MONMOUTH — Population growth has prompted a zoning change in Monmouth.
The Monmouth City Council voted on Oct. 17 to change a 5.97-acre parcel in the 800 block of South Warren Street from mixed density residential to high density residential. Migar Corp. plans a 180-unit development in that area.
On another building matter, the council approved the use of recreational vehicles as living quarters in manufactured home parks. This brings the city into compliance with a state statute requiring that RVs be permitted in manufactured home parks.
The council voted to remove commercial rentals from the Monmouth Senior Center and increase the refundable deposit for nonprofit rentals to $100. A nonprofit without a kitchen will pay $40 an hour for the first two hours and $10 for each additional hour for a senior center rental. A nonprofit with a kitchen will pay $50 an hour for the first two hours and $10 for each additional hour.
A private rental without a kitchen will be for $60 an hour for the first two hours and $20 for each additional hour. A private rental with a kitchen will pay $70 an hour for the first two hours and $20 for each additional hour.
In other business, the council approved an update to the plan for law enforcement use of deadly physical force.
Mayor Steve Milligan reported that Monmouth and Independence are competing in food drive donations in support of the Ella Curran Food Bank.
City Manager Scott McClure said the Oregon Department of Transportation has scheduled a reconstruction project for Highway 51 to start in 2020.