Month: March 2008

March 25, 2008

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING – DRAFT ONLY
March 25, 2008

CALL TO ORDER:  Pro-Tem Mayor Rick Wekenman called the Council Meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

ROLL CALL:  Council members present were:  Darcie Bagott; Mark Bailey; Mike Milano; Norm Schorzman; and Rick Wekenman.  Absent were:  Mayor Echanove and Council members Andy O’Neill and Jeff Snook.  Also present were: Clerk-Treasurer Joyce Beeson; Public Works Superintendent Dwayne Griffin; Police Chief Jerry Neumann; and Deputy Clerk Ann Thompson.  Public present were: Jana Mathia.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:   Councilmember Bailey MOVED to adopt the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of March 11, 2008.  Councilmember Schorzman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

OPEN FORUM :  The Mayor states that the council will not entertain any comments regarding personnel issues of city staff.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:  In addition to his submitted written report, Superintendent Dwayne Griffin added:  Munir Daud sent a letter to A & R Construction requesting they contact us and give us a schedule.  Dwayne believes it’s too wet on top but he thinks A & R could be working on the trunk line on Fairview Avenue.  Don is attending a Wastewater Treatment certification class in Yakima this week.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:  Chief Neumann is getting literature on internet safety for kids, and will go into the schools and interact with them.  He also stated that when it comes to dogs, county residents are not under the same guidance as city residents, however when county dogs come into the city proper, they become accountable to city laws.  As weather gets better we’ll begin bicycle safety at the schools again.

JFB UPDATE:   Mayor PT Wekenman postponed report until the next meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:   Palouse River MH Park Acquisition Project Update:  As of Friday, March 21, 2008, the MH Park belongs to the city.  We will begin working with Attorney Bishop on a case-by-case basis.  If the trailers can be moved in one big piece, then we will not have order an assessment done for hazardous materials.  If they have to be cut into pieces on-site, then we have to go through the hazardous materials abatement processes.  There will probably be stipulations from DOE considering the proximity to the river.  There have been a number of people who have volunteered their labor on this project.

Whitman Street Project bid opening date has been extended to April 1st.

COMMITTEE REPORTS/REQUESTS:

PARKS, CEMETERY & BUILDINGS:
Councilmember Milano talked with the Recreation Conservation Board about getting a grant for park equipment.  He also has a request in for 50% match from the state.  He needs to figure out what the city’s cost for installation will be.  He talked to the state grant manager for DOT on the Palouse Community Center federal grant.  After reviewing, it doesn’t seem feasible to apply for federal grants.  He did speak with them about the MH Park Project

POLICY & ADMINISTRATION: 
Councilmember Bailey forwarded some information to Bishop on the junk car ordinance.  The Planning Commission met about the trailer park with a group from the UI who is doing a park layout plan.  He has been working with them about the requirements from the Conservation District and Ecology.  At this point it looks like it has to be all native plants; all the sewer and water hook-ups have to be removed, etc.  We have not yet located a spot for the junk cars.  Chief Neumann reminded council that one stipulation is that it has to be city-owned property.  Dwayne Griffin suggested the city dump as a possibility for the junk cars and will do some research.

STREETS & SIDEWALKS:
Councilmember Bagott reminds residents with sidewalks in front of their homes that they are responsible for their maintenance.  They need to sweep the gravel off of them and if they can’t, contact Darcie Bagott.  DOT has come up with a couple solutions for the pedestrian signs by the car wash and possibly a crosswalk.  Councilmember Milano reminds people that there is a tree-planting party on April 12th at 9:00 a.m.  There is a volunteer breakfast at 7:30 at the Federated Church.

ALLOW PAYMENT OF BILLS:  Councilmember Schorzman MOVED that the bills against the city be allowed.  Councilmember Bagott seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURN:  Councilmember Bagott MOVED to adjourn.  Councilmember Schorzman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.  The council meeting adjourned at 7:44 PM.

The following vouchers/warrants are approved for payment:
Claims Paid      Warrant #12965 – #12983            Payment:  $84,162.34
Payroll Paid      Warrant #6770 – #6793               Payment: $30,052.82
Voids:              Warrant #6776 and #6790
APPROVED: ________________________________   ATTEST: ________________________________

 

March 11, 2008

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING – DRAFT ONLY
March 11, 2008

CALL TO ORDER:  Mayor Michael Echanove called the Council Meeting to order at 7.00 PM.

ROLL CALL:  Council members present were:  Mark Bailey; Mike Milano; Andy O’Neill; Jeff Snook; and Rick Wekenman.  Absent were Council members Darcie Bagott and Norm Schorzman, and Clerk-Treasurer Joyce Beeson.  Also present were: Public Works Superintendent Dwayne Griffin; Police Chief Jerry Neumann; and Deputy Clerk Ann Thompson.  Public present were:  Heather McGehee; Holly White; and Sandra Schorzman.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:   Councilmember Bailey MOVED to adopt the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of February 26, 2008.  Councilmember Snook seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

OPEN FORUM :  The Mayor states that the council will not entertain any comments regarding personnel issues of city staff.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT:  In addition to his submitted written report, Dwayne Griffin added:
Public Works still has some repairs to do on the F St. Bridge.  Mayor asked about the damage the beavers are causing to the trees along the river.  Councilmember Rick Wekenman suggested leaving the downed trees there so the beavers don’t damage more trees.  Dwayne Griffin reminded council that homeowners are responsible for keeping sidewalks free of gravel and debris.

POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT:
Chief Neumann reported that he and Officer Merry cleared out a theft and burglary and recovered several stolen items.  In doing so they depleted their evidence stock for packaging them.  Chief dealt with a burn issue and said not everyone is clear on the burn ban.  He reminds the public that there is no burning of yard waste, junk wood, wet wood, etc.  Dry, seasoned firewood is the only thing allowed to burn in a recreational fire burn.  Officer Merry is fitting in well.  The Northwest Collegiate Cyclists Bike Race is coming April 26th.

NEW BUSINESS:
Resolution 2008-02 – Review Interlocal Agreement for Criminal Justice Services.  The language is still the same other than the cost.  There is a 12% increase in fees due based on Palouse’s population of 1,010 persons.  Councilmember Wekenman MOVED to adopt Resolution 2008-02 authorizing the Mayor to execute an Interlocal agreement for criminal justice services to be provided to the City by Whitman County.  Councilmember Snook seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. 

OLD BUSINESS:
Ordinance No. 840 – Repealing Ordinance No. 837 and adopting Palouse Municipal Code 2.14.030, thereby relocating those portions of Ordinance No. 837 pertaining to the creation of the office of Deputy Clerk from Palouse Municipal Code Chapter 2.12 to Chapter 2.14.  Councilmember Bailey MOVED to approve Ordinance 840.  Councilmember Milano seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS/REQUESTS:

PARKS, CEMETERY & BUILDINGS:
Councilmember Milano is looking into grants from the state Recreation Conservation District (RCD) to possibly double our funds.  He would like to submit a pre-grant application.  Councilmember Snook MOVED to appoint Councilmember Mike Milano to be city representative for the grant application process for playground equipment to the RCD.  Councilmember O’Neill seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

Councilmember Milano asked the county for a six-month grant extension on the RV Park.  He’ll hear back from the commissioner’s office on March 17th.  He decided to suspend the water/sewer purchase until we hear back from them.  If any citizens or groups would like to purchase a park bench, forms are available at City Hall.  They cost approximately $600.  Councilmember Milano is also working on possible funding options for the Palouse Community Center Building.

POLICE, FIRE, & SAFETY:
Councilmember Wekenman reported that they held a committee meeting to discuss the burglary situation.  We’re pleased with hiring Officer Merry.  The Intrepid has been repaired.  The trade-in value on the Intrepid is substantial; there’s a good possibility of getting enough money out of the Intrepid to purchase a Dodge Charger.  It was suggested looking into possibly surplussing or auctioning the PD’s old Crown Victoria.

POLICY & ADMINISTRATION: 
The Planning Commission meets on the 20th with the landscaping design on the trailer park.  Councilmember Bailey has done some research on junk vehicles.  He needs further direction on where we want to go.  We need clearer language on defining junk vehicles.  Are we going to change our current ordinance or draft a new one?  Is this something we’ll actively enforce or just enforce based on complaints only?  It was suggested to have a couple committee meetings to reword it.  Councilmember Bailey said they will draft a proposed change and make sure the wording is very clear.

PERSONNEL & POOL:
Councilmember Snook spoke with a possible candidate for pool manager.  Personnel committee will discuss it.  Superintendent Griffin said public works staff hasn’t decided whether or not to hire summer help.

MAYOR’S REPORT :  
The City received a signed sale agreement for the MH Park.  It’s set to close March 25, 2008.  Whitman Street is out to bid.  Closing bid date is March 18th.  The City continues to receive compliments on the snow removal this winter.  The city spent approx. $13,200 on snow removal, gravel, sand, and overtime this winter.

Sandy Schorzman requested the Mayor’s signature approving the Palouse Arts Council selling liquor at their Saint Patrick’s Day dinner.  Councilmember Milano MOVED to authorize the Mayor to sign.  Councilmember Wekenman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

Councilmember Wekenman asked the Chief to reiterate the city’s dog policy.  Dogs must be walked on a leash, they cannot run at-large or loose, and people cannot own more than 3 dogs except for a litter for 6 months.  Dogs also cannot be nuisances, such as constantly barking.

ALLOW PAYMENT OF BILLS:  Councilmember Snook MOVED that the bills against the city be allowed.  Councilmember Bailey seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

ADJOURN:  Councilmember O’Neill MOVED to adjourn.  Councilmember Snook seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.  The council meeting adjourned at 8:11 PM.

The following vouchers/warrants are approved for payment:
Claims Paid      warrant # 12933 – 12964             $17,145.50
Voids:              warrant # 12949
APPROVED: ________________________________   ATTEST: ________________________________