Listed below is the summary of all the items coming to the Council at the study session of March 14 and the business meeting of March 15. For the complete agenda and agenda packet click here.
Study Session of March 14, 2016
3. Report on potential amendments to Ashland’s Fair Housing Ordinance. This is a review of potential amendments to the Fair Housing chapter of the Ashland Municipal Code (Ch. 10.110) to newly establish domestic partnership status and age as protected classes. The suggested language to be included in the Fair Housing ordinance represents the cumulative efforts of two years’ worth of research, community dialogue and discussion, and includes some general “housekeeping” updates to the Ordinance needed to bring it up to date with State protections and City policies.
Immediately following the Study Session, the City Council will hold an Executive Session for labor negotiation and real property transaction pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(d) and (e).
Business Meeting of March 15, 2016
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS & AWARDS
1. Mayor’s proclamation of April 3-9, 2016 as Arbor Week in Ashland
2. Annual presentation by the Tree Commission
3. Presentation regarding Ashland winning, “Best Tasting Water” award
4. Report to Council on crime in Ashland and use of force by the Ashland Police Department. In 2008 the Council directed the Police Chief to make an annual report to the Council on crime in the City of Ashland and use of force by the Police Department. In 2015, APD used force 15 times; a 55% decrease from 2014.
The only item on the consent agenda is approval of minutes from boards, commissions, and committees.
1. Continued discussion of financing options for tactics to address downtown behavior issues. The Council is considering a number of actions the City might take to address behavior issues in downtown Ashland and has requested a discussion of how these actions might be financed. Attached is a memo that was prepared for the Council’s Feb. 1, 2016, study session that addresses financing. In general, the City can raise revenues (create new revenues sources or increase existing sources), cut expenditures in other areas of the budget and re-direct expenditures.
NEW AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS
ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS AND CONTRACTS
1. Approval of a resolution titled, “A resolution modifying solid waste franchise rates and fees”. Recology Ashland, consistent with the 2013 solid waste franchise agreement, is requesting a consumer price index (CPI) based rate increase for solid waste collection service fees. Coupled with this annual process, Recology has identified and proposed several small rate and process adjustments for Council’s consideration and approval.
2. Approval of a resolution titled, “A resolution of the City of Ashland to submit to the voters at the November 8, 2016, General Election an ordinance establishing a tax on the sale of recreational marijuana and marijuana-infused products in the City of Ashland”. At its February 16, 2016, meeting, the City Council approved ordinance no. 3121, establishing a 3% tax on the sale of recreational marijuana and marijuana-infused products at OLCC-licensed retail establishments in the City of Ashland. Under state law, this ordinance does not go into effect until approved by voters in a general election. This resolution refers the ordinance to the November election and establishes the ballot title language.
3. First reading by title only of an ordinance titled, “An ordinance adding Chapter 10/130 Intrusive Solicitation to Title 10 Peace, Morals and Safety of the Ashland Municipal Code”. The attached proposed ordinance prohibits solicitation where the solicited person could feel pressure to make a contribution because the specific circumstances make it difficult to avoid unwanted solicitation.
4. First reading by title only of an ordinance titled, “An ordinance amending AMC Chapter 10.64 Obstructing Sidewalks and Passageways”. Obstructing pedestrian passageways with objects or dogs is already prohibited by City ordinances. The attached proposed ordinance amendment would make intentional obstruction of pedestrian passageways by people a violation as well.