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Study Session

Monday, September 17, 2018


Monday, September 17, 2018
Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street

Mayor Stromberg called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
  1. Public Input (15 minutes, maximum)
Dave Helmich- Ashland- Spoke promoting solar energy.
Pepper Trail – Ashland – Read a statement into the record regarding the 10x20 request for proposals for Imperatrice Property Solar Project (see attached).   
Kristi Mergenthaler – Ashland – Spoke she is from Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. Spoke regarding the Imperatrice property.  She explained that there are rare bird species and plants in that property.  She spoke in support of the 10x20 solar project.  Excellent recreation such as bird watching and hiking.  CEAP and 10x20 Ordinance support.  She suggested to have only wild life fencing to reduce hazards to wildlife.   She spoke that she will submit her suggestions in writing. 
Gretchen Vos – Ashland – Professional botanist. She spoke in concern regarding the 10x20 solar project.  She suggested to find another place where there could be a solar ray with less environmental impact. 
Ted Gibbs– Ashland – Spoke regarding global warming. He spoke to the importance of getting an RFP completed and to continue with this project.
Huelz Gutcheon– HWY 99. – Spoke regarding alternative communities and the homeless.
  1. City Utility Assistance Programs Presentation
Administrative Services Manager Bryn Morrison and Customer Services Supervisor Travis Reeder presented Council with a PowerPoint regarding Utility Assistance programs (see attached).  
Council discussed:
  • Programs for senior citizens.
  • Programs for disabled.
Ms. Morrison gave the contact information: Phone 541- 488-6004.  Email:
Council discussed Community outreach. 
  1. Winter Shelter Update
City Administrator Kelly Madding gave a staff report.  She spoke that Staff is looking at the following locations: Rogue Valley Church, Presbyterian Church, United Methodist Church and Pioneer Hall.
Council discussed options.
Ms. Madding explained that Staff will be meeting with Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland (ORHA) to talk about what Pioneer Hall can be used for.
Ms. Madding thanked Assistant to the City Administrator Adam Hanks for his work on this project.    
  1. 10 by 20 Ordinance Update
Ms. Madding gave a brief Staff report.
Mr. Hanks and Interim Electric DirectorTom McBartlett gave a Staff report.  
Council gave consensus for the RFP to be completed by Staff and bring to a future Council Business Meeting. 
The Study Session was adjourned at 7:30 PM
Respectfully submitted by:
City Recorder, Melissa Huhtala
Mayor Stromberg
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