By Scott Olson
The Creswell City Council started the new year Monday night by swearing in Richard Zettervall as its newest city councilor and electing Councilor Omar Bowles as its council president. Mayor Dave Stram also delivered his annual State of the City address, made appointments to council committees and issued charges to those committees.
Monday night’s meeting began with Creswell Municipal Judge Scott Palmer swearing in Zettervall, who replaces former councilor Holly Campbell, who resigned last fall due to health reasons. Zettervall, who has been a frequent attendee at Creswell City Council meetings, will fill out the remainder of Campbell’s term, which expires in 2018.
After Zettervall was sworn in, Mayor Stram gave his annual State of the City address, Part 1 which appears on page 4 of this week’s issue of The Chronicle. A video of the mayor’s State of the City address can also be viewed on The Creswell Chronicle’s website: www.thecreswellchronicle.com.
Following Mayor Stram’s State of the City address, he made his annual Council Committee appointments and issued the following charges to each committee:
Appointees: chair: Councilor Bowles; Councilor Jane Vincent, Mayor Stram; staff support: city administrator.
Charge: A) Conduct the annual city administrator performance review. B) Bring a salary recommendation for the city administrator to the Council. C) Review contracts and work expectation for the municipal judge and city attorney.
Timeline: Present city administrator performance review in executive session no later than the March 7 City Council meeting. Bring salary recommendations at this same time. Present information on contracts and work expectations for municipal judge and city attorney to council at March work session.
Appointees: chair: Councilor Patrick Miller; Councilors Richard Heyman and Jane Vincent; staff support: city administrator and finance director.
Charge: A) Continue oversight of community service grant program. B) Review 2015 audit findings. C) Review fees charged for city services.
Timeline: Review current applications for community service grants in January; present grants at February council meeting. Report on audit findings at March work session. Report on fee review at March work session.
Appointees: chair: Councilor Zettervall; Councilors Bowles and Vincent; staff support: city administrator and Lane County Sergeant.
Charge: Ensure that council has completed training requirements for FEMA reimbursements. Timeline: Report on council completion at March work sessions.
Transportation and Public Works
Appointees: chair: Councilor Heyman; Councilors Miller and Zettervall; staff support: city administrator and director of public works.
Charge: A) Serve on the Water Rate Advisory Committee to review and recommend water and sewer rates for Fiscal Year 2016-17. B) Meet with the Airport Commission and review the progress of the Oregon State University Airport Sustainability Plan (Phase 1 and 2 completed. Phases 3 and 4 underway). C) Participate with the City Council in a joint meeting with the Airport Commission to receive the final report on the Oregon State University Airport Sustainability Plan.
Timeline: Water Rate Advisory Committee Chair to bring water and sewer recommendation to the Feb. 22 council work session. Meet with Airport Commission as OSU completes each of the next states of their study. Date for joint meeting of the council and Airport Commission to be determined.
Mayor Stram also made the following appointments to the city’s new Water Rate Advisory Committee:
Water Rate Advisory Committee
Councilors Heyman, Miller and Zettervall; citizens Ron Bittler, Scott Fenley and non-city resident Bill Spencer; staff: Michelle Amberg and Jim Piper.
The first meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. in the City Hall conference room. The public is encouraged to attend. Co-chairs for the first meeting are Heyman and Spencer.
Charge: At the first meeting, read Section 47 – Water Rates, from the Creswell City Charter. With the adopted methodology, review City of Creswell sewer rates and recommend a rate to the City Council for Fiscal Year 2016-17.
Timeline: Committee chair to bring the water and sewer rate recommendations to the Feb. 22 council work session; this recommendation will be included in budget preparation and presented to the City Budget Committee in May.
A public hearing on water and sewer rate recommendations will be held prior to the adoption of the 2016-17 budget.
By Scott Olson