Molalla Area Community Vision and Action Plan
In 2016 the Molalla City Council set a goal to actively engage in a community visioning process for the City of Molalla.
The Molalla Area Vision and Action Plan 2020-2030 came from the work of dedicated project leaders Councilors Leota Childress and Elizabeth Klein along with citizens who sought to engage as many people as possible in producing a blueprint for Molalla’s future. The project was funded by a grant from the Ford Institute for Community Building, an arm of The Ford Family Foundation. The Plan outlines the vision, values, focus areas, strategies, and actions for all sectors of government, business, non-profits, individuals, and groups to use.
The planning process focused on listening to the people who live in and around Molalla.. It was important to Childress and Klein that the Plan come from the community and not be top-down. Listening and engagement took many forms including public meetings, interviews, surveys, and public events that included almost 1,000 people. Out of those 1,000, 10% were students and 10% were from the Latino community.
Facilitation of the process by the Molalla City Council is a key example of the City’s objective to have a clear and strategic citizen-led action plan. This Word Cloud was created from the comments submitted in surveys. The size of the words is relative to the number of times they were used.
The five focus areas below support the statement “In 2030 Molalla is…”:
• A resilient community that passionately recognizes and builds on its history, culture, and location
• A welcoming, friendly, and vibrant community with an attractive hometown feel
• An economically sound and growing community
• A full-service hub of resources
• A beautiful and tranquil area where people are deeply connected to its unique natural features
In future editions we will explore focus areas in more detail.
Molalla City Budget Approved
By Dan Huff City Manager
Every year, the City of Molalla adopts a budget for the forthcoming fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). And every year the City’s finances are audited – this process is mandated by Oregon Budget Law (ORS 294). This year, holding public meetings for the budget process was a challenge, but we managed to comply with State requirements as part of COVID-19 restrictions while moving the budget through the Budget Committee. The City Council officially approved the budget on June 24, 2020.
The 2020 – 2021 Budget was fashioned around components of the Molalla Area Vision and Action Plan 2030. You can find this plan on the City’s website (www.cityofmolalla.com). We will reserve some judgement until we reach the mid-year point of our budget year, but the City of Molalla is basically healthy and continues to move forward as a community. However, we do have areas where funding is limited such as needed funds for park equipment replacement and the full range of street utility maintenance funding. Molalla is projecting $3,333,000 in property tax dollars during the fiscal year. The city’s total annual budget is projected to be $42,689,884 over the entire 17-fund program. Property taxes make up about 8% of the total revenue budget. Most of these dollars are focused on Public Safety services, parks, and administrative functions.
You can see from the attached exhibits that tax dollars are spread to various agencies who provide services throughout our community. As stated earlier, Molalla’s funding is broken out into different fund types, most of which are dedicated to specific services such as water funds. As an example, all revenue generated from our water service utility must be spent on water system improvements and maintenance.
We encourage anyone interested to go to the City website and review the budget. If you have questions, please contact Finance Director, Chaunee Seifried (firstname.lastname@example.org) or City Manager, Dan Huff (email@example.com).
Molalla Transportation Update
By Gerald Fisher Public Works Director
Several transportation-related projects are currently underway throughout the City. The following is a list of those projects and a brief description of the improvements planned.
OR 211 Bike & Ped Pathway
This project will design and construct new pedestrian improvements along the north side of OR 211 (W. Main Street) from the Safeway Shopping Center to Ona Way. This project is a federally-funded project with a City match and is managed by ODOT. Construction bidding will begin in July and construction is anticipated to begin in late summer 2020. (Project #17-04)
OR 213 & OR 211 All Roads Transportation Safety Improvements
This project will install interim safety improvements, such as lighting, at the intersections of OR 213 at Toliver Rd and OR 211 at Ona Way. This project is a federally-funded project with a City match and is managed by ODOT. The project will be designed and constructed by ODOT. Construction anticipated some time in 2021. (Project #18-08)
OR 213-Toliver Road Roundabout. This project will design and construct a new single lane roundabout at the intersection of OR 213 and Toliver Road. This project is a federally-funded project with a City match and is managed by ODOT. The project is currently in design with an anticipated construction start in the spring of 2023. (Project #18-08)
OR 211-Molalla Ave Signal
This project will design and construct a signal at the intersection of OR 211 (Main Street) and Molalla Avenue, with left turn pockets in the east-west direction. This project is a privately-funded development project with a City match and is managed by I&E Construction. The project is currently in final design with an anticipated construction start in August 2020. (Project #19-09)
Molalla Ave Intersection Improvements – 5th & Heintz
This project will design and construct improvements to Molalla Avenue-5th Street and Molalla Avenue-Heintz Street intersections as part of the Transportation System Master Plan projects M29 and M30 to complete pedestrian crosswalk markings, all-way stops, and turn pockets in north-south directions. This project is a city- funded project and is managed by Public Works. The project is currently in design with an anticipated construction start in July 2020. (Project #19-11)
By Dan Huff
What follows is a brief description of Molalla’s form of government and some of the duties and responsibilities of the staff.
Role of the City of Molalla
The City of Molalla operates under the Council-Manager form of Government (City of Molalla Charter). The elected City Council and Mayor, with advice from the City Manager, are responsible for making policy. The City Manager is a professional administrator appointed by the Council who has full responsibility for day-to-day operations of the City (Molalla City Charter Chapter IV).
The Library Director oversees all library staff, operations, and budgets for the library. The Library Director also ensures that the library provide a balanced collection and educational and entertaining programs for the community. The Library Director works in conjunction with the City Manager, other city departments, and the Library District to meet citywide and districtwide goals.
The Finance Director, under the administrative direction of the City Manager, plans, organizes, and directs the Finance, Court, Reception, Human Resources, and Risk Management of the City. Providing internal management to Staff responsible for accounting, financial reporting, reception, investments, debt management grants, purchasing, budgeting, general ledger, payroll, personnel, utility billing, court, annual audit, property, liability, FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) and Workers’ Comp.
The Police Chief is responsible for the protection of lives and property in the City through the planning, supervision, and efficient operation of the Police Department. He or she maintains control of activities, determination of departmental procedures, planning of departmental work priorities and goals, implementation of programs. The Chief also oversees the training, assignment, and supervision of all Police Department members. Department objectives, plans and policies are established – in line with Council goals and with City Manager coordination. The Chief ensures open communication with the public in matters of public safety and concerns throughout police operations.
The Planning Director oversees and administers the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Code. The Planning Department supports development of a healthy economy and a livable, thriving community. The Planning Department serves the public in resolving issues affecting land development, code enforcement, and overall quality of life. The Department supports the work plan of the Planning Commission, including conducting public hearings for new development and updating the City’s land use plans and policies.
Public Works Director
The Public Works Director oversees staff and operations of the Administration/Engineering Division, Maintenance Division, and Operation Division. This includes the wastewater and water treatment plants, distribution and collection systems, roadways, parks, and facilities. Duties include delivery of all capital projects, facility master plans, and oversight of constructed public improvements done through private development. Prepares budget for, and monitors expenditures of, the Street, Sewer, Water, Stormwater, Sewer Debt, CWSRF (Clean Water State Revolving Fund), Sewer SDC, Water SDC, Street SDC, Park SDC, Storm SDC, Capital Projects, and Fleet Replacement funds.
The City Recorder serves as the clerk for the City Council through recording and archiving official records, city proceedings and legislative history of the City of Molalla. The Recorder also provides internal support to all City departments regarding record management, legal records, deeds, liens, record requests. The City Recorder keeps minutes and decisions for the City Council and all Committees and Commissions.
The City Manager works to unite political leadership (City Council) with skilled administrative Staff. The City Manager does this through broad authority to run the City by providing an annual Budget (adopted by Council), hiring Staff (personnel) and provision of public services such as streets, water, sanitary sewer, parks, storm drainage public safety (police), finance administration, etc. (City Charter Chapter VIII, Section 34).