The City Council met in regular session on May 17, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Quantz, Attorney Green and Clerk Kennedy. Public Works Director Gortsema absent.
The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the May 3rd meeting were approved as presented by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AGENDA AMENDMENT: none
VISITORS: Yolanda Stout, PTA representative, took over the accelerated reading program at GEMS. She gets donations and grants through the community to reward the kids for reading. She is requesting a day pass for the accelerated reading store. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Houger to donate 25 day passes for the pool to the AR store at GEMS. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Nancy Hoobler, an Americorps member working for the Disability Action Center was present to explain the volunteer driver program for Region II Rural Transportation. The program is designed to keep people independent and in their homes as long as possible. The grants received will sponsor the program and allow volunteer drivers to be reimbursed for travel mileage. The volunteer drives will pick up those people that call for rides and then they are taken to doctor appointments, chemotherapy, radiation, dialysis, senior meals or the grocery store. They have partnered with Coast so they have a dispatch center.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: Chief Quantz gave an update on the Chlorine Calamity exercise involving FEMA and Homeland Security that was held in Grangeville.
BOND ELECTION: On motion by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Peterson to go with the law firm the City contracted with for the water bond, so the City can run the sewer bond election on August 3rd. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $304,018.73 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lorentz. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT: Clerk Kennedy explained that there is $2,400.00 in administration included in the grant which is not enough to cover the 10% usually charged for grant administration. Carol Yalbuw is interest in contracting with the City on the project and she charges by the hour which could be an option to stay within the $2,400.00 administration budget. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman DeHaas to authorize Mayor Walker to sign the contract for the Energy Efficiency and Conversation Block Grant. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: DeHaas, Houger, Lester, Lorentz, Bentley, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
SIDEWALK WAIVER REQUESTS: Councilman Lester made a motion, second by Councilman Peterson to approve an indefinite sidewalk waiver for Del Houger at 321 E North 7th Street. Motion carried, Councilman Houger abstained.
Councilman Lester made a motion, second by Councilman Houger to approve an indefinite sidewalk waiver for Ron Cochran at 616 Cunningham Street. Motion carried, Councilman Lorentz voting no.
ALCOHOL APPLICATION: On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Lester to approve the application for retail alcohol for CHS Inc LLC d/b/a Zip Trip #21. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
POOL PASS DONATION: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Houger to approve a donation of a day pool pass to those summer reading program participants that complete the summer reading program at the City library. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
DRAFT PARKING ORDINANCE: Chief Quantz brought up a section of City Code (9-2-13D1) that prohibits parking a vehicle on a City Street for the principle purpose of selling a vehicle. This situation caused a draft ordinance to be created that would prohibit parking a vehicle for sale on Main Street for longer than 3 cumulative hours in a 24 hour time period. Discussion followed. Councilman Houger asked how the 24 hour limit would be enforced. Chief Quantz answered that the officers relay information to each other at shift change. Councilman Lorentz brought up those people that were in town for the day to shop or travel through and should they get a ticket when they didn’t know about the ordinance. Councilman Peterson stated if the reasoning for creating this ordinance is because parking is a premium, then Heritage Square should be included in the ordinance.
The meeting adjourned at 8:35 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – City Clerk