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.

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.

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 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: ________________________________