The Jan. 21 Shady Cove City Council meeting was an exercise in contrast, audience emotions ran the gamut from excitement to expletives.
Two ongoing issues were resolved and one new topic was tackled, but not without question and a bit of controversy.
Budget Committee applicants were to be interviewed during the session, however applicants Jim Ulrich and Olin Shanrock were not in attendance. Cassandra Smith was the sole interviewee.
Though Smith has been a Shady Cove resident for nine years, none on the council had met her. Smith advised she’s been looking for a way to become more involved with the city and the Budget Committee application was the first opportunity to present itself. She also noted she is currently involved in local schools and works with foster care within the city.
Smith advised she has no specific experience creating budgets, but through her work she has a firm grasp of the current economy and must work within a tight departmental budget.
Councilor Leith Hayes expressed concern with Shanrock, citing his absences from two 09 budget meetings but it seemed the council felt they had three well qualified applicants for the two positions.
The evening meeting began with excitement, enthusiasm and much applause. First up were the Citizen(s) of the Year Awards (covered in a separate article) and the Students of the Month Awards.
January’s students were Sasha Smith and Nicky Perona. Teachers Tom Walker and David Sweem extolled the virtues of the girls, each was described as friendly, helpful, hard working and studious.
The 00 Holding Zone was finally settled as council voted it “so” 4/1 (Councilor Gary Hughes holding fast to his previous “no” vote).
Following months of research and many meetings, council voted unanimously to accept the contract between the city and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Subject to approval by the county commissioners, the change should occur in early February. The two full-time SCPD officers will become part of the JCSO and go through a year of training. The sheriff’s department will staff two full time officers and a full-time community service person, according to Councilor Margaret Bradburn. They will have a sub-station in city hall. Retired EP Police Chief Dave Strand will be working part-time with the JCSO. He was at the Shady Cove Council meeting. The mayor noted he felt they had “…made the best decision for the city all things considered.” The vote was followed by fervent applause.
Candidates for the budget committee were appointed with a “yes/no” vote to avoid the confused process used for planning commission candidates.
First to be voted on was Smith – following the motion several audience members could be heard saying, “Who is she?” and “Is she even here?” Council voted to appoint Smith 5/0.
The next motion was for Jim Ulrich – he was appointed 4/1.
With this the mayor stated the positions had been filled and the voting was at an end. In lieu of applause, Lynn Horn stood and exited the meeting stating, “Same (censored) different day!”
The last item in the meeting was an announcement that Jack Stout has resigned from the Planning Commission. Interviews for a new appointee will begin soon.
By Christy Pitto
Of the Independent