July 12, 2011

DRAFT ONLY. Without council review or approval.
July 12, 2011
Public Hearing for 2012-2018 Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan
Followed by
Public Hearing for 2012 revenue sources
Followed by
Regular Council Meeting

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

ROLL CALL: Council members present: Cecil Floyd; Tim Jones; Mike Milano; Connie Newman; Norm Schorzman; Jeff Snook; Rick Wekenman. Also present: Public Works Superintendent Dwayne Griffin; Police Chief Jerry Neumann; Clerk-Treasurer Joyce Beeson; & Deputy Clerk Ann Thompson. Public present: Pete Hertz; Dean Huber; Shelley Goertzen.

Open Public Hearing for 2012-2018 Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan at 7:03 pm. The STIP is a priority list of our street projects for the next six years, required by the state. Sometimes we’ll change the order based on different factors such as funding and availability. Projects include: Total reconstruction of G Street from Church to Alder; Mohr Street sidewalk replacement from I to H; Overlay F Street from Church to Cannon; Reconstruction of West Whitman from Bridge to Mill; Build up and pave West Whitman & Fir Street from Mill to Illinois; Reconstruct Wall Street from Bluff to Park & overlay Culton/Park; overlay South Sumner Street from Union to Palouse Cove Road. Mohr Street was the only addition to the plan. With no public comment, closed hearing at 7:06 pm.

Open Public Hearing for 2012 Revenue Sources at 7:06 pm: Discussed the proposed levies for 2012: The 2011 General Levy is $116,628. The maximum increase of 1% comes to $1,166, + $392 new construction credit and $1,500 banked capacity, making the 2012 proposed general levy approx. $119,686. The proposed 2012 EMS 6 year levy on ballot is $24,276. No change to the 2012 Special Street Levy of $40,000 or the 2012 Special Pool Maintenance and Operation Levy of $28,000. The $40,000 street levy falls seriously short of our goals but based on taxpayer tolerance, seems to be the amount to sustain. With no public comment, closed hearing at 7:13 pm.

Councilmember Milano MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Wekenman, to authorize the 1% increase for the 2012 general levy; take the full amount of banked capacity available; special street levy at $40,000 with no changes; special M & O Pool levy at $28,000 with no changes; and include EMS levy for .50 per thousand at approx. $24,276. Motion carried unanimously.

OPEN FORUM: Shelley Goertzen, on behalf of the Little People’s Park Project, requested permission to block off a portion of Beach Street during Palouse Days for a children’s carnival to raise money for the daycare. They will bring in 3 or 4 large inflatables, face painting, cake walk, etc. The will need from the corner of Beach & Main, north ½ a block to the alley. Supt. Griffin is fine with it. Insurance is provided by the Chamber of Commerce’s liability umbrella. Councilmember Snook MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Schorzman, to allow the LPPP to use the requested street, pending Fire Chief Bagott’s approval. Motion carried unanimously.

Regular Council Meeting

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Councilmember Schorzman MOVED to adopt the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of June 28, 2011. Councilmember Newman seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: The gravel roads have been oiled; very satisfied with the product and final results. With the high costs, we just can’t afford to do every road in town every year. Traffic flow and road conditions are a few of the factors when choosing which roads get oiled and when.

Due to the high usage of our park, PW would like to purchase some additional trash cans. Perhaps some picnic tables too. Marc Arrasmith wants the garbage cans a priority over the sprinklers this year as he hasn’t had time to install the sprinklers already purchased. Public Works volunteer the hours it takes for them to empty garbage cans during weekend hours. Discussion ensued about how to possibly compensate them. Supt. Griffin thinks things are working just fine the way they are.

POLICE REPORT: Submitted the June police log. The search for the patrol vehicle continues. The PD had to purchase a new telephone which allows for communication during power outage. The illegal burning of the mammoth is under investigation.

BI REPORT: Dan Gladwill reported new construction has been slow in the city and county both; it’s a sign of the economy. Dan has been busy with the Palouse Community Center. The Planning commission will be needing Dan’s input on their revision of PMC chapter 17-zoning.

Chamber business: Palouse Days planning still underway. Chamber has been working on a tourist brochure to generate interest in Palouse. Bo Ossinger is working on LiveInPalouse.com to target people interested in possibly moving to our city.


Parks, Cemetery, & Buildings-Tim Jones. Chair: Meeting next Tuesday with PCD regarding the new signs at the former trailer park. The word “reclamation” will most likely be used in the signage.

Plans of getting Wi-Fi at the RV Park are moving forward.

Personnel & Pool-Jeff Snook, Chair: Pool manager leaves for college on July 23rd. Deputy Clerk Thompson will pick up for her as administrative manager to get us through the end of the season.

Water & Sewer-Connie Newman, Chair: The Mayor signed the Taylor Engineering WSP contract as authorized by council. Taylor Engineering made the changes to the WSP that Atty. Bishop recommended. DOH, Taylor Engineering, Doug Willcox, and councilmembers Newman and Milano met to review in detail the WSP for the preplanning meeting (required by the DOH before moving forward). DOH approved the plan. The next step is Taylor Engineering will meet with Supt. Griffin to do a water system facility walk through. Right now we’re on track for completing our WSP.

On the Brownfields front, the Prospective Purchaser’s agreement came back from DOE. It’s not a consent decree but it lays things out about liability. That’s the big focus on all of this; how to acquire the property with minimum liability. Mayor is going to now sign the agreement with MFA as authorized by council. Dean Huber voiced his concern that there has been no Brownfields Citizen Advisory meeting called in quite some time.

ALLOW PAYMENT OF BILLS: Councilmember Snook MOVED that the bills against the city be allowed. Councilmember Schorzman 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 8:21 PM.

The following checks are approved for payment:
Claims Paid Ck. Nos. 3279-3310 & EFT $32,342.53
Payroll Paid Ck. Nos. 3249-3278 & EFT $45,253.62
VOIDED Ck. No. 3276

APPROVED: ________________________________ ATTEST: ________________________________