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[ARCHIVED] Tuesday, October 4, 2022, City Council Meeting Recap


Approved as presented. 


No comments were received. 


The following items were approved as presented:

  • September 20, 2022 City Council and the September 28, 2022 Council Workshop Meeting Minutes
  • Payroll and Account Payable Vouchers
  • The Center Copier Replacement 
  • The Clean Water Facility Copier Replacement
  • Purchase Authorization for the Police Command Truck (Revised)
  • Purchase Authorization for the truck replacement
  • Resolution 22-24:  Surplus the 2010 Schwartz Sweeper
  • Interlocal Agreement – Acceptance of Washington State Military Department of Homeland Security Grant (#E23-060)

City Council pulled Item H:  Resolution 22-23:  Surplus Authorization for 1045 Ireland Drive and 945 East Whidbey Avenue for additional discussion. Central Services Supervisor Sandra Place presented information about the two properties, Municipal Research Services Center (MRSC) recommendations, and suggested motion. 

Motion:  Councilmember Hoffmire moved to approve the surplus and disposal of the two City properties located at 1045 Ireland Drive and 945 East Whidbey Avenue in Oak Harbor. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Munns.

Vote:  Passed unanimously. 


Mayor Severns commented about recent events and activities.  


None were provided.


Ordinance No. 1963:  Amending the 2021-22 Biennial Budget – Amendment #10 for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

Finance Director Goldman presented the tenth budget amendment for the $6,584,548 of ARPA funds allocated to the City. The budget amendment included:

  • $230,000 to fund a limited-term (through the end of 2024) Economic Development Coordinator position.
  • $30,000 to replace a failing lift station to serve City property where the Yacht Club is located (remaining $15,000 will come from the Yacht Club).
  • Additional $38,000 for the Portland Loos project for a total project budget of $113,000. 
  • $50,000 for Police Department HVAC replacement and air conditioning expansion. 
  • Additional $130,000 to replace the low slope portion of the roof at the Senior Center. 

Councilmembers discussed the $230,000 for an Economic Development Coordinator position. The City Administrator spoke in support of the position. Mayor Severns explained that he would not want to bring on a new employee without a plan and reflected on the past Economic Development positions. 

Motion:  Mayor Pro Tem Hizon moved to adopt Ordinance No. 1963 Budget Amendment #10 amending the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget and adopt an updated wage and salary schedule and plan of classification. Motion seconded by Councilmember Woessner. 

Vote: The motion passed four to three with Mayor Pro Tem Hizon and Councilmembers Hoffmire, Stucky and Woessner voting in favor. Councilmembers Evans, Munns, and Marshall voted against the motion.  

Continuation of Public Hearing:  Ordinance No. 1959:  Critical Areas Ordinance Code Amendments

Notice that this public hearing is continued to October 18, 2022. 

Motion: Councilmember Munns moved that Council continue the public hearing for Ordinance No. 1959 Critical Areas Ordinance Code Amendments to October 18, 2022.  The motion was seconded by Councilmember Evans. 

Vote:  Passed unanimously.


Special Meeting:  November 30, 2022, at 2 p.m. for Final 2023-2024 Biennial Budget Hearing

Finance Director David Goldman explained that per RCW 84.55.120 and 35A.33.055 and 35.34.110/35A.34.110, the City is required to conduct three separate public hearings on the budget. September 28, 2022, was the first hearing and November 15, 2022, will be the second hearing. The final hearing must be on or before the first Monday in December. The first City Council Meeting in December falls on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Staff is suggesting the final public hearing be held as a Special meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 2 pm. 

Motion:  Councilmember Woessner made the motion to hold a Special Meeting on November 30, 2022, at 2 pm for the Final 2023 – 2024 Biennial Budget Hearing. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hoffmire. 

Vote:  Passed unanimously. 

Council Goals Prioritization

City Administrator Oborn facilitated the conversation and reviewed the scores to determine the top ten Council goals:

  1. Downtown & Marina – Downtown Revitalization
  2. Utility Infrastructure – Repair
  3. Parks & Recreation – Windjammer Park
  4. Utility Rates – Stabilize
  5. Downtown & Marina – Expansion
  6. City Infrastructure – Planning
  7. Parks & Recreation – Partnership
  8. City Employees – Morale
  9. Downtown & Marina – Dredging
  10. Community Development – Joint Planning Area

Individual Council scores were provided in the Council packet for reference. The options for Council are to approve the top ten as presented, make changes to the top ten, further define goals, or derive another method of prioritization. 

Council discussed missing items for low-hanging fruit, grouping items, expanding, creating categories, and ranking. 

First Motion:  Councilmember Hoffmire moved that Council approve the top 19 goals with the top ten highlighted. The motion was seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Hizon. 

Vote:  Councilmember Hoffmire voting in support of the motion and Mayor Pro Tem Hizon and Councilmembers Evans, Woessner, Munns, Stucky, and Marshall voted against the motion. 

Second Motion:  Councilmember Woessner moved that Council adopt the top 32 goals as presented and rankings as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hoffmire. 

Vote:  Passed unanimously. 




Council moved to Executive Session for litigation or potential litigation per RCW 42.30.110 (1) (i) and to consider the selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase when public knowledge regarding such consideration would cause a likelihood of increased price per RCW 42.30.110 (1) (b). 

The estimated duration of the Executive Session was 30 minutes Mayor Severns noted City Council might or might not take action upon return to the open session. Executive Sessions are not open to the public.

The Council entered into Executive Session starting at 7:20 pm. The Council extended the Executive Session for 20 minutes until 7:50 pm, then extended another twenty minutes until 8:10 p.m., then extended another ten minutes until 8:20 pm, and extended another five minutes until 8:25 pm. Mayor Severns resumed the open session of the meeting at 8:25 pm and announced that no action would be taken on the matters discussed during the Executive Session. 


Motion:  Councilmember Woessner made the motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Hoffmire. 

Vote:  Unanimously passed by City Council. The meeting adjourned at 8:26 pm. 

The City’s YouTube channel includes a video of the meeting. The videos are also available on Cable Channel 10/HD 1090.

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