Month: October 2006

October 24, 2006

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING – DRAFT ONLY

October 24, 2006

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Michael Echanove called the Council Meeting to order at 7:00PM

ROLL CALL: Council members present were: Darcie Bagott; Mark Bailey; Andy O’Neill; Norm Schorzman; Jeff Snook; and Rick Wekenman. Absent-Mike Milano. Also present were: Joyce Beeson, Clerk-Treasurer; Byron Hodges, Public Works Superintendent; Bev Pearce, Deputy Clerk; Jerry Neumann, Police Chief; Dan Gladwill, Building Inspector; Caitlyn McGehee.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:   Rick Wekenman MOVED to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of October 10, 2006.  Norm Schorzman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT : Byron Hodges submitted written report.

Byron added that he has looked at the Houghton and Bridge Street intersection and will be putting a Stop sign at the West corner of Bridge and Houghton facing South and a yield sign at the East corner of Bridge and Houghton facing North.  Council Member Snook asked Byron about the status of prep work for the new de-watering system.  Byron said that the old system has been removed, floors are being jack hammered to allow for new plumbing.  He and Don took a field trip to Asotin to view their new system.  It was a very informative since it is identical to the one we are getting.   Byron expects to have the new system in place in one month’s time.  The Mayor asked about the pool, Byron said that it should be good for another year or two.  He reminded council that a new heating system needs to be looked at in the future.  Council Member Schorzman asked Byron where a good location would be for a new city shop.  Byron said on the hill next to Well 3.  The council asked about the leaf bag collection.  All the bags have been distributed.  The city staff will look into getting more bags.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT: Chief Neumann reported that work progresses on the new police department with the plumbing and heating systems done.  Left to be done is some painting, bathroom floor to tile.  The Chief went to the school yesterday to begin the Red Ribbon week.  This was started to honor a CIA agent who died in Mexico , He believed that one person can make a difference on the war against drugs.  The Chief is also involved in a reading program to the elementary students.  There have been traffic violations, vehicle stops, a DUI arrest and reminders that it is illegal to cross the double line on Main Street .  The Chief will be following up on ordering the signs for no compression brakes.  Haunted Palouse has been enjoyable so far; the police officers participated in a street scene.  The damage to city property that occurred last Tuesday night is estimated at $3500 for the light pole and $2400 for the sidewalk repair.  The damage to the St. Elmo building is being examined.  The Stracks, owners of St. Elmo will not be pressing charges.  Chief Neumann would like to follow a course where the charges are held for one year, with the offender doing community service during that time period.  The council was in agreement with the Chief’s recommendations.  The council brought up the dog ordinance.  The Chief said that our current ordinance could be amended to include action for aggressive dog situations.  Caitlyn McGehee asked if the city has a First Bite ordinance, the answer was no.

BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT: Dan Gladwill reported that he is in town 3 to 4 times a month and answers many calls for proposed projects.  He has attended training for the updated International Building Codes 2006.  There will be some changes for the state.  Council Member Wekenman asked if these codes were available to the general public, the answer is no because some of the codes are copywrited.  Dan said that he is happy to share the codes with anyone who is interested.  He will provide to the city the updates that affect city residents.  Dan met a FEMA representative that can provide free flood training next fall.  Dan would like to attend.  Joyce said that Dan has a training budget of $1000 and she would like to increase this to $1500.  She stated that the increase of knowledge that he provides to the city staff and citizens is invaluable.  The Mayor asked about the resident and property on Bluff Street . The Chief Neumann replied that the property owner’s income is over the limit that would allow assistance for housing.  The Adult Protective Services has offered to help with the cleaning up of the home, or the agency can act as a 3rd party to help sell the home.  This last option is what the property owner would like to do, not being directly involved in the selling of the home.  The council agreed that the last option may be best for all involved.

JOINT FIRE BOARD & EMS: Council Member Snook reported that the 2006 budget is looking great.  The fire calls continue to be low.  The EMS has interviewed 3 volunteers.  The EMS squad is considering running two vehicles on each call because of recent overlapping calls.  The second vehicle would be fire truck 413, which is equipped with oxygen and other basic items that are on the ambulance.  Byron Hodges expressed concern about the cost of running two vehicles.  Bev Pearce said that the squad has experienced three calls recently that required the crew to take private vehicles to respond.  These vehicles do not carry the needed equipment to help patients.

Council Member Snook said that there has been no report about the grant for the new fire truck.

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Continued discussion of 2007 Budget:

Council member Schorzman reported that the finance committee will meet one more time, and then meet with Joyce.

Joyce reported that the council will have a preliminary public meeting on November 14th, then the final public hearing on November 28th. She reminded council that the budget must be adopted at the December 12th council meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1.  Appointments to the Planning Commission: The Mayor asked council to confirm the appointment of the following citizens to the Planning Commission: Mark Bailey (ex-offico); Maggie Breshears; Kevin Imel; Rick Wekenman (ex-offico); Sam Gregg; Jim Trivelpiece; Jay Iverson; Cory Laughary.  The terms of each member is staggered to allow rotation on the commission.  Council Member Schorzman MOVED to appoint these citizens to the Planning Commission.  Council Member Snook seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS/REQUESTS: 

PARKS, CEMETERY & BUILDINGS : Mike Milano-Absent

PERSONNEL & POOL : Jeff Snook reported that the committee is working on the clerical assistant position and plan to start the search for Byron’s replacement either at the end of the year or the beginning of 2007.

FINANCE, PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT : Norm Schorzman – no report

POLICE, FIRE & SAFETY : Rick Wekenman had no report, but thanked Chief Neumann and his family for doing so much work on the police department.

POLICY & ADMINISTRATION : Mark Bailey reported that city attorney will have the revised sign ordinance ready for the next council meeting.  He has not heard back from the Library District about the changes to the insurance coverage the city proposed.

STREETS AND SIDEWALKS: Darcie Bagott-No Report

WATER & SEWER : Andy O’Neill-No Report
MAYOR’S REPORT : The Mayor had no report, but did ask about the B Street situation.  Council Member Bagott said that issue is now in the hands of the property owners in that area.

ALLOW PAYMENT OF BILLS: Jeff Snook MOVED that the bills against the city be allowed.

Mark Bailey seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURN Norm Schorzman MOVED to adjourn. Jeff Snook seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The council meeting adjourned at 8:12PM

The following vouchers/warrants are approved for payment:

Claims Paid                   Warrants:  # 11992         through #  12010           Payment:  $30,130.68

APPROVED:________________________________   ATTEST:________________________________

October 10, 2006

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING – DRAFT ONLY

October 10, 2006

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Michael Echanove called the Council Meeting to order at 7:00PM

ROLL CALL: Council members present were: Darcie Bagott; Mike Milano; Andy O’Neill; Norm Schorzman; and Rick Wekenman. Absent: Jeff Snook and Mark Bailey. Also present were: Joyce Beeson, Clerk-Treasurer; Byron Hodges, Public Works Superintendent; Bev Pearce, Deputy Clerk; Steve Hailey; Daquarii Rock; Dale Murphy.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:   Norm Schorzman MOVED to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of September 26, 2006.  Darcie Bagott seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

OPEN FORUM :

  1. Project Access-Daquarii Rock presented to the council Project Access a collaborated community education program for seniors in our rural towns.  She handed to council flyers on the program, of which she is the project manager.  Part of the program is a Gatekeeper service, where citizens receive training on how to help seniors in our town.  She encouraged council members to sign up as gatekeepers. She left flyers for council to review and said that the same flyers are posted all around town.
  2. Dale Murphy is also part of Project Access and coordinates transportation for seniors.  She is looking for volunteer drivers for the program.
  3. Steve Hailey introduced himself to council and spoke about his campaign.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT : Byron Hodges submitted a written report

Byron added to his report that Marc has begun some preliminary work on the green space ( Central Park ) in front of City Hall.  Items that the city employees would like to see go into the space are, a bench, flagpole, the Preserve America sign, a trash can and an information/message board for the community, this will eliminate the flyers that are always stuck to the door at City Hall. The Mayor asked for a cost estimate on these items.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT: Chief Neumann was not present, but he reported to the Mayor that one agency is currently working with the resident on Bluff Street to find alternate housing.  Council Member Milano has spoken to the chief about the Whitman and Beach Street closure for Haunted Palouse.  Council Member O’Neill is concern about the blockade fencing currently being used for events, he said that the some of the fencing blew over during Palouse Days and he would like to see more stability for the fencing.

OLD BUSINESS:

  1. Continued discussion of 2007 Budget-Clerk Treasurer Beeson reported that the Sick Leave Reserve is carrying a balance of $12,400 over to 2007.  The result of Byron’s retirement will lower the fund and the city needs to look to the future for other employee’s retirements.  Discussion on the Police Chief’s salary schedule and what is appropriate for a town of our size took place. The Mayor noted the 2007 budget does not contain any appropriations for the Fisher’s Addition project or the Public Works building.  The future water reservoir upgrade project continues to receive monthly funds. Council Member Schorzman said that the finance committee will consider these items

COMMITTEE REPORTS/REQUESTS: 

PARKS, CEMETERY & BUILDINGS : Mike Milano reported that the Palouse Scenic Byway committee will plan meetings in each rural town to review the grant requirements and needs of each community.  The proposed plan for Palouse is to have a scenic byway information board at Heritage Park .

PERSONNEL & POOL : Jeff Snook Absent

FINANCE, PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT : Norm Schorzman No report

POLICE, FIRE & SAFETY : Rick Wekenman reported that he has been on vacation, but as far as he knows there has been progress on the Police Station, the chief plans on having the bathroom operational by Haunted Palouse, for the volunteers to use.  He asked the council about the policy on our reserve officer Cassidy using a police vehicle to and from Pullman where he lives.  The mayor indicated that Officer Cassidy was probably on-call on those particular days.  This question will be reviewed with Chief Neumann.
POLICY & ADMINISTRATION : Mark Bailey absent-No report

STREETS AND SIDEWALKS: Darcie Bagott reported that she has been asked about a stop sign on Houghton and Bridge Street by the Federated Church .  There is an increase of traffic and potential safety issues.  She also questioned the council about making Alder and Cannon one way streets.

WATER & SEWER : Andy O’Neill – No report

MAYOR’S REPORT : The Mayor reported that a preliminary meeting for a planning commission was held last week.  The turn out was small and a second meeting is scheduled.  Council Member Bagott, Snook and the Mayor attended an AWC meeting last week.  On Saturday during a live performance of Prairie Home Companion at the Beasley Coliseum  singer/songwriter, Charlie Sutton, formerly of Palouse, mentioned Palouse to the audience. Great plug for our town on national radio.

ALLOW PAYMENT OF BILLS: Norm Schorzman MOVED that the bills against the city be allowed.

Darcie Bagott seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURN : Rick Wekenman MOVED to adjourn. Mike Milano seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The council meeting adjourned at 8:25PM

The following vouchers/warrants are approved for payment:

Claims Paid                   Warrants:  # 11957      through # 11991          Payment:  $8,753.42

APPROVED: ________________________________   ATTEST: ________________________________