Lots of activity at Cobalt Activity Center Council OKs tobacco licensing, airport loan, more

More good news for those looking to get in better shape on the north side of town.
City Manager Michelle Amberg said at this week’s city council meeting that she got a phone call last week from the person who used to run Curves, a women’s only gym, in Cottage Grove. Curves closed down and the equipment was moved to a shed in Creswell, Amberg said, and the person offered the equipment to the City.
”So, now we’re getting nine pieces of equipments and cardio boards,” from Curves, Amberg said, which will be used at the city-owned Cobalt Activity Center at 364 Cobalt Lane.
The plan is to move the donated equipment into the Cobalt Activity Center shortly, Amberg said.
Also at this week’s meeting, council also authorized to expend park system development charges to install and outdoor exercise area at the Cobalt Activity Center. The funding should not exceed $62,500 and will be provided by Park System Development Charges (SDCs).
The exercise equipment will be Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessible and were designed to be exposed in harsh weather conditions.
Staff estimated costs for the park include equipment for $30,000, rubberized ADA compliant surface for $20,000 and site preparation and finishing for $11,800.
City Recorder Roberta Tharp said that SDCs are usually paid by a developer when developing a parcel of property, noting that Creswell has water, sewer, streets and parks SDCs. SDC money can be spent on development but cannot be spent on maintenance items, she said.
”We keep expanding all things we have there (at the activity center),” Amberg said. ”Now, we just need someone to supervise it.”
Also at the meeting, Councilor Amy Knudsen asked City Manager Michelle Amberg about signage in Creswell, questioning the allowance of garage sale signs.
Amberg noted that people are allowed to put one on kind of sign, an a-frame sign for garage sales. These signs need to be placed with well enough room to move around it, including ADA access around the sign. People must be responsible for taking their signs down after their sales, however.
More information on sign ordinance can be found at and on the City’s website.
Council has been discussing Lane County’s proposal to join their Tobacco Retail Licensing Program at work sessions for some time, and this week adopted an ordinance to add a new chapter to the Creswell Municipal Code related to tobacco sales and creating a tobacco retail license.
With that, they also authorized the City to to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Lane County and the City of Creswell so the County can conduct work associated with the ordinance, Amberg said.
Council also approved the resolution authorizing an interfund loan to the Airport Fund from the General Fund for the purchase L hangar at the Hobby Field Airport in the amount of $22,500.
The City of Creswell Capital Improvement Plan Proposed Projects and Capital Improvements for the fiscal year 2018-19 indicate that additional hangars are to be constructed at the airport during the fiscal year. The memo states that the hangars will have the potential to bring in $30,000 in annual rent.
The interfund loan must be paid off within 10 years. City staff proposed a 2.5 percent interest rate on the loan based on the interest rate currently yield from the General Fund from the Local Government Investment Pool of 2.25 percent.
The Airport Fund will repay the General Fund $2,570.82 annually and rents will be sufficient to pay back the interfund loan on an annual basis and will not further burden the operating income of the Airport Fund, the memo states.
Also at Monday’s meeting, council designated persons to represent the City of Creswell at the League of Oregon Cities Conference held from Sept. 27 to 29. This done so that representatives can act on behalf of their city in voting for the League of Oregon Cities board of directors for 2019.
Council designated Councilor Martha McReynolds Jr. as a voting delegate and Mayor Dave Stram as the alternate for the City.
Council also adopted an ordinance changing the title of the city administrator to city manager. This ordinance does not change the City Charter, which will continue to refer to this position as ”city administrator” until it is changed by vote in a general election.
Mayor Dave Stram commending council for all the policy work they’ve done from May through August, as was outlined in a work plan update four council.
He noted the parking ordinance, the tobacco retailing licensing ordinance, the additional dwelling unit ordinance and the graffiti ordinance, to name a few. He said that kind of work is, ”The heart and soul of what council does; it works on big picture things.”
The next city council meeting is set for Monday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., located at City Hall.



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