TOWN OF LEXINGTON
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
October 13, 2015
Council Members Present: Mayor A Arnspiger, Councilors: Deona Siex
Council Member Absent: Bill Beard and Sheila Miller
Employees Present: Kevin McCabe
Volunteers Absent: Fire Chief Charlie Sumner
Community Members Present: John & Dorothy Edwards, Jean Brazell, from the Morrow County Planning dept. Carla McLane and Stephanie Loving, Annette Sherman, Rick Smith, Bev Steagall, John Renfro, Victor Klinger, Karen Temple, Willie, and Commissioner LeAnn Rea.
Note: If “motion carried” is stated, everyone approved.
Mayor Arnspiger called the Council Meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
Mayor Arnspiger started the meeting by stating we do not have a quorum, no motions or decisions could be made but we would continue with the meeting and take public testimony on the Ordinance to Opt out of Marijuana Activities including both Medical and Recreation Operations as allowed under section 133(2), Chapter 614, Oregon Laws 2015 (Enrolled House Bill 3400). She stated we would continue the Public Hearings on October 15, 2015 at 6:30pm.
Mayor A. Arnspiger asked if there was anyone who wanted to speak in favor of Ordinance 2015-1.
John Refro asked to speak in favor of the ordinance; John reflected on his background in law enforcement with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Marijuana was the drug of choice in the Portland area during the early years of his career. Don’t be fooled by two things if a marijuana program is adopted, 1. no one is going to get rich, 2. There will be social problems. Speaking of these two issues, John gave an example of an incident near Lexington of a Licensed medical marijuana grower and an individual who had a medical marijuana card. A disagreement ensued, nothing happened but the patient was arrested.
Dorothy Edwards spoke in favor of the ordinance, she stated this town does not need any licensed people to sell marijuana, we have no law enforcement or lawyer to back us up.
Victor Klinger spoke against the town opting out, his comments are related to the revenue aspect of growing marijuana for the town. The revenue the town would get would be a considerable amount. It is unknown at this time of the revenue that could be generated for town of Lexington.
Being no more testimony, and there is no quorum, the public hearing will be continued on October 15, 2015 at 6:30pm at Town Hall.
The Conditional Use Permit for Town of Lexington will be continued until October 15, 2015 at 6:30pm at Town Hall.
The Urban Growth Area Management Agreement is tabled until October 15, 2015.
Mayor Arnspiger opened the regular Council Meeting at 7:15pm.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Maintenance Report nothing to report as we don’t have a maintenance person. The well is being checked by Kevin McCabe until a maintenance person can be hired.
Delinquent accounts. There are 7 delinquent accounts as of October 13, two accounts were given shut off notices to, they came in and paid by the shut off date.
Fire Department report. Fire Chief Sumner was not in attendance, Recorder McCabe did report the burn ban has been lifted as of October 7, 2015.
Old Business: Update on the park, Jay Keithley has started working on the picnic structure, Brett Cook will be over to inspect the progress on the park. Fill dirt has been brought in, will need more before grass is seeded. Naming of the park, there has been 5 citizens respond to the newsletter article in the October newsletter, Grist Mill Park has received 4 votes and Bunchgrass Park has received 1. At the November council meeting the council will be taking action to name the park.
Cost of installing a water meter. Cost analysis of installing a water meter for Victor Klinger was discussed. The cost of installing the meter was $645.73.
MDC Loan, Tabled until next month. Mayor Arnspiger read the analysis into the record.
On Thursday October 15, we will officially hire a maintenance person.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.