Month: August 2013

August 27, 2013

Palouse City Council
Regular Council Meeting
August 27, 2013

CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Echanove called the Council Meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

ROLL CALL: Council members present: Senja Estes; Tim Jones; Connie Newman, Bo Ossinger; Norm Schorzman. Absent: Alison Webb; Rick Wekenman. Also present: Public Works Superintendent Dwayne Griffin; Police Officer Joe Merry; City Attorney Stephen Bishop (7:14); Clerk-Treasurer Joyce Beeson; & Deputy Clerk Ann Thompson. Councilmember Ossinger MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Schorzman to excuse their absences. Motion carried unanimously. Public present: Heather McGehee.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Councilmember Jones MOVED to adopt the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of August 13, 2013. Councilmember Estes seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: Supt. Griffin submitted a written report. They had some clean-up yesterday from the storm that went through – nothing major.

POLICE REPORT: Officer Merry reported they’re working on nuisance violations in both towns (junk vehicles/property). Chief Neumann is looking into an ATV ordinance to discuss at next meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:
Palouse Cove Road addressing issue: Mayor has spoken several times with Mark Storey, PW director for the county, who is also working with Mark Janowski of WhitCom. No solution has appeared as most obvious. Council consensus is that this seems to be a county issue, not a city issue. “Palouse Cove Road” is the name both inside city limits and outside. The addressing inside the city limits is accurate, on the city’s grid numbering system, i.e. 500 block, 600 block, etc. If the addressing is correct outside the city limits, in the county, then council believes the county should change the road name once it hits the city/county line. Additionally, fewer houses are affected by a county road name change than a city road name change. Mayor will continue talking with the county.

NEW BUSINESS: No new business.

COMMITTEE REPORTS/REQUESTS:
Finance, Property, & Equipment-Tim Jones, Chair: no report
Water & Sewer-Connie Newman, Chair: no report
Policy & Administration-Bo Ossinger, Chair: no report
Personnel & Pool-Norm Schorzman, Chair: no report
Parks, Cemetery, & Buildings-Alison Webb. Chair:
Police, Fire, & Safety-Rick Wekenman, Chair:
Streets & Sidewalks-Senja Estes, Chair: no report

OPEN FORUM: nothing

MAYOR’S REPORT:
Mayor read aloud a letter praising the pool staff.

Mayor read aloud a letter thanking City staff for their work/cooperation for Palouse Music Festival

Mayor read aloud a letter from TIB, in response to former Councilmember Floyd’s request to get West Whitman Street and Mohr Street reclassified as TIB arterial streets. West Whitman will be reclassified but Mohr Street will not. Councilmember Newman hopes council will in the future continue working with TIB to get Mohr Street reclassified.

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

ADJOURN: Councilmember Jones MOVED to adjourn. Councilmember Estes seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The council meeting adjourned at 7:26 PM.

The following checks are approved for payment:
Claims Paid Ck. #5092-5110 $27,071.22

APPROVED: ________________________________ ATTEST: ________________________________

August 13, 2013

Palouse City Council
Regular Council Meeting
August 13, 2013

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

ROLL CALL: Council members present: Senja Estes; Bo Ossinger; Norm Schorzman; Alison Webb. Absent: Tim Jones, Connie Newman, & Rick Wekenman. Tim is in Seattle, Rick is harvesting, and Connie is ill. Councilmember Ossinger MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Estes to excuse all three absences. Motion carried unanimously. Also present: Public Works Superintendent Dwayne Griffin; Police Chief Jerry Neumann; Clerk-Treasurer Joyce Beeson; & Deputy Clerk Ann Thompson. Public present: Andra Edwards & Katie Cooper.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Councilmember Schorzman MOVED to adopt the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting and Public Hearing for Six Year Street Plan of July 23, 2013. Councilmember Estes seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

OPEN FORUM:
Andi Edwards: With the passing of Heidi Keen, Andi is now representing the committee putting on the Barley Bar Relay on Palouse Day. For logistics and safety, they are proposing moving the event to the Brownsfield site. Chief Neumann has no concerns. Councilmember Webb MOVED to allow them to make the location change with the proper permits. Councilmember Estes seconded. Motion carried unanimously. All proceeds are now going to the Heidi Keen Memorial Fund.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: Supt. Griffin submitted a written report.
We have a new home going in on Breeding’s Addition. We’ve received all the payments and have completed the water hook-up and are continuing with the sewer hook-up.
DG explained in detail the need for new pump telemetry at the reservoir. The wells at both pumps need to communicate with the reservoir every 15 seconds. The antenna has been raised and for now the system is working but the UHF radio is more than 10 years old and now obsolete. Updating the system will cost $6,000-$7,000.

POLICE REPORT:
Crimes of opportunity – be diligent about locking up valuables in your yard and garage, particularly gas cans, tools, etc.
Chief Neumann contacted the owner of the nuisance property at 110 E. Mohr Street. On May 5 the property was tagged as a nuisance and the owner was given 45 days to clean up the property (siding, skirting, yard, etc.). We’re approaching 90 days and she has taken no action. Action needs to occur. It’s unsafe and an eyesore. The PD will send a certified letter with strong language, with citations to follow.

COMMITTEE REPORTS/REQUESTS: NO REPORTS

MAYOR’S REPORT:
Supt. Griffin & Clerk-Treasurer Beeson put together the TIB application for chip seal maintenance of Fairview (North River Road) next year. Estimating cost at $31,700 dollars and the grant is 100% reimbursable. The project will be in two phases: crack seal and asphalt patch first year, and chip seal the second year. Councilmember Estes MOVED to authorize the mayor to sign the TIB grant application. Councilmember Webb seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

Addressing scheme on Palouse Cove Road. Mayor has been talking with county Public Works director Mark Storey and Whit-com regarding the numbering scheme. There are three addressing schemes coming into Palouse: state highways (SR #’s), city (block grid 100 block, 200 block), and county (mile posts & pins). What has occurred on Palouse Cove Road is all three entities meet and none of the numbering matches. We’re trying to work in collaboration with the county and Whit-Com to come up with the best solution.

Current Expense fund is holding its own and should gain a pinch this year. No surprises so far.

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

ADJOURN: Councilmember Schorzman MOVED to adjourn. Councilmember Estes seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The council meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.

The following checks are approved for payment:
Payroll Paid 7/31/13 Ck. #5029-5054 & EFT $46,314.60
Claims Paid Ck. #5055-5094 & EFT $22,747.50

APPROVED: ________________________________ ATTEST: ________________________________