Damascus City Council “Special” Meeting

(per Damascus Council Rules 2.2.2)

August 22, 2019; 6:30 pmSunnyside Community Church16444 SE Hwy 212, Damascus, OR 97089


I. Call to Order: Roll Call of Those Present

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Additions or Changes to the Agenda

IV. Consent Agenda (to approve minutes of 7-25-2019 by motion)

V. Council Business

1. Resolution 19-707, accepting resignation of former appointed city manager Richard Carson

2. Resolution 19-708, regarding City bank account and signatories for it

3. Report regarding Clackamas County Assessor and Oregon Department of Revenue. Report re the financial state of the City.

4. Report on legal endeavors        

5. Discussion of fund-raising appeal for donations

6. Future challenges: passing the 2013 Comprehensive Plan.                       

7. Discussion of how to improve communications.                                 

a. New additions/postings to City website (www.damascusoregon.city): Video                              

b. Summary fact sheet of past and present status of Damascus: Sample                                                                                                           .                     

VI. Councilor Comments

VII. Adjourn

Attorneys Representing City of Damascus Filed a Petition with the Oregon Supreme Court

On Aug 14, 2019, attorneys representing the City of Damascus filed a petition with the Oregon Supreme Court to review (to challenge) the legality and constitutionality of the recent SSB 226, which became law under the Governor’s signature on July 15. It is now known as part of statutory law, Chapter 545, Sec 4. This new law seeks to validate retrospectively the disincorporation vote of 2016, and disregards the Appellate Court decision of May 1, 2019, which nullified the vote.

The petitioners are the City of Damascus, and individuals James B. De Young, Mayor, and Councilors Jeanne Robinson, Mark Fitz, and William Wehr, Council President. This review is authorized by Section 4 of the 2019 Act.


Damascus Mayor James De Young, jdey7@aol.com, 503-658-2886

Coffee with the Council – Friday August 2, 2019 – 1 PM

Help us kick off the Neighborhood watch program for damascus

At this gathering, Mayor De Young will introduce the Neighborhood Watch Program for Damascus. Recent increased incidents of homelessness in our area and the disturbing home invasion that occurred Wednesday morning in one neighborhood, will require our community coming together to discuss and begin implementation of what we can do to remain a safe and livable community.

Please join us for this important kick off event.

We will be meeting in the seating area by the Starbucks booth at the Damascus Safeway. Sure hope you will be there too!