By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Council to take up SDC issue

The council plans to convene a half-hour early in order to hold a dinner work session with the airport commission.

The 5:30 p.m. work session will include box dinners. It will be held in the McMinnville Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Second St.

The council’s formal business meeting will follow at 7.

At the March 25 hearing, developers complained the city is putting too much of the burden on them for supporting new development, and failing to take into account economic damage caused by the recession.

In response, city Community Development Director Mike Bisset prepared an information sheet for the council, detailing total permit fees charged to builders by the city.

“It supports the fact that the city … is substantially lower than other cities and that it has been, over the years, very sensitive to the fee burden put on builders,” City Manager Kent Taylor wrote in a memo to the council. Taylor said the city has refrained from raising SDC fees since 2007 in order to accommodate builders suffering from the recession.

In other business, the council plans to:

* Hear from two recruitment firms about their process. The city will be searching for a replacement for Taylor, who plans to retire at the end of the year

* Schedule a public hearing for a request to vacate some unused right-of-way.

* In its capacity as urban renewal agency, appoint the city manager to serve as the official budget officer, to comply with state budget law.

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