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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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