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The Times of Brownsville, Oregon

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The Brownsville City Council Meeting was held on March 24th with all Council members in attendance.

Jon You once, Vice President of McFarland Cascade is in charge of six pole peeling operations, including the one in Brownsville spoke to Council about noise levels. "We've accomplished the benchmarks the City set. But we do want to be a good neighbor." The company has implemented some initial measures at the mill that can be done without permits. Quieter equipment has been installed the shroud and wood have been lined. The mill is working with an engineer and looking into the building permit process before putting up any walls. You once added, "I don't know if we will be able to make everyone happy, but that is what we are striving for." Mayor Ware thanked you once and told him he appreciated his cooperation and his work on the issue.

Brian Hoffman, the new Site Manager for Sweet Home Sanitation, talked about community involvement. Tentatively there will be the Brownsville Cleanup Event on October 3rd and the Household Hazardous Waste Event in Sweet Home on October 10. City Administrator Scott McDowell said in his report, "Sweet Home Sanitation has been a tremendous community partner, providing many donations over the course of the year for nuisance properties, town cleanup and other things they do for the City." Resolution 2015.07 – Sweet Home Sanitation Rates was passed by Council. There will be a rate increase of 2.4 retroactive to the 1st of March.

Tim House gave a presentation about nuisance abatement city wide. Pictures of a lot in House s neighborhood were shown to Council by a citizen. House remarked, "It affects us all, no matter where you live." Administrator McDowell responded by saying that the City has been working on this topic for years and is trying to strike a proper balance.

Karl Frink gave the Public Works report. He said that new infiltration pumps were installed at the Water Treatment Plant making Pioneer Park ready to go for the summer. The Park is open, the electrical conduit is in and power pole has been installed, a contractor will be working on the project. McCormick Cascade Waterline Contractors are finished. Sewer extensions for Bishop Royal are complete and have passed all testing. All manholes on North Point Loop have been channeled and resealed. Asphalt paving will be done at the end of April or beginning of May. All the gravel streets in town have been graded and graveled. Contractors are being called to give bids on the City Hall Project. Once awarded and a date established, Public Works will tear out concrete in front of the building to prepare for landscaping.

Ordinance 751 - Land use Options for Marijuana Facilities had a second reading; the Council passed the legislation. McDowell stated in his report that if the State were to require the City to take Federal out of the definition for business registration then marijuana faculties would be allowed to locate in certain zones of the City. Ordinance 752 - Elected Officials Replacement Policy and Ordinance 753 - Dog Leash Law had the first reading and will have a second reading at the next City Council Meeting.

Christine Whitehead was appointed to the Library Advisory Board.

Weapons discharge ideas were discussed and Council will be looking at the ordinance again.

Council will be talking about Council Goals and Vision Statement at the next City Council Meeting on April 28th.

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Original Publication Date: April 8, 2015

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