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Archery Sites & New Sergeant at Brownsville Council Meeting

The Times of Brownsville, Oregon

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At the June 23rd Brownsville City Council Meeting, City Administrator Scott McDowell announced, "Councilor Gerber is going to be running the meeting tonight as part of Mayor Ware's Communication Plan. Mayor Ware adopted a communication plan on December 2014 of whereby, quarterly, one of the Councilors will get an opportunity to run the meeting."

Citizen comments were mostly about the Weapons Discharge Ordinance with the main focus on Archery. Many want a designated place and permits for bow and arrows in town. Allen Buzzard opposed shooting arrows in town, showing a photo of a live turkey that had been walking around with an arrow stuck in it. He also displayed a hunting arrow he had found in his yard. After much discussion by Council, Ordinance 745 — Weapons Discharge was dismissed. Staff will be crafting a new ordinance that would allow archery ranges in certain locations in town.

The Council accepted the results of the marijuana ballot that resulted in a 6$% approval for preventing marijuana to be sold with the boundaries of Brownsville, as long as it is illegal federally. The cost of the ballot measure in May was $130.42 for the City.

Linda McCormick, Chairman of the "Stand By Me Day" Event, talked about the highlights of this year and next year's happenings. The event which celebrates the making of the movie "Stand By Me" in Brownsville will be held on July 23rd. Because the film, released in 1986, will be having its 30th anniversary this coming year McCormick announced, "Next year we are stepping things up quite a bit."

Sergeant Gregg Cline introduced himself to Council as he did at the Halsey City Council Meeting. He is replacing Sergeant Kelly. Cline said, "I have been here for 25 years with the Linn County Sheriff's Office." He added, "I was assigned to work with Lieutenant Michelle Duncan to be the Sergeant of the contract cities. I'm proud to be here, it's a great place." Cline also talked about more hours to be spent in Brownsville with a focus on traffic.

Karl Frink for Public Works reported all the paving has been done, five roads and a parking lot. Shoulder rock will be applied to the edges of streets. Holderman Paving has been hired to do several street patchings around town. Alot of work has been done at Pioneer Park; Frink gave a special thanks to the new park managers, Borden and Sandy Granger, and to Clint Taskinen for all the work they have done. The bathrooms, kitchen and a drinking fountain had been vandalized. Repairs and clean up was done in time for Pioneter Picnic.

Administrator Scott McDowell reported on the Weed Nuisance Programl and Permitting Standards. The weed ordinance starts on June 1st to September 30th and is for fire-related purposes. A contracted service has been hired by the City to mow posted properties. McDowell stated about Permitting Standards, "We are making sure the tests are done, we're making sure the specs are followed, we're making sure the inspector comes down, and we're making sure that we get it right. And we are doing that to protect the citizens and to protect our tax payers to not have to pay for something that should be done right the first time."

Central Linn Recreation Association Agreement was given another year. Spay/Neuter Voucher Program was tabled for discussion at another time. Bishop Royale's request for some of the developement fees for the new building on Bishop Way to be waived was denied. Park Board Recommendation — Trees, old trees will be taken out and new trees will eventually be planted along streets downtown was given the okay.

Councilor Gerber then dismissed the public. The Council then transitioned into an Executive Session to discuss a property transaction.

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Original Publication Date: July 1, 2015

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