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McMinnville Community Profile Membership Directory 2015

THIS IS McMinnville LOCATION McMinnville is located in the western portion of Oregon’s agri- culturally rich Willamette Valley on U.S. Highway 99W. The quiet, easy-going city enjoys a central location to Pacific Ocean beaches (50 miles), the big city (Portland - 30 miles to the northeast), and the state capitol (Salem - 25 miles southeast), with an easy scenic drive to Mt. Hood and other exciting ski areas. CLIMATE McMinnville’s mild climate has a mean average temperature from June to September of 70°F and 40°F from November to Feb- ruary. The average rainfall is 42 inches, affording a rich green and clean landscape. The growing season is 174 days and the elevation is 157 feet above sea level. HISTORY McMinnville was founded by William T. Newby, a pioneer from McMinnville, Tennessee. He arrived in Oregon on the first wagon POPULATION train which came west during the Great Migration of 1843. Newby took a Donation Land Claim along an old Indian trail that is now McMinnville’s current population is 33,131. The city has grown over Baker Street. In 1853, Newby erected a gristmill at the west end of the past ten years at an annual rate of approximately 2.8 percent. Third Street, below the present City Library. Construction of this mill was the primary reason for the growth of the city. GOVERNMENT In 1856, with the assistance of Sebastian Adams, a surveyor and McMinnville is the county seat of Yamhill County. The governing teacher, the original town site was platted on a portion of Newby’s body of the county is the Board of Commissioners, which is com- land. McMinnville was incorporated as a town in 1876. By 1892, the prised of three paid members, elected at-large. The Board of Com- city boasted two public schools, two banks, two flour mills, two missioners meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. in the County Court- newspapers, five churches, a county courthouse and a college. house at 5th and Evans streets. Between the years 1885 and 1912, most of the historic Third McMinnville has a Council/Manager form of city government. Street business structures were built. McMinnville’s commercial The six-member City Council is the policy-making body of the city. center extended from City Park on the west to the railroad tracks Members appoint a City Manager to perform the administrative on the east. The McMinnville Development League was active duties required for the effective and efficient operation of the city. during this period in recruiting new business into town. Many of the The Mayor presides over City Council meetings, makes appoint- buildings from that era are still intact today for you to enjoy as you ments and officially represents the city at meetings and special stroll through the main street area. events. The City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the McMinnville Civic Hall located at McMinnville has continued to expand while remaining sensitive 200 NE 2nd St. to its history and the buildings associated with its past. The com- munity is proud of its many metropolitan amenities, but takes pride The City of McMinnville is a full-service city that provides a broad in maintaining its small, friendly community atmosphere. range of public services, including public safety, public works, li- brary, parks and recreation, and planning. The city government has a statewide reputation for stability and effective governance and management. City services are delivered by over 140 full-time em- ployees, seasonal part-time employees and many volunteers. BUILDING MATERIALS Family Services Division, Services to Children and Families, Correc-State agencies with offices in McMinnville include Adult and tions Division, Employment Division, Highway Department Mainte- nance Station, Liquor Control Commission retail outlet, Motor Ve- hicles Division, National Guard, State Police and Vocational Rehabilitation Division. Federal agencies include Department of Agriculture, armed ser- vices recruiting station, Department of Energy, Federal Highway Administration Project office, Automated Flight Service Station and U.S. Post Office. 545 NORTH 99W | 503.472.6105 2


McMinnville Community Profile Membership Directory 2015
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