By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Sheridan council adopts nuisance ordinance

Ordinance 2013-02 establishes minimum standards for property maintenance and establishes procedures designed to deal with situations posing a hazard or nuisance. The staff reviewed definitions, standards and remedies adopted by other cities in developing the terms.

The council received input from citizens and businesses over an extended period of time. On Dec. 3, comments from an open house and comments received by e-mail were presented to the council for addition to the mix.

Unlike the neighboring West Valley community of Willamina, Sheridan does not have a code enforcement officer. The position has fallen victim to budget cuts.

Kent Stuart, a retired McMinnville police officer, handles the work in Willamina.

City Manager Frank Sheridan said it would cost about $55,000 to restore the lost position. He said the money would have to come out of the contingency fund initially.

“We have to make this work the first year,” Sheridan said. “We have made a commitment.”

Mayor Val Adamson said that commitment must carry over to following years or the city’s staff and council run the risk of losing all credibility with citizens.

In other action, the council:

n Adopted ordinance 2013-01, changing the zoning from residential medium density to industrial at 760 S.E. Sheridan Road, home of the former Liberty Homes property.

n Heard a presentation from Yamhill Mayor Paula Terp on behalf of the county’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services system. She said grant funds enabled the system to offer each local city an antenna designed to support local ham radio operations during emergency situations, and the council said it would be willing to put one up.

The council is scheduled to meet in work session at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1.

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