December 20, 2011

DRAFT ONLY. Without council review or approval.
December 20, 2011

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

ROLL CALL: Council members present: Cecil Floyd; Connie Newman; Jeff Snook; and Rick Wekenman. Also present: Public Works Superintendent Dwayne Griffin; Police Chief Jerry Neumann; Clerk-Treasurer Joyce Beeson and City Attorney Stephen Bishop. Public present: Bo Ossinger, Doug Willcox, Mike Burkhart; Via telephone: Jim Darling and Michael Stringer.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Councilmember Snook MOVED to adopt the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of December 13, 2011. Councilmember Newman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: PW Supt. Griffin reported that the pump at the swimming pool is in Spokane for maintenance and rebuild. The Palouse Tavern has requested that the street light at their building go back on for safety reasons. Bob Brookshire indicated that he would be willing to pay a donation toward the cost of electricity. Mayor Echanove stated that based on previous research, a donation of $100 a year should cover the cost. Dwayne recommended that the lights be turned back on at the crosswalks and council agreed.

POLICE REPORT: Chief thanked Councilmember Snook for his service on council.

JOINT BOARD FIRE & EMS UPDATE: Councilmember Snook reported the Fire Department had 1 call in November with 18 YTD. EMS reported 2 calls in November with 49 YTD. The truck repairs are done and the pumper is still being looked at.

Brownfield site Prospective Purchaser Consent Decree (PPCD) and site acquisition approval. Attorney Bishop presented a resolution for council to consider and Mayor Echanove read it in its entirety. The resolution would authorize the Mayor to: (a) execute on behalf of the City a PPCD with respect to acquisition of the Palouse Producers site; (b) to accept delivery of a deed of conveyance and; (c) to execute such application and documents as necessary to secure grant financing to cleanup the property. Explanation and discussion: Two grants must be applied for to move ahead with the cleanup phase: a federal grant through the EPA and a state grant through Ecology. Acquisition of the property must be made before funding can be applied for. While the EPA and Ecology are vested in this project and everything is lined up and ready, there is no absolute guarantee that funding will be secured. Councilmember Floyd MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Snook to adopt Resolution No. 2011-13. Motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Echanove explained that the next thing before us is the contract with Maul Foster Alongi for “Cleanup Design and Construction Oversight”. This contract is contingent on funding for the cleanup phase. Councilmember Newman MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Snook to move ahead with the contract for continued assistance from MFA on the Brownfields project. Discussion spoke well of MFA during this project and it was confirmed that the contract will not be valid if funding is not secured. Motion carried unanimously.

Streets & Sidewalks-Cecil Floyd, Chair: With the decision to keep Heritage Park restroom open, Councilmember Floyd recommended getting estimates to insulate and winterize the building. Councilmember Floyd MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Newman to make Heritage Park restroom more energy efficient. Discussion: The doors open many times letting in cold air, but insulating may help. Motion carried unanimously. Dwayne asked how they should proceed. Councilmember Wekenman recommended that we ask Avista to look at it for their recommendations as well as a few contractors.

With this being the last meeting for Councilmember Snook, the Mayor commended his nine years of service on city council and his service on the AWC Small Cities Advisory Committee.

Rick Wekenman stated that there is a request for renewal of liquor license for the Green Frog. With no objections by council, the request would be granted by default.

ALLOW PAYMENT OF BILLS: With just one week since the last meeting, there were no bills presented for approval.

ADJOURN: Councilmember Snook MOVED to adjourn. Councilmember Wekenman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The council meeting adjourned at 7:53 PM.

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