May 28, 2019

DRAFT ONLY. Without council review or approval.

Palouse City Council

Regular Council Meeting

May 28, 2019

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

ROLL CALL: Council members present: Chris Cook; Bill Slinkard; Tim Sievers; John Snyder; Rick Wekenman; Mark Wilcomb; Katie Cooper. Staff present: Police Chief Jerry Neumann; City Administrator Kyle Dixon.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Councilmember Wekenman MOVED to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting of May 14, 2019. Councilmember Cooper seconded and the motion carried.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: Supt Griffin submitted a written report. Logan Estes finished the benches and camp fire area at the RV park. Mayor and council thanked Logan for his hard work and contribution to the RV park.

POLICE REPORT: Mostly quiet. This weekend is the Hot Rod show and Gar-Pal graduation weekend. Permits for Hot Rod show are secured. Working on cleaning up a few areas in town. Dealing with parking issues in Garfield.

JOINT FIRE BOARD REPORT: New ambulance is in service. Will serve as a toolbox of sorts for the department. Pumper tanker is back in service. Finances are good. All is well.


-CA Dixon is in discussions with the Dept of Ecology (DOE) to finalize an agreement to maintain compliance at the wastewater treatment plant while our new operator gets trained up.

-TDH, engineers for our water system upgrades, have completed the water model for council and will forward that to CA Dixon for their review. They will be at the next meeting looking for direction from council on how to proceed with updates.

-Supt Griffin has indicated that several items such as fencing and street lights are taking up space in the flat house and have no intended use. City will look to surplus these items sometime in the near future.

-CA Dixon and Planning Commission Chair Fielder met with reps from the Amber Ridge development to discuss the possibility of further subdividing the lots off of Harvest Loop to make the development of those lots more attractive to potential buyers. They plan to submit proposals to both the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment in the coming weeks.


Wastewater facility update from Varela and Associates:

Varela was planning to be at this council meeting, however recent information relayed from DOE has altered our plan for the short term, so their presence was not necessary. The city is requesting additional funding to complete the wastewater facility plan and DOE is requesting a full draft engineering report before they consider this request. As such, the city and our engineers would like to have further discussions and eventually a meeting with DOE to determine exactly what they need to process this request. CA Dixon is hopeful that a meeting can be scheduled in the next month to finalize these details in the hopes to secure additional funding to complete our facility plan.


Personnel & Pool, Chair Cook- Painter at pool is making good progress. Pool is staffed for the summer.

OPEN FORUM: Officer Anderson thanked CA Dixon for helping him navigate some issues as he worked through some deadlines getting his new house finished up.


-Mayor read a thank you card accompanied by a $200 donation from Vandal Cycling Club to the Palouse PD for helping put on the bike race.

-City received a rooster complaint last week.

-The mayor discussed possible next steps on the Brownfields site with BI Gladwill and Munir Daud and he will pass this information along in greater detail once it is available.

-Moses Boone has been researching and designing a new flag for the city and the Mayor will be inviting him to the next council meeting to discuss his vision in greater detail.

ALLOW PAYMENT OF BILLS: Councilmember Wilcomb MOVED that the bills against the city be allowed. Councilmember Cook seconded the motion and the motion carried.

The following checks are approved for payment:

Claims Paid 5/28/19 Ck. #10057-10074 & EFT $8,161.20

ADJOURN: Councilmember Sievers MOVED to adjourn. Councilmember Cook seconded the motion and the motion carried. The council meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.

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