City Council waives fee for historic landmark designations

If you neglected to make it to the Troutdale City Council meeting this week, here’s what you missed.

Citizens support gun lawsuit

Gresham residents Frank Martin and Roxanne Ross spoke to the Troutdale council about a lawsuit they filed along with three other East County residents, against Multnomah County’s gun control ordinance on grounds that it doesn’t apply to cities.

“This (ordinance) was done without giving your citizens the opportunity they should have before an ordinance like this is passed in your city,” Ross said to the council.

Represented by Attorney Bruce McCain, the group is seeking judicial review of the ordinance passed in May, which prohibits possession of a loaded gun in public places, prohibits firing guns countywide and other limitations.

East County residents have been lead to question whether the county ordinance supersedes Gresham, Troutdale and Fairview city laws.

Troutdale City Attorney David Ross wrote a memorandum to the council on July 29 declaring it does not.

Ross outlined the city’s already existing firearms regulations and concluded the county gun ordinance “is not applicable within the city of Troutdale.”

McCain said in an Outlook article dated July 19, the ordinance only applies to the county’s unincorporated areas, such as Corbett to east of the Sandy River. Also, he said the only way the county ordinance can apply to cities is if those cities adopt the county’s firearm ordinance as their own.

McCain reiterated to the Troutdale council that the county’s ordinance does not apply within city limits.

He said the county deliberately left out language that said the law only applies to the county, and referenced a Willamette Week article in which County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury is quoted as saying the ordinance was deliberately written to make Multnomah County cities fall in line.

“This is far bigger than than just gun control ordinances,” McCain said.

Allowing the county to impose the ordinance could lead to the imposition of more “Portland-centric ideas,” like banning plastic bags and mandatory sick leave, he said.

McCain and residents filing the suit want a county judge to review the ordinance.

“The outcome of this is going to affect your city,” McCain told the Troutdale council.

Mayor Daoug Daoust said, “Thank you for explaining that in more detail.”

New officer takes Oath

Dressed fresh for the occasion in suit jackets, collared shirts and ties, Troutdale City Council and Police Chief Scott Anderson swore newbie officer Jerad Bearson into the city police department at the council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Bearson graduated from Linn-Benton Community College in Albany with a bachelor’s degree in social justice, and earned his Juvenile Corrections Certificate.

Mayor Doug Daoust had Bearson recite back the oath of office and the men shook hands.

Bearson has 15 weeks left in the police academy before he’s ready to officially hit the streets.

Police adopt strategic plan

After teaming for several months with Troutdale’s public safety advisory committee, Police Chief Scott Anderson announced Troutdale Police Department’s adoption of its 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.

“This is not a document that’s going to sit on the shelf and gather dust,” said Anderson of the plan designed to guide operations at the police department for the next three years.

Historic landmark fee waived

Council members decided to waive a $600 fee that property owners must pay to have their home designated a historic landmark in Troutdale.

“It’s become apparent the $600 fee is a barrier to private property owners proceeding with the process,” said Councilor David Ripma.

Owners must submit an application through the Historic Landmarks Commission for their property to be considered historic. A type III procedure requires owners to pay a $600 fee.

As a lawyer, Ripma said even he found the process complicated when he applied for his home.

Owners have complained the fee is too high, and have become discouraged with the process.

Snack and Tackle no longer Jack’s, but Mark’s

Jack’s Snack and Tackle, the drive-through bait and snack shack in the Glenn Otto Park parking lot, is undergoing an operation and name change.

Former operator Jack Glass of Troutdale is handing over the keys to local businessman Mark Cramlet, who will subsequently change the name to Mark’s Snack and Tackle.

Glass and his wife opened the shop in 1997. The couple paid $300 a month to keep their contract with the city.

When his wife fell ill, Glass found help with running the store, but when it began to fail, Glass sought another person to operate the business.

This summer, Cramlet has been filling in for Glass while he was out of town for two months.

The two came before the council to get legal approval of the switch.

Glass will remain sole operator and Cramlet sub-operator until the contract ends in 2017, or the men come to a different settlement.

Other movemments

Troutdale City Council also passed the following resolutions:

Resolution 3.2 - approves an agreement with Metro to accept a Nature in Neighborhoods Grant for urban renewal.

Resolution 3.4 - re-adopts the public works department capital improvement plans for storm sewer and water previously adopted March, 12, 2013 and rescinded due to a scrivener’s error.

Resolution 3.5 - authorizes the city manager to sign an agreement with the Oregon Department of Energy to provide cost reimbursement and coordination for an energy facility siting application.

Resolution 3.6 - rescinds Resolution 2214 adopting the Sanitary Sewer Master Plan dated May 2013.

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