February 28, 2012

DRAFT ONLY. Without council review or approval.
February 28, 2012

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

ROLL CALL: Council members present: Cecil Floyd; Tim Jones; Bo Ossinger; Norm Schorzman; Rick Wekenman. Absent: Connie Newman. Also present: Building Inspector Dan Gladwill; City Attorney Stephen Bishop; Police Chief Jerry Neumann; Clerk-Treasurer Joyce Beeson; & Deputy Clerk Ann Thompson. Councilmember Jones MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Schorzman to excuse Councilmember Newman’s absence due to illness. Motion carried unanimously. Public present: J. Craig Lester, Chris Boyd, Tommy Boyd, Tom Barliss, and one other (illegible signature).

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Councilmember Schorzman MOVED to adopt the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of January 24, 2012. Councilmember Wekenman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

Supt. Griffin submitted a written report.

POLICE REPORT: Chief submitted the January police log. December 2010 heating bill at the PD was approximately $450 and this December 2011 was $210. The newly acquired police vehicle is done.

Award Surplus bid 2002 Dodge Intrepid: Bids were opened on February 14th. The city received 4 bids – Susan Shaw $2,011.11; Ian Yoder $2,010.00; Mike Dymkoski $1,600 and Doreen Hanson $2,660.00. Councilmember Wekenman MOVED to accept the high bid from Doreen Hansen for $2,660. Councilmember Schorzman seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

BUILDING INSPECTOR REPORT: Dan Gladwill signed off on the Palouse Community Center and one of the CAC houses. Hoping the builds increase this spring.

Award Surplus bid for metal building at 335 E. Main Street: The city received 6 sealed bids. Mayor opened and read aloud all the bids: 1. Steve Doty $505.00; 2. Larry Holbrook $627.59; 3. Steve Doty 2nd bid $200; 4. Stan Riebold $1,555.00; 5. Tom Barliss $200.00; 6. Chris Boyd offered to exchange 4 tracts of his land from Shady Lane trail north to the river with his estimated value of $43,000 and for exchange he requests $10,000 from the city for removal of the building. Much discussion ensued. Attorney Bishop stated that the city has options – not award the bid at this time and negotiate this proposal with Chris Boyd; award to the highest bidder since Chris Boyd’s proposal is not a bid; or table the discussion. Councilmember Wekenman MOVED to accept the high bid of $1,555.00 for the steel building on Main Street. Councilmember Jones seconded. Councilmember Floyd voted no. Motion carried.

2011 4th Quarter Financial Summary Narrative: Clerk Beeson reviewed the narrative.


Parks, Cemetery, & Buildings-Norm Schorzman, Chair: No report.

Policy & Administration-Bo Ossinger, Chair: Met with Joyce and Ann to discuss cost allocation. Committee will meet to begin wording a resolution to bring to council.

Streets & Sidewalks-Cecil Floyd, Chair: Committee will meet the first Wednesday of every month. Their engineer recommendation for the Mohr Street project is Taylor Engineering. Councilmember Floyd MOVED to allow the mayor to enter into an agreement with Taylor Engineering for the 2012 Mohr Street Project. Councilmember Schorzman seconded. Motion carried unanimously. Cecil selected from our roster, which was approved by TIB. New projects were discussed either for TIB or other grant processes. We want to move forward the Cove Road project. The next year we want to look at West Whitman Street as a possible project. If it’s a TIB project it may take some finessing and partnering with other agencies. We also want to take a look at repairing or rebuilding the Bridge Street bridge. We looked at the policy for vacating streets and it is straight forward; it boils down to it has to be in the best interest of the city. We will also start looking at the next 6 year street plan. Spoke with Avista and at this time it’s too expensive and not worth replacing the Avista street lights about town with LEDs.

Personnel & Pool-Tim Jones, Chair: No report.

Water & Sewer-Connie Newman, Chair: Councilmember Jones reported the w/s committee is continuously meeting and met with Taylor Engineering and discussed the progress of the various chapters of the WSP. Dwayne and Don have been very helpful contributors, particularly to the implementation and their needs of the system.

Police, Fire, & Safety-Rick Wekenman, Chair: No report.

Finance, Property, & Equipment: No report.

It has been requested we turn back on the street light between the PCC and Open Eye because the side entrance to the new PCC is very dark and unsafe. It was a PCC oversight; there should’ve been a light installed along the walkway. Councilmember Schorzman MOVED to turn the light back on in front of the PCC, seconded by Councilmember Jones. Motion carried unanimously. Councilmember Floyd MOVED to turn all the Main Street lights back on. Motion failed for lack of second.

March 2, City Hall will be closed as both staff members will be out of state.

Request by the Palouse Arts Council for a special event liquor license for the St. Patrick’s Day dinner at the PCC. No objections.

Mayor read aloud Councilmember Milano’s resignation letter. He resigned with heavy heart and is most grateful to everyone. Councilmember Wekenman MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Schorzman to accept Mike’s resignation. We will put notice out for the vacancy. Deadline will be April 2nd, 2012. Mike’s resignation leaves a council vacancy on the JFB. Mayor will appoint someone.

Whitman County Spring Clean-Up week is April 16-28, 2012.

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

ADJOURN: Councilmember Schorzman MOVED to adjourn. Councilmember Wekenman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The council meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

The following checks are approved for payment:
Payroll Paid, Jan. 2012 Ck. 3782-3798 & EFT $37,245.68
Claims Paid, Feb. 29, 2012 Ck. 3799-3843 $22,865.17
Payroll Paid, Feb. 2012 Ck. 3848 & 3857-3872 & EFT $36,901.58
VOIDED checks Ck. 3844-3847 & 3849-3856

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