The City Council met in regular session on September 15, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Attorney Green, Public Works Director McFrederick and Clerk Kennedy.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of September 2nd were approved as corrected on the banner request by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to add Lions Park batting cage and sidewalk waiver for UPS to the agenda as the cage was a carryover from last meeting and not listed on the agenda and the UPS request came in late. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Mike Hornbeck, 503 North B was present to request an additional extension to live in an RV on his property while working on his house. He is horribly busy and his financial situation has changed. He is working 70-80 hours a week and he just doesn’t have time to work on the project. He hopes to get forms in late October and get some concrete formed. Councilwoman Grant felt the trailer needed to be moved into a trailer park rather than residential area. Hornbeck stated he can’t afford to pay space rent as all his money goes back into the business. Mayor Walker stated he has had two extensions and the reasons are the same. Councilwoman Dumas stated he can’t go on living there indefinitely. She felt no one wanted to be hardnosed but if there was visual progress maybe it would be different. Councilwoman Grant stated he didn’t appear to have a plan. Councilman Lane asked if an additional six month waiver was given would Hornbeck be further along on his project? Hornbeck didn’t know because he couldn’t say how much time he’d have. No action taken. The waiver was not renewed.
WWTP PHASE II UPDATE: Public Works Director McFrederick explained the engineers figured out the air problems and put in air relief valves on the lines. The final pay request will come soon.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 55 cases written, 26 citations, 5 written warning and 166 calls for service for August 2014. The Police and Animal Control Report for August 2014 was accepted on motion by Councilman Lester second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Library Minutes of August 21, 2014 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
LIONS PARK BATTING CAGE: Mayor Walker looked at alternative locations and then visited with Public Works Director McFrederick and none of them worked. The City would like the basketball hoop in the middle maintained. Dave Wimer asked who is in charge and would be the contact for the project. Mayor Walker stated he should coordinate with McFrederick or whoever he appoints on the project. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman Grant to allow youth baseball and the Lions Club to install a batting cage between the basketball court and skate park court, 14’ x 70’ long and the 8’ basketball hoop will be maintained. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Councilman Lane would like to see plans when they are ready. McFrederick will provide an update to the Council as the plans progress.
PINE STREET PAVING: Mayor Walker explained the City has talked about Pine Street for over a year. The City felt half the street had something wrong with it. Attorney Green sent letters to Knife River. After receiving the City’s letter, Knife River agreed to compensate the City $12,500 which is about half the project cost. Public Works Director McFrederick felt it was a good compromise. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to accept the $12,500 proposal from Knife River for Pine Street and the City will send them a bill for that amount. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $244,995.90 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.
SIDEWALK WAIVER REQUEST: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to give Clayton Clark and renter UPS an indefinite sidewalk waiver at 1245 Hill Street. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE CHANGE: Mayor Walker stated the new ordinance gives the City the ability to take care of problems if necessary. Chief Drew stated the revised ordinance gives the City the tools that they can act if there is a feral or dangerous animal. Attorney Green will have the ordinance ready for next meeting.
LIFE CHAIN SUNDAY: On motion by Councilwoman Grant, second by Councilman Peterson to accept Life Chain Sunday on October 5, 2014, 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BEER LICENSE: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to approve the beer license by the package for CHS Primeland at 1001 North A Street pending county approval. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
GRANGEVILLE CITY ORDINANCE NO. 894
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE PROVIDING FOR FIRE HYDRANT USAGE FOR FIRES; PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson that the first reading be approved, that the rules be suspended, the second and third readings be waived and the ordinance be approved and adopted. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Walker then declared Ordinance No. 894 duly approved and adopted.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant to go into Executive Session according to Section 67-2345 (b) personnel. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
The Council returned to regular session. New business for next meeting will be a proposed handbook change.
The meeting adjourned at 9:15 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk