The City Council met in regular session on March 21, 2016 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employee present was Clerk Kennedy and Ordinance Officer Rick Thanstrom. Public Works Director McFrederick, Chief Drew and Attorney Green absent.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of March 7th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Jennie Fischer and her Girls Scout Troop 3702 want to install crosswalk flags and flag holders at two locations as a service project. The girls gave a short presentation. They would like to have flags at the intersections of A and Main Street and B and Main Street. The mounting will be up to the City and ITD. They would like to initiate the project, help fund raise and help install the flags. The “adopt a crosswalk” connection would help fund replacements. Councilman Lane thanked the girls for coming.
Mayor Walker asked if there was a timeframe for the project and who would cover maintenance and replacement of flags. Jennie stated they have nothing specific but they aren’t in a big rush either. She hoped the “adopt a crosswalk” would help fund future maintenance. Councilman Lane suggested coordinating with Alicia Huntley. Councilman Lester suggested talking to the Public Works Director and the Police Chief. Mayor Walker suggested state highway coordination
The Girls Scouts would also like to help purchase and install new equipment at Soroptimist Park. The piece of equipment they found is a teeter totter and between $2,000-$3,000. The have raised about $600 with girls scouts cookies and may also apply for a grant to help fund it. Councilman Lester stated the City had one before, someone got hurt so the City had to take out because of insurance. They are concerned about safety of equipment.
The Council will review the request and let the Girls Scout Troop know when to come back.
Alicia Huntley did not attend.
Tonya Kaschmitter was present asking to use Heritage Square for a fresh produce stand once a week starting July 13. Mayor Walker stated the City has been approached before and the City ordinance states private enterprise can’t sell on City property. They have made special accommodation for the farmers market so they could sign up with them or look for a private location.
Kristy Beckstead was not present but let the mayor know the banner will be in Cottonwood this year. She would like to hang teal ribbons during the month of April. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to allow Kristy Beckstead to hang ribbons on the poles downtown in April for Sexual Assault Awareness month. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Dan Tackett, explained the fire department recently had a 10 year inspection on SCBA tanks. Five tanks failed the inspection. He would like permission to purchase five new tanks as budgeted. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lane to allow the fire department to purchase five SCBA tanks as budgeted for $3,250.00. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 34 cases written, 9 citations, 2 written warnings and 92 calls for service for February 2016. The Police and Animal Control Report for February 2016 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilman Winkler. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The Fire Department Minutes from February 8th and 22nd were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilman Winkler. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
REZONE APPLICATION TED LINDSLEY: Mayor Walker stated Attorney Green couldn’t make the meeting tonight; however he reviewed the easements as asked from last meeting. Planning and Zoning recommended the zone change. Councilman Lester stated the water easement is about 15’ easement and there is an 18’ easement for access.
Councilman Lane wasn’t at the last meeting but he was concerned about the property changing from residential to commercial. He didn’t think it was right to change it to commercial as some of the neighbors didn’t want a tall building blocking the view of the mountain.
Councilwoman Grant stated there will always be commercial abutting residential. Clerk Kennedy explained the comprehensive plan and how the plan only allows for the property to be rezoned as commercial.
On motion by Councilman Winkler second by Councilwoman Grant to accept Planning and zonings recommendation to rezone the property to commercial.
Councilman Lane suggested postponing the decision until next meeting, so he can talk to the neighbors and the City attorney. Clerk Kennedy explained due to the land use nature, he could not talk to neighbors as the neighbors had the ability to comment at the public hearing and he could read those minutes. He is able to talk to City staff and the City attorney. On motion by Councilman Lane, second by Councilman Peterson to postpone the decision for 2 weeks to talk to the city attorney. Lane and Peterson voting Yes; Grant, Winkler and Lester voting No. Motion failed.
Back at the original motion, Councilman Lane felt this is going overboard. Mayor Walker stated the citizens had the right to go to hearing and voice their opinion. After the public hearing they could have come to the Council meeting. Councilman Lester stated there was no one here at last meeting in that 300’ radius. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $377,195.98 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Clerk Kennedy explained Claudia Roberts is retiring and will be replaced by Debbie Urquhart from the Library. Ellissa Crowl will replace Debbie as the Assistant Librarian.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk