Lakeview Town Council officially swore-in its new Town manager and considered a street closure proposal and a wildlife feeding ordinance, at its Tuesday, Nov. 26, public meeting.
The meeting began with Mayor Ray Turner officially swearing in Michele Parry in her new role as Town manager. Parry has lived in the Lakeview area since 2018 after moving from Roseville, Calif. She has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Brigham Young University. She also has a Web Design and Interactive Media Certification from the Art Institute of Sacramento. Before she was hired to be the new Town manager Parry worked for a variety of companies in the Sacramento, Calif., area in their marketing departments.
Currently she is in a transition process as she learns the ins-and-outs of her new role. For the next six months she will be assisted by Town Engineer Darryl Anderson and Dir. of Public Works Jim Marshall, who both served as dual interim Town Managers since the summer following the retirement of Roberta Vanderwall.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Council discussed a request from Fremont/A.D. Hay Elementary School Principal Susan Warner about the possibility of closing off South I Street between fifth and sixth streets.
Warner sent a letter to Mayor Turner and Marshall, discussing safety issues students face walking between the two school buildings. Even though there are barricades on the streets around Fremont/A.D. Hay, many people ignore them by either going around or crashing through them. Another issue is that many people walk down that street to get to their appointments at the hospital, and Warner is concerned about these people either walking right onto campus or potentially having unsafe interactions with students.
While Council showed support for permanently closing the street, staff was unsure it would be possible because of the many utilities that run under the street. Council Member Darwin Johnson suggested it might be possible to close off the street if they retained easements so that equipment can be sent down the street. Turner would like more research on the matter, and for all major stakeholders to get together.
The next item was Ordinance 870, which would penalize people that feed deer in Lakeview. The Town of Lakeview would like the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to complete a study of the deer population in Lakeview, and determine what if anything can be done about them. ODFW requires that any community that wishes to have its help must pass an ordinance that outlaws feeding of deer.
After research of already-established ordinances, staff chose an ordinance passed by Burns last year. ODFW will not come in without the ordinance on the books, and even then the council might not like ODFW’s conclusions. Many of the Town Council felt this ordinance would help cut back on those that feed deer as there would be a deterrent. Town Council member Niki Taylor pointed out it is just a matter of time before someone gets hurt by a deer.
Johnson was incredulous that they had to pass an ordinance before ODFW would come in to help. Marshall pointed out the Oregon Legislature passed several years ago rules as a compromise between environmental groups and cities, as this law stops lawsuits on the matter. The council tabled the debate until more research could be done about what is happening in Burns with their ordinance.
In other business, the Town Council approved two resolutions, 966 and 967. Resolution 966 provides an extra $1,000 per month to the Director of Public Works as supplemental pay for the next six months as he assists the new Town Manager. Resolution 967 provides an extra $1,000 per month to the Town Engineer under the same parameters.
Lakeview Town Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Lakeview Town Hall, unless otherwise noted.
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