By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Room tax, urban renewal up again at city

The council is scheduled to meet in dinner work session at 6 p.m. and formal business session at 7 p.m. at McMinnville Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Second St. It also plans to meet in executive session to discuss labor negotiations.

The council has been considering imposition of a transient lodging tax for the last several months.

On Tuesday, City Manager Kent Taylor will be asking the council to reach consensus on a list of key issues so the staff can prepare an ordinance for its consideration. He is recommending the council hold at least one public hearing on the ordinance before considering adoption.

The council has also spent several months mulling the creation of a downtown and Northeast Gateway urban renewal district. It plans Tuesday to consider a resolution establishing an urban renewal agency advisory board.

Taylor told the council it can’t form a district without first creating such a board. But he said that does not irrevocably commit the council to proceeding; if it ultimately decides against forming a district, he said, it can simply dissolve the board.

The council has invited Information Systems Manager Murray Paolo to present a progress report on the department’s strategic plan, created in 2011. Paolo found a receptive audience in February, when he told the council how the heavy reliance the city is placing on technology, as it tries to cut spending, is straining his small staff.

It also plans to hear from Jody Christensen, executive director of the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership. Councilors expressed concern in February that the partnership, funded partly by the city, was assuming too much work for the county.

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