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Minutes September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015

The Enterprise City Council met in  regular session on Monday September 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Those present were Mayor Steve Lear; Councilors Bill Coffin, Laura Miller, Larry Christman, Stacey Karvoski, Jenni Word; Staff Michele Young, Denine Rautenstrauch, Ronnie Neil.

Absent:  Councilor Dave Elliott

Guest:  Mike Berry, Margaret Rystrom, Bran Walker

Press:   Kathleen Ellen of the Chieftain


Margaret Rystrom asked to be added to the agenda to discuss Affordable Housing.

Councilor Christman made and Councilor Word seconded the motion to add Ms. Rystrom to the agenda.

Councilor Coffin made a motion to approve the August 10, 2015 minutes with the correction in the minutes that he was present.  Councilor Miller seconded that motion which passed unanimously.


Fishtrap was not present.

Alpenfest was not present.

Wallow Valley Ice Rink:  Michael Berry  stated that last year they had a pretty bad year.  The weather was warm enough that the rink was not used much and then a windstorm caused damage to their rink and they have to purchase a new liner.  They are requesting $2000 from the Motel Tax Fund.

GEMS:  Michael Berry stated that GEMS is requesting $2,000 for the 2015 Winterfest.  They had a great parade last year and the event was a huge success.  They are looking forward to another great Christmas Winterfest celebration. 

Enterprise Landmarks Commission:  Michele Young presented an application for $1,500 to help pay for the Audio Tour building plaques and have a sign designed promoting the Historic Building Audio Walking Tour for Enterprise.  This is proven to be a success with tourism.  The goal is that this will eventually be a county wide promotion.


Margaret Rystrom owner/operator of the Outpost RV Park stated that she receives calls asking if they have housing, looking for rentals.  She stated that the hospital has a hard time recruiting because there is no affordable housing.  She is feels this needs to be talked about but doesn't know where to take it.  Michele stated that this has been an on going discussion in Wallowa County.  There was a committee formed out of the RDAC process that was sponsored by the Chamber of

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Commerce years ago.  Michele recommended that maybe they contact Lisa Dawson at NEOEDD to see if there are any contacts for Mrs. Rystrom to make to get this discussion back on track.


Public Works:  Ronnie reported on the water incident at the reservoir.  We had a property owner dig for a water connection when asked not do it without our presence.  They caused damage to the city main and the main had to be shut off.  When water was turned back on we had a house in the Melville development that had damage to their line from the water surge or air and it flooded their basement.  New wood flooring will be have be replaced.  We have billed the landowner responsible for all of the water line break and we have turned the damages over to our insurance for the homeowner.

Ronnie stated they installed a catch basin near the Laundromat, this will help with the problems we have had in the past with water run-off flooding the area.

Ronnie reported that the  foundation prep is completed at the new reservoir site and that 7 new  fire hydrants on Fish Hatchery have been installed and 5 old hydrants have been replaced with new ones.

Library – Denine stated that they are moving forward with  the lift project.  Drawings are not completed yet but are in the works.  The Contract must be reviewed by Roland and the plans by Anderson Perry.

Administration:  Michele reported that we have received a donation of $2,000 from Tom Warde to go towards Warde park improvements.  Ronnie discussed with the council that he now does not feel the grass strip/block design would be the best.  He will work on a better proposal.

Michele reported that OLCC came to the County and met with cities and the county regarding the procedures of processing OLCC license permits and reviewing the requirements of the permit holder.  This is the second time they have been here in the last 4 years.  They reviewed problems they commonly have and received complaints on and provided training on the role of law enforcement and reporting to OLCC.  Present at our meeting were Michele, George Kohlhepp and Lacey McQuead.

Police – George reported on the motorcycle event stating it went well, they received a few complaint calls but overall it was successful.


Councilor Word reported on the progress of the hiring of a Chief of Police.


Councilor Karvoski stated they are just about to get started on the Evaluation program for Department Heads.  The committee is Jenni Word, herself and Laura Miller.



Community Connections – Mayor Lear read a letter from Community Connections requesting  the city approve an IGA (Intergovernmental Agreement) for a grant they are applying for.  Councilor Coffin made and Councilor Christman seconded the motion to support and authorize Mayor Lear & Michele Young to sign the IGA as presented.

Ordinance No. 580 – Michele presented to the Council Ordinance No. 580 approving a Franchise for LightSpeed Networks.   LightSpeed  Networks is providing a network expansion for Verizon.  Councilor Christman made and Councilor Miller seconded the motion to approve Ordinance No. 580.  Michele took a Roll Call vote, motion passed unanimously.

MoonCake, LLC - Michael Berry presented the Council with a New Off Premise Sales application from OLCC.  He is opening up a new business next to Wild Carrot. They will be selling bottles of wine and specialty beers.  Councilor Karvoski made and Councilor Christman seconded the motion to approve the OLCC License for Off Premise Sales.  Motion passed unanimously.

GEMS Sign – Michael Berry told the Council that the Enterprise Welcome sign is moving forward and they are requesting release of the Motel Tax funds.  Councilor Christman made and Councilor Word seconded the motion to direct Michele to release the $15,000 designated for the Welcome Sign.  Motion passed unanimously.

WATER PROJECT CHANGE ORDERS:  Councilor Christman made and Councilor Karvoski seconded the motion to authorize the Public Works Director to approve up to $15,000 per  change order for the Water Project.  Motion passed unanimously.

Being no further business the meeting was adjourn.


                                                                        Steven D. Lear, Mayor



Michele R. Young, City Admin./Recorder