Month: November 2006

November 28, 2006

Public Hearing – 2007 Final Budget
7:00 PM – Palouse City Hall

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING-DRAFT ONLY
November 28, 2006
Following Public Hearing

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

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

OPEN PUBLIC HEARING: 7:01 PM

The Mayor asked for public comment on the 2007 Final Budget.  Cheryl Johnson asked about the Police Chief’s requested wage increase.  The Mayor told Cheryl that all employees will be receiving a 2% wage increase, with the exception of Marc Arrasmith who will be receiving 5%.  Cheryl stated her opinion and observations of the Police Chief and told them that she felt he did not represent the city appropriately.

The Mayor asked for any further comment on the 2007 Final Budget.  Hearing none he closed the public hearing.

CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING: 7:10 PM

OPEN REGULAR MEETING: 7:11 PM

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:   Mark Bailey MOVED to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of November 14, 2006.  Darcie Bagott seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT : Byron Hodges submitted a written report

Byron added to his report that the alternator in the snow plow went out and was repaired immediately.  The city crew ahs been plowing, removing snow and spreading sand and gravel.  On Friday, November 24, the pump on the North hill went out due to an electrical power outage.  The pump went back to on at about 11:30 AM.  The De-Watering system is set to be installed Dec. 5.  The electricians are all but done until the unit is installed.  Marc had a minor accident with the chain saw which required stitches.  This was turned into Labor and Industries.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT: Police Chief Jerry Neumann reported that things have been fairly quiet.  He has been working on the problem of barking dogs and at-large dog reports.  There was one accident in front of the car wash last week.  The new police station has some painting and floor finishing left to be done.  Byron said that the city will be parking the truck in one of the police station bays.  This is to prevent freezing and keep the truck ready to go in the mornings.  Council Member Wekenman said that Jason Cassidy, temporary second officer, is working on acquiring a bullet proof vest through a grant.  Rick said that the vests need to fit properly and Jason is using borrowed vests.  Chief Neumann said that he has a purchase program where one half of the cost is covered by his budget.  He informed the council that by January the permanent second officer decision will be made.  The Mayor and council feel strongly that our officers need the proper protection for their job.

BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT: Dan Gladwill reported that he approved a new stick frame house to be built.  He has had many inspections and the department is caught up.  Dan said that 2006 has been less busy than 2005; the phone calls are about the same.  Council Member Wekenman informed Dan that the planning commission is in place and will be contacting Dan for input on relevant issues.

JOINT FIRE BOARD & EMS: Council Member Snook reported that the department reviewed the recent structure fire call and noted that the fire hydrant for this location was one block down and across the highway.  Using the new pumper tanker proved valuable, avoiding the need to stop traffic for the duration of the fire call.  The Fire Rating Bureau tested the department and based on pumper and tanker capacity, the rural was given a better rating.  Fire Chief Bagott is working with the Pullman Fire District on a mutual aid agreement for responding to structural and wildfires between the two districts.  The agreement would state that Pullman and Palouse would be automatically alerted on such a call, and turned back if not needed.  The JFB approved the Pullman/Palouse Ambulance Contract, with city attorney Bishop’s approval as well.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Resolution No. 2006-08 – 2007 Salary & Reimbursement Schedule

The Mayor read the resolution and asked if anyone had any adjustments to the salary schedule.  With no comment from the council, Council Member Snook MOVED to adopt Resolution No. 2006-08.  Council Member Bagott seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • START Assessment Report on Brownfield was received by the city last week for the Palouse Producers site on Main Street .  The EPA has a three phase plan:  1. assess the site, 2. clean up, 3. reuse.  The report states that the current data is old and anecdotal.  They recommend further testing of the site to determine if there is any remaining residue from past use.  There are three copies of the report, one will be kept at City Hall, one to the property owner and one for council review.

COMMITTEE REPORTS/REQUESTS: 

PARKS, CEMETERY & BUILDINGS : Mike Milano reported that he will be surveying citizens about park and recreation use here in Palouse.  He would like to develop a Park and Recreation plan for the city.  He also reported that at the last chamber meeting it was approved to pay for a portion of the repairs of the barricades and look at a base redesign to stabilize the barricades for future use.

PERSONNEL & POOL : Jeff Snook reported that the committee will begin the search for Byron’s replacement in the New Year.

FINANCE, PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT : Norm Schorzman-Absent

POLICE, FIRE & SAFETY : Rick Wekenman-No report

POLICY & ADMINISTRATION : Mark Bailey-No Report

STREETS AND SIDEWALKS: Darcie Bagott reported that the city was awarded the TIB grant in the amount of $455,000 for the Whitman Street project.  The committee will be working with the State on the railroad portion of the project.  The engineering will occur in 2007, with construction in 2008.  The city’s website, www.visitpalouse.com has preliminary drawings of the project.

WATER & SEWER : Andy O’Neill submitted to Byron information on a bio solid spreader that the City of Pullman has put on surplus.  Byron said that the machine is in good condition and does not have many hours of use.  The minimum bid is $500 and he would like to see the city put a bid in.  The closing date for bidding is December 15.  The council gave Byron their approval to proceed with the bidding.

MAYOR’S REPORT : The Mayor reported that Whitman County will be increasing the tipping fees for the waste facility.  The fee will go from $65.00 to $95.00 per ton, with a $15 minimum fee.  The county plans to increase the cost at 2% every other year.  This is due to transportation costs and the fact that the fees had not been raised in 16 years.

The Department of Ecology will be paying for Data Loggers that will be replaced in the wells in Palouse.  These Data Loggers will provide consistent pumping information.  The replacement work will be done in conjunction with well maintenance.  Council Member Rick Wekenman presented to council a liquor license renewal for the Green Frog Restaurant.  There were no objections and the license was approved by default.

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 Jeff Snook MOVED to adjourn.  Mike Milano seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The council meeting adjourned at 8:16 PM

The following vouchers/warrants are approved for payment:

Claims Paid                   Warrants:  # 12050         through # 12069           Payment:  $7,582.85

APPROVED:________________________________   ATTEST:________________________________

November 14, 2006

PUBLIC HEARING – 2007 PRELIMINARY BUDGET

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Michael Echanove called the Regular Council Meeting to order at 7:01PM

ROLL CALL: Council members present were: Darcie Bagott; Mark Bailey; Mike Milano; Norm Schorzman; Jeff Snook; and Rick Wekenman. Absent- Andy O’Neill.  Also present were: Joyce Beeson, Clerk-Treasurer; Byron Hodges, Public Works Superintendent; Bev Pearce, Deputy Clerk; Ann Thompson, Clerical Assistant; Cindi Lepper, Whitman County Recycling Coordinator; Eli Elder; Caitlyn McGhee.

OPEN PUBLIC HEARING: The Mayor opened the Public Hearing at 7:01PM.

CLOSE PUBLIC HEARING: The Mayor closed the Public Hearing at 7:02PM and OPENED REGULAR MEETING

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING – DRAFT ONLY

November 14, 2006

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:   Norm Schorzman MOVED to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of October 24, 2006.  Jeff Snook seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

  OPEN FORUM : Cindi Lepper-Whitman County Recycling, presented to council an explanation of a grant that she submitted on behalf of the City of Palouse .  The grant is from Ecology in the amount of $10,000, with $2,500 matching.  This is supplemental funding that was made available to the state.  The funds, available Jan. 1, 2007, can be used to create a compost facility in Palouse.  Cindi will administer the grant and the city can use it however they choose as long as the proposed goal is met.  The city has one year to spend the grant.  She encouraged the city to continue to apply for the recycling grant.  She complimented the council on their approach to a healthier community, beginning with encouraging citizens not to burn this fall.  The Mayor asked Cindi about the market for recyclables.  She said that cardboard and aluminum have the highest value right now.  Cities who have their own garbage pickup benefit from marketing their own recyclables.

Eli Elder-Eagle Scout Project-Eli presented to council his completed report on his Eagle Scout Project, painting all the fire hydrants and adjacent curbs in town, except the ones on Main Street .  He reported that 102 hours and 16 people aided him in his project.  The council complimented Eli on his work.  Council Member Schorzman MOVED to accept Eli Elder’s completed Eagle Scout Project and moved that the Mayor or Public Works Superintendent Byron Hodges sign off on Eli’s project.  Council Member Bailey seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT : Byron Hodges submitted a written report.  Byron added that the city crew is cleaning up after the wind storm.  The park and cemetery lost trees and there were numerous trees and branches around town that needed attention.  The park tree may not be removed until the ground freezes.  Marc has been busy with the leaf removal project.  This program seems to be a success.  Don is now insulating the meter boxes.  The De-watering equipment will be delivered this week and set up by the city crew.  Aero-Mod will be here at the end of November for the final installation.  The crew is working on winterizing and more tube sand will be ordered.  The council discussed the notification of the business owners to remind them to use sand rather than de-ice products which can damage the sidewalks.  Council Member Schorzman commended the city crew for their hard work in cleaning up after the storm.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT: Chief Neumann reported that Haunted Palouse went well; there was one minor traffic incident and one drinking offense.  He reported that the police station is looking very good.  Council Member Snook tiled the bathroom, leaving the project nearly complete.  He hopes to move in next week.  Chief Neumann presented to council a copy of what the compression brake signs will look like.  He has contacted the state and received information on what, how and where to place the signs.  This will be done by the city crew.  The chief took pictures from around town after the wind storm.  Mayor Echanove thanked Bryon, the city crew and the Chief on a job well done after the storm.

OLD BUSINESS:

Continued discussion of 2007 budget-The Mayor and council thanked the citizens of Palouse for passing the much needed levies.  He reported that the 2007 budget looks good with conservative estimates for expenditures and revenues.

NEW BUSINESS:

A.         ORDINANCE No. 826 – Increasing monthly sewer rate by two dollars and allocating increase to the “Sewer Reserve Fund” for loan payments of the de-watering equipment at sewer plant

The Mayor read Ordinance No. 826 in its entirety, then a second reading by Title and Ordinance No. and third by title only.  Council Member Milano MOVED to approve Ordinance No. 826.  Council Member Bagott seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

B.         ORDINANCE No. 827 – Reducing restrictions on materials which signs can be made of. 

The Mayor read the ordinance in its entirety, then a second reading by Title and Ordinance No. and a third by title only.

Council Member Bailey reported that this ordinance was originally written in 1919 and prohibited the use of wood for signs on the downtown buildings.  Council Member Milano representing the chamber asked the council to review the ordinance.  A conversation with Chief Bagott confirmed that allowing wood signs would be fine.  The only change to the ordinance is the material restrictions.  Council Member Snook MOVED to accept Ordinance No. 827.  Council Member Bagott seconded the motion.  The motion carried with Council Member Milano abstaining.

COMMITTEE REPORTS/REQUESTS: 

PARKS, CEMETERY & BUILDINGS : Mike Milano reported that he has continued his research for the RV Park.  He had conversations with the Potlatch committee and they are moving towards more long term parking at their facility.  He will continue visiting with them and how they came to that change.  The Mayor mentioned that the barricades need to be addressed as they have suffered some damage from Palouse Days and Haunted Palouse. 

PERSONNEL & POOL : Jeff Snook reported that the committee reviewed applicants for the clerical assistant position and hired Ann Thompson.  The council welcomed Ann to City Hall.

FINANCE, PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT : Norm Schorzman reported that the committee needs to meet one more time before the final Public Hearing for the 2007 Budget.

POLICE, FIRE & SAFETY : Rick Wekenman – Ambulance Contract with the City of Pullman
Council Member Snook MOVED to authorize the Mayor to sign the contract pending JFB review and approval.  Council Member Schorzman seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

POLICY & ADMINISTRATION : Mark Bailey reported that the planning commission met with Jim Roberts, former commission officer.  They approved the by-laws and will review the current comprehensive plan for areas that need to be updated.  They will work on getting a community survey out in March.  They will meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM.  The Mayor stated that there is still one opening on the board. 

Council Member Bailey said that now that the city has funds to begin the compost facility a site needs to be selected.

STREETS AND SIDEWALKS:  Darcie Bagott reported that she will be checking the TIB website on Friday at Noon to see if the city has been awarded the grant for Whitman Street .

WATER & SEWER : Andy O’Neill-Absent

MAYOR’S REPORT : The Mayor and Council Member Schorzman attended the IACC conference in Wenatchee last week.  This meeting is a great source for talking to funding partners from around the state.  Water and Sewer issues were the biggest topic.  The Mayor is still waiting for the Brownfields report from the EPA.  On December 6, the City of Pullman will be holding their annual Town Hall Meeting and all city council members are invited.

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

Rick Wekenman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

The Mayor called for a 10-minute executive session for a real estate issue at 8:24 PM. Council Member Bailey MOVED to go into executive session.  Council Member Snook seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  The executive session adjourned at 8:42 and council returned to regular session. 

ADJOURN:   Jeff Snook MOVED to adjourn.  Norm Schorzman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.  The council meeting adjourned at 8:43PM.

The following vouchers/warrants are approved for payment:

Claims Paid                   Warrants:  # 12013          through # 12049           Payments:  $21,840.81

Payroll Paid                   Warrants:  # 6345           through # 6367 Payments:  $26,741.95

APPROVED:________________________________   ATTEST:________________________________