Indy council seeks public input

INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council touched on several topics at their brief July 24 meeting.

Mayor John McArdle said Waldron, the firm that is conducting the city manager search, wants to start letting potential candidates know the position is open.

He said Heather Gantz, branch director of Waldron’s Portland office, wants to give councilors a chance to look at what the announcement looks like.

“But here’s the thing, I don’t really want to call a special meeting, I don’t really want to delay it until the next council meeting, so let me offer a couple of suggestsion,” McArdle said.

He said councilors could give feedback to Karin Johnson, city recorder, electronically or they could just let him take a look at it and see if it’s OK.

He said he didn’t see it as being controversial.

They opted to send Johnson their comments.

For community members, a survey, in English and Spanish, was posted online at the city’s website and available in paper form at the Independence Public Library and City Center lobby from July 26 through Aug. 6.

At the June 12 council meeting, a resident brought up concerns about a flag vendor selling confederate flags during the Independence Days celebration over the Fourth of July holiday.

In his July 24 report to the council, City Manager David Clyne said that vendor was evicted from the event for other reasons.

He also said he attended a Dallas City Council meeting in support of the Monmouth-Independence Network expanding to Dallas.

By and large, there was strong support, he said.

“They wanted to be sure they were not subsidizing activities here,” Clyne said. “I think they’re fairly excited to see that offering there.”

Clyne said a group from Albany, including their city manager, chamber director, code director and former Independence employee visited Independence to take a look at what Independence is doing on the riverfront.

Councilor Diana Lindskog, who is the liaison for the library board, said the library’s 15th anniversary is in September.

Councilor Marilyn Martin said the Heritage Museum Board is revising the museum’s mission statement and operating policies for the museum.

Mayor John McArdle asked the council if they were agreeable to not having a meeting the second week of August. They were.

The council met in executive session under ORS 192.660 (2)(d), to conduct deliberations with the city’s labor negotiator.

When they returned, they unanimously approved the 2018-2021 Independence Police Association bargaining agreement and the 2018-2021 Teamsters Local 324 Public Works Unit collective bargaining agreement.

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