The Cannon Beach City Council approved an amendment to the tree removal ordinance at the April 2 meeting. The new ordinance requires a site plan for any exterior work that may disturb any tree greater than six inches, including those within one tree protection zone of the project.

Emergency Manager Mike Myers and City Manager Bruce St. Denis requested that the council authorize either the city manager or the mayor to sign grants on behalf of the City. Meyers is currently pursuing a Business Oregon grant which could fund up to $30,000 of staff time for tactical scenario planning and outreach.

Awareness month

April is now officially Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month at the request of Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn, which was unanimously by the council.

The council named April 12 as the official city of Cannon Beach Arbor Day. A tree planting ceremony took place at the Cannon Beach Academy to honor the importance of trees.

Utility relief

Public Works Director Karen LaBonte presented a utility relief request to the council on behalf of the owner of 2939 South Hemlock. A toilet leak caused over $3,000 in excess utility fees which was paid by the tenant. By city ordinance, payment is required for any water leak that enters into the sewer system. Although the leak was caught and repaired quickly, and the owner paid the bill, LaBonte recommended to deny the request for relief based on ordinance. She also suggested that new meter modules which monitor daily usage and limits and caps on billing would eliminate this type of problem in the future. The council unanimously denied the utility relief request.

City Councilors Nancy McCarthy and Robin Risley invite the public to their open house meetings held the third Monday of every month.

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