Ordinance 302 restricts animals that would be allowed
by Samantha White
Discussion regarding Ordinance 302 resumed during the regular meeting of the Hines Common Council (held April 23).
The ordinance would allow residents to obtain a permit to keep livestock, domestic animals, poultry, fowl or honey bees within Hines city limits under specific conditions. A permit would not be needed to keep dogs, cats or pet rabbits.
Anyone wishing to obtain a permit would be required to submit an application and site drawing to the city. The application would have to include the signature of at least one occupant of every dwelling within 300 feet of the proposed habitat. The applicant would then appear before the Hines Common Council to request the permit. Permits would apply only to single-family dwellings or duplexes (not apartments).
City Administrator Joan Davies read portions of Ordinance 302 during the previous council meeting (held April 9), and a discussion followed.
During the April 23 meeting, Davies told the council that she had made a few changes to the proposed ordinance, including exemptions for larger properties that have historically kept livestock.
“If you have ‘X’ number of acres, this [would not] apply to you,” Davies said, proposing that owners of larger properties who have historically kept livestock not be required to obtain a permit or follow some of the proposed ordinance’s restrictions for keeping livestock, domestic animals, poultry, fowl or honey bees within city limits.
Davies then asked the council for input regarding the number of acres that would be required for an exemption. She said she originally wanted to propose exemptions for property owners with a half acre or more, but she learned that there were “way too many people” within city limits who have this amount of property.
Councilor Dick Anderson suggested that anyone who has larger acreage and already has animals be “grandfathered in,” but anyone who does not currently keep animals in city limits would have to apply for a permit.
Fred Hellbusch, who attended as a member of the public, said his property is two acres, and although he has “no goals” of getting horses or cattle, he believes the ability to keep livestock without a permit could be a “selling point” if he decides to sell his property in the future.
“That’s a very good point,” Mayor Nikki Morgan said.
Fire Chief Bob Spence warned about the possibility of animals over-grazing on smaller acreage.
Morgan replied that the proposed ordinance includes language that would prevent keepers of livestock, domestic animals, poultry, fowl or honey bees from endangering or intruding upon public health, safety or welfare. She said she believes this language would prevent over-grazing.
Davies added that people who are exempted from the ordinance due to the size of their property would still have to follow rules for caring for their animals, poultry, fowl or bees.
Davies suggested that single families with two or more acres that have historically kept livestock be exempted from the ordinance.
In addition to adding exemptions for people with larger acreage, Davies added information regarding keepers of livestock, domestic animals, poultry or fowl who have previously obtained permission from the city. According to newly proposed language, these individuals “shall renew such permission by providing the city with the type and number of animal or fowl and a sketch of the location of their housing and/or enclosures (showing setbacks from property boundaries).”
Davies reminded the council that it would not be voting on the ordinance during the April 23 meeting.
The City of Hines Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. regarding the adoption of the ordinance. The council will vote on the ordinance May 14.
The council also reviewed Ordinance 303 and discussed Resolution 2166. Davies said Ordinance 303 (the abandoned vehicle ordinance) is “quite complicated.” She explained that it was drafted from state statutes, but because it has not been updated since the 1970s, the ordinance references statutes that no longer exist. Additionally, Davies said the ordinance has typographical errors, which need to be corrected. Resolution 2166 would add language to the ordinance requiring people to pay a $75 impound fee if their vehicle becomes abandoned as a result of an arrest by police. Davies explained that driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving while suspended, or driving without a license would be examples of arrests that cause drivers to abandon their vehicles.
Davies informed the council that it will vote on Ordinance 303 and Resolution 2166 on May 14.
Morgan suggested that the council read Ordinance 303. She also thanked Davies for working to revise the ordinances.
“You did a lot of work on this,” Morgan said. “Thank you.”
Spence said he has been “looking at options” for replacing the Hines Volunteer Fire Department’s doors.
During a council meeting on Feb. 12, Spence explained that the doors are operated by electricity and have to opened by hand when the power goes out, which slows the department’s emergency response time.
During the April 23 meeting, Spence added that a lot of heat is being lost through the doors.
He presented the council with price quotes for two options for replacement doors, suggesting that the council approve the purchase of the thicker insulated doors. Spence said that although these doors would cost more, they would retain heat better, which could save the city money in heating and energy costs.
Councilor Dick Baird asked whether the cost of installation was included in the price quotes, and Spence said he believed it was.
“I’m pretty impressed about the figures,” Spence added.
Davies said not all of the department’s doors would have to be replaced at one time. She explained that one or two of the doors could be replaced now, and the others could be replaced later. She added that she would contact the person who provided the cost estimates to determine whether the prices would be the same for split installation.
However, the council agreed to replace all three of the fire house doors. The council did not, however, specify which contractor would be used or accept a specific bid.
Davies later explained that the price quote that was presented by Spence gave the council an idea of what the cost of replacing the doors would be. The quote included various options for insulation and figures for two types of chains, which would be used to open the doors manually in the event of a power outage.
During the meeting, Spence also reported that the department received three 9-11 calls since the previous meeting. However, he said two of the calls were for the same incident, and both were canceled. The third call was for a multiple vehicle accident, which the department responded to.
Davies and Police Chief Ryan DeLange reported that broadcasts from the local radio station have been interfering with police radios, and discussion has begun regarding moving the repeaters to the Bureau of Land Management site on top of Wrights Point.
Anderson asked whether moving the repeater to Wrights Point would create a difference in reception.
Davies replied that reception would not be diminished. In fact, she said it would be improved in one direction.
“So it sounds like an improvement,” Morgan said.
“In many ways,” Davies agreed.
Davies also reported that a base is being formed to allow for the installation of a welcome sign. She said the sign’s materials were purchased by the former PRIDE group, adding that the sign will be three-dimensional and about one foot off of the ground. It will be installed at the west end of Hines near the old mill site.
DeLange said the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police conference, which he attended in Bend from April 9-12, was “outstanding.” He added that he met 150 police chiefs at the conference and said they will be great resources.
DeLange added that theft reports have remained steady, but dog complaints have decreased. He said a case involving theft of gasoline at the Valley Golf Club has been solved, and Officer Casey Held has eight more weeks of training left at the police academy.
DeLange also reported that the county is currently without a sexual assault nurse examiner. As a result, victims of sexual assault have to travel several miles out of town.
He added that Officer Matt Githens’ police vehicle is “dying,” and he said it is “not going to last another year.”
DeLange also discussed two bills being proposed, stating that he would support one and oppose the other. He said he would support a bill requiring all owners of used police vehicles to paint them so that they no longer resemble police vehicles that are in use. However, he said he would oppose a bill that takes away the ability of police chiefs, lieutenants and captains to hire, fire and discipline police staff. He said if the bill passes, these decisions would be handled by mayors.
In other business, the council:
• agreed to pay for Municipal Treasurer Rachael Robinson to attend a one-day Payroll Law seminar in Bend on May 14. In addition to paying the cost of the seminar, the council agreed to pay Robinson’s per diem and other expenses;
• discussed purchasing a generator. Davies said the price of a new generator has doubled in the past few years. She asked Baird to look into the cost of purchasing a used generator;
• was given an opportunity to make comments. During this time, Anderson complimented DeLange for effectively patrolling the school zone around Hines Middle School. DeLange explained that he parks in front of the school so that the parents have to use the turn around.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Hines Common Council will be held May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.