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Mayor changes way meetings held
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McMinnville officials will be meeting Tuesday night to discuss mosquito control. The old problem will have a new meeting location.
“I’ve decided to change how we hold our committee meetings,” said McMinnville Mayor Norman Rone. “Right now, we hold our meetings in the board room. I want it to be more personal with only necessary individuals in attendance.”
Committee meetings will now be held in a smaller, informal room located in the mayor’s office. Necessary individuals include committee members, mayor, city administrator, city recorder and news reporters.
“I want the members of committees to look at each other and take on a project face to face,” said Rone. “In the board room, we had other members in attendance that weren’t on the committee. Sometimes, they would jump in on the conversation and make a motion. This will simplify it.”
A smaller area will mean limited seating. Rone says extra chairs will be brought in for community residents interested in the proceedings.
“We can bring in as many chairs as we need, or people can stand if they want to,” he said.
When it comes to mosquito spraying, none has been done in more than a year. The situation has caused an outcry from residents who have noticed an increase in the number of mosquitoes.
Rone says a report will be presented to members of the Street and Sanitation Committee when it comes to more research and equipment.
“I think we will have to use a combination of education and a spray-type program,” he said. “We want to take action, but we need to educate the public on how easy it is to create the problem.”
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The creatures will use dirty water in fountains, buckets, tires or gutters in order to breed.
Meetings are held on the second floor of city hall in the committee room connected to the mayor’s office. The Street and Sanitation meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.