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Oregon City Council holds meeting online

COVID-19, water main bid among discussion points

The Oregon City Council held its meeting Tuesday online through videoconferencing on Zoom, a measure taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but still meet the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.

“It’s been very busy,” Mayor Ken Williams said. “We’ve had a lot of cooperation from a lot of folks right here on this screen. We will continue to move forward to meet the demands from the state and work with our businesses and citizens.”

Police Chief Darin DeHaan hosted the meeting from the city hall chambers and directed traffic throughout the meeting. He even tilted his monitor to show the flag as the participants said the pledge of allegiance to start the meeting.

The meeting was open to public comments, but none were made. City Hall was open to attendees and the access code to attend the meeting online was given out to the public online and posted on the door at city hall.

The council unanimously approved a bid from Martin & Co. Excavating for phase two of the city’s water main project. Martin also handled phase one of the project.

During commissioner’s reports, the issue of the COVID-19 situation was brought up by nearly every council member.

“The community is responding to the Governor’s request and most everybody is cooperating,” DeHaan said. “The guys did have a couple of individuals that they had issues with. But we were able to work through that.”

“The city has been working very hard to get updated information out,” Commissioner Terry Schuster said. “Particularly we’re working on getting information to our small businesses to help them stay open and recover financially through connections with the Small Business Association on loans and things like that.”

Commissioner Kurt Wilson said garbage and brush pickup will continue as usual in the city. The first brush pickup of the season will take place on the first Wednesday in April.

Following the meeting, the council entered closed session to discuss the possible purchase of real estate by the city. No vote was made upon coming out of closed session.

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