April 9, 2019

Palouse City Council

Regular Council Meeting

April 9, 2019

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

ROLL CALL: Council members present: Chris Cook; Bill Slinkard; Tim Sievers; John Snyder; Rick Wekenman; Mark Wilcomb. Staff present: Police Chief Jerry Neumann; Officers Joel Anderson and Leighton Cox; City Administrator Kyle Dixon. Councilmember Sievers MOVED to excuse councilmember Cooper’s absence. Councilmember Snyder seconded and the motion carried.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Councilmember Wekenman MOVED to adopt the minutes of the Council Meeting of March 26, 2019. Councilmember Wilcomb seconded the motion and the motion carried.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: Supt Griffin submitted a written report.


Swearing in of new police officer Leighton Cox: Officer Cox has been with the department for a week now. Lots of training and state-mandated material to get through.

River is at 14.5 ft right now and gauge is predicting that we will crest at 16ft tomorrow. Prediction is that it will fall but if it keeps raining at this rate it could pose a problem.

Chief Neumann swore in Officer Cox. Officer Cox told the council a bit about himself and that he is excited to go to work.


1st Quarter Treasurer’s Report:

All is well. Streets fund was hit pretty hard by excessive snowfall in February. Met with Finance Chair Cooper last week to review funds in greater detail.

Deadline for submittal of RFP’s for Brownfields site is next Monday, April 15th.

CA Dixon met with engineer to discuss the river trail project and planning for the Complete Streets project. Initially, the city will explore options to get additional funding for a full build out, including a bridge across the river to the park.

City is still in the process of hiring a replacement for Don Myott, who is retiring at the end of the month.



Personnel & Pool, Chair Cook- Confirmed with painter that we are on target for late April/early May completion of pool painting project. City is in good shape on staffing for lifeguards this summer.

Parks, Cemetery, & Buildings, Chair Snyder- Bird problem at Lions club has been dealt with. Concerns regarding state of older buildings in town has been discussed. Further info to come.

Police, Fire, & Safety, Chair Wekenman- Fire Truck is not back yet. Mechanics are still having issues finishing up repairs.

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

The following checks are approved for payment:

Payroll Paid 3/31/19 Ck. #9932-9952 & EFT $48,119.69

Claims Paid 4/09/19 Ck. #9953-9981 & EFT $23,656.10

ADJOURN: Councilmember Sievers MOVED to adjourn. Councilmember Snyder seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The council meeting adjourned at 7:22 PM.

APPROVED: ________________________________ ATTEST: ________________________________