February Council Meeting

Here is a link to the email: Email between Mayor and Randy

Here is a link to Randy’s Response: Randy’s Meeting Report

Here is a link to the email Randy sent to citizens on budget committee (definitely not threatening): Email to budget committee

Here are the first 11 minutes of the February Council Meeting

Mr. Mayor:

Thank you all for coming. Steve Nuttall is not with us right now, he’s out in the car on the phone with the engineering firm we were talking about earlier this morning. So he will join us in a moment, I think. Thank you all for coming. You’re probably wondering what we’re all doing in the Pine Grove, if you haven’t already heard, but due to the existence of the mold and related health issues that we’re having at City Hall, we’re moving staff members to the old ambulance quarters here shortly and we’re going to start holding public meetings here at the Pine Grove, temporarily hopefully, and Cynthia later on in the meeting during her city manager’s report will give you an update on the timeline and what’s going on there with it so, [inaudible 00:00:51]. Some of you guys were here this afternoon but I’m going to do this again.

Mr. Mayor:

I had a woman call me the other day who was the mother of a female soldier who was one of the soldiers who were trapped here in Manzanita when they had the bus accident. She and her unit, 450 Oregon National Guard troops are in Somalia or Djibouti, and they’ll be back this summer… and here comes Steve. It’s okay! We started without you, but we knew you were busy.

Steve:

I was conducting city business.

Mr. Mayor:

Anyway, she owns the machine shop up in Bankston, a woodworking shop, and she came down here and presented us with this. Her daughter said they’re so happy that the city… we did find her in the accident and we’ve been sending them care packages. We’ve kind of adopted them. So we’re going to hang this I think for right now at the visitor center along with a picture. We took a nice picture of them all as a group and maybe it will be a conversation piece down there. How does that sound?

Mr. Mayor:

Okay. What’s next?

City Manager:

Mr. Mayor, if I can have a few minutes before we start.

Mr. Mayor:

Before the audience introduction?

City Manager:

Yes. Yeah. Just really quick, I do want to apologize on behalf of the staff. Last week we work on changing the server of our city emails and city website, so our website has been down. We have not been able to make any uploads to the website, so we couldn’t upload the packet for today’s meeting, but if you’re interested, we have some extra copies at the back table. We do apologize for that inconvenience. We’re hoping to resolve that issue as soon as possible.

Mr. Mayor:

Okay.

City Manager:

Thank you.

Mr. Mayor:

We do audience introductions here Bruce, and you’re in the front row on the left so you go first.

Bruce:

I’m in the front row.

City Manager:

Yes.

Bruce:

I’m Bruce Halverson. I’m the manager from Nehalem Bay Wastewater Agency.

Speaker 21:

Dan Weitzel, Public Works Record.

Speaker 4:

Kristen Grasseth, Assistant City Manager.

Speaker 5:

Corey Hersing, public.

Speaker 6:

Dan Haag, Manzanita Visitor Center.

Speaker 7:

Steve Lee.

Speaker 8:

Richard Freeman.

Speaker 9:

Brad Cleveland, Manzanita.

Speaker 10:

[inaudible 00:03:08] Travis.

Speaker 11:

Stacy Nutall, Manzanita.

Speaker 12:

Leila Salmon, Manzanita.

Speaker 13:

Joan Newhouse, Pine Ridge.

Speaker 14:

Emily Vollmer, Manzanita Farmer’s Market.

Speaker 15:

Rob Woodford, Manzanita.

Speaker 16:

John Calson, Manzanita.

Speaker 17:

Jerry Spegman, Manzanita.

Speaker 18:

Adele Spegman, Manzanita.

Speaker 19:

Gerald Wineinger, Manzanita.

Mr. Mayor:

Okay, thank you all for coming. Are there any public comments or communication [inaudible 00:03:29] other than what we’re going to talk about on the agenda? Randy.

Randy:

Mayor. Thank you. I understand later in the meeting perhaps you’ll be talking about the budget committee appointments that you’ll be making tonight.

Mr. Mayor:

Next I’m going to be talking about it.

Randy:

Okay. I want to point out I’m not bringing these issues up to embarrass anybody, but I believe people in the community are generally interested in how these decisions get made. By bringing this up it’s a opportunity to kind of explain to them how their city government works. I applied for one of the two vacant budget committees positions that will be filled this evening by the mayor which includes supporting recommendation by the city manager. I was not selected. As one individual and the 10 member budget committee, I’m not that naive to think I was going to drastically change anything but I believe my background would’ve contributed to some healthy discussions among the committee members and would produce a budget the committee could confidently present to the community.

Randy:

I have no reason to question the motives of the individuals who are getting appointed. What does concern me that one of the chosen individuals registered to become a Manzanita voter in the weeks just before last fall’s bond measure, appears to be a part time resident as Portland is listed as home on their Facebook page and served as director of the political action committee, Building for the Future and Manzanita and worked to pass a failed city bond measure last year. Several members of this council actively were involved in the work of that committee. The second individual in a community letter last fall concludes the questions regarding overhead allegations from the water fund for City Hall managers have been discredited by the Auditor thus leading one to reasonably conclude there’s nothing more in this person’s mind than to question or investigate in this manner.

Randy:

Neither of these individuals have noted any professional or volunteer working experience with cities during their respective careers. Neither have any training in municipal government operations, budgeting or municipal Audits. I am troubled by the appearance that successful selection to city committees, in this instance, has less to do with specific subject experience and more to do with selecting a candidate who won’t rock the boat too much. Perhaps if the city had more of a willingness to involve community members who have the knowledge and experience to ask the appropriate questions as to how the city is managing our money, we could avoid having me make these presentation of these past few months. Thank you.

Mr. Mayor:

I hesitate to comment on personnel hiring decisions at a public meeting. I’d rather discuss this with you outside of this. But, do you want me to respond?

Randy:

Yes.

Mr. Mayor:

In public?

Randy:

Yes.

Mr. Mayor:

You do.

Randy:

These are not hiring decisions, these are council appointments by the mayor of Manzanita.

Mr. Mayor:

Right. It’s a hiring position. Okay. Are you okay with me talking about it in public?

Randy:

Absolutely.

Mr. Mayor:

Okay. Randy, last year you threatened to sue the city over the budget and our attorneys would not look too favorably having you now on the budget committee. After that event, you reached out to all the current members of the budget committee and threatened them if they didn’t adjust the budget. I can tell you they will not serve with you. At a face to face meeting at a former mayor Gary Bullard’s house a few weeks ago, you looked me right in the eye and told me you received no compensation from the water fund when you were the manager, city manager in Manzanita. Subsequently to that, it was quite evident that you did receive compensation from the water fund. I can’t serve with someone that does that to me.

Randy:

Did you fail to say that [crosstalk 00:07:15].

Mr. Mayor:

And we’re not going to sit here tonight and have a debate.

Randy:

I am not going to sit here and take that last comment.

Mr. Mayor:

Okay.

Randy:

Did I not send you a follow up email that said that I made a mistake and I pointed out that I did indeed after going back and looking at the records, did take $7,000 a year, about 1991 for water fund operations because at that time we had no legitimate public works director. I was actively involved in working with public works in the water fund on all manner of issues. That was a cheap shot.

Mr. Mayor:

Did you look at me in the eye and tell me you weren’t paid for the water fund when we were having a subsequent discussion about the water fund with the former mayor?

Randy:

Didn’t I just explain that upon reflection, I sent you a follow up email-that I made a mistake.

Mr. Mayor:

Yes you did!

Mr. Mayor:

Okay, well I haven’t… At the time that’s what happened. So, that’s why I did not appoint you to the budget committee.

Randy:

I hope that sits well with the members in the community. That they can accept that. I made an honest mistake and then took the pains to correct that directly with you and you would still hold that against me. That is unconscionable. As to the threatening letters, produce them.

Mr. Mayor:

Not threatening letters, you-

Randy:

Threatening letters that I sent to the budget committee members, that was the reason that the city decided that I couldn’t be on the budget committee. Thank you.

Mr. Mayor:

We’re done.

Randy:

We are done. Thank you.

Speaker 24:

Thanks Randy.

Speaker 25:

Another missed opportunity.

Mr. Mayor:

Let me move on to the consent agenda, which includes the approval of minutes from January 8th… January… special workshop on January 8th and approval bills for payment and the mayor’s appointment of the budget committee and renewal of city liquor licenses.

Mr. Mayor:

I want to make a comment about this process. Tn the past various committees, the mayor would just go out and grab somebody and appoint someone. Or many times just reappoint someone without opening up the process or any reflection. I decided because of all these issues that Randy has raised, that we needed to refresh the budget committee. I asked the two incumbents who wanted to be reappointed, they should reapply and I opened this up to the city. I had eight applicants, including Randy’s. In the end one individual withdrew their application and one individual didn’t reply.

Mr. Mayor:

In my previous career in financial services business, I interviewed and hired several hundred people in my career. The process that I used to go through is I look at the resumes, when I see resumes that are incomplete, hand written, do not have a resume attached, I don’t know who they are, they don’t reach out and call me and say, “I’m interested in serving on the budget committee, can I reach you and tell you how we can assist the city and the civilians of the city?” Those resumes go to the bottom of the pile. On the top of the pile, go resumes that are typewritten, complete, the resumes attached, and they pick up the phone and call me and say, “Mike, I like to sit down and meet with you and talk to you about how I can add value to the city’s budget committee.” Those resumes tend to go to the top.

Mr. Mayor:

Now tonight I’m going to appoint Chip Greening to the budget committee. He’s a graduate of Stanford. He’s worked as a turnaround CEO on two corporations dealing with restructuring and debt obligations. He was a general manager for Public Power Council, which represented 115 different PUDs and he’s an attorney. Chip’s here tonight, raise your hand Chip. Thank you. Catherine couldn’t be with us tonight. Catherine spent 26 years at Nike planning, developing and approving large $100 million budgets. I think the two of them will get a fresh face to the budget when we go into these discussions. I ask for approval to the consent agenda.

Speaker 27:

I motion to approve the consent agenda.

Speaker 26:

I second.

Mr. Mayor:

All in favor to consent to the agenda say, “Aye.”

Speaker 27:

Aye.

Speaker 26:

Aye.

Mr. Mayor:

Opposed? Alrighty.

End of Transcription

You can request the audio file from the city here: Form Request

Here is a link to the email: Email between Mayor and Randy

Here is a link to Randy’s Response: Randy’s Meeting Report

Here is a link to the email Randy sent to citizens on budget committee (definitely not threatening): Email to budget committee