June 28, 2011

DRAFT ONLY. Without council review or approval.
June 28, 2011

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

ROLL CALL: Council members present: Cecil Floyd; Tim Jones; Mike Milano; Norm Schorzman; Jeff Snook. Absent: Connie Newman & Rick Wekenman. Also present: Public Works Superintendent Dwayne Griffin; Police Chief Jerry Neumann; Clerk-Treasurer Joyce Beeson; & Deputy Clerk Ann Thompson. Councilmember Newman is ill and Councilmember Wekenman is on vacation. Councilmember Milano MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Schorzman to excuse both absences. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Councilmember Milano made a slight clarification under the Water & Sewer report, replacing the pronoun “It” with “The WSP contract”. Councilmember Snook MOVED to adopt the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of June 14, 2011. Councilmember Jones seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: The pool was closed Sunday due to a slight electrical problem that has been fixed. They’re still painting the park bathrooms, patching asphalt on Church Street, and repaired a water leak. The roads should be getting oiled next week with a new company and a different product that isn’t solvent-based. It’s a little cheaper and guaranteed to stay on until at least September and is better for the environment.

POLICE REPORT: Regarding the police vehicle purchase, still haven’t found quite what we’re looking for. There’s no rush; the Intrepid is running fine so far and we’re utilizing the motorcycle when we can. We’ve done some work on nuisance yards, particularly on the South Hill. Reminder that it is illegal to post anything on PUD (Avista) poles.

JFB REPORT: Rick Wekenman submitted a written report. Of special note, Carl Saunders, Marv Pillers, & Annie Pillers each received a Medal of Valor from the Pullman Ambulance/EMS for their efforts last November in keeping a car crash victim alive until further help could arrive. Additionally, the Unit of Valor was awarded to Kevin Imel, Lisa Fisher, & Terrie Teare for the same incident.

Councilmember Milano MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Jones, authorizing the mayor to sign a contract with Taylor Engineering for our Water System Plan. The agreed upon dollar amount is $43,650.

Ordinance 889: Budget amendment for Taylor Engineering Contract. Mayor read the ordinance aloud in its entirety. We need to do the budget amendment to make sure we have the funds available to Taylor Engineering for the development and assembly of the Water System Plan. This plan helps ensure we have a good definition of our water service area and water rights. Councilmember Milano MOVED, seconded by Councilmember Snook, to adopt Ordinance 889 amending the annual budget for the City of Palouse in 2011. Motion carried unanimously.

Donna Langsett has requested permission for a sidewalk chalk art contest for Palouse Days. It will be a chamber-sponsored event. All money raised will be donated to the new community center. We need to be mindful of sidewalk access and permission from abutting business owners.

Bo Ossinger has offered to do a relocation website for Palouse. Bo does the chamber’s visitPalouse website.


Streets & Sidewalks-Cecil Floyd, Chair: Councilmember Floyd went to a TIB workshop and met with Gloria Bennet about our two potential projects: Mohr Street sidewalk project and Cove Road pathway project. Gloria believes the Mohr Street project is within budget and worthwhile. The Cove Road project is expensive but there are different ways we can approach that: 1) secure federal funding with TIB providing the match requirement. 2) a 2-phase approach, splitting the project in half. First half would essentially take it from the Bridge Street bridge to Union Street and the second half would go from Union Street to city limits. Councilmember Floyd MOVED to proceed with submitting the grant application for the Mohr Street sidewalk project to TIB. Councilmember Milano seconded. TIB grant requires 5% match which would be $5,000. We will have to decide which fund the $5,000 match will come from. Possibly the Arterial Streets fund. Supt. Griffin cautioned sacrificing street projects to do this sidewalk project. We have a lot of street maintenance that should be done and with higher costs we can do fewer feet every year on the same money. August 31 is the deadline for grant applications. The school has expressed interest in being a funding partner but they have not given us any hard numbers. Motion carried unanimously. Clerk Beeson recommends putting the Mohr Street project on our Six Year Street Plan.

Water & Sewer-Connie Newman, Chair: Councilmember Milano reported we have DOH WSP preplanning meeting scheduled for July 11 at the PSB.

Finance, Property, & Equipment-Mike Milano, Chair: Revenue sources for the public hearing were presented. Levy amounts will be set at our public hearing at the next meeting. Councilmembers Floyd and Milano, along with Clerk Beeson, and Supt. Griffin are going to meet about funding and revenue sources.

Clerk Beeson reported the PCC has a contract pending with a contractor.

DOE in Olympia has not gotten back to us regarding our MFA contract so Mayor has not signed the contract yet.

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

ADJOURN: Councilmember Schorzman MOVED to adjourn. Councilmember Snook seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously. The council meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.

The following checks are approved for payment:
Claims Paid Ck. No. 3238 – 3248 $3,280.23

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