The City Council met in regular session on August 17, 2009 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Sedam, Public Works Director Gortsema, Attorney Green and Clerk Kennedy.
The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the August 3rd regular meeting were approved as presented by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION: Mayor Walker presented Sally Payne with a certificate of appreciation for all her years of service with the Grangeville Youth Baseball Program.
SEWER PROJECT PAY REQUEST #2 AND CHANGE ORDER REQUESTS: Councilman Lester made a motion, second by Councilman Peterson to approve Pay Request #2 to Eastern Oregon Construction for $86,860.87. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Councilman Lorentz made a motion, second by Councilman Lester to approve Change Order #2 for ($16,007.50) to reduce the contract amount. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Public Works Director Gortsema explained that the contractor didn’t bid air testing on the line because they considered the project as a rehabilitation project instead of a construction project. J-U-B recommends denying the request and Gortsema agrees with their recommendation. Councilman Lester was concerned with denying the request, what with them doing a good job on the project and he hated to have them not leave on good terms. He has mixed feelings about denying the change order. Gortsema also explained that they had planned to go to the property line with the service. Since that wasn’t a requirement, it should offset the cost of the additional air testing. On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilwoman DeHaas to deny the change order request for air testing. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $461,438.68 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.
MEETING DATE CHANGE: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to move the September 7th meeting to Tuesday, September 8th due to Labor Day. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to approve the Library Board decision to hire Edie Lustig as the new library director. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
NEXT MEETING: Mayor Walker announced that the next meeting agenda will have discussion on the letter submitted by Mary Ann Davidson about LIDs and dust abatement.
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – City Clerk