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Monday, September 01, 2014
Planning Commission Vacancy

The City of McMinnville is seeking applicants to fill a "Ward 3" vacancy on the Planning Commission, which is a nine-member, City Council-appointed body that takes action and makes recommendations to the City Council on a variety of current and long-range land use matters. Membership on the Commission as a representative of "Ward 3" requires that a person be a resident of the City of McMinnville, and reside in Ward 3, which is the area generally east of North Baker Street, and west of the South Yamhill River.

An application form for the position, and a map to further determine the ward in which you live are available on the City's web page, or from the Planning Department, located in the Community Development Center, 231 NE 5th Street, McMinnville.  If you have questions about this position, please visit the Planning Department, or telephone 503-434-7311.

Applications will be received until 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2014.

To view or download an informational brochure about the Planning Commission, please click here.

Burning Guidelines


The McMinnville Fire Department wants to remind residents to always call for daily approval prior to conducting burning operations.  Phone 503-472-3344 after 8:30 a.m. or after 1 p.m. to receive the most accurate and up-to-date burn information.


For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) regarding burning, please refer to our Burning Guidelines handout.

Ballot Measure 36-165: Street Improvement and Repair Bonds Information

The City Council adopted a resolution at their July 22, 2014 meeting referring ballot measure 36-165  to the voters at the November 4, 2014 general election.  The measure seeks citizen approval to issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $24,000,000 to finance the construction, expansion, and improvement of streets within the City.

If approved, the bond issue will fund:

  • Capital improvement projects to address traffic congestion and improve safety along several street corridors;
  • Street repair and repaving projects on portions of 84 City streets; and
  • Sidewalk and pedestrian safety projects near schools, parks, other public facilites, and in the downtown area.

The bonds would mature over 15 years.  In the first year, the estimated tax rate impact is 85 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. It is estimated that a taxpayer owning property with an assessed value of $160,000 would pay an additional $136 in taxes per year.  As the total assessed value of the city increases over the life of the bonds, the tax rate attributed to this bond issue is estimated to decrease.

Additional information regarding the proposed street improvement and repair bonds can be viewed here:

McMinnville City Council 2014 General Election





November 4, 2014


 Ward 1 ---  4 - year term expires 12-31-18

Ward 2 ---  4 - year term expires 12-31-18

Ward 3 ---  4 - year term expires 12-31-18


The City of McMinnville is seeking candidates for the McMinnville City Council, Wards 1, 2, and 3. The McMinnville City Council is the policy making board for the City of McMinnville; and as such, consults with and directs City staff to accomplish goals and objectives established by the City Council.  The Mayor and the City Council members are unpaid volunteers.  Successful candidates will be sworn in and will begin serving at the first City Council meeting in January 2015.


Membership on the City Council requires that a person reside and vote in the City of McMinnville and have resided within the City of McMinnville for one year prior to candidacy.  Each petitioner must run for election in the ward in which they reside.  The wards are generally described as follows:  Ward 1 - south of West Second Street and west of SE Davis Street; Ward 2 – north of West Second Street and west of Baker Street and includes an area generally described as being north of Highway 99W and west of Hembree Street; Ward 3south of Highway 99W and east of Baker Street and of Davis Street south of its intersection with Wilson Street.  City Council candidates must obtain signatures from fifty voters registered in the ward in which the candidate is running.


Candidate Packets and ward maps are available from:

Rose Lorenzen

City Hall

230 NE Second Street

McMinnville, OR 97128



Candidate packets must be completed and submitted to the

Yamhill County Clerk’s Office no later than:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Police Department Completes its Strategic Plan


In recognition of our commitment to keep the McMinnville community informed and engaged, it is with great pride that the McMinnville Police Department presents you with the 2014—2016 Department’s Strategic Plan.


Built upon input from our stakeholders within the community as well as within the McMinnville Police Department, this Strategic Plan is a proactive tool designed to provide guidance and structure for the Department to continually improve its service to the citizens of McMinnville as well as our employees.  The McMinnville Police Department has invested a considerable amount of time and effort into developing this plan, and we look forward to following the plan for the next three years.


McMinnville Police Department - Strategic Plan 2014-2016