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Minutes September 9, 2013

The Enterprise City Council met in regular session on Monday September 9, 2013 at 7:30p.m. Those present were Mayor Margie Shaw; Councilors Stacey Karvoski, Tim Parks, Larry Christman, Laura Miller, Jenni Word; City Attorney Roland Johnson; Staff Ronnie Neil, Denine Rautenstrauch, Michele Young, Wes Kilgore

Not Present: Councilor Bill Coffin

Guests: Bruce Bliven; Vickie Searles, Toni Leech, David & Kelly Gette, Brandon Miller, Chuck Anderson, Carmen Girule.

Press: Katy Nesbit of The Observer and Rob Ruth of the W.C. Chieftain.



Councilor Christman made and Councilor Karvoski seconded the motion to approve the August 12, 2013 minutes. Motion passed unanimously.


Bruce Bliven asked about the Website, when was the city going to post the agenda on it; purchase of a city lot and how much did employees get for Cost of Living Increase. Michele and Denine responded stating they are having problems with the website but keep looking, it will get on their. The city did purchase the adjoining parcel from Rob DeSpain, something we have been working on for a few years now and city employees received a 1.1% Cost of Living Increase.

Toni Leech commented about Viki Abram's comments at the last council meeting. Toni asked the council to think about what the public says.

Mayor Shaw stated that if you want to be better informed please come to the meeting. Toni stated that people that cannot absorb the cost are coming to her with letters, they do not want to sign their names to the letters though.

Bruce Bliven stated that water pressure is very important and stated that when the forest service building burned down the Mayor went to all of the houses where he lives on the west hill and asked everyone to turn off their water heaters so that they weren't damaged while the firemen were fighting the fire.


Michele Young swore in our new Patrol Officer David Gette


*Visicore Franchise Request. Roland did not feel they needed a Franchise Agreement.

Michele will write them telling them they do not need a Franchise.

*CETRA Grant Request Presentation:

Alpenfest: Chuck Anderson stated they are applying for $2,000. This will go toward entertainment and marketing. Mayor Shaw stated that she was disappointed that they were not having activities in Enterprise. Chuck agreed, he received minimal sponsorship from business's in Enterprise.

Wallowa Valley Community Ice Rink: Andie Leuder presented their application requesting $2,000.00 stating this is their 13th year, her 9th. They are hiring a new manager and are applying for more grants to continue the efforts for the covered Ice Rink.

Wallowa County Business Facilitation: Vickie Searles presented a written outline from WCBF.

They are pretty straight forward in their operation. They are up to 840 clients since they started, 333 were in Enterprise which is 39%. Vickie presented pie charts showing their funding sources. They are requesting $2,000.00


Roland stated that the family is ready to move forward with selling this to the city for $500.00. They do have one request however, that the city replace the missing dedication plaque that was up their. Councilor Christman made a motion to spend up to $150 for a plaque; Councilor Karvoski seconded the motion which passed unanimously.


FIRE – Chief Paul Karvoski submitted a written report stating they only had a couple of calls. Engine 110 has been out with ODF crews on and off during the month of August.

POLICE –Chief Wes Kilgore submitted a written stat report on their calls for the month of August.

LIBRARY – Denine reported that next month they will have new board member nominations. Denine went over her 2013 Oregon Public Library Statistical Report. She does these every year and thought the Council might be interested in it.

PUBLIC WORKS - Ronnie Neil submitted a written report talking about the Depot Street paving project and the restroom project at the park.

ADMINISTRATION - Michele Young submitted a written report that updated the council on activities with the Landmarks Commission and Planning Commission. Michele commented on the Golf Course Road Annexation that Councilor Karvoski had brought up at the last council meeting. Councilor Karvoski stated the only reason why she brought it up was because nothing ever was done about it. Roland commented that the prior Mayor, Steve Lear had requested a Council Committee to work on that and no one volunteered so he also thought it was done. After further discussion Michele was asked to provide the tax comparison data. Michele reported on the LGPI conference her and Lacey attended; they are going to be shredding old documents to clean the upstairs and updated the council on the progress of the Audit.

Staff was asked about the shrubbery problem at Safeway and at the Bridges property on Grant & 5th. Michele stated she forgot to call Safeway and would follow up on that.

Michele and Denine talked to the council about the problems they have been having with the Website. The webmaster is coming to help them out with it. Michele stated that the webmaster is working on the email issue as well.

The Council asked that all unfinished business be kept on the agenda so that we don't forget to follow up on items. Michele stated she would put all unfinished items on the agenda from now on.

Mayor Shaw closed the Public Session of the meeting to have an Executive Session as allowed by ORS 192.660(2)(d) to confer with Legal Counsel.

Mayor Shaw re-opened the Public Session. Councilor Stacey made a motion to direct the City Attorney to draw up an ordinance for an Administrative Hearing process for exclusions from city property. Councilor Word seconded the motion which passed unanimously. The Council scheduled the meeting to adopt the ordinance on Friday, September 13, 2013 at noon.

Being no further business the meeting was adjourn.


Margie Shaw, Mayor



Michele R. Young, City Admin./Recorder