoer stated his opposition as mobile home parks are already regulated by the State. Hearn and Hanson were not opposed to looking at more information.
Hartzell noted her concern regarding grant monies and voiced her plans to explore the process further. Scoles clarified that grants come through the council before they are accepted. Hartzell noted recent activities regarding staff time and grant writing that did not pass through the granting process.
DeBoer requested, and council agreed, to replace the council liaison for the Planning Commission with Chris Hearn.
DeBoer noted a letter from the Medford-Ashland Air Quality Group requesting a council representative. The first meeting is August 30, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Laws offered his time for the group.
DeBoer stated he would be absent at the November 6, council meeting. Councilor Reid will be available to run the meeting.
Hartzell noted the AFN update and requested confirmation that it would be on the next agenda. Scoles confirmed.
Meeting was adjourned at 12:34 p.m.